Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Chimay chalice...

A: Pours this and dark with a tan head. Decent head retention for an IS.

S: Wow, the first thing on the nose is an assault of earthy hops. The hops are complemented by nice chocolaty roasted malt undertones. Reminds me of the aroma from Old Rasputin with a tad more hop presence.

T: There is a lot going on here between the fresh hops and the malt backbone of this beer. There aren't too many imperial stout where the hops stand out like this, but the flavors harmonize quite well. The bitterness from the hops is undercut by the bold malt profile.

M: A little thinner than I am used to for imperial stouts, but it still has a heavy body. The mouthfeel isn't is a little sharp from high carbonation, would love a creamier texture here.

D: Excellent aroma and taste make for another solid brew from Victory. This is certainly one of the most hop forward stouts I have tried to date. You also gotta love that you can find this big beer in a 6 pack at a reasonable price. This is a big beer though, probably couldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is twelve times better than last time I had it. Yay!! AMazing what having an imperial stout that is of age is like compared to premature. The fusels have mellowed massively and a whole new layer of rich chocolate sweetness has emerged.

The pour is not as black as th blackest of black can blackly black, but its still black, black. Nice tan head with mediocre head retention and larger imperial stout bubblies.

Nose is roasty sweet like toasted marshmallows. Not too much coffe for me in this one. Of course it i there some given the style, but not overwhelmingly. Chocolate however is assertive. A smokiness in this beer I've never noticed before. My friend pointed out some smell that reminded him of hot dogs. I'm veggy, but I rememeber hot dogs and I totoally pick up on what he is describing.

Flavor- Roast unsurprisingly jumps out immediately, however a nice sweetness of dark chocolate balances this with some tingly carbonation to clean the tongue for the next sip. A hint of smoked spicy meat in the flavor. The finish is definitely full of roasted barley but not as loud as some other examples of this style, or as some of the winter malty warmers I've been drinking lately. Overall, much improved. I'm aging three bottles to see how another few years treats them.

Delicious hot roast to this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Pirate's Cove back on Memorial Day weekend, finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Dark black, very thick looking. Head is tan and about 1 finger which quickly dissipates. Nice lacing left on the glass. This was a bit of a cold pour, which probably explains the lack of head.

S: Big smells here, really permeates the room. Closer inspection reveals toasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a surprisngly strong bit of bitterness. Doesn't really smell hoppy...but I don't know what else the bitter would come from.

T: Toasted malt and coffee are prominent in this brew. Other flavors are pretty mild...but there is definitely a hop kick at the end. Fairly resiny, although I don't imagine you'd be able to taste much real flavor character over the darkness of the brew.

MF: Thick and chewy, but not the thickest I've had. It's actually quite a crisp feel. Carbonation is higher than probably a lot of RIS's. Decent warming although it took a few minutes before I really noticed anything.

D: This is a nice RIS, although not as rich and flavorful as others I've had. I really like the bitter character in the end, although it does seem a bit odd for the style. Nice drinkable brew, although at 9% I couldn't drink too many in one sitting. Not the best, but better than most.

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Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep, dark coloring. Small level of head that dissipated but heavy lacing is evident.

S: Chocolate and coffee tones on the nose, little fainter than I would have expected however.

T & M: Creamy initial taste, followed by dry bitterness from the hops. Very nice representation of the style.

D: Highly drinkable, high ABV not apparent at all. One of the better RIS that I have had.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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