Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,632 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 joeack
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with no head

Appearance: Deep black with ruby overtones

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, alcohol coming thru

Taste: Slight alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Thick like a milkshake

Drinkability: Nice sipping beer

Reviewed this one in the summer so I will need to revisit in the dead of winter

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Photo of SpencerT
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black coffee body with creamy short latte colored head. The lacing was very good. This pint looked as good from the pour to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was a mix of chocolate and smoke that was a very pleasant to the nose.
The taste starts with the smokiness and finishes with the sweetness and bitterness of a high quality dark chocolate.
The thick and creamy feel is pleasant. The smoothness of this stout is a great trait, almost a cream stout feel.
I would consider this one of my top Imperial Stout choices after this bottle. I recommend this Stout highly.

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Photo of bobjonesSD
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance is nice with a lot of lacing left of the glass as it is consumed. A nice black color. Smell is a little on the weak side, have to really dig in to get any aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is better than initial aroma would indicate - a fair amount of coffee and bitter chocolate. Slightly on the bitter side at first and sliding sweeter as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was relatively uninteresting - could have been a little creamier. Would be nice on a nitrogen tap I think. Drinkability overall was nice though, not too heavy and not a lot of the ~9% ABV coming through. A worthwhile brew and definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of Rhettbuck
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've wanted this beer for awhile now, and I was a little bummed out when I actually got the chance to try it. Still a good stout, but I've had better and regularly have access to better stouts. Oh well!

Appearance: Pours really dark, like motor-oil, a slight caramel colored head is left on the top of the beer, but it doesn't last for very long and there is almost no lacing left behind

Smell: Maybe I just love smelling beers, but this beer smells great! You can tell its going to have strong caramel and chocolate tones when you're sniffing the bottle

Taste: Again, this was the let down for me, despite the amazing smell of the beer the actual taste is kind of boring? Don't get me wrong you get the caramel and chocolate but its lacking, like the flavor went flat

Mouthfeel: Like most stouts the amount of carbonation was low, not very viscous,

Drinkability: Good, though really for the money you'd drop on this beer you'd be better off just tracking down something better, but if this was your choice at a liquor store, then yeah pick-up a six pack of it, its head and tails above a Guinness

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Photo of birdman200
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: completely opaque black, huge frothy tan head that dissipates slowly with amazing lacing. Small layer of head remains for entire drink.
S: Cofee, malty, little hoppy. Small alcohol burn, some nuttiness.
T: Sticky sweet, roasted dark malt.
M: Sticky like syrup around your lips. Sticks to the tongue, huge after taste, very dry.
D: Only 1 or two a night. Definitely feel the 9.1%. Great for a cold winter night. Great example of style.

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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 wedge6128
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Overall A good beer. tastes more like an IPA than a stout in some ways. the smell is great, the taste has a hoppy bite and aftertaste but there is a decent flavor to be sure.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours almost black with a small tan head. The hops are apparent but not overpowering.
It has a slight bitterness and with a bit of chocolate taste. The beer is very pleasant and smooth.
Even with a 9.1 abv , there is no strong alcohol taste smacking you in the face. But you can be sure it will smack you horizontal after too many, so you should resist the temptation of drinking these too fast.

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

bottle on 11/4/04, consumed on 2/16/06 (about a year old)
12 oz bottle in a stone imperial stout glass

poured to create a small brown head atop a black liquid
aroma of alcohol, roast, and chocolate
carbonation well in tact, deep chocolate sweetness, roast, warming alcohol in the flavor profile
very easy to drink a few of tese.

This is still one of my favorites from Victory (if you can get it on tap, it is incredibly smooth)

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Photo of jsanto
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - 12oz. bottle served in a tall framboise glass.

a - dark brown/black with a nice rich light brown head.

t - cocoa malt and hazelnut flovors. with a light alcohol finish. it did not tase bitter, and it did not taste sweet, so it had that balance to enhance the taste.

m - light carbonation, and flavorful feel.

d - excellent beer to drink on a saturday evening.

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Photo of session1979
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - Glass was a Ridel brandy snifter.

Appearance: Black as the night sky with a nice dark 2 finger head.

Nose: Wonderful roasted malt, some espresso/coffee, a little touch of hops. Aroma really developed closer to room temp.

Taste: Big roasted malt, bread, followed with some hops. Dark chocolate and espresso on the beautifully long finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouth, medium thickness, nice creamy texture. Very nice carbonation level, not overdone.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. Don't be surprised if you have a few..

Overall: This is one of the best, if not the best "6 pack" stouts I have found to date. I always keep this on hand. Great beer!

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

poured into glass black with a decent off white head smelled of coffee and roasts and with some chocolate notes tasted of coffee and roasted malts with a tiny kick of the alcohol at the end had a good mouth feel and the drinkability is pretty good

recommend this a great stout all in all if you've never had get it

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

Dang that is some good stout. had a bottle Wife brought it home last week, held off until one of those nights when ordinary beer would not do. It did not disappoint. As the kids ran around and destroyed the house, I sipped on this black god of stout. Good night, no matter what.

A - Dark - Dark head Dark Dark Dark

S - I poured the glass and was turning to put away the bottle when i caught the wonderful whiff of alcohol. MAN. That is tight.

T - This is what this should be. Strong dark and hard.

M - Thick and good.

D - I could drink a lot of this. I could also enjoy it i bleieve. For what it is, it is amazingly refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of myost88
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into tulip style glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Head is very chunky and thick. Rubyish highlights when held to the light.

Smell: Smells like burnt coffee grounds. A hint of dark chocolate, but not much. Nothing really impressive to note.

Taste: This is where this beer really lost me. The two dominant flavors are roasted coffee and alcohol. Not a good combo. None of the chocolate sweetness found in many RIS. Very, very bitter finish. I love hops, but not to the point where I want them to have a major influence on stouts. I have to say the taste improved slightly upon warming, in that the bitterness gave way a bit.

Mouthfeel: A little highly carbonated for a stout. Not creamy like you'd expect. On the lighter side of heavy for sure.

Drinkability: I don't think I've ever had a stout that I disliked this much. The alcohol flavor makes this one almost unbearable in my opinion. I held off on my review until I'd had a second bottle on another night thinking my taste buds could have been off. But nothing was different. In my opinion this beer is liked more because of who makes it then for it's actual flavor and aroma. I would not buy this again.

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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 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 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 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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,877 ratings.
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