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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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5,955 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: 5,955 |  Reviews: 2,657
Photo of deejaydan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade a while ago.. stored it in my cellar and decided to crack it open after work today, at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque dark dark brown color, minimial head, but some lacing. Smells of, well roasted malts, some carmelly sweetness in the smell as well.

Taste is pretty well layered... first of sweet malt mingled with alcohol fading into the bitterness from the roasted malts then finally a little hop bite at the very end.

I like this beer overall, however, I would like it to be a bit thicker and creamier for the style. I find it a tad thin for a double stout.

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Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ROBUST!! Pours black with a dense one finger lasting tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of licorice. Taste is the same as aroma. Full creamy mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A very tasty Imperial Stout.

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

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color with a frothy tan head that results in delicate, spotted lacing on side of glass. Complex aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, floral hops, coffee and caramel.

Opens big with assertive notes of dark roasted malts and, unusual for the style, dominant flavors of bittering floral hops. Full bodied with an ultra-creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hints of buttered pumpernickel, dark chocolate and espresso surface. Suggestions of molasses, toffee and caramel emerge, followed by a hint of brown sugar. High ABV kicks in as it warms. Finishes slightly dry with a kiss of bourbon.

So many interesting characteristics combine to form this unique taste profile, making Storm King one of my all-time favorite beers within a style I'm seldom enamored with. At 9.10%, recommended as a sipper.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov. 16 '04 edition.
A tiny, beige head dies to filmy islands on the clear, dark brown beer. A couple of spots of lacing. Chocolate syrup and a little cheesy funk in the nose. A fruity, chocolate front; a thick, rich, sweet, but not too milky sweet middle; a nice, smoky, bitter chocolate, molasses finish. Grapesy aftertaste. This is a very good, full, milky, chocolatey, roasty, full-flavored beer.

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

12 oz bottle with a best before April 1, 2015 printed on the side (couldn't find a bottled on date) poured into a pint glass.

Look: black beer with some carbonation in it. The head in exceptionally thick especially given the style and it retains forever and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: pretty calm in terms of taste. I get some sweet malt and roasted chocolate and brown sugar smells.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and some earthiness are present in the taste. There's some hop bitterness but not too much. Generally, its just very sweet.

Feel: very smooth and enjoyable. Not much bitterness and no alcohol bite.

Drink: very high. I think if I had blind tasted this that I would have identified the style as a normal stout rather than a RIS because the drinkability is so high. I could very easily go through a few of these.

Overall, a nice accessible RIS. Definitely give this one a try.

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

A: Very very dark brown with a black appearance. dark tan head fades quickly, ending up with moderate lacing.

S: Heavy dark chocolate and bittersweet cocoa malts with notes of roasted coffee, earthy and bitter hops, and caramel. Heavy on the malt aroma.

T: Smooth and intense bittersweet dark chocolate and thick coffee malts. Dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol round off the body quite well. Notes of earthly hops are felt throughout the drink. Fantastic aftertaste; big on the chocolate and coffee.

M: Sticky, sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

D: A good stout, although not as complex as i'd like. Very straight forward. Easy going down, great taste.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in my favorite snifter glass.

Appearance: Pitch black like the darkest brown you will see, somewhat thin on the pour with a nice natural tan head rising to about 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light molasses and rich coffee, smells yum.

Taste: Bitter coffee, almost espresso like but taken to another level. Malty to the point that it feels like a meal and hops...almost like an american black ale meets your imperial.

Mouth: This is where I find where this beer excels at...a little dry but who cares the coffee fusion compliments its medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: Very good brew, to not buy it is pretty much a sin. Complexity and strength what more could you ask for? Bought this because of the very good experiences I have had with Victory Brewing and honestly just added another one....Salud!

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

This is a very hoppy stout, so if you like that style of beer, than I think this will fit very well. It's not an overall huge stout, but has enough flavor and depth to not be wimpy. Alot of the other imperial stouts can be over the top in thickness, flavor, etc, this is not one of those. It is very smooth, clean and little to no alcohol in the taste or mouthfeel.

