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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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: 5,942 |  Reviews: 2,655
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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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Very nice head on this beer, dissapates to a nice thin flavor trapping cover.
Smell is very pleasent with a tinge of alchohol. Very strong chocholate/mocha smell with a hint of espresso.
First thing to jump out of the taste is hopps, coffee next, a bit bitter and sweet at the same time. The finish is very worm and bitter. alchohol is definitely present in the taste and double in the finish. Hits the stomach like a brick. You know you're drinking something with significant ABV. The sweetness really comes out as it warms.
The mouthfeel is good, not to lingering, goes away just in time to prepare you foor another round.
I am quite fond of this stout! Came Highly recomended by a fellow BA'er.
A nice kicker about this beer is that it is affordable. You don't feel guilty about buying a whole six pack!

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

This is one great stout. I am very impressed. I couldn't sip this beer it was gone way to quick and I could get in real trouble if I had a lot of these around because I'd drink them.
Look is very dark and the head is nice and thick and about a half a finger stuck around until the end.
Smell is roast and flowery hops.
Taste is amazingly smooth with a complex balance of roasted malts and flowery hops.
Feel a medium body with perfect carbonation. Rich and creamy
Drink Wow this is drinkable. Even with the high ABV the beer just begs to be drank and open another and drink that one too.

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

A - Pours black, with a depressingly small brown head that stays throughout.

S - Big coffee overtones with chocolate malt hints

T - Roasted coffee malts up front followed by smokey and hints.. and what... what's this.. hops? yes a slight surprising hop finish. Unique.

M - Thick body coats the palate well and leaves a coffee after taste.

D - Smooth and the alcohol is well hidden, I'd have a couple.

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

This bottle courtesy of abankovich.

Pours a deep dark black with some ambery brown edges. Tan head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lace.

Nose is filled with roasty goodness, dark roasted grains, toasted bread, bitter chocolate, and earthy root. Some dark fruits hide in the earthy roasted smell.

Taste is very round, with big full maltiness and some very subtle vanilla sweetness. Big dark flavors of toasted wheat bread, coffee, and chocolate fade into a well controlled resiny bitterness that holds on to the grainy taste through the finish.

Nice full mouthfeel with a good dose of carbonation. Slight dryness at the finish is momentary inside the sticky smooth body.

Besides a little heat, the alcohol is very well masked by the nicely balanced flavor of this stout. I like that it had very little sweetness, leaning more towards roasted tastes and some resiny hops.

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Photo of RyantheReformer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

pours a deep dark mohogany with a light head that drops in to a wispy lace.
the aroma is roasty, malty, alcohol, licorice, spice, hint of coffee and dark chocolate.
the flavor is rich, spicy hopsack, bitter, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
best enjoyed on a cold night by a fire.

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

The foam was about 2" thick, dark wheat in color, slow dissapation, smooth and thick with staying power till the end and not lacey. The color was brown opaque. The smell wasa molassis, coffe/espresso, roasted barley overtone with deep and faint cherry accents. The taste was a firm and dominate deep roasted barley overtone with wood and chocolate/coffee undertones and some spicey fruit accents. Mouthfeel - deep full-bodied and thick palate feel. Drinkability - just like a barley wine - intended for slow sippin' to enjoy all it has to offer.

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

11.2 Bottle

A - Pitch black, impervious to light. A slightly aggressive pour yielded an 1 1/2 inch tan rocky head that stuck around as a 1/8-1/4 inch head with very nice lacing.

S - roasty, malty, cooked cherries,raisins in syrup, a hint of dark chocolate. The overall aroma is "in your face".

T - Very similar to the smell. Rich and malty upfront, cooked fruity esters in the middle, and then a sweet, slightly hoppy, aftertaste that hangs around. The alcohol is hidden well.

M - Near perfect! Velvety, chewy, nice and warming.

D - Very drinkable!

An excellent example of an RIS.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It looks like a stout. Dark black color and very opaque. It has a big, frothy mocha colored head with good retention that retains a decent sized layer on top. Small bubble streams make their way up the sides of the glass giving it a lively appearance.

S: There is a good balance between flowery, piney hops and roasted malts. Some subtleties of coffee and espresso add their aromatic hints to the aroma.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a near perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. There is less of an appearance of coffee in the taste than the smell.

M: It is medium bodied with a carbonation level that complements the feel and aids in bringing out the strong hoppy flavors. It has a sticky and chalky feel as well.

O: This is a very good stout and probably one of the best I have ever had. I will certainly be checking this one out again when I can get my hands on it. I'm glad I still have five more from the six pack to enjoy.

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

Pours a dark black, motor oil color, with a small head that dissipates quickly, and decent lacing along the edged of the pint glass.

Smell is strangely of bitter hops up front, and then dark fruits, roasted malts, and bready sweetness.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, hops bitterness, bitter chocolate, peppery spicy alcohol, and light undertones of espresso.

Mouthfeel is sharp, nicely carbonated for a stout, thick and chewy.

A good stout! It's very strong and seems a bit too bitter and hoppy for this style, however. Definitely a sipping beer as the ABV on this one is quite high.

