Storm King
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,632
Ranked #8,400
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Nov 21, 2022
Aug 10, 2001
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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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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 Florida

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
Rated: 4.25 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by John1985 from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very dark almost opaque, beautiful one inch that dissipated into a foam cap with lacing. Aroma of dark malts with hops. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and finishes with pleasant hop bitterness. I have really missed this stout and the style it represents. This is definitely to savor and enjoy.
Jan 15, 2022
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Rated by 2market from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can’t go wrong with this brew
Jan 13, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: It pours black with a brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has strong roasted aroma with citrus. There are some low expresso notes in the background.

Taste: It has strong roast and coffee flavors with citrus notes integrated in the malts. There is very low pine and a hint of floral.

Feel: It has a full body and slight alcohol warming.

Overall, although this is more like a black IPA to me, it has great flavors and finish.
Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 2.84 by selekt0r

Jan 04, 2022
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Rated by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore: More hops than I normally care for, especially in a stout
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by 10/14/22

So this is one of those classic beers that everyone in the forums talks about quite often. All that talking must've done some good, because Victory decided to bring this one back for this year. My last beer to close out a wonderful Chirstmas I just had. Let's crack it open

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

Upon first whiff of this, there's no question that this an old school Imperial Stout, just loaded with bitter roasty aromas. I'm picking up on aromas of charred toast, dark chocolate, roasted malt, acidic coffee, earthy hops, and light toffee

Oof, it's possibly even more roasty in taste. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting dark chocolate, bitter coffee, earthy hops, toffee, and light grapefruit rind. The swallow brings notes of char, caramel malt, toast, dark chocolate, herbal hops, pithy grapefruit, and acidic coffee

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a roasty and bitter beer. Finishes mostly dry with a huge roast character

This beer is definitely a product of the time when it was popular, and it's pretty damn good for that. Drinks easy for what it is
Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
So this stout is very interesting to me, since it uses European malts and American hops. I read some reviews about this stout that were much older, stating that it tasted more like a black IPA than a stout, but I disagree with this assessment. It tastes like a European imperial stout to me, with cocoa, slight coffee, a bit of bread, and a little bit of a hop bite, but really can't tell that the hops create any outstanding bitterness. Certainly not a thin beer, but certainly not the thickets beer I've ever had, and quite dry on the aftertaste.. I really enjoy it, but it's not as good when warm as some other thicker stouts. Overall, great stout, but better when served up slightly on the cold side. If you want something to drink at room temp, this probably isn't it.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
l: 75% black, head is dense, off white

s: fresh toast,

t: fresh toast, a little burned, some coffee,

f: medium body, velvety, balanced, chugging friendly

overall: good quality stuff, not so much complexity as the aged ones but still taste great, and affordable
Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The type of brown called to mind by an untamed forest, thick with brawny tree trunks, swallowed up in the darkness of its own, impermeable canopy; nightfall immersing it in sightless black. Oh, it has a head too… Right. Got a little carried away there. It’s a lush, wonderful head of pale, sandy froth with long-lived retention and lace that starts as a sheet, then breaks into cobwebs.

Smoked oats, coated in a chocolate that’s never even heard the word “sugar,” let alone mixed with it. The backend yields dark malts and miniscule, earthy hops, pulverized into powdery dryness.

So plush and thick, it’s like chewing on a satin quilt—but in this case, pretend the quilt is edible and chewing on it is not the result of mental derangement. A weave on low carbonation provides a bit of fiber-like contrast to the texture… Hmm, I’m not really selling you here, am I? Look, its good okay. Full bodied and smokier than a volcanic plume. Drink it and instantly gain +100 Manly Points.

A billowing cloud of woodsmoke engulfs the palate, leaving the tongue to blindly trip over dark, earthy hops, bang its shins on blocks of raw cacao, and fall, gratefully, onto a pillow of soft oats at the end.
Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by o29 from Texas

Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 02, 2021
Rated: 3.3 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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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Reviewed by Knoght5191 from Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -37%
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
Storm King from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 6105 ratings