I would consider this a floral stout.

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

Did a Vertical of this beer tonight....an 04, 05, and 06 in that order.

I can say this is a great beer that stands up to a little age. I enjoyed all of them but I liked the 2005 the best...but it was a close race.

Really fantastic beer, all the great thing everyone else has pointed out. A fantastic beer for a vertical. I have plans to pick up more of the 2006 for the next vertical of 2006, 2007, 2008....mmm..good beer and worth the $2.50 a 120zer.

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

I was surprised to see this on tap at one of our regular haunts.

A - Dark cola appearance with an eighth inch head.

S - It was served too cold, so the aroma took a while to show itself. Malty, chocolatey.

T - When it warmed, the tastes of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla developed. Very little alcohol presence. Some lacing as it disappeared from the glass.

M - Less creamy than expected, probably due to recent tastings of nitro stouts and porters.

D - Much too drinkable than a 9% brew should be.

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

Bottle served at 55*. Pours black and opaque as night while developing a dense tan head. Didn’t appear as viscous on the pour as other big Imp Stouts. Moderate nose of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred wood and hops. Palate was creamy and smooth, without being slick or oily. Attractive taste of espresso coffee and lots of charcoal notes with a minerally dryness mid-palate. The hops certainly make a strong play here keeping any cloying sweeetness at bay and providing a notable crisp and pleasant hop bitterness to the long finish. A very well balanced Impy Stout which keeps the alcohol well hidden. Top notch!

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

Poured a deep dark brown/black color with tan head. Nose is nice full flavor with strong malt flavors such as coffee/caramel chocolate, also a real nice hop flavor which balances out the malt. Taste is an amazing smoothness for the high alcohol content. Very good RIS IMHO. Not as good as Old Rasputin but close.

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

Pours a jet black with a one finger head that has great retention.

Aromas of dark caramel malts, chocolate, roasted barley, and floral hops. Smells delicious.

Taste is heavy on roasted barley and floral hops. Not quite the balanced complexity foretold by the aroma, but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as some stouts, which is the biggest thing missing from this one.

Overall a very good beer at a very good price.

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pretty much opaque with a big, thick, puffy brown head which fades really slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell: Surprising hoppiness after a swirl. When smelled still its bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Bitter, citrus and grassy hops up front with huge chocolate and coffee in the middle and finish. Its hard to tell when the hops stops and the bitter chocolate takes over, but its really nice. Long finish.

Mouthfeel: Very big and creamy. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkabililty: A very different kind of RIS with all the upfront hops smell and flavor. Its really good and different, but not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for an RIS. I will buy it again, and drink for a change of pace. Great stuff, but different.

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

Almost black, with a beautiful brownish head.
The nose is a triumph of roasted, liquorice, bitterness, a light chocolately note. Then again cocoa, bitter herbs, coffee. Almost some woody notes.
The taste is full, soft, smooth. It goes down like velvet. Again feelings of bitterness and roasted. Liquorice everywhere, chocolately notes that rise up.
The body is full and round.
A beautiful bitter aftertaste, very good. The alcohol is very well hidden, in the taste as in the smell.
But after a while, it warms... And you can feel it.
Maybe at least not the best in drinkability, but very good.

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

Closed the storm shutters on this one on 4/22/2004.

12-ounce bottle poured into shaker glass. Golden-black pour with light root beer touches. Light film on head, with no retention and verging on ebony in color; not nearly as pitch as others in this style. Oak scents with pine sap undertones, and an alcohol shortness. At taste were all the aforementioned attributes as found in the bouquet, but also a slight smokiness or burnt umber, although not as deep as others within the style. Clean finish for an imperial as a result of the finely tuned recipe. Much more drinkable than the DFH World Wide Stout offerings.

