Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,910
Reviews:
2,640
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
922
For Trade:
13
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of antique
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

It pours a solid, extremely dark and thick brown, with a large and beautiful, long-lasting and frothy cocoa-caramel head. It leaves behind a very nice line of lacing throughout. Quite simply a beautiful beer.

The smell is hard on dark cherries or raisins, or some other dried fruit, and a rich, boozy smell that pokes through, with some definite chocolate and malt hints. Fairly pleasant.

Taste is of deep, dark chocolates and coffees up front, followed by warm, boozy/mildly fruity hints and a finish of mild hops. Aftertaste of burst, smokey nuts and malts. Really very tasty and quite complex.

It's a thick beer, with only a mild bit of carbonation, so it doesn't go down especially easy, but it works. HEAVY is the word here, but none of this heaviness overpowers the complexity of the flavors.

Overall a splendid stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking stout. Huge head on this monster - I think my bottle might have been overly carbonated, as it took a long time to pour this without the entire glass becoming foam. Taste started out great, with the nice sweet malts, but towards the end it just became too cloyingly sweet. Too much sweetness is the death knell for a stout for me, unfortunately. I'm hoping that changes with time.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a barrel pint glass. Very dark beer. Jet black with a fine 1.5 finger light brown head. Good lace too. The nose is very nice, with complex layers of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla mixed in. Some dark fruit sweetness in the aroma as well. Maybe cherries? Maybe plum? Hard to tell exactly. The taste is heavy on the coffee end, with a really pleasant hoppy bitter finish. Clean on the palate. Mouthfeel is dry.

I like this beer a lot. For such a big brew (9.10% ABV), it's not boozy at all. It's especially nice in the winter, as it warms the insides gradually. A subtle Russian Imperial Stout, if there is such a thing. The Storm King does not hit you over the head or try to beat you down. It soothes as you consume. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

I tasted this beer during a regular beer tasting and was poured from a bottle into a 4 oz. glass. Lots of head almost half of it. The foam being more on the lighter side but not quite white. The beer itself was black as night, much darker than a negro modello.

As for the taste, I thought there was a hint of cherry. Much like other stouts very malty and slightly oaty. Roasted malts Not bitter in taste even thought it is around 53 in IBU measurement. I didnt pick up espresso or whole flour. It says it uses American hops too.

Victory has a habit of making quality beers, but this one for me doesn't really stand out on their product line. It's a heavy hitter weighing in at 9.1% abv, which is a characteristic of Imperial Stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are hints of brown in the pour and the edges, but for the most part, this is a great black beer with a dark mocha head, which flattens to a ring rather quickly.

Smell is of dark cherries or raisins, sweet boozy rum bread. The barest hint of coffee/bitter chocolate is in there.

Fortunately, it's not all fruity in the taste, as it's bitter coffee up front and in the middle, has a strange fruity hop finish and a great bitter chocolate aftertaste.

A medium heavy body, slightly chewy feel, and low carbonation make this right on style, yet I had a hard time finishing it, almost cringing after each drink. The smell is too fruity, and a touch too bitter in the flavor. A fine beer, but not one I will seek out again with so many choices available.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,910 ratings.
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