Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,910 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 haazer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark almost black pour, does have subtle hints of brown. Somewhat noticeably carbonated. Incredibly dense, thick and rich tan head. Forms a sold 3-4 inch head depending on how you pour. If you look closely the bubbles in the head are very tiny at first, then grow exponentially bigger as the head airs out unleashing the beers aroma. Zig-zag patterns of lace outline the glass.

S- Coffee is the standout. Then malts, then toffee. I do detect a hint of alchol as well.

T- Touches upfront of dark chocolate. Transitions nicely into a dark roast coffee(my favorind kind of coffee). Gets dry towards the end. The malt backbone which is present, but refuses to show up until the end of the sip with a heavy roasted flavor. Alcohol becomes very warming on the way down.

M- Medium to full bodied. Every tastebud is drenched as the beer seeps into the palate with each sip. They do a good job of keeping the high abv from drying the mouth out.

D- Such a great taste and mouthfeel, the high abv is masked fairly well, however this is a sipper. This is how a stout should be. You cant help but slowly enjoy this one.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the brewery on my PA trip with Jlynn. So pumped to get to try this on cask. This is such a well done stout. So balanced and drinkable. A readily available, smooth, deep bodied stout that can hang with the best of them. Probably the only time I've ever be able to have this on cask.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
A: Bold and black is what is noted from the body, while no light transpire through the glass the deepest blacks are not represented by this one. Slight reddish hues can be seen on the rim while drinking. Checkered lace is left randomly on glass. The head holds retention around rim for the length of the glass.
S : Not as over powering as I would have thought. With subtle notes of caramel and oak, the notion of a malty brew is in store. A burnt sweetness I scamming through.
T/M: A sweet malt forward taste is what is presented on first sip, but complexities are found of dry hoppniess. A finish that displays good hop use, makes this a overall great stout. Great classic flavors, set this an imperial standard. Mouthfeel is a creamy sweetness, that ends and leaves e mouth slightly dry.
D : A great stout indeedx, but very typical of the style, not to say that it is not up there with the top in the style, but nothing screams out super outstanding. Good drinkability to it, I could barely detect any alcohol.

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Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a head more foamy than creamy reaching about an inch in height before giving way to a laced covering on the beer.

S - High on coffee, maybe a hint of cherry, not as boozy or hoppy as suggested but nice and well balanced nonetheless.

T - Once again, high on coffee. There was a hop presence but the barley taste overpowered it. Oak and coffee finish.

M - Nice. A little carbonation flirts with the tongue as the bold flavors whack at it with their presence in the form of a deceiving heaviness that stays on your tongue after you've sent the current gulp south.

D - To say it's not my favorite RIS isn't a slam since I love these beers. I would take this ten times over several thousand other beers out there, but probably my fourth or fifth choice in the style.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why it's taken so long to finally try Storm King, but here it is. Enjoy by date of March 5, 2015.

Solid black color with a thick and rich tan head. Lots of lacing.

Getting a really good dose of hops along with some raisin and molasses sweetness and light roastiness. Smells pretty sweet.

A blend of toastiness, hoppiness, and moderate sweetness. Some alcohol peeks through. The hops are nice and fresh and their is a bit of a coffee presence with the toasty malt. The aftertaste is very toasted.

Not crazy about the feel of this one. The carbonation is too foamy and frothy and the body feels too thin for the style. Not horrible, but not top tier in the mouthfeel department either.

Drinks well enough. Pretty powerful taste and the alcohol is noticed. I have a feeling this one will improve drastically with some age. I look forward to trying the rest of these with some time on them.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a consistent dark color with hints of red. On top is a creamy and thin mocha-colored head with thin sheets of lacing on the glass. Head retention is a few seconds before thinning away into a cap. Aroma is chocolate and coffee-oriented with a thin malt presence in the background. There's a bit of pungency, which I'm guessing is from some burnt coffee beans, as well as a good amount of alcoholic fumes towards the end.

