Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,636 Reviews
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dar brown color, with a thin beige head but good lacing. Interesting and pleasant smell, almost lemony. Taste is of coffee, chocolate and raisins, with ginger and molasses. Very nice.

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Photo of LeRose
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only rate this in the here and now, but the bottle has a best by date of February, 2017. Dont know what that translates to in terms of bottle date.

Poured into a tulip an inky black with a bit of beige stout type head that fell to nothing.

Aroma is certainly absent any hop character. It is fig/date brown dried fruit, molasses, coffee, roast malt, and a note I cant pick out from the smell alone.

The taste is quite smooth, coffee, dried sweet fruit, brown sugar, molasses. There is an aftertaste that becomes easy to pick out as the beer warms, and it is licorice. Generally not a flavor I like in a stout, but this is in the aftertatse and it is clear but not overwhelming candy. More like licorice root or fennel.

The feel is oily, minimal carbonation, slick and smooth with the spicy note of the licorice livening things up.

Overall,this is a very good stout as consumed. I cant comment on a fresh bottle. Very good and would not hesitate to age this one even further.

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Photo of Benish
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black but with little translucence in the light. The head is a off-colored white that is thin and dissipated quickly. No lacings around the glass.

Aroma: hops, hops, and more hops. I do not pick up the common notes of coffee or chocolate. Just very earthy forward hops.

Taste: hops comes in fierce but there are subtle chocolate malt in the back. Overall, very bitter and earthy. Very strong bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: this beer takes after a black IPA, not an imperial stout. I've tasted beers labeled "black IPA" that tasted more like a stout than this beer. I would say go easy on the hops but since this beer has been around forever, clearly people like this and I'm in the minority.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a traditional spiegelau glass. First time trying this beer, and I enjoy sampling imperial stout styles. Pours a dark brown to black body with a two finger frothy tan head with visible carbonation bubbles on the top. Initial aromas of roasted malts, fresh hop fuitiness, and burnt coffee. Subtle notes of dark chocolate when doing several of the smell tests. First taste, that fine roasted dark malt sweetness, significant whole cone hop profile that zings you right away which I found to be kind of surprising. Well blalanced though, and bitter/dry on the end. The mouthfeel is the winner in my opinion.. especially when the beer warms a bit more. This beer should NOT be drank super cold. Smooth, lightly carbed, and dry/bitter finish that you can really taste the addition of the whole cone hops for sure. Its a bit different then some of the other types of Imperials I've tried, but certainly well crafted by the brewers at Victory. Overall the 9.1% alcohol content is hidden in this beer and is pretty well balanced despite the high level of hop presence.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is almost perfectly opaque black, with just a small hint of brown. The head is light tan and holds on at about half a finger. It leaves rings and sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma is a big blast of deep roasted malts and some alcohol sweetness. The taste is similar with a bit of earthy hops. The body is lighter with a silky feel and a little warmth on the finish.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a light tan foamy head. I get nice sweetness of sugars, a bitterness of burnt coffee, and a slight stink smell. The beer taste with a slight sweetness at first but then the burnt bitterness comes through. Sweet finish of chocolate and dark fruits. Nice carbonation and long finish in the mouth feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well here it is, review #2500, a review of a beer that used to sit at #1 on the all time beer list, before rarity and price became the prerequisites for 98% of the beer list. BeerAdvocate shark jump, 2010 I think. . .

Anyways, this gem pours black as night. Without a moon. Hits that awesome over 1" of head, looking crimson deep burnt red on it. Aroma hit chocolate, roast, coffee notes.

This one floats seamlessly through the genres of stout, some irish dry aspect, the lactose in a small way of a milk stout, the heft of an imperial stout, the dark fruit of a russian imperial stout. Chewy, mild cherry tobacco notes. I have a barrel aged version I've been meaning to check out.

Anyways, classic stuff, no adjunct stout from back in the day.

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Photo of KGilmour
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one was all hops. If you're after a stout that tastes like an IPA, here you go. Disappointed. Dark in color, and lots of head. Smell was a malt and hoppy citrus. Taste was all bitter hops. Mouthfeel was thin.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark brown with lots of tan head (4 fingers worth) with great retention.
Smell: Roasted coffee and subtle detection of chocolate
Taste: Most noticeable is the hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle amount of chocolate. There is a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Definitely a full-bodied, creamy beer. Moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall: A very good imperial stout. However, it was slightly too bitter (even for an imperial stout) for my personal taste.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, near black with thin-to-none mocha head. Aroma is roast, raisins, and a bit of piney hop. Flavor is similar with semisweet cocoa mid-sip followed by a tad too much bitter for my liking. Finishes with a lingering bitter as well.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, lasting mocha frothy head.

Dark chocolate, malt, raisin, dry bitterness.

Astringent roasty bitterness at the front. Sweet cocoa and dark fruit in the middle and finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied. Light carbonation which works well for a beer like this.

Tasty. A classic stout.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and nearly black color. Ultra thin head quickly disapates.
The aroma is dominated by roasted malts.
Although there is a faint coating of milk chocolate and malt sweetness, the taste is dominated by bitter espresso and hops flavors. It chars the mouth and dries the palate, yet there is a creamy smoothness that evens things out. The body is on the high side of medium. Is there alcohol in this? Yes there is, yet, I didn't notice it was so well masked.
An interesting stout that is on the hoppy side.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, it's sweet and roasty with quite a bit of piney hops. Flavor starts sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. The finish is very bitter but it isn't lingering. It hits you with a pleasant hoppy bitterness that doesn't stick around to long. At $8 a four pack I should have bought more, unfortunately victory isn't available in my state so I'll have to wait for another chance to buy this.

