Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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 Mistofminn
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a "best by" date of Dec 5 2011.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is pitch black as it oozes out of the bottle. Produces a brown head, which quickly dissapates leaving a little bit of lacing. No carbonation as far as I can tell.

Aroma is strong on roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There is also a small portion that reminds me of dark fruits, as well as molasses. I get a faint alcohol smell here as well.

Taste is largely what you would expect from the mouthfeel. I'm not trying to downplay the taste at all, it's very very good. A strong roasted character is about all I get at first. After it warms a bit I'm starting to get a more pronounced coffee flavor, as well as dark fruits. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. To my unchallenged palate, this tastes similar to the other RIS's I've had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's a little lighter bodied than I'd hoped, but thats a minor annoyance.

Another great offering by Victory. I'm very pleased with this. A sipper for sure, but a great one, none the less.

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Photo of drtth
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled 17 Aug 07 and consumed 3 March 09.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost black with half inch brown head that eventually fades away leaving behind some intricate lacing on the sides.

Smell: Initial impression of semi-sweet chocolate malt with traces of dark molasses but with no real hop presence.

Taste: Almost a burnt and semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor from the roasted malt. An undertone or hint of dark molasses but again no sign of hops, they have completely receded leaving the almost burnt flavor of the malt to carry through with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with light carbonation and a medium long finish.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite imperial stouts, possibly my favorite, and I could sip my way through more than one of these in an evening, but slowly.

This stout is more than one beer. When younger the hops dominate and as it ages they recede to be replaced by the bitterness of dark roasted malt and dark molasses flavors. But I don't find the almost burnt flavor unpleasant here as I do in some other stouts.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out very very darkly, almost a little purple as it passed the light. Good sized tan head that lasted a minute before receding, and good cascading lacing.

Smell is typically very heavy on roasted malts and chocolate, although this one reminds me a lot more of hot chocolate than anything else. A little coffee aftertaste.

Taste is of very dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee bitterness near the end. Very roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is very interesting. I love the thickness initially, but the carbonation is pretty heavy after that, which is not my favorite.

Good drinkable beer, obviously can't have many of them, but tasty enough to enjoy a couple of.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown/black with a foamy khaki head that stays strong the entire time.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Very sweet and powerful stout, dark chocolate, coffee syrup, with a hint of dark fruits and dark rum.

M - Very silky.

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

1-year old aged bottle from the 2007-2008 winter enjoyed on a snow day in my DFH snifter.

A: Pitch black and completely opaque. A 1+ finger head of mocha-colored foam caps the glass after a semi-vigorous pour, and quickly recedes to a fine surface layer. Alternating fine and rocky lacing rings the edge of the liquid. Not much cling. Some mild viscosity tints the glass brown as the liquid moves around the bowl.

S: Chocolate pokes through a heavy roasted malt nose. Notes of coffee and some faint hop character. Some sweetness (molasses, perhaps?) as well. A faint whiff of alcohol is noticeable as well, and becomes more so as the beer warms.

T/M: Smooth and creamy on the palate with a surprisingly prevalent hop character for a year-old stout. A bitter dark chocolatey/coffee character and a nice roastiness from the dark malt are the real stars here, though, with the taste alternating between the two. A subtle underlying sweetness provides a second layer of complexity, but there is some balance here. Finish is definitely on the bitter side and lingers for awhile. Alcohol is noticeable, but only just barely so. A bit on the lighter side body-wise for an RIS.

D/O: I wish I had reviewed a bottle last year when this was fresh, but if memory serves me this has definitely gotten better with age. Not as terribly rich and complex as some of the better RISs out there, but certainly a fine example of the style and one of the first to inspire a new generation of devotees. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel and pleasing flavors make this easy-to-drink stout a must-have every winter. Sipping on one of these is a perfect way to spend a snowy winter's evening. I have two more from this batch to try in '09-'10 and '10-'11.

