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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Photo of dyingwrist
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass. Nie and dark color that lets no light through. Small mocha colored head that dissipates quickly into an extremely thin layer on top. A good amount of nutty coffee on the nose. I expected it to be sweeter, but it drank like a black coffee. It has an interesting bitter note that some would not like. Feels like a stout should, but nothing that jumps out at me. Its carbonation is pretty mild. Leaves a nice fizzy feeling on the tongue.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thank Aprilluvsbeer for this top 100.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with super-creamy brown head that crawls up the sides of the glass before exhaling to a thin cap. Head clings to the sides of the glass throughout the session, dragging wispy, cobweb-like, lacing behind it.

Smell: Dark chocolate, sweet cream, caramel, oatmeal maybe?, vanilla, and some hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol at the end as well. Not overpowering, but surely inviting.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and mocha are the first things that come to mind. Burnt malts, oak, vanilla, and charcoal with a good dosage of hops. First bottle tasted and smelled sweeter than the second.

Mouthfeel: Very milky feel with pretty high carbonation. Good amount of mouth-numbing going on. Full-bodied yet smooth, especially for an R.I.S. Wish the carbonation were a bit lower though.

Drinkability: A really smooth Russian Imperial with a nice (yet not outstanding flavor). This isn't my favorite R.I.S. by a long shot, however I would say that it's easier to drink than most beers of this style. We wisemen still have one bottle left and will adjust this review as necessary.

Nick: B+ (3.95)
Peter: C+ (3.25)

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured pitch black with a lite head that turned into a lite lacing quickly.

It had a very smooth smell of roasted malt.

A slightly bitter hop flavor that was followed by a roasted malt flavor. It had a moderate alcohol tang finish. It had a lite body that was almost watery.

It's good, but not something that I could drink all night. The alcohol finish really just makes me want to swallow this down as fast as I can. I have tasted better.

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Photo of GlockAmore
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle into a pint glass reveals a black liquid with a generous two+ fingers of brown head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is an uncommonly smooth balance of caramel, bitter chocolate, espresso, with a hint of vanilla and alcohol. Good heavy mouthfeel, as it should be for the style. All around, a great example of a Russian imperial stout. Note: This beer is temperature sensitive! Serve at the proper temperature to get the most out of it. If stored the refrigerator, let it warm at least 15 minutes before pouring. If you pour it into a pint glass and only get a half-finger of head, it's probably too cold.

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Photo of timmah427
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a small coffee-colored head. Not a lot of nose on this one. hints of coffee and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of a dark, sweet fruit flavor with a lot of hop bitterness and some alcohol as it finishes. I was actually expecting more out of this one, but overall a very solid imp stout.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at commonwealth in columbia heights, dc. fantastic. nose and very well balanced taste consist of all things imperial stout plus a heavy hop. dark fruits, dark sweets, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and more. super velvety body and long finish. incredibly drinkable for such a high abv, and a perfect compliment to the stinky cheese, duck sausage and garlic sausage they served with it.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep, dark coloring. Small level of head that dissipated but heavy lacing is evident.

S: Chocolate and coffee tones on the nose, little fainter than I would have expected however.

T & M: Creamy initial taste, followed by dry bitterness from the hops. Very nice representation of the style.

D: Highly drinkable, high ABV not apparent at all. One of the better RIS that I have had.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, thanks go out to Brian (BrewerB) for hosting an LIF! Cheers!

This pours fairly thick, although for the style it seems less so but that could be my imagination. It pours completely dark, no light penetrates through whatsoever. Nice two inch head appears and retains quite nicely with decent lacing. Smell is pretty straight-forward; bitter roast and chocolate malt with some American hops are the dominant smells. Taste is much of the same although here the dominant flavor is the bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy and very creamy. Drinkability is pretty high.

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Photo of Mauerhan
2.31/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours darker than used motor oil. has a real nice two finger mocha head. i cant even begin to see through this beer. very faint hints of ruby brown around the edges when i hold it up to direct light.
smell is decent. malts, hops, pretty heavy on the alcohol. i also get scents of prunes.
not really thrilled by the taste. as heavy as the alcohol was on the nose it is ten fold in the taste. it doesn't seem like they are trying to hide the booze all. after i get the taste of the booze out of my mouth i get slight malts.
i am floored by this beer and not in a great way, i cant get past its flaws to see its good. really sad. i expected ALOT more. especially from the reviews its been getting. hopefully i just got a shitty bottle. but i dont think i will be visiting this beer again any time in the near least not on my dime

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

Poured into a Beatles Revolver pint glass. Not quite black but very dark brown. Vigorous pour produces a thin, tan head which, though it displays better than expected retention, leaves minimal lacework.

