Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,907 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 DrinkingAleToday
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a thick coffee colored head.

S: Nice roast aroma, some coffee, earthy hops and alcohol fill the nose.

T: Distinct malt profile of roasted malt, coffee , and charcoal/burnt flavors all take a ride on huge piney hop flavor and bitterness, warmth from alcohol, slightly boozy.

M: Full bodied and bitter, under carbonation produces a creamy beer.

D: A delicious and slightly different interpretation of an imperial stout in the form of the huge hop profile. I have had 3 year old bottles and it is fantastic, this beer gets an A with a little age.

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

This is a strange stout. It has a lingering hop taste to it. I cant tell if I really like it or if it is just ok. at first taste it is not as good as some of the other Imperial Stouts I have had but the more I sip, the more I start to like this one. All I can say it is a little different, but good.

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Photo of crhensel
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into english pint) Poured a silky black with a 1.5 finger light brown head that hung on for most of the glass, only slowly falling throughout. First aromas were of roasted coffee and a hint of molasses. Unfortunately the taste didn't really live up to the nose. I was almost floored by the bitterness of the beer at first sip, the hops completely overwhelming everything else (A Vctory trademark I hear)! I like a nice bitter bite, but this was a punch and lingered for quite a while after. I did let this one rest and took my time with it, however (9.1% will do that, though why the ABV needs to be that high is beyond me). the hop bitterness DID mellow over the time, allowing more of the subtle coffee and some chocolaty notes come through with the hops in their desired place -- giving that ending small bite.

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Photo of sbw138
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpumped from cask into pint glass at Victory Brewing Company bar.

Appearance -Black with a thick, dark tan head that held on strongl and left copious, clumping foam behind.

Smell - Chocolate, dark roasted malt, spicy/earthy hops. Seems to carry a bit more punch than the draft version but not much.

Taste - Deep roasted malt, rich bitter chocolate, a bit of espresso roast, licorice and earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--seemingly lighter in feel than the draft version but not in a negative way. Super rich and smooth. This is a great feeling brew.

Drinkability - I forget how much I love this beer on cask....and then I have one and I am like, "Why the hell has it been so long since I have had one of these?" This is the kind of beer that can get a person in trouble....goes down WAY to easy!

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

hoppy stout? yes please. the only other stout i have tasted that had beautiful citrus aromas like this was black sun from three floyds. world class. it's just a great stout in general with a surprise party of piney smells. victory can be a bit hit and miss so i love to see this one come out. chocolate roast and go hops!

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

a: pours as a typical opaque black stout, deep and murky with healthy tan head...

s: wait, this is a stout?!! fairly strong citrus hops jump at me to such a degree that the faint maltiness can barely be detected...

t: citrus turning to mild pepper hops dominate the taste up front combines with a smoky backdrop of maltiness..

m: peppery with a sourish aftertaste from the citrus, rich but well balanced...

d: this is not at all what i expected...never had a RIS that tasted like this before, but l'm not altogether disappointed either. While this seems out of place in the RIS category, this is an excellent beer by whatever categorized name it falls under and I'll drink it again with no trouble...


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

This one was bottled on Dec 4, 09 and sampled on January 6, 2010. The pour is a thick dark brown to nearly black with around a half-inch of frothy light brown head. Floral hops really jump out from the aroma and there is little in the way of chocolate malts as you might expect in a stout. The body is full and decent. Hops are the leading element in the taste with a background of chocolate malts but you have to wait for those to kick in. It leaves sour aftertaste in my mouth. It is a little too hoppy for the kinds of stouts I prefer but it has its own likeable character.

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Photo of OskarL
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick black with a big head that settles and laces.

Smell - Lots of hops, burnt malts, bitter chocolate and something that I can't place but seems a bit off. Maybe the yeast?

Taste - Burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee with a long lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a full body with some carbonation.

Could almost be a IPA if you didn't see the beer. The thick black liquid gives it away ;)

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Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Apr 27 12"

A - Black as night. Medium-brown head. Fluffy but fades quickly. Alcohol sticks to the glass like glue.

S - Heavily roasted malt, alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted & coffee malts, slight alcohol throughout but not overpowering. A warming quality. Ferrous. Dark chocolate.

M/D - Smooth, clean, barely any carbonation. Very enjoyable and a solid Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jasmith
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a beer-swap with Michael, taken from a case.

I've always heard good things about Victory, and the fact that they're sorta local helps. I've also heard they are a bit hoppy, which I tasted in this beer. I drank this only a couple days after a Long Trail Imperial Stoudt, which unfortunately is what I was hoping for. The after-taste of the hops detracted from the taste, as my preference is a more smooth beer.

