Storm King
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,930
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,387
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
2,697
Ratings:
6,075
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
Wants
  243
Gots
  967
SCORE
91
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Notes: Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated best by 10/7/22 into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with about two and a half fingers of tan head. Great retention, great lacing.

Smells mainly of roasted/smoky malts with a hint of coffee and baker's chocolate.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate with strong roasty/smoky notes. Touch of coffee in there too.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but still pretty full-bodied. This is a different kind of IS than the RISs I'm used to. Strong bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Low to medium carbonation.

This is really a decent beer. A little different than what I'm used to but a great change of pace. Glad Victory brought this one back.

Nov 26, 2021
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GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Perfection incarnate for me. This is exceptional - seriously. I think one of my favorite beers has to be Alchemist's Luscious. I don't get up to VT more than once (maybe twice) a year. I have a couple stowed away to enjoy this holiday season from a summer trip - I love that stuff but this is so reminiscent. Stylistically, profile, aesthetic. It's quite a surprise for me. What I'm trying to say is, this to me fills the luscious void in a sense. Price point is excellent as well. Man, what a beer. Big, bold, bitter, luscious stuff. I suspect there's something of cascade in here - that hop just becomes what you need it to. I dunno, this is wonderful stuff though. Grab it.

Nov 26, 2021
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black body with a finger of brown head.
S: aromas of coffee, espresso, hazelnut, and roasted nuts
T: big time coffee/espresso notes, followed by a nice hop finish with a touch of bitterness
F: slightly creamy, medium body
O: outstanding, underrated in my opinion

Nov 16, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a deep cola brown-near-black body with a tan foam head that has low retention and leaves occasional thin sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a thin murky cap with occasional thick bubbles and a thick defined halo

aroma is clear, thick and rich molasses sweetness with thin licorice herbal hop and mocha

taste is espresso with dark fruit underpinnings and that herbal licorice tinged hop; dark chocolate is kinda buried here but in there with the roasted malt; resinous pine underlying

mouthfeel is somewhat thin bodied with robust carbonation; comes across like carbonated espresso with pillowy bitter prickles throughout and a dry, hopped finish with an herbal, licorice tinged hop and robust dark chocolate and espresso aftertaste

overall:
straight up carbonated espresso beer. pretty great and somewhat complicated and tinged with resinous pine and lowkey herb. pretty great overall, but lacking balance

Nov 15, 2021
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Knoght5191 from Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I’m not sure how this beer gets such a high rating. Ether I’m wrong and need to study beer more to understand it or everyone else is wrong. Or I can just simply have a different opinion which is probably the case. We will go with the last one I guess. I get nothing on the nose other than a slight burnt toast scent. The taste is of burnt soap or a semi cheep cup of coffee. Mouth feel seems non existent. I think Victory can do better than this by a long shot.

After I wrote what I said above, I saw a comment below saying that it is more of a black lager and yes!!! That’s it!! The post even said if it is a black lager than it is a good black lager! This is indeed a wonderful black lager and not a stout. Shame they call it a stout. It is the hops that add too much of a bitterness for a stout without the maltiness, yet for a black lager it is perfect.

Strange how names can make all the difference.

Nov 11, 2021
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TominPA from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imperial stout 9.1 abv with relatively high IBU at 65. This is a style of imperial stout I really enjoy, and it shares the heritage of North Coast's venerable Old Rasputin. Glad I found this one. Bought a 6-pack of 12-Oz bottles and went back for the case. In PA this one is $40 per case of 25 or $10.49/6-pack, and an exceptional deal. Appearance: Black, tan head, good lacing. Taste: Strong coffee, caramel, malts, balanced bitterness to offset the stout sweetness and clean finish. No alcohol heat or odor, so be careful with this one. It's a seasonal favorite.

Nov 09, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very solid offering from a stellar local brewery. rock on, victory! but, given all that, i feel like i enjoyed it more in the past. enjoy by 10/22, enjoyed 10/21.
L: from the bottle and it has some style
S: chocolate, coffee, hops. nice.
T: it's good; maybe too much bakers chocolate for my liking. a little bit of sweetness woudl work better.
F: bit light for the style. finishes with a lot of hop bitterness. balance lacking.
O: ok, it's very good but somehow missing a bit.

