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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of jsmith313
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.52 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Nov. 2, 2017
Consumed: Nov. 2, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double/Imperial Stout
Misc.: Enjoy by Aug. 28, 2022

Picked this up on my monthly visit to Bine & Vine, along with a bunch of other stuff. Picked it up without really knowing anything about it or a canned on date. Usually two no-no’s for me. Hoping to be surprised. Thought I liked Victory a little more until I just looked at my ratings. Only one of my eight previous reviews had at least a 4 and it was exactly a 4 (Headwaters Pale Ale). Quick look and most of these reviews were in 2011, my first year starting. Would certainly like to try a few of those again. Anyway, bottle read, “A thundering hop presence collides with massive espresso and dark chocolate notes in this full-bodied imperia stout.”

Poured a pitch black color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Could see a few bubbles sneaking up along the sides of the glass. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dark chocolate syrup, mocha, malt chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, espresso, char wood, burnt coffee, roasty malts and crayon. Had me wanting to try it. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose for the most part, but no hiding that 9.1 pct. ABV. Got dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, char wood, toasty hazelnut, burnt coffee, dark cacao powder, roasted barley, anise and burnt popcorn. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Just a solid double stout. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.01 | 90 | A-

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Photo of DrPawz
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip glass...pitch black with tan head. Moderate head retention with lingering lacing. Smells of licorice and wet espresso grounds. Hoppy and bitter on initial taste, but not unpleasant. Very coffee forward with less bitter chocolate taste. Mild alcohol notes. Feels thin and dry with a burned malt aftertaste - again, not unpleasant. Overall, a good pour, but not if you are looking for the creamy, smooth, malty stout.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout glass. No date.

L: Deep dark black, ruby edges, two finger tan head has great retention. Spectacular lacing.

S: Smells strongly of lactose, and some semisweet chocolate. Not very appealing to me.

T: Again a lot of lactose, with some semisweet chocolate, but follows into a roasty note that is not displeasing. Some alcohol is present. Not great but not terrible.

F: Light, watery, crisp, lingering roasty dryness.

O: Meh.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is pitch black. A semi-aggressive pour yields a huge two-finger creamy tan head. The retention is moderate--after a few minutes, the head dies down to a thin half-finger tan film, but plenty of lacing is left behind.
The nose is big, roasted, and bitter. It smells of unsweetened baking cocoa, beef broth/soy sauce, wet dirt, black licorice, pine, star anise, coffee grounds.
The palate opens up with dark chocolate, a bit of toffee, blackberry, and molasses--just slightly sweet--before a massive wall of roasted malt and hop bitterness overtakes the palate. The dark chocolate transitions into baking cocoa, black licorice, star anise, and black coffee. Super hoppy as well, there's a ton of earth and pine. Slightly metallic as well, like copper. There's a bit of soy sauce and umami, but the massive bitterness steals the show, with the bitterness of black coffee, dark chocolate and pine leading long into the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium-full, nice and well-rounded, mostly full, but the lively carbonation makes it quite drinkable.
Overall, a really good stout. Dangerously drinkable. If you prefer your stouts burnt and bitter, this one's for you!

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Photo of lastmango
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a 3 finger frothy off white head. Heavy lacing is present. Aroma is like a chocolate malt shake with a hint of coffee. The taste explodes in your mouth racing through flavors of chocolate malt, roasted malt, black licorice, dark roast coffee and hop bitterness on the end that blows away the earlier flavors but makes you want to sip it again. The beer has a thick body, moderate carbonation and is a bit creamy. The hops are a bit too much for me in an imperial stout. But, this is a very interesting brew with complexity.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pippuri
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(I've had this one so many times in the past but for some reason never took the time to review it.)

A - Pitch black pour with thick and frothy toffee colored head. Sticks to the sides of the glass like glue.

S - Dark roasted chocolate with some cream and light charcoal.

T - Dark roasted malt, alcohol, very roasty throughout and ends with a sharp piney lingering bitterness that scrubs some of the malt off the palate.

M - Big and robust with a creamy texture.

O - Just an outstanding stout, hands down. So glad this is available year around!

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with no head development or lacing, looks under carbonated as I don't see any bubbles.

A: Smells fruity like raspberries and blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, also picking up some dark fruits like plum, smells very sweet for a double stout, it's probably the hops that are coming through and giving it a sweet, dark fruit aroma.

T: Dark fruit and berries come through really strong on the flavor, espresso, roasted malts, finish is dry with lots of espresso lingering in the aftertaste, as the beer warms the dark fruit and berries do recede but the flavor is still there.

M: Full bodied with very little carbonation, moderate amount of coffee-like bitterness, finish is very dry.

O: I can't get past that initial taste and aroma of dark fruits and berries, it's very sweet, almost taste and smells as if blueberries were added to the beer, it's not balanced compared to the beer's roasted, espresso, and dark chocolate notes.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is black-ish, looks almost like a big porter, plenty of light leaking around the edges, with a tan head.

Aromas are HEAVY hops, some sharp coffee, and chocolate. The taste is very hop forward - more so than I’ve experienced in any big stout, ever - with a lot of bitterness from the coffe flavors, and subtle chocolate notes.

And it works. It’s a bit thin for a 9.1% ABV beer, and it’s sorta like a black DIPA, but it works. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy and lasting tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Coffee and bakers chocolate up front in the nose, with molasses, plum and umami coming on strong as it warms.

Super rich, dark and bitter tasting. Roasted, almost smokey, chocolatey malts stand out at first once again. There's a strong wallop of fruit and umami, as well, maybe a flash of licorice, and then a hint of coffee, chicory and wood mid-palate. Chocolate/ coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-bodied, creamy feel.

The umami could be dialed down half a notch, but overall, this is delicious.

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Photo of wjbent
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoodahMoogle
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of basaywhat
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of rich malt, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, and roast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich tan head and very sticky lacing. Very prominent malt nose with hints of coffee, chocolate, black liquorish. The taste is very robust, loads of sweet malt with a light bitter chocolate, some coffee and oak flavors and very mild hops. Some alcohol bite but not too bad, as it warms it softens with more pronounced flavors. Medium to heavy feel.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,967 ratings
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