Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
5,931 Ratings
Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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

Style: American Double / 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

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Ratings: 5,931 |  Reviews: 2,649
Photo of elmore
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a snifter. A 2 finger tan head. Nice head with good retention for such a high ABV. Minimal lacing.

Typical RIS smells: burnt malts, unsweetened dark chocalate, has a nice floral sweetness, which I think is from the hops. Taste is similar to smell and I really like the nice spicy hops bite, which really comes through in the after taste.

This one fall about middle of the road in body for RISs. Solid, but not as full as some. Carbonation is medium as expected for the style.

Alcohol is well masked and the malt/hops are very balanced, making this a really drinkable RIS.

Another winner from Victory. I have yet to be disappointed. At around $10 for a 6 pack this is really a difficult value to beat.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a jet black in the glass with a thick, creamy, tan froth. This is exactly the way a stout should look! Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, lots spicy hop flower, roasted nuts, roasted malts, & subtle smokiness. There is a definite hop bitterness from beginning to end. Great carbonation/mouthfeel and long finish. Overall, a fantastic RIS with loads of hoppiness that is a must try.

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Photo of gskitt
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I"ve been looking for. Found it. Pours pretty much a black, cannot detect any light coming through or around the edges. Smell is subdued, but consists of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is deep, balanced and full of roasted malts and some char on the end. Huge expresso element in the middle. This is a well-brewed stout. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. Overall, yup, awesome.

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Photo of Elimination
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some imperial stout!

Look is a deep deep black not a bit of light coming through.

Smell is boozy, oak, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee great overall

Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark espresso very great overall bit the end seems very dry really

Mouthfeel is very thick a pudding of a beer really

Drink is great wish these were more readily available in my area

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Photo of oldvines
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpcoz
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle - Standard Pint Glass
Total Wine - Claymont, DE

A - pitch black, solid, slightly viscous during pour. 1.5 finger caramel head that dissipated into a milkshake-like lacing, mocha colored.

S - roasted malts, fresh hops, faint coffee, caramel and chocolate, earthiness feeling to the aroma. Take a second to swirl the glass around and the piney hops come alive in a big way, very refreshing, especially in a stout

T - sweet beginnings, chocolate and coffee come together in a mocha-like presence, almost like a milk stout. Hints of caramel add to the sweetness and linger on throughout. Turns over to a decent bitter in the finish due to the roasted malt presence. Good hop presence, carbonation is prevalent but nowhere close to being overkill. Good balance in this stout.

M - thick. Chewy. Coats the mouth well, leaves an aftertaste of fresh mocha, chocolate and roasted malts.

D - surprisingly affordable, not hard to find in the Philadelphia area. Hides the alcohol well while delivering flavor and good transition. Different flavors, scents, hop presence and roasted maltiness make this this a complex beer. Storm King is arguably the best Stout being produced in the Delaware Valley.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gyllstromk
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Chimay goblet. The body was an opaque, jet black; conforming to the style. The head was nearly vacant but surprisingly light in color; this effect made a nice color contrast, forming a halo around the brim of the glass with little hurricane swirls in the middle.

I was surprised that the first smell from the bottle was hops. Later smells from the glass revealed the characteristic toasted malt flavors.

The taste is more toasted malt but very crisp and direct. Sourness is there, but I was pleasantly surprised by a hint of pine and a slight astringent bitterness; from smell to taste, hops played a great role here.

The finish is clean and smooth, without the typical stout thickness. I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ScottP
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwearl
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass I observed a very black beer with a hearty head. The taste is heavy and bitter, finished dry and a little dark chocolate. The might be the most drinkable heavy, high alcohol content beer I have ever had. I would normally stop at one beer of this class, instead drinking two and would have had three if I was at home. Just a great beer all around dark beer.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy and lasting tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Coffee and bakers chocolate up front in the nose, with molasses, plum and umami coming on strong as it warms.

Super rich, dark and bitter tasting. Roasted, almost smokey, chocolatey malts stand out at first once again. There's a strong wallop of fruit and umami, as well, maybe a flash of licorice, and then a hint of coffee, chicory and wood mid-palate. Chocolate/ coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-bodied, creamy feel.

The umami could be dialed down half a notch, but overall, this is delicious.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer for years and only recently realized I hadn't rated it.

The beer pours a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of pine from the hops. The flavor follows suit. I get a ton of pine from the hops, which is accompanied by the chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. Low bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely one of the hoppiest Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of amidabha
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a moderate pour into an imperial pint glass gave a one inch head with lacing sticking to the sides. a great typical deep light blocking color and a nice minimal/slightly malty scent comes up but no off or odd scents.

a great taste focusing on the malt bill, a nice black bite in the middle of my tongue makes this curious sip. it starts off smooth and finishes with a nice tartness that makes me want to sip it again. this can be dangerous because of the abv.

i just found out about this brew last week and was happy to find it to enjoy on a cool night like tonight. this is a great beer that is a good standard for the style. it's a good thing this one is sold in 12oz instead of bombers only. this means i will buy this one all winter long.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with nearly no head, but develops a nice, persistent cocoa head after the pour is complete. Smells like chocolate, coffee, and toffee (nothing shocking here). Tastes incredibel - rich, dark coffee and chocolate, with a touch of brandy. Tasty. The moutnfeel is perfect - good measure of carbonation to offset the thick, syrupy character of the stout. This is a first class russian imperial stout!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer... not only for the taste but for the ease of which it is found.

