Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,841
Reviews:
2,674
Ratings:
6,013
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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230
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Trade:
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Photo of JamFuel
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with fine, tan head.

Smell is roasty with notes of coffee, chocolate and some coffee grounds and fudge.

Taste is softly roasty with notes of coffee, coffee grounds and chocolate, with a slightly sharp bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice stout, but nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Storm King from Victory

The look is black, maybe some dark brown around the edges. Nice one and a half finger head with some amazing lacing left behind. The aroma is hops, pine, floral, maybe some orange rind. Taste is more of the same, with an underlying layer of very dark, bitter, almost like bakers chocolate before it’s been cooked. Mouthfeel is not quite fully full but definitely fuller than medium. Its got a drying finish I assume from the amount of hops used. Overall this reminds me of fresh yeti, very hoppy and bitter. But I think I like my stouts better without as much hop presence. Maybe this will be better in 2-3 years once the hops fade.

Once it warms up the hops fade a little and the stout flavors come out a little more. Infinitely better at room temp

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Photo of Shenk87
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devo1980
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was ok. Good, but just decent for an Imperial stout. I enjoyed it, but not blown away. Typing more letters to review this beer and remember it for future

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Photo of pvibeer
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meatyard
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JWT3
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its dark stout beer with a tan head. Smells smokey but there are also some floral, pine and citrus aromas too. Upon first sip the beer is abrasively bitter in a hop forward sense. There's little toasty cocoa and coffee flavors until the beer is allowed to warm. Once this beer hits 47-50 degrees it is at the sweet spot and the hops and stout qualities balance. Would like to try it on cask.

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Photo of Agriverbear
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kind of thin for an imperial Stout. Thin white head. More bitterness that I like in a stout.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jurcab788
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Impenetrable, opaque brown, almost black color. Thick, lasting light brown head that left tremendous lacing.

S---Sweet roasted malts dominate. There's actually some hop presence as well, which isn't ordinary for a stout.

T---Roasted malts dominate again. There's some bitter chocolate and light coffee notes. The coffee strengthens on the finish.

F---Not as thick as expected, but still full bodied.

O---This is a good one. Hard to believe I haven't had this one before. Will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label is stamped for best by date as '21 AUG 2023'.
Black colored body, with ruby red highlights when back lit. One finger of light tan head settles and sticks around as thin cap and thicker ring. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma is roasted malts and floral hops. Has some chocolate and dark fruit smells.
Taste is roasted malts, some mild char, dark chocolate, and prominent floral hops. Some sweet dark fruit and vanilla participate. The end is, as described, the espresso darkness, not really bitter, but rich and thick.
Medium to full mouth feel. Good carbonation for style. Quite smooth throughout.
A hop heavy, rich tasting stout that provides some complex layers of taste.
It has been a few years since I sampled this, but previously, this was my favorite heavy hopped stout. The experience is as I remembered.

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

At first glance the body appears to be dark black, but take a closer look, hold it up to the light, and it's actually the darkest brown you'll ever encounter. The head is meager, but stays along to the end.
The nose is incredible with dark chocolate, dank root cellar, licorice, and coffee beans.
The taste is all of the above, plus a surprising hop bite that comes across as a bitter espresso on the tail-end.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a imperial stout.
Overall a great brew.

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Photo of Nass
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I put off this beer for a while because I heard it was too hoppy. I decided to be a little brave & give it a go to see how hoppy it is. This is actually not terrible hoppy at all for an imperial stout. The flavors are a little mild. I am getting some roasted malts and a little dark chocolate presence on the backend. Maybe they have improved on this beer over the years because I actually like it. Cheers! B

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeschaefer
2.15/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jnjsdad
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsippel
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronniejames82
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marsh mellow on the nose.

Smoke on the flavor.

If this brew had any type of mouth feel to it other than thin it would be great! I'd say that it is worth trying but nothing to write home to ma' about.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 6,013 ratings