Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,921 |  Reviews: 2,645
Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and bubbly. There are bubbles all along the sides of the pint glass. Same thing for the head, massive pockets throughout a tan creamy head. Looks good, real good.

S: Muted chocolate notes and some deep roasted malts. Slight floral sweetness. It's got a good amount of hops in the nose, sets you up for the taste.

T: You can tell this is from the same brewery that created HopDevil. This is one of the most hop-forward imperial stouts. This also a bit of espresso and unsweetened chocolate in finish.

M: Full, quite carbonated, and real warming. Definitely one made for small sips.

D: Like I said before, not quite hot, but there's a definite warmed in each sip. If you take it slow you'll hardly notice the +9% ABV. That in mind, this could be a killer if you tried to make a session of it. Not only will it get you buzzed, but it'll blow your palate away as well with the strong roasted notes and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Greenst82
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark like strong coffee. Slight hints of brown but completely opaque like motor oil. Head a mocha color. Great lacing.

S - Roasted malt, some slightly sweet aromas too, like black cherries maybe. Some hops coming through as well. Smells fantastic.

T - Intense coffee flavors, very smokey, some burnt chocolate with a bitter coffee finish like espresso. Taste lingers forever.

M - Decent carbonation, actually makes it feel a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but it's not disappointing at all. Creamy enough. I'd say it's color is deceiving though.

D - Couldn't really taste much alcohol while drinking it. It did take me a long while to finish though, which is pretty rare for me. I'd definitely like to try this again sometime.

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Photo of vroney
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed a bottle of this beer i got from Bottleworks (in seattle) that was bottled in 2007. I'm a huge fan of stouts and porters but i do not believe I have ever had any that have been aged over a year. I just want to say WOW! It had such complexity that had been blended together so well over the year. I plan on buying a younger bottle of this soon and giving it a full review but i just wanted to say.... I'm a fan!

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Photo of gmfessen
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Storm King is opaque black with just a hint of dark brown-crimson around the base of the glass and a huge coffee colored head. The nose is a complex mix of malty base flavors in the form of burnt coffee, chocolate, anise and toffee as well as citrusy, resinous. The taste is equally complex and maybe more so. Lots of upfront malty sweetness of the flavors previously described, transitions to a slight acridness coming from the burnt chocolate/coffee taste and a strong alcohol finish. The hops are present in a citrusy way but seem to be more for balance than anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, the carbonation is thick and pillowy. The finish is acrid and dry. Overall, a well done IRS, not the best one ever but solid and another good offering from Victory.

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

Appearance: Poured an opaque black. Three finger dark tan head with excellent retention. Too dark to see any carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Burnt/roasted malts. Strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Sweet dark fruit flavors as well. A slight off "preserved" scent.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate with more dominant dark fruit flavors. Strong smoky malts, and minimal coffee flavors. Alcohol flavors are not hidden that well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a strong alcohol bite.

Drinkability: Another good one from Victory. Good color and good flavor, definitely on the smoky side. Not exceptionally smooth, due to the burnt malts and high alcohol, but very pleasing nonetheless.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of beveritt
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is what looks to me to be an eagle wearing a crown. Enjoy by Jan 8, 2015, cause it will be crap on Jan 9?

Appearance: Pours with 2 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, eventually collapsing to a thin yet complete coating of foam with a raised ring around the edge and an island of foam in the middle of the glass. The beer itself is very dark brown, almost black, and completely opaque. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Amazingly strong smell drifts up as the glass sits on my desk. Smells of dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and licorice.

Taste: Strong chocolate bitterness upfront, with a mellow and creamy backbone. Finishes with a fairly strong hop bite and hints of coffee and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: As a stout lover, I can't believe it took me this long to try this one. Big fan. Huge and flavorful.

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Photo of rastapenguin22
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: black and opaque with a nic, two-finger, tan head that lingered a while and left nice legs on the glass

S: strong chocolate up front with some coffee coming after, a little booziness sneaks in as well.

T: chocolate and coffee again with toasted malt as well

M&D: nice and creamy, drinkable for what it is.

One of my favorite stouts. Definitely going to get this more often.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours black with a big tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee and licorice, with a bit of flowers, and roasted malt as well.

T: Starts with bitter chocolate and coffee, and slight licorice notes, with lots of roasted maltiness, followed by a hoppy floral note. Finishes dry and hoppy. No real alcohol presence. As it warms, hints of chocolate covered cherries and other dark fruits appear as well. A lot more hoppiness than I was expecting, which makes this quite an interesting stout.

