Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
5,931 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 everetends
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired from Redwood21. Thanks, buddy. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a black, thick pour. Built a small brown head that appeared after the pour was completed. I would have appreciated more head, but it did produce some good sticky lacing with what I got. Still a good example of what a RIS should look like.

S: Smelled of heavily roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate, and there was absolutely hops there. Much more hops than I expected but it brought a good nose together. Smells great.

T: Taste was great. Dark chocolate with notes of caramel, roasted malt, almonds, coffee and cream. Once again the hops hit you. If this beer is too cold, the hops bring forth an insane bitterness to this brew. Let it warm and it smoothes out. Once it is proper temperature, the hops are there but not overwhelming.

M: Rich and creamy big bodied brew. Really coats the mouth and lets you know what is in there. Real pleasant after tastes linger and allow to explore this one.

D: Very accessible for an RIS. Could have easily had more than one which is a difference compared to Ten FIDY, Rasputin or Sammy Smith's. Very nice balance and creaminess to this beer in mouthfeel, taste and nose. So happy I got to try this one.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beertruth for putting this puppy in our trade. You da man beertruth.

Pours a motor oil dark with a nice two finger brown head that vanishes like sands through the hourglass.

Cant get much of a smell of it, dont know why. Sometimes this happens to me. What I can smell is alcohol, hops, dark malts.

Tastes at first of straight up bitter hops, then the tongue warms up to espresso, chocolate, cherries, just overall really fricking good.

Lingering sweet aftertaste. Dry, cocoa. Really tongue smacking tasty. Leaves a burning alcohol taste shooting down your throat.

Really good beer. Much better than Counting Crows Rain King song. Man that song sucked.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours thickly with a great deal of body, very dark reddish mahogany, looking opaque black in the glass. Nice frothy head of fine bubbles, dark tan, that dissipates and leaves thin lacing all the way down.

Aroma is harsh and indistinct, with some hops, some toffee and caramel, lots of earthy wood, and some higher alcohols. No dominant chocolate or roast.

Flavor is strong with caramel coupled with a strong burnt note. Alcohol evident, leaves an aftertaste of charred coffee. Cola aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, salty on the lips. No roast, no big sweet body.

Not bad, but not one I'd bother to buy again. Kind of homebrew-like. Great appearance set the bar high, but it was all downhill after the pour.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! extreme dark beer with a chocolate head! Aroma of strong coffee/chocolate ish flavours. I am so partial to stouts and porters that this may be one of the best yet. Strong mouthfeel of the coffee/chocolate flavours, this beer is worthy to drink slowly and enjoy its goodness. I highly recommend this to any stout lover!

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Photo of Buebie
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Cellars in Roseville.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Off the pour I'm wondering how this is going to be, as it appears watery, not thick and creamy like most Imperial stout's. Its pitch black alright.
Head retention is not there, laceing is present, but not there either as far as stouts go.

Smell is average for stout's, this one is a bit more hoppy is smell. Again its average, smell is not potent for this style.
I get wiffs of grain and some chocolate malt.

Taste is robust malt character, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, grassy hops, burnt caramel, oak. Some chalky dust like overtones.
Mouthfeel is medium in thickness, some creamy textures. Carbonation is quite a bit higher then I'd like, it really takes away from the creamy textures of the beer.
I wont buy this again. It was an average, to less then average Imperial stout. Ten Fiddy was much much better.

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Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a jet black color with the consistency of motor oil with a decent mocha-brown two finger head.

Aroma: Roasty with strong coffee aroma. A hint of chocolate and licorice in the aroma as well. Hops stand out well but do not seem to be overpowering.

Taste: Starts out with a decent roasty bitterness followed by flavors of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Hops are just right and seem to add to the smoothness of this.

Mouthfeel: Roasty, bitter and thick with a creamy consistency. Muted coffee/chocolate flavors. Little hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very smooth and simple. A straightforward RIS that hits it on the spot for me. Alcohol is just right too. I would recommend this as an introduction to the style. I would also rate it higher than McNeils RIS because the hop bitterness does not overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very impressive pour. Crystal clear black with a cocoa brown head.. "How much more black can it be? None, none more black" Nigel Tufnel.

Arma af straight black coffee; rich bitter and roasted. Like sticking your nose in a bag a black patent malt. Just take a big sniff between sips.