Oct 29, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look...Jet black with a tan fully carbonated head.
Smell...Roast coffee and a roasting smell, followed by hop.
Taste...A sweet coffee of the front then a lingering coffee hop bite. RIS style. I can see why people say that it is similar to a black IPA. But the final sweet bitter is the stout style.
Feel...not thick or viscous creamy. Black tea style fluidity. medium carbonation
Overall...This ids definitely growing on me. I usually review after i have had more than 2 of them but...gotta break my own rules. This is very good and will be picking up some more before they run out,,,,,

Oct 26, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.1%. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Fine aroma with the expected roasty notes, coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice, hints of leather, blending in with the fruity notes of West Coast hops. Medium sweet flavour, roasty notes galore, strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate and liquorice, again blending nicely with fruity hops. Bitter finish. A great beer!

May 10, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I really expected to like this one much more than I did, but alas, I am just not a fan of hoppy stouts. That said, the crafting of the beer was good, the color and aroma promised malty goodness and the coffee bitter (in the aroma) didn’t put me off at all. But the taste- started out wonderfully and smooth and then the hops slammed into the party. Some people I am sure would call that “balance” but to me it’s just harshness in an otherwise excellent beer.
But if you like that sort of thing, this is your beer!

Feb 23, 2021
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Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bah… looks like it should be good. It’s Victory. It’s Stout. It smells… well not as good But… oh. It’s 2021 and it’s “throw as much hops in the beer as you can find.” I loathe this trend and Victory has become a leader in it. Once upon a time, Storm King didn’t taste like a dyed black IPA. The whole black IPA thing is so oxymoronic and, frankly, idiotic, that I can’t even begin to explore it here. Oh and it feels as disappointing as the taste. Feels like a once decent stout and brewery have been sacrificed on the hip alter of fad. Which means neither were worth preserving to begin with, obviously. Should be a one but I am fair.

Jun 19, 2020
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drinkdrankdrunk56

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

when fresh this beer drinks like a black ipa. Looks very much like your typical imperialstout with a fairly large khaki head. Smells of faint chocolate and roasted malts with a noticeable hop aroma. Taste is fairly good although when it's fairly frsh there's almost an acrid hop flavor. Feel is fairly thick and on par for the style.. Overall a decent beer that age will help

Dec 21, 2019
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good imperial stout - not great.
Updated - tastes better stand alone, not as bitter. Very nice.
Another update - tried leaving on shelf a few months. Still a little too bitter to really enjoy.

Nov 10, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Best by 7/9/19" drank 7/19/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; nice lace.

Plum, pickle juice, black licorice & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate & fresh earth flavors up front; pickle juice & plum notes on the finish.

Brutal RIS vibes here; brutal & tough to enjoy. Maybe I should have waited until 2019?!

Oct 13, 2019
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the abundant tan head on this brew. Very earthy aromas: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Charred malts and hop bitterness play with the coffee tastes on the tongue. At $2.25 it seems a bargain to me.

Sep 13, 2019
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Jonsatala from Florida

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite. Balanced and unique, but in a subtle way. I used to buy 6 packs for $13 or $14. Then they caught on and raised the price and started to sell them as 4 packs. But I still buy it when I find it. It’s well worth it.
I endorse Victory’s notes on it....very accurate.

Aug 05, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/2/2023 (possibly bottled on 8/2/2018)

Pours a beautiful black body with hints of light revealing a faint light brown at the surface; about a finger of creamy light beige head with decent retention that results in a thick collar of froth and walls of uniform lacing coating the walls of the glass.

Aromas huge hops and plenty of roasted barley are overpowering at first, but some milk chocolate and faint dark roast coffee sneak in as the beer sits; very light tones of vanilla beans and toasted nuts come through intermittently.

