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 turbine2475
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black wit a mocha head that disipated quickly leaving a heavy lace.
S - Espresso, dark chocolate, tobacco, with a back end of earthy hops.
T - Heavy espresso and dark chocolate bitterness. Minute hints of molassas and pine with a tobacco end.
M - Chewy with a good carbonation that left a decent coating helping to enhance the details of the brew.
D - A little more bitterness then I'm used to in this style, but it's not a bad thing. Good beer, but the higher alcohol content makes it hard to have too many.

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Photo of joezak5
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night with an overflowing dense tan head. OK retention, good lacing.

Smell: Espresso roast malt, dark anise and surpisingly oily hops.

Mouthfeel: The hoppiness hits you right away in a medium body with medium carbonation. This has the feel of an IPA.

Taste: Espresso hoppy malt with a little anise sneaking in, bittersweet chocolate when left on the tongue.

Drinkability: For me the hops overpower this one. I like deep roasted malt in an RIS, and perhaps this one (best by 1/24/12) just needs a bit of mellowing.

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Photo of Atron67
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pretty chilled, lower than my usual for a stout, but prolly more around the norm for most people

A- poured a dead black with a light brown/ tan hea, low carbonation, seems like a clear body, but thats really arbitrary, all solid on the A face

S- I was actually a little dissapointed with the smell, I mean it was obviously very malts, roasted dark character, no confusing this for even other types of stouts, but it seemed pretty simple, more one dimensional.

T- has a really nice strong maltiness, roasted dark charachter;. is actually really smooth for a 9% beer as well, idk if this smoothness helps the beer rise above to make it something great. very good example of the style, but i dont see a great clash of character,

M- thick creamy, pretty light carbonation,

D- solid, the smoothness helps this region,

now dont think that because the way i worded it taht i didnt really enjoy it, it weas really good, but i think i was just hoping for more

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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a tulip. Thanks to abankovich for a great trade.

A: It poured a dark thick black with a dark rich chocolate head that was massive, sticky and lingering. As the head slowly fell it left a bold lacing around the glass.

S: It had an aroma profile that led with the espresso and dark chocolate. There was a dark roasted malt smell and whiffs of ripe fermented fruits (figs, plums).

T: It was a rich complex balance of flavors that feature a thick, black expresso that is reminiscent of Turkish coffee (without the bitterness) and oily bitter-sweet bakers chocolate. The chocolate was complemented by flavors of vanilla and oake as well as maple syrup.

M: It was a full-bodied brew with a complex and interesting

D: It is a very plesant brew that is a wonderful RIS, however, the full body, high ABV and rich flavors make it a one and out beer...possibly one a night but still one and done.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 3/26/08.

Poured into a tulip glass. Looks super dark brown, pretty much opaque. Nice, creamy, dark tan head. Lotsa lacing around the top of the glass. This is a pretty beer...

Smells like dark roasted coffee, concentrated like used coffee grinds, bitter chocolate. Hop aroma is evident.

Milky coffee hits the back of my tongue first, nice balance of hops, then a long, bitter chocolate finish.

The alcohol is hidden pretty well in the taste of this beer despite the high abv. Lightly carbonated but viscous mouthfeel. I dig this beer, very drinkable example of the style.

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

the beer glugged into my tremens tulip. the beer is opaque black with a nice brownish head that fades pretty quickly leaving a tan ring around the glass.

this beer smells fantastic. i smell chocolate, cocoa, espresso and a bit roasty.

the taste stands up to the smell as well. the alcohol seems to be in the taste and the burn. noticeable in taste, but not the smell is HOPS??? not the typical stout i'm used to drinking. a pleasant surprise actually. as the beer warms, the hops seem to mellow a bit and the beer sweetens. superb.

the mouthfeel is full and carbonated. chewy but not sticky. i wish it were a tad thicker. (perhaps as it warms) the beer does indeed thicken as it warms.

this is a fine imperial stout that i'm glad i have another of and will seek out in the future.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with no light passing through except for the cola-colored edges. Small, off-white head diminishes quickly with moderate lacing.

