Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ranking:
#2,691
Reviews:
2,657
Ratings:
5,955
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
931
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 5,955 |  Reviews: 2,657
Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with no head development or lacing, looks under carbonated as I don't see any bubbles.

A: Smells fruity like raspberries and blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, also picking up some dark fruits like plum, smells very sweet for a double stout, it's probably the hops that are coming through and giving it a sweet, dark fruit aroma.

T: Dark fruit and berries come through really strong on the flavor, espresso, roasted malts, finish is dry with lots of espresso lingering in the aftertaste, as the beer warms the dark fruit and berries do recede but the flavor is still there.

M: Full bodied with very little carbonation, moderate amount of coffee-like bitterness, finish is very dry.

O: I can't get past that initial taste and aroma of dark fruits and berries, it's very sweet, almost taste and smells as if blueberries were added to the beer, it's not balanced compared to the beer's roasted, espresso, and dark chocolate notes.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is black-ish, looks almost like a big porter, plenty of light leaking around the edges, with a tan head.

Aromas are HEAVY hops, some sharp coffee, and chocolate. The taste is very hop forward - more so than I’ve experienced in any big stout, ever - with a lot of bitterness from the coffe flavors, and subtle chocolate notes.

And it works. It’s a bit thin for a 9.1% ABV beer, and it’s sorta like a black DIPA, but it works. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy and lasting tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Coffee and bakers chocolate up front in the nose, with molasses, plum and umami coming on strong as it warms.

Super rich, dark and bitter tasting. Roasted, almost smokey, chocolatey malts stand out at first once again. There's a strong wallop of fruit and umami, as well, maybe a flash of licorice, and then a hint of coffee, chicory and wood mid-palate. Chocolate/ coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-bodied, creamy feel.

The umami could be dialed down half a notch, but overall, this is delicious.

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Photo of wjbent
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoodahMoogle
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of basaywhat
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of rich malt, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, and roast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich tan head and very sticky lacing. Very prominent malt nose with hints of coffee, chocolate, black liquorish. The taste is very robust, loads of sweet malt with a light bitter chocolate, some coffee and oak flavors and very mild hops. Some alcohol bite but not too bad, as it warms it softens with more pronounced flavors. Medium to heavy feel.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmcgar01
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carl009
1.83/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

IN a snifter at Flying Saucer Austin.
I CAN ONLY ASSUME that this was a bad keg. I know it wasn't me because i had everyone at the table sample my glass.

Appearance -The pour was ok. Nice head. Dark chocolate appearance.
Smell - Like a wet Juggalo that's been festering in the back seat of a taxi without air-conditioning for a few hours.
Taste - Imagine the same Juggalo in the middle of a field of burning tires, you open your mouth to breath and swallow the Juggalo-tire smoke. Stayed with me for way longer than it should have.
Feel - Like greasy black death slid down the backside of a Juggalo and attached itself to the roof of your mouth.

I will try it again just to make sure this was a one off.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a horrible stout but as of late I have stumbled across some darn good ones and this one pales in comparison. I'm not impressed enough to try it again. One redeeming quality, it wasn't sweet like many out there, I know many that like that but I prefer more robust and dry than syrupy.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a jet black colored body that leaves a one finger mocha colored head that lasts, oh for about most of the brew, just slides gently down as the beer is sipped. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some nice spotty yet spider web lacing speckles the sides of the glass. The smell has a spectacular blend of nice roasty malty with a slightly hidden sweetness that has a slight sugary brown molasses with some nice hops. The taste is slightly bittersweet maltiness with the previously mentioned aromas in the flavoring adding some great roasty coffee coming out. On the palate, this is one exceptionally smooth RIS. Overall, big wow from me, I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of car2052
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Pours murky brown with a 1/2 in head. Pretty black.
S: Dark caramel, brown sugar, coffee, and a little pine from the hops.
T: Sweet upfront with a piney hop bite. Coffee and roasted malts carry through the finish.
M: Medium.
O: Never had an imperial stout this hoppy. I think I like it.

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Photo of ADG2995
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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