Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,905 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 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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Photo of danielharper
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque body, black but slightly reddish towards the very bottom of the glass, with a thick brown head. Head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Very strong coffee aromas up-front, a nice malty backbone and a slight dose of hops buried beneath. Somewhat sweet. A bit uncomplex for a beer of this quality, but interesting for the lack of astringency.

Taste: Strong coffee bitterness up-front, sweet malty notes like caramel. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol is superbly hidden.

Mouthfeel: About as expected, thick with a slight stinging of the palate due to hops.

Drinkability: Rich, complex, delicious. It's probably a bit too strong of coffee for some drinkers, but I enjoy it greatly.

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

A - Black - light brown thick head that hangs around very well, decent lacing

S - Dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate

T - Tastes like it smells with hoppiness in the finish, delicious

M - Thick, creamy, velvety, the kind of beer you want to leave in your mouth for a while before swallowing

D - Pretty good for the ABV

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Photo of kjh5040
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13$ a six pack in State College PA

Poured a bottle into a pint glass. dark dark brown color, small amount of tannish head. Smells great, can smell a more noticeable hops aroma than i was expecting. Tastes great, couldnt help myself from taking an extra sip or two before i started to describe the flavors. Tastes hoppy, with a roasted malt flavor that kicks in just a few microseconds later. hint of chocolate? maybe. Can definetly taste the alcohol but its not overpowering. This is a great beer, probably couldnt drink more than two though bc of alcohol content.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my NB pint glass.

A: Dark black with ruby undertones. I get a minimal head at about 1/2 inch. Just enough carbonation.

S: Chocolate, maltiness, mild coffee and plenty of hops. The hops seem to be almost citrusy.

T: Bittersweet at first. The hops bite initially. As the beer moves along my tongue I get plenty of chocolate sweetness. The beer ends with roasted coffee flavors. It ends with a solid bitterness. It overall reminds me of a good dark chocolate.

M: Thick and smooth. Fits in well with the flavors.

D: A damn good RIS. Very easy to drink. The price is definitely good for the quality as well. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes a full flavored RIS.

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black opaque color, with a tan inch and half head. The head laces slowly down the glass, clinging all the way down. The scent is very surprising, there are the expected fragrances of coffee and chocolate, dried fruit and raisons. Then the a shot grassiness and citrus strike the nose, a very pleasant surprise. A mild maltiness hits the palate at the front of each taste, with touches of coffee, chocolate, and raisons. Then a strong bitterness hits the palate, bring the flavors of grapefruit and a dry earthiness. A medium heavy feel, not as rich and as a oily as one would expect. The back end has a strong dryness at the end. This is truely unique beer, all the strong characteristics of an imperial stout, with the added addition of th hop bitterness, makes this a must try beer.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is long over due. Pours dark, obviously. Dirty beige head, but disappears before you can dive in deep. Smell is rather bland...some smoke, ...faint something. Taste is deep. The smokey ham comes to life. Oakey, smokey, cooked meats washed down with an expresso soda? Delicious...I never knew. Tad of chocolate inside a dry center. Turns winey in appearance but bold and respective as it warms. The alcohol is present, but welcomed. The staple stout,

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Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slick oil with feeble cinnamon head that leaves little lacing. A spicy aroma of bourbon and strawberries. Thick, heavy taste of espresso, black coffee, and a hop dry finish. It has a wonderful mouthfeel that is smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. A not-so-hidden alcohol lingers on the palate for a while much like the aftertaste of whiskey or scotch. This is definitely one of the kings of the Imperial Stouts; it boasts a personality of its own that is very genuine.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown/black with a nice creamy tan head. Leaves a little lacing.

Aromas are nice, but nothing out of the ordinary or special. Roasted malts, hint o' chocolate, etc. Hops do surprisingly show a good bit on the nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thinner than some other Imperial Stouts I've enjoyed. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate flavors, with coffee appearing more on the palate after not standing out on the nose.

Overall a pretty good beer, with Victory's tendancy toward friendly pricepoints adding to the value.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light tan head that was gone in an instant. Minimal lacing.

Scents of deep roast coffee, roasted malt, and hops.

Charred bitter flavors here, exemplified by the presence of hops. You get the coffee, some dark chocolate, and then the hop bitterness. This one is boozy too -- warming for sure, but a dominant element.

Full body, no carbonation, some acidic play on the tongue in the finish. Some people have a problem with a flatter brew -- I kinda dig it in this instance.

There's alot of good in this one, but all of the good parts don't always make a good complete picture. I've had others of the style that I've liked alot more. Worth a try for a twist on the style, but I won't be a repeat customer all that often.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz fresh bottle into a regular snifter. Best drank by October 2013.

A- Victory SKS pours dark deep black color with a dark tan almost brown two inch head. Within ten minutes it widles down to mearly nothing leaving nice lace stains. Some traces of brown are seen in the body upon closer inspection while some bubble action on the surface.

S- Out of the many stout's i've had over the years this one has the most hops in the nose hands down. The whole flower hops used dominate while a bit of roasted malt follows. A bit of chocolate is barely detectable. Coffee espresso notes also.

T- Storm Kings main focus is in the hops as the whole flower american hops are undeniable, but it's not what i'm looking for in my stouts unfortunatly. The bitterness is unappealing while the malts are present but fail to compliment the hops. The espresso like taste is pleasant & needed. Some chocolate is noted in the finish but barely makes a dent. A small amount of anise is there.

M- Storm king is very full bodied and robust with some bittering aspects in this fresh version that is somewhat overpowering. This has a dry aftertaste with the hops lingering a bit to long. Not as creamy as expected for a RIS. The acidic notes were also distracting.

D- With all the negatives i personally I got from this it's still a great winter brew to drink to warm up. And at 9.1% this will get the job done. This is just not as thick and cramy as I like with way to much hop focus. I will update with an aged bottle to see if things come together.

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

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Totally black liquid with moderately high brown foam. After it subsided the fringes remained black.

S: complex florals, burnt coffee, mocha. Somewhat off the beaten path but still a recognizable RIS. You'll either love it or hate it.

T: rich (but not thick), complex, and quite bitter from both the hops and the dark elements. Again likely to be polarizing.

M: virtually no carbonation, dry finish.

D: very enjoyable specialty beer. But you can taste the ABV pretty easily. And it's too bold in too many directions for me to wanna knock back more than 1 or 2 in a row.

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Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a small head; little lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, hops.

Taste: Mocha/espresso chocolate, coffee, dark malts, caramel, toffee, bitter hops. A little too bitter. Too much coffee and bitter chocolate. Acidic element, and the alcohol is not hidden.

Mouthfeel: Not as full or creaming as other russian imperial stouts

Drinkability: I'm not a fan, would not drink again.

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Photo of Bung
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Cloudy black/brown pour. Small brown foam. Very roasty aromas, coffee, burnt malt. Tastes of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, a little licorice. Quite full bodied. A little overly harsh with hop bitterness. Good lingering coffee/bitter finish. Some age could probably smooth this one out. Still, can't complain about this one.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,905 ratings.
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