Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
5,911
Reviews:
2,641
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
922
For Trade:
13
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Photo of IAmHollywood13
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of shirfan
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For review #50, the much-esteemed Storm King.

Not a single photon escapes this... black as tar. Aroma is of roasted malts and rich chocolate baked goods.

Taste is where this truly shines, however. Everything that an imperial stout should be and more...starts smooth and dark chocolate, moves effortlessly to rich, refined, almost mocha flavor, before being taken over by a pleasing hoppy finish. Goes down effortlessly, with an almost airy, sweet and clean balance. It's every bit as complex as its peer from the Brooklyn Brewery, but less rough-and-tumble. Hides its ABV much too well.

This deserves the high praise it has received, it combines almost all of the best flavors I enjoy in beer into one amazing package.

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Photo of bboven
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than a black steer's tuookus on a moonless prairie night, this one is. thin layer of tight head that goes nowhere, great lacing.

Super huge roast malty aroma. The only thing I can say is that I don't get a whole lot of layers. What's there is great, but if I had to be a picky bastard, this would be the are.

Wow. Roast, raisins, a tiny breath of alcohol, sticky bitterness at the back of the throat; I can't believe I haven't tasted this beer before.

There's a weird combination of thinnish body but very creamy carbonation with this one. I usually think of this style as really thick, but this is really great.

Buy this beer! Drink it and enjoy. I'm going to sip on this all winter.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oldedog
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fish113d
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 version: Pouring into a goblet, it pours a deep, dark brown/black color w/ no light at all getting through the glass, along with a 1cm tan clingy head, creating a nice edge layer. However, it does dissipate rather quickly. Smell is of dark rich baker's chocolate and some raisins (raisons), a bit of caramel malts w/ tones of slight hops throughout. As it warmed to room temp, the chocolate came through more, and I even thought of fresh brewed coffee from this one. Taking a sip, it solidified my ideas about the coffee; sweet coffee and caramels coming through with the dark roast malts. Again, as it warmed to room temp, the chocolate came through more and more along with teh raisins (chocolate covered raisins!) Great mouthfeel...smooth, smooth, smooth!!! Carbonation up front is enjoyable and lighter than expected, the alcohol burn on the swallow is a great addition to this one in that it was NOT overpowering at all as I had expected before. Very chewy, creamy, rich Imperial Stout! Wow! Victory, can you do it any better?

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 7 04 - Reviewed May 9 05

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy rich dark beige head.

Smell: The smell mix of chocolate notes and floral hops, with a strong coffee background. The flavors are not as pronounced as I remember.

Taste and Mouthfeel: God I still love the way this beer taste. The strong, rich coffee and chocolate notes play in your mouth forever, with a nice hop bitterness that rounds it off perfectly. The complexity is through the roof, but not unbearably so. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not as perfect as it was at a year, but still phenomenal. This is my favorite Victory brew, and one of my favorite stouts. It never ceases to amaze with it's incredible depth and character.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a moonless back and inky color when in the glass. The pour exposed dark browns and dusty pecan hues. Head was large and in charge powered by a dense lather of mocha colored foam. My glass was littered with mocha colored slabs and rings of foam

S: smells of dark chocolate syrup, open fire roasted malts, and espresso all with adamant smells of green flaky cones. The greens smell of the citrus and floral type, very clean and earthy hop smells

T: within my glass exists an absolute contradiction...is this possible? This beer houses dark, I mean dark, chocolate notes swirled with burnt caramel crusted fire cooked malts. Flavors are of a dark pungency like no other. Great roasted flavors also portray a splendid espresso bean penchant that is top notch. The flavors are powerfully dark and in control, never to much. The hops play a huge role in keeping things from getting out of control and provide a soft tangy finish that my mouth begs for more drink. This is by far the best interplay between hops and a rich 'n' tasty stout that I have ever had

I remember having this beer some time ago, before my BA days, and I never really thought much about it. Not sure how that is possible? this beer is a monster!
Imagine this with bacon and eggs in the morning or even late night with a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream, wow!

M: this has to be one of the best bodies for a stout to date. Creamy, rich, succulent, and smooth. It is very heavy and maintains a viscous character throughout. I want to say "syrupy" but that always seems to take a condescending vibe, but it is damn close. Chew me please!

