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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

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

A: Deep and dark, nice two inch head. More lacing than normal for an impy stout.

S: Some hops a load of malt, and some nice coffee styled flavors.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a healthy dose of hops. Nothing over done, seamlessly balanced. I didn't get any alcohol.

M: A tick below perfect for this style, a little lighter than perfection.

D: Can't drink more than one a night, but one is enough ;)

Serving type: Bottle (no discernible bottled on date)

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a 4-4.5 very dark, opaque brown. short, creamy deep beige head leaves a spotty cap, ring, and partial rings of lace. looks quite viscous.

s 3.5-4 dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, bready yeast and charcoal. there are definitely some nice aspects, yet too much of the yeast and coal starts taking over.

t 3 this really is a thick one, slowly flowing over with more of a charred flavor than expected. a bit acrid in the finish. there is a lot of body and sweetness underneath, but the charring is way too much for me.

m 4.5 no quibbles here, apart from the somewhat overactive carbonation.

d 3 ashes to ashes, and i guess ashes to beer as well. not something i'm likely to look for again.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. My goodness, this beer is almost good forever!!1!

Pours black. A tall brownish head turns into speckled nothingness during the stay in my glass. Smell is almost straight-up alcohol; I feel like I could prep a wound with this stuff. A bit of sweetness reminds me this is a beverage. Taste is where beer starts happening.. very smoky, charred hardwood malts mingle with an acrid bitterness. Srsly, this beer reminds me of a Tennessee Whiskey. Finish is medicinal, very dry, and overall not pleasant. I sampled this beer properly, and it let me down. My hope is that I got a skunked one.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black into my pint glass with almost three fingers of brown colored head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, raisins, touch of citrus hop aroma.

T - Dark roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa, raisins, and big hops make for a unique and delicious brew! Bitter bite from the hops and a slight warmth from the high ABV as it washes away from the palate.

M - Feels a lot lighter than it is, super rich and creamy, excellent carbonation.

D - Scary easy to drink and enjoy! Watch out for the ABV, but this is a great beer and I enjoy having a few from time to time.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown/black and semi-opaque with a finger of tan head that left decent lacing.

Smell: Roast malt and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste: Initially semi-sweet bitter chocolate and coffee beans but with an almost burnt character coming in somewhere before a moderate washing of citrus hops. It's not as good as I remember from prior years. Seems less complex and a lot more bitter/burnt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Covers the ABV well, and is drinkable for a 9% imperial stout.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of 2015, so I think I'm good. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A - Jet black body with a huge dark tan head that remained for at least 5 minutes while I checked on something and came back. Gorgeous.

S - Bitter chocolate, espresso, burnt toast, with some caramel and a hint of floral American hops.

T - Roasted coffee bean, chocolate, solid hops bitterness with a creamy finish. This stout is big on hops bitterness and flavor in comparison to most other RIS out there with SweetWater's Wet Dream being the only comparison I can think of. The huge ABV is very well masked with the warmth noticed in the belly only.

M - Rich and creamy, slight burnt aftertaste, great carbonation/retention.

D - For the style, this one is high because it's not boozy in the taste.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a black, espresso brown opaque color, has a milk chocolate head that left some good lacing.
Smells like roasted chocolate malt.
Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, nice bitterness.
Feels heavy and smooth.
Awesome stout, don't drink too many though.

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Photo of Phelps
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle picked up during a recent trip to San Diego and into a tulip glass. No freshness date, though the bottle does advise me to enjoy it by Feb. 18, 2015. I'm a little ahead of the curve, apparently.

Looks: mountainous. The beer flows from the bottle a deep mocha brown that coalesces in the glass to inky blackness. A massive, craggy head the color of cocoa powder rises from the depths and placates itself atop the liquid for several minutes before falling to a tacky half-finger crown. Lace grips the edges in soapy explosions.

Smells: chocolatey. Bitter dark chocolate bars and cocoa nibs, toasted sourdough, some raisins, earthy hops. A bit of coffee emerges as it warms, melding with the cocoa flavors to create aromas akin to mocha lattes.

Tastes: roasted. Charred, even. Acrid, like burnt toast. A tiny bit of dark chocolate sneaks in as the beer closes in on room temperature. No hint of sweetness here; it's been torched away by the kiln.

Feels: like steady improvement. The body never really hits its true form until i'm about 3/4 of the way through the glass. But when it does, it's lovely: the carbonation is subtle, the beer is medium-bodied, and it feels nice and creamy about the palate. A bit of warming alcohol travels down the throat like mild heartburn.

Drinks: it's decent, but forgettable. For a 9 percent beer, it goes down pretty easily, but I like my stouts with a little more sweetness and a lot more complexity.

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Photo of ratedz
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thick tan-colored head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee.

The taste starts with a bit of chocolate before fading into the dark coffee. The beer finishes dry with a slight hoppiness. The presence of oak is also noticeable.

Storm King is nicely carbonated with a decent mouth feel, but it feels a little thin for an imperial stout. Not a huge deal, but I expect a little thicker mouth feel from an imperial stout. Because it is slightly thin, it is very drinkable. A little more body might make this a sipping beer, which a good imperial should be in my opinion.

A good, solid beer, but not completely what I was expecting from an imperial stout.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan, almost cocoa, head. Thick film stays around for a long time.
Smell is toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla and molasses.
Taste is similar with toasted - almost burnt - malt with vanilla playing a minor role.
A full-bodied brew with a very light effervescence and a dry finish. High quality and very drinkable. Beats Guinness with a stick and makes it cry. Drink one.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty black, with a thin brown head. Nice and rich.

Smell is good, just not hugely pronounced. Faint roasty notes, coffee and chocolate. Pretty standard fair.

Taste is good, Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. Sweetness, and some dark fruits.

Feel is thick, pretty much full bodied, and creamy.

Pretty easy to drink, really tasty, and low enough on the alcohol to drink multiples.

Good RIS, but I think the Ten FIDY i had an hour or so early made this one hard to top.

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Photo of haazer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +13.6%
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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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.2%
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,955 ratings
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