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

L - Pours black with a coffee ice cream colored head. Good lacong.
S - Slight roasted malt with chocolate.
F - Smooth. Real smooth.
T - Slow roast taste (i.e., swallow, pause....there it is! Wow). Dry finish.
O - Really good beer. Man, did I like this. Got even better as it warmed. Glad I had this beer.

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

This beer has all the attributes I love in a strong stout. I'm from PA so I've known this stout for a long time and it always remains close to the top of the list. Huge chocolate and roasty coffe/espresso nose balanced by piney and floral hops. Toasty malts but not too sweet. It always pours w a big milk chocolate head. Taste is sweet chocolate, raisens, and coffee, countered by pine and citrus from the hops. Hoppier and less sweet than some Imperial Stouts. Medium bodied with a soft palate. It's quite inexpensive for beer of this calibur and ages well, but it loses a lot of the hop character as it does.

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

A- Pitch black pour with a big tan head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Huge roasted malt aroma, some chocolate, some coffee. Nice subtle hop aroma as well.

T- Very hoppy, very roasty taste. Mainly hops an malt, but solid flavor.

M- Smooth, full bodied but drinkable, medium carbonation.

O- Very tasty hoppy strong stout. Malt and hops work very well together.

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

Good lord this thing is dark. Just might be the darkest beer Ive ever seen! Half inch tan head.

The hops really stand out in the smell; something a little different than I'm used to. Roasted malt and bitter black coffee accent the hops.

The thing that really sets Storm King apart from the other stouts Ive tried is the hoppy bitterness. The way the hops and bitter coffee interacted was actually kind of refreshing somehow. It really feels like a black, heavy DIPA. Its not as heavy as I would like from a stout, but the addition of hops flavor really make up for it.

Feels really light on the tongue (with big bold flavors somehow). Leaves a bitter hoopiness and coffee flavor in the mouth.

A really solid stout. Its nice to see someone doing something slightly different with a sout that isnt fruit or spice related. The hops really make a hop-head kind of stout.

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Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a dense inch or so of coffee coloured head on top of a virtually pitch black body. The head slowly falls away leaving nice rings of lacing.
S - Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma. There is some floral and citrus hop notes hidden underneath.
T - Coffee and chocolate dominate the taste as well. A slight smokey note is present too.
M - Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. Lingering roasty chocolate and coffee.
D - I held onto this for a while given it's not available here and I only got it in a very genourous trade (thanks xtacyturbo). I think the hops had faded (as would be expected) but otherwise this is a very solid RIS.

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Photo of hillind
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The beer poured with a great and thick two finger head. Very impressive start to an anticipated beer. We have had a lot of success with Victory beers. The head slowly disappated, but it took a while and lace was left all over the sides of the glass.

The aroma was dark and smokey with a nice bit of toasted barley and chocolate malt. The color was black and smelled perfect for its look.

The chocolate malt really comes through while drinking this beer. The roasted dark malts really make a nice beer. A great example of Russian Imperial.

The beer is pretty heavy and thick while drinking. Very smooth and complex.

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

A very good Imperial Stout with a hoppy aroma and a fairly balanced character. It's honestly a bit of a disappointment given the beer's big reputation, but that's common with the more popular beers and it's still quite good. Storm King pours black and opaque with a thick, creamy beige head. I don't really know what Imperial Stout would garner a perfect appearance score, much less a 1 or 2. Anyway, the aroma is quite hoppy with a mix of floral and grassy/citric notes. There's a touch of roasted, chocolate/coffee malt in there, but it's a bit weak. The flavor is more satisfying. It's clean and relatively dryly sweet, err... not sticky or cloying anyway. Again, the flavor is a bit dominated by hops, but there's a decent malt backbone lurking in there. I've heard that the malt comes forward with age, which would probably push this beer above a four for me. The feel is slightly thin. I think that I've cracked this beer too early. It's only about nine months to a year old and could probably use another year or three.

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Photo of mbjb0720
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,955 ratings
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