Aroma is primarily coffee and dark chocolate. Taste follows suit, but bittersweet dark chocolate prevails, while the coffee notes are more subdued. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant-- chewey thick, and smooth going down.

Though the alcohol is masked fairly well, there's a satisfying warmth that permeates once the glass has been set down.

Subsequent sips offer greater enjoyment as the beer warms. I'm left with a smile on my face not unlike the one John Lennon bears on the Revolver album cover. He would've loved this, I bet.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This is the best-looking head on an RIS I've seen in a while, nougaty in texture and hazelnut-coffee in color with remarkably good retention. Body is a perfect jet black.

Smell: Sumptuous chocolate fudge, figs, grape juice, prunes, molasses, honey, and licorice - all the good stuff you'd hope for in an RIS. The malts are perfumed with spicy alcohol combined with a very interesting cinnamon tone reminiscent of Churros. Hops are quite fruity, grapefruity to be precise, though the bright citric quality also calls to mind limes. The sweet-spicy-booziness of it all reminds me of brandy or port.

Taste: Mmm... loads of coffee and chocolate, plus a lovely smoky/burnt flavor. Not as fruity as I anticipated, just supremely rich and dark. Molasses, honey, and prunes round out the sweetness, while mellow alcohol (with a whiskey-like burn) and pithy, zesty hops fence everything in. Finish is dry and predominantly bitter, with lingering Campari and burnt sugar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fantastically smooth and full, yet still dry.

Drinkability: This is good stuff! A very impressive, balanced yet endlessly flavorful RIS.

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Photo of oneeye
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Guiness pint glass
A. Pours a midnight black. Jet black with a two fingered soapy head. An oily ring of lace surrounds what little foam that is left from the chocolate brown head that once was.
S. The smell of bitter bakers chocolate. Earthy with a dry hop aroma. Roasted nuts with woody notes. A hint of licorice. Dried apple leaves. Roasted malts with a touch of burnt sugar. a little alcohol is present as well.
T. A strong bitter bite of hops and burnt malts up front. Sweet bitter chocolate and a touch of espresso. Very alcoholic and earthy at the same time. Dried leaves and dark funky dried fruit. Funky raisins and prunes.
M. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Starts dry and finishes dry. Big body with a slight alcohol burn.
D. Drinkability is average for the storm King. An agressive sipper. A big bold Stout. Not one to try for the weak!

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

Had this on tap at Bishops Lounge Tonight while I played jazz standards with a vocal quartet.

Very dark, nice dark head that dissapates over time, with a slight foam that stays for the remander of the beer.

Currant, Chocolate, coffee, charcoal,hops and roasted malts.

Creamy and pretty thick, head adds nicely to the mouthfeel and fills things out.

I drank three tonight so drinkability is very good.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours solid black with a creamy chocolate milk head that settles to a patchy layer, leaving a few streaks of lacing after each sip.

S- A bold, sharp aroma of coffee, burnt malts, unsweetened chocolate, and green, leafy hops. The alcohol is fairly noticeable.

T- The taste is more balanced than the aroma promises. Flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate fade to a pleasantly bitter finish that's moderately dry and warming.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with lively carbonation, slightly coating the inside of the mouth. Just a tad thin for the style.

D- This is one of the easier drinking imperial stouts that I've had. The 9.1% ABV isn't exactly well-hidden, but it doesn't detract from the drinkability. Plus, this beer is surprisingly light on the stomach given its bold flavors. The dry finish contributes to the drinkability as well.

A great imperial stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for another great Victory brew. My 1st Imperial stout, I believe I am in for a treat

A- Pours a deep brown and settles a completely opaque black with a pretty tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Smell is awesome. I had no idea a stout could play so well with hops. Roasted malt carries the flavor.

T- Tastes like liquid bliss. Perfect roasty malty balanced by fragrant fresh hops. A real treat made for semi-special occasions... like dessert

M- Feel could be a bit thicker and chewier but overall the low carbonation helps slide this beer over the palate and down the throat

D- Drinks excellently for such a powerful, complex brew

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

Pours jet black with thick mocha colored head. Good retention and moderate lacing. Smell is wonderfully complex. I could notice some sweet dark chocolate, black licorice, dark roasted coffee, toasted grain and some alochol. Taste is nice and complex as well. A rich dark chocolate smoothness with some burnt grain and coffee flavors. A bit of bitterness at the end of it as well which I thought help to distinguish this from some other hops. Mouthfeel was thick but pretty smooth going down. Overall a very good beer. To me I'm a little suprised its ranked so high but it definitely is a good beer deserving of its praise.

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Photo of stumac
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up a solid black color with a brown thick head. great lacing. aromas of deep roasted malts, chocolate malts, hops, slight alcohol, subtle toffee. the taste is the same as the nose but with more apparent hop crispness. full bodied, subtle sweet beginning to a nice dry finish. decent carbo. Easily my favorite readily available sessionable Imperial Stout

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was highly recommended by a friend so I had to pick up a 6 pack.

