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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

2,616 Reviews
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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Reviews: 2,616 | Ratings: 5,810
Photo of JBuff41413
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was highly recommended by a friend so I had to pick up a 6 pack.

A- Oil spill in a glass with a small head.

S- Coffee, slight chocolate scent

T- Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts

M- Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel, VERY creamy

D- With over 9% ABV I could not find the alcohol. Very drinkable.

Great RI Stout, definitely worth a try

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Photo of arthuro11
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look forward to this every year - pours a healthy black, darker foam about a finger width that leaves really beautiful lacing.

Smell is complex, many things are mixed in here but hops and malt balanced pretty well overall, although smell does not hit very hard. Taste is really really nice, smooth without being boring at all, feels very full in the mouth. Malt backbone is obvious.

Overall a great experience, am cellering a couple and looking forward to the results down the road.

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Photo of edrachman
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice deep black with slight caramel color around the sides with light.
Smells of booze, roasted malts, chocolate and slight sweetness.
Taste has way too much smoke/roast flavor for me. Its right up front and overwhelms my palette.
Mothfeel is good - a bit thin for an IRS for me.
Overall the smoke flavor killed everything else for me and I didn't love this as much as I hoped to. Victory has been one of my favorite brewery s and this is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark stout color with a minimal tan head of foam
smells of coffee and roasted espresso
roasty taste, chocolate espresso beans with a tad bit of hop bite at the end of the sip
the alcohol mask here is great, actually had no idea it was a 9% until I looked at the ABV at the top of the page
well rounded stout

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

Poured pitch black with nice one finger mocha head. The head retained with slight lacing. The beer looks great in the chalice.

The smell is hops and roasted malts. Tons of hoppy, roasted goodness in this one with some coffee as well. The alcohol is hidden well by the nose.

Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee and expresso dominate the taste. The hops really bitter this one up. The mouthfeel is medium heavy.

This is definitely a solid imperial stout. I would have had another without question if there wasn't some rarer things on tap I wanted to try.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter glass. First impression was typical imperial stout, nice, thick head with decent amount of lacing. Very dark, might as well have been pitch black.

Smells strongly of heavily roasted malts and hops but not much else.

The taste compliments the smell almost perfectly. Both are very strong on the senses, slight burn on the throat. I'm disappointed at the lack of complexity in taste. Definitely higher on the hoppy scale with no other flavors to balance it out, I might have tasted a bit of grapefruit at the tail end.

Body is thin, leaves a strong trace of bitter once gone for a considerate amount of time.

Overall, this is a very stand-up beer choice. If you are in the mood for a heavy hitting beer with everything turned to the max, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of nklatt
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ever since I moved from NM to MN I've been depressed I can no longer (easily) get Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. Well, I've now found a brew that can make it all better.

This one pours with a thick, dark, creamy head that just won't quit. Like a nitro-canned Guiness, it takes a while to settle down because it keeps forming after the pour, trying its best not to dissipate. The smell is unexciting. The taste, however, is fantastic and that's what matters most. Plenty of hops but even more malt. It finishes sweet (but not sickly) and it stays with you for a long while. Mouthfeel could be a little more substantial, but that's me being picky.

I was so excited about this one I had to immediately grab a second bottle. Half way through that I was feeling pretty good and was somewhat surprised to see the 9.1% ABV number on the bottle! Like Duvel, the alcohol is hiding behind the other flavors, not making itself known until you feel its effects. This one is exceptionally easy to drink.

Now I need to get this in the same room with the Rogue and make them duke it out for My Favorite Beer.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout is thick and full of flavor. The first sip I took with my pal DavidBanner and we were pretty impressed on the fruity flavor mixed with somewhat tint of coffee taste. I couldn't really tell the ABV for the flavor was so full it gave me a bite. It has a dark head and tint, with a sweet distinctive aroma of rasberries. The reason I give this the drinkabilty of a 4 is that one too many is gonna be trouble.

