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 Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter

A- Very nice 2 finger light brown head, nice carbonation, dark black poor typical for an RIS, very nice lacing and retention.
S- Nice aroma,sweet, hops are present, dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate.
T- Bitter, hops are present, coffee notes, chocolate, slight smokiness, roasted malts
M- Medium mouthfeel, dry, nice carbonation
O- This beer is a Solid RIS, really hoppy for a stout, easy drinkability and easy access always available.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: This beer is incredibly dark brown, nearly black and entirely opaque. A moderate pour yields a tan head of two fingers with very good retention.

S: The smell consists primarily of sweet roasted malts. There is a bit of dark fruits, raisins and leather. In the background are a light smokiness and some mild hop tones.

T: Consists mainly of a smoky espresso flavor supplemented by a mild chocolate aftertaste. There is a noticeable amount of hop bitterness even behind the strong coffee flavors. The aftertaste is moderate in length and fairly bitter with a noticeable alcohol flavor.

M: Fairly effervescent for a stout. Otherwise creamy with a light sensation of alcohol.

O: A decent example of an RIS, though nothing to write home about.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

Best before 18 Feb 2015

A- Jet black with no light penetration. Thick coffee brown head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Espresso, roasted malts, hint of munich malt. Maybe a hint of madeira with some creamy milk chocolate.

T- Creamy chocolatey beginning transforming to a strong roasted malt presence which lingers on and on. Very smooth and alchohol well hidden.

M- Moderate carbonation and body.

D- Excellent balance on the tongue with a complex nose. A lovely stout

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Purchased from Julio's.

A - A nice stouty black pour with a massive three finger mocha head that deflated slowly to become a dense and creamy quarter inch blanket. Very light side lacing.

S - Some light chocolate and bitter roasted malts. Get some light smokeyness and maybe some hops too.

T - Surprising amount of hop bitterness. This is drinking more like a black IPA than a RIS. Theres some nice espresso and chocolate malt notes, a bit of charring to, but the hop is throwing me off.

M - Not heavy or syrupy, nor is this thick and creamy. Its somewhere between creamy and refreshing. The ABV is hidden rather well.

O - Overall this is a fairly solid stout that is readily available. I personally feel though that there are better examples of RIS out there, though for the price you really are hard pressed to beat it.

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Photo of kindahungover
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature in a pint glass.

A - Black with a good two finger dark tan head.

S - Roasted malts, espresso, a hint of fruit of which I can't make out.

T - Slightly smokey, roasted coffee, malty, very well masked alcohol with the right amount of carbonation.

M - A little on the bitter side, a lot of espresso and dry at the end.

O - One of the better imperial stouts I've had. Would be rated higher if it had more of a chocolate taste/smell throughout, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass from 12 ounce bottle at around 55 degrees. Nice dark mocha head on it that lingers around for a while.. Very smooth beer poured dark and thick. Cocoa, and coffee aroma filled the glass and smelled so good. Taste a lot smoother than most Imperial Stouts. Good beer to chill with.

Serving type: bottle

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

The head on this beer is thick… and dark. Very dark. But that’s a good sign for a stout. I like that we have been able to try some authentic Russian stouts on this journey. Not beers from Russia, just the style. A Russian stout is MUCH more powerful on the nose and the tongue, providing a much better experience for the person lifting his (or her) glass.

I have had some beers from Victory before, just not this one. But as dark as this beer sits in the glass, I am excited to try it. Plus, it smells amazing.

You are hit with flavor immediately, and as the beer climbs it’s way back your palate, the flavors just begin to explode in your mouth. Then, out of nowhere, is a little sweetness to settle with a dry, bitter aftertaste. It’s like a joy ride through my mouth. And that aftertaste sticks around… for a LONG time. Which is completely fine with me, as this beer has a huge ABV.

This is a great beer; well done Victory. To read that a brewmaster likes to experiment, and be creative with his beers… well, you can experiment on me anytime. I love trying new beers. And this one is no exception. (I wonder what this would taste like on draft?)

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Photo of jsprain1
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark dark black, with only the slightest of brown highlights. Head is thick and tan at first, and given the abv/style, I'm impressed by how much stays around.
S- Roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate. Not much hoppyness on the nose.
T- Holy moley, for how little hops there were on the nose, it really is coming through here. An amazing balance of grapefruit/citrus hops and roasted malts. Coffee and grapefruit don't intuitively sound good together but it's a top notch brew. A bit of smokeyness too.
M- A bit light for the style, but good creamy carbonation.
O- One of my favorite RIS's to date. A bit more body and I could give it my #1.

