Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 dpend
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since Victory is legally unavailable in Florida I have always been anxious to try their products. Although this seems to be a unique interpretation of an Imperial Stout, it's an excellent brew. Deep, rich color and smell and very drinkable for the style, but a nicely balanced mouthfeel. If you can get your hands on this definitely try it.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed trying this brew. I had heard much about it but had never tried it. My friend is a Victory freak and he got me into it. It was fruitier than most stouts. Poured a dark black with a tan head. It tasted of raisins an plums actually. It did have a VERY profound hops taste. I am a hophead so I didn't mind, but others might. I wish this was a year round brew, but alas, I must enjoy while I can.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Oct 2003

As it has been said many times, this beer pours a deep dark black with a dark tan head. The head stays a good amount of time and fades to a very thin lace. The nose is dark roasted with a nice amount of hops mixed in. The taste is a dead match for the aroma. This is a real nice brew and very easy to drink. A MUST for all try!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage Bottled 04 of November 2003, Sampled February 2004
Pours a pitch black color, and with a thick creamy brown head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee aromas waft from my glass. The roasted characteristics are not overwhelming in any way though, seem to be well in balance. A thick creamy mouth feel to this beer. Definitely reminiscent of a rich coffee concoction, perhaps with a bit of chocolate in it too. It is quite interesting how the flavor hops contribute to a beer when it is so thick & dark. In a lighter beer you would be able to detect the over the top hops immediately, here they just seem to add another dimension to the beer. The hops help to soften the effects of the roasted malts and they help to boost the perception of a dark fruitiness, They also add a citrusy tingling sensation to the tongue. This beer is so well integrated I cannot imagine how it will get any better with age, but I do have a 6'er which I plan on aging to see how this changes. I do still love the fact that this beer is not too heavy, for an Imp-Stout it is nice, light, and easy sipping (note that it is still quite the sipping brew though).

Bottled Oct 15, 2002. Sampled October 27, 2003
This beer is a deep black color, when held up to the light it is seen to be quite clear. When roused a thick dark brown head appears. Notes of burnt raisin waft from the glass. Roasted malt is quite evident in the nose as well. The taste is very good, it is all over the place, not one dimensional at all. Not over the top in its roast character (like some Imp-Stouts), this is wonderful as it allows lots of the other flavors to come through. There are notes of a rich port, and a slight bit of sherry in the finish. The Storm King is fairly light bodied for this style of beer. It is fruity tasting, which is accentuated by the hop flavor that has been put into this beer. Quite novel to me to pack an Imperial-Stout with flavor hop additions, I really like this idea, especially in this relatively 'light' bodied example. One could easily drink a couple of pints of this, and regret it later. The more I drink the more I like this beer, I wish that I had more. I can't wait to get a fresh sample of this beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.04/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, this beer had a small sized light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and it had a dark hue to it. The nose was malty, chocolate, and some coffee notes. The flavor was bitter, hoppy, coffee notes, acidic and it left a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfee was tingly, smooth, thin textured and medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nothing to really rave about with this beer.

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Photo of Scooter77
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon the first drink of this delectable brew, there was only one phrase that came to my mind…Yabba-Dabba-Doo, Yoo-Hoo, Scooby Doo! This is one absolutely amazing beer. It pours a thick, black color topped off by a fluffy tan, almost brown head. For an Imperial Stout, the head retention was very impressive. It faded down slowly and remained fully intact until the last drink. The aromas of sweet malts and dark roasted coffee beans forces it’s way straight up your nose directly into your brain…I have honestly never smelled something all the way up in my brain! It was amazing! The alcohol was totally masked by that sweet, sweet aroma. Then came the tasting…ahh, there’s that masked alcohol forcing itself on the taste buds. The sweet, maltiness of the aroma represents itself very well in the taste. I also detected a hint of nuttiness in the finish. This brew is exceptionally balance, very smooth and easy to drink. I think I could drink this all day and night, or at least until the 9.1% ABV knocks me on my ass. This is the only beer that I have every given a total rating of 5 on and it is very well deserved. I can’t wait to taste this one in a few months after it ages for a while.