Taste of cocoa powder bitterness on the tongue. Coffee and cocoa wiht strong bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is a chalk like dryness, like biting a pecan shell

Very drinkable and never gets to harsh. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of Strix
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark dark brown with a decent head.

Smells of cocoa, dark chocolate and roasted malts

Cocoa and dark chocolate also present in the taste, over a base of roasted malts. Fades into a pleasant hop finish. The hops are balanced nicely here.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth.

A nice job with this one. My first from Victory, and I'll sure be looking to try others.

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Photo of jordoo
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a beer mug.

Super dark apearance as black as i've seen with a large very dark chocolate icecream colored head that disapaited rather quickly. Smells of chocolate/charcole/coffee with som leafy hop aroma slipping through. Top notch mouth feel wonderfully smooth, thick and rich on the tongue. Tastes like everything it smells like plus some citrus hop and fruituy tones here and there. Supoer complex with differenet flavors bursting all over the place.


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Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with 2 fingers of creamy brown head and a thin layer of lace clinging every where.

S - Rich, creamy dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds.

T - Roasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, coffee and a nice citrus hop kick.

M - Medium bodied, feels kind of light and creamy for a RIS but it seems to work.

D - Not as big or complex as other RIS but a very nice combo of aromas and flavors. Nice creamy chocolate flavor.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown black with a small lace that sticks around.
The aroma is malts,coffee,nuts and hints of chocolate with hops in the background. The taste is of roasted malts,sweet,slightly bitter and smoky notes. The overall feel is syrupy,mild bitterness with full bodied flavor and rich malts. All provide balance and even some grainy taste in the finish to combine with a sweet-bitter finish.

Notes: This one was not as aggressive as Brooklyn Brewery's
RIS. Easier to sip and I did not feel as though I needed to cellar it.
The ABV did not bother me,but I would not have more than one at a time. Is it me,but when ever I have one of these I really get in the mood. Sort of an Aphrodisiac for me.

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Photo of Taffle
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to review this beer a quarter drank and an a few hours sitting in the fridge - but I think the review is legit none-the-less. My Dad thought he would help himself to one of my beers and hated the taste. Thanks dad... Good thing I did the pouring.

Poured a very rich and thick black. Head was tan and delectable. Surely a dessert in a glass.

Smells chocolaty sweet with nutty, coffee-bean like aromas.

The flavor is malty smooth from the start, finishing hoppy amd sweet in the end. I really thought the brew smoothened out quite a bit as it warmed a little.

A packed body with a lot flavor going on. Suculent richness salavates the glands after every swallow. A really well constructed Imperial Stout. Hell, I'll take one more for sure in one sitting.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 finger brown head into my Youngs pint glass. Appearance is like thick motor oil.

Smell is hops / roast malt, raisin.

Taste is coffee, substantial hop bitterness , some chocolate.

mouthfeel is excellent. quite silky

Drinkability : I wouldn't want to have more than one of these, at least when it is 95 degrees outside.

Overall, an excellent RIS. I usually keep a stock of it.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured black like motor oil, letting no light pass through. The pour produced a thick head of brown foam that quickly subsided into a murky film. Excellent lacing spotted the glass.

S - Roasted malt and coffee. I could also detect a slight hop aroma in the finish.

T - Smokey malted flavor, with hints of espresso and a slight dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes off with a bitter slightly hoppy bite.

MF&D - Full bodied, complex and delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of marcpal
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter for reviewing purposes (raised my numbers a bit on top based on having this on cask as well and it was surreal).

A: Hazelnut coffee brown and almost just as dark thick head that dropped to nil. Another intimidating looking RIS.

N: Espresso, malts, and hops. Chocolate is also there, some dried figs as well- every part of it has a great strong roasted flavor and aroma. Among the best smelling brews Ive experienced.

T: Flavor not as exquisite as the nose but still tight. I enjoy the bitterness of this imp stout matched with the deeply roasted malt. The layers of flavor from the cask are even more balanced and sublime.

M: Viscosity of motor oil. Sweet and bitter complex flavors confuses my tongue a bit but it surely is complex.

D: Extremely drinkable for a RIS.

Victory is terrific and Ive come to enjoy this one more the more I have it. Not the best tasting RIS but the best aromas in my opinion.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask...

A: A really dark brown beer, close to black. A nice thick brown head with ample lacing.

S: Tough to pick up the smell, became more apparent as the beer warmed. Once it warmed, some chocolate, caramel and espresso scents were the most abundant.

T: A nice sweet maltiness. Chocolates, coffee, nuts and caramel tasts.