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Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger during my recent visit. Cask ale served in a mug. Dark black with a thin pond on the surface. Sort of a buttery nose. Some mild chocolate notes. Nice roast creates a coffee espresso flavor. I like the bitterness that prevails up front and lingers on the tongue with each pull. I only wish they'd serve this in a larger glass. Bitterness milds out somewhat as it warms. A nice brew.

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Photo of BigMike
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to stout.
A very quality example from Victory.
Pours very dark. Almost black with close to two fingers worth of tan head.
Smells of espresso and chocolate with a suprising fruitiness to it.
I find this complex for an RIS. Not only the presence of chocolate and coffee but also fruity, sweet and bitter at the same time.
Mouthfeel is almost milkshake like.
The over 9% ABV. is well hidden and this finishes quite smoothly.
This is a must try.

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

Pours a very deep almost black brown with a caramel color two finger head that quickly reseeds.
Nice toasted malt aroma with a good bit of hops coming through.
The taste is somewhat hard to distinguish. I get a bitter dark chocolate with some bitter hop bit as well. After taste lingers with a bitter roasted malt flavor.
I would drink this one again, but wouldn't go outta my way for it.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #50. Let's do this.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Probably the blackest beer I've ever poured. Two finger chocolate brown head leaves sheets of lacing. Creamy, but doesn't retain well.

The nose is quite interesting. This is the hoppiest smelling stout I've come across. The nose has all of the typical RIS scents, like roasted black malts, dark chocolate, coffee, yet the commanding scent, to me, is citrus.

Wow. This is an unbelievable stout. It's got a body like a milkshake. Tons of chocolate and espresso, and then here come those hops. Citrus and pine in a rich, thick Russian Imperial Stout. Who knew?

The body is excellent. Rich and thick, full and creamy. Just amazing.

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Photo of solargoat
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz single into a large snifter. Looks and smells good enough. Very dark, smells of malts and coffee.
Taste is off for me, surprisingly bitter like old coffee. Not undrinkable by any means, but an average RIS for me.
I may have been spoiled by all the Founders Breakfast Stout I drank this winter.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle and poured it into a point glass.

Pours black, but not motoroil black like some stouts with a short light brown head.

A ton of different smells going on in this brew. Burnt coffee, mocha, herbs, band-aid like smell, smells almost like my novolog insulin, a fruit, and a hop smell that I wasn't expecting, and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell. Tastes like coffee that's been on the burner for a little bit too long, dark chocolate, that herb like flavor comes through. There is a pleasant hop to it that is really good.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but not as full bodied as some stouts. Lighter in texture then some.

Great offering by Victory. It's a very drinkable stout because of it's lighter texture. The alcohol is hidden well. Well balanced.

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Of the RIS's that are readily available in my area (only SK, OR, and Oak Aged Yeti), the Storm King is my favorite. It contains all the balance I'm looking for while still being able to bowl me over with flavor.
It looks as delicious as it is with a dark opaque body topped with a thick gorgeous mocha head that sticks nicely to the walls of the pint glass. Smells and tastes of tons of chocolate and coffee with cream. Balanced awesomely with a good bitter finish as a great counterpoint to the malty backbone. Smooth and creamy without being flat, and hides almost 10% abv very well.
Like I said, my favorite readily available imperial stout.

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Photo of squaremile
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Memorable Qualities: This is a completely different beer in the bottle vs on tap. In the bottle this is like a chocolate and vinous milkshake, on tap its a hop bomb that is much less enjoyable. I have an ambivalent relationship with Storm King right now, but I will always appreciate a reliable and available chocolaty treat in my rotation with Yeti and Old Rasputin.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stove pipe black color with a mediun dark tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, roasted malt,bitter chocolate,coffee,and a hint of smoke,and maybe black licorice . Flavor is hops at first, followed by the roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a hint of something else--could be dates or rasins, but not much of whatever it is, and a little bit of alcohol.Creamy mouthfeel, Body could be a bit thicker but I like the ever so slight warming effect and the lasting coffee aftertaste. A very nice stout. I would drink this any time any where.

