Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,906 Ratings
Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an opaque black with small tan head that doesn't really linger or lace. Not an issue in my book

S- Coffee and diesel fuel notes predominate, some dried stone fruit perhaps, a good bit of resiny hop comes with it. The diesel is a slight putoff for me.

T-The alcohol seems rather masked for 9.1%, strong hop bitterness on the end, very dry. Bitterness seems to come more from hops than dark roasted malt. Leaves me thinking more imperial black IPA than RIS.

M- Quite nice, good viscosity.

D- Leaves quite the bitter aftertaste for a stout for me and again, it's a hoppy bitterness, not a roast barley, coffee-like bitterness for me.

In the end, I am still a big fan of Victory in general and will continue to try whatever they put out, but not my favorite RIS. Still a very well-crafted beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mweso2000
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with thick three finger tan head that dissipates into a one finger lace that says with the beer. The smell is a rich toasted malt smell with chocolate and coffee. The malt is the predominant flavor with a chocolaty coffee hint. Hops and a slightly bitter taste hit you at the end. Medium mouth fell with good carbonation. This beer is a little bit too bitter for my taste. I prefer a sweeter creamy stout. Also tastes lightly burnt but not in a terrible way. Overall all though I enjoy it and would buy again and recommend.

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

A: Pours a pitch black color with a one finger, caramel mocha colored head which dissipates slowly into a fine lacing, leaving a little trail of tiny bubbles down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and hops make up the majority of the aroma with slight hints of dark fruits, bitter chocolates and dark roasted coffee beans.

T: Roasted malt again is a pretty dominating taste here. The hops was not as present as the nose would suggest but they are still there. A little bit of bitter coffee was present, but that was pretty much it.

M: Feels somewhat similar to a heavy cream, thicker but also creamy and a slight bit silky on the finish. The feeling goes well with this medium-light bodied beer. The taste left in the mouth is definitely one of hops and a little bit of roasted malt character.

D: The ABV is definitely not as present as you'd think, so for a 9.1% ABV, this is quite drinkable. You might get carried away if you weren't careful. Quite drinkable again, I'm not sure this would be my go-to beer for a Russian Imperial Stout, but it's definitely on the "to-buy-again" list.


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Photo of velosuds
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Apr 29 2015. Purchased from John's Market for $2.39.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a one finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S-Roasted barley, vague dark dried fruits, coffee, and a hint of chocolate, all of which was too faint for style.

T-Taste is predominantly bitter, astringent, and alcohol. This is not even close to style. Should probably give it lower than a 3. The worst RIS I have ever had. Odd. This highly rated beer is very disappointing. Some chocolate, coffee, and caramel malt are present but no where near developed enough.

M-Too thin for style. And a tad flat due to inadequate carbonation. No where near rich and creamy enough.

D-Won't suffer this again, especially when there are many better RIS brews available to me. Hoped this would improve as it warmed but it didn't. Perhaps it needs to age more.

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Photo of mcnabb0001
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with enjoy by date of July 15 2015 this beer must age well with a date like that.

A - pours a pitch black with a frothy light tan head.

S - sweet fruity smell with strong hop scent unusual for the RIS that i have had.

T - definite american hop flavor in the forefront, with sweet fruity undertones. The malt flavor in the background much more subtle then I'm used to. This brew definitely leans more toward the hop than malt.

M - more carbonated than usual, lighter than most RIS i have tasted.

D - More drinkable than usual for an RIS could definitly throw back a few of these but gotta be careful with that 9% abv. Overall not the best RIS i have ever had, different but not terrible highly drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Dupont Paradiso in DC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and light sweet chocolate. Also some hops in the smell. Pretty enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, hops, coffee toasted malts, and roasted malts. Hints of alcohol. Pretty good but a small step down from the smell in my opinion.

m - Medium to full body and moderate to high cabonation. Body is pretty creamy. Wish it was a little less carbonated.

d - This is a pretty good RIS, but not one of my favorites. I would have liked more sweet chocolate in the taste and less alcohol, as well as less carbonation. I would definitely give it another shot, but this wouldn't be a "go to" beer for me if I see it on the menu.

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

A - Pours pitch black with a tight tan head that retains well. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

S - Powerful dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, caramelized chocolate malt, grassy alcohol vapors.

T - Creamy dark chocolate blended with blackberry. Rich roasted espresso laced with grapefruit hops. The grapefruit comes in bitter and adds a citrus quality that switches up the profile completely. It finishes with a roasted citrus flavor that dances on the tongue.

M - Full bodied and creamy.

Awesome! The hops turns a sharp corner and is a surprise for sure but really balances out the rich chocolate malt profile. Mouthfeel is spot on and it keeps you on your toes. This would go great with some snow on the ground.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Will this Storm King be as good as it's Death Metal Brethren?