Well.. first of all, the boozyness smothers the whole flavor profile completely. From start to finish, the palate is emerged in heat. I had to really attempt to discern the individual components. Some chocolate, malt sweetness, hop bitterness and burnt coffee astringency. I'd recommend putting some age on this to smooth out the flavors, especially the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinkability is low to moderate, depending on how boozy you like your beers. Not a bad beer by all means, but I would set them aside instead of immediately drinking them.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Round two...its time to ride the storm!

A: Poured into a snifter this stout pours a deep deep deep dark brown, almost black with a dark tan bubbly head about 1 inch thick.

S: The aroma isn't what a stout should be. There isn't much chocolate or coffee notes, however this brew is very roasty like a porter. The hops in this brew are evident, and you can almost pick up a little fruitiness. Notes of anise are present too.

T: This is a hoppy stout. Chocolate pokes through and rushes your pallet as the beer warms. Hops do add a slight citrus, but the roasted barley malt is the main hitter in the flavor profile. Anise is also present.

MF: The mouthfeel is surprising smooth considering how hopped up this brew is. The body is medium.

D: Drinkability is good too. Definitely will improve with age.

Overall, Storm King is an above average stout at best. My bottle is somewhat fresh, I would suggest aging this beer for 3+ years, and letting the hops mellow and the chocolate to shine trough. It's worth it to pick up a six and letting it ride the cellar for a while.

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Photo of Anaz
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was nice to watch the light leave the room as my glass turned dead black except for the huge, fluffy coffee and cream colored head that rose above the darkness. Watching the lacing decend was awesome, too. I kind of felt like a geologist analyzing sedimentary rock strata for bit, but then I took a sip and snapped out of that silly ass daydream.

The huge hop aroma was promised on the bottle, but I didn't think it would really deliver quite like it did. Very bright, sharp hops with the coffee and roasted malt aromas lurking underneath.

The hops are very aggressive, with grapefruit and piney flavors really coming to the fore. The roasty malt, burnt toast, espresso, and bitter chocolate flavors really took a backseat on this beer.

The body is a lot thinner than what I would have expected, and the clean bright bitterness made this almost refreshing, but it's so intense that it's not very quaffable. The booze is there, but not obtrusive. This could be more than a sipper if the hops were a little tamer, but it would get damn dangerous, so that's kind of a good thing. An interesting, and flavorful take on an imperial stout.

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Photo of HESSLER500
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As stouts go, this one is fairly decent. Hops dominate the nose, not much else in terms of flavor; so if you're expecting a sweeter barrel aged stout, try something else. Good carbonation, decent head, about an eighth of an inch after all poured. Black all the way through as it should be, this beer is better when served at about 45 degrees. This is a very drinkable beer on hot days as it is not as thick, sweet and lip smacking as a bourban county stout is.

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Photo of Crossmc1423
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- very dark all the way through, slight head with a very distinct brown maple color

s - robust, fresh coffee ground hints

t- very similar to the smell, semi sweet with bitter after bite,

m - here is where we get to the good stuff, it feels like someone ground up chocolate cover coffee beans ridiculously fine and put it in my beer most of it dissolves but there is still some remainder...its been 10 minutes since my last sip of this beer but when i rub my tongue on the roof of my mouth the feeling of the coffee ground seem to be lingering... i love it

d- very slow drinker here

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

Pours an opaque black colour with thin tan head. Some lacing down the glass. Big roasted smell with some chocolate and coffee. Some bitterness in the flavour, but offset nicely with the sweet roast. Creamy mouthfeel. I also just tried one aged for a few years and it held up really well.

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Photo of Elimination
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some imperial stout!

Look is a deep deep black not a bit of light coming through.

Smell is boozy, oak, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee great overall

Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark espresso very great overall bit the end seems very dry really

Mouthfeel is very thick a pudding of a beer really

Drink is great wish these were more readily available in my area

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

Serving: 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Darker than midnight impermeable with about a quarter inch of brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left a pretty thick ring of lacing around the glass though. A fair level of carbonation evident in the glass.

