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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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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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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -1.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -3%
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 +2%
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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Photo of divineaudio
2.69/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from notes. served in a pint glass.

a - pours dark brown to black with a thick tan head.retention is good and leaves some sticky lace in the glass.

s - floral hop character with some grainy malt and a distinctive sweaty foot smell.

t - piney hop bitterness overpowering a roasted malt base. strong alcohol presence. ipa territory to my tastebuds.

m - full bodied with too much carbonation for my liking.

o - maybe i got a bad batch? i heard a lot of good things about this beer and it certainly didn't live up to the hype. probably won't buy this ever again.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a tall and creamy mocha-coloured foam head. Slowly recedes to a ring of bubbles while showing good lacing down the glass.

S: Bitter licorice, spice aroma of anise, piney hops, espresso, sweet caramel, and faint dark chocolate notes. Smell of hops is quite noticeable in this RIS style. Everything blends quite well together considering the varied aromas.

T: Not surprisingly from the smell, bitter hops are at the forefront of the taste with a faint malty backbone kicking in after. Licorice and anise add further to the bitterness. There's a slight sour tartness to this which is a little like grapefruit. Espresso is faint, and really no evidence of that dark chocolate (rats!). Alcohol well hidden.

M: Not as thick/viscous as I would prefer in this style, with a little too much carbonation for my liking.

D: A decent RIS but not one that I would drink again. Overall I found it a little off with the hop-centric taste, combined with the sour and tart notes I detected.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich black brown with a tight mocha head. You can tell this has some body to it as it sticks to the sides when you tilt the glass.

Heavy roasted malts right up front in this one. News flash right? Bitter coffee in the nose with earthy tobacco and cocoa as well. A nice touch of alcohol as well. This covers the gambit of RIS notes.

Dark, earthy, leather, tobacco, and espresso notes. Noticeable grain characteristics as well with a bittering hop finish. Alcohol is hidden well in the finish.

Too much carbonation for me. It fizzed up on my tongue so I could not enjoy the full body of it as much.

Overall, bang for the buck this is a great RIS. Its widely available here and at $10 a 6pk and 9.1% ABV, you get a great brew.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Dark black body; espresso-brown colored head, one finger in size; dissipated quickly; plenty of healthy lacing; some carbonation formed in the beer after swirling the beer around a little; looks fantastic and healthy

S - Coffee beans; roasted and burnt malt scents; robust smells of dark chocolate; fine hint of licorice; finished off with a nice coat of vanilla; subtle hints of hops, citrus

T - Roasted coffee beans; dark chocolate taste is followed up quickly with nice hop rinse; touch of vanilla; dark fruit flavor of figs and dates; espresso; licorice flavor

M - Full body feel; dark chocolate and citrus hop aftertaste;
lingering tangy mouth-feel

D - Awesome drink; great stout flavor; makes a perfect dessert drink

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with an incredibly thick tan head. Retention is fantastic. Looks great!

Smell includes vanilla, chocolate, sweet malt and some booze. A bit of dark fruit. Very nice smell.

Taste is full of sweet chocolate, though it becomes bitter as the taste lingers. Some cherry, and a bit of caramel. The bitterness at the finish is one of the things that makes this stout unique- much more pronounced than others that I am familiar with. Some pleasant alcohol at the end. Nice taste.

Body is the weak part of the beer for me. Full bodied, but has a strange carbonation to it that makes it feel very "hollow": seems to have a lot of space in it. Aside from the weight, feels a bit like soda. Unusual feel, and not my favourite. I could see how others would enjoy it, however.

Overall, very good beer. A pretty unique stout!

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Photo of davey101
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date of Jan 20 2016. I'm guessing they claim its good for 5 years, meaning it has almost 8 months of age on it.

A - Dark black body with a bubbly mocha head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - A bit different from other RIS's I've tried. Almost smokey with some tobacco notes. Roasted malts and coffee beans. Just a trace of citrusy/piney hops.

T - Loads of bitter roasted malt and strong espresso. In the end I get a tiny alcohol bite and some piney hops. I'm not getting any chocolate notes though. Savory and complex. Nice full mouth feel and adequate carbonation.

O - I've had a lot of RIS's that have very similar aromas and flavors. This sticks out a bit. Its very roasty and dark, and not very sweet. I like it though. A great chance of pace.

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

The beer is a deep, ominous black. Opaque. An aggressive pour yields an inch of dark beige head. Copious lacing clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of roast, with a pronounced chocolate presence. Very tasty. Rich, roasty, and smooth. A nice hop character emerges in the finish, adding balance and grace to the beer. Alcohol presence is minimal, especially for the style. I'm really enjoying the lingering flavors between drinks. Roast, chocolate, hops...well done. A fine example of a RIS, and available in six packs. Can't beat that. I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, with thin medium-to-dark brown head. Moderate lacing, decent retention.

Aroma: Very rich aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee. Could smell hops during the pour, but not much is present after the head dissipates. A bit of mild pine is present. I could not detect any alcohol via the smell.

