Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on the hand pump at the Brick Store Pub. Poured black with a nice tan head and nicely carbonated for cask. Smelled roasty and creamy with some nice bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Tastes of very vinous chocolate with roasty and hoppy finish. Lots of juiciness throughout and a nice late coffee and chocolate bitterness accented by some roastiness. Big, smooth, and bitter in the mouth. Very nice on cask.

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Photo of hardy008
1.29/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a black color, some shades of ruby when held to the light. Has a tan foamy 2 finger head.

Smell - Hops with burnt coffee and burnt malt.. Not what I was expecting at all.

Taste -
grapefruit peelings, white pith, burnt coffee, and burnt malt. Tastes more like a Black IPA, and not a very good one either. Where are the flavors associated with a RIS? There is no chocolate flavor at all, or dark fruit. No sweetness. Just harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, light bodied, and dry. Too thin for a RIS.

Drinkability - Not worth seeking out, disappointing for a RIS.

Not sure how this can be an RIS. It doesn't taste like one at all. It also does not get any better as it warms. This one doesn't do anything for me. Drain pour.

Tried this again on 5/7/2010. Adjusted the score downward.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Black with a medium tan head. Initial aromatic impression of hops, with some almost burnt black malt underneath. then some sweeter, saltier chocolate and light berry-fruit. First sip is quite hoppy, a bit salty and smokey in a meaty way, bitter as well. Initial burp tastes of hops. The flavor mellows as the beer warms. It becomes sweeter, with dark caramelized sugars, vanilla, light coffee, and a bitter piney finish. The mouthfeel is definitely light for the style, and in the medium range overall. This is honestly not quite like any imperial stout that I have had before. It drinks small, but has a good balance of flavors. There are more flavor and aroma hops than maybe any stout that I've had, but they work well to balance the typical malt sweetness of the style and make this really drinkable. I want to call this an IPA-foreign stout hybrid with way more alcohol that you think. I like it.

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Photo of beerman207
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark - pretty close to black - one finger light brown head that leaves a little lacing in the glass

S-Some expresso coming through as well as some alcohol presence

T-Bitter Upfront. Some malt taste coming through as well as sweetness to a bitter finish. Definately has a hop presence. I was a bit nervous smelling the alcohol in the nose but it doesn't come through in the taste and is well masked

M-Mouthfeel is somewhat drying but has a nice balance and carbonation to make up for the drying.

D - I couldn't go too high in the drinkability as I'm not sure I could handle many of these with the high ABV. However, the flavor is quite nice and the cost of this brew is quite reasonble considering the competition. If evaluating on price, I would rate this much higher. If you're an RIP fan, you need to give this brew a try.

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Photo of strangebrew52
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a tan head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, coffee and maybe a hint of molasses.

T: Nice roasted malt taste, some coffee/espresso notes in there with some bitterness from the hops.

M: Somewhere between medium and full bodies. Not as viscous as some imperial stouts I've had. A nice amount of carbonation that goes down smooth.

D: I enjoyed this one. Easy drinking for an imperial stout and it hides the ABV% quite well.

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

pour is opaque like a stout should be. quite a small head. smell is coffee, chocolate, porter style grape malt. taste is all that but more of that english style grape and smoked leather finish. this may be an off bottle as if seens this has a very consistent american coffee RIS style on here. my bottle ventured in the direction of samuel smith's RIS. fruity malt, apple, grape, fig, some smoke, some chocolate, earthy coffee, and tobacco. good should have again to compare.

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Photo of gameface23
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark with a tan head.

S: Smell was the earthy aspects of roasted malt, slight espresso and very dark chocolate.

T: Taste was very balanced and rounded. Earthy, roasted malts and a nice hop snap.

M: Mouthfeel was lighter-bodied, but it wasn't bad.

D: It's 9.10%, but I wouldn't mind polishing off a few of these bad boys.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass at cellar temp.

A-Deep, dark, opaque stout with a very attractive 3 finger head that settles, but retains 1 finger with attractive lacing....nice.

S-largely metallic roasted malt, coffee and nutmeg, with the emphasis on metallic....not sure what is going on here....

T-Coffee, wine, slightly sour, slightly sweet, decent roasted malts, and a slight hop twang on the back end. Pretty respectable, but frankly I expected more. People swear by this one, but aside from the slightly sour winey appeal of this, which is not lost on me, I'm just not digging it.

M-Decent for the type. Moderate carbonation, slightly slick, as it should be...overall.

D-This is decent, but a letdown overall. If I want a stout, I'll take a Founders, or a Stone. There is something rather appealing about the sour wine characteristic of Storm King that I cannot discount, and it is a bit of a changeup in this style, but probably not one that makes it worth coming back least for me.

Sorry guys...I know this is a highly rated beer, but someone needs to explain to me why....? I'd love to know.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown head forms on top of the pure black beer. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Very big bold aroma. Pine and citrus hops come through strong then a blast of malt. Coffee, dark chocolate, Roasted nuts, Brown sugar, and molasses. There is a lot going on and its all in your face.

