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 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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Photo of Kdubzz
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one was a hard rate for me. Not quite black color, with a two-finger, light tan head that quickly dissipates to about a centimeter. It smells amazing. Sweet burnt sugar or molasses is the heavy scent up front, ending smoky and a bit roasty as well, its hard to take your nose out of this guy. Sort of reminds me of coffee and pecan pie. The taste though, has almost none of the characteristics of the smell. The flavor is almost exclusively burnt malts, with hardly any sweetness or smokiness. Not much depth to the taste; I was honestly a bit underwhelmed. The mouthfeel is fine, medium to slightly thicker.

I was excited to try this when I saw it, being a stout/porter guy (and a fan of Victory), but truthfully, I wasn't really impressed. Not that it's bad in any way, it's a fair beer in its own right and it smells like heaven, but the taste leaves a lot to be desired. It lacks complexity which, in today's craft beer scene, isn't likely overlooked.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brownish/black.. definitely not inky.

Small tan head.

Moderate carbonation, bummer. Fizzy upon sipping.
Getting roasted malt and not much else, bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color with a half finger light brown head. Retention is decent and there are some spots of lacing. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Taste is similar, but much more pronounced. Starts off sweet, but a nice bit of hop bitterness on the back end. Feel is medium bodied and slick with a lot of carbonation. Overall a good stout. Not my favorite, but very solid.

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Photo of Moose90
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served On Nitro Tap into a 10.5oz Glass

A — Pours out with a deep dark brown hue, quite nearly black but not quite, it does settle nicely and cascade quite slowly and darkly, this transitions from dark brown to black in the glass as the carbonation cascades down.

S — Smell is grainy, bitter, chocolaty, lightly smoky as well. Lots of black malt characteristics and aromas.

T — Taste is bitter, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, espresso, little bit of caramel and vanilla, a hint of smoke and a dry bitter finish.

M — Smooth and creamy with a bitter and dry finish.

O — Good overall, a bit of unexpected smokiness and graininess but overall it just works.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black with an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Chocolate with some hints of hops coming thru.

Taste: Heavy notes of chocolate and roast up front. Some bitterness from hops comes thru at the end which provides a bit of a different take than the normal imperial stout. Very solid imperial stout here!

Feel: Medium to heavy body.

Overall: Very solid imperial stout here. Enjoying the nice hop bite at the end which is a bit of a spin than the normal imperial stout. Have had a few different beers from Victory now and none have disappointed. I will be revisiting this brew again!

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Photo of beercam
2.54/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ouch, a very harsh beer. There are remnants of something big here, a overlooked work of high art, a great dream... but no more than remnants.

It begins with the visual claim to and bold evocation of the form of the imperial stout. Perhaps ,to some, the imperial stout is unsurpassable, known as a grand effort and gesture in brewing, the longest throw. Storm King's owl icon art paired with the Victory Brand label deliver a formidable nod in this deep, dark beer tradition and aesthetic, one shared and partaken of by many, as evidenced by the thousands of hads on this drink. This beer is opaque, dark, black. It fills any drinkware quickly, and like oil. At pour, a 3 inch, tense, dense, slow boil of foam appears, tan-brown and perpetually lingering. Smell-wise, there is much promise here. Familiar, metallic, astringent aromas bound forth, heavy hops and malt, very complex and balanced, leaning here towards Russian Imperial style in figgy, oaky, vanilla smokiness yet still aggressively hoppy. Taste is where it all goes down for me in this Pennsylvania beer, and not necessarily in a good way. The flavor, if you will, comes on very well, very strong, porter-esque and buildling, and then just kind of flops. Pine, hops, malt, and brazen, syrupy, molassesy, yeasty, worty tastes take center-stage here. Unfortunately, despite summoning all of these exciting notes, what came next to tongue and mind was a seriously unpleasant, out-of-control black pepper, and way over-roasted malt. Now, again, I like the olefactory elements of this beer, which pulled the taste up from a serious 0 to a 1.5, but where the smell promises, the taste under-performs. The alcohol scrambles and overwhelms to compensate and fails. The taste itself brings nothing to enjoy for me over the course of one of these 12 oz'ers. The flat, thin, sourness both introduces and gives way to a slick, pulpy, rind-y mouthfeel, with a bit of an elmer's glue problem of an after-presence.