Flavor: A heavy dose of roasted malts. Bitter coffee, followed by sweet chocolate. Usually it's sweet before bitter, but it's not a bad thing here. The bitterness is only moderately high. The finish is slightly dry, sweet and roasty, semi-sweet chocolate. No alcohol taste present, it is wonderfully masked by the thick roasted malts and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, silky smooth. Just enough carbonation.

Overall Impression: I've had this one several times, just now finally taking the time to complete a formal review. Not quite what I remembered, or what I expected from an American brewed RIS. More sweet than bitter, for sure. This brew only gets better as it warms up, all the way to room temperature. The sweet flavor and silky smooth mouthfeel go a long way here. Very low astringency for the style. Could drink this one ALL DAY, even on a hot summer day, if only it wasn't 9.1% ABV.

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

A: Pours pitch dark into my snifter with a big ol' tan head that settles and sticks around to leave good lasing. Looks bottle conditioned from the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S: Chocolate with a touch of vanilla bean. Mildly roasted, it smells a bit creamy. Touch of alcohol.

T: I get tons of dark chocolate. Subtle hints of dark fruits on the first few sips, but they soon get overrun by the roastyness. Plenty bitter, in fact probably the most bitter RIS I've had. Burnt malts. Alcohol blends well with the flavors; it lets you know its a pretty big beer. You can feel a warming sensation in the back of your throat. Finishes dry with lingering char. As it warms it gets sweeter, of course. Simple, but hits the spot.

M: Pretty heavy feeling in the mouth. Sticky, syrupy, yet slick and oily and with just the right amount of carbonation. Creamy as well.

This is a nice sipping beer. It goes down smooth for 9.1% and would be choice for the winter. It's a very nice beer for the availability and price, too.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark mahogany brown to pitch black from a 12 oz bottle. No visible penetration of light.
The ABV and best-by date are on the label.
Nice tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a medley of smoke, roasted malts, dark cocoa with hints of roasted coffee.
Taste is a very interesting blend of bitterness, which is definitely hop based. Interesting notes of bitterness akin to some seriously dark coffee mixed with the hop bitterness. I have to admit, this is probably one of the most hoppiest RIS I have had so far.
This is an interesting concoction. The alcohol makes it warm presence felt halfway through the stout.
Nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
Overall, I would say this is a stout worth trying. Probably one of the most complex RIS. I am thinking I will age this and see how it evolves.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of nsabo
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll lay my cards on the table first - I don't care for hoppy RISs.
That said, this ain't bad but I'm willing to pay a bit more for a maltier, thicker RIS. Storm King is coffee-roasted burnt with heavy resiny hops and just a medium-heavy mouthfeel.
This hop-centric RIS reminded me of Old Rasputin (only with less complexity). Again, not bad, but I won't go back.

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Photo of jar2574
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black beer – you can hold it right next to a light bulb and nothing gets through. Huge three-finger tan head with dense bubbles. Total retention. I think it would take an hour to settle completely. After several minutes the head is almost still completely there. Excellent lacing on the way down.

Smells of coffee, some roasted malts, mostly coffee.

Tastes like coffee, mellow roasted malts, some bitterness and a touch of sourness but those last two aren’t overwhelming. There is a touch of brown sugar sweetness towards the end of the beer as it warms up.

Full, thick mouthfeel.

A good beer. Not my favorite style. This one does it well. I could have a couple, whereas with other imperial stouts I sometimes feel like one is plenty.

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

This beer pours a pitch black color with a decent head that is tan to light brown in color. the smell is roasty and hoppy. the flavors that come through are a semi dry roasty, well hopped imperial stout. similar to ist and sc. the beer is a little thneer than I like my RIS. but overall still a good beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML poured into a tulip

Enjoy by 29 April 15. Think I will enjoy it now.

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Leather colored head, one finger that slowly recedes to film but has good staying power. Good retention on swirling. Head looks silky besides the bubbles in there. Some lacing, spotty mixed with a streak here and there.

S-- More like an imperial oatmeal stout to me. Sweet rolled oats, brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee and Carmel. Slightly sweet smell but thick, rich and warming smell.

T-- Carmel, lactose sweetness and coffee. Sweetness drops off pretty quickly and changes to coffee bitterness. Slight bit of hops in the taste but they drop off quickly.

M-- Slick and oily with a lot of coffee bitterness. Medium feel and low carbonation. Mid back palate get bits of Carmel sweetness again. There are some sharp hops in the back of the mouth to offset the coffee and the sugar taste.

O-- Solid. Not outstanding but solid. Fresh this must be a hoppy creature. Like the Carmel and brown sugar tones to offset the coffee and hop character. Would get again.

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Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown to black. Light carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly as the head more crumbles and craters leaving dry, sticky residue as it does. Head never fully dissipates. Substantial dry lacing remains as you drink this one down.

S: Toasted malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is toasted and seared. Roasted espresso beans, unsweetened dark chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Malty and robust, with a dry, bitter finish.

D: This is a savoring sort of brew.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, intimidating body with a giant, persistent, foamy head; and lots o' lacing. Nose is a great balance and combination of malt, coffee, and dark chocolate all toasted to a crisp. Flavor is robust malty grains, with mocha, coffee, and licorice. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,946 ratings
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