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Photo of stingo
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2003 Storm King, brought home in a growler on Saturday and being enjoyed on the following Tuesday. What an impressive beer - very balanced both at the front and back of the palate. The bitterness is toned by the aging a bit to give a rich smooth taste, along with tasty finish. With all the hype surrounding Victory at this and other websites, it's easy to forget they can deliver the goods to back up the rep. An excellent beer.

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

Storm King at Victory on Draft came out yesterday. It's still VERy young. However, by comparison when it cam out last year (according to my notes) I think giving this batch some time we'll se it eclipse the overall rating! The Alpine Hops used are at this time overwhelming - however given some time (Mid to lat winter) I think it will mellow out. I'm a big "King" Fan and have bottled examples going back several years and I also happen to live about 10 minutes away from Victory. Tonight I made an intersting black and tan combo (rotsaruh agreed) that was actually quite nice. 50% King and 50% Kolsch.

Enjoy and I'll keep you posted!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of “Imperial Stout” I imagine a bear- a great Russian bear -- the kind the old Soviet propaganda ministry would have conjured in hopes of striking fear in the heart of every westerner...

The entire persona of Victory Brewing’s Imperial Stout is no propaganda exercise. From the moment I pour this glorious libation into my glass, until I’ve imbibed the last drop-- this stout delivers on it’s name-- truly “imperial”...

The instant this stout leaves the bottle it produces a marvelous presentation-- dark color, heavy body. It cascades into my glass and wells up into a marvelous dense dark foamy head that laces the sides of my glass with abandon.

The nose presents the beer’s calling card- “more of everything” --- hops, malt, bitter and alcohol.. I detect the definite presence of alcohol-- more than usual and no surprise for an imperial stout.

Color is a dark chocolate brown that seems to yield secrets of reddish brown only to intense light rays.

When the first sip coats my taste buds, this beer could bear no other moniker than “Imperial Stout”. The signature of toasted malt, bursts forth onto the scene, followed on its heels by a rush of bitterness-- not overwhelming-- to be once again, overtaken by the sweet pangs of the toasted malt. All this encompassed by the presence of a dry shroud produced no doubt by the elevated alcohol content.

The body is appropriately heavy, and the flavor finish keeps tantalizing my palate long after I’ve emptied my glass.

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

Dark and black as night with only a bit of ruby red around the edges if held up to light. A thick head developed in a beautiful fashion as I poured into a pint glass. Tiny tan colored bubbles swirling up to the top looked great. Head settles down but looks as if it has some retention power. Aroma is a sweet, chocolatey espresso roasted malt concoction, and everything an Imperial should be. Has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a full body. Flavor is of coffee, and sweet roasted malt with caramel showing up in the finish. Alcohol is as well hidden as I've seen for this style. Retention is good as expected. Fantastic!

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is roasted malt, slightly chocolate. Full bodied stout. Big roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Kind of hoppy for an Imperial Stout. Very robust flavor. Smooth taste, slightly dry. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark black oil color with dark head that lasted...and lacing too...beautiful
Roasted malt...sweet coffee...chocolate...
Flavor is big...more chocolate coffee...but the best combo of flavors in a stout ive tasted...
mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...
drinkability is good...

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Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown 1/4-inch high head sitting atop a black mass of motor oil filling up my pint glass. The head forms a smooth lid of evenly sized bubbles. The aroma has the lightest influence of hops, mostly deeply roasted malt, caramel and molasses, and hints of cocoa. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, bitter espresso, and a lingering bitter chocolate and burnt coffee. Amazing lacing paints the walls of the glass all the way down. Very fine, but very uniform all around the glass. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel helps the liquid to glide down the throat like velvet. Tremendous beer all around.

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

Apperance: bought a case of 12oz bottles, going to cellar a few.a dark dark brown a shade away from back.
Smell: roasted slightly smoked malty sweatness. chocolate?
Taste: well the roasted smoked chocolate cam through in the taste with a bitter bite.
Mouthfell: this beer has a great body full but not thick.
Drinkability: drinkable exceot for the force of gravity that would make me want to tumble to the earth if i had more the two( i'm a light weight)

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

A wonderful all around stout. Watch out for the high ABV though.

