Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,914
Reviews:
2,643
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
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Photo of russwaddell
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours real dark, lots of tight bubbles that stick on the glass well

Smell is slightly burnt, a bit sour, not a lot of evidence of the relatively high ABV

Taste is extremely complex and balanced. Bitter and sour are predominant. A bit woody? Alcohol only really hits on the finish

For being relatively light on carbonation it's got a great fizz. Light and doesn't coat your mouth.

I could drink a lot of this beer. Full flavored but not heavy. Long alcohol finish does make me drink slow to enjoy it though.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and thick, and makes a milk chocolaty looking huge amount of foam.

Aroma and taste of coffee, dark chocolate, and metallic hops.

Not too syrupy and has a good amount of carbonation, and a little warming in the end. Altogether this is a great beer.

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Photo of jamex
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've slowly become a fan of Victory beers. There isn't a single one (that I've had) that has disappointed me.

Poured into a Russian River Tulip. Paid $11.99 for a sixer.

Looks and smells great. Roasted malt, espresso...maybe more espresso than normal. Taste is more of the same...there is a definite hop presence.

Not my favorite IRS, and not as good as some of the stouts that come in the bomber variety, but a (more than) decent offering from Victory. Cheers.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel snifter glass. Best by 4/29/15 on label.

A: Completely black in color with very slight reddish highlights reflected in the glass. Pours with a rich, frothy, three-finger head of tan foam which holds nicely, leaving a creamy cap on the brew and nice webby lacing.

S: Sugary, fruity and roasted malt aromas blended with the scent of licorice, smoked peat and resinous, herbal hops.

T: Creamy, roasted black malts up from lend characteristics of brown sugar, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, oats, coffee and charcoal. A spicy, fruity and floral bitterness builds to a very roasty, earthy and bittersweet finish that ends with notes of slick, oily hops, alcohol and spicy, burnt tobacco leaves.

M: Smooth, creamy and full-bodied with a good pull from carbonation, alcohol and oily hop resins. A little slick and coating in the finish, but no complaints really.

D: A very complex, roasty and enjoyable RIS clocking in at a brutish 9.1% ABV. A fine sipper and good accompaniment with the German chocolate cake I've paired it with for dessert. Also nice to chase the chill off a bitter cold New England snowstorm, which I'm sipping one through currently. I'm very interested in cellaring a couple bottles to see how the hops smooth out over time. Victory Storm King is very, very good.

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Photo of HopHeadJimmy34
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very good color dark like a good coffee nice frothy head.

S- Strong roast espresso smell to it with a hoppy back.

T- Very light alcohol flavor, with a very good hop taste

M- Perfectly carbonated smooth and creamy. Not too heavy

D- A very good stout with a lot of flavor. A beer that would be great to start or cap off a night a beer drinking. Would buy it again for sure.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep solid looking black with a thick head of medium brown frothyness, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: very nice dark chocolate notes, very slight underlying coffee malts

T: very nice deep chocolate malts, slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat

D/M: drinks smooth and deep, alcohol burn is not overwhelming, slight carbonation tingle

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a large tan head. The head lasted as long as the beer did. Leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass as I drink it.

Smell: Hops, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee. more hops than I was expecting, everything else was on par.

Taste: starts a bittersweet chocolate, finishes with a hoppy bitterness that I was not expecting in a RIS. Reminds me quite a bit of the finish you get with an IPA. In fact if i were to try this blindfolded I would guess that it is a DIPA. No hint of alcohol which surprised me for a beer with more than 9%ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy texture but a bit too fizzy. None of the alcohol feel I was expecting.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. If I were to try this without knowing the ABV I would guess somewhere in the 4-5% range.

I had mixed feeling on this beer:
Good interpretation of a RIS? no
Good beer? yes

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Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Victory brewery

A: Pours a viscous pitch black color with a huge dark brown head. Retention is awesome.

S: A lot different than I remember from the bottled version. Lots of woody notes that almost make this seem oak aged. Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Not as much lactose as I recall either. Very earthy

T: Lots of wood in the flavor. Bitterness is high, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, light molasses, and coffee. Pretty damn hoppy.

MF/D: Viscous body, carbonation is a little higher than I usually prefer. Finish is bittersweet chocolate and wood

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

12oz bottle, best by Oct 1, 2014, so a little over a year old. Served at cellar temp.

Pours black with a huge foamy brown head that takes forever to settle. Holds a good foamy cap and leaves some rings/walls of lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, citrus & pine hops, anise, dark fruits, and a bit of a lactic kick. Good strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate and lots of it, espresso, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, lightly sour dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, minimal alcohol. Very complex and rich.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

An excellent Imperial Stout...I've had this numerous times over the years and surprised to see I hadn't reviewed it yet.

However, I have a feeling something is slightly off on this batch. I didn't care for it at all when fresh and while it has greatly improved with a year, there are some signs of infection (huge head, touches of sourness/lactic). Will probably go ahead and polish off what I have left and get another fresh sixer to stick in the cellar. Will update my review in the future with other batches.

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Photo of dfclav
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A - pours black with a nice two finger cappuccino head that leaves very sticky oily lacing around the glass, nice.

S - roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, earthy hops, a bit of caramel on the back end. A good amount of licorice as it warms.

T - big on chocolate mostly, dark malts and caramel with some coffee and licorice. Not a bit of alcohol taste, very well disguised.

M - thin with a bit too much carbonation. While the carbonation makes the appearance, it hurts the mouthfeel. Not really overpowering twang for the hops tasted either.

D - it's a very easy to drink imperial stout, not as filling as many so you can probably drink a bit more but watch out, victory's beers always catch up to you! I'd recommend this for a stout lover.

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Photo of WJVII
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a used oil black color with a 3 finger chocolate brown head with good lacing down the glass. The brew has a very burnt malt aroma with slight hints of caramel and some slight coffee. The taste is very rich with a lot of coffee and some caramel and toffee. The after taste was very dry and without flavor. A little bitter and doesn't leave you with a yearning for more. This brew was OK but not the best imperial stout I have ever had.

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Photo of alli4051
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Have been meaning to try this one for a while and with the cold weather it seemed like the right time. Pours pitch black with big brown sugar head. Head is big and foamy, recedes slowly, and leaves some decent lacing. Nose is very roasty with some coffee notes as well. Taste is again roasty and has a heavy presence of black licorice, which I usually dislike but found rather pleasant here. A hint of hops as well. Overall while it is good it's not as complex as I expected, there's a bit of a harshness to it so I wonder what some aging would do. Full bodied and the carbonation is right one. Drinkability is good but definitely something of a sipping brew.

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Photo of random846
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a large tan head

Smell: Hops, dark chocolate, and coffee

Taste: A nice hoppy bitterness that I wasn't expecting along with the expected roasted malt and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Goes down smooth. The alcohol is well hidden for the beer being 9.1%.

Drinkabliity: Very drinkable and delicious. But at 9.1% abv you would not want to have too many in one sitting.

I really like this beer, the high hoppyness really works well for this imperial stout.

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Photo of marvin213
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A heady topper: maybe it's a non-textbook pour to blame, but I've got a black-and-tan lookin' liquid staring at me thru a DFH snifter. The tan, of course, is a thick yet porous foam. It's like a sloth or something as a slime-like wall laces the glass upon settling. Oh, yeah, and it's totally black.

Nothing special on the nose. I like to think things like leather and tobacco can surface to the top on a beer like this, and I, therefore, detect those two things here. Maybe a little toffee as well. Still, the smell is hardly characteristic of anything. I get maybe a touch of coffee. Subtleties exist, but nothing stands out.

Solid but plain. In an era when even the smallest breweries break out their "special release" bourbon barrel-aged beer bombs, is there a place for Victory Storm King? I remember when this beer was a big deal. In my first sent trade, a guy from Alabama was wowed by my including a Storm King extra! I want to be fair. I want to be objective. But damnit, it's just a roasted malt stout--hops faded on this one. And I get it...some old espresso beans. I guess on a hopped-up coffee stout I was wrong to put it aside for so long (still: "enjoy by Nov 13 2014")! It really hasn't been that long...but why is it so blah and plain?

Mouthfeel's got nothing. I'm most taken by carbonation, and for a big-boi Russian Imperial, "fizzy" shouldn't be an upstanding component at the forefront of feel. :-( It's a Victory Storm King, so it's got to be "drinkable" worthy...right??

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

Drank this while playing A--Hole. Poured it into a Sam Adams pint

I was practically pitch black with a roasted tan colored head.

The aroma started off as a blend of hops and robust malts. At first this had a hoped smell that reminded me of something murky. Later as the beer warmed up a bit the malts took over and it had a robust smell.

The taste was in line with the aroma. It started off with a hoped flavor. It had a bitter taste that gave it a nice paleness to kick things off. The hops flavor mingled with the robustness of the malts. As the beer warmed, however, the hops began to subside and the malts took over. It had a coffee like flavor followed by something nutty. There was also a dry flavor that stayed more or less consistent through out.

Conclusion: This was a really good RIS. I liked the hops profile on this one. I didn't think it was a robust as other RIS, but it was still very good.

Luckily I had this beer during two rounds of A-Hole when I got a bunch of good cards and served two terms as president.
Conclusion:

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Photo of gregshead
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a darker tan head about a finger of thickness. Nice layer of head sticks around.

S: Strong roasted grain smell.

T: strong roasted grain tastes. Some hoppiness but not overwhelming

M: Good carbonation, a little on the thin feel. Lots of little bubbles. Mouthfeel reminds me more of a porter than a stout.

D: Enjoyed this beer. Nothing stands out for me. All tastes good but nothing blows me away.

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

2007 vintage poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a deep coca cola brown with the same type of head. A small, quarter finger worth of head that fades almost as soon as it is poured. No lacing left.

S- Big roasted malts, some black licorice and some dark chocolate. Just a little bit of alcohol on the tail end.

T- Seems to have oxidized a little bit. The malts are there, along with the black licorice. There really isn't much going on with this besides a bit of alcohol at the end.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation but feels like it has flatten out just a bit. Just a little bit of heat on the back of the throat.

D- A decent stout but I don't think the three plus years age on it has done it any good.

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a dark black with a huge tan foamy head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy (?!), lots of toasted malt, hints of dark chocolate, coffee. Great lacing which sticks around. Taste is bitter at first, complex blend of sweet malts and subtle hops. Middle becomes roasty and finishes with a chcolate/coffee/stout aftertaste. More bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, chewy mouthfeel leaves a dry taste. Pretty drinkable for it's abv, I was happily surprised by this beer from it's unexpected hop characteristics. Got a few more Victory brews lined up and I can't wait to try them now. A must try!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory Storm King Stout pours with an extremely black colour and a decent 5 mm head that fades to a nice amount of lacing. The smell is malty malty with intense, sweet raisins. This beer is lovely and creamy in the mouth. The flavour is creamy and slightly hoppy to begin with. It is smokey with a hint of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. It's very drinkable but the smokiness builds.

This beer is complex and delicious. Highly recommended.

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

Pours a pitch black color with a big fluffy brown head that left loads of rocky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of stale grassy hops with some tropical fruit notes. This is followed by some nice milk chocolate aromas. There is some vinous notes as well.

The taste starts off hoppy with some tropical fruit flavors. The taste then transitions into a sweet caramel malt then bitter roasted barley. The malt brings some toffee, milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors as well as some ground coffee.

The feel is thick and chewy. There is prickly carbonation the helps breakup the malt and adds some drinkability. Starts off sweet and finishes with a roasted bitterness with some ABV burn.

A very flavorful stout that showcases some hop presence. Well done.

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

Pours a very deep dark black with a a nice two finger dark tan head with nice retention and moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma of earthy malt, dark fruit and a hint of hops.