S: Dark chocolate and surprisingly I smell a lot of hops.

T: Well this is something I didn't expect. Dark, roasted imperial stout malt flavor with a solid level of citrusy hops in the background. The stout character is very smooth and pairs up really well with the bitter bite of the hops.

M: Feels pretty good in the mouth and leaves a roasted, hoppy essence in the mouth.

D: The hoppy character of this one is pretty enjoyable, and will be for other people that like hops. I imagine the girlfriend will hate it though since this combines two things she abhors, imperial stouts and hoppy beers. More for me, I guess :)

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Photo of Bubba83
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well then, I suppose I'll finally review a beer I've had at least 10 times, Victory Storm King. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter at around 50 degrees.

Appears jet black with a dark tan creamy head, about one finger width. Good retention and really good lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, roast, smoke, and rubbing alcohol. Maybe some faint hints of vanilla. Lots of hops finish up, seems almost like simcoe in nature.

This stout is extremely hoppy. So much so that I think it detracts from the beer. Where I'd expect to get a good hit of chocolate and coffee, I get huge spicy hops instead that just mask everything. It's still pretty good, but I'm just not getting what I look for in the style. Finishes up with a good deal of alcohol heat and medicinal cherry alcohol.

Mouthfeel is really quite good, oily and big, decent amount of chew here, with the right level of bubbles.

Drinkability is hindered by a medium level of heat and too much spice from the hops. It's not hard to drink, but it isn't easy either. Overall still a classic, but there's just a lot better stuff out there now. And if you want a hoppy stout, Old Rasputin is a much better choice.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice jet black with 2 fingers very foamy dark tan head. Head stays around for quite a while, lacing coats the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, everything you expect from an imperial stout. Fairly sweet smelling for the style however. Very nice balance of all the aromas. Slight alcohol note in the background, but not much at all.

T - Rich roasted malts dominate the flavor, chocoalte and coffee alternate being the dominant background flavor. Vanilla makes a slight appearance at the end along with some slight alcohol flavor. Hops are also not completely dominated by the malt as is the case with most imperial stouts. There is a nice earthy hop flavor near the finish as well.

M - Heavy bodied definitely, wasn't too thick of a pour but it is definitely a thick beer. Creamy on the tongue. Finish is bitter with some alcohol.

D - Good drinkability, I couldn't see myself drinking multiple of these in one sitting just because of how heavy it is, but the alcohol doesn't come through much at all. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed so many stouts to this point that I thought about not reviewing this one at all. Why? It looks like, smells like and tastes like a stout. But just saying that doesn't do this justice. It is exceptionally well-executed and remarkably balanced. All the keys markers for a stout are there and it doesn't try to overachieve. There are no cocoa nibs, cayenne pepper, coffee, smoke or a double-digit ABV. It's just a really, really nice beer and this one has an amazingly smooth body that is the consistency of velvet. This one is incredible in its standardness...yes, I know that's not a word, but it fits.

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Photo of maltiavelli
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black hole dark, as it should be. Light carbonation and a medium level of lacing.

S - A slight hint of esters which is balanced by a sweet coffee/chocolate aroma.

T - Sweet balanced with malty with a kick of hops. There is no alcohol burn with brew.

M - Mouthfeel seemed a little light for a RIS. A more "chewy" beer was expected. Overall it made it seem like a smaller beer than it was.

D - I enjoyed this beer especially the hop level. If I find it again I would definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-11-10
Reviewed cold at first from a bottle to a glass but did let the brew get closer to room temp!

A - Poured one finger of foam, black in color, can't tell if there is a lot of carbonation

S - Sweetness, hops, maybe some orange peel, chocolate

T/M - Medium bodied, taste some dark chocolate with some orange peel sweetness. Little hop back bone but smooth

D - Very drinkable RIS, smooth medium bodied brew, a great brew overall. I can have more than a couple of these. I highly recommend picking up this brew

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle dated best before April 1, 2015. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Think black coffee. Nice deep brown head that quickly dissipated and left just a bit of lacing.

