Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,911 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 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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Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Dark black with no clarity throughout. Thick and persistent light brown head and plenty of spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Rich coffee and roasted malt aroma, with a tiny bit of stinging alcohol, and a bit of pine hop presence as well.

The flavor is disappointing. It tastes of pine hops, mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee, along with some sharp alcohol. It's simply not as rich and decadent as I like in my big stouts. There's very little, if any, chocolate, a flavor I think really helps the bigger stouts.

Light to medium bodied and a touch sharp with alcohol. Unimpressive for any RIS.

Below average.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Underneath the bitter hops is a decent beer. The rich, dark liquid creates a beautiful head ... one of the best pours I've seen in a stout ... could the hops have something to do with it? The aroma is very inviting ... again perhaps the hops are responsible. I taste some interesting, complex flavors, but the hops are a real downer.

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Photo of minterro
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Custom six pack from Ross’ Deli in Lakewood.

A & S: Strong caramel, nutty, sweet malty, and smoky armoas. Tan head that pours a half a finger and fades moderately fast. Clings to the glass in a speckled. Oil black colored beer, no carbonation bubble present. Seems pretty thick.

T & M: Smooth with low carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well masked. Taste is very smoky. Similar to the nose very robust. Medium bodied. not very easy to drink.

O: a super solid stout. Can’t recall tasting anything better from this style. Even though the taste is well masking of the alcohol contain, I can defiantly feel this one beer. Wouldn’t recommend drinking more then one at a time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ? (various)

Pours an opaque black-brown with a nice-sized tan head that retains and laces well. Roasted malt aroma, coffee and cocoa, some dark fruits and hints of citrusy hops. Nice full-bodied taste, nothing you haven't had in a stout before, aside from probably more hops than you're generally used to from the style. Dark roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar, with notes of citrus and floral hops. Modestly complex, tasty, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish tones, fairly big light brown head.

Smells like dark sweet, roasty malts, chocolate but it has a hop presense to that leaves it fairly balanced.

A glance of hops is overrun by the dark malts in the smell. Finish with a light bitterness that melds with some of the malt. Good mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. Nice hop spice.

Overall, very good drinkable hoppy irs.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a "Maudite" tulip.

A - Dark,opaque black with a hint of ruby around the edges. Big tan head with good lacing.

S - Bitter chocolate, licorice, touch of dark fruit.

T - Bitterness its you first, a little hot booziness mellows to bitter chocolate, a touch of licorice, a little dark fruit, then a dry hoppy finish.

M - Medium High carbonation. A little too much for this style. Wanted it to be a bit creamier.

D - Medium Low. Bitterness and alcohol taste doesn't make this go down real easy.

This beer is all over the place for me. Flavors aren't really meshing and the bitterness is over the top for me at least. Not a bad beer, but not one I will be going back to any time soon.

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

2010 Bottle Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a finger thick tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Scent is of roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Dark malt flavors, chocolate and roasted coffee. Slightly bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a smooth and tasty stout. The smell immediately after pouring from the bottle was kind of strong and boozy which had me a little worried. However, as the beer warmed up the smell and flavor mellowed out which was a good thing.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much head here..just a thin band, with lacing of frothy little bubbles falling quickly down the sides of the glass. A black beer through which no light escapes.

Aroma of roasty, burnt malt and faint booze. Taste is dominated by hops rather than by roastiness, malt sweetness, or bittersweet chocolate, all of which remain on the perimeter. This bottle is nearly a year old but carbonation and hops are still strong.

A really different stout overall - strong, crisp, bitter. Mouthfeel lacks any sense of creaminess. Stands out from the crowd but not necessarily loving this one. A stout for those who gotta get their hops at all times. A bit unbalanced and one-sided for my palate.

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

The beer poured dark brown, almost black and produces a nice brown head about two fingers high. It leaves a nice lacing after dissipating.
The smell is coffee, toasted malt, coffee, yet there is also a citrus flavor, which probably comes from some fine hops.
The taste up front is surprisingly rich on hops, which give a citrus flavor as a start, but mingles immediately with some roasted malt and coffee. In the middle there is dark chocolate. The finish again has hop character and adds some fruit flavor, yet produces some bitterness. A very interesting combination.
The beer is nice and thick and has great stout character. A very good example of it's style, great job!!

