Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ranking:
#2,691
Reviews:
2,657
Ratings:
5,955
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
224
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931
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Ratings: 5,955 |  Reviews: 2,657
Photo of DrewZ926
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a blackhole black pour with a nice big tan head. smells strongly of roasted malts and some dark cocoa, little bit of dark fruits too. taste is dominated by really nice roasty malts and a hint of cocoa, really nice creamy mouthfeel and a nice dry finish. was expecting a lot of sweetness but was pleasantly surprised. also didnt realize it was +9% until I finished and read the bottle, quite hidden.

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Photo of beertunes
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of Oct16, '13. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, even when I held my LED flashlight up behind it, with about an inch of thick, sturdy light brown head that had great retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, rich roasted malts, some grains and a trace of hops. There was a bit of an alcohol scent. The flavor was about what you'd expect, bold rich roasted malts, that trace of hops, a bit of grain and a slight coffee finish. The alcohol was apparent, but not overpowering.

The body was solid and full, yet somehow not as full as I expected. Drinkability was good for a beer this big, but I probably wouldn't have more than one at a time.

Overall, a very good example of the style. It's been a while since I've had one of these, it won't be as long until I grab another one

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Photo of slowbie
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a one finger head that has great retention.

Aromas of dark caramel malts, chocolate, roasted barley, and floral hops. Smells delicious.

Taste is heavy on roasted barley and floral hops. Not quite the balanced complexity foretold by the aroma, but very good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as some stouts, which is the biggest thing missing from this one.

Overall a very good beer at a very good price.

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

188th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Such a great pour for a stout. Very creamy dark brown. Very close to black. Nice thick 2 finger head as well. Slowly dissapates from bottom to top.

Smell- Big smells of malt with a nice underlying hop. Some slight coffee as well.

Taste- The bottle states this is has a hint of espresso. I couldn't agree more. A bitter malty burnt coffee flavor. Very well done. The roast notes linger quite a long time.

Mouth- A bigger medium body with a nice medium carb level. Has a nice aftertaste as well.

Drink- A very good stout. Much more of what I think a stout is supposed to be. Big, rich and filling.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours charcoal black with dark chocolate highlights and a one and a half inch head. Leaves lots of thick, sticky lacing. Strong retention.

S-Sweet malts, piney hops, a touch of milk chocolate.

T/M-Roasty, but not as intense as I expected. Medium to full bodied. The hops really kick in mid-palate, overwhelming the roasty dark malts and finishing with a blend of bittering hops and phenolic booziness.

D-One of the better Victory beers. Wonder how it would taste with a few years on it

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Photo of dubinsky
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a frothy light mocha one finger head that leaves some fine lacing on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S - I do get some dark chocolate, coffee/ espresso and dark roasted malts. Some earthiness, which is likely a hop presence, along with what smells like some soapiness. I do detect an alcohol aroma as well. Before i even taste it, it does smell well balanced.

T - This is one floral Imperial Stout. The first thing i'm getting is the floral hops, followed by dark malts, coffee, chocolate. Fairly similar to the nose. A little bit of booze creeps in once it begins to warm up a bit. A very nice stout.

M - This is one thin stout. Great carbonation but the mouth feel is very thin. Nice smooth finish.

D - I think that the mouth feel and thinness makes this beer quite drinkable. Although its fairly strong, the floral hops make it drier than most beers in this style which i appreciate. Very nice for a mass produced stout.

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

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a chalice. i can barely make out the best buy date to be sometime in 2015(?).

pours out a nearly opaque black with about a one finger of creamy biege head that kept a thin layer and eventually a ring of foam. bits of spotty lace.

not the big aroma i was expecting. lots of leafy, earthiness. tobacco, lots of citrus hops. bits of roasted malts (expected more?), and coffee and bits of spicy alcohol, rum?

just as much hops as there is roasted malt. almost like a black IPA. again lots of leafy earthiness, lots of citrus and a bit of piney hops, leafy tobacco. roasted malt, expresso like coffee, and a light fruitiness, not so much dark fruits. lots of bitterness, most likely from the hops rather than the roasted malt. a very light spicy, rum like alcohol.

a thinner body that i might have expected, lots of lingering hop bitterness. slightly prickly carbonation. dry finish.

pretty drinkable for such a heavy beer, but to me, its not much of a RIS. way more like a black IPA. ive drank this plenty of times before and ill drink it again, but i definatly expected more. i cant really understand how it ended up on the top 100.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal parts robust roasted malts, herbal and slightly pine hops, and rich dark chocolate. As the beer warms the roasted aromas fade a bit and the herbal hops intensify.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of pine hops. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I remain a fan of this beer but I think it tastes thicker and fuller on cask. Still, a very good beer that's well worth a shot however you can get it.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimple glass from a 12oz bottle. Was pleasantly surprised with this one when reviewing winter brews last year. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. The aroma is mostly malt and a lot of hops, though there is some dark fruit and maybe a hint of coffee in there. Nice RIS flavor, balanced between the roasted malt and hops. There is also chocolate and coffee in there. Thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. Very drinkable RIS indeed!