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

Enjoyed at home, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark black with a nice 2 finger dark tan head with diffuse lacing that is retained from first sip to last

S - Get some herbal and toffee notes as well as yeast. No hops aroma

T - Some alcohol in the taste, but is well masked with dark malt flavors with no hop bitterness

M - Mild carbonation and masked alcohol make this an easy drinker even for the higher ABV

Overall this a style that I love so it is hard to say anything bad about it. Would definitely have again though I have had better in this category.

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Photo of engagechad
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a tulip glass

This beer poured AWESOME, massive dark brown head that didn't want to go anywhere and it beer was black as the night with no light peaking through.
Smelled okay, couldn't get a lot from it even after I let it warm up. Lots of espresso and dark malts
It was great to drink but there wasn't a ton of flavor and as I neared the end I found the ethanol sting to be quite bothersome.


Edited review - had it again june of 2011 - much better. Maybe my palate has changed a bit but I found the hoppyness very good.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip, bottle marked "enjoy by March 26, 2016".
Pretty much black, totally opaque, a nice dense 1.5 finger creamy beige head that lasts for a few minutes and leaves some lacing in its wake. Aroma is surprisingly full of floral hops with some roasted malt and alcohol warmth, also picking up faint hints of root beer (?). My kind of RIS. On the sharp and bitter side, with dark roasted coffee and cocoa up front, hints of vanilla and tobacco in the middle and finishing with a crisp bitter kick from the slightly floral and spicy hops. Full-bodied with moderate yet slightly prickly carbonation which accents the hoppiness of the brew, but may detract from some of it malty complexity. This may be my favourite interpretation of the style thus far. Far from the richest RIS, it still delivers a fair degree of complexity and considerable flavour with an absurdly high drinkability.

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

12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Black as tar pour with a billowing brown head, with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S - Big malty aroma with lot's of coffee and espresso noted. Light hints of an herbal and earthy hop presence. A bit of alcohol present in the nose.

T&M - Just like in the nose, there is a lot here that reminds me of espresso and coffee. There is a defined earthiness with a bit of an acidic feel. Notes of bittersweet chocolate hit in the middle and the finish, along with some astringency. Ashy, dark roasted malts throughout. Hop bitterness is light, but present to provide some contrast, and takes an herbal, somewhat grassy tone.

O - Deep, dark and delicious. A very finely crafted brew with a big malt bill. A great one for fans of espresso and earthy stouts.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of many Storm Kings poured into my snifter while watching Carwin/Dos Santos. Enjoy by Oct 27, 2015 on label.
A:Huge tightly compacted bubbly tan head from a gentle pour. Its black as night and impenetrable to light.

S:Roastiness, chocolate, & Piney hops,

T: Mostly hops flavors with a kick of chocolate and alcohol astringency. Sweet malt flavor is miniimal but present. Lasting bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and hoppy after taste. Fair amount of complexity.

M:Thinner than you would expect from a big black stout.

O: One of the hoppiest stouts I've drank. Really love this one. My favorite offering from Victory.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Jet black appearance, with light unable to pierce it. It has a tan coloured head of foam that clings to the glass after pouring to a depth of one finger before slowly retreating to film.

Smells initially of dark fruits, before piney hops come through. A little bit of coffee too, making an appearance.

The taste is relatively hoppy, tinged with some oak, chocolate and roasted malt. An interesting mix throughout. The alcohol seems relatively well hidden amongst everything else that is going on.

Nice mouthfeel, not overly thick and syrupy. Body is well suited to the style, but certainly not as big as a Dark Lord or Ten Fidy. Smooth, with the hops always making themselves known. Nice bit of bitterness to finish it off.

On a cold night, this is going down a treat. Complex, big, flavoursome, it ticks most boxes when it comes to what you are looking for in a stout such as this. Thanks Knapp85!

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

Pours a dark black with nice tan head. Aromas of spicy, piney and citrus hops first appear. Then, some roasty & chocolate malt make themselves evident. Even some dark fruit, maybe dark figs, and molasses, oak, and brown sugar seem to make an appearance. As it warms, lots of high alcohol & tarry rum-like aromas. Lots of roastiness in the flavor with some burnt character. Dark cocoa & chocolate flavor also persist. There are some hops in the flavor but they're layered underneath all that dark malt character. Mouthfeel is good. Appears like a medium-full beer that doesn't really show its ABV. A little acidic, maybe acrid tasting. A decent brew overall. In typical Victory fashion, this one is an above par RIS with an extra dose of hops thrown in.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Despite the slow, tipped glass pour, the head exploded into fluffy thunderclouds 4+ fingers and overflowed my Sam Adams pint glass (with 1oz still in bottle). Waited 5 minutes before head. All aspects of the Imperial Stout are classic and very similiar with other great IS's I've sampled (Old Raspy, and Yeti) and this one is really fabulous. The taste has a tad off balance with hop bite but smokey and chocolately flavors help balance it out quite well. For IS lovers this one is great as well. Victory makes another great beer.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black color that light does not penetrate. A thick, fluffy, tan head develops at the top of the pour and lingers. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smell of roasted malts, some molasses and caramel accompany espresso and chocolate. The nose is not as complex and interesting as some other stouts.

