Storm King Stout
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,639
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,715
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
2,686
Ratings:
6,053
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
91
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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
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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Photo of 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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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?!

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Photo of -steve-
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.

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Photo of Jonsatala
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
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.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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 al.ost 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

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Photo of Apellonious
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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 devo1980
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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 JWT3
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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 rudiecantfail
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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. An actual Imperial Stout that's not barrel aged. Almost too good to be true. Hard to believe I haven't had this one before. Will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +2.2%
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 -8.6%
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 NathanBeets
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of GratefulFC
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, dark, brown. Smell is chocolate and vanilla. I taste mostly dark chocolate, vanilla, macadamia nuts. I don't get a lot of expresso. Alcohol seeks up from behind. Bitterness is well hidden.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, small head

This imperial stout is really old school and very different from what you got right now.

Roasty and quite bitter (chicory bitterness), it shows a bit of acidity.

Not that thick mouthfeel

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Photo of ajm5108
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straightforward, traditional style stout - lots of roasted malt, a little coffee and chocolate, maybe just a little too much hop bitterness on the back end

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 6053 ratings