Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,914 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.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark, black with a nice tan head which clings to the glass on the way down
Smell: Light smell of roasted malt, coffee and faint hops
Taste: Earthy taste, roasted malt and just the right amount of hops. Finishes burnt malt taste along with coffee and chocolate flavors.
A good stout. Would recommend

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest brown, khaki foam. A backbone of breakfast blend coffee is elevated by notes of dark chocolate and wood char. Evenly balanced by a smooth herbal hoppiness and a medium dry finish. What makes it remarkable is its evenly balanced, smooth character that deftly walks a tightrope between boring tameness and obnoxious boldness. A good baseline for the style.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours the standard RIS deep mahogany / borderline black while yielding a short-lived 3/4" khaki toned head.

nose isn't quite as bold as i look for. subtle notes of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate.

flavor also doesn't exactly bowl me over. more of the same with roasted malt, a little coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate; also some hoppy characters to it. not bad by any means, just sort of unexciting. medium bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

overall, an above average russian imperial stout but not much above. while it's relatively tasty and enjoyable and although i would more than welcome another, with all the great takes on this style that are out there it's closer to a middle of the pack RIS than anything exceptional, at least in my mind.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09-24-2007 review:

Appearance: Opaque obsidian in color, with a large, persistent tan head, comprised of rather coarse bubbles. The lacing leaves intricate broken webs on the glass walls.

Aroma: Strong aroma of coffee, charcoal, and herbal hops. A bit more subtle than I expected.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa notes, overlaid by strong citrus and pine tar hops. As the taste progresses, coffee and charcoal notes become rather prominent. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and herbal hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and velvety, without a trace of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, a prototypical example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

2011-12-25 review:

This is a review of a properly cellared bottle with a best by date of "Dec. 26 11":

Appearance: Utterly black in color, with a small, persistent tan head. The lacing is slight and small-beaded.

Aroma: Mild cocoa, some earth, a little sweet alcohol, dark fruit, sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa notes, earth, as dark bread. As the taste progresses, coffee and charcoal notes become rather prominent. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and mild herbal hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and velvety, without a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely superb, it stood up very well to several years of aging.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Steve for the 12 oz ottle - Poured ito Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a used motor oil black with slight foam that decends quickly into a thin off white lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Not much going on here, slight whiffs of bitter coffee.

T: Deep roasted malts with bitter coffee, slight hop bite with some dark fruits.

O: Overall a decent RIS that was a nice sipper, would have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,914 ratings.
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