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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:
#2,674
Reviews:
2,656
Ratings:
5,946
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
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Photo of ChugginOil
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +12.6%
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 -27.9%
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 +3.7%
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 -25.4%
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 -10.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -17.8%
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 +9.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +9.4%
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 -4.7%
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 +6.2%
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.

Cheers..

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Photo of Armand
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a best before April 1, 2015 printed on the side (couldn't find a bottled on date) poured into a pint glass.

Look: black beer with some carbonation in it. The head in exceptionally thick especially given the style and it retains forever and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: pretty calm in terms of taste. I get some sweet malt and roasted chocolate and brown sugar smells.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and some earthiness are present in the taste. There's some hop bitterness but not too much. Generally, its just very sweet.

Feel: very smooth and enjoyable. Not much bitterness and no alcohol bite.

Drink: very high. I think if I had blind tasted this that I would have identified the style as a normal stout rather than a RIS because the drinkability is so high. I could very easily go through a few of these.

Overall, a nice accessible RIS. Definitely give this one a try.

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

Appearance - Very dark coca-cola like color. Large head with lots of bubbles. Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Very inviting and attractive stout.

Smell - Sweet, malty, and roasty with a chocolate/brown sugar thing going on.

Taste - Coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. Hops are shown through and really balance out this beer, as if they are dueling each other across my taste buds. Each characteristic is present, not too over or under powering each other.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and well carbonated. A real treat.

Drinkability - I could drink a few of these. The ABV is well hidden. The flavors do not insult my palate in a way to not enjoy two or three.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Storm King Stout pours black, but not necessarily the thickest RIS I've seen. Regardless, there is a full 3 fingers of dark tan head that has awesome retention. Lacing is nice and open and there is a ton of it that remains for the duration of the beer.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate and burned toast stand out quite nicely.

Taste: Roasted dark malts and coffee show up on the front end, as well as a charred, smoky taste. There is a very nice hoppy bite on the back end. I was pleasantly surprised to find this amount of balance in this RIS. Not an overly complex taste, but still solid.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is pretty medium bodied, a bit thin and not overly impressive for an RIS. Overall this is a very solid RIS and absolutely worth a try. For 9.1% ABV it hides it's alcohol very well. Not disappointing at all.

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Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've already had a few of these bottles as well as a pour at the brewpub on cask. Very good both ways, but I'll review the cask after the next time I try it, as I did not take notes last time.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head that leaves lacing all the way down.
S: Chocolate, malts, brown sugar, and a bit of hops on the finish.
T: The taste begins with chocolate, follows up sugar sweetness, and finishes with a competition between malt and hops, almost as if the aftertaste goes back and forth between the two.
M: Very smooth and well carbonated for such a heavy beer style. A second would certainly not be out of the question.
D: It comes in sixers, but buyer beware, after a few you may end up on the floor.

As a side note, I really cannot wait to see how this ages, and at $11 per six pack and produced year round, this may be the best value for an imperial stout brewed in the US any time of the year. I'd say it's right up there with Weyerbacher Old Heathen, Great Divide Yeti, Hoppin Frog BORIS, North Coast Old Rasputin, and Lagunitas Imperial Stout, having tried all of them in the past month or two. And unlike everything besides Old Heathen, this one comes in six packs AND has a bottled on date so you can taste vintages later.

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Burnt motor oil black with a nice creamy head that slowly dissipates, leaving very good lacing.

S - Roasted malt character, with only a slight smell of chocolate. There really isn't too much more after that.

T - Actually quite good. At first note, the bitterness comes in quite lightly with the roasted flavor dominating the taste. As it goes down, the bitterness really starts to kick in and you find somewhere in it that dark bitter chocolate that's lurking around, not showing itself quite as well. I want to say there's vanilla in it somewhere, but it could be the sneaky chocolate, tricking my taste buds.

M - Typically thick full bodied, as an Imperial Stout should be. The bitter roasted flavor stays with you long after your last sip.

D - Though the bitterness can be a bit overpowering, drinking this with a piece of a chocolate candy bar or some other sweet dessert to balance out the bitterness makes this beer soar over the top.

Overall, it's a pretty average Imperial Stout, but that's not to say it isn't good. Imperial Stouts are practically the crown beers, so saying it's "average" isn't an insult.

