Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,914 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 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 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 Treb0R
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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 akopczyk
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lpotter
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding hint of sweetest just right amount of hops.

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Photo of Casey10
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good Imperial stout. High alcohol content makes this a beer that you want to take your time with.

Smell is chocolate mixed with raison. Taste is heavy and strong. Not a bad beer and if a stout type beer is what you are looking for this is not a bad choice at all !!

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Photo of thekanna
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black with a moderate tan head which rests on top and slowly dissipates.

S: Strong dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Charcoal and a generally burnt wood presence are also detected.

T: Extremely strong espresso and dark chocolate notes. Malts seem like they went through a smokehouse and just escaped, scathed, from the other side. Body has an undeniable sourness of prunes. Ends with an extremely strong, powerful, hop bitterness.

M: Thick, rich, and heavy.

D: This was more an assault to my palate than an enjoyable brew. It would be noticeably better if it weren't so rough around the edges.

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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 RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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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Photo of saintwarrick
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black brew with a light brown head on it. Molasses and milk chocolate in the aroma while the taste accents bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Somewhat thick but mostly creamy on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but very well hidden for a brew of this strength.

A very well crafted stout, and another solid brew from Victory, though I like my stouts a tad sweeter.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- dark brown with a tan two finger head. Great retention on the head, settles to 1/8" and never leaves. Lacing on glass as well.

S- strong scents of roasted and chocolate malts. Earthy hop aroma as well.

T- loads of flavor in here that increased as the beer warmed, and some new flavors come along as well. Roasted coffee and malt flavor. Burnt malt/sugar bitterness, harsh and strong. Earthy hop flavor in there also. Just hints of sweetness. Increasingly strong alcoholic flavor as the beer continued to warm.

M- full bodied and somewhat creamy. Slight drying effect.

D- Didnt feel alcohol content as much as expected, makes drinking easier. Harsh and bitter. Too harsh for regular consumption, not on a level for special ocassions. Tough to find a spot for this one.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of drunkenmess
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz. bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on 3/18/2003.

Appearance: Like a black hole that absorbs all light.. perhaps it's that elusive dark matter cosmologists are scouring the sky for? A small brown head with the lifespan of a mayfly forms and leaves thin remnants of lace on the glass... dusky remains of the day.

Smell: Heavy roasted malts, dark and bitter espresso, slightly tart and sweet dark dried fruits. Aaah sweet harmony.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, charred, and burnt malt sweetness. Quite bittersweet. Espresso flavors kick in and then the beer finishes off with some light prune-like fruitiness. Light hints of hop bitterness on the tip-of-the-tail-end.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is very well masked. Hearty and robust sensation in the mouth. A burly beer with the equivalent of 5 o'clock shadow at 7 am.

Drinkability: It's hard to find a better imperial stout than Storm King. I hoping the mid-March bottling of last year will be repeated this year so's I can get a fresh 6-er or three for the cellar.

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Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,914 ratings.
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