Good looking tan head, nice lacing, and black as sin. Drink if you're in the mood for murder.

Good sniffin' beer. I sniffed some fruit, some hoppy goodness...but I'm struggling with the chocolate. Maybe the old shnozola is off today. Oh! I think I smelled it...way in the back.

Just like it's appearance, the taste does not hold back; strong. It's akin to the smell, but way stronger. The smell is pleasing, whereas the taste may push you over. That doesn't mean bad either; it's just very punctual. A punctual punch. It's a roasted brew for sure, with just a lot of harsh, dark characteristics; coffee/chocolate/wood. Serious aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel is a beast as well. It stays. And if you're not digging the beer, you'll have to wash your mouth out. Medium body that's creamy and smooth. Feels like I drank a charred beer of old time goodness.

The drinkability, for me, is very mood defining. If I'm having a good time, and looking to drink it up, there's no way I'd choose this. But if I have a pal who's looking for a new Stout to try, Storm King is the way to go.

Bottom line is the beer is solid, heavy and likable. And would you guess it! It fits incredibly well while listening to the Pittsburgh Death Metal band of the same name. It's definitely fitting to being a 'Keeper of the Shadows'.

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Photo of biggerboat88
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had a Storm King in a while so I grabbed a bottle a few weeks ago at work, forgot about it, and then found it hiding in the beer fridge last night. I was quite pleased to visit this old friend as the wind howled outside my window, a great stout for these chilly autumn nights. Storm King is pitch black in the glass with frothy light brown head that coats the glass with spotted lacing. Surprisingly, there is some sweetness on the nose but I mainly smelled lots of roasted coffee. As an imperial stout, the prominent hops also come as a bit of a shock. Really nice roasted malts flavors upfront that wash the tongue with a pleasing creaminess. I got lots of bitter flavors, both hops and then bitter chocolates. After a few sips the alcohol starts to warm the back of the tongue and throat. I also get some burnt coffee notes which sounds unpleasant but it works here. A really nice balance between hops and malts which is a unique take on the style. Deceivingly drinkable given the ABV, wish I had more hiding away somewhere.

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

Thank you to TCgoalie for supplying this beer!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours an oily black with a substantial chocolate-colored two-finger head. Very little light makes its way through this thick beast. Great retention and superb lacing.

Smell: Not really what I expected after watching this one into the glass. There's some nice toasted malt character there, but also a surprising amount of hops. I'm getting some nice coffee bitterness, but not as much of the deeper aromas one might expect.

Taste: The toasted malt force is definitely strong in this one. There is a great nutty character as well, lots of coffee bitterness, and not as much hop presence as the smell suggested.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy up front, with a lighter body than I anticipated. The finish is dry and bitter.

Drinkability: Hides the ABV pretty well. Not too heavy or overwhelming. The dry finish leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of ChugginOil
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 Delirium snifter
$12.49 for the six pack

Appearance- Ebony darkness with a bit less than one half an inch of head when poured

Smell- Roasted malts overall with coco, java, and buttery notes when smelled. The combination of these masks the scent of alcohol completely.

Taste- My goodness, this is amazing. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and butterscotch are tasted on the way down. Very little bitterness is involved here. Light carbonation is noted throughout each sip An existence of flowered hops is also noted in each sip. The presence of a hoppy taste in this brew is a great addition to the overall stout characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Delightfully thick, a bit chewy, but without any unwanted residue left behind. Not syrupy at all and holds balance throughout.

Drinkability- Wow. Honestly i am blown away by this beer and how it didn't seem to sit in my stomach like some heavy stouts. Given the opportunity, I could probably take down 4 of these without a problem. Also, the masked ABV makes this one pretty easy to drink.

Overall a great beer that I will seek out whenever craving a RIS

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Dep, dark black in color, with a nice, sturdy head of tan foam
Aroma-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee notes
Taste-Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted dark malt. Subtle hop bite that hangs around, tobacco note. Roasty, smooth and creamy for the strenght, a fine RIS to have after a long day. Highly recommended.

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

Storm king pours a beautiful pitch black with a three finger tan head that packs the tiniest little bubbles together to create a rich creamy top. Right up front the nose is filled with bright American citrus hops, and after that initial rush there is dark chocolate and a subtle roast. The flavor is a fantastic balance of bitter grapefruit and citrus with roasted chocolate. In the finish there is almost an element of burn grains. Traditionally those burnt grains might sound off-putting, but they help build the character of this beast. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with subtle carbonation. I now understand why this was once considered Beer Advocates top beers in the world. The flavors are so rich, complex and full. I'm glad this is an offering I can pick up locally year round.

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Photo of biglite351
2.92/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a little red at the edges. No real head (it is on cask afterall)

S - rather sweet. Malts, chocolate and maybe a little fruit.

