Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 nas5755
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Massive lite-mocha head from a very aggressive pour, black in color. Nice.

S - Roasted malts with some bitter herbaceous notes

T- Very smooth, with roasted malts anise, a nice herbaceous bitterness, molasses, complex and hoppy. The malts are roasted very nicely(I tend to have a problem with astringent burnt malt)

M - nice resin notes from the hop oils, brings out the roasted malt and anise flavors nice. A slightly thick beer that isnt syrupy, very pleasant and very nice

D- Awesome stout, more on the hoppy side. I would like to taste this aged but am wondering if I will be able to hold onto the others in my 6 pack.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle stamped enjoy by Dec 10 2015, so it's fresh, only a few months old, bought directly at the brewery.

blackest opaque color. slightly tan head that starts at 1", settles to a thin covering that stays. a little lacing.

as advertised, a very hoppy aroma for a stout. but the roasted flavors of a big stout are in the smell too. taste starts with hops, fades in to a bittersweet espresso flavors. pretty smooth mouthfeel. not too thick, goes down easy.

drinks effortlessly

****update review 12/9/11 of a bottle from same batch
hops are still present in aroma and taste, but a bit more muted. more balanced and smooth. An improvement

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Jet black. With a thin dark tan crema head and lots of lacing on the way down.

S: An odd mixture of licorice, raisin, and dark roast malts. Faintly reminiscent of burnt plastic.

T: Darkly roasted malts to the point of almost being charred. Lightly sweet. Finishes with a burnt coffee bitterness.

M: Heavy and full bodied, but not viscous.

D: Overall, a good and enjoyable beer, but with an odd scent that I did not find pleasant.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma of dark malts, light soy sauce and rather sweet.

Taste is of dark malts, sweet, marshmallow, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat lifeless.

Overall, it is drinkable...especially given the ABV. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours medium body black with medium sized mocha head. Looks nice.

S- roasty and smokey. Slight licorice and malt maybe cocoa too?

T- much like the smells. Light bitter chocolate. And roasty malt. Smokey hints. Really nice combination of flavors.

M- good ammount of carbonation for a stout. Might be a little too much but not the end of the world.

D- drlefinately drinkable. Good taste easy to drink appetitizing ABV.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best by 28 September 2015.

A: About halfway through pouring, head erupts from nowhere, almost filling the glass. It's tan and thick, tiny bubbles looking almost crystalline. It fades fairly quickly, content to meld into the fearsomely dark body. No light is making it through this monster, even at the edges. Some sticky lacing. Blacker than night and impressive as hell.

S: Quite strong; it makes it way from the table in front of me to my nose. Sweet alcoholic topnotes, supporting espresso smells, and an odd soapiness, the only unpleasant element in the whole mix.

T: Odd. The soapiness reveals itself -- more pleasantly, I might add -- as heavy hopping. This first indication of flavour is quickly belied by the other tastes: chicory, chocolate, and coffee. A queer mix of flavours makes for one of the more intriguing (and definitely the hoppiest) imperial stouts I've come across. It took me a while to get used to it, but I have concluded that I like it. For me, the biggest criticism is the aftertaste, dominated by somewhat-less-than-pleasant hops and largely lacking any other sort of bitterness.

M: Not as thick as I might like, but good. The aftertaste is drying and the main body is smoothish, with brief patches of roughness and an acceptably-balanced level of carbonation.

D: Drinkable for an imperial stout, but not if you don't like hops. It's a well-made beer that (I feel) barely works. However, it *does* succeed, and it makes for a good glass. Tentatively recommended, but probably wouldn't have again for a while, at least.

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Photo of irishevans
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- No Bullshit Opaque Black! forms a finger thick head that is much the color of one of those vanilla starbucks frappuchino things.

N- Chocolate Malt/Caramel malt, bready yeasty smell. the tiniest hint of alcohol, and of course... Roasted barley.

T- Suprising hoppiness, with the caramel and chocolate in the background. Roasted flavors throughout. it's much like an Export stout is described.

M- Carbonation level is about perfect. there is more of a hop bite than I care for in an Impy stout, but it isn't offensive, actually comes out kinda nice. has a lingering bitter effect on the tongue.

D- Slow going sipper. As far as my overall impression goes; I do quite like it, but the hop presence could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of grover37
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of 1/28/2015. I think that means it was bottled in January of last year so it's about 13 months old.

Appearance (4): Pours black with light brown around the edges into a DFH snifter. One finger of dark cream head with lots of bigger bubbles reduces to a thick ring and a big, mostly covering patch. Some sporadic patches of lacing.

Smell (4): Very pine forward hoppiness even though it's an aged bottle. A faint roast and still some ethanol.

Taste (4.5): Milk chocolate up front with pine. Very resinous pine in the middle and especially in the finish. A bit of char and definitely the roasted barley in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel (5): Creamy and full bodied with medium to low carbonation. The resinous hops coat the mouth and leaves an almost minty, strong fir flavor. The mouthfeel is great and the hops are stronger than nearly any stout I've ever had.

Drinkability (5): This is one of my favorite stouts. It is very drinkable for 9%+ with the alcohol being barely evident in the nose but not the taste. This one is even better fresh I think with the pine hops just bursting. I can't believe that they are still so forward over a year later.

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

Pours a very dark, mostly black colour but slight dark brown around the edges. Head is ochre, just beautiful, thick and dense with large bubbles on the top and sunk to a decent crown. Lace is quite nice, and sticky. Yeah, cracking imperial stout look.

Smell is really nice, but an odd character is hanging around, like some hobgoblin. Smells dark and roasty for the most part but a nice hoppiness to it as well, citric mostly. Touches of blackberry on there and a mild bready note. Makes for a fruity as well as dark and pleasant nose. Good.

Taste is nice; lots of dark roasty notes but they're not dominant or overexuberant at any point. Starts with a pear character that quickly turns darker, touches of espresso with some distinct blueberry flavours late on the mid and some cocoa and cola characters coming through as well. Mint, black pepper and a mild soapy touch make an appearance late. Pleasant palate with lots of good flavours.

A bit harsh at times on the mouthfeel, but a good body and good texture. Maybe slightly over-hot from the alcohol at the back, otherwise good.

Yeah, a good beer is a good beer. Heavy, but good.

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Photo of TCMike
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, with a 1 finger beige head.

The smell is wood, cherries, chocolate, caramel.

The taste is similar to smell. In addition, their is a faint alcohol taste, and a mild hop aftertaste.

This is a fairly smooth stout, but still Isn't one I'd drink several in a sitting.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: My god is it pretty, a very foreboding black with hints of mahogany along the edges. In the glass, it's pure black, with no light coming through, with brown edges to show it's not truly black. The head is very nice and large, about 2 fingers, with a very nice milk chocolate color. Fades down to a khaki wisp with time.

S: Smells of coffee (espresso), slight caramel, slight esters, and slight scent of alcohol soaked cherries, there is also a strong chocolate, but not so overpowering. Very complex, and inviting.

T/M: This is a truly interesting beer. The rush of hops to the palate immediately reminded me of a DIPA, with a nice citrus quality. Suddenly the onrush of dark chocolate, espresso, and a roastiness and slight smokiness. A delightfully complex brew. The citrus and chocolate flavors remind me of chocolate orange candy. A very slight warming sensation comes in from the alcohol, but it disappears just as quickly. There isn't a lot of carbonation, but a slight prickling appears. The mouthfeel is spot on, not thick, but sits perfectly on the palate. It is absolutely delightful.

D: Such a fantastic brew, well crafted, and delightfully complex. There are so many subtle nuances to this beer, its hard to appreciate it on it's first try. Not to mention, it hides the alcohol pretty well, and it goes down surprisingly well. I could easily finish a bomber of this.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown with a large, dark tan head.

Unsweetened espesso, chocolate, and floral hops. Lighter than expected, but still solid.

Excellent blend of bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Impressive bite from hoppy bitterness. Hints of grapefruit, licorice and brown sugar. Dark berry flavors come out as it warms.

Heavy and creamy. Frothy carbonation without being too bubbly.

A very worthy RIS with it's own unique qualities.

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

Pruchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep and dark, almost opaque black, with just a slight curling of brown at the edges to prove that it's not actually crude oil. Head is foamy and incredibly chunky and solid, leaving 3D images of cave structures on the inside of my glass. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is dark and roasty, but with a very pleasant and extremely unexpected hop fruitiness coming through. In fact, instead of the aroma reinforcing the darkness I expected, it leavens it, giving a wonderful mix of dark grains, and dark fruits. Plum, black peach and heavy raspberry. It's quite delicious.

The taste moves this away from the lightness and fruitiness of an IBA or ABA, giving a true astringent black roasted character to the mix. Here, the dark characters take centre stage, giving a slightly smoky, roasted and charred bitterness. Still, the feel is surprisingly light, and there is a character that leavens it from being thick and heavy. Feel is surprisingly light. Indeed, I think a heavier body would help the beer.

It's a very good beer, and one which interestingly exemplifies the American approach to the big styles. This one gives some unusual characters where they're not expected, and ends up with a fascinating and complex brew.

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Photo of feylure
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always a fan of a good stout, and this is one good stout beer.

Pours like an imperial stout should; dark, little thick with nice carbonation.

Smell is good, but I'd like something more out of it. Dark, smoke and malty aroma for the most part.

Taste is amazing. It has a very bold, dark chocolate bite right up front that mixes well with the carbonation. What's interesting is that it has a dry tail with that same dark chocolate taste, only faint.

Mouthfeel is a quite full body.

I find this to be quite drinkable. It's one of the darker stouts I've had, and I like it.


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Photo of mrbeermug
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice deep inky dark color befitting a proper Russian Imp Stout. Creamy/frothy caramel colored head that lingers with large bubbles.

S - Dry biting hops come through with a dark roasted malt earthiness and just a touch of currant or other earthy dried fruit. Not too complex or strong of a smell, though.

T - Deeply roasted, chocolatey, burnt, earthy bliss. The hops catch the burn malt backbone to create a nicely blended, dry, slightly bitter flavor with the roasted malt lingering forever on the tongue. No sweetness at all.

M - Soft and substantially-bodied without having any syrupy chewiness.

D - Incredibly well-balanced beer whose hops and malt come together in unison. Not hot or overly powerful either, so actually very drinkable for such a substantial and high ABV brew.

Also, this beer ages VERY WELL, so put some in your cellar for a few years!

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours virtually black. About an inch of suddy and fluffy tan head with nice lacing and good retention.
S - Good, but not as exceptional as some other heavier stouts. Rich chocolate mixes with a certain freshness that the booziness gives off. Subtle hints of coffee are also infused in the other two dominant smells and accents them nicely.
T - Much more coffee is present in the taste. The coffee tastes bold and black, with a very roasted flavour. Notes of dark chocolate also add to the overall bitterness.
M/D - Both score well. Medium body that is easily drinkable.

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

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 29th, 2011 in a Sam Adam perfect pint glass.

A - Super dark brown and completely opaque, half-finger tan head that never quite dissipated completely into lacing. Looks mighty fine.

S - Roasted malt notes. Definite coffee character. Nothing in the smell that attributes to any hoppy presence.

T - Surprise! Bitter qualities upfront. A stronger coffee flavor, espresso. Malty sweetness takes over and carries through to the end. A little bit of alcohol but not at all overly hot.

M - Thick, chewy, quite smooth, very nice carbonation for the style.

D - Really enjoyed it. The espresso notes were a bit subtle which I totally dug, Victory incorporated this element better than say Great Divide's espresso oak-aged yeti which just hammered me in the face with the coffee flavors. It's not super complex but the intended flavors and smells, particularly the bitterness, makes this a memorable brew for me. It's also not too difficult to find; always a huge plus.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a one and a half finger dark khaki head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and tobacco. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Had a nice aroma going on here, but I am quite unsure about the tobacco smell it gave off. Great balanced flavor that seemed to tie everything all together. An absolute must try. Now I just need to find the BA version to compare...

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

Poured into DFH signature glass, best by 1/10/2016.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice frothy dark tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells of roasted malts (a bit of a coffee scent to it), slight hints of chocolate and some hoppy characteristics. I also some a tiny bit of citrus trying to poke out through the hops.

T: The up front taste has some roasted/coffee characteristics that linger in the palate for a while. There is a bit of a smokey flavor from the roasted malts. Following the smokey flavor is the slightest bit of hops, not as much as expected but subtle and nice.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation, roasted feel with a bit of bitters (subtle, but still noticeable as mentioned above).

D: I've got to say, I was expecting more out of this stout. It has serious roasted flavor, but I didn't notice the citrus and hop presence that so many reviews point out. There was a bit, but they were very subtle. I'd like to see what some age will do to this beer. It's good don't get me wrong, but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of wcintula
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty nice, poured into a small glass coffee mug with a black body and a big brown head. Smells of strong roasted flavors, it has a good hop bite to the flavor. I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel because I found it a bit too carbonated. Too prickly for an RIS in my tastes. All in all, a good beer, gets nicer as it warms and as you drink on, but I found it with a high acidity as well.