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Photo of seedyone
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at Home. Enjoy by 27 Jan 2121. Being a big stout fan, I figured I'd pick this up with no referral. There's the usual deep ebony hue with a sturdy, moderate head. The first sensation is a very strong coffee influence. The texture is less then the look or aroma has lead me to anticipate. The bitterness is way up front with a moderate coffee followup. Missing are the usual depth that toasty malts & any lacto traits would add. Some vague chocolate shows on warming but IMO, it's not enough.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- Pours a beautiful deep black color with only very slight red tinting around the glass. 1 inch creamy, espresso colored head.

S- Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar.

T- Follows the nose, with some bitter roasty hops coming in and pairing with that deep, rich chocolate sweetness in a decadent, bittersweet glass of heaven for stout lovers. Very very bitter, the kind of bitterness that lingers on the tongue for hours afterward, and a pleasurable palate wrecker. Hides the ABV very well though. This isn't a beer for the faint of heart, but there's an amazing layer of sweetness hidden beneath the bittering hops.

F- Fairly thick body, much more full bodied than expected. Slight carbonation, pretty creamy.

O- One of my top 5 stouts of all time, and possibly my favorite when all factors are considered. This is an absolutely beautiful creamy, sweet, bitter masterpiece that is a bit more like a black IPA than a traditional stout. I don't care what you call it though, I just think it's amazing.

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Photo of TTen
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout

L: Black with a tan head that has great retention. Tight bubbles. Great looking Imperial Stout. 4.75
S: Chocolate and roast. Some sweet caramel. Some bread. More sweetness. I'm getting a little American hop as it warms. 4.25
T: Smooth coffee and chocolate start, malty sweet and warm alcohol middle and a bittersweet, roasty finish. 4.5
F: Smooth, rich and oily. Full body. Roast and bitterness. 4.5
O: It's a great evolver for lack of a better term. As it warms, it takes on different flavors and aromas. I really like this and have been drinking it for so many years that it's become a standard for me. 4.5

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look (3.75): This definitely reminds you of a dark storm cloud. Black and brings the thunder! Okay fine, here's another beer I'm going to be biased with... tan creamy foam head.

Smell (4): Roasted coffee and milk chocolate notes are prevalent. That part is so overwhelming it's hard to get anything else except maybe some heavy alcohol.

Taste (3.75): Milk chocolate is big and upfront. Citrus grapefruit and piney background notes. Roasted coffee malt throughout.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy but course on the backend. Medium plus to full bodied. It's funny, I remember it being alot thicker... still, a nice long bitter finish. On the sweeter side but still pretty dang close to being balanced.

Overall (4): This beer will always hold a special place in my heart. Sorry @masterjewel but I may ask @victorybeer to marry me first instead of you.

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Photo of Ejonespitt
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass

L-black, thick tannish head fading away leaves nice lacing behind.

S- roasty, malty.

T- dry, roasted, bitter unsweetened cocoa finish.

F- smooth

O- good imperial stout, not remarkable or a go to choice, but solid effort.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 mchegash
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Very dark in color, essentially black. A finger or so of nice dark tan head. Overall a very nice looking brew.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, hops, booze, a little milk-stout-like sweetness

T: Moderately smoky, dark cocoa notes, a fair amount of hop presence, mild sweetness. Moderate bitterness. A small amount of alcohol presence.

F: Very smooth, almost creamy. Moderately high bitterness. Medium level of medium-light intensity carbonation. A little too bitter for my likes.

O: Overall, this was an okay imperial stout. This is probably on the lower end of the many imperial stouts I have had.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a think, foamy, creme colored head. Great appearance right off the bat. A bit of lacing is left behind as well. Roasted malts, and a twinge of coffee form the aroma. Alcohol starts to show through as the beer warms up. Smooth introduction of roasted and toasted malts , with notes of coffee, and chocolate as well. Robust and filling mouth feel round this beer out nicely. Overall, a great imperial stout! Plenty going on, and yet it remains highly drinkable. Mouth feel isn't as bold as I would hope for in an Imperial Stout, but it still works well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a tough category in that it pleases lots of reviewers who give them top reviews.
Well marketed with wide distribution, Storm King is easy in the top 10 reviewed, yet its ratings are not in the top 100.
Despite having a 92, I find it undistinguished... principally because the burnt malt and hops steal the show.

This is listed on the "1001 Beers" and, arguably, should not be there.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours pitch black with a small tan head that disapates to a small ring. Aroma espresso, cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Very good.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, finger of mocha head with some retention and sporadic lacing. Nice is surprising with earthy hops and hints of espresso and cocoa. Flavors are much the same with espresso and mocha dominating alongside earthy cedar and pine hops. A tasty brew, well hidden ABV and goes down smooth.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

A- Black. Brown head is dense and creamy. Great lacing, great looking.

S- Huge roast. Some chocolate. Earthy hops are prominent as well.

T- Hops are a little overwhelming here. Roasty sweetness, but overshadowed by that hoppiness.

M- Full body and creamy. Bitter finish. Cuts right through the roast and bittersweet chocolate.

O- The hops are a little too much for me, but this beer is definitely imperial. Thick, black, big.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,895 ratings.
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