Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,636
Ratings:
5,893
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/8/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter hops, and coffee. Flavor of weaker sweet roasted malts, bitter hops. The mouthfeel is nice and full and richens as the beer warms. The flavors are a bit weak for a top notch imperial stout. Rather bitter as well. The first time I had this beer I wasn't particularly impressed and the same holds true in this revist. It lacks the rich intensity of the great imperial stouts and reminds me of a regular stout with a full-bodied palate. Still a good beer to try, but it's nothing great.

Update 7/10/08: Had this beer again on gravity keg at Blind Tiger. The flavor is completely dominated by coffee and roasted malt. Very roasted. A little tastier than the bottled version, but there's still not a lot going on here.

8/4/6/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of gcamparone
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a thick, oily, opaque black body with a frothy 2" brown head with medium-low retention. Medium lacing.

S- Interesting. Milk chocolate, booze, heavy roasted malt, slightly plastic. Not the most aromatic stout. Let's taste it.

T- Deep roasted malt upfront. Bitter cocoa and hops that linger on the tongue for a while. Slight booze on the tongue, but nothing offensive.

M- Medium carbonation, thick consistency.

Overall, I wasn't hugely impressed. For the ABV and thick mouthfeel, I expect a little more flavor. Slightly harsh.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Best by 11/22/2016.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a significant khaki head. Good retention and lacing, but it is quite light for a stout.

Smell - Hops galore. The hops cover up most of the stout. A fair bit of coffee emerges behind. The hops come off as rather vegetal.

Taste - The taste is extremely hoppy, but markedly better than the nose. Not as vegetal. Still hoppy, but more chocolate and coffee come through. Not much of the boozy comes through.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Quite thin. Not boozy, but exceedingly bitter. The aftertaste is hops, not stout.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's so aggressively hopped that it's lost. More stout, please.

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Photo of maybrick
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Storm King at Victory on Draft came out yesterday. It's still VERy young. However, by comparison when it cam out last year (according to my notes) I think giving this batch some time we'll se it eclipse the overall rating! The Alpine Hops used are at this time overwhelming - however given some time (Mid to lat winter) I think it will mellow out. I'm a big "King" Fan and have bottled examples going back several years and I also happen to live about 10 minutes away from Victory. Tonight I made an intersting black and tan combo (rotsaruh agreed) that was actually quite nice. 50% King and 50% Kolsch.

Enjoy and I'll keep you posted!

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark stout color with a minimal tan head of foam
smells of coffee and roasted espresso
roasty taste, chocolate espresso beans with a tad bit of hop bite at the end of the sip
the alcohol mask here is great, actually had no idea it was a 9% until I looked at the ABV at the top of the page
well rounded stout

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Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok at last these Victory beers are appearing in Oregon, it is about time.
Bought in a 12 oz single from Liquid Solutions.
In appearance its typical good stout, pitch black ,impenetrable by light, small tan head that dissapears fast.Good laceing.
Nice burnt, chocolate, esspresso aromas, also a wiff of alcohol.
This is nice enough..it has the complexitieds expected from a stout, the dark chocolate, rum,esspresso coffee, but I think the alcohol shows through too much and disrupts the flavour parade.But its not unpleasant.
Again I think the palate starts of nice and smooth and the alcohol breaks it down somewhat to near watery.
Its a good winter night drink..but I think I prefer my stouts a little less alcoholic.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours the standard RIS deep mahogany / borderline black while yielding a short-lived 3/4" khaki toned head. nose isn't quite as bold as i look for: subtle notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. somewhat disappointing on that score.

flavor also doesn't exactly bowl me over. more of the same with roasted malt, a little coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate; also some hoppy characters to it. not bad by any means, just sort of unexciting. medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

overall, an above average russian imperial stout but not much above. while it's relatively tasty and enjoyable and although i would more than welcome another, with all the great takes on this style that are out there it's closer to a middle of the pack RIS than anything exceptional, at least in my mind.

(originally reviewed: 12-27-2011)

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Photo of Bubba83
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well then, I suppose I'll finally review a beer I've had at least 10 times, Victory Storm King. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter at around 50 degrees.

Appears jet black with a dark tan creamy head, about one finger width. Good retention and really good lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, roast, smoke, and rubbing alcohol. Maybe some faint hints of vanilla. Lots of hops finish up, seems almost like simcoe in nature.

This stout is extremely hoppy. So much so that I think it detracts from the beer. Where I'd expect to get a good hit of chocolate and coffee, I get huge spicy hops instead that just mask everything. It's still pretty good, but I'm just not getting what I look for in the style. Finishes up with a good deal of alcohol heat and medicinal cherry alcohol.

