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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of suspect
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Pours a pitch black body. Aggressive center pour leaves a 2 finger coffee-with-milk color head that has very impressive retention. Each layer leaves another ring. Very excellent looking beer.

S: Multiple aromas of roasted chocolate malts, coffees, caramel and the 9.10% lies in wait, letting you know it's there ready to sneak up on you. No real hop presence to speak of.

T: Burnt malt, coffee bitterness, chocolate malts, raisins, a touch of licorice (but not very much at all). Earthy funk and a hop-oil note makes itself noted. Alcohol is definitely present and accounted for.

M: Creamy, yet dry. Little carbonation. Big body. Dry, bitter finish.

O: A solidly complex, yet delightfully easy to drink RIS. It's a sipper, no doubt but I had zero problems working my way through this one.

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

Pours a viscous motor oil black.

Smells like burnt espresso, alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and some hop bitterness.

Layers of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits lead into hop bitterness with a smoky roasted touch of booze

Thick and substantial

Another solid brew from Victory

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to take some notes and review this beer after a few drinks - certainly shocked by the "F" review below.

This beer looks like a stout - dark brown, but mostly black in color with a tan head that fades just a little too quickly. Nose is heavy on roast, without much other character - even a little alcohol burn would be nice in this nose or taste.

Taste is primarily roasted malt, definitely get some chocolate and coffee in there, but it just lacks a little bit in the breadth of flavors - it certainly has the depth. Nice full bodied drink, with just a touch of hops balance. Overall a real good beer, but maybe not as tremendous as it has been to me in the past.

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Photo of CAbeerCAbeerCA
1.5/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have been waiting a long time to try this beer but never got around to picking up a bottle until recently. I regret the decision to finally pick this up the other night, but I am very thankful I only picked up one, rather than the whole six pack.

The beer looked good enough: dark, nice head

The beer smelled only slightly better than it tasted. Smelled like charcoal, alcohol, and maybe a hint of berries (which is the reason for the extra .5 over taste).

The beer tasted terribly - I choked this thing down. Alcohol and charcoal awfulness.

The beer had mouthfeel that was disappointing- much, much too thin for a stout of this alcohol content. I might be scoring it higher here, since he taste and aroma were so bad and the mouthfeel, by comparison, was much better.

This beer was just not good. I wil never try it again, and I recommend that you do not either.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer for years and only recently realized I hadn't rated it.

The beer pours a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of pine from the hops. The flavor follows suit. I get a ton of pine from the hops, which is accompanied by the chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. Low bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely one of the hoppiest Imperial Stouts out there.

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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Pub glass

A- Thick tan head, two finger width. Long retention rate and nice carbonation. Black in color, it looks delicious.

S- Roasted malt, booziness, some dark fruits. Caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Coffee and roast flavors. Not tremendously boozy; some chocolate in the foreground.

M- Wonderfully thick and full bodied. Extremely well carbonated.

O- Excellent Stout, maybe a tad boozy for my tastes, but it lingers with the dark flavors on the tongue. I enjoyed this beer.

Beer revisited May 28, 2016.

Plenty of heat, roasty flavors. Knocking it down a few pegs from where I first had it. Not because it's a bad beer, bt simply because I've had so many good ones since I first tried it.

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

12oz bottle into Nonic

A: Dark brown to black, super small carbonation on creamy tan head, leaves moderate lacing

S: cherry, chocolate bitterness, burnt sugar, bark, hint of alcohol

t: dark bitter chocolate, to cherry, touch of carob dryness, blast of alcohol at the end but not overpowering

m: smooth, well carbonated, slightly sweet coating finish but alcohol cleans it up and leaves some warmth behind

o: nice stout that gets to some of the brighter flavors within the style and changes nicely as the temperature shifts.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage self-served in a tulip glass. Drinking this after a glass of Great Lakes' "Blackout Stout," so I guess I am in a Russian Imperial Stout mood tonight.

Appearance: Black as night, though some light penetrates the outline of the beer. The beer pours a 1.5 finger creamy head.

Aroma: Very subtle licorice and red wine nose. Sweet chocolate, and perhaps a very faint oak scent. Interesting hops aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is led by a subtle fruit taste that quickly gives way to a strong espresso and a bitter, roasted malt flavor. Slightly hoppy, which is a bit unexpected but welcome. Roasted coffee flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The beer finishes with a flavor of dark, unsweetened chocolate with a lingering smoaky/oaky coffee flavor. The finish reminds me of eating a dark chocolate candy at an upscale restaurant after a steak dinner that is followed by coffee for "dessert." Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth and full bodied. The beer is slightly creamy and warming (no doubt from the 9.1% ABV), though not boozy in the least. The finish is sweet, and the flavor lingers.

Overall: a very drinkable Russian Imperial Stout. The flavor is not as enticing as the Blackout Stout, but the aroma is much more pleasant. Storm King's bitterness is a unique quality that works well to balance out the expresso flavor and complement the chocolate tones. This is a beer worthy of the Russian Imperial Stout style.

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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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