Speaking of bottles, considering the notably low carbonation of this beer, I thought if poured into a nice new can-glass (maybe foolish), maybe it would mellow out towards something like a nitro feel? Nah, it just went flat :(.

By now you may have gathered that I didn't love this beer, and after a 4-pack, I didn't really have any beatific experiences to relate from or while drinking it. But look, just because I don't love it, doesn't mean I hate it. In fact I even like it, because I like all beer, but in this review's frame, I would not considerate to be among the pleasurably drinkable strong beers. Overall, this is not really a recommendable imperial stout, by me, at this point in time. Maybe tweak this one, Victory? Thanks for reading, and keep on, fellow stout/imperial stout lovers!

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

No visible date. Grrrr. Nearly opaque black. Tan 1.5 inch bubbly, creamy head from a moderately agressive pour that recedes slowly, lumpily, leaving thick lacing, eventually becoming a thin collar. Overall, an excellent looking stout. Aroma is sweet fruits, a hint of chocolate, coffee, roastiness. Thick feel with little carbonation. Taste starts out with dark fruits, roasty malts, and transitions to a nicely balanced bitterness in the finish. It is true that the level of hops bittering is greater than would be the style standard, but it works very well in this big beer. Moderate booziness remains in the back of the mouth and the throat. This is a very tasty, wonderful imperial stout. Well balanced between the sweet dark fruits and roasty malt and hops bittering. Perhaps a bit more booze evident than you'd expect for 9.1% ABV, but nonetheless, highly recommended.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this stout into a tulip and it poured a really dark black with chocolate colored foam. it smells more like a black ipa than a stout and you get hints of chocolate, cinnamon, with a little pine. the taste is bitter and it has a good feel and you taste the hops and chocolate. so overall I was expecting something less bitter, but its a good brew.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.1% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark mahogany brown. Lofty and frothy light brown head that laces alot. Opaque.

Smell- Mildly toasted malt, cocoa, licorice.

Taste- A sweet slightly roasted malt builds into a burnt chocolate flavor. The licorice candy-like prescence is easily discerned, and lingers into the finish. Hop bitterness is also apparent, cutting its way through the rich malt and licorice notes. Mild burn from the abv

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A nice stout, has a burn to it but is still complex. Intersting flavors going on. All of this makes it a good sipper.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown - virtually black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: roasted grain, fresh wort, piney hops, and a bit of alcohol;

T: complex; smooth; alcohol is present, but appropriate; roasted grain and pine; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really tasty;

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Photo of cherche
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: good looking beer. Dark, solid head, decent retention, some lacing
S: hoppy for an imperial stout, oatmeal, coffee, roasted malts.
T: in line with taste but less hop presence
M: solid, not as thick as I might expect with an imperial stout but still very solid
O: very good, not what I expected but solid.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Blend Bar and bistro.

LOOK: Black pour, Creamy off white head.
AROMA: Nice toasted malt, coffee notes.
TASTE: barley, coffee, burnt toast.
FEEL : Very creamy.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The first time I tried this was at a tasting and I was not impressed. However, it was surrounded by 5-6 beer tastings on either end and I thought it wasn't a fair assessment. I was right.

Very dark/black in color; creamy tan head, mild roasty aroma, a little too much hop flavor and bitteness in a stout for my liking, which I believe is the weak link for this bottle. complex flavors, dark chocolate, coffee, malt; alcohol could be hidden slightly better, but overall a pretty good imperial stout

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Photo of Barn71
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Love the taste and the alcohol burn. I drink this almost every week. Never had a stout I like better despite trying several other that have higher ratings on this site.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, chocolate, and some light coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, smooth. Finishes with roast and cocoa.

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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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