Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,911 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 birchstick
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fellow BA mikereaser for sending this my way!

A - pours dark with a light cocoa colored head that sticks around for a while

S - citrusy hops, a lot of dark and milk and a touch of roasted malt. Overall sweet.

T - starts off with the dark chocolates that were in the nose, but is quickly pushed aside by some very strong, citrusy hops. The hops are then rounded off by roasted malts. The hops are definitely the strongest contributor to the flavor. On the exhale I get a citrusy coffee flavor that for some reason works great in beers.

M - medium to full body with good carbonation. A good mouthfeel to match the depth of the stout.

D - this is the hoppiest RIS I have tried to date. Can't say the hops pushed this one to greatness, but they definitely helped make its flavor profile stand out from most of the other RIS's that I have tried so far. I have another bottle that I think I will put down for at least a year or two. Pretty good; can't wait to see what bourbon barrels did to this beer in Dark Intrigue.

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

Drank from a snifter. Beer poured a murky black, with a good two fingers of tan billowing head. The head stuck around for a good bit, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass as it receded.

It smelled of deep roasted malt, some hops, and chocolate. The taste was very interesting. This is probably the hoppiest stout I've ever had. There were rich roasted coffee/chocolate notes up front as well as some toffee, general maltiness, but the bitter hop finish is what stuck with me. The mouthfeel was thick, witch slightly prickly carbonation. All in all, a fairly good imperial stout, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date, but the older better in the world of RIS.

A- Dark as dark with a a two-finger fluffy head that stuck around for a minute. Lace let itself be known on its way down the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, some medium-dark roast coffee - I'd call it Columbian - a bit of caramel, and something else I just can't place... something fruity perhaps.

T- Like the smell, but with more hop bitterness on the back-end than the nose would suggest. A welcome addition, however.

M- Dead medium thickness. Nice, smooth carbonation.

D- Dead-on for the style. Alcohol is masked very well beneath the roasty goodness. One or two is perfect.

I really enjoy this beer on a cold night after work, as I am right now. At $1.84/12oz, the price is great for a big 'ol RIS. Keep it up Victory.

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

The pour is virtually black. There's some ruby/purple highlighting around the edges of the glass...about the color of a cabernet or merlot. Tan head fades quickly, but leaves lots of lacing behind. Some dark dried fruits in the aroma along with bitter chocolate, but these are overpowered by a strong grapefruit that fades to a bit of coffee. Really bitter up front with a strong hops presence. You get the coffee and bitter chocolate with just a hint of sweetness in the middle. The bitter grapefruit lingers on the back. Velvety smooth carbonation and a fairly viscous feel. All around silky feel to this one. If it wasn't listed on the bottle, you'd have no idea this thing was over's absurdly drinkable. I like the hop appeal here and it's a good beer. If you like this aspect, give Yeti a try.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep muddy brown bordering on black with a slight coffee colored head.

Citrus hops and some faint dark fruit.

Bitter grapefruit up front followed by a faint coffee flavor trying to break through, which is quickly dominated by the bitterness into a bad aftertaste. Not a big fan of this one, the flavors just don't work together.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a motor oil black. Big billowy latte colored head.

Big roasted malt smell in the nose, and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is pretty much of burned malt, and a little uncomplex otherwise. Yeah, that is pretty much it.

MF is surprisingly light given the abv and style, with a creamy texture. Easy to drink actually.

I've usually been pretty pleased with Victory's offerings, but this is just ok. Nothing special actually, given the price I'd just as soon snag their old horizontal, as it seems to be a better executed beer at this ABV level.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

A - Black, black, black. Wisps of cream head

S - I don't know if it was my cold, or the beer, but I thought this was lacking in smell. It smelled mostly of coffee and alcohol.

T - Good! Coffee taste with hints of alcohol. Malty, and quite sweet for a stout.

M - Great, great carbonation. This beer is excellent for mouthfeel.

D - Drinkable, I could see myself drinking a few of these, which is different than other RISes I've had.

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Photo of hopstradamus
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a viscous, opaque, black accompanied by a tall milk chocolate head that fades quickly to reveal intricate, large lace.

S. Heavy roasted malt flavor, it smells sweet and there is a heavier hop profile than I expected. There is also the slightest hint of both vanilla and caramel.

T. Heavy, peaty, roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. The bitterness from the hops are an excellent balance to the malt that should completely overpower them.

M. Decent mouthfeel, it is chewy, but a little thin. Appropriate level of carbonation, but I wouldn't mind more.

D. The malt is a little too roasted for me, almost burnt, but I would still have another.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour pitch black with an awesome dark brown head. The head is thick and lingers, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of toasted malts with a nice balance to hops that give it a little bitterness to the nose. Taste is sweet roasted malts. Theres lots of dark coffee flavors.ith Also a slight alcohol taste in the middle. It then ends with a nice roasted bitter hoppy flavor that lingers for a bit. Very well carbonated. Nice thick mouth feel. Super smooth super soft on the palate. Highly drinkable. Its one of those beers that you just want more and more of. Try hard and just sip this one. Enjoy.

