Storm King
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,653
Ranked #8,361
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
May 13, 2023
Aug 10, 2001
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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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours black as a moonless night, with a thick, foamy tan head that showed great retention and beautiful sheets of lacing as it receded. Lightly herbaceous aroma and lots of hoppy bitterness up front. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, espresso bean, dark chocolate, and char. Satisfying mouthfeel, with a mostly dry finish and lots of char lingering on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden among the bold characteristics of this beer. Delicious and highly recommended
May 13, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz botle into a snifter.
Pours Midnight black, tan foam, good lacing.
Smell is deep dark cacao, dark toast malt, Cuban coffee, almost burnt malt.
Taste goes dark chocolate, rich espresso, a fine bold hop zing on the side of the tongue that’s unexpected.
Feel is medium carb, medium body, medium slick. Not syrupy at all.
Overall, this is a good little Stout with no barrel required.
Sep 09, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I’m really late to the game on grading this!

L- Pitch black color.

S- Roasted dark malt. Slight smoky smell.

T- Dark chocolate almost cocoa flavor.

F- Decent mouthfeel.

O- Great unadulterated Imperial Stout!
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured this into a glass. Poured out a ritch and dark black with a hop, malt, and slight chocolatey smell. The taste was different to me, since this is my introduction to this type of beer and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The ABV (9.1%) is apparent and the added hop flavor is just right. I like it and will be having it again, for sure.
Jun 29, 2022
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a botle dated BB 10/22/22 into the test glass
A - Solid black color, excellent tan, tight knit froth, lacing with each draw.
S - Bakers chocoalte, char, a bit of espresso, pine.
T - Again with the bakers chocolate, add a hint of orange rime, and piney, coffee with flourless chocoalate cake.
M - Medium in body, start is semi sweet then rolls toward and stays on the bitter side. Finish is ashen dry.
O - A new favorite for me, assertive, edgy, and with all the pieces of an American RIS. Thankful to have this in our area.
Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark. Tan foam. Malty aroma. Big hop body. Fades to a malty goodness. Bitter finish. Im surprised how hoppy it is. Good balance of malt and hops. This ones a classic.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Pours like black coffee with a nice tan head with great retention. Sticky foam lace on the glass.
Taste and Smell: Strong espresso notes with a hint of chocolate. Somewhat bitter.
Feel: A full mouth oiliness going on.
Overall: Pretty good coffee imperial shout.
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This classic pours a dark blackish brown
with a fantastic head of khaki foam that settles to a thick fat layer with excellent
lacing. Nose of dark cocoa, pine touched hops, dark coffee, and moderate char.
Flavors follow the nose nicely with dark bakers cocoa, char, coffee, and floral as
well as pine touched hops on the rear. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, smooth,
lightly creamy, and finishing with a char and bitter malt note balanced by strong

Overall, a solid brew, a touch more hops than I remember, but solid all the same!

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by chris826 from Mississippi

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by moodenba from New York

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Victory Storm King is a well balanced stout, with elements of malt, roasted malt, and hoppy bitterness. The 9.1% alcohol content is well hidden. The flavor is more assertive than a Guinness Stout Nitro. I recently tasted a Carlow O'Hara Stout that was more aggressively flavored than Storm King, even having half the alcohol content. All things being equal, I'd prefer to drink two of the O'Haras than just one Storm King.
Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque deep dark black with a creamy/foamy mocha colored head. Deep roasted nuttiness,almost peanut butter scent, Taste is smoky, coffee,espresso even more. dark chocolate.Feels full bodied with enough carbonation.Finishes dank and chewy- Overall this is a stout that lets you know its a stout, An above average hop presence.
Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by bitterbeer from New York

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by irs from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Label says best by Oct 22, 2022. Interesting since an imperial stout can get better with age.
reviews i've read lead me to expect something different in the nose, but the sweet, dark candy smell, betrays nothing about this being any different from any other Impy stout. The opaque blackness topped with a thin, offwhite foam also seem normal. The only deviation is the additional bitterness of the hops, which only appear to me in the taste, rather than in the smell. Its noticably drier than I'd expect, and the alcohol is well hidden. Hops dominate later in the taste.
Its a nice change, but, to me, a minor flourish rather than a major deviation from the style. The mouthfeel is light, but chewy. Overall, very nice, and at a comfortable price point for an imperial stout.
Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Dustin015 from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L- jet black tan head with moderate lacing

S- herbal hops up front with a sweet roasted malt and vanilla back drop

T- strong citrus and herbal hoppy flavors with some chocolate and char. Moderate to strong bitter.

T- medium body, medium carbonation.

O- well balanced very good beer. I would almost consider this a black IPA though
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours black with a nice light brown head. Not much retention but a nice thin layer of creamy light brown persists.

Citrus hops, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and dark roast black coffee.

Very much similar to the nose, the hops really show a grapefruit citrus without any of the sweet. The coffee also really shows on the finish.

Full body, moderate to low carbonation, a hint of alcohol, nice big bitterness.
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a near black color with a small short-lived tan head and light lacing.

Smells and tastes of toasted malt and coffee. Sips are lightly bitter from start to finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

This is a good imperial stout that probably would mellow well with some age.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks dark brown to black with a khaki head that falls off to a thin cap. Smell is a nice mix of dark malt, roasted coffee, cocoa and a bit of bright floral hops. Taste starts with roast malt, a bit of fruit (raspberry), hops. In the middle I get some bitterness from the hops, more fruit, and a cocoa powder flavor. Finish is hoppy, cocoa powder, and coffee. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Mouth feel is medium-full, rather soft and creamy even with a tight carbonation present. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Overall, I'm glad they brought this back. For some reason I always passed this one up years ago. This is a great stout and a nice change of pace from the barrel aged and super sweet stouts that dominate.
Jan 23, 2022
Storm King from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 6105 ratings