Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
5,905 Ratings
Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,905
Reviews:
2,639
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
919
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,905 |  Reviews: 2,639
Photo of screamking
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours black, with a thin khaki head that vanishes quickly, splashes of lacing on the glass. 4

Aroma-more hoppy than most RIS's out there. Dark fruits are there with plum taking over. Chocolate seems to be muted in this. 3.75

Taste-hops come out a lot stronger than I would expect for this style. Citrus right up front,roasted coffee also stands out at first. Milk chocolate brings out the sweetness. Really surprised how hoppy this is and it's not exactly a good thing. I just don't think these flavors mess well together. 3

Feel-feel is pretty standard for a RIS, although the bitterness of the hops seem to jump out, mild carbonation, coats well. 4.25

Overall-not to impressed with this. It's too bitter and just when you think you are going to get some sweetness it get muddled together with more bitterness. Maybe I just prefer my stouts with a more robust chocolate and roasted flavor. I don't think I would ever buy this again. 3

 985 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9.10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 5 oz taster glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes taken about a month ago.

A: Pours a one finger beige-khaki colour head. Nice cream and thickness. Pretty good retention (~2-3 minutes). Body colour is a solid dark ruby-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Opaque. Right on the money for an imperial stout.

Sm: Chocolate/cacao dusting. Caramel. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Mocha. Hazelnut. Miky. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Good for the style. Appealing. I'm excited to try it.

T: Chocolate. Some bitterness from the chocolate too. Cacao. Caramel. Mocha. Cream. Dark malts. Balanced, if imperfect. Not a whole lot of complexity here, but it's damn tasty. I like it. Milky, with light hazelnut. Burnt - a characteristic I quite like here. Not great depth of flavour, but the flavour that does come through is enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I could drink another; this is tasty stuff. An impressive beer from Victory. I quite like it. I'd definitely get this again. Exceeded expectations.

B

***
12/10/16: I've wanted to revisit this beer for years, so I picked up a 4-pack in Brooklyn for $10.99 USD.

Pours a classic khaki tan colour head. Creamy and soft with an impressive 10+ minute retention - not too shabby for a 9.10% ABV brew. Body is a true to style opaque black. A nice coating of lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma brings a lovely mix of potent roasted barley, charred malts, burnt sugars, chocolate (malt), black patent malt, and espresso-redolent bitter roasty coffee grounds. No traces of booze at all. Contrary to most imperial stouts, this does feature some hop aromatics - primarily floral. Aromatic intensity is average for the style. Suggests a roasty dessert beer more in line with a Russian imperial stout than an American imperial stout per today's style conventions. I dig the commitment to roast .

Taste: Classic imperial stout flavour. Roasted barley harmonizes with specialty chocolate malt and dark malt (schwarz malt/black patent malt) sweetness to good effect, with burnt sugars and charred malty harshness bringing a leveling balancing bitterness to all that malty sweetness in tandem with a surprisingly forward floral hop presence. The result is a beer that hangs in delicate balance in spite of its big bold flavours, and a beer that in hindsight was evidently the blueprint for almost every imperial stout that's followed (American or otherwise).

Showing up fellow tried-and-true classics like North Coast's brilliant Old Rasputin or Great Divide's now downtrodden Yeti, Storm King is a titan of a beer in terms of its inspiration and effect on contemporary expressions of the style, but can still run with the best of the contemporary big dogs. Hearkening back to an era when balance and harmony of flavour were enough and you didn't need the excesses of vanilla bean bourbon barrel aged coffee espresso marshmallow fudge explosion (or whatever extreme adjunct flavour the kids are deeming in vogue) to brew a good beer, Storm King is a must-try for any discerning drinker and a cornerstone of American craft beer. Many may dismiss it now as the worse-for-wear crotchety old grandfather of imperial stouts (or skip buying it because it isn't part of a limited release), but for my money it was a hell of a beer when I got into beer and it's a hell of a beer now.

Yet, there's room for improvement in terms of intricacy of flavour. With such a delicate balance already in play, it's hard to imagine being able to add more vivid deep flavours without ruining it, yet other imperial stouts have succeeded.

It just works, ladies and gentlemen.

B+ / VERY GOOD

 3,978 characters

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of I_love_stouts
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rankandfile
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Cavalieri
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Number3red
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of chaint
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ferrettman687
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rbrown542
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tree777
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Kips
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,905 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe