Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
5,931 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: 5,931 |  Reviews: 2,649
Photo of YaKnowBrady
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of suspect
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -4.9%
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%
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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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Murrhey
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of jegross2
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of creamy tan head nestle atop the tar black liquid, much lacing ensues. Hops oils come flying at my nose, strong pine resin, carob syrup, chocolate and coffee malts arrive in the back. Anise, earl grey tea bags, bitter dark chocolate, and piney hops bombard the tongue, the full body which carries it is accentuated by it's spicy dryness and mild carbonation.

Overall I am surprised that such a big beer warm and full bodied comes at a cheap price. 10 bucks for 6.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a slick pitch black with a two inch sticky mocha head, that hangs around, with tons of lacing. Smell is citrusy grassy hops, some roasted malts, and a hint of tobacco. Taste is all of those things with some expresso and a hint of grapefruit and pine, and it really works some how. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but not the chewiest. Plenty of carbonation and very easy drinking for it's abv. A really nice imperial stout and the best bang for the Buck around, $11.59 a six in tax free N.H. I like fresh hoppy stouts and bottled on 08/16/11 this is still assertive.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the IGA in Potsdam.

A - Pours pitch black with a little carbonation coming up the sides. Very nice, thick and creamy, big bubble mocha head. Film of island-like retention. Good chunky rings of lace all the way down.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. All elements seem to strike a balance. An oak note perhaps as well. A slight floral note.

T - A strong roasted malt note with espresso. A definate hop note is there with a little floral element. A chocolate/hop balance is there that works quite nicely.

M - A hop bitterness is always a welcome addition to a strong stout. Tingly carbonation, thick, full body.

O/D - A good stout. The gentle hop addition is nice. There is no overly sweet element and the alcohol is perfectly masked. No flaws, and just short of excellence.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a motor oil brown that becomes quite opaque when settled. A nice firm and foamed tan head that lingers and laces. Impressive looking brew.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some florals, and a smoked/oaky scent.

T: The roasted malt and barley are evident from the beginning. Coffee/coco and woodsy earth flavors come through and prevail in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation that still showcases the stouts depth. Good warming and aftertastes.

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Photo of MichaelBurns
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into 16 oz deep wine glass.

A: Very black even up to the light. Super frothy head with mixed bubbles that rose like a geyser with my rough pour. Settling, but sticking with crazy thick lacing.

S: Actually quite nice. Not over-powering. Basic stout smell, roasted malts and sweet to me. Nothing jumping out at me.

T: Wow. Very sweet and roasted. Chocolate. Malts. Taste is kinda how strong brew coffee smells. Not overpowering, but lasting. I can still taste my last sip (a few minutes ago) as I write this. Don't notice the alcohol all that much. As it warms I get more hoppy bitterness, again nothing too strong. Again warming and sensing some alcohol taste now, with some fruit at the very beginning.

M: Thick and creamy. All over the mouth and lasting. Smooth throughout with a chalky aftertaste in a good kinda way.

O: My new favorite of late, preferred over some other "highly rated" stouts. Will have more & often. Plus bonus 9.1% ABV and easy drinkability. This will be a fun winter.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque liquid with an incredibly long-lasting tan head. Lacing is superb as well.

Nose of spruce-citrus hoppiness and roasted malts.

Lots of spruce/pine initially in the flavor. Sweet, dark roasty malt flavors come in and dominate for a while, before handing it over again to the hops which contribute tons of bitterness. The bitter hops and dark malts combine for a slightly astringent finish. Alcohol warmth finishes things off and persists for a while in the throat.

Mouthfeel is velvety and rich, with sweetness and bitterness melding together nicely, but with marked strength in both areas.

Very drinkable for a RIS. The American hop character is nice, and keeps things fresh and vibrant in an otherwise thick beer. I could definitely see myself having more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter...decent amount of head over a deep black body. Smell is complex, with tons of malt's rich alright. Could be a little more energetic. Taste has a bitter malt backbone with dark chocolate and coffee tones. Quite good, ver strong. Mouthfeel is excellent and smooth. Overall, this is a great stout. There is one better in this price range that I can think of, but this one is pretty awesome.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It looks like a stout. Dark black color and very opaque. It has a big, frothy mocha colored head with good retention that retains a decent sized layer on top. Small bubble streams make their way up the sides of the glass giving it a lively appearance.

S: There is a good balance between flowery, piney hops and roasted malts. Some subtleties of coffee and espresso add their aromatic hints to the aroma.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a near perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. There is less of an appearance of coffee in the taste than the smell.

M: It is medium bodied with a carbonation level that complements the feel and aids in bringing out the strong hoppy flavors. It has a sticky and chalky feel as well.

O: This is a very good stout and probably one of the best I have ever had. I will certainly be checking this one out again when I can get my hands on it. I'm glad I still have five more from the six pack to enjoy.

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

A: Pours dull black with two fingers of pillowy khaki head, leaving behind incredible lacing. Good retention.

S: Roasted malt, kind of woody (?) and earthy, some chocolate, cherry, and cinnamon/oak.

T: Citric bitter hops and roasted malt and a little dry fruitiness. Pretty bitter throughout, kind of overwhelming the flavors and leaving a long finish.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Smells great and develops in the glass, but tastes a little too bitter for my liking for a stout.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a quarter-inch tan head that settles in fast with moderate lacing in the chalice. A hoppy and roasty scent along with aromas of coffee. A lot going on here with a plethora of complex flavors. Specifically the roasted dark malts that blend nicely with citrusy hops. This is a rich and outspoken imperial stout and the tangy hop profile blasts away any trace of alcohol. A somewhat dry aftertaste of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Medium heaviness and medium carbonation. A strong-armed stout from Victory with an interesting character. I think a storm's a rollin in now.

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Photo of danieelol
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with massive very slightly tanned head. Nice lacing and good lasting head.

Nose is rye, some citric hops, milk chocolate. Caramel, coffee. Some strange slightly off lactic/citric notes. Some pine.

Taste is roasty, bitter, milky, hoppy. Very strong flavour.

Mouthfeel is nice. Thick and creamy and the hop resins are easily detectable.

Overall a really enjoyable well crafted and flavoursome stout. Bit similar to Yeti.

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Photo of bnes09
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black and dense looking. Light doesn't even have a chance at penetrating this stuff. Tan head with ok retention and plenty of lace blotches.

Strong and spicy hop aroma. Pine-sol and soap. Also some biscuits, licorice and molasses in the mix. Very complex.

Hops dominate the flavor throughout boasting pine cone, grapefruit and soapy characters. Assertive roasted flavor of coffee, almond and black licorice. Mild sweetness hints at molasses and prunes. Bitter finish from the hops, almost hard to taste anything else.

Medium to full bodied. Sharp, snappy carbonation. Super dry finish from the hops makes me thirsty and crave for another sip.

Good stout. I think they over did it on the hops a little bit. This is difficult for me to say considering I love hops, yet there needs to be a balance. Still tasty.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,931 ratings
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