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

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

The color of this beer is jet black, no light can bee seen through the glass. It had a pronouced head, though small and it dissipated quickly. The color of the foam was a golden amber. It left nice lacing on the glass.

Upon smelling the beer it has a nice roasted coffee sent, hints of cocoa and toffee and it smelled sweeter than it actually was.

This was a hop forward stout, the bitterness from the hops filled my entire palate. There was a smokey coffee flavor with hints of citrus peel that you get from hoppy beers. The chocolate flavor was mild. It had good carbonation.

Overall this was a good beer, actually based on other reviews I would say a really good beer. As a stout, I was not expecting as much hops as this beer has and was surprised by that. It possessed a nice balance of both the roasted malt, cocoa/coffee flavor with a good amount of hops

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Photo of edrachman
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice deep black with slight caramel color around the sides with light.
Smells of booze, roasted malts, chocolate and slight sweetness.
Taste has way too much smoke/roast flavor for me. Its right up front and overwhelms my palette.
Mothfeel is good - a bit thin for an IRS for me.
Overall the smoke flavor killed everything else for me and I didn't love this as much as I hoped to. Victory has been one of my favorite brewery s and this is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of output01x
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Enjoy By 06/06/16) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger tan head that slowly recedes to a thin but clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nearly perfect black. Some light lacing can be noticed clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Oddly, spicy, floral hops strike the nostrils first. Dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and caramel are also noticeably present, giving a more classic stout quality to the nose.

Dark malts start each sip with dark chocolate, caramel, and sweet, dark fruits. As soon as the beer is swallowed, a roasted coffee beans flavor comes out but is accompanied closely by grassy, herbal hops. The hops flavors of course bring a decent bitterness that matches the dark malt flavors nicely.

Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is very drinkable for the style. The body is thick and slightly sticky. It coats your mouth well with an almost syrupy quality. The carbonation isn't very noticeable as it is not very fizzy, but it is strong enough to prevent this beer from losing drinkability.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as pitch out of the bottle. Dark brown head that fades quick. Malty aroma with hops on the back end. Coffee and hop bitterness on the palate. Low carbonation. Tasty and rich!

As strong as this is, I would expect more alcohol on the palate. Rather enjoying the fact that the alcohol takes a back seat.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks!

The body is black as night and grows nearly an inch of khaki head. Small patches of wet lacing are left behind as the head settles. Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, and come caramel; most emphasis is on the fruit, which I find surprising (well, unexpected). Tastes of dry, roasted malt before a burst of dark fruits (raisin, date, plum, touch of dark cherry) takes over. Ends with some caramel and toffee. Mouth is very dry and sticky, and feels slightly under carbonated. Ultimately, it reminds me of a toned-down, much fruitier Old Rasputin; that said, I’d probably prefer an Old Raspy if given the choice.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to Ommegang chalice, best by date of February 16, 2016 printed on bottle label (ENJOY BY FEB 16 2016 BT4). Seriously.

Appearance (4.0): Black as night, with a huge, four+ finger head that fades to a one-finger, pock-marked and slowly bubbling, fine head of dark khaki foam, like a cappuccino. Some lacing all around the glass, as well.

Smell (4.0): Sweet, roasted barley with a healthy licorice scent in there. Light coffee scent below that. Sweet and roasty, but not too bitter. More char in the nose as it warms.

Taste (4.5): First is a bitter (but not overpowering) coffee note, with a nice floral hop bitterness to accompany it, all balanced out by this sweet barley base underneath. Doesn’t taste like a wad of caramel or sugary malts underneath it, but more like a full, kind of earthy flavor you might get in something like a bran muffin or Cracklin’ Oat Bran. As it warms up, the bitter, floral hop presence becomes more noticeable, helping to balance it so it’s not overly sweet. And, during the whole thing, there’s hardly any alcohol on the palate whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth. The body is actually on the light side for such a big stout, like a solid medium but nowhere near “heavy” by any means. The carbonation is smooth and constant, making it almost creamy on the tongue. This is just smooth, smooth, smooth. Maybe could be thicker, but this is fine by me.