As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this one is unique for it's fruity flavor. It's hard to put a finger on it, but the chocolate taste is there. The roasted coffee taste is there. But there's more... a fruity undertone (raisins, plums) that makes this stand out. The high ABV prevents you from downing these en masse, but that's not what this beer is meant for. It's for special occasions, like 3-day weekends, the first snowfall of the season or a college basketball double-header.

At $12/six-pack, it's a little on the high end, but well worth it. If you can't find Founders Breakfast Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout on the regular, this makes a fine substitute.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a jet black color with a brown head. There is about a fingers worth of foam. Reminds me of coca cola with head.

Smell- I smell vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, maybe even a bit of soy sauce. Smells great very well done

Taste- A bit bitter then what I expected almost too much as it over powers the malt. This beer showcases the harsher things in life that we love. It is salty, there is some whiskey flavor, oak, soy, and bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- this is thick and musty. More then you would expect a pleasent bitterness lingers on the mouth

Drink- Its a bit rough for me but nonetheless complex and flavorful. I bet this would go great with a cigar.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a soft, thin layer of brown head that quickly fades leaving a thin film. The nose has notes of deep, rich chocolate and some subtle roasted malts. There are some faint alcohol notes that blend well with the malts. The flavor is deep, chocolaty, roasty, smooth, and finishes with a clean hop bitterness. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms but it adds great character to the malts and never detracts from the flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a great stout. It's drinkable, flavorful, and all around enjoyable. I would have this over and over again.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous oil-black, with a substantial head of tan carbonation. Attractive 2-finger lace, too.

Aroma is dark cocoa, licorice, and toffee. Appealing.

Flavor is rich and strong, but smooth. The cocoa seems most prominent, with a deep roasted malt character appearing. The finish brings a wash of hoppy bitter bite.

Ultimately, a complex and highly satisfying imperial stout.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pitch black body with a thin tan head.
It smells like darkness: black strap molasses, black coffee and roasted malt. Wonderful.
The taste follows the smell. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and finishes with burnt wood.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A great dark, dark stout.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black, nice light tan bubbly head leaving amazing lacing. Smells of grassy and piney hops, very little roasty malts, some earthiness, . Tastes of tropical fruit malts up front followed by slight roastiness in the end. Moderate bitterness leaving a semi-sweet chocolate, roasty and fruity finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel through out.

A very unique RIS. Lot of fruit characteristics throughout, both dark fruits and citrus from the hops. The hops are extremely prominent in this beer, would love to see how age affects it. That said, the chocolate and roasty malt melds well with the fruit producing a relatively clean and not too heavy RIS. Very impressive.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Black with over a finger of foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate and booze with a little coffee and vanilla.

Taste. Toasty, smokey malt, chocolate and a little burnt sugar and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Body seems a little light.

Overall. Nice drinkable ris. Not as heavy and filling as some but very tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Just about solid black with a two finger tall caramel head that leaves great lacing. It certainly looks the part.

Aroma: Lots of roasty malt, as you'd expect. But unlike many stouts, there are definite hop notes to be found here.

Taste: Huge roasted malt body with lots of big semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Definite hop splashes at times, a very welcome addition. The alcohol is hidden rather well under the big malt body, but raises its head from time to time. Lots of coffee and some nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A very thick body, almost reminiscent of a milkshake. Perhaps a little chalky at times, but it works. Medium carbonation with nice alcohol warmth in the mouth.

Drinkability: As you'd expect from a Russian Imperial Stout, this is firmly in sipper territory. A beer to be savored.

Verdict: A very solid Imperial Stout with a unique hop flourish that really sets it apart. Well worth the hype, this is a beer that delivers (especially at this price point).

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a quarter-inch tan head that settles in fast with moderate lacing in the chalice. A hoppy and roasty scent along with aromas of coffee. A lot going on here with a plethora of complex flavors. Specifically the roasted dark malts that blend nicely with citrusy hops. This is a rich and outspoken imperial stout and the tangy hop profile blasts away any trace of alcohol. A somewhat dry aftertaste of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Medium heaviness and medium carbonation. A strong-armed stout from Victory with an interesting character. I think a storm's a rollin in now.

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Photo of jegross2
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage self-served in a tulip glass. Drinking this after a glass of Great Lakes' "Blackout Stout," so I guess I am in a Russian Imperial Stout mood tonight.

Appearance: Black as night, though some light penetrates the outline of the beer. The beer pours a 1.5 finger creamy head.

Aroma: Very subtle licorice and red wine nose. Sweet chocolate, and perhaps a very faint oak scent. Interesting hops aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is led by a subtle fruit taste that quickly gives way to a strong espresso and a bitter, roasted malt flavor. Slightly hoppy, which is a bit unexpected but welcome. Roasted coffee flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The beer finishes with a flavor of dark, unsweetened chocolate with a lingering smoaky/oaky coffee flavor. The finish reminds me of eating a dark chocolate candy at an upscale restaurant after a steak dinner that is followed by coffee for "dessert." Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and full bodied. The beer is slightly creamy and warming (no doubt from the 9.1% ABV), though not boozy in the least. The finish is sweet, and the flavor lingers.

Overall: a very drinkable Russian Imperial Stout. The flavor is not as enticing as the Blackout Stout, but the aroma is much more pleasant. Storm King's bitterness is a unique quality that works well to balance out the expresso flavor and complement the chocolate tones. This is a beer worthy of the Russian Imperial Stout style.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,931 ratings
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