Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 remllof
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours with a slight light brown head that disapates in about two minutes. Smell is of coffee, chocolate notes come through. Color is jet black with not a chanch of any light going through with light carbination. Tastes notes of slight coffee at first. Finished off with a bit of bitterness. Which was a bit too much. Mouth feel is very smooth. Almost a bit lighter than I would have expected. Overall a decent beer. Not exactly what I was expecting but one I may come by every once in a while.

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Photo of cgmees
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a glass with a brown colored head. The head slowly settled down, but a thin layer of bubbles covered the surface.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Nice roasted malt character, not too overpowering but definitely enough there to let you know what you are drinking. Hints of dark chocolate and a very faint bitter dark roast coffee note. A little warmth from the alcohol

Full bodied, with a slight waxy and alcohol feel on the tongue.

Overall I would recommend this brew. While it is fairly alcoholic, this is still a smooth drinkable stout.

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Photo of RappAttack
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: almost jet black with a thin off white head, does not stick to the glass
S: OF LOTS OF HOPS!!! not your usual strong coffee and bitter chocolate smell associated with most imperial stouts very interesting
T: rosty coffee and chocolate come through a little bit more in the taste but probably thee most hoppy stout i have ever tasted.
M:full bodied and good carbonation add to the experience
O: never really had anything like it, oh wait yes i have its a black IPA but unlike other black ipa more on the coffee and cocoa

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Photo of PZuke
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just wanted to start by saying that stouts are not my favorite types of beer but that did not stop me from sampling Storm King. It pours a black color with a little head. Very complex smells with many different layers. I could pick up the chocolate and coffee smells right away. The first time you take a sip your mouth just explodes with a verity of different flavors that take over your mouth. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very evident in the taste with even a little smokeyness. The high content is alcohol does not overpower the brew. This is a beer that I could drink from time to time.

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Photo of Mangus
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as a moonless night, the storm king rears up its head into a turbulent froth and slowly settles to a tan whisper. I’m intrigued.

Pungent earth tones and chocolate notes swim up and fill my head as I inhale the roasted barley and sweet smokiness. I smell the damp, Northeast woods and faint mist of the forest.

I pour the dark elixir into my mouth. It is smooth with deep roasted low notes. I am satisfied. As it cascades into me I’m left with a sweet bitter honey afterthought that lingers and slowly dissipates as I reach for another sip of this delicious stout.

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Photo of tom444
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night. Moderate-sized dark tan head, below-average retention.

Smell: Malty, with plenty of citrusy hop notes and fruity aromas. I'm getting some black cherry, molasses, coffee, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Much smoother than I expected for a brew this strength. Thick and creamy with an initial sweetness of dark malts and a bit of cherry. The hops quickly dominate the taste, with plenty of citrus and floral notes. Carbonation is a little light. Although a hefty brew at 9%ABV, the alcohol is barely perceptible, just a bit of warmth. Finishes nicely, with a bitter, malty finish and aftertaste more like a normal stout.

Overall: Surprisingly drinkable for such a strong and flavorful stout. Just an amazing beer in all aspects.

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as could be 1 finger very thick head that lasted a long time.

Smells like alcohol, dark fruits and coffee...

Tastes very bitter and also nicely bended with sweet dark fruits and dark roast and chocolate...

tongue numbing hoppiness - medium bodied- no where near as "heavy" as I would have expected - it has a very dry finish- makes you want to take another sip.

This is a stout lovers stout--- a lot more bitter than others Ive had it is still definitely drinkable for an imp. but still only a sipper--- I can still taste this 30 minutes after drinking it...

This would go awesome with a steak.

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Photo of slagle9480
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout.

I was pleasantly surprised how smooth this beer went down. I could drink a bunch of these.

The 9.1% abv sneaks up on you because Victory masks the alcohol rather well.

If you enjoy stouts this is a must try IMO.

Nothing earth-shattering but a damn good stout especially on a night with nothing better to do.

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Photo of shanecb
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Oh wow, what a visual treat. It's as black as you could imagine, with literally no light penetration. The head poured a nice light tan/brown, that was pretty predominant after the pour. Dissipated quite a bit after a minute, however. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S - The Aroma isn't too powerful or anything. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. After awhile there came through sort of a sweet, dark fruity aroma. Something like cherries or black raspberries maybe. Sort of reminded me of a fortified wine.

T - Quite a few flavors seem to come through. Dark chocolate, roasted coffe, and some hop kick to it. Tastes rather bitter long after swallowing, and is a little dry. Could have maybe used a little something to balance out the bitter dark chocolate.

M - Fairly nice. A little creamyness and smoothness to it, balanced by some light carbonation.

D - Nice drinkability with this one. Goes down smoothly, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of coronajm
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date, but the older better in the world of RIS.