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Photo of madjr80
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Stella Artois glass. A thick capaccino residue head was thick and creamy. A semi thick consistency, but it was quite smooth on the way down. A bit of dark chocolate and coffee notes. Even though this is 9.1% alcohol, it is very well balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mudbug
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass at cellar temp results in a nice frothy tan head that slowly sinks to a thin cap, lots of lacing.
Smell is roasted malt and yeast, a slight coffee tinge gets in, but not powerful at all, overall subdued.
Taste is a burnt bitter upfront and a weird yeasty bready middle, no sweetness alcohol is subdued, kind of disappointing.
Not one I'd pick again.

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Photo of aasher
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer looks fantastic. It poured a midnight black with a two finger dark khaki head that sat atop the beer like soap suds. The aromas are VERY subtle but I'm picking up some light chocolate to go along with the light coffee as well. The initial taste is pretty solid, like coffee with a chocolate creamer but I really don't like the after taste. It's like straight soap, almost bitter. Very sudsy and unappealing. It's also very thin for a RIS. This beer started great but went downhill from there. I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 bottle into a snifter. Black with a short lived tan head that settles to a thin ring along the edges. No lacing and emaciated supermodel legs make this sort of weak eye candy.

Initial predominant scent is rubber hose. Picked up from numerous bottles, this doesn't seem to be an anomaly. After a few minutes of time spent in the glass this off scent fades mostly to the background and what remains is bittersweet dark chocolate and dark roast.

Leafy and slightly sour hops dominate up front. There is a tree bark and lime quality that lingers long on the back end and overshadow much of the chocolate qualities promised from the nose. Maybe my memory is faulty, or my palate has changed, but this seems quite different from the bottles that really pleasantly surprised me a few years back. Seems at odds with itself.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation that manages to hide the bite well. Still, there's something off in the way the core aspects of this beer seem to battle each other more than seeking to live harmoniously. Am I alone in thinking this is a shell of what this beer once was? Verdict: uncertain.

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Photo of Double06
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Big and black with one-half inch of foamy dark tan almost brown head after an aggressive pour and left a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of rich, roasty malts balanced with the juicy hops... As it warms I'm getting both coffee and dark chocolate in the nose but it is well balanced with the hops.

T: Constantly evolving as it warms... Rich dark chocolate, bitter coffee, a bit of something I couldn't put my finger on until reading other reviews and I think it was tobacco. The richness of the malt is balanced by lots of citrusy, bitter hops.

M: Not as thick as other RIS but the viscosity is matched with appropriate carbonation that fills the mouth without overcoating it.

D: Could probably have a couple of these before the ABV would kick me in the face, but pretty high.

Overall a well put-together stout by Victory and one of my favorite of the style.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: roasted barley, roasted coffee, slight hoppiness

Ap: black with a 2 finger mocha head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, well balanced, medium body, smooth, creamy

Af: roasted coffee, dry, slightly bitter

O: by far my highest rated Victory beer

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
2.27/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm sorry, but I think this beer smells like poo. The aroma is sweaty and sour and unappealing. With that said, the flavor overwhelms that aspect and somewhat recovers it. Storm King's smokey, belly-warming flavor is pleasant for a few sips, especially considering it's high abv and heavy-handed hopping. The pallet is graced with a few good flavors, such as burnt coffee, smoked meat, but there is a serious soapy off-flavor present which taints the whole experience.

The flavors all seem to fight for top spot on your palate instead of work together to give you a well-rounded experience, which is that is exactly what you need from a robust, boozy imperial stout. I probably will not purchase this beer again unless I'm craving an imperial stout and I'm broke and it's on-sale.

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Photo of russwaddell
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +0.2%
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 -3.7%
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 +6.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +7.7%
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 -12.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.2%
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,955 ratings
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