Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,906 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 pschul4
3.09/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Very very dark and for some reason the head exploded! I didnt get more than half my beer into the glass and it nearly overflowed with rich foamy head.

S- Smells very bitter with some roasty undertone. Not sure what I'm getting myself into there.

T- Taste is very bitter as well. Wasn't expecting a lot of haps and I'm not sure if thats what this is or if this is just a bad bottle. If this doesn't improve I likely won't finish the bottle.
Edit: As it warms it does get a little sweeter and tasty but still rather bitter

M- Best part of the beer, smooth and creamy and if the taste was better I'd love it because it lingers on the palate

O- I know this is a good stout and representation of it's style. I guess I just don't like this style for much.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with brown undertones and a medium tan creamy head that leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Mild smokey aroma of oatmeal, nuts and yeasts. Estery and alcohol forward with some similar qualities to a doppelbock. The hops are floral. The malts give off smells of dark fruits, plum and fig.

Taste: Very dry with roasted smokey malts. Fruits such as plum and cherry are noticeable. The overall impression is of espresso with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium and chalky with a great balance between hops and malts. The malts and hops make many subtle impressions on my palate. Nothing is too cloying but rather the flavors make their impression and then fade into a decent bitterness.

Overall: Good price and amazing drinkability for a beer of this strength. It satisfies without being too think or heavy. Lots of character in a European interpretation of the imperial stout. I could drink two of these in a sitting.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, coffee, mild citrus and hint of dark fruit sweetness.

T: Taste of dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, hint of alcohol and a sticky finish.

F: Fairly full body, quite smooth, a bit boozy. Was hoping for for a more creamy texture.

O: Not the ideal stout but will give it a try again in the future.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with nearly no head, but develops a nice, persistent cocoa head after the pour is complete. Smells like chocolate, coffee, and toffee (nothing shocking here). Tastes incredibel - rich, dark coffee and chocolate, with a touch of brandy. Tasty. The moutnfeel is perfect - good measure of carbonation to offset the thick, syrupy character of the stout. This is a first class russian imperial stout!

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage "Enjoy By: APR 08 2014"

A- Initial head is one finger in width and a light mocha color. Beer is black in color. Good head retention and some lacing left.

S- Noticeable hops but calmed down in the two years since fresh.

T- Lots of dark and sweet fruits. On the shit-ton side of hoppiness for an impy stout. Booziness is about right at 9.1%abv. Some mouthwatering chocolate notes.

M- Good carbonation and mid to thick mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this aspect.

D/O- It's sufficient to say this has held up well at just about 2 years of age. Hops aren't are pronounced as fresh but if that's what you want then get yourself a black IPA. A joy of a 6-pack imperial stout to buy...just wish they'd lower the price a few bucks.

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Photo of Pahn
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. "Best by June 6, 2016" printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, frothy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a wall of lacing. Pours a solid black with red brown highlights and leaves sprawling continents of lacing.

Smell: They're not kidding about the Pacific Northwest hops. Heavy American hop aroma, pungent, piny, citrusy, tropical fruity. Underneath is an almost equally strong note of caramel and raisin. Very nice.

Taste: First sip: maximal hop bitterness along with a well-melded flavor of citrusy/piny hops with cookies and caramel, resolving as roasted malt with a long, hot finish. I like the blending, but the hops and malt each come across as pretty one-dimensional. The bitterness is definitely pushing it.

Later sips are dominated by hop bitterness and piny, somewhat dank and citrusy hop flavor. If this bitterness is supposed to keep the richness in check, it succeeds... but it also obliterates all the deep, delicious malt flavors I want from a Russian Imperial Stout. Some nice flavors show through occasionally, but in general it's just one hoppy punch to the face after another.

I wanted to give this more points due to the brewer's intention being to make a hoppy imperial stout, but this fails when compared to both standard RISs and that very intention. It's so unbalanced... and every time I sniff the glass, I perceive exactly what the beer *wants* to taste like, and every time I sip, I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated; the heavy carbonation combines with the giant IBU to clear out any semblance of subtlety or depth. Bitterness considered on its own is quite nice though. Lingering heat is also pleasant and appropriate.

Overall: The beer isn't as unappealing as I'm making out perhaps, but it definitely commits the cardinal sin of smelling *way* better than it tastes. It also takes a style often ridiculed for its boldness and rather than marrying those extreme flavors and making them sing, just blasts you with bitterness. While there's some decent flavor underneath, I can't handle the imbalance.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Getting huge aromas of that whole flower fruity almost cherry or in this case blueberry smell. A bit piney as well and then underneath you get the subtle coffee, chocolate and sweet dark roasted malts.

It's sweet up front with the chocolate and coffee and sweet dark roasted bitter malts up front and then the piney, fruity hop resin taste. You get a bit of the alcohol in there as it warms. When it does warm the hops subside just a bit and the dark roasted sweet malt and the chocolate coffee taste comes through a bit more.