T/M- Starts out with a very smooth and somewhat subtle malty flavor, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts mixed with some caramel and brown sugar. Next comes a nice hoppy kick with a little alcohol warmth. Some pine and citrus notes come through then the malt comes back into the picture and finishes very balanced.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good RIS, actually a damn good one if you consider the availability. If you have not tried it yet it is worth it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown/black color with tan head. Nose is nice full flavor with strong malt flavors such as coffee/caramel chocolate, also a real nice hop flavor which balances out the malt. Taste is an amazing smoothness for the high alcohol content. Very good RIS IMHO. Not as good as Old Rasputin but close.

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Photo of mjl21
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Central Market in Ft. Worth, TX. Poured into a snifter. Enjoy by date of 1/23/14. Comes in at 9.1%.

A-Black with a huge two and a half finger tan head that ever so slowly dissolves, like sand in an hour glass, to a nice one finger head.

S-Not a huge nose. Roasted malt is the predominant flavor and as it warms espresso notes are definitely detectable.

T-Very, very bitter upfront. Roasted malt comes in next which gives way in the middle to some nice sweetness before the bitterness returns in the back. The coffee/espresso notes are present and citrus hop notes are also coming through.

M-The body veers toward the upper end of the medium spectrum. It is very crisp and dry and leaves a roasted/bitter feel in the mouth. Very creamy from the large head that sticks around.

D-Not heavy for an RIS and the abv is very well hidden.

One of my favorite RIS' that can be purchased in 12 ounce bottles. I always search this out when visiting areas that carry Victory. A good beer that is different due to the level of bitterness that it packs.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark black with zero light penetration. The dark tan head poured 2" and took a long while to settle. Some decent sticky lace left behind on my glass.

S= Aromas of chewy malts, roasted grain, hops, and an earthy character. Lots of alcohol present in the nose as well.

T= The front end was all sweet syrupy malts and roasted grain bitterness. Dark chocolate, treacle, molasses, and chocolate covered cherries all made an appearance. The hops are a bit too much for the style IMO, but they do cut the malt sweetness quite a bit. Finish was slightly dry and showed more roasted grain bitterness.

MF= Super heavy body with a very thick and viscous mouthfeel. A real tongue-coater.

D= Fairly drinkable despite the big ABV and the over the top bitterness. I didn's hate this beer (its a good one) but I like many other examples of the style better.

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Photo of Reanimator
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest coffee black with a rather lean head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, giving way to chocolatey malts and molasses, honey even. Very complex and satisfying aroma. Taste is also particularly hoppy up front, with big hits of tobacco, bitter coffee and sweet espresso. Even some peaty, piney scotch flavors in there. And to top it off, 9.4% and barely a hint of alcohol!

The mouthfeel is oddly fitting for a hoppy RIS, whatever that is supposed to mean. Overall, Storm King is a HUGELY drinkable, massively satisfying and complex beer, I'm just afraid of where more than a couple of these beasts will lead me.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears nearly opaque black color with about two fingers of dense tan foam. The foam lingers through just about the entire first half of the glass, leaving a nice lacing. Smells and tastes of fruity, citrusy hops, sweet caramelized and roasted malts/grains, bittersweet chocolate, and fresh coffee. Just about full bodied with medium carbonation. I personally dig a good hoppy stout once in a while, and this made for a nice sipper.

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

12 oz bottle, Stone tulip glass

Pours a rich black nearly opaque color with a tan foamy head. Head had nice retention and lacing.

Aroma of hops and some roasted malt. Not the strongest aroma for an imperial stout.

Flavor is nice with hints of chocolate sweetness, coffee and roasted malts. Also a decent flavor of hop bitterness. It is well blended. This was subtle as far as flavor, nothing was overly pronounced. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

This was fairly drinkable considering it is not too viscous or thick.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black, nice light tan bubbly head leaving amazing lacing. Smells of grassy and piney hops, very little roasty malts, some earthiness, . Tastes of tropical fruit malts up front followed by slight roastiness in the end. Moderate bitterness leaving a semi-sweet chocolate, roasty and fruity finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel through out.

A very unique RIS. Lot of fruit characteristics throughout, both dark fruits and citrus from the hops. The hops are extremely prominent in this beer, would love to see how age affects it. That said, the chocolate and roasty malt melds well with the fruit producing a relatively clean and not too heavy RIS. Very impressive.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger tan head and decent lacing.

The smell of bitter hops jumped from the bottle before I could even pour it. There's also a faint hint of sweet chocolate.

Tastes of hops, chocolate and coffee with a sweet finish. The rindy hops detract from the flavor. In the mouth, it's crisp and thin, but holds up a very strong flavor.

Overall, I think it's overhopped and overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but not for me.

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Photo of Larrytown
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a light tan head. The nose has a nice roasted malt up front with hints of chocolate and some mild hops.

The taste is similar. Surprisingly crisp for a RIS. The hops do a nice job of adding an unexpected kick to it. An interesting take on the style. I feel like a tiny bit of sweetness could take this to another level; as it is, there's not any to be found.