Taste of bitter hops, some dark coffee and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was medium to full body with light carbonation. THe alcohol was well masked, I thought there would be some warming at 9%.

This was a very nice stout, the hops dominated more than I expected , however, this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours jet black. Has a nice thick brown head that lasted for a while with decent lacing.

Has a very strong wine aroma with grape up front with a malt backbone. I am picking up some citrus hops that are fairly strong with some dark chocolate hidden in.

Quite an interesting flavor. There are various chocolates noticeable immediately with a small bit of coffee. What is amazing is the amount of hops in the flavor. After a couple of seconds the citrus hops become overpowering.

The feel is very smooth but a little thicker than I anticipated considering the ABV.

This is a great brew. Worth having again in the future.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind beer labeled #9! These have all been top notch choices so far. Tonight's beer is to be served in a snifter. After an eight hour shift today full of whiny yuppies, I think I need this one. Hopefully it doesn't bias the review too much ;)

Vision
Tiny bubbles, many of them, generate a full finger's worth of russet brown head. Doesn't last too long. Dies down to a thick half finger collar and soap scum center. About a half dozen carbonation beds are seen from the top view and it cascades up the edges of the snifter endlessly. Lacing is minimal, and the collar itself dies within a five minute span.

Bouquet
Boozy? Not in the bourbon barrel aged sense, but in terms of sharp ethanol character wafting upwards. Lots of burnt and roasted grains in the middle after the chocolate liquor aroma dies down. More burnt notes than anything else dominate the closing argument.

Again, as it warmed up a hop profile began to jump out. Pine and citrus middle surrounded by everything I've ever called a stout.

Flavor profile
Similar to the nose, it opens sharply. We have a spike of iron that disintegrates instantly, thankfully, but it leaves room for a sweet middle. Caramels and cane sugar notes here. Really malty in the middle here. Slowly it saturates and leaves me with a mild dark chocolate and burnt grain finish, perhaps even a dark fruit or two overwhelmed by all the harsh flavors.

As it warmed up, the hops began to play a more pronounced role. In fact, they dominate the malty middle and do war with the burnt grain finish. This is surprisingly hoppier than I would expect any RIS to be.

Oral Sensations
Medium bodied. It definitely has a chewy characteristic that I'm digging. I'm really digging it actually. Carbonation tingles gently on the opening, but never bubbles up further than that. Lingers, lingers, lingers. Everywhere. Lips, tongue, teeth, soft palate, I'm pretty sure if I could lick my uvula it would be there, too!

Conclusions
This is a nice RIS. Pretty simple. Not too much I could call gimmicky. The burnt notes don't turn me off from drinking. The hops don't cause me to cringe and hold off on sipping consistently. Decent offering. It definitely warms me up in my ass cold apartment, and for that I thank it.
I'm 100% sure it is a RIS... never had this one before.

Without a doubt, the hop presence takes this beer from mediocrity and elevates it to a fun level. It barely broke a 3.5 in some categories without that delicious hop balance. It plays perfectly with all the burnt grains, roasted malts, and minute chocolates.

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Photo of enfield249
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with no highlights under ambient light. My 100 lumen LED light reviles the slightest red color. Head is thick and full, dark tan in color.

S - Slight alcohol in the aroma, sweetness mixed with malt, and roast.

T - I mostly get maltyness from this, combined with some dark fruit flavors, and a touch of coffee.

M - I would have to say that the beer suffers here if only for the hotness of the alcohol. Not over bearing, but you can tell it's there. Aside from that, not too astringent and the right amount of CO2.

D - A great example of the style, and very tasty, Not a 4 because of the heat.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark black with a little reddish, brown hue, one finger of head and some nice tan lacing

S-very good, roast, coffee, hops that come through

T-Excellent, this is a different kind of imperial, the 9.1 ABV is masked, but none of the flavors are overpowering, they all just mesh and make this a wonderful version

M-also very good, the roasted malt and hops kind of linger and leave you wanting more

D-Frighteningly high, but I'll exercise restraint...

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,914 ratings.
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