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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Ratings: 5,944 |  Reviews: 2,655
Photo of 05Harley
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -12.3%
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 -1.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 -9.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -16.5%
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 -21%
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 -0.5%
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 -3.5%
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 +7.4%
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 -18.5%
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 -17.8%
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 +5.2%
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 -2.7%
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 0%
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 -22.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -9.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -21.5%
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 +7.9%
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,944 ratings
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