This beer comes in two phases really. When its cold its all about the strong bitter hops with the stout flavors residing a bit behind it and then they come out more as it warms with the hops still playing a good role. Its almost like a black IPA in my mind which I dont mind at all because I love IPA's and the taste of Pacific Northwest hops.

What I like the most about this beer is definitely its hoppy character for a stout but not only that but how they meld the dry bitterness from the dark roasted coffee chocolate malts with the whole flower hops so well. The whole flower hops definitely give it that more hoppy flavor than you'd find in a stout but it really is quite a beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice 1 finger mocha colored head that thins to a light cap.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, brownies and some blueberry jam undertones. A bit of floral hops as well.

T: The roasted malt and espresso make up the majority of the taste, but there are some nice hints of bittersweet chocolate, hop resin and blackberry as well. The alcohol isn't detectable at all. Pretty solid.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Pours a finger of dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, color is a deep dark brown with maroon hilites, brite lite barely passes through.

Smell - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, a touch of soy sauce, hint of dark breadcrust.

Taste - Starts dark fruits and juniper, some black coffee, molasses at the center of the tongue. Finished with some dry breadcrust and some grassy hop flavors. I'm also getting a few spots of unsweetened black cherries in the corners of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Smooth mouthfeel, carb seems up a bit for the style, which gives an unexpected tingle and sharpness on the sides of the tongue, but some may like this. Very drinkable, but carb keeps this from being a more creamy and mouth coating RIS.

Overall - I really like the balance and complexity, but I would like this more with lower carb - potential depth and creaminess are decreased as a result. I'm glad I tried this, and would not turn one down, but I personally prefer a more creamy and coating mouthfeel.

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Photo of Demer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with nice one finger mocha head. The head retained with slight lacing. The beer looks great in the chalice.

The smell is hops and roasted malts. Tons of hoppy, roasted goodness in this one with some coffee as well. The alcohol is hidden well by the nose.

Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee and expresso dominate the taste. The hops really bitter this one up. The mouthfeel is medium heavy.

This is definitely a solid imperial stout. I would have had another without question if there wasn't some rarer things on tap I wanted to try.

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Photo of bens0n
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black with some slight ruby tinges around the edges. There is a good amount of creamy off white head that leaves alot of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up notes of chocolate, roasted coffee and some dark fruits that trail at the end. Not too boozy smelling.

The roasted coffee is definitely there in the flavor, not much chocolate coming out. There tons of roasted goodness that lingers on your tongue after every sip though which I really like. Its on the bitter side for sure. The alcohol isn't overpowering but its still there to remind you that its an imperial stout.

This beer is on the thick side, and has a little more carbonation kick than I really enjoy. Its a decent imperial stout worthy of checking out, but its nothing amazing.

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Photo of smellandsip37
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 46.5 F into a snifter

A - deep ebony black color and a toffee-tan head, head stays nice and returns with a few swirls <---- this is one reason I love RIS's in snifters

S - Vanilla, a little caramel, and a light bitter 'smell', a fresh baked whole wheat bread in the nose as well

T - Vanilla again, bit of hop bitterness, not too much, but a full, round flavor. This could be due to Victory using whole leaf hops in their beers, theres oils in dem hop stems. Coffee as well. At just over 9% ABV, it does not taste too 'hot'

M - Full, smooth, and syrupy.

O - RIS quality from an excellent brewer. I really enjoy this for a 'everyday' RIS that is not barrel aged, I enjoy the stronger flavors that can be masked by wood.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jan 23, 2014

Purchased @ Julio's liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $2.65/bottle

Appearance looks promising with a lite brown two inch head covering a near black liquid of goodness. Thick lacing outlines the glass from start to finish, nice...

The aroma starts off strong with tootsie rolls followed by roasted malt, alcohol and hops.

Flavor is roasty and very hoppy with maybe a hint of expreso in there. It's hard to pick up anything else except maybe alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thin to medium and fairly bitter. A huge dryness follows right through the finish and makes my mouth water, yikes...

Overall I feel like I drank a couple of bombers, wow this is wicked dry. I've had this before and hoped it would smooth out over time but it just didn't happen. Not bad , just not one I'm cazy about.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a deep Ebony colour with a two fingered tanned head that retains real well.

S - Nice vanilla aromas mixed with chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Very nice flavours of vanilla, coffee and some hop with a nice caramel finish.

M - Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation and full body.