T: Sweet chocolate and molasses hit the tip of the tongue at the onset. Bitterness of roasted malts and espresso are really powerful in the middle. The bitterness fades some to the finish as the sweetness creeps back in. A bitter aftertaste lingers. Not quite as complex and robust as some others.

M: A medium to full bodied beer. Creaminess surrounds the tongue and carbonation tingles the back of the throat.

Overall, this is a good RIS. There are others that I prefer, but the quality of this stout is very good.

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

Pours a deep black with a slight one-finger light brown head. Goes away quickly. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee, cream and roasted notes. Flavor beings with a slight kick of coco followed by big roasted notes. Strong coffee and espresso. Good roast. Capped off by a bit of dark fruit and hop flavor.

Review #200

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Photo of gskitt
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I"ve been looking for. Found it. Pours pretty much a black, cannot detect any light coming through or around the edges. Smell is subdued, but consists of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is deep, balanced and full of roasted malts and some char on the end. Huge expresso element in the middle. This is a well-brewed stout. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. Overall, yup, awesome.

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Photo of SirBenton
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan, NY.

Great pour, deep dark black with great head. Smelled of rich flavors and especially espresso. Alcohol was also very prevalent. Taste was masked at first by coldness and decided to let it warm up. Even then though, alcohol and espresso shown through on my tongue. Very smoth and very drinkable for an imperial stout. Definitely. A great way to end the night!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory : Storm King Stout

Appearance: Poured into a large Hommel snifter, looks a deep amber black, soapy light off white mocha head, excellent retention and spotty lacing.

Smell: Heavily roasted/burnt grains, alcohol. Even alittle woodsy aroma like a seasoned cigar box. Faint coffee. As it warms, some lush chocolate notes emerge.

Taste: Big roasted malt tones and earthy bitterness. Hops are evident in the flavor, pine, citrus, alittle fruity, American variety for sure. The astringent charred malt, alcohol, and tobacco notes all meld together and deliver a woodsy earthy flavor. Dark, bitter coffee. A complexity seldom found in a typical stout. As it warms, the malts are more dominating, and the coffee flavor comes out more fully.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, carbonation is right for this beer. Exhibits a fine effervescence.

Overall: An exceptional example of an Imperial Stout, but this broady steps in the direction of American Imperial Stout with the aggressive hop presence.

Recommended serving temp: 42 degrees.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black color, small head. Nice aroma's. Strong coffee and malt. I wish it tasted as good as it smells. Strong malt taste with dark coffee. Not as heavy as I like them to be, but still drinkable. Aftertaste lingers for quite a bit of coffee and malt. Slightly bitter finish. This was ok. Nothing very special IMO. I looked forward to trying this for awhile and now I don't know that I will buy it again.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with about half a finger's worth of tan head that drops into a halo and slight film in the middle.

S: Booze, slight toffee/caramel, touch of roast. Not impressed with smell.

T: Slightly tart dark fruit up front, followed by a chocolate/malt middle, finished with grassy, bitter hops, coffee bitterness, and booze.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, oddly refreshing for a RIS.

O: This is an odd one, and I'm in between on it. The smell is lackluster, but the rest is pretty good. Would I buy again? Not too sure. Probably not.

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

It has been a long time in between tastes, but with it on tap, I decided I simply must go for it. I must say, this was a much more pleasing experience.
The black that it should be, the hole in the heart. A bounty of khaki head. Some sexy on the glass. Roast, chocolate, some caramel sweetness, a sugar kiss, danger, and booze are in the bouquet. Very nice mix of aromas. Good stuff going on. Some hops pop out too. Flavor brings the roast and chocolate with a strong hop bitterness. The roast lingers throughout, battling with the sweetness and the ethanol for supremacy. In the end, I am declared the victor. For that is what the V is for. Me.

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

Appearance. Black with over a finger of foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Dark chocolate and booze with a little coffee and vanilla.

Taste. Toasty, smokey malt, chocolate and a little burnt sugar and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Body seems a little light.

Overall. Nice drinkable ris. Not as heavy and filling as some but very tasty and satisfying.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,906 ratings.
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