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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black with just a trace of ruby edging. A thick tan head gives way to very clumpy lacing.

S - Coffee. Roasted malts. Peppery hops. Rich astringent in there as well.

T - Roasted malts. Coffee malts. Dark chocolate. Hops is peppery but with almost a citrusy finish. Very clean.

M - Lush but on the lighter side. Solid carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Lively.

O - Absolutely great stout. Highly recommend. Very drinkable for the style.

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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date Nov 28, 2017. Poured into a DFH chalice.

A - Poured a black opaque with a one-finger tan rocky head. Slightly vicous.

A - Coffee, dark chocolate, sweetness.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate, faint licorice (don't let this turn you off if you are not a fan of licorice, it is faint), nice dry hoppy finish with some coffee/dark roast malt bitterness.

MF - Smooth with a dry finish.

O - Well balanced. Dark roast coffee flavors dominate. Slightly warming, but hides its 9.1% ABV well. Victory says you can age this one five years. Its ready now. Excellent beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pure black with a small white head.

Smell is dark and malty with bitter coffee.

The taste is strong roasted bitter malts.Very bitter coffee flavour which lasts a while.

The mouth is thick and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall a very a bitter ris not bad but there are much better.

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3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
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

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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.


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