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Photo of jchow79
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance is a dark brown almost midnight black. The head is thick, foamy, and almost a burnt dark orange in color

Smell: In all fairness I had this refrigerated and only gave it a few minutes to warm up before popping this open. The aroma definitely opened up and the bouquet was more apparent as the beer warmed in my snifter.

Taste: dark toffee, coffee grinds, and a bit of dirt. Absolutely love the earthy aspects of a dirt taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick as midnight, heavy like oil, but silky on the tongue.

Drinkability: Loved it, but probably couldn't have a whole bomber by myself.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared one year

Pours deep brown/black with a small tan head that maintains through out this session as a small wispy veil in the center of a small foam ring.
Aromas of roasted malts and a slight hoppiness.
Sweet malt tasting with some hop bitterness. The hops seemed to have mellowed out as I expected.
Malts have a chocolate espresso flavor.
A rich full bodied beer that has some grittiness on finish.
The flavors after a year have mellowed out nicely.
A nice rich stoudt beer with a good dose of hidden alcohol.
After reviewing I finished the beer off with a couple chunks of smoked gouda. They went together nicely.

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Photo of wrightro07
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This RIS pours black like an RIS should. The head is a creamy tan but not much head retention.
S: vanilla coffee malts with a bitter hoppey smell.
T: The taste on this beer is quite good for an all the year round RIS. I was pleased. It is not on par with the brewery release RIS like Darkness but as I said before as a RIS I can get all year round when I have a craving it is really nice. The flavour has that rich coffee maltiness that I love and it is has not too harsh of a bitterness from all of the hops.
M: The mouthfeel is average in my opinion. It was a little too carbonated and the soft fuzzy feel in the mouth was not up to par as in RIS like Teddy Bear Kisses.
D: the overall drinkability is good. For a RIS that is served all year round I am very happy with Victory's Storm King. I could drink a few of these in one night.

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

A-Pours a luscious oily black with brown highlights, the only place light seeps through. Darker tan head fades slowly but leaves lacing.

S-Extremely roasty. Dark dried fruits are prominent. Hops are not excessive but are detectable. Dark chocolate mixed in as well.

T-Thats very delicious. Huge roasty coffe flavors blitz the taste buds. Sweet toffee hits hard as well. Bitterness rises quickly and sticks around. Hoppier than most stouts. Very delectable.

M-Thick but not incredibly thick. Not too much carbonation which I kinda like. Silky and creamy.

D-Yeah this beer is a flavor bomb but it is quite drinkable. The alcohol leaves some burn but it is not a detractor.

Exceeded my expectations. Love the bitterness.

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

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black with a thick fluffy dark brown head that slowly faded into a thin oily film that, while it lasted, left a network of sticky lacing all the way around the glass.
S: Sweet notes of chocolate malt, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Hops poke through the back along with notes of molasses and coffee beans.
T: Very rich and dark tasting. Big notes of bitter-sweet dark chocolate dominate with sweeter notes of caramel, and molasses. Coffee flavor lends some acidity to the brew. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter.
M: Full-body, fairly thick mouthfeel and relatively smooth going down. The carbonation is a little prickly however. Alcohol is present in the finish.
D: Super drinkable, delicious, and very rich RIS. One of the best, but not my favorite. I bet this would make a good beer-float though.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a snifter.

Why do I bother with the appearances. It's a stout. It's black.. moving on.. okay but seriously folks... The bubbles on this one are actually kind of a soapy consistency the fall at a decent clip buy not too fast. The bubbles are a faint brown.

Aromas of faint malt and a strange almost dare I say watery wetness, a "clean" sort of smell as if you were smelling just opened tap water from your kitchen sink. That's the only way I can describe it.

Taste improves after the bouquet even thought the watery sense comes forward. A 'soft' tobacco chew like comes in the taste almost like... chewing tobacco, leaving a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is actually good with a small bitterness balanced by the easy wet taste.

Drinkability I'd rate just a fraction above average, there are things worth exploring in the stout, it is not a waste of time to have one.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Guiliftys in Villanova.

Tap pour into a tulip glass. Came to me with a thick, creamy two fingered offwhite head that stayed around. Little color was escaping this glass as the beer is black as black can be. I let it sit on the bar an warm down a little bit as I enjoyed my nachos.

The smell of this stout is amazing. Nose has a sweet smell to it, with maybe some vanilla and fruit coming in somewhere. The taste followed the nose, and I can feel a little bit of heat on the back end of it from the booze. The roasted malts come in great and blend really well with the chocolate flavor thats present in this beer. A really excellent stout and my favorite beer that has come out of Victory.