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Photo of patriot76
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- The stout pours as black as night and looks thick and full bodied. The creamy medium yellow head foams to about an full inch thick which retains for a while. Not much lacing as the beer progresses. Nice looking.

S- In the nose you get very full and strong elements of roasted hops,coffee(more of an espesso),chocolate, barley and even some cherries. There is a very inviting alcohol scent throughout that makes you realize, this is 9.1 percent.

T- The first sip is a very nice burst of taste. You get the coffee espresso, chocolate and roasted malt and hops that you got in the nose. A bit of a deviation from a traditional stout due to the amount of hops, but I like it. From start to finish it is very smooth with nicely balanced hop bitterness that lingers until the next sip, which for me wasn't too long.

M- Very nice creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. You know your drinking a serious beer here.

D- For the fact that this is an Imperial Stout, it is remarkably drinkable. This nice offering from Victory could get you in trouble due to the fact that you know what a wallop it packs starting off the bat, but after a couple of sips you forget, it's so smooth. Look forward to my next one already.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from dogfishandi. Thanks Man!

Very interesting take on the style and unique brew for the style. I was conflicted on how to rate this beer.

A - Standard black stout - good lacing and head retention was OK but was expected. Good.

S - I say good. Roast coffee, orange flavored chocolate and hops. Lite smoke. Smells a citrussy stout.

T - I've read other reviews saying this is too hoppy for a stout, too much citrus for a stout, Blah Blah Blah. I expected this to be similar to what Bigfoot is to barleywines...Hoppy. Deal with it. ANYwho...follows nose. Stout qualities are there with the roasty coffee, bitter chocolate...yes this beer is hoppy for a stout but what makes this beer interesting is the flavor of oranges from the hops that blend into all the other stout characteristics. I can see how some may find it offensive but I found it pleasant...different and not used to it in my stouts, but not offensive by any means. I've heard this compared to Black IPAs and I see the argument, but this is a Stout first and foremost. Just a bit more hoppy than most with some citrus notes added. Interesting. I want to give it a 4 but as staying true to the style, I just can't. Don't get me wrong though, I like this beer.

M - Good. Nice finish but I will say as it warms, it's more so as if hop resins are what's lingering on the finish but I like it. Again, interesting.

D - Very good. If this were a bomber I'd have NO problems with it. Easy drinking 9.1% Stout. A sipper *OR* one you could polish off quick if this beer is your bag.

Final Thoughts - As this beer warms it get's resinous like a DIPA. Again, very interesting. But the Stout Characteristics are at the forefront, but IPA-ish as well. I''d drink this again. I'll commend Victory here for brewing out of the box and not staying conventional to style. Well done. EXCELLENT extra.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours jet black with a good light brown head. Really good amount of head on this one with a good retention. Some carbonation evident on the bead but not a ton.

S: First smell is of heavy roasted almost coffee like aroma. Great malty notes in the nose and really strong profile.

T/M: Good medium body beer with huge roasted malt character. Wonderful flavors of almost oak but not quite. Really nice cocoa background flavor as well. The palate is very good here with good texture and smoothness.

D: This beer is incredibly drinkable and really easy. Love the strong profile and great character of this beer. Best of all, it is available all the time and for a really great price!

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head, good lacing throughout. Smell is of hops, a touch of malts. Taste is very hoppy for a stout, the roasted malts kicking in towards the finish, some notes of coffee are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Possibly my favorite stout yet.

A- Amazing. Pitch black with creamy tan head that fades slow into thick film, leaves creamy rings of lace.

S- Dark cocoa, roasted coffee, hints of licorice, and slight booze touch.

T- They hide the alcohol well but it touches the tounge in a nice way, licorice laces itself throughout this chocolate, caramel, and toffee heavy beer. Nice notes of roasted coffee in the back. Some earthy notes of hops. Very nicely balanced and complex flavor profile.

M- Creamy and thick

D- Very tasty, but heavy and thick with high alcohol makes it a definitel sipper. Slight booze burn, but exceptional beer. I drank it too fast and this is easy to do because it is delicious. BE CAREFUL!

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,967 ratings
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