Very nice beer overall, but if I'm the mood for a stout, I'd probably go in a different direction.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a medium light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Complex aroma of toffee, coffee, smoke and alcohol. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Full flavor that is very complex with a strong alcohol finish.

I love strong stouts.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a dark brown with a good creamy tan head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. This is a very good looking beer. Has a good aroma of cocoa. Slight ops, roastedness, and wood. Every time I spin the glass I get more. Bitter coffee. Has a perfect carbination and an awesome mouthfeel. Flavors are wonderful. Has a great mix of malts and hops. Has a last good finish. The alcohol is well hidden with a perfect touch of burn. Has an almost dry texture. This is just an awesome beer. I can't believe I haven't had this before...Victory is in my backyard. I won't make that mistake I am going to stock up on this.

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

Black in color with a light brown foam head. The nose is very malty. I found the initial attack and the taste to be pretty consistent with the nose. I would have to use the word "big" to describe this beer though it isn't as big as most "big" beers. What I think qualifies it as big for me is that it carries the high alcohol reasonably well without being too "boozy." I did enjoy the smokiness and the roasted malt character, but it was just "alright" for me.

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Photo of brow1901
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an opaque pitch black with a dense kaki color head. This head is going no where by the way it has hardly even shrunk, nice lacing too.

S- Strong scents of dark malts waft in, instead of just a hint of coffee I get a rush of burnt espresso. And wow a good amount of pine hops in the nose also. Some alcohol esters too but nothing overpowering. The smell is good but a bit lack luster compared to some other RIS.

T&M- This is where the brew shines, an amazingly complex rush of flavors strike the palate instantly. There is all this malt going on , coffee, dark chocolate. And then the hops jump out of nowhere and hits the back of the tongue. The pineness of the hops balance the amazing malt flavors perfectly. The mouth is a little slick but leaves a pleasant coco taste.

D- Wow this beer is really good so enjoyable. I recommend letting her warm a bit though.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with thick tan head that settles slowly. Great lacing. Delicious-looking yeasty sediment.

Smell- Good, roasted malt aroma. Slight alcohol.

Taste- Rich cocoa, a light smokiness, toasty malt, nice hop bitterness helps make this refreshing for the style. Slight alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, great carbonation. Could be a little thicker.

Drinkability- Alcohol is evident, but hops help this remain a refreshing and drinkable brew.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle/ Best by Oct. 16 2013

P: The deep leathery brown liquid exits the bottle to form a jet black pool of delicious looking beer in my glass. The 2 fingered head that sits atop looks exactly the same color as wet sand. It's thick and creamy with good retention, settling to a thin sheet while leaving strings of lace behind. Good looking Stout!

A: Deep roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and citric hops underneath. There is some alcohol present as well.

T: First of all, this needs to be imbibed at as close to room temperature as possible! Drinking this too cold is doing it a major disservice. The deeply roasted barley is sweet, but has a burnt bitterness to it as well. Chocolate, molasses, and charred wood are all present, but the hops are what makes this stand out for me. It kind of reminds me of Big Bear Black Stout in that sense. Being a certified hophead, I can definitely appreciate their citrusy goodness. Sweet and bitter engage in an epic struggle, but the bitterness wins out in the end thanks to that huge hop bill, slightly burnt barley, and some black coffee that really comes out on the tail end for quite the dry finish. The alcohol is a bit hot, but isn't detrimental to the experience.

M: In my opinion, Storm King's mouthfeel is just perfect! It's a full-bodied, viscious beer with a thick & creamy, rich & oily-feeling texture that almost feels like an old-fashioned chocolate milkshake in my mouth. Having said that, it still manages to stay light on its feet, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Notes: This is a great beer! From my understanding, the best before dates are 5 years after bottling. This would mean that this beer was bottled only 6 months ago. For such a young RIS, it feels really refined and delicious. With some time to hibernate in my cellar, it could be out of this world! Highly recommended

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Photo of pandashaver
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful 2 finger brown frothy head and opaque black body. Painted a picture on the side of the snifter all the way down and lasted to some extent throughout.

S - Roasted/toasty malts and an almost berry sweet smell were present initially, definitely the reason I loved this beer the first time I tried it. Definitely chocolate, but of the darker variety. Distinct and interesting for sure.

T - Very moderately sweet from the malts balanced with a balanced bitter aftertaste, like baker's chocolate. Even a bit sour and a definitive alcohol is present, at least after it warms. Finish is present and average to somewhat long in length. Not overwhelming, with lots of potential for food pairing.

M - Light to medium body (not filling whatsoever for such a complex beer). Texture is dry, but not too dry, and somewhat watery and a bit of syrup stickiness left on the palate. Very softly carbonated and the alcohol is noticeable at higher temperatures.

D - Well, due to the ABV alone, not very. But, due to the light body, interesting flavors, and food pairing potential, very drinkable for an imperial stout.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,983 ratings