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 Deus1138
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Total Wine and More in Kennesaw. Bought a single for my six pack mixer.

Pours like your typical Russian Imperial Stout: dark and thick. Not a lot of head presentation; maybe a quarter inch that quickly went away. While it lasted, it was a dark, caramel brown color. You can really smell the coffee and chocolaty malts coming through.

Taste is is exceptional. True to the style, it packs a LOT of flavor. But it's all balanced so well that it isn't overwhelming. There's a lot of chocolate and coffee on your first swig, but then the hops make their presence known. Smooth and creamy. Some other Russian Imperials I've had were good, but there was almost too much flavor thrown at you. This one is perfect.

Alcohol is very well hidden. It's 9%, but it doesn't taste it. You can almost feel it when you're swallowing it though.

This will probably be the beer I buy in bulk this winter to sip by the fire place: an excellent representation of the style.

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

Pours black and completely opaque with a large one inch light brown head. Frothy with good retention and some nice fine bubble lace.

Aroma is alright. Some good coffee notes, a bit of dark chocolate, a floral hoppiness and slightly boozy.

Taste is pretty nice. Black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a little hop bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Strong flavors, however very pleasant. Alcohol is fairly high which limits the brew only slightly. Alcohol is well hidden making for easier consumption. This is my second attempt at this brew and I am more pleased this time around. I need to see some age on this one.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown or black color with a light brown colored head that pops up and then goes away but does leave some spotty lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and a slight woody smoke smell.

T- Roasted malts, caramel, spicy hops and alcohol at first. As each sip passes, the taste seems to build in complexity.

M- Full body, good carbonation and a little oily

D- Very drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden. A tasty and great russian imperial stout.

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

A: snifter. pours an impenetrable black with a slightly ruby hue. nice rich tan head. good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S: brown sugar, molasses, figs, raisins, cherries, along wiht some coffee and chocolate.

T: I get some serious fruit flavors up front, mostly berries. some big coffee and chocolate flavors. some bitterness. very malty.

M: warming and very mellow for 9%. smooth, with a nice bite in the end. decent carbonation.

D: very nice imperial stout. interesting flavors, and a solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of kevinglin
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly jet black with just a hint of ruby highlights at tha bottom of the glass. Thick and creamy tan head.

Roasty malt aroma, as expected, with hints of dark fruit, toastiness and maybe even licorice with a bit of earthy hops. Big flavor - lots of roast, toffeeness, some dark fruit and a bit of nutiness. Creamy mouthfeel with a sweeter than dry finish but with a bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste. A big beer, but the 9.1% ABV is well hidden - no hotness or astringency.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Big and bold, but not over the top. Recommend for sure.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely pitch black; even held up to a bright light there is not even a hint of transparency. Small tan head that quickly dissipates to a nice, thin, sticky lacing. Looks like you could eat it with a spoon.

Very mild smell of roasted malts, cherries, and hops. I'd consider this the one place this beer doesn't excel. It was a struggle to even write that sentence.

Taste is roasty, black coffee, and bitter chocolate up front. Bitter but not overwhelming hops on the back end, leaving a pleasing bitterness on the palate that lingers. Smooth but very flavorful.

Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Very nice carbonation consisting of small bubbles that really coat the mouth. Creamy and full. Almost the consistency of an oatmeal stout.

A very drinkable Imperial Stout. If I were the kind of guy that had a nightcap every night (or a Russian Czar), this would be my everyday nightcap, like a lawnmower beer but for the evening (a beer geek's evening.) It's immensely flavorful, highly alcoholic without really even hinting at it in the taste, and satisfyingly filling. An excellent beer that always deserves refrigerator space.

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

A: Completely opaque black with a dark tan head. Pretty foamy. Laces really nicely, retention very high. Doesn't get better than this.

S: Lots of chocolate and spices, pretty powerful roasted malt, hints of coffee, maybe a little dark fruit.

T: Coffee and chocolate with a background of heavily roasted malt is the main flavor, followed by a nice shot of delicious hops. Pretty sweet and very smoky for the style. More chocolate after swallowing. A definite coffee/carbon bitter flavor sticks around after swallowing, reminding me of a campfire. Alcohol barely detectable under the rich flavor, amazingly.

M: The texture is to die for. Heavy-bodied, chewy, carbonation is good, slight astringency. It's a little syrupy, as expected.

D: Very hard to drink a lot of, and very filling. A good beer to sip. I don't think I could handle this one too often, but when I want an imperial stout, I'll have to find this one again.

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

12-ounce bottle with a mean-looking bird-of-prey face on it poured into a pint nonic yields an ebony body crowned with three fingers of thick, creamy mocha foam that retains at a fat sheet that leaves swaths of webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is hop chocolate. Yep. That's what I said. Like 'hot chocolate' only with spicy, evergreen hops and a smutty, roasty note of burnt nuts.

