Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,906 Ratings
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 Svendozen
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mickeymac
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best stout and one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Carbonation is minimal but appropriate for the style. The roasted barley smell mixes nicely with the hops. I detected a wonderful mix of flavors including coffee/espresso, chocolate, and an ever so slight ripe fruitiness. I'm leaving a little bit of wiggle room for something that might warrant a better score, but this is close to perfection.

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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 Rod_J
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour into my standard pint glass yields a nice two-finger chocolate head (with a bit of reverse cascading) over an opaque black-brown body. the head fades very quickly to a thin ring, but leaves ample lacing.

Smell is sour malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malts. I was surprised by the pronounced sour smell. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Taste follows the smell spot on, with a notable roasted malt bitterness. Notable and pervasive long metallic hops bitterness from this first taste through the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an RIS. Carbonation is smooth and fine.

On the low end of the alcohol scale for an RIS, so it's pretty drinkable.

Overall, this seems to be a "Lite RIS:" not as robust as others in all aspects. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting based on the numbers I saw in the other reviews. Due to the heavy hopping this seems more like an ADS than and RIS, which I was expecting would be much syrupier. Oh well, live and learn. One thing to note: the price is right for this beer.

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Photo of core42
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge aroma of hops and dark malts. Black in color. Lots of hops for this style of beer, but I like that. The espresso flavor of roasted malt still comes through the spicy, citrusy hops. The malt and hops blend quite well, better than you'd think. A very bitter finish seems to be made up of both hops and malt flavors. This is a very intense, hoppy stout. The hops can actually deceive and get you thinking that you're not drinking a heavy beer. Very well-attenuated, which combined with the high hopping rate, actually makes this beer a little bit two-dimensional -- but still a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Size 12 Ounces. Bottled December 16, 2004

Pours espresso black with a cream-like tan head that lasts and leaves sheets of sticky tan lace in its wake. Held up to a lamp ruby colored highlights are apparent.

Citrus floral hop aroma (Cascades?)with toasted malt notes.

Taste is at first citrus hop definitely something from the west coast there, with a sooth interlude of dark chocolate, with espresso coffee notes and a tangy grapefruit punch that slowly fades to nothing. This is a hop monster in my book.

Despite the high gravity this is a light bodied beer that is surprisingly crisp and refreshing.

I will drink this one again.

Pair this with a rich sweet dessert.

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Photo of jackorain
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I love to support my local brewers. Love Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, DFH, etc. That being said, this one doesn't live up to my expectations. It is not a bad beer of course. But it is in the top 100 here on BA.

A-Dark brown almost black, no light gets through. No head to speak of formed just a thin ring.
S-Smells nice, coffe, choclate, rasted malts and green hops
T-overwelmingly bitter from the roasted (almost burnt tasting) barely. Green hops come through as well. Alcohol esters really carry to the sinuses, very boozy. some coffee and chocolate also come through ont he finish
M-creamy full body
D-Too boozy and bitter, I can only drink one per session. I will continue to give this beer more tries though.

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Photo of NoProblem
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antc2382
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yowzahs! This is good. Balanced and strong Imperial Stout. Nice, dark look with light caramel head. Could have used some more foam there but that's me. Smell is solid, def picking up the floral notes of the hops. Tastes great; burnt malt with a hoppy back note. Mouthfeel: wish it was a tad bit smoother, not bad, but the alcohol takes over the tiniest bit. Overall, really good stuff here

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

Appearance: Opaque body, black but slightly reddish towards the very bottom of the glass, with a thick brown head. Head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Very strong coffee aromas up-front, a nice malty backbone and a slight dose of hops buried beneath. Somewhat sweet. A bit uncomplex for a beer of this quality, but interesting for the lack of astringency.

Taste: Strong coffee bitterness up-front, sweet malty notes like caramel. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol is superbly hidden.

Mouthfeel: About as expected, thick with a slight stinging of the palate due to hops.

Drinkability: Rich, complex, delicious. It's probably a bit too strong of coffee for some drinkers, but I enjoy it greatly.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is edited and reflects a 6 month aged bottle on 1/21/2011.

appearance - pours dark brown and lets no light through, lighter tan head (huge), good lacing with retention, sticky

smell - marshmallow, malt, big chocolate, grassy notes

taste - big chocolate, marshmallow, roasty malts, slight grassiness, slight chocolate/coffee bitterness

mouthfeel - medium bodied but has a light frothiness to it, coats the mouth on the finish, very lingering, a bit harsh in this regard

drinkability - of the many times i've had this beer, the age definitely highlighted a layer of complexity and made the beer more drinkable, i don't like how much the beer lingers and the stickiness in which it does so, however it has some great flavors, mouthfeel could and should be bigger, a bit overhyped but the insanely reasonable price makes up for it

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Photo of Anthony1
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

pours a very dark color with a nice thick (after a vigorous pour) caramel colored head. the head hugged the rim of the glass until the end, and the lace was great.

smelled very of super hops, roasted malt, and perhaps dark chocolate or caramel.

tasted hops hops hops. with a bit of dark coco. a fell bodied feel that was silky.

good beer, but wont be buying again

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Belgium Glass

A: Pitch black/no light shown though with 2.5 finger mocha colored head

S: Hops, coffee, chocolate, malts

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Roasted coffee and chocolate.

M: Mild carbonation, creamy feel, bitter finish

O: A nice hoppy, imperial stout. The lacing on this beer was phenomenal.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored one finger head that recedes by half. Head looks rich and creamy.

Aroma opens with dark roasted grain, chocolate and charred meat. Middle brings dark sweet fruit, caramel and molasses. Tail end of smell is creamy and slightly vanilla.

Flavor is dark roasted grain to open. Grain is coffee and caramelized sugar, molasses and burnt smokiness. Creamy and doughy breadiness. Middle is hop, straight hop. Hops are not prominent enough to pick out the type, but the bitterness comes out of no where. Finishes bitter and clean despite the sweet aroma. Surprising, to say the least. Booziness is very muted for the abv.

Mouthfeel is crisper and thinner than the appearance. Carbonation is soft and lush and the booze comes through at the swallow, warming slightly.

Pretty damn good, and not overly sweet for a RIS. I wish that some of the "DIPA's" I've had could reign in the sweetness like this does.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter

A- Very nice 2 finger light brown head, nice carbonation, dark black poor typical for an RIS, very nice lacing and retention.
S- Nice aroma,sweet, hops are present, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate.
T- Bitter, hops are present, coffee notes, chocolate, slight smokiness, roasted malts
M- Medium mouthfeel, dry, nice carbonation
O- This beer is a Solid RIS, really hoppy for a stout, easy drinkability and easy access always available.

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Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shbobdb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, Victory brews beers like I like to drink beers. This is one crazy good Impy Stout.
All of the hallmark elements are there, just . . . muted. Bold hops, coupled with a lot of roasted flavours with some malt and alcohol. But they are all half as strong as most Imperial Stouts that I've drank. Man, that makes this beer incredibly balanced and very drinkable. I don't normally associate Impy Stouts with words like, Drinkable, subtle, sessionable, and other words that make me think of a fine pilsner.

Wow. This beer blew me away.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,906 ratings.
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