Overall a quality beer, one that I would not pass up if offered, but not something I would order/purchase on my own.

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

Pitch black brew with a thick, solid head that last nicely.

Well... if I was blindfolded and knowing what beer this was, I'd have guessed on a well hopped IPA containing some roasted malts, this is really hoppy, don't think I've ever encountered an imperial stout this hoppy before. But I like it! The first thing you get is obviously a huge hop prescense, but behind it are some nice and mellow notes of roasted malts along with a fudgy maltiness with a small sling of chocolate at the edges. A nice combination, but it gets a little sickish in the long run.

Taste starts off brutally with lots of sweet grassy and resiny hops, but seamlessly over into an almost as huge, but not as sweet, roasted malt-onslaught, with dark bitter chocolate and fudge and a hint of liqourice. Finishes off really bitter, with both hop-bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malt.

Carbonation is slightly too stingy for me, but overall it 's okay in the mouth.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had too many RIS, but heard good things about Storm King. Figured I'd give it a shot.

A: From the bottle poured a deep black with a tiny tan head with virtually no lacing. Pretty decent and intense looking brew.

S: Malt and bitter chocolate is prominent with some hops in there.

T: Lots of bitter, unsweetened chocolate with a malty and hoppy background. I was expecting a sweeter profile, but this is pretty good anyhow. Just not exactly what I expected.

M: Highly carbonated and dry with a slight prickly finish, probably due to the high ABV.

D: I could drink a few of these, but after three I'd probably look to drink something else.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Romans. Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with a small one finger chocolate colored head. Moderate lace rings are left after settling.

The aroma is rather hoppy. Once past the hops you get chocolate, coffee, molasses, dates, figs and maybe a touch of dark fruit.

The flavor is very hoppy. more hops then I'm used to in a RIS. A decent amount of chocolate and coffee. There's a flavor in here that I just can't discern. It's not bad but it's something I've never tasted in a RIS.

Medium to full body. Almost no carbonation if any. Lightly chewy.

Overall a decent RIS. Not the best of the style but a sippable beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= very dark almost black, with modest brown-chocolate head (carefully poured) and lots of lacing.

S= huge roasted-roasted malts with bold hops florals, some fruit and citrus plus occasional brandy-esque alcohol whiffs.

T= bold dark-dark dry roasted malts, great bold hops florals, occasional toffee hints on the sides of the tongue, sometimes some sour brandy alcohol hints and some nutty-ness.

M= very chalky dry, with light sweet toffee syrup effect, dry enough to make my lips stick together but not astringent.

D= drinkable for maybe a few but it's so bold and also high in ABV% that I couldn't tolerate much more at one sitting. Definitely worth having one or more, though. Would probably go great with a slightly too-sweet chocolate dessert to tamper the sweetness.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-exxtremely dark brown color, almost black, that pours a relatively thick three fingers of head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass

S-the smell isn't huge and brings some roasted malts up front, it is has a sort of musky alcohol smell with some sweet dark fruit and touch of citrus coming in at the end

T-some light bitter chocolate comes in first, faint though, a musky earthy malt comes in next that is balanced by some sweet dark cherry and plum finishing with a bitter metalic taste

M-relatively full bodied, not big, pretty smooth and sharp crisp finish with some of the alcohol becoming present in the form of a burn on the back of the throat

D-its an ok imperial stout at best, it has some big flavors; but nothing that is exceptionally tasty. somewhat burnt and brings a metallic like taste towards the finish.

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Photo of charliez
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK this is my first review. I never liked dark beer, only had a few. This was really nice, perhaps my taste have matured with age. Color was almost pitch black and opaque, good two finger head that lasted a while leaving lacy rings on glass. My taste buds may have been killed by 30 years of smoking so I can't tell if it was chocolaty or malty but it was good. After having one I could feel the buzz, will not drive for a while. I have 5 more bottles and look forward to enjoying each one.

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Photo of samie85
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/22.

A-Deep black with a minimal dark brown head.

S-Floral hops with chocolate malt and some sweet alcohol.

T-Coffee upfront with floral hops. The aftertaste is almost medicinal/herb-like and reminds me of Campari.

M-This one was a little thin bodied for my taste with moderate carbonation.

D-It's not terribly easy to session but it is rather complex. I would like to give it another shot as I've heard Victory has some QC issues.

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Photo of roan22
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a flip top growler filled by that machine at the Brewery.