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Photo of onefiveseven
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a jet black, reminds me of the Goose Island Bourbon County's. Smell is average, roasted malts and alcohol, none of the usual oak/bourbon/chocolate you usually find in an imperial stout.

The taste is good if not a little lacking, again, I know its not an impy but we've come to expect big flavors from our stouts these days, that being said, it's still delicious. I wonder what I would of thought of it had I not experiences a BCS or the like, it certainly disguises itself as a very high quality imp stout to those new to the style.

Drinkability is average I find. I usually can have about 2 and i'm through. Leaves a smoky aftertaste on the tongue which is hard to get past after about 1 1/2, tastes a lot like I just finished smoking a decent cigar.

That being said, the accessibility of this stout makes it pretty easy to pick up again (and I will) if just for the high quality of a good ol imperial stout that I can get on my walk home from work at a real reasonable price.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black like the dark of night. Inch of tan head looking like desert mountains. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Roasty, smoky, coffee, cacao beans, some spicy smelling flower.

Taste - Extremely balanced. Initial bitterness, some alcohol burn, then changes to sweet chocolate then finishes with a bready bitter sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy with light carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty smooth, if you drink it too fast you will feel more alcohol burn. It has pretty good drinkability for the alcohol percentage, I could have two of them and be content. This is a great ris, hard to do much better.

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Photo of rembrant
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

LOOKS Pure Blackness. A Dark Stormy night.
Has a chocolate mousse head that's in no hurry to fade.

AROMA Deep....nutty,smoky,fruit (raisin + prune) hop buds,roasty,toffee,coffee....a LOT happening.

TASTE A Robust Malt lead that then seems on the border of Darkest Chocolate and darkest coffee. The Hops are there and as the malt side fades,there's a rich resinous hop finish.

with Storm King,sweetness is only suggested. The Malt side is doing DARK THINGS, robust things,there's a flash of brown sugar or a stray raisin but the hops and the blackened malts step up to keep it serious. Like a Storm.
Not my first visit with this King,so I'm less surprised this time. The Hop side is big and zingy for a stout. As it warms the chocolate/malt side does gain and dominate. If you lean to the Hops/Dark IPA side,do it colder. It's then a different beer...also exceptional. As it warms up the malt side,a few sweet touches show. The Malts and Hops tend to merge into a flavor like those fancy high cocoa % chocolates...and then theres a lingering hop finish All good.

Mouth...this is 2 beers in one. I like to start it cold and not hurry. THAT is the magic of this one. It starts of as a cold and intense DIPA and a few minutes later is a different brew as the malt side tilts the balance and eventually comes to dominate.

plenty of body here. Big finish of deluxe hops with the bitter dark roasty malts adding to that. Quite the Hop Wallop but also a Black Hole of big Maltiness.

Drinkable? To a point...obviously I like it but Storm King is as "over the top" as a Stout can get without messing up. In it's rather nice price bracket,Old Rasputin and Northwind execute the classic,textbook Imp stout VERY nicely. Storm King does not,it goes beyond into uncharted territory and that is good.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black... that's it, just black. I catch quick glimpses of brown in the light, but they're gone just as fast. Finger thick sea-foam head, and it's not going anywhere.

Big malty aroma. Surprisingly fruity, with some standout boozy sugars. Deep dark chocolate aroma in there too.

Hard to describe. For an imperial stout there are some really complex flavours, I mean it's not just a booze and coffee bomb. Dark alcohol soaked fruit on the tip of the tongue. Rolls over with some nice bitter chocolate. Finishes up with some wonderful roasted espresso and a hit of bitter hops just to kick it up a notch. Hot aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Think and creamy.

I'm not an imperial stout fan, but this is just a great, balanced, big beer.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a steady pour bring a big three fingers of mocha colored head that settle in a bit to a ton of sticky lace and a thick skin. Body is black with just a bit of bark brown at the edges when lit from behind.

S- cocoa powder and boozy fruit. Bits of coffee and smokey dark roasted malts.

T- boozy, burnt malts, and a big grapefruit hop punch. The roast and hops together give off a touch of acid coffee at times. Cocoa powder comes through a bit long burnt finish.

M- around medium in body. Carb starts off light then build slowly giving a lite yet hot finish on the tongue.

D- one of the hoppier of the style and a bit hot when fresh. That being said its an interesting spin on the style and one I always have a few of each year.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,946 ratings
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