Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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 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 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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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 AWB3
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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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 Treb0R
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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 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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Photo of Atron67
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pretty chilled, lower than my usual for a stout, but prolly more around the norm for most people

A- poured a dead black with a light brown/ tan hea, low carbonation, seems like a clear body, but thats really arbitrary, all solid on the A face

S- I was actually a little dissapointed with the smell, I mean it was obviously very malts, roasted dark character, no confusing this for even other types of stouts, but it seemed pretty simple, more one dimensional.

T- has a really nice strong maltiness, roasted dark charachter;. is actually really smooth for a 9% beer as well, idk if this smoothness helps the beer rise above to make it something great. very good example of the style, but i dont see a great clash of character,

M- thick creamy, pretty light carbonation,

D- solid, the smoothness helps this region,

now dont think that because the way i worded it taht i didnt really enjoy it, it weas really good, but i think i was just hoping for more

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a 6 pack of the storm king. I've seen it a few times a while back on the shelves but always went for the hop devil or hop wallop but now am glad i've tasted this beer.

A dark, black beer with a brown tint and a
lightly laced brown head that doesnt hold very long.

A mild hoppy aroma, almost a hint of rum. The alcohol really stands out in the smell making this hard for me to identify any fruits or malt that might be in the smell.

This is a good and heavy beer, very creamy with a pretty smooth mouthfeel, is a little heavy going down. Nice malty texture with some dark chocolate in there, nice coffee taste as well. There may be some berries of some sort, most other stouts i've had have contained more figs, plums and raisens but this has more of a berry taste which is a nice change and holds up well against the others.

So overall this is a great tasting stout with for a pallate for the sweets. Pretty smooth and creamy and definatly worth the pick up.

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Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Number3red
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of McStagger
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black. Finger of tan head. Large and small bubbles. Head is fairly rocky.

S: Big, roasty, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa, coffee. Surprising amount of coffee in this one. Very pleasing underlying dark fruit. Plum, fig, berry.

T: Very nice. Big roastiness here. Lots of dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain. Hint of burnt nutiness. Midly astringent towards the end, with a definite herbal/woodsy hoppiness coming through. The hop bitterness was a bit surprising, and really plays through toward the finish. Finishes back on the stout notes, with hits of chicory and even a touch of smoke. Very dry in the finish.

M: Big, but not overwhelming. Carbonation is minimal, but the malt does not overwhelm this one.

O: What a beast. I can see why this was a real game changer when it came out. Can definitely see how some call it a black IPA. Damn fine beer, regardless. Will actively seek this one out again.

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Photo of cratez
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI.

Pours a completely opaque, midnight black with a thin mocha cap and generous webbed lacing on the tulip.

Smell is baker's chocolate, fig, burnt grains, dried fruit, doughy yeast, liquor, mild estery note, and floral-resiny hops.

Taste is an intense onslaught of fresh ground coffee, espresso beans, dark unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, oak wood, cream, warming alcohol, spicy and bitter hops, and a sweet, chalky palate to end.

Silky mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and smooth, syrupy middle with a pleasing, bone dry finish.

This is similar to Bell's Expedition Stout but not quite as robust and flavourful. Nevertheless, Storm King is one of the best impy stouts I've had and well worth the price tag. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of mr-jj
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is black and opaque with a nice thick tan head. Really nice lacing for a stout. Smell is really interesting. Lots of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate with some underlying sweetness, booze and citric hops. Flavor is strong hops on the palate - bitter chocolate and coffee - followed by some roasted malt flavor and finishing with a strong hop bite. Finish is quite bitter and lingering for a stout. Body is medium/full with a bite from the carbonation and alcohol, lots of sticky hop resins.

Overall, if you like IPAs you'll like this stout. More like a black IPA with some stout character. I like it, but IPA is my favorite style.

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Photo of lpotter
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, thick and rich.

Huge hop aroma upfront, burnt sugar and roast malt.

Initial tastes of sweet black coffee ebbing into roast malt complexity and bitterness.

Creamy and sweet enough to get your tongue latching onto the roof of your mouth. Hop presence lingers.

A well balanced stout that demands your company to marvel at and soak it in!

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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