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

have had a few six packs of this over the last month and was at victory on sat nite so had on tap.

believe it or not i like to geta few of these and a few hop wallops and mix n match...really intersting contrast between the two beers, in a good way...very good.

reviews are pretty spot on w/the dark fruit and licorice and also burnt bitterness and carbonation (like the carbo)

very full mouthfeel...this stout is ALIVE !

overall this is a tasty stout w/a hoppy kick and great flavors/bitterness...will always come back.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. The enjoy by date suggests it's still good for almost four years. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about three fingers of dense tan head that sticks around for a good while and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted, toasty, and sweet caramel malts are all in play in the bouquet. On top of all this, there are definite citrus and (more sublte) pine hop notes. There's a bit of spice to this one, as well. I'm picking up some anise and the faintest sarsaparilla.

T: Sweet and roasty at the front end, with a very inviting malt profile. The middle brings on some of those hop and spicier notes from the bouquet, including the anise and sarsaparilla. Those hops work tremendously with the malts, proving some great complexity without losing balance. The back end has more of the hops, which provide a good bit of bitter on top of the sweeter malts. There's also just the slightest amount of clear alcohol coming through, but it's covered remarkably well by the lingering hop bitter aftertaste.

F: This one is pretty firmly medium-bodied. It has nice creaminess thanks to a good level of carbonation; it finishes with a bit of lingering bitter, but it's far from syrupy. If anything, this one could be a little thicker.

O: I haven't had a Storm King in some time, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. This is a great-tasting, complex stout that brings a good deal of ABV in a very unobtrusive way. This is one I'll be returning to more frequently.

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

Poured into a dimple glass from a 12oz bottle. Was pleasantly surprised with this one when reviewing winter brews last year. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. The aroma is mostly malt and a lot of hops, though there is some dark fruit and maybe a hint of coffee in there. Nice RIS flavor, balanced between the roasted malt and hops. There is also chocolate and coffee in there. Thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. Very drinkable RIS indeed!

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Photo of cmq103
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As with most RIS, the pour is dark and thick. If you pour from the bottle with a purpose, you can generate a moderate medium brown head, though is quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Moderate lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: I read a lot of the reviews prior to actually buying this RIS. I agree that the hop presence definitely dominates this one. Mild chocolate & malty caramel, fading to a faint citrus aroma. Both the aroma and taste benefited as the beer warmed.

Taste: A "right in your face" bitter roasted chocolate hops. The bitterness follows through to the very end. Not in a bad way. Kind of what I expected and wanted from a fine Victory beer. The alcohol is hidden well with this, but make no mistake it's there to bring you to a happy place both in mind and taste. As mentioned before, the taste, for me, improved as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, with a pretty amazing hop bite for a RIS. I do love the combination, as IPA and Stouts are two of my favorites.

Drinkability: Hell yeah, but a sipper for sure. I could easily see myself having a few of these on a quiet night where I just want to ponder the goodness the world has to offer. Victory has not disappointed me yet!!

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Photo of Obriain
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Black in color. Chocolate brown quarter inch head. Sweet grain smell. Thick taste with hops ringing through. A nice aftertaste that fills you with the warmth of a good stout. A well balanced beer that stout lovers will find very drinkable. Also a beer that may intimidate some. I found that the taste was not as extreme as many are with the high alcohol content. Overall a great beer.

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

had from a bottle, poured nice & black like oil with a very small head to it, with a nice chocolate colour to it.

smell was malty, chocolate with coffee notes to.

taste was smooth with the maltyness hitting first & choc & coffee notes blending through smoothly on the end.

overall this is a very nice RIS with a smooth taste, a sipper! i will be getting more of these for sure.


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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, pours very thick and syrupy, half inch of tan head, deep dark black color, nice layer of head remains for the duration.

s- chocolate, roast, coffee, no real alcohol scent, some dry biscuit, sweet caramelized, well, caramel.

t- really nice, lots of roast, coffee, slight vanilla, slight bourbon edge, some sweetness - like burnt candied sugar, some belly and throat warmth, finishes dry and bitter. the alcohol shows up a bit as it warms just to show this bad boy's strength.

m- full bodied, coating, syrupy.

d- this goes down easily, but at 9.1% it may hinder sessioning a bit. this is my first ris and a great one at that - i think haha. i would drink this again for sure. another victory for victory.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared one year

Pours deep brown/black with a small tan head that maintains through out this session as a small wispy veil in the center of a small foam ring.
Aromas of roasted malts and a slight hoppiness.
Sweet malt tasting with some hop bitterness. The hops seemed to have mellowed out as I expected.
Malts have a chocolate espresso flavor.
A rich full bodied beer that has some grittiness on finish.
The flavors after a year have mellowed out nicely.
A nice rich stoudt beer with a good dose of hidden alcohol.
After reviewing I finished the beer off with a couple chunks of smoked gouda. They went together nicely.

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

Best by Oct. 2014.

Storm King is pitch black, with a dark brown head that has a fluffy consistency at first but then dies down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aroma is nicely hopped with a citrus and pine character. The dark character comes in next with the smell of a charred cooking surface, espresso coffee, and dark herbal notes. You can tell now that this is going to be a raw, rugged, and rough beer.

The taste is bitter from the hops with a strong finish that includes pine and fruits. There is also an extremley burnt roast character with some astringency. This makes me imagine eating the ashes of burnt American hops. It has a rough character all around, but I like it. Anyone who likes coffee would like this beer, whether they drink beer or not.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium carbonation. The finish is towards the dry side with a mouth coating, roasty astringency. I had this beer with an incredible brisket sandwich from B.T's Smokehouse. The charred meat flavor matched up well, but I think this would do better with a chocolate dessert. It feels light enough on the palate to make it mildly refreshing while still being an intense treat.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,942 ratings
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