Taste is fruitily-hoppy and chocolatey with caramel balanced by the a dark, dark black dry malt bitterness and piney, bitter hops riding a solid sensation of alcohol into the homestretch. Hoppy.

Smooth, spicy, and warming, this drink is completely inappropriate for Greenville on the hottest day lately. Think I'll turn down the a/c a notch. There we go. Great drinkability.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very nice with roasted malts, alcohol soaked fruits and a touch of chocolate and coffee. The taste is very nice as well, with dark roasted malts, a nice bitterness from the hops and a quick bite from the alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is oh so smooth and creamy, just perfect! Overall, Victory Storm King Stout is a very good RIS that is spot on for the style! I am not really craving the bigger beers right now since it is June and hot as hell in Florida, but this beer was well worth it! Highly recommended!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black with very slight garnet hues in the light with 1/2" tan head that left a ring of bubbles and laced minimally in my pint glass.

S - dark chocolate, coffee, slight waft of burnt toast and smokiness. Somewhat floral.

T - very dark malts, chocolate, and coffee with a mild breadiness. No alcoholic taste detected despite the high alcohol content.

M - full bodied, light/medium carbonation. A little chewy and thick on the palate. Quite pleasant.

D - very drinkable. Extremely smooth but the alcohol may catch up to you.

Overall - This is in my opinion one of the greatest stouts available out there. It is rich, flavorful, and you do not need to drink a lot of it to be satisfied (even though you'll want to slam down a few of these in one evening). If the alcohol wasn't so high I'd say it would make an excellent session beer, much like Guinness Extra Stout, but since it is quite potent, I'd like to savor one or two of these on a cool evening with an irish cream cigar. Will buy again ($12/6 pack at Wegmans)

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

i havent had this beer in almost five years. it used to be on the 100 beer list when i did my first two trips, but was taken off for whatever reason. back then I wasnt big on stouts and I probably didnt give this one a fair shake.

anyhoo... pouts a dark black color with a quarter inch tan head that dissipates down to nothing, leaving some nice lace on the glass.

hops are present on the nose as well as coffee

big taste of hop up front and some dark chocolate bitterness moves in shortly after. Alcohol is hidden perfectly. had i not known about the 9% kick, I wouldnt think this thing was all that strong.

this is a great beer. i cant believe i went so long between storm kings

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hand pull at the brewpub.

A: The stout is dark, black as night with a cream colored head. Like a roach motel, light may go in but it doesn't come out.

S: The aroma is coffee and hops. The coffee is bitter and acrid, swelling with dark roasted malts. The hops are strong but not overpowering, allowing the malts to shine.

T: Coffee and roasted malts, what a great combo. The dark, burnt malts have toast and charred grains but the coffee bite is surprisingly strong. The java intensity is roasted and smooth. Hop bitterness rears it head near the end of the sip and sends a citrus blast on the way out.

M: The stout does quite well in the cask, allowing more coffee and roasted malt flavors to emerge. The stout is formidable, a taste that doesn't let you down.

D: At an abv over 9%, this is a drinker beware type of beer. On a cold wintery day I can see down several bottles. On a cool summer day, one glass is sufficient.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Almost black, opaque. A finger of dark tan head sticks around for awhile, leaving a patchy cap. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, caramel, some butter, and alcohol. Some herbal hops pulling through.

T - Coffee hits initially with some leafy hop flavor, though it's subdued by the roasted malts. Bitterness grows until throughout the finish, and lingers for awhile.

M - Full bodied, with some moderate carbonation. Semi-creamy mouthfeel.

D - Pretty good, but I wouldn't have another. I'm not sure what all the hype surrounding this beer is about; I found it a little dry and less complex than other RIS's. I prefer a slightly fruitier component as opposed to the intense burnt flavor.

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Photo of Nesued
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took me by suprise that I hadn't already reviewed this beer. Can't let that continue.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a "enjoy by Jan 27 12" stamp on the side. About a year ago I bought several six-packs that I've stored for a bit. Poured into a Delirium tremens glass.

Appearance - A thick viscous pour. Little head formed at first, but after increasing the flow, a two-finger dense tan head filled the glass. Lots of lacing remained as the head resolved into a marginally thin ring.

Smell - Even after a year, the hops are still present to the nose. A fresh clean smell coupled with an almost milk-chocolate aroma. A roasted malt presence is there as well.

Taste - Starts out with a bit of a light fruit body which quickly is overtaken by a hop presence. Moves into a roasted malt end-game. The bonus is the clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel - Dense and chewy at the onset with a warm full-bodied presence that really lends itself to transporting this brew around your mouth. The carbonation is present, but it isn't the backbone for how this beer rolls around your tastebuds. I did notice a bit of a thinning as the tasting continued, would be my only down mark.

Drinkability - What a sipper! This is an excellent stout, especially if you like some hops with your typical roasted coffee/malt offering. Hold it in your hands to warm it up, you will not be dissappointed. I'm going to let more of these age for a few years, see if the hoppy presence mellows some more.

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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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,970 ratings
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