Appearance. nice fine bubbles and lots of them, rich dark brown color with a teeny tan cap and minimal swirly head.

Smell: molasses, syrup, chocolate, raisins

Taste: smooth chocolately taste, nicely bitter in the back end. not too boozy.

Mouthfeel: finishes clean. little bit thin, but nice.

Drinkability: better than average for the style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. Serious beer. Brewmaster has taken to heart the whole idea behind Imperial Stout. It is this beer. Poured with a nice sized tan head and good lace. Color is an opaque dark brown to almost black. Aroma is interesting; malty, roasty, good hop, yeast, old cheese, dark ripe fruit,& burnt sugar. Flavor's much the same except I really pick up the alcohol, mmm maybe more in the warmth than the flavor. Body is there, but not too heavy and certainly not light. Finish is all that flavor and booze and not too long. Couldn't really see it as a session although it sure is good.

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

Pours a decent black with ruby edges, fluffy brown head, thick lace. Smell: roasted, slightly burnt, very slight milk chocolate, background leafy hops. Comes off a bit plastic-y, but I think it's the roasted / leafy combination... other RISs and black IPAs do that combination better though. Taste: hop forward... grassy, leafy, lemon rind... that seems to be the Victory hop profile no matter what the style is... milk and baker's chocolate, slightly astringent roasted character. Soft carbonation, astringent finish. This really comes off more like a black IPA than an RIS... maybe aging will change that. I did enjoy this one and I'll probably pick up more, but it doesn't seem to fit the style well at alll. Best by Nov 13, 2014.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a ruby highlight and one finger tan head. Smells of roasted hops, coffee, and chocolate. Silky smooth mouth feel. Initial taste is strong roasted hops and finishes with a rich brandy and port flavor with a punch of bitter black coffee and piny hops.

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Photo of SourHopHead
2.79/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a deep brown, but mostly black with a tan head and good retention.

S- Chocolate, slight roasted smell. I didn't get any hop aroma at all.

T- Chocolate and roasty flavor. Finished dry.

M- Not much carbonation and tasted fairly thin.

D- A lot of flavors but chocolate and roast overpowered them all. Tasted on the thin side and I drank the 2 I had and I was done.

I expected more from Victory.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored one finger head that recedes by half. Head looks rich and creamy.

Aroma opens with dark roasted grain, chocolate and charred meat. Middle brings dark sweet fruit, caramel and molasses. Tail end of smell is creamy and slightly vanilla.

Flavor is dark roasted grain to open. Grain is coffee and caramelized sugar, molasses and burnt smokiness. Creamy and doughy breadiness. Middle is hop, straight hop. Hops are not prominent enough to pick out the type, but the bitterness comes out of no where. Finishes bitter and clean despite the sweet aroma. Surprising, to say the least. Booziness is very muted for the abv.

Mouthfeel is crisper and thinner than the appearance. Carbonation is soft and lush and the booze comes through at the swallow, warming slightly.

Pretty damn good, and not overly sweet for a RIS. I wish that some of the "DIPA's" I've had could reign in the sweetness like this does.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a mix and match pack for 2.50.

A - Dark brown with read hues and an impressive inch of tan colored head.
S - Hops is strong in this one along side of some coffee, chocolate, and fruit nodes.
T - Coffee and dark chocolate blend to a bit of heavy roast which is then taken away by a bitterness from the hops. Finishes rather dry.
M - Dry yet alcohol is well masked. Still one of the more hop forward RIS's I ever had
D - I would like to try this with some age but I don't believe this is the best rep of the style. More body and less hops.

Overall another interesting beer by victory but I will stick with my Old Rasputin.

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Photo of dannyhipps
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 OZ. bottle poured completely into a goblet.

A- Deep dark brown, almost black. 1/2 inch tan head which fades quickly. Tiny and clumpy bits of lacing that remain fade quickly as well.

S- Whiffs of fermented grapes up front, hints of leather and earthy grassy hops.

T- Alot going on, namely sweet grape jelly and brown-sugar muffin up front crashing head-on into tea-like hop bitterness and earthy roots in the mid-to-finish.

M- This was the nail in this beer's coffin for me. Weak carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. Tannic and astrngent, literally leaving the palate nearly bone-dry on the finish.

D- Flavors abound, but clash with eachother more than complement. Was done after the 12 oz for sure.

I've heard nothing but raves about this beer for years, but couldnt see it when I finally drank it. To be fair, I've always jumped straight into Imperial Stouts as opposed to the standard stout, and will probably revisit this in the future.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,907 ratings.
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