A- Dark as dark with a a two-finger fluffy head that stuck around for a minute. Lace let itself be known on its way down the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, some medium-dark roast coffee - I'd call it Columbian - a bit of caramel, and something else I just can't place... something fruity perhaps.

T- Like the smell, but with more hop bitterness on the back-end than the nose would suggest. A welcome addition, however.

M- Dead medium thickness. Nice, smooth carbonation.

D- Dead-on for the style. Alcohol is masked very well beneath the roasty goodness. One or two is perfect.

I really enjoy this beer on a cold night after work, as I am right now. At $1.84/12oz, the price is great for a big 'ol RIS. Keep it up Victory.

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Photo of artusory
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 bottle. Pours black with big, creamy, tan head that quickly fades to a cover. Aroma is hop dominated, pine and some grapefruit, stout aroma underneath, coffee, chocolate, a touch of alcohol. Flavor is half IPA, half stout. Initial hops bite fades to coffee and chocolate. A lingering taste of grapefruit remains through out. Finish is medium length, texture is smooth, but this feels thin in the mouth for an imperial stout. Also, carbonation is a little higher than I would have liked. This is a very nice beer, but if I’m in the mood for an imperial stout (when am I not?), I’ll take an expedition or siberian night over his.

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Photo of russwaddell
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours real dark, lots of tight bubbles that stick on the glass well

Smell is slightly burnt, a bit sour, not a lot of evidence of the relatively high ABV

Taste is extremely complex and balanced. Bitter and sour are predominant. A bit woody? Alcohol only really hits on the finish

For being relatively light on carbonation it's got a great fizz. Light and doesn't coat your mouth.

I could drink a lot of this beer. Full flavored but not heavy. Long alcohol finish does make me drink slow to enjoy it though.

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Photo of slowbie
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a one finger head that has great retention.

Aromas of dark caramel malts, chocolate, roasted barley, and floral hops. Smells delicious.

Taste is heavy on roasted barley and floral hops. Not quite the balanced complexity foretold by the aroma, but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as some stouts, which is the biggest thing missing from this one.

Overall a very good beer at a very good price.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite imperial stout. You could call it a Black IPA if you want, even though I do not belief in this new term. It has a dark color with a dark head. You can smell the toasted and roasted malts as well as the hop bitterness. The taste is sweet at first then followed by the hop flavor. Drinking water while enjoying this beer helps to clean the taste buds to taste the sweet flavor of the first sip. My brother calls this beer liquid bread, I agree it has a chewy mouthfeel. This beer is not a creamy sweet stout; as a hop head I enjoy this beer. It is a stout that any hop head can enjoy or a transition for malty lovers to leave the dark side and switch to the diverse world of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

L: pours black with a small tan head, a typical RIS.

S: lots of hops, with dark chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

T: dark chocolate, some coffee, and lots of hop bitterness. It's more bitter than typical imperial stouts. The Storm King goes very well with vanilla ice cream. You can even combine them, and it's great!

M: thick, like an RIS should be, and somewhat explosive from the hops, though still pretty smooth.

O: a solid imperial stout. Not one of the greats, but nearly so, and much more affordable. Here in South Carolina, the Storm King runs at about just $8 a 4-pack, pretty cheap compared to other RISs, which usually are between $10 - $11.

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Photo of dvorsd
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this has to be one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. My mouth starts watering the more that I think about it.

Right from the pour I knew I was in for a treat. The stuff came out black as midnight and looking thick as motor oil. (Bear with me, in my mind that can be a good thing) There were a good couple of inches worth of tan head at the top of the glass that just did not want to go away. It just does not look any better then that in my book.

Well, so far, so good time for that first sip…

Man, it hits you hard right away. The brew has big, big taste to it; very thick with a complete tug of war going on between the sweet and bitter flavors within. I’d love to see the reaction upon trying this of some of my friends who think that Guinness is a heavy beer. Storm King feels nice and viscous in my mouth with undertones of dark coffee and chocolate. This would be a great beer to warm you up on a cold night.

If you are a stout fan this beer is well worth seeking out. In my mind the Storm King has earned the crown.

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Photo of jbramley
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer pours out a burnt motor oil black. I had to hold it up to light and tilt it so that I was looking through a very thin layer of it before I could see any brown. The head was thin but long-lasting, colored a nice tan. The smell was of coffee and dark chocolates. A very roasted smell. The taste was slightly sweet with a nice balance of hops, bitterness, and roasted malts. A very well balanced beer that warms up nicely (and warms me up nicely).