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Photo of andyj
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this one hit me right away. The bitter roasted smell was pleasure to my nostrils. The appearance is an opague black and the head has a dark-ish brownish sort of tinge to it. The taste is just amazing. Imperial Stout all the way. There is a hefty amount of sweetness to this beer, so it is by no means a dry stout. In fact I picked up an interesting hint of mint in the taste. Just a hint, by no means an overpowering flavor. My assumption is that this minty taste is derived from the use of black roasted barley of some variety -- the flavor being a wonderful hint of bitterness from a very dark or black malt. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it is hard to find where I live.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle obtained from Carytown Wine and Beer. It reads “bottled Dec. 23 ’04.”

Appearance: This beer has a dark brown, almost black coloration and can be seen through only when directly under a light. Faint hints of red might be seen if observed closely. It pours with a healthy, tan head that it retains for a relatively short period of time.

Smell: It certainly does not seem to have an “active” aroma. I detect roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a distinct note of orange peel. Overall, the aroma comes off as earthy and rather alcoholic.

Taste: Whereas there didn’t seem to be as much going on in the aroma, the taste assaults the mouth with coffee and chocolate malt. The hops presence is worth noting, because it balances out the bit of sweetness in the citrus flavor. An chicory-like bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the first sip. I would definitely have to cleanse my palate before sampling anything further. Although I can tell it’s high in alcohol content, it’s pleasantly hidden.

Mouthfeel: It is not overly carbonated and is thick and creamy in body, allowing it to go down smooth like any stout should. The alcohol, while not immediately noticeable on the palate becomes apparent after being swallowed, as it results in a nice, warming sensation.

Drinkability: Wow, this one heck of an Imperial Stout. If you like the category of stouts in the slightest, I recommend trying this at least once. It’s too alcoholic to drink a great deal of and seems to be too overpowering to have with other beers, though. I’m doubt this would be my preferred summer beer, but I see this as a great beer for a cold, winter night.

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Photo of stemcell001
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had bought a six pack 6 months ago and cellared it. I decided to start trying it now before it got hot outside to drink too many heavy stouts.
It pours a very dark body with a dark tan head.
The smell has some very strong coffee aroma and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.
The taste is very robust and yet pleasingly mild compared to when I last drank some of this a couple of months ago. There upfront taste has a lot of strong coffee notes with chocolate in the aftertaste and some hints of anise.
I'm torn between finishing the six pack and waiting to see what this beer would taste like with a couple more months of cellaring.

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Photo of jph424
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Super black with a nice mocha colored 3 finger head, leaves a thin lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, espresso, citrusy hops, and alcohol

T - Delicous! I like this one a whole lot. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and citrussy hops dominate. A little bit of warming alcohol on the way down.

M - Thick with medium carbonation. Great for the style

D - Extremely sippable. This is a superb RIS.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as pitch out of the bottle. Dark brown head that fades quick. Malty aroma with hops on the back end. Coffee and hop bitterness on the palate. Low carbonation. Tasty and rich!

As strong as this is, I would expect more alcohol on the palate. Rather enjoying the fact that the alcohol takes a back seat.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man this is a good strong stout with tons of flavor! I also got this when the monkey was out! It has a high ABV and packs a punch that US smooth and thick! This beer IS black as black and has a beautiful light brown head that's frothy and looks like gold dust glistening! A sharp bite @ first taste and finishes nice with tons of alcohol flavor and hops galore! Feels good in the mouth and goes down super easy!!!

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Photo of rastapenguin22
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: black and opaque with a nic, two-finger, tan head that lingered a while and left nice legs on the glass

S: strong chocolate up front with some coffee coming after, a little booziness sneaks in as well.

T: chocolate and coffee again with toasted malt as well

M&D: nice and creamy, drinkable for what it is.

One of my favorite stouts. Definitely going to get this more often.