M: A nice creamy feel that just layed on the tongue and teeth. Very smooth.

D: Well, the ABV is over 9%, so not a beer I will have multiple of in one sitting, but a very nice Stout.

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

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours very little head, some lacing atop glass. Mostly dark black beer.

Smell is of Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee notes. Taste is of coffee and dark chocolate, with nice bitter hop notes.

Finish is very smooth, and considering the 9.1% ABV, it isn't overly alcoholic. Really nice taste. I'm going to nurse this one a while, I wish I had another.

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Photo of deanhead
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially had this on tap at the brewery. yum!

Very dark and velvety color. Virtulally no head. Aroma is roasted coffee with toffee and toasted notes. What a delightful smell this beer has!

This beers taste is chocolaty and roasted. Also a very strong alcohol/ethanol flavor. The hops definitely force their way to the front of this beer like nobody's business.

at 9.1%, this beer is amazingly drinkable. I have enjoyed this beer countless times, and intend to enjoy them countless more. Good on you Victory. This beer rocks!

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

A - Motor oil black
S - molasses, and chocolate with hints of espresso, fruit.
T - sweet malts, bitter hops, lingering spices and a light alcohol presence.
M - Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The 9.1%alcohol in this brew is well hidden

D - A good RIS, but for the money I can easily get much better from Stone or Alesmith

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: black with quickly dissapating head

smell: vanilla, coffee, alcohol, a bit of chocolate

taste: I taste a bit of chocolate and some alcohol. finishes kind of harsh with sort of a burnt toast flavor, the sweet malt that is there is nice but it just seems a bit unbalanced against the slightly unpleasant bitterness of the malt, maybe it needs some time in the cellar?

mouthfeel: Another point of interest, I perceive this as a bit thin and a bit too carbonated in combination of being slightly astringent the finish is rather heavy

drinkability: not bad, the mouthfeel and the bitterness are the only things I dislike, otherwise it's pretty good

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as could be 1 finger very thick head that lasted a long time.

Smells like alcohol, dark fruits and coffee...

Tastes very bitter and also nicely bended with sweet dark fruits and dark roast and chocolate...

tongue numbing hoppiness - medium bodied- no where near as "heavy" as I would have expected - it has a very dry finish- makes you want to take another sip.

This is a stout lovers stout--- a lot more bitter than others Ive had it is still definitely drinkable for an imp. but still only a sipper--- I can still taste this 30 minutes after drinking it...

This would go awesome with a steak.

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

Dang that is some good stout. had a bottle Wife brought it home last week, held off until one of those nights when ordinary beer would not do. It did not disappoint. As the kids ran around and destroyed the house, I sipped on this black god of stout. Good night, no matter what.

A - Dark - Dark head Dark Dark Dark

S - I poured the glass and was turning to put away the bottle when i caught the wonderful whiff of alcohol. MAN. That is tight.

T - This is what this should be. Strong dark and hard.

M - Thick and good.

D - I could drink a lot of this. I could also enjoy it i bleieve. For what it is, it is amazingly refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of DIM
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown, not quite black. It was served to me with a large, dark mocha colored head. Very enticing.

s: Smells of very dark, roasty chocolate with some hops peeking through, giving this some coffee notes.

t: Been a while since I've had a fresh SK, I forgot how hoppy this is! The hops lend a nice coffee flavor that blends well with the big chocolate malt tastes.

m: Perfect cask texture, creamy, lush, and heavenly.

d: The alcohol is very well hidden, making this a dangerous brew. If I could have teleported home, I would have had several of these.

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

acquired in a trade from akorsak, thanks man.

A- Nice and dark with a ruby tint when held up to the light.

S- The smell is very pleasant, hints of licorice , bourbon, oak, and a fruitiness.

T- This is always the best part of beer reviews. I taste a sort of raisin/date start, very sweet in the beginning, with some woody tones. The finish is of coffee and slight stouty bitterness.

M- Good mouthfeel, easy on the tongue and throat.

D- Easy to drink, goes down smooth, and is a nice well made brew.

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

so, when I reviewed this in the bottle in 2006 there were ton's of reviews (well over 940). I think the fresh cask version rocked! Soft, creamy, roasty, tasty, slighty hoppier but that may be the freshness combined with roast to make it more pronounced.

Darn that was a tasty pint. If only I did not need to drive home! Very happy to have had this beer!

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,931 ratings
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