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Photo of jimj21
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a viscous dark brown/black with one finger of mocha head which fades fairly quickly. A bit of lacing. Hints of ruby near the edges.

I can smell hops, coffee, and chocolate. Pretty hoppy for the style, but that will likely fade with some age. As it warms, the hops fade a bit and the chocolate and coffee aromas come through more.

Taste is much like the smell. Tastes quite hoppy/citrusy, both in the start and the aftertaste. I can taste milk chocolate in the middle, and more bittersweet, dark chocolate on the finish. There are also some roasted coffee notes throughout.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Carbonation is maybe slightly to high, but it doesn't detract. Full bodied and a little chewy, as well.

This one is very drinkable. At 9.1% abv, the alcohol is barely noticeable, save for some slight warming in the throat. I am going to see how the rest of the 6 pack tastes with some age on them. There are definitely a lot of hops for a stout, but then again, hops make things delicious. This is another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black, modest but nice, sticky and bubbly tan head. This stout smells like an IPA! Lots of hops, hints of malt and chocolate, coffee.

Taste is great. Complex with tons of herbal, medicinal, and spicy flavors from the hops. Lots of coffee on the finish, bitter/smoky aftertaste. Not a whole lot of chocolate. Mouthfeel could have been better I thought-- it was lighter than expected, but still chewy. But the carbonation was perfect-- fine, subtle bubbles-. Very easy to drink for a heavy, alcoholic beer. Quite delicious, definitely would pick up a sixer of these again.

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Photo of Stockfan42
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a 6 pack of the storm king. I've seen it a few times a while back on the shelves but always went for the hop devil or hop wallop but now am glad i've tasted this beer.

A dark, black beer with a brown tint and a
lightly laced brown head that doesnt hold very long.

A mild hoppy aroma, almost a hint of rum. The alcohol really stands out in the smell making this hard for me to identify any fruits or malt that might be in the smell.

This is a good and heavy beer, very creamy with a pretty smooth mouthfeel, is a little heavy going down. Nice malty texture with some dark chocolate in there, nice coffee taste as well. There may be some berries of some sort, most other stouts i've had have contained more figs, plums and raisens but this has more of a berry taste which is a nice change and holds up well against the others.

So overall this is a great tasting stout with for a pallate for the sweets. Pretty smooth and creamy and definatly worth the pick up.

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Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this bottle.

Pour into a pint glass at 50 degrees

Appearance: A dark oily brownish black color. There is a one finger head that is a nice tan color. The head is creamy/foamy and has some retention to it not a lot. Clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a subtle fruity esters that are raisin like. There are hints of the burnt characteristic, citrus, bread, a sweet note like molasses and some floral aroma.

Taste: A very nice richly roasted malt back bone with a nice hops. There are coffee, chocolate, fruity ester that are raisin like, citrus, floral, and some sweet like molasses encompassing this beer. There is some hints of a bread and yeast in the structure of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is full, some creaminess, and carbonation. The finish is full bodied and lasting on the palate.
This beer is very well made, it is a balanced beer. It is not a great RIS but this beer is well deserving of some recognition. There really not much to criticize, all around a great brew. I am so glad that I got to try this beer. I read a lot about this beer and I know why. Victory makes some really nice brews. Thank you Victory.

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Photo of dakid618
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours motor oil black with a half finger of tan head. Smell is surprisingly hoppy with a hint of chocolate. Taste is also citrus hops up front with a chocolate aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel that coats the tongue with hoppy chocolatey goodness. This is an amazing beer I could drink all night. Hard to find something bad to say about this beer. An all around great stout. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Everything is in place so much brighter from today. A king in my own mind." - In Flames

Black with an average sized sand colored head. Some lace up top with fair retention.