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

Poured a thick black with a nice tall brown head that dissipated slowly and left a layer of thin lace which clung to the glass.
A hop aroma cuts through the toasty chocolate malt and there is a very faint hint of the alcohol.
It has a thick and smooth texture that gives a quick bite but instantly mellows into the chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate transforms seamlessly from mellow and almost milky to a nice bitterness that lingers.
This is a nice hearty beer with a lot of character.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours very black with a large tan colored head. Very nice staying power, slow dissipation to a ring of foam on the top. Beautiful sheets of lacing down the sides. Looks amazing.

S:Get a slight hop kick up front which gives way to some roasted grain. I also get a little chocolate and a slight hint of the alcohol.

T: Lots of roasted flavor up front. This transitions to some chocolate and molasses and finishes with a heavy hand of coffee flavor. There is a little bit of dark fruit in the middle somewhere as well. Has a bitter finish.

M/D: Very thick, but smooth. Overall very enjoyable. THe abv is not noticeable at all, and I like the hoppiness it has for an RIS. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a Victory lager mini-pint at the Victory brew-pub.

A - Pours black as night with a strong one finger brown head that leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of dark, roasty, aroma's in this one. Coffee, chocolate, and other earthy flavors and most prevalent. Faint hints of herbal hops and a bit of booze hide well but are present. Even a bit of spice?

T - Dark goodness. Similar to the nose with coffee, chocolate, oak, black licorice, and plenty of other earthy flavors. Finish is dominated by tons of dark roasted flavors. A little bit of booze creeps in once it begins to warm up a bit. A very nice stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth feel with a strong roasted finish.

D - I like this version a little bit more than the normal version. The feel of this one is much better than the normal version and it seems to help bring all the flavors together into a more well rounded offering. Very nice for a mass produced stout.

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Photo of crosamich
2.71/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

dark & roasted, VERY astringent. way too much high-roasted malts here for my taste. Rather than smooth, chocolately flavors from a balanced use of malts I had to choke this one down. Had this several times in the bottle and remember generous hops but that was missing here. drinkability was low due to acrid, dry, and harsh taste.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass. The beer pours black with tan highlights and about a finger of creamy looking well retained mocha colored head. The aroma is simply rockin' on this one! Big roasty malts right up front with dark fruits (dried plumbs come to mind) and a kind of grassy aroma probably from the hops and a bitter espresso undertone. Really nice flavors to follow the aroma. Big and roasty, kind of a semi sweet bakers chocolate flavor. Dried fruit, leather and espresso round out the flavors on this. All what I really want in an imperial stout. Solid mouthfeel, decent carbonation, smooth robust full body. Enjoyable all around. Honestly, I'm really enjoying this one, but I get a bit of alcohol burn going down and I've been nursing this for quite a while now and haven't gotten very far in it. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty fresh bottle, best by September 2015.

Pours black, with a brown head that leaves some good lacing.

Smells like chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some other piney or metallic scent i can't quite pinpoint. Kind of strange.

Taste is very much that of a stout, but there's a mild citrus hop twang to it. It doesn't get in the way of the roasted chocolate flavors, though, but they're a bit subdued for the style. Taste has substantially more of a bite to it than many other imperial stouts. I expect this beer would taste a lot different a year or two from now, as the hops will have fallen out.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, seems like more carbonation than is typical for the style.

About as drinkable as a 9+ percent ABV imperial stout will ever be. It's not so heavy that it's a complete sipper.

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Photo of chalsk
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting IS. Out of the snifter it has a strong hop presence. Aroma of grapefruit and caramel with hints of coffee. Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Slight citrus sweetness up front. Then the bitters hit with the carbonation. The carb level is quite high. Immediately after, the coffee pinch kicks in and then a velvety malty, chocolate finish. Very complex brew. Very tasty. The timing of the carbonation and the coffee spice don't hit at the exact right moments. Perhaps with age the carbonation will lessen and this would be a bit more smooth. There is a harshness that could use some mellowing. But overall this is a unique and tasty IS.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

on cask at the brewery

Pours a completely clouded blackness with a very thick, buoyant, creamy tan head. Great retention and collar, leaving patches of tan lacing all over the place.

Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and a bit of nuttiness in the nose.

Heavily roasted malt up front with caramel, notes of mocha and coffee with some chocolate sweetness. Bits of molasses and a hint of booze poke through towards the middle. Finished with a pleasant splash of bitter hops and a slice of alcohol.

Full body, incredibly velvety smooth feel with silk touches and superbly pleasant on the palate. Delicious, not quite ground breaking, and the alcohol is hidden well considering the higher content. A solid, quality stout.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful dark stout color with a minimal tan head of foam
smells of coffee and roasted espresso
roasty taste, chocolate espresso beans with a tad bit of hop bite at the end of the sip
the alcohol mask here is great, actually had no idea it was a 9% until I looked at the ABV at the top of the page
well rounded stout

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,911 ratings.
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