Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,918 |  Reviews: 2,644
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Ryanm1
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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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
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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Photo of tugg407
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured black with tight creamy mocha head that leaves some spotty lace

S- Big sweet citrus and piney hops, dark roasted malt, currants, and molasses

T- Some citrusy/piney flavors in this beer, big licorice, molasses, some currant, and chocolate like flavors. More hoppy and sweet for a big stout than roasty. Pretty big alcohol presence in the taste. Odd soy sauce like taste developed as I got towards the bottom quarter of my glass.

M- Chewy and thick mouthfeel, a little overcarbonated on the finish for the style, alcohol comes through quite a bit, a lot of warming and some burn

O- A big stout with a lot going on, but it all blends pretty well. The longer that I drank it though it started to get sweeter and sweeter

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Photo of sevenarts
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black, medium head, nice lacing.

S: Some understated chocolate and coffee. Not a very strong aroma at all.

T/M: Goes down really smooth and creamy. Subtle chocolate notes, sweet malts, and after a bit the hops hit to balance the sweetness. Very well-balanced and drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden other than a bit of warming on the way down.

O: Subtle and restrained for an imperial stout, pretty good.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of beercar
2.73/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a fresh sixer. Smell is all hop and cocoa. Nice tan 1 finger head. Black as light penetration. Taste is way too hoppy and dry IMO. This beer could definitely benefit from more cocoa and coffee. Light mouthfeel and overly carbonated. Imperial stouts are my favorite style, and there are too many better options out there to consider purchasing again. If hop forward stouts are your thing, look no further. Tasted side by side with Blackout Stout. Not even close.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's my 300th review - time to break out something special!

A 12oz bottle with a BB of Sept 2015 (I think). Acquired from my local beer specialist a while back, and stored in my fridge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A jet black hue - no light penetrates this stout. Produces a massive head of brown foam that lasts for quite a while before subsiding. Aroma of dark, roasted malt with notes of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit and stewed hops. A hint of pine and a whiff of booze in the background.

An intense flavour sensation. Tastes of roasted malt with powerful notes of coffee. Subtler hints of cocoa, brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed hops and a warming hit of alcohol. Faint notes of piny aromatic hops. A very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth and tingly, with good body. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and coffee.

Very nice - a flavour sensation. The aroma seems less forward than might be expected, but the taste makes up for it. The body is also good, though I can't help feeling that it could have been thicker. The only problem with this beer is my impression that it's good but not great - there's a missing dimension to it. Lots of flavour but a lack of depth. Nonetheless, a quality brew that is well worth sampling.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mahlik
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Beermongers. Poured into snifter.

A- pours black with a one-finger light tan head. Head dissipates in a minute or so. Appears viscous and somewhat oily. Nice lacing.

S- Not much going on. Some earthy hops, subtle coffee, burnt malts and maybe some chocolate. Not really impressed.

T- Roasted malts and a smooth chocolate hit the palate. The piney and herbal hops hit in the middle to take away from the maltiness. Warmth from the alcohol wallows underneath.

M- Medium-thick body with low carbonation. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Some alcohol can be felt.

O- Disappointing. The balance is off or something. The aroma was weak and the taste was average. With many other options on the market, I probably won't reach for another Storm King any time soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with a thick, brown, frothy, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates into a persistent lace leaving a great trail down the glass.

S: Strong malty chocolate, coffee, hoppy aroma.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a great roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice hoppy background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial stout. A nice sipping beer @ 9.10 % alcohol by volume.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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