M: Medium bodied, which is kind of light for a stout, and quite a bit of carbonation, also quite different from a normal Imperial Stout

D: Very drinkable for an imperial stout, I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, this is a really good imperial stout, I would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a creamy brownish firm head. Pleasant flowery aroma with hints of roasted malt and coffee. Burst of roasted malty flavor with lots of hoppy character that tapers to a strong coffee taste. Lots of different flavors here. Very nice stout. Couldn't drink too many of these at one sitting.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Best Before Date: 12/31/14

Appearance is blacker than black, and with an aggressive pour gives a thick and creamy tan head. Ample head retention slowly fades to leave a spotty lace around the glass.

Smell hits the nose like a dark coffee roast with more subtle hints of dark chocolate and even a bit of spice. Aroma overall is rather subdued, but slowly opens as the beer warms.

Taste starts off with a bitter chocolate and black coffee flavor, reminiscent of chocolate covered espresso beans. I'm used to my stouts being all malt, but with this one the hops like to greet your palate with a slight spicy herbal note, providing a nice balance to the roasted barley.

Not as chewy or full bodied as some of the other Imperial Stouts out there, but certainly holds it own. Can be a bit rough around the edges, but with age I suspect this will work itself out.

Mmm, one of my favorite dessert beers.

Second Sampling:

Cracked open a second bottle from this batch, now almost a year old. Has seemed to smooth itself out a bit and is quite a bit sweeter, but seems to fit the old review perfectly otherwise.

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

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint with an absolute black composition. Held up to the light, none gets through, not even around the edges. Over two fingers of mocha colored head dissipate relatively quickly, however, they leave great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bitter roasted coffee is at the forefront. After another few whiffs I get a slight hop characteristic, bitter chocolate, and some light booziness.

Taste - Lots and lots of dark roasted malts. Not as bitter as I was expecting it to be, though not as sweet either. Pretty balanced but more so bitter coffee grinds. Additionally, despite my smelling chocolate in the nose, I taste very little of it in the actual drink. Oddly, there is a slight hoppy taste after the initial kick of dark roasted malts. An interesting beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, honestly lighter than I was expecting. Finishes with a somewhat odd coating of the mouth yet a bit dry?

Drinkability - For the abv, pretty drinkable. I honestly can say I did not taste the alcohol in this. Despite that, I do not see me having more than one of these at any given time. A good beer but just a tad too bitter/hoppy for my liking for a RIS. Glad I was able to try it, however.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a watery black with some bubbly coffee-coloured head.

S - Nose is coffee, roasted barley and some hops. The hops are present but I don't get any specific notes from the hops.

T - Roasted coffee with some earthy hops and a hint of licorice. A little bit of chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. There is enough going on here that it is somewhat complex, but is noticeably;y plain in comparison to some other RIS I have had. Still a good RIS.

M - Light to medium body with a little more carbonation than I like in a RIS. The finish is bitter and dry.

D - This is a good RIS, but not a great one. I would buy this one again and I would love to try it on tap, but this won't be a beer that I seek out every winter.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with not even a hint of light coming through. Has a large billowing dark cocoa colored head that takes forever to go down - nice lacing on the glass.

Has a very hoppy aroma with pine, some grapefruit and mix of earthy aromas. Underneath that is some roasted malt and some charred aromas and little peat.

Very hoppy like the aroma with some resiny pine, earthy and woody flavors. Has an almost acrid burnt/charred flavor with some astringent/medicinal flavors, which went away as the beer warmed up. Some earthy and peat flavors and deep roastiness as it warmed up. Some of the alcohol does come through all these intense flavors. The acrid charred flavors and intense bitterness are a little too much for me. Let this one warm up a little first.

Medium to full body with lots of prickly carbonation. Only slightly warming. A very long dry lingering finish.

The intense hops and acrid charred flavors make this a very challenging beer. Give it a little time to warm up and these flavor subside a little moving towards more deep roasty flavors.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours out pitch black with a super nice foamy tan head that falls down to a nice cap on top leaving decent lacing.

The aroma is like POW! Super hoppy! Almost reminds me of their Yakima Twilight. Very hoppy with a slight chocolate malt aroma under all the floral hops.

The taste is like the smell. Big hoppy punch. Light chocolate malt flavor. Not that malty considering the style. So hoppy it almost doesn't even seem like a stout at all.

The Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not very creamy or chewy. Carbonation is a bit high for the style. Still quite enjoyable. Just a bit thin and prickly feeling from the higher carbonation. A simple swirl around the glass brings the head back up to a big creamy tan head and also makes the mouthfeel a little more creamy. I say, it's a pretty nice mouthfeel but just not very stout-like

The drinkablity is pretty good considering the high ABV. The strong hop flavor is nice and the high alcohol is hidden quite well. Still after about half the glass, I start feeling the burn of alcohol a little in the belly. Very good cold night warmer. But the thing I like about this, is for being a big hophead and not a big stout drinker, it is like a perfect halfway point. This is like a super big hoppy Imperial Stout. Definately hoppy and I'm not talking bitter hops I mean floral aroma of hops coming through the dark malts. It does have a nice bitterness as well but the floral hops definately come through this beer. Like they used some strong high alpha acid finishing hops in this. Kind of weird but surprisingly good.

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Photo of xanok
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer once in my early craft beer days and was sort of indifferent on it then. This is my first time having it since.
12oz bottle poured into a stone RIS tulip.

A-Pitch black body. Head is about 2 fingers, very foamy, and tan in color. Good retention. If I don't sip it, the head will be there all day.

S-Coffee and roasted malts. Surprisingly hoppy. Relatively unimpressive.

T-Coffee up front with roasted malts as a close second. Background consists of dark chocolate, piney hops, and some dark fruit. Not necessarily a bad taste, just not bold enough imo.

M-Pretty heavy carb. Body is bordering thin to me. Odd combo. Taste lingers in the mouth a bit.

D-Fairly drinkable. ABV is well hidden. I could drink a few of these, if I actually liked it more.

I don't see the big deal about this beer. I've been exploring more year-round RIS's, and this one falls a bit flat. Too much hops, too much head, a bit thin on the body, and not bold enough in traditional stout flavors. I'll pass over this for an Old Raspy any day of the week.

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Photo of spoons
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip.

Very dark with a coffee colored head and medium sized bubbles.

The nose on this is not incredible but ok. Some coffee and roasted barley. Maybe a little campfire in there too.

This beer might be better if it wasnt so damn carbonated. It mutes a lot of the flavors no matter how warm it gets. Taste has some coffe, but overall a little watery due to the carbonation.

A good stout, not great, but maybe I just need to try it again. Ohh darn.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: strong coffee, roasted malt aroma, sublte chocolate

taste: nice complex RIS, good choclate and coffee tastes.

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: not the best RIS but certainly a great one

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Photo of nelnutter
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized pint glass.

A: Poured a pitch-black with a huge tan, foamy head with very good retention and left lacing all around. Very nice.

S: Coffee with floral hops for the most part, and a very nice balance of them. Hint of chocolate and roasted malt, but the hops are what I'm most enjoying.

T: Tastes of dark/french roast coffee/espresso, and damn tasty floral/earthy hops come in right after, and finishes with an espresso aftertaste. What's not to love about that combination?

M: Creamy, lightly carbonated, very nice.

D: Overall, a damn good and very drinkable RIS. I could definitely have a bunch of these, though at 9% ABV, it could really sneak up on you. It drank like it was half that. Definitely a stout I'd recommend to anyone.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12 fl oz bottle, best before 12 Feb 2014, drank and reviewed 26th March 2010. Poured into a 'Gordon Finest Gold' thistle shaped glass.

Deep, dark purple/black body with a foaming tanned head, looked good. The head turned turtle and only a thin collar was visable towards the later part of the tasting.

Raisins, un-sweetened dates and prunes seemed to be the smell I got, no hops but dark malty aromas came as the beer warmed in the glass.

Fairly well carbonated, not fizzy, but the fizz is there for all to feel. The actual taste is of burnt/roasted/toasted malts with a hint of alcohol, which considering the ABV shows it is a well balanced beer. The dried grapes and plums (raisins and prunes) found in the smell are also in the flavours, but have swopped places with the malt smells in strength.

Easy to drink, the alcohol does start to appear as the mouth dries, which adds a new dimension to the tasting, one that I enjoyed.

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Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a black colored brew, with massive near brown head. Head retention is great and the lace is great. Great looking brew.

Brew smells of coffee, floral hops, roasted malts. The hops are really picked up here. Some chocolate and nut also detected.

Brew is big flavored; thin mouthfeel, dry aftertaste. Slightly bitter. Can taste roasted malts, and a floral hop that really gives this stout a nice kick. Has a coffee/espresso aftertaste. A very, very unique taste and blend of flavors. Only strike against would be the mouthfeel, I prefer a creamy mouthfeel in stouts.

Wow this is a very good brew, Victory loves their hops. This is a brew to savor. The alcohol is masked nicely. A gem of a stout if you dig hops. Very good brew.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black, I poured too hard and got a huge overflowing tan head. Lots of lacing, moderate retention.

