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 princessbay710
3.04/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark black, white foam, dense lacing, Smells like a cookie I would kill for, though faint. This one is a bit tough for me to enjoy, the alcohol is quite present, I feel like I'm enduring a heavy whiskey mixed drink or something. I'm not so sure about the feel either, this one's a bit flat, which may be contributing to the difficulty drinking. Sorry Victory, this one didn't win me over.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another "holy shit" brew from Victory. These guys have a lineup that is among the best in the USA, I swear. Pitch dark black beer with a coffee, roasted malt, chocolate smell. Delivers as expected on the taste, giving you a decent bit of carbonation to make sure all that booze (9.1%) and intense flavor (detectable hops) goes down smooth. One of my favorite stouts to date. Killer buzz, killer beer, amazing brewery. Thank the stars they ship out to Texass. Warms my bones in an awesome, thought provoking way. What else can I say?!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had many Victory brews, but this one might be my favorite...

I've seen plenty of stouts pour out a black liquid, but that was until today. This quite possibly might have be the blackest of them all, truly black, as in it poured black and it stayed black even when held up to the light - impressive in my book. The smell was a sweet booziness that honestly made my mouth water. Though it was more carbonated that I would have liked, it was certainly smooth and the carbonation wasn't as strong as it got warm. This could have been an opulent brew, if it were not for the hops they used that gave it a slightly metallic tang (and an even stronger one as an aftertaste.) Nonetheless, overlooking this one flaw, it really is a darn good beer. Too bad I only had one of these to partake.

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Photo of EMH73
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with a half inch tan head that left a little lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, slightly burnt malts and a distinct hop presence. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of spices and brown sugar. Light bodied for the style, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black/brown with a thick, frothy, tan head. Like a chocolate milkshake.

Smell: Strong smells of chocolate, espresso, and malt.

Taste: Just like the smell, a lot of dark chocolate and burnt malt.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout and mild carbonation.

Overall: A great stout and very drinkable.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Living in Pennsylvania this beer is easy to find. Imperial Stouts are my favorite style of beer. If you want a quality Imperial Stout to give you that "quality" buzz but don't have the funds for the best. This beer is for you. Affordable and great taste.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to my Barrelhouse Brewing snifter glass
From notes – 11/15/15

A highly hopped RIS that barely clinches a balance to the burnt and roasted malt character.

Fairly viscous on the pour revealing a dark black-bean colored body with just a smidge of dark brown to the edges. Pulls out any light none the less. Thin blanket of creamy beige whip cream over top that subsides out to ring the glass. Presents a few small dots and streaks of lace. Bittersweet chocolate and equal parts coffee roast on the nose with some dark bread, berry fruit, and nutty caramels. There is a distinct fruity pine and herbal spice hop note along with some modest alcohol presence. One of the hoppiest stouts encountered yet and I rather enjoy it. Has a nice fruity element that compliments the coffee berries and cocoa powder. Further balanced with some toasted grain and brown sugar sweetness. The body is thinner than expected and this has a moderate amount of roast bitterness that creeps in by the finish lifting and drying into a lasting aftertaste of coffee, spice hops, and dark roasted grans. Alcohol is lightly rapping on the door. This one really tests the limits of balance with its near acrid qualities yet highly drinkable experience.

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

Bought this 12 ounce bottle from Allentown Pennsylvania with an enjoy by date of November 14, 2019.....I think I picked it up 3 years ago. Very solid imperial stout. I didn't let the beer warm much from refrigerator temperature to fully test its flavor spectrum.

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Photo of Fourlives
2.27/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured around 52 degrees into a tulip glass. Pours nice inky black, with a good medium head and decent lacing. Aroma after opening the bottle is all hops, which was a let down, not at all what I want to smell in an imperial stout, (unless of course it's billed that way). Taste is way too citrus and thin for being an imperial. I could taste the espresso and from what I could tell, the malt was a little over-roasted. Let warm for a bit, still way over the top hops for an imperial stout for my taste. I like Victory and respect their beer making, but, this would have been a drain pour had we not just had a blizzard and I couldn't make it to the store.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolute classic that I feel represents the style as well as any. Great roast, mid-level thickness as far as mouthfeel, and a complex/multilayered beer that continues to evolve nicely as it warms.

I'm not sure why I have passed this over so many times, but glad I finally took her for a ride!

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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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