Mouthfeel is really quite good, oily and big, decent amount of chew here, with the right level of bubbles.

Drinkability is hindered by a medium level of heat and too much spice from the hops. It's not hard to drink, but it isn't easy either. Overall still a classic, but there's just a lot better stuff out there now. And if you want a hoppy stout, Old Rasputin is a much better choice.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, coffee, mild citrus and hint of dark fruit sweetness.

T: Taste of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, hint of alcohol and a sticky finish.

F: Fairly full body, quite smooth, a bit boozy. Was hoping for for a more creamy texture.

O: Not the ideal stout but will give it a try again in the future.

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Photo of Greggy
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very nice thick tan head on top of a black body. As the head receives, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Very nice dark sweet chocolate, graininess, cocoa notes, graham cracker, sweet cream, balanced hopiness. I'd recommend a snifter for this one. When your nose isn't right on the beer, the nose is quite tight.

T- Starts out with notes a light chocolate and coffee, some earthiness, and plenty of hop oil notes. The finish is mainly hoppy notes with a bit of residual dry chocolate. Alcohol can be felt on the finish.

M- For this much alcohol I would have like quite a bit more body. Low carbonation. Seems a bit simplified.

D- For the alcohol level, it's really lacking some body. For the money, there are much better Impy's out there.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

after hereing from my fiance it was coming out i stoped by a beer bar they did not have it yet so 2 weeks later they had it

it looks delicoius blacker than black smelled very faint hops and a little roast it taste pretty good to me my freinds said it was not so good mouthfeel was lacking something serious not one im gunna sit and drink a 6 of ever

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours the standard RIS deep mahogany / borderline black while yielding a short-lived 3/4" khaki toned head.

nose isn't quite as bold as i look for. subtle notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate.

flavor also doesn't exactly bowl me over. more of the same with roasted malt, a little coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate; also some hoppy characters to it. not bad by any means, just sort of unexciting. medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

overall, an above average russian imperial stout but not much above. while it's relatively tasty and enjoyable and although i would more than welcome another, with all the great takes on this style that are out there it's closer to a middle of the pack RIS than anything exceptional, at least in my mind.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured black with a nice little tan head. It didnt leave much lace though.

S - Dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some kind of molasses or sweet scents. These always remind me of chocolate covered cherries.

T - Right on the money for a double stout. Colmplex but light afforementioned flavors swirled together to make this an enjoyable experience.

M - Little carbination and very smooth.

D - Due to the High alcohol this a once a night beer for me. But I look forward to it everytime.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, practically opaque brown, with tan head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Strong roasted malts, burnt coffee.

T: I've had this before and liked it a lot, the taste isn't as sweet as I remember. It's bitter with a hint of chocolate and strong coffee flavor. Tastes very burnt, though. Strong booze taste as well.

M: Medium body, with higher than expected carbonation. A lil too boozy that doesn't match up with the flavor.

D: Once again, I've had this before, and remember it being better, but that was a long time ago.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Everything is in place so much brighter from today. A king in my own mind." - In Flames

Black with an average sized sand colored head. Some lace up top with fair retention.

Smells of dark fruit with tobacco and citrus hops blending over roasty malt and chocolate.

I noticed the mouthfeel first; it's thick, viscous and enlivened by ebulliant (for a RIS) carbonation. Flavor is smooth, roasty esspresso and chocolate embedded with citrus hops. Pronounced alcoholic aftertaste. Interesting balance of malty bitterness versus fruity hops.

Overall the flavors seemed frantic and muddled and I couldn't get over a stinging alcohol burst in back. Not sure what the big deal is with this one.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black (but not as dark as the usual RIS) with a tan one finger foamy head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, cream, chocolate. A sort of airy hoppyness as well.

Taste: Starts with dark malt and a very light citrus bitterness. Transitions into a middle section that gives more moderate bitterness levels and then a charred coffee and chocolate finish. The roasted bitterness sticks around on the palate for a long while though the 9.1% ABV is never noticeable. As it warms a little there are notes of fig and dried apricot in the flavor. A slight sweetness also develops with the slow rise in temperature. A tad underwhelming when all is said and done.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body which I tend to consider a little on the thin side in terms of the style. Carbonation is a bit much at first but a few swirls of the glass make way for a smooth drinking experience. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A decent RIS. Some age would probably serve it well. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. "Enjoy By Sep 27 11", thanks, will do.