Pours a dark black with a great copper dried lava rock head. Excellent retention and lacing. The scents are weak. Some mustiness and dried coffee. A tiny bit of moss and a flour smell. Nothing special.

The flavors are big and bold. Strong tobacco flavors. Heavy dark coffee with chocolate covered berries. With this stout one flavor starts and another finishes it off. Bold malts and molassas. A quick bitter currant and a dry alcohol flavor come through in the finish. A nice dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy and strong. Alcohol stabs here and there at the mouth. It is not smooth but that is a plus. This stout is felt from start to finish. If you love stouts then give it a try.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Storm King arrives like a thunderstorm.

When first poured, a hop bouquet reaches the nose, and, together with some more dark, bittered notes, it smells like a standard Victory hop offering (which, don't get me wrong, is always right on the money, and a beautiful thing).

The first sip, smooth as silk, hits you like a crash of lightning. Boom! A dark baking chocolate bitterness hits you, followed by notes of the same chocolate, melted, covering over plums and sweet cherries. In time, but a long time, as this beer luxuriates on your tongue, the clouds pass, and at the end of the sip you are beckoned to bring on another maelstrom.

This was the beer that truly set me on the path to Beer Advocacy, and so, I am very thankful that it exists -- and at 30 dollars a case in Philadelphia, I always get one of this and the Hop Devil when I'm in town.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a brew, this is as close to a perfect five i go in the stout category. The aroma has some hints of burnt coffe and a few other scents i cant really discern. As far as taste goes, wow, excellent excellent brew, it is a bit over the top, but it hides the alchohol very well (which can be good or bad, this brew will sneek up on you). I found the flavor to be slightly mellower when warm, and in true victory fashion the hops were definetly present. Top notch brew from a top notch brewery. One thing though, i thought the bottle could be redone.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I found a bottle of this much touted imperial hidden in the singles corner of the beer case at my local packy tonight and had to try it. Served from a 12 oz. bottle, bottled in January, drank late august, excellent integrity. Poured from the bottle black as tar, with a nice dark brown head that faded relatively quickly for an imperial. Aroma is roasty and burnt coffee, maybe a little anise.
This stout tastes very bold at first and mellows nicely as the glass warms a bit. Alcohol presence is fairly subdued, but slightly warming as it goes down. At first I taste the strong coffee flavor right away, but it's backed up with some serious hop bitterness that stays with you the whole way. Balances out a little with notes of chocolate and caramel. This is a fine imperial stout indeed, though I can't say it's my favorite just yet (I'm partial to Stone Imperial or Bell's Expedition)...maybe I'll have to have a few more at the next release though.

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Photo of beerinator
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very black, with a nice khaki head. Nice and lacy head retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt. sweet and slightly smokey aroma. Whiffs of bakers chocolate in the nose, bitter chocolate.

Taste: Very bitter from beginning to end, with a very very dark burned chocolatly flavor. Bitterness lingers on and on and on. Very bitter mocha flavor with a good mouthfeel.

Notes: Solid beer. Very silky beer with nice carbonation, a great choice for a strong stout. Not for the non-stout drinkers.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh. Ooh! Oh, yes. Oooh, Yes! Yes! Yes! YES! YES! YES! Aaah! Whew! Mmmmmm!

Brought to Moscow by friends from Northern Virginia, my precious bottle was filled on 1/28/03, and emptied on 8/16/03. The label calls this an Imperial Stout. Supposedly, imperial stouts were first developed in Russia for the Czar's court. I guess the commies ditched the style when they ditched the Czar. I sure haven't found anything in Russia that comes close to this masterpiece.

Pours black as coal, with a thin dark, almost amber colored head. This head faded too quickly, however, causing me to mark down the appearance. There was no lace on my glass. The nose was big with caramel and malt, but relatively subdued when cold. It grew, ever so subtlely as the brew warmed in the glass, until it was bold and assertive like few brews anywhere. The mouth was, in my view, too bubbly for the style, hence the other markdown in my review. It was heavy with roasted sweetness, though - very nice.