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

now i'm not a huge stout guy. i mean don't get me wrong, in the great scheme of things beer is beer and all beer is good, i'm just not a big stout drinker. but i will say that this one has got me hooked. wow what a pleasant surprise to a beer drinker whose familiarity with stouts is guiness and smithwick's...

appearance: holy crow is this thing dark... reminded me of black water. nice head. no lacing that i could see.

smell: bitter hops and chocolate, slight tinge of booze, and malt.

taste: pretty close to the smell. malty, bitter and chocolatey. very tasty though.

mouthfeel: to me it was similar to a lightly carbonated chocolate milk. very thick, yet silky.

drinkability: as much as i wanted another, i decided against it. that 9% abv goes down so smooth it's frightening.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a deep, opaque black with a tan head that starts foamy and quickly turns to larger bubbles. The head stays around a long time leaving a lot of lacing.

The smell is of roasted coffee and a fig-like dark sweetness. The feel is thin but smooth, with a burst of carbonation upon drinking soon after the pour but not much later on. The flavor is likewise dark but more of a burnt-toast flavor than coffee. There is a rather dry hop finish with a lingering flavor of bitter chocolate.

Overall, it isn't a bad brew but it seems like the aspects are a bit unbalanced. It may have been an older bottle for this tasting, but more carbonation would have been appreciated to enhance the feel.

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Photo of johntangus
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz. bottle. Huge pillowy light brown head that lingers and laces nicely down. Smell is not terribly noticeable, but i do catch some hop aroma. The hops definitely carry over into the taste also. Great balance, slightly boozy, nice oily mouthfeel.

Sometimes you see threads about value and how it plays into how you review a beer. While this really isn't in the same boat with a bourbon barrel aged RIS, the hop profile and the PRICE make this a more than worthy beer that i will DEFINITELY purchase again.

I am very impressed by Victory's beers, especially this one and Golden Monkey, both big beers with small prices. Hooray for Victory and hooray for my wallet!

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

very good product, for this type. Lots of flavor: hops, and malts abound. This is one strong brew- not for everyone. But if you enjoy a strong, hoppy stout- it is top notch.
Had it in growler form from Marcy Beverage.
Looks rich and dark, and smells rich and dark. as a hoppy bite to it; but also has strong malt flavors. Complex and strong.
Good stuff!

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Photo of patriot76
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- The stout pours as black as night and looks thick and full bodied. The creamy medium yellow head foams to about an full inch thick which retains for a while. Not much lacing as the beer progresses. Nice looking.

S- In the nose you get very full and strong elements of roasted hops,coffee(more of an espesso),chocolate, barley and even some cherries. There is a very inviting alcohol scent throughout that makes you realize, this is 9.1 percent.

T- The first sip is a very nice burst of taste. You get the coffee espresso, chocolate and roasted malt and hops that you got in the nose. A bit of a deviation from a traditional stout due to the amount of hops, but I like it. From start to finish it is very smooth with nicely balanced hop bitterness that lingers until the next sip, which for me wasn't too long.

M- Very nice creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. You know your drinking a serious beer here.

D- For the fact that this is an Imperial Stout, it is remarkably drinkable. This nice offering from Victory could get you in trouble due to the fact that you know what a wallop it packs starting off the bat, but after a couple of sips you forget, it's so smooth. Look forward to my next one already.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

The color of this beer is jet black, no light can bee seen through the glass. It had a pronouced head, though small and it dissipated quickly. The color of the foam was a golden amber. It left nice lacing on the glass.

Upon smelling the beer it has a nice roasted coffee sent, hints of cocoa and toffee and it smelled sweeter than it actually was.

This was a hop forward stout, the bitterness from the hops filled my entire palate. There was a smokey coffee flavor with hints of citrus peel that you get from hoppy beers. The chocolate flavor was mild. It had good carbonation.

Overall this was a good beer, actually based on other reviews I would say a really good beer. As a stout, I was not expecting as much hops as this beer has and was surprised by that. It possessed a nice balance of both the roasted malt, cocoa/coffee flavor with a good amount of hops

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour results in a finger and a half of espresso crema head on top of a pitch black liquid. Great lacing, this beer has some serious legs and glass-staining potential.

S: Surprisingly hop-forward, juicy bitter citrus (limes, tangerines), darkly roasted caramel, sweet, bready malts.

T: Wow this is a really hoppy stout! A hit of juicy tangerine-lime at first, swallowed up by the briefest sweet malty caramel and tons of aggressive hop/roast bitterness. Somewhat medicinal/asprin-y in the aftertaste, which builds with each sip.

M: They do an excellent job of hiding the alcohol (9+%ABV!), which only shows itself in a slight warming burn in the back of the throat, but make no mistake, even with great, smooth even carbonation it sits like motor oil, with a hoppy, resin-y stickiness.

O: Not exactly what I think of when I think "stout", but I suppose since it's Imperialized the extreme hoppiness has its place. I wouldn't reach for it if I was looking for something with more roast and less bitterness, but it does come across very satisfying. Successful contender for one of the best, more character-forward stouts I've had.

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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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
92 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.
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