Pours a perfectly opaque jet black, with two fingers of tan head that stays around for a while. Very, very dark -- even when held up to a light this shows nothing.

The nose is kind of metallic alcohol, not too pleasant. Some chocolate hints are present, but overall, I'm disappointed here.

Taste is roasted coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and hops... more hops than you normally see in a Russian Imperial Stout. The start is very strong, and very stout-y, but the finish is bitter hops. Interesting, and makes for a nice contrast on the next sip.

The mouthfeel is good. This is a well-carbonated stout, and that adds some heft to it, but not too much. This is definitely a bit lighter, and way more drinkable than most beers of its class.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Will this Storm King be as good as it's Death Metal Brethren?

Good looking tan head, nice lacing, and black as sin. Drink if you're in the mood for murder.

Good sniffin' beer. I sniffed some fruit, some hoppy goodness...but I'm struggling with the chocolate. Maybe the old shnozola is off today. Oh! I think I smelled it...way in the back.

Just like it's appearance, the taste does not hold back; strong. It's akin to the smell, but way stronger. The smell is pleasing, whereas the taste may push you over. That doesn't mean bad either; it's just very punctual. A punctual punch. It's a roasted brew for sure, with just a lot of harsh, dark characteristics; coffee/chocolate/wood. Serious aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is a beast as well. It stays. And if you're not digging the beer, you'll have to wash your mouth out. Medium body that's creamy and smooth. Feels like I drank a charred beer of old time goodness.

The drinkability, for me, is very mood defining. If I'm having a good time, and looking to drink it up, there's no way I'd choose this. But if I have a pal who's looking for a new Stout to try, Storm King is the way to go.

Bottom line is the beer is solid, heavy and likable. And would you guess it! It fits incredibly well while listening to the Pittsburgh Death Metal band of the same name. It's definitely fitting to being a 'Keeper of the Shadows'.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the front label. It was a solid black with a thick brownish head that stuck around for a long time before settling to a thin foam. The smell was very weak and without any dominant trait. Even the dark malts were muted. The taste was good but nothing stellar. It had a pretty bitter end that kept my score down. It's my first RIS so maybe that's the style but missed the mark for me. (3,RB,ML,O)

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown /black with no light getting through about 1 finger head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it fades to a decent cap

S-a little burnt coffee and carmel smell

T-like the smell, some burnt taste with some earth mettalic hop finish

M-thinner than I was expecting light to medium bodied

O-this is a ok not quite as good as I was hoping. I think the thinness of it is the biggest drawback for me. I would drink it again but not go looking for one.

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Photo of drmeto
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
S:
-plums,raisins,coffee,chocolate,molasses
T:
-chocolate,big coffee,grapefruit
-High hop bitterniss
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-full body
-faint alcohol warming
O:
I wished for some more complexity here.
Decent overall

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Photo of BB1313
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this one. The thing that stands out is the drinkability. This is a RIS that doesn't force you to sip. I was able to drink it like a lager. The color was pitch black and the lacing and head was nice. The smell was hoppy although faint for a RIS. A nice beer w/ high drinkability bc it's thin, not thick. I never found this as hoppy as some say, oh well.

Good beer, but dare I say Imperial Porter? It's a unique take on the style, it's just not as bold as others.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black? yes, of course.

Smell: Alcohol and prunes, figs perhaps and a little bit o' chocolate, though not as good as me old rasputin arrrrghh!

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thin for the style, with a wee bit of chocolate in the front and heavy on the burnt malt in the back end, mouthfeel is a little thin. The pruny sweetness has no chance, though at least the alcohol is muted. Overall a big dissapointment from those guys who make Prima.

Drinkability: Wack.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger tan head and decent lacing.

The smell of bitter hops jumped from the bottle before I could even pour it. There's also a faint hint of sweet chocolate.

Tastes of hops, chocolate and coffee with a sweet finish. The rindy hops detract from the flavor. In the mouth, it's crisp and thin, but holds up a very strong flavor.

Overall, I think it's overhopped and overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but not for me.

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Photo of CrookedStill
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Dogfish Head signature glass.

Pours oil black with a thick 2-3 finger mocha head that leaves a nice lacing as it falls.

Lots of chocolate and roasted malts upfront. Fairly straightforward.

Follows the aroma. Roasted and hints of chocolate hit first and then hops make themselves present. Finishes slightly bitter. No trace of the 9% alcohol.

Medium bodied with med/low carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I've tried it. Wouldn't go far out of me way to pick it up again.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,893 ratings.
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