T - shaft bitter bite. Some malts and chocolate but not nearly as good as the scent.

M - watery with only the mildest of tingle. Maybe because it is on cask?

D - I will pass unless this is the only stout on the menu.

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Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ROBUST!! Pours black with a dense one finger lasting tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of licorice. Taste is the same as aroma. Full creamy mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A very tasty Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Blanco
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent head on this one with some strong lacing. chocolate and smells upfront with something in the background. It has that "Victory" smell to it, which I'm guessing is the yeast. It has a slight hint of wet mop in the smell. Very different than any RIS i've tasted. The taste is very much of chocolate and expresso but more complex. Bitter hops are also in the background. the mouthfeel is thick and creamy. not your average RIS. very different but not my favorite at all.

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Photo of jduffy21
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving was in a brown bottle poured in to a glass.
Appearance was almost pitch black with about a finger of froth, that dissapates to a thin lacing
smell was that of chocolate and coffee, and a hint of alcohol.
taste of chocolate with a coffee bitterness.
mouthfeel was medium bodied
A very good imperial stout, but I could only have 1 or 2 of these.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap from a Firkin Cask at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA.

Pours completely opaque, with an absolutely gorgeous dark brown two finger head, and leaves fantastic lacing down the glass. The beer smells of roasted malts, a deep coffee aroma, and a tad bit of hops pulling through. The taste is absolutely splendid. Dark roasts, a bit of coffee, chocolate and a mildly hoppy aftertaste come together to make this one good tasting beer. The alcohol is completely hidden among these magnificent flavors. It sits surprisingly lightly in the stomach, and this is the type of beer that can creep up on you. Overall this was one tasty stout.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. From notes.

A - Black, lots of lighter brown, carbonated head that was retained very well.

S - Roasted coffee, some chocolate, mild toast and malt

T - Burnt chocolate, over-roasted coffee and burnt sugar. Some vanilla in the back and hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied, a bit chewy and distinct alcohol heat.

D - Easy drinker. Could be more complex and better balanced. Decent though.

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Photo of nhindian
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - To start with this is just a really cool bottle. The body and neck labels are dark to match the night-time feeling of this beer coupled with an owl with a crown standing as the Storm King. Very cool and matches this style extremely well. As with most other RIS's, Storm King pours an obsidian black that swallows all light. Built a nice 2 and a half fingered, tan, foamy head, but it disappeared fairly quick which is to be expected for a beer of this alcohol. Minimal lacing but some spots here and there.

S - The nose is what really surprised me about this beer. I get smells of figs, roasted barley, and... hops? In my Russian Imperial Stout? It's more likely than you think and it works really well in my opinion. The combination of this dark beer with citrusy notes is a unique combination that works wonders for this beer.

T - This mix comes together fantastically in the taste. When I first tasted it, it was fairly cold and the hops dominated this beer, but as it warmed up, the flavors mellowed and I could taste chocolates and coffee after the initial rush of pine. Kind of as if you get two different beers with this one based on temperature. A definite shock to the palate! Only thing I can detract from this beer is that the hops sort of overwhelm, which is fine, but I purchased a RIS, not an IPA.

M - Storm King feels light to medium bodied and not a ton of carbonation. Feel doesn't follow the look of this beer at all!

D - This beer is insanely drinkable. Victory did a great job in masking the alcohol in this one and it's tough to pinpoint any trace of it at all. For the price point of this beer, mixed with the smoothness and flavor, this could be one of my go-to Russian Imperial Stouts.

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

A - Poured into a tulip. Dark and opaque with a two finger head that persists throughout.

S - Smells of deep coffee and chocolate. Bit of booze.

T - Slight burnt malts along with coffe, chocolate, and a little something I can't put my finger on. Booze follows.

M - Thick and chewy.

D - Good for a high ABV.

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Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pitch black with a three finger tan head.

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate, a hint of hops.

T- Roasted coffee and malts with a hint of chocolate and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

M- Full body, a little silky.

D- This is a very nice Imperial Stout and worth the money. Could use a little more complexity, but it is a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer. If you enjoy RISs this is a must try. Would really like to age a few bottles.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great huge head. it lasts a long time also. Black. looks great.

Hoppy coffee? the hops add a unusual bright characteristic to this roasty chocolaty stout. The front starts off with more of the brightness and orange coming from the hops, and toward the end is where those flavors fade and become rich with smooth chocolate finishing with a roasty espresso flavor.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A real dark black coffee like color.

S- Molasses and dark malts hint of chocolate and coffee.

T- Taste of chocolate malts with molasses. Bittersweet from the hops.

M- Very dark syrup texture. Velvety with sweetness and bitterness linger through out the sip.

D- Very tasty stout strong and dark. Well worth a drink.


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Photo of Armand
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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