Smells of dark fruit with tobacco and citrus hops blending over roasty malt and chocolate.

I noticed the mouthfeel first; it's thick, viscous and enlivened by ebulliant (for a RIS) carbonation. Flavor is smooth, roasty esspresso and chocolate embedded with citrus hops. Pronounced alcoholic aftertaste. Interesting balance of malty bitterness versus fruity hops.

Overall the flavors seemed frantic and muddled and I couldn't get over a stinging alcohol burst in back. Not sure what the big deal is with this one.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, while wandering Maine, I came across some Victory product that for some reason never makes it to VT. So I bought a couple of these famous bad boys and dragged 'em home. Out of a bottle this RIS was a dark, dark brown color that approached but did not quite make it to opaque black. The one-finger head was mocha-colored, displayed decent retention and lacing that was quite good, starting in sheets at first that broke up as the sample continued. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, a little dark fruit and coffee with cream. The flavors were not quite as sweet as the aroma, starting with roasted malt it then proceeded into chocolate malt, wood and a pleasant bitterness from the hops. The finish was lingering and coffee-like. It leaned more to the espresso-like side of the spectrum as far as RIS's go, compared to the more chocolaty side that Kate the Great or The Abyss leans towards. Still, the complexity of the malt was impressive and it was very well balanced by the acidity of the hops. It also hid its 9.1% marvelously well. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation soft yet not understated thereby helping the body feel flush. Though not my favorite beer of this style I enjoyed it and found it dangerously sessionable.

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Photo of baddy579
2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

the beer was poured slowly into a glass the head was descent but it seemed to need more thickness.
the smell of the beer was strong and full (for dark beers, if you've tried Guinness extra stout or old rasputin imperial stout, you will already know what a strong smell is)

appearance was very dark and clinched just a bit along with the foam to the glass although it was a thick beer.

the taste was very strong and a bit too strong in a weird way form me almost is if it were too much taste and not enough moth feel. the aftertaste was bitter and not very pleasant. almost if you just smoked a cheap cigar. also, the alcohol wasn't very present for its 9.1.

>overall i would not have this beer again. the taste was weird and most people would agree that more than one of these is too much of this beer. try it! but ironically, don't expect much....quality that is.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle.

A - Dark as tar, looks like molasses seeping. Dark brown head that's very small and immediately recedes to nothing but a ring of foam around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - Licorice, Chocolate, Oakiness. Not all that strong of a smell, but pleasant none the less.

T - Strong coffee taste, tanned leather and some hoppy bitterness. Esthers detected but does not overwhelm. Very little sweetness can be detected, but some sort of fruit is hinted at. Perhaps cherries.

M - Low Medium to Medium body. Syrupy, leaves and even coat after each drink.

D - Very drinkable. Another I'm glad comes in a 6 pack.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate for the trade. I just found out that I can get this stuff in CA. Very excited about that.

A - Black, with off white head. Great lacing around the glass. Poured three finger head, and one finger is holding strong. Dark, but not like some of the others.

S - Nothing too exciting here - some phenols, coffee, chocolate, pretty standard.

T - Surprised me a bit. I thought it was going to be mediocre because of the smell, but turned out to be very malty, nice raisins and espresso, with some definite chocolate. Mmm mmm good. Just what I like from RIS's.

M - Rich and creamy, thick.

D - Definitely good stuff. I would order several of these in a row. Actually if I could find any place that had this on tap, I'd be a very happy man.

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Photo of remllof
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours with a slight light brown head that disapates in about two minutes. Smell is of coffee, chocolate notes come through. Color is jet black with not a chanch of any light going through with light carbination. Tastes notes of slight coffee at first. Finished off with a bit of bitterness. Which was a bit too much. Mouth feel is very smooth. Almost a bit lighter than I would have expected. Overall a decent beer. Not exactly what I was expecting but one I may come by every once in a while.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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