Overall (4.5): Balanced, smooth, rich and full, all without being “too much” of anything—drinkable as can be for its size and strength. Dark and stormy never tasted to smooth.

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

I have finaly found an Imperial Stout that I like and don't have major problems with!!

This brew has midnight color, creamy malt aroma, a rich and complex character that is very difficult for me to convey to you!

The aroma is hoppy and it definately is warming, I will try this again on a winter day to really appreciate it!

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Photo of skibumma70
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One, if not the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Appearance is dark, almost black, with thick, creamy tan head that clings to the glass from the first sip to the last. The taste has hints of bitter chocolate, hints of mint, coffee, and heavy malt. It has a very creamy mouth feel for a big beer. Carbonation is perfect... All the flavors come out when this beer is warmed a bit before drinking. This is a fantastic beer. Cheers to Victory!

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

This beer is black as night with a 1" brown head. The aroma is coffee hints, with some malt and a little bit of hops. The taste first hits my tongue with the hops (ipa style) then on the back of the tongue i get a chocolaty taste. This beer has a nice mouth feel and overall a good stout.

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

Victory must have a very wide-spread distribution, because I see them wherever I am; HopDevil and Prima Pils, especially. I could always go for an Imperial Stout, though, so I’m happy to start my relationship with this brewery as such.

Not quite sure how old this is, but there’s a stamp on the bottle that says “Enjoy by March 26, 2016,” so it seems rather fresh.

A: Whoa, this head is fantastic. As soon as I poured, I knew it was going to be thick, but what happened next totally surprised me: the head stayed in place at the size of half my glass. It didn’t appear to be moving at all. So I went and made a phone call, and, when I came back, there was still quite a bit of head to go. Official time: seven minutes to move from half a glass to two fingers! Incredible! And the lacing, too – superb. Add in its midnight-black color and this one has got to be one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I’ve ever laid eyes on.

S: Remarkably fresh: both the hops and the malts come off as “green,” in a way. As far as grains go, I can sense some fresh wheat fruitiness, as well as a nice undercurrent of lightly roasted malts. The hops are there in a very natural way, with a leafy punch instead of a resiny, bitter smell. Then, with a few twirls of the glass, I can smell some big, syrupy chocolate beneath all the organic scents; it’s very decadent. One other oddity that really sticks out to me is the water. It gives off a bitter, mineral aroma, much like something you’d find in an English pub-style brewery like Samuel Smith. It’s different, and I like it.

T: The mineral taste is first, followed by a quick blast of grainy malts. You can taste a hint of chocolate malt for a moment, but there isn’t much down time before the hops arrive. They come in a huge, bitter resin taste that absolutely wallops you into the aftertaste. The presence of hops in this one, especially because of the mildness of the nose, serves as more than a little surprise; even more so since that’s all you get. The aftertaste has a very small grainy taste to it, but the majority of what you’re feeling for the minutes afterwards is a super-piney dryness. I like the idea of a hop-forward stout, but when you leave room for very little else, you’re kind of pushing it.

M: Very brightly carbonated, though I wished it wouldn’t have been. The hops have enough kick as it is! Even so, I can feel a bit of that same pub-style thinness to the body, which adds to the drinkability at least a little bit.

O: When it comes to this beer, I like where Victory’s head is at. Lots of hops, some dark, natural malts, and a handful of British character should be a winning combination for a Russian Imperial Stout. However, it feels a little rough around the edges. You can taste that it has character, but the hop profile just comes off too big. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though – I mean, if you’re going to brew beer, you’d probably rather have the problem of too much taste instead of not enough. And between those two choices, Victory clearly has the upper hand.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown to black color with a light brown creamy head and good lacing

S-coffee and malty aroma with hints of bitterness and sweet

T-espresso and sweet chocolatey flavor with a hoppy bitter finish

F-moderate to heavy body and rich, creamy feel

O-an excellent imperial stout with nice balance

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,911 ratings.
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