S - Expected big malty smell. Love the hint of chocolate and coffee. Has a bit of a cream smell as well.

T - First taste took me back. Thee rest were very nice. Has a good alcohol taste. Again the coffeee traces and chocolate are up front. Smooth.

M - Very nice. Smooth x2.

D - Not too many for me but its certainly drinkable. Go ahead grab 6 and enjoy. You like stouts? Go now...

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Photo of chadd11
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a 12oz bottle at World of Beer, Coconut Creek, FL.

Not the best Imperial Stout, not the worst.

A - Dark, roasted look, with a darker than average head

S - Rich roasted malt, with hints of coffee and hops

T - Fair, roasted, hopped, malty, yet not magnificent

M - Tame, with a gentle roasted, slightly hopped aftertaste

D - For the beer, fairly drinkable

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Photo of Luk13
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. 2005 vintage. Dark pour with no head. Fresh cedar aromas, this is pretty weird, lots of medecine too some reminescent hops. Thin, coffee rind taste quite bitter, almost no sweetness. Thin palate, this beer is past its prime I believe, will try to get another fresher sample.

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Photo of Spica66
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Excellent mocha-colored head formation, but very quick dissipation with some lacing leftover. Extremely dark beer.

S: This is a what I will will call a classic RIS aroma. Excellent mix of roast and fruity-maltiness. No attacking bourbon or vanilla.

T: Extremely well balanced between the dark, roast malt and a decent helping of hops, especially on the finish.

M: Almost a little too dry, but certainly smooth.

D: 9.1% is completely hidden and I had no problem drinking mine right down. Excellent.

Very nice to find a true RIS with no gimmicks! And to pay $12 for a 6-pack...

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

End of brewday beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle that tells me to enjoy by Feb 18 2015, just made it in under that deadline. Beer is black and moderately carbonated. Forms a thin head of small brown bubbles and larger ones that cling to the interface of the beer and the glass. The head breaks quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is mildly sweet and roasty. No alcohol in the nose, which is good. Smells pretty good, not very complex.

Beer is medium bodied and has some nice carbonation on the palate. Its sweet and smooth with high roast in the back that shows up as almost an aftertaste. Overall the beer is smooth and highly drinkable. Its kind of sweet, very roasty, very good. I'd drink this again.

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

12oz bottle served in shaker pint

A: 2.5 fingers of head from an aggressive pour. Dark brown foam starts to recede at a steady pace. Decent lacing. Body of the beer is just about black with the tiniest bit of light creeping though around the edges.

S: Toasty malt. Lots of sweetness. Milk chocolate and just a little coffee. Some cocoa powder. Overall the aroma is pretty restrained.

T: Not as hoppy as I recall. Lots of sweet dark fruit. Mild citric hops. Sweet, creamy coffee. Chocolate syrup. Stiff bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth and slick, just slightly powdery.

D: Moderately high. Not as interesting as others in this style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

A classic that sadly, when revisited, isn't as good as I remember. Storm King is a great example of how far craft beer has come. A few years ago this was a world class example of the style, today it's an afterthought. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer that is harmed by it's ubiquitous availability in an era of one-offs and brewery only releases. Still a great beer, do yourself a favor and give it another shot for old time's sake.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - black as night, bout as dark as motor oil

Smell - Malt, carmel and slight alcohol, not a big smelling beer

Taste - dark chocolate, some carmel and malt but the alcohol is very well hidden. If i didnt read the bottle first, i would have said this beer is 5-6% abv!

Mouthfeel - Very nice,smooth, it didnt burn my tounge, i can drink a porter or a oatmeal stout right after this one.

Drinkability - I could see getting into trouble with this beer. Its so smooth and tasty for high alcohol beer, i could drink 4-5 of these in a sitting. Another great beer from victory. If you like stouts, or if some of the imperial stouts are too much for you, try this one out.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,910 ratings.
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