Taste follows the aroma, bringing huge hops and bitter herbal notes leading to big roasted barley, raw coffee and dark chocolate that all smooths excellently as it warms; faint bits of toasted wood and a fleeting vanilla bean tone are invited in sparingly on the back end; hoppy edge is never abandoned, though.

Mouthfeel shows a robust body that nears hearty if it weren’t for a tinge of bitterness taking some of the heft away; balanced all-around but still burly, with minimal alcohol presence and a very dry finish that suits this stout’s profile nicely.

Burly hoppiness even for a straight-up, old-school imperial stout, and that was clearly the point. Admittedly, it’s overpowering at first, but increasingly welcoming as time passes and it warms. Well-done as an aggressive stout; I feel like I’d enjoy it even more with a few years of age on it.

Apr 13, 2019
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a bottle to enjoy. I always look forward to visiting beers with rich history and were once considered bombastic examples of American brewing.

Charcoal with a khaki head that lingers. Ruddy brown on the edges when held toward the light.

Aroma is char, rich dark fruit, roasted malt, dark coffee grounds and bitter chocolate.

Taste hits me with more of a Russian Imperial Stout as the dark fruits - plum, raisin, figs - are more prominent followed by bitter chocolate and coffee grounds.

Feel is thick but not chewy; it's a mouthful but nothing too heavy. I can imagine this beer being a monster back in the day but it today's environment filled with flavor-rich brews, this beer stands out as a finely crafted and tasty treat.

Apr 08, 2019
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Written a couple of months after having had the last of a six-pack of this beer.

I really enjoyed this imperial stout, especially as it seems it is highly hopped.

Apr 06, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 8/21/23 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 9.1% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with milk chocolate colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is a mixture of bitter chocolate, roasty malts and earthy hops. The taste is bitter first with coffee, dark chocolate, ash and some earthy hop flavor coming out after the initial shock. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. Big bitterness here, but no trace of the high ABV. I might enjoy this more at the best by date 4.5 years from now than I do today at 6 months old.

Feb 06, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of 27th January 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin mocha head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, piney hops, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, light herbal and a hint of liquorice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A nice Imperial Stout, although I’m not too fond of the liquorice and herbal mix on the finish.

Jan 24, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost solid black,cola like color. Around a medium body with light carbonation
Aroma to me was heavy dark fruit,especially prune followed by bitter coffee and roasted malt aroma was almost too much dark fruit and I questioned if something was off with this bottle somehow
Taste was again heavy raisin and prune. As it warmed the coffee and roasted malt became more dominate

Jan 20, 2019
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle enjoy by august 21, 2023, lured into a tulip glass, a pitch black with two fingers of frothy tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma has some dark chocolate mixed with some hop citrus (orange?). As time goes on, the citrus fades and there is some coffee undercurrent noted. The taste hits with a big blast of burnt roast, followed by some anise and espresso notes, with some citrus and piney hops noted in the finish and aftertaste. As it warms, the espresso qualities are more apparent, but the hop finish does not disappear. The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation medium low . An interesting concoction. A hoppy stout if you will. I wonder what it would taste like in 2023.

Jan 07, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 3/2/12: Pours ebony with a huge 3+ finger, moderately lasting, mixed coarse/fie foam, mocha head that leaves clumpy, sticky lacing across the glass. Aroma is dark roasted caramel, chocolate and a hint of coffee with a dominate floral hop note. Taste is chocolate milk, coffee with a slight burnt quality, lots of roast and a bitterness that runs from front into the aftertaste. It has a huge hop character for the style. A very nice but different stout.

Dec 30, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with thick brown head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Roast and espresso.. bitter and dark.

T/F: Dark roasted malts... burned sugars and coffee grounds. Chicory and cocoa... hopping provides some added bitterness and an ooch of hop flavor. Sticky on the tongue... medium bodied... more roast character and bitterness at the finish.

O: An outstanding Imperial Stout. Roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and hops playing very nicely together. A really super beer from Victory.

Dec 18, 2018
Storm King from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 6075 ratings