A- Oil spill in a glass with a small head.

S- Coffee, slight chocolate scent

T- Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts

M- Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel, VERY creamy

D- With over 9% ABV I could not find the alcohol. Very drinkable.

Great RI Stout, definitely worth a try

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

Pours a nasty oily black with a creamy caramel colored 1 finger head.

Smells of robust dark malts and espresso as the prominent aromas. There is also a nice rummy alcohol in there.

This beer has a nice bitter taste with a smooth lingering plum and raisin aftertaste.

This is a very smooth and easy to drink beer.

Yeah 3 is good. 4 is better. 5 is gonna hurt. 6 will tuck me in for a good long nap.

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

I've seen this on cask several times at the Capital Ale House and finally decided to give it a try today.

A- Very dark with a big tan head that takes its time going down. Copious lacing adorns the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S- Big chocolaty and roasty malt character in the nose with a nice pine sap edge.

T- More roasted malt goodness, with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate cake and coffee, along with hints of black strap molasses. Oh, and of course there's that nice piney bitterness in there as well. There's quite a bit of bitterness on the finish, but it's not overwhelming and it helps to balance out the huge malt profile.

M- Full-bodied and very smooth, almost creamy, thanks to the cask conditioning.

D- Very good considering what a big beer it is. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. Plus, its smoothness makes it glide effortlessly down the throat. It's not one to chug, of course, but it's extremely drinkable for the style. I downed it much quicker than I do most Imperial Stouts.

This happened to be my first experience both with Storm King and with cask conditioning. Needless to say, I was impressed by both. This was an extremely tasty Imperial Stout, and I believe the cask conditioning did great things for its mouthfeel and drinkability. If you happen to see this offered on cask somewhere, don't hesitate to try it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is quite coffee smelling with hints of roasted malts. The beer is completely black with a nice inch head on it. Pretty good retention. The main flavour in this imperial stout is the coffee notes, followed by a nice bitterness.The coffee hints and bitterness from the hops make an interesting mixture. Nice thick mouthfeel, a bit too carbonated, and incredibly drinkable.

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

Had 6 of these laying around. Sunday evening after a rather long weekend seemed to call out for a nice sipper. Into the glass....

Very dark with light mocha big bubbled head. Fair retention.

Smells of coffe. Persistent yet not overpowering. Scent of alcohol.

Taste of coffee and surprisingly some hop bitterness. After warming a bit, the alcohol becomes more pronounced. I dare say black licorice.

Nice medium body, creamy,

So it's a fairly nice brew. I think Stone IRS may have ruined any other stout for me. Not that I won't enjoy the rest of this sixer at the proper time.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewed in August '09 with an '07 vintage bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with a nice tan head that sticks around for quite a while. Nice lacing. Smells strongly of milk chocolate and dark malt. Dark fruits and some brown sugar. Dark chocolate in the taste, with heavy toasted malt. The sweetness that's present is overshadowed by fairly strong bitterness. Very slight alcohol taste with a warming sensation at the end. Still surprisingly hot for the age.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Casked at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House. Served in a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, deep brown with a great big, even, solid, foamy chocolate head. Leaves huge sheets of solid lacing. The cask effect really makes this one look great.

Aroma: Light and earthy, mild even. Dirty, grassy coffee, faint lemon, some caramel and toffee.

Taste: Great toasted malt foundation here - equal parts lightly roasted coffee and milky but not overly sweet chocolate. Some smoky sweetness and milky cream, faint dark fruit notes - currants, perhaps, and raisins - light hop spiciness and bitterness with hints of muted orange and leafy tobacco, only the faintest hint of alcohol. A really light RIS.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very full, immaculately creamy. Very chocolate milkshake-esque.

Drinkability: As I said above, a very light RIS, so a very drinkable one. At the same time, the lightness makes it not as tasty as many examples of the style, but it's still damn good. Not sure how much the casking did for the appearance and the mouthfeel, but I've had this one before from the bottle and still enjoyed it. Recommended as a light, easy-going RIS.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that lists the best by date as 2012.

A light pour produces a deep black thick looking beer with a one finger tan head that leaves some good lacing but dissipates to a small ring of head with a central tan island floating in the middle.

Smells are bittersweet chocolate morsels, charred bread, and molases. The taste mirrors the smell with waves of maltiness balanced by a good hop flavor that adds to the roastiness and sticks around on the tongue for quite a while. The mouthfeel is moderately thick with light carbonation. A good amount of mouth coating occurs as well.

I got lucky and found this bottle on sale for $1. I am not a huge fan of RIS, but this is worth the money even if you pay more than a dollar.

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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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