O - RIS don't come much better than this. It is very smooth and creamy.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small, dark tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, floral notes, grapefruit and lots of pine. I'd have preferred more emphasis on the roasted malt rather than the hops.
Same issue with the flavours, with the initial chocolate and caramel quickly dominated by a huge grapefruit and piney hop hit which continues to overpower everything right through to the finish.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice deep black color with a brown colored head. It doesn;t look as thick as some RIS' I've had in the past. The head leaves a decent lacing on the glass and keeps a good retention too. The smell of the beer is deeply roasted and burnt smelling with a light sweetness on malt coming through. The taste of the beer is a rich with chocolaty malts and roasted grains. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was hoping for but still had enough body to keep in within reason. Overall I felt this was a really good beer for the price.

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

Good lord this thing is dark. Just might be the darkest beer Ive ever seen! Half inch tan head.

The hops really stand out in the smell; something a little different than I'm used to. Roasted malt and bitter black coffee accent the hops.

The thing that really sets Storm King apart from the other stouts Ive tried is the hoppy bitterness. The way the hops and bitter coffee interacted was actually kind of refreshing somehow. It really feels like a black, heavy DIPA. Its not as heavy as I would like from a stout, but the addition of hops flavor really make up for it.

Feels really light on the tongue (with big bold flavors somehow). Leaves a bitter hoopiness and coffee flavor in the mouth.

A really solid stout. Its nice to see someone doing something slightly different with a sout that isnt fruit or spice related. The hops really make a hop-head kind of stout.

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

a moderate pour into an imperial pint glass gave a one inch head with lacing sticking to the sides. a great typical deep light blocking color and a nice minimal/slightly malty scent comes up but no off or odd scents.

a great taste focusing on the malt bill, a nice black bite in the middle of my tongue makes this curious sip. it starts off smooth and finishes with a nice tartness that makes me want to sip it again. this can be dangerous because of the abv.

i just found out about this brew last week and was happy to find it to enjoy on a cool night like tonight. this is a great beer that is a good standard for the style. it's a good thing this one is sold in 12oz instead of bombers only. this means i will buy this one all winter long.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black in color. Dark tan head that dissipated very slowly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. I didn't detect the hops amongst the other strong aromas. Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, and an earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, with enough carbonation to provide an effervescent mouth feel. It finished with roasted malts and a strong earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol was noticeably high in aroma and flavor and it impacted Storm King's drinkability.

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

Pours a dark as night black hue which leaves a two finger creamy khaki head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is roasted malts,barley,herbal hops and mocha,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth with tastes of chocolate roasted malts,molasses,dark fruits,a touch of boozy warm alcohol,raisins and finished with a roasty expresso finish and overall a very tasty RIS that i would buy again without doubt cheers.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Cask Republic into a snifter.

A: Black body with deep ruby glints; one-finger head of frothy light-brown foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Bitter dark chocolate and huge piney + herbal hops. More like a Black IPA (or whatever you want to call it) than an RIS, but not a hop profile that I find terribly attractive. Meh.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Overly bitter, less than complex, and far less than delicious. I want to like it, but I don't.

M: Medium-to-full body with nice, creamy carbonation. Very pleasant indeed.

O: This was one of the first beers I ever reviewed, and even though I wasn't a fan way back then I decided to give it another shot when I saw it on tap. Sadly, my original review was, if anything, overly generous. I can appreciate what Victory was going for with this beer, and it's obvious how ahead of the time they were, but admiration for innovation aside I just don't find it to be an enjoyable brew. While there are some super-hoppy stouts that I love (e.g. Stone IRS, Imperial Stout Trooper '10, Night Stalker), this one misses the mark.


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Photo of MartinVanBrewin
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black coffee opaque color with a 1 inch tan head with long-lasting lacing

Smell: Roasted malt with a slight smell of caramel.

Taste: Toffee, slightly nutty, roasted caramel and bread

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy feel. Overload of malt. Mmm.

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Photo of atr2605
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a creamy tan head with outstanding head retention that clings to the side of the glass
S-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, low hop aroma
T- more chocolate, coffee and toasted malt along with a plum flavor, hops provides a nice balance and bitterness. Alot of big flavors
M-full bodied
O-tons of flavor in this beer and is a really nice imperial stout. Has a lot of the roasted and smokey flavors but still allows the other flavors to come through nicely.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color with a tan head.

I expected more out of the smell. It just does not have much of a smell. Maybe I just don't have a nose for smelling beer, but I would think something this flavorful would have more of an aroma.

A full bodied heavy beer, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee in the taste. Not sweet, has a bitter after taste that lingers, but the bitterness is not unpleasant.

A very satisfying stout. Perfect for when you just want to unwind.

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Photo of DavidST
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter, best before Feb 16, 2016.

This pours a yeast filled pitch black color with a large foamy mocha head which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malts with a little smokiness. Feel is medium to heavy. The taste is pretty good, lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little hop bite. This leaves a very bitter lingering aftertaste which I really like. Overall a pretty fine stout and one I'll get again, I'm still tasting the bitterness.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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