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

a moderate pour into an imperial pint glass gave a one inch head with lacing sticking to the sides. a great typical deep light blocking color and a nice minimal/slightly malty scent comes up but no off or odd scents.

a great taste focusing on the malt bill, a nice black bite in the middle of my tongue makes this curious sip. it starts off smooth and finishes with a nice tartness that makes me want to sip it again. this can be dangerous because of the abv.

i just found out about this brew last week and was happy to find it to enjoy on a cool night like tonight. this is a great beer that is a good standard for the style. it's a good thing this one is sold in 12oz instead of bombers only. this means i will buy this one all winter long.

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Photo of xboxhueg
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Intense, roasty, chocolatey. Big hop aroma. Slightly warming as it goes down. Would really like to taste one of these after it sits for a year or two. A real winner.

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Photo of Alewife
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night with a tan lacy 'crown'. Very nice to look at. Dark chocolate, alcohol nose with hints of fruit. Chewy mouth feel, creamy on the tongue. Espresso and dark chocolate is very strong in this brew. Very nice flavor overall, but my preference is for a slightly sweeter taste.

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

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara with fellow BA Sakaroo

Storm King pours a pint black as night with a medium sized tan head, amazing retention and almost no carbonation. It looked extremly ominous and syrupy, one of my roommates refered to it as Guiness on steroids. Storm King smells of roasted espresso beans and unrefined chocolate. The taste: Think and creamy with the prevelent flavor of the espresson and a slight bitterness that finishes every sip. Overall the finest beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of pd360
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark, almost completely black with a thin caramel head that lasted for the whole tasting. I was surprised by the lack of aroma, it had just the faintest scent of hops. Upon tasting, the first surprise is the pine hops flavor followed by a more familier coffee and bitter chocolate stout flavor. Overall a very nice beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of exparte
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, powerful hop aroma with some comparatively subtle coffee notes. Pure black and pours an inch thick espresso-colored head which laces nicely as it recedes. Taste is just slightly sweet and then that big hop bitterness hits you. Rather thin bodied for a stout but it has quite a nice soft texture to it. Lacks the complexity that many of the other Imperial Stouts offer but this is also makes it very drinkable. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of sturner26
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pours an almost black color with a 1-finger creamy brown head. Lacing is good, and lasts a while. The head fades quickly.Smell: Charred oak, cherries and brown sugar. Kind of a campfire quality. Cigar tobacco.

T: Bitter up front with a sweetness that gives way to the charred, smoky and more bitter characteristics. Aftertaste is dark chocolate, burnt toast and bitter black coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

D: Medium. As with most RIS, I need to take my time and only enjoy one of the course of an evening.

Considering price and availability, this is an excellent "everyday" RIS. Certainly not a WOW, but very good.

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

This ale is for cold winter nights after shoveling snow all day. Sitting in your living room, sipping this wonderful product from Victory, life doesn't get much better. This ale pours black as pitch with a nice tan head. It smells of roasted barley and hops. Mouth feel is right on for an Imperial Stout, thick. Taste...heaven in a glass. I will be purchasing this again.

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a beer!
Great looking and tasting dark beer.
A lot of Victory's are fantastic and there are, literally, 1000's upon 1000's of reviews on each one so my review and all others are sort of lost but I'd like my 2 cents on record for what I deem the best of the lot. Being from Philly, there are a lot of Victory's everywhere. The best place is the Victory Beer Garden down where the Spectrum used to be. It is an amazing place with what seem to be, dozens of the big "V", tap handles along an enormous bar.
I've had this beer there too.
It has a kick to it and has a large, magnificent coffe-ish colored head.
When I pour from the bottle I use a Duval Tulip glass and the head fills the upper end of the 22 oz glass. Quite impressive.
I'm going out and get another one right now.

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Photo of evh883
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. It is black, but not opaque as you might usually see with this style, with some light getting through. The head was a light brown and had a fluffy, cotton-like look to it and it stayed around the whole time I drank it. The aroma is full of hops and a little maltiness. I was waiting for a bitter taste but instead I got a very smooth and pleasant taste out of it which was surprising. No sign of alcohol at all in the taste which is remarkable considering the very high content. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable, recommended to all.

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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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