D: an absolute monster stout of great proportions. I poured this beer and Jeff Beck's Wired album came on and it was the most incredible pairing. Thanks Victory Brewing Company!

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Photo of Jlang2012
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Higravity
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolute darkness topped with a tan head with small dense bubbles. Roasted citrus, wheaty malt sweetness blooms from the pint glass. The smell is intoxicating and inviting. Large taste of roasted malts with a tame bitterness form the char, but a interesting enjoyable bitteress from the hops and a slight fruity, citrus in the finish. Sticky dnese mouthfeel coats the mouth and isn't slick. I could drink this pint for pint but moderation helps keep me out of the gym.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Goldorak
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled 11aug2004, bottle date 20jan2004

Black as night, with small café-au-lait head that sprang back to life after a few swirls.
Smells hoppy, with plenty of roasted malt, light smoke and a faint of sweetness, sort of prune and/or anise.
The hoppiness and malt shine through at first in the taste, and a huge bitter dark chocolate finish. This Beer looks like used motor oil and coats the mouth just like it. Awesome body, really thick, like melted Valrhona.
That 9% ABV is nowhere to be found at first, and only appears in the aroma near the end of the pint. Surprisingly drinkable, even in the summer.

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Photo of Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer for $11.69 at the Co-Op grocery in Lebanon NH. Best by date stamped on the label is barely legible, but I think it's Oct 22 2010. C'mon Victory, dates are useless if they aren't readable. At any rate, I can't see this stuff going bad too quickly. Rather, I'd think it would be a good candidate for aging. Served mostly cold in a chilled pint glass.

I've had this brew many times but not for quite a while. It is nice to revisit an old favorite. Surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. To the best of my knowledge this is the only 6-pack RIS available in these parts.

A: Thick pitch black brew lets no light through, not even when held to a light. 1" of thick mocha-colored foam takes a minute or two to settle to a thick stable cap. Spotty lace is left on the glass.

S: Thick chewy malt body with a bunch of dark roasted grain, some smoke and astringency. Has a moderate sweetness like dark stone fruits, cherry and plum. Warm cocoa and floral hops.

T/M: Thick rich body. Lots of burnt malt mixing with earthy and herb hop cuts cleanly through the thickness. Sweetness of dark candied cherries and cocoa powder. Finishes dry and balanced with nearly the whole palate lingering for quite a while. A tiny bit of alcohol heat resides at the back of the mouth and in the finish, becoming more prominent as the brew warms.

D: This is a big brew but it is very balanced and goes down dangerously easy. Awesome RIS.

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Photo of bruindre
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of miwestcoaster
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Wrigfen
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

A-Black and opaque. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Brown, frothy head topped this ebony liquid. Very thick with good retention from start to finish.

S-Fruity esters, mostly dark fruits. Some heavy roasty and chocolatey malts. A little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T-Roasted malts and bitter chocolates, over a smooth, light alcohol flavor which grew as the beer continued to warm. An assertive hop bitterness, also paired with a bitter black-coffee flavor. Some distinct hop flavors emerge near the end of the flavor, earthy and dank.

M-Some warmth materializes in my stomach after the first sip, letting me know that I'm drinking something strong. Appropriately low carbonation helps give this full-bodied beer a silky feel as it dances on my palate. Also a slight graininess is evident.

D-Very good beer, very good drinkability. Enjoyable to the last drop, leaving me wanting more (which I intend to accomplish in the near future). Top notch stout.

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Photo of Comparison_Ford
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Grodd87
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Closed the storm shutters on this one on 4/22/2004.

12-ounce bottle poured into shaker glass. Golden-black pour with light root beer touches. Light film on head, with no retention and verging on ebony in color; not nearly as pitch as others in this style. Oak scents with pine sap undertones, and an alcohol shortness. At taste were all the aforementioned attributes as found in the bouquet, but also a slight smokiness or burnt umber, although not as deep as others within the style. Clean finish for an imperial as a result of the finely tuned recipe. Much more drinkable than the DFH World Wide Stout offerings.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,911 ratings.
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