S- Spicy and peppery. Enough hops to cut through all the roastiness and impart a grassy, piney, herbal character to the nose.

T- I always heard this was a hoppy take on an RIS. All that talk was true. Starts with loads of cocoa powder and black coffee and tons of roasted malts and finishes more hoppy, bitter, citrusy and floral. The prevailing flavors are still of rich dark chocolate and coffee beans.

M- Thinner than I had hoped. There is a lot of carbonation too. Usually I like my big stouts super full and low carbonated for that super creamy effect.

D- A good RIS no doubt. Its not my favorite but probably the best Ive had from this brewery.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, black coffee color with absolute opacity and no highlights to be seen anywhere. The mocha head, full of rocky bubbles and foam, is only about a finger tall, but lasts a pretty long time. Nice thick rings of lacing cling to the glass as I drink. Very good looking Impy Stout.

The nose has some awesome ingredients in it, but needs a bit more power behind it. Dominated by dark chocolate and toasty malts, a distinct dark fruitiness and floral hoppiness make themselves known as well. A bit of rummy alcohol creeps in towards the end of each whiff as well. The complexity of the nose is nice, the components all work together to come up with a very unique scent, but this could've easily earned a 5 had it been just a bit stronger. Maybe I'm greedy, I don't know.

The flavor is complex as well; a bit of dark chocolate shows up first and is quickly ushered out by a lingering bit of roasty dark malt flavor. After the malts comes the combo of dark fruits and floral hops that give this a distinct bittersweet character, different than if just hops were present. Still, very hoppy for an impy stout, which is NOT a bad thing. A bit of bitter coffee bean and rumminess finish the flavor up. All of these flavors, like the nose, seem to work together with one another, none really beating the others down. Very flavorful.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, but not quite as thick as I'd like. There is a slight bit of chalkiness as well, but it's pretty hard to find, I'm probably nitpicking. The carbonation is relatively low but works well with the alcohol to provide a smooth, warming feeling in your mouth, not crisp or hot. If only it was a bit thicker and more syrupy I'd be happy.

Overall, this is a very solid RIS, not the best I've had so far (so far that honor goes to Oaked Yeti) but very good. The complexity and hoppiness of the flavor is very respectable, and my biggest beef is with the mouthfeel, but even that is probably me being a bit greedy. All in all, pick this up and give it a try, because your mouth will thank you.

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Photo of gbpackers84ale
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark beer, even held up to light nothing shows through. A caramel colored head which falls fairly slow and the lacing clings to the glass

suprisingly, hops??? i get a little toasty malts and maybe some chocolate but for sure hops with the malty background

hmmm i love this, its got a strong malt flavor but balanced with the hops, im not sure which is more dominant but i think the malt barely pulls ahead... i love both and having this much hops in my favorite style beer is great

a bit light on this aspect, would have liked it a little more heavy and sticky

its got a high abv which is prevalent, really isnt too heavy of a beer but with that abv and the full flavor you dont want too many of these

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Photo of keanex
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that really got me to like Imperial Stouts so I bought one to review and see if it held up. Bought at a local Canal's.

Appearance is a black beer, with no light filtering through. Thick dark tan foam head. Beautiful looking beer. The head retains rather well.

Smell has hints of mocha, coffee, and hops. Sweet smell, but balanced with the hops perfectly.

Taste matches the scent. This is a moderately bitter beer with the perfect sweetness. Mocha, hops, coffee, and possible caramel flavor in this.

This is one beer that lingers in your mouth, full bodied beer, with moderate carbonation.

As much as I love this beer, I wouldn't drink more than 2 in one day. I like to savor these.

Yes, I rated this high, but it certainly deserves it in my eyes.

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

This review is edited and reflects a 6 month aged bottle on 1/21/2011.

appearance - pours dark brown and lets no light through, lighter tan head (huge), good lacing with retention, sticky

smell - marshmallow, malt, big chocolate, grassy notes

taste - big chocolate, marshmallow, roasty malts, slight grassiness, slight chocolate/coffee bitterness

mouthfeel - medium bodied but has a light frothiness to it, coats the mouth on the finish, very lingering, a bit harsh in this regard

drinkability - of the many times i've had this beer, the age definitely highlighted a layer of complexity and made the beer more drinkable, i don't like how much the beer lingers and the stickiness in which it does so, however it has some great flavors, mouthfeel could and should be bigger, a bit overhyped but the insanely reasonable price makes up for it

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83.1% out of 100 with 5,921 ratings
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