Then there's the taste. My goodness! Sweet and malty to start, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and plumbs. There is also hops from the start, getting stronger as the liquid and the tongue indulge in a mutually passionate embrace. The finish is thus bitter and flowery and smooth, with some lingering caramel and roasted chestnuts. The aftertaste is sweet, bitter and roasty all at once. Not only the nose, but also the taste get even better (although less sweet) as the brew warms, so don't be in a hurry to drink this one. Savor it. Enjoy it. Relish it. Yum!

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this SK was not sampled from the bottle, draft or the cask, but was from the firkin. I treated myself to a handsome British pint this evening at Victory. This is a jewel of a treat for "firkin Friday" in the middle of the summer. It was brewed in March 2003.

It's appearance was black as nite with a creamy mocha head. Everything, including the aroma, the taste and presence of alcohol were subdued. Just a perfect balance of hops and malt were present as the initial liquid black gold tantilized the palate. There was this overwhelming combination of chocolate, coffee, mocha, dates and rasions that were present from start to finish. The complexity of this brew was simplified into very incredible level of smooth, silky heaven. It's truly hard to capture and describe something so delicate and delicious.

If SK from the bottle, draft or cask is considered No. 1 on the BA website, I would suggest an aged-version SK from the firkin has to be No. 1 in the world.

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Photo of Loki
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a Bottled on stamp of Sept 26 02. Sampled on August 13, 2003. Sadly this beer will never seen it's first birthday.

Poured a pitch black with a big, frothy caramel colored head. The head faded in about two minutes to a thin, bubbly covering. With a quick swirl or through drinking this stout leaves rings of lacing that don't seemd to want to cling to the glass.

Aromas of bitter coffee, malt, toffee, earth, and hops rise from the glass like the bird on the bottle.

The first texture is creamy and full bodied on your tongue. It is quickly followed with toffee flavors, then bitter coffee, caramel, malt, and a slight hop bite at the end to wash away any hints of sweetness. Finishes clean and dry, but leaves the mouth watering for more. There is little to know taste of alcohol and with the exception of the label there is little to indicate it's 9.1% ABV.

I wonder, since this is bottle conditioned does it just get better with age? Sadly I will not know for some time as this was my only bottle.

I'm glad I had a friend provide me with a sample. I'll have to return the favor.

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

served in 12 oz. bottle. that was bottled., according to the label, in january. (it's now august.)

just an all-around great beer. so so interesting. full of flavors and aromas. totally unique.
this is a hopped up imperial stout. you get the dry roasty malt flavors mixing with the cofee-like flavors and then mixing again with some serious hops flavor.
very very well balanced and drinkable beer considering how much alcohol is in it.
i highly recommend this one.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Bottled on 1/28/03.

Pours viscous, solidly black with a dense dark tan head. Head lingers for quite a while before settling down.

Nose is filled with roast and citric pine loaded hops.

Dark chocolate, licorice, espresso, dark fruits - plum and raisin. Hoppy citrus bite cuts right through all those dense flavors. Just a bit of grapefuit in there, too. A slight perfume like character surfaced as it warmed.

Full bodied, with a long dry finish. Went great with creme brulee.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 12-17-02 on the label. Poured a jet black color that was almost intimidating. Had a dark tan head that thinned out to a small cap.

Smell: potent aromas of espresso, roasted malt, raisins, and plums. A faint smokiness and a slight alcohol astringency also present. Very complex array of aromas.

Taste: roasted malt followed by espresso (!) to start. Dried fruits (raisins, dates) also present as is a hint of grassiness and an agreeable amount of hops bitterness which kick in at the finish. Alcohol kind of grabs the back of the palate. Again, very complex.

Feel: full-bodied, kind of chewy. Drier than anticipated.

Drinkability: high % ABV makes this a "one per" beer. Tough to have more than one without feeling like the floor is gonna get yanked out from under you. Not one I'm going to go to on a warm summer evening. Up for re-review this winter, though.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,876 ratings.
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