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 doucmehu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fresh bottle into a La Trappe goblet (since I already had it out...).

A: Like any RIS, pours a hair short of pitch black with an acceptable mocha head.

S: Earthy floral and pine hops are very bold and present, especially for the style. There is some nice roasted sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses and bitter chocolate as well.

T: The hops really provide an aggressive balance for the huge malt presence, making this at once a big beer but also a very drinkable one. Nice dark chocolate and sweet caramel flavors, a hint of smoke fight with the hops all the way through to the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, but the hops really add a ton of piney bitterness to the end.

O: I was really blown away by just how much of the earthy pine hops and bitterness there was in this beer. I would say it detracted from a true RIS style, but that would give a negative connotation - this is in fact a great beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that says Enjoy By Dec 2016, delightful to get an imperial stout in a sixer

A: Thick, mocha, two-finger head, that lingers long time

S: Malts and hops at the same time, a touch of coffee and chocolate

T: Roasted malts, hops, bit of coffee and chocolate, some alcohol presence

M: Medium body, good carbonation, sharp and bitter finish

O: Nice imperial stout, could go a little less on hop emphasis for style in my opinion

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a two finger tall fluffy mocha head. The beer has excellent head retention with a finger of head still present at about 20 minutes after the pour. There was a nice amount of lacing present as well.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee. and chocolate with a slight hints of floral hops in the background. Nice and complex.

T: Flavors are dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a pleasant amount of bitterness in the finish. The flavors are deep and complex.

M: Medium to full bodied with some creaminess and warmth from the alcohol present.

O: For a beer with a relatively high ABV, it is extremely well hidden both in the smell and the taste. This beer is extremely drinkable and is a nice tailgating beer late into the football season here in the NYC area (where it can get quite cold) due to the robustness of the flavors. This beer has been a regular for me over the past few years and will continue to be.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey Goblet.

A - Pours black with a wild display of carbonation creating a nice fluffy tan head. Leaves a lacing down the glass as I drink.

S - Dark malts, faint hops, dark fruits, slight alcohol.

T - Roasty sweetness with a definite hops presence. Background tastes of dark fruit and coffee, but they aren't as prominent as I would expect in a RIS. Slight alcohol burn, although not offputting. Great toasty, hoppy, imperial stout.

M - Nice carbonation. A little bit chewy with a moist finish.

O - Very good RIS with a balance and drinkability for the ABV. A bit hop forward for the style, but it works and makes this one stand out from the rest. Victory makes some great beers and this is an example. This is my go-to readily available imperial stouts.

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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, my token good beer from my Bevmo mystery box, was a fairly pleasant experience. Dark chocolate brown, but not quite black in color; with a thin hear and visible carbonation. Not as visibly massive as its brethren.

Dark, heavy aroma consisting of toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon barrel aging, syrupy prunes, dates, a little bit of fig. The palate is boldly flavored with thick bourbon and coffee, underlying alcohol cutting through thick chewy layers of malt. Flavor opens up nicely to a lovely hoppy pine taste that adds an herbal quality. Chewy without being too heavy, it's a challenge for novice beer drinkers, but not the best imperial stout on the market. Still, a very good beer with a taste with some dessert.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured in to a chimay glass

Deep black and oily with a thick fluffy 2cm dark brown head. Nice retention.

Aromas of rich dark cocoa, herbal hop notes and charcoal. There's an air of milky vanilla aswell.

The flavours are more of the same, some sweet milky chocolate and a considerable hoppy pine contribution. On the back end there's a nice toasted malty bitterness. No hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, low carbonation - pretty standard for the style.

This is nice imperial stout, not much wow factor, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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