S: Rather sweet malty molasses smell for an RIS, with an underlying roasted chocolate and coffee aroma in the background.

T: First taste is roasted coffee and chocolate which flows into the malty sweetness that dominated the smell. Finish is a pleasant roasted bitterness. Slightly more complex than the nose would suggest.

M: Relatively creamy and smooth feel with only a hint of carbonation.

D: Less abrasive and more drinkable than most stouts I've had. Overall, a very well balanced brew from Victory.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Market Cross Pub in carlisle.

A- Pours a thick creamy pour. It has a night time appearance to it in that is very dark/opaque. Even after holding it up to the light nothing gets through. A nice one finger dark tan head hits the top. Leaves a nice lace.

S- a roasted chocolatey smell. Not too much else to report on smell. It doesnt have any other aromas.

T- A roasted coffee flavor. It lingers on the tongue for a bit. It actually feels like i am drinking black coffee without creamer. The alcohol is well hidden and i cant even taste it that much.

M- thick and creamy. Coffee flavor remains in the mouth for a good 30 seconds after taste.

D- this isnt an easy to beer to put down. A good beer to relax with but it is heavy. A decent stout.

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

Black, almost opaque. Slight amber hue at the edges when held up to the light. A dark creamy brown head.

Hoppy, a slight hint of dark cherry. Malts, coffe, and a little bit of chocolate take prominence towards the end.

Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate with a very hint of dark cherry. Hoppiness builds exponentially as it sits until vanishing for a malty coffee finish.

Very smooth. Medium Body. Filling but not heavy it lacks some carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoyable, especially when consumed slowly. One leaves you satisfied and thinking another is in line. Two is probably the ideal. A perfect brew for breakfast. Watch out for the hidden 9.10 ABV.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like oil into my glass. Not much of a head, in fact none at all. Just a few tan bubbles clinging for dear life against the glass.

Warming alcohol and dates with a bit of german black forrest cake. This beer smells excellent! Lets drink it!

Ah man, bliss... This beer was in my beer fridge which I keep at a higher temperatures than normal fridges and I drank it without warming it up. I think the coolness helps make this beer crisp and not too heavy. Heavy date and chocolate cake flavor with a little alcohol and hop burn at the end. Very smooth, like velvet. Some lacing on the glass and this beer slowly disappears, oh man it's gone! That was quick!

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

I had this a long time ago, when I was first learning what beer tasted like at all. So I tried it again, now that I know much better what to expect, and have a more refined palette for it. This poured pitch black with medium tan head. It smelled like chocolate, some raspberry and coffee, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like sweet roasted malt with bitter chocolate, and a bit of alcohol warming in the aftertaste. The lingering flavor wasn't too strong, keeping the beer fairly easy to drink. The texture was smooth with only a little carbonation; it was very thick, but not the thickest stout I've ever had. Overall very good, but nothing too unique.

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

P:12 oz. bottle that my daughter brought back from Spring Break.

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan intense foam head and massive lacing.

S: Molasses, roasted coffee, malt and a nip of hops and alcohol at the end.

T: Really creamy bittersweet coffee followed by a hit of malt, hops and alcohol fumes for the palate.

M: Well balanced and very complex. Cannot rush this one, otherwise you miss the subtle changes as it warms to room temperature.

D: Really nice tasting and one that I enjoyed drinking very slowly for over an hour. One at a time is enough, as it would be a waste to drink this one too fast and miss savoring all that it has to offer. Highly recommend!

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head. Nose of oak wood, molasses, & heavy malt . Mouthfeel is heavy & creamy with very low carbonation. Heavy malt presence dominates flavor as well as the usual stout charcteristics of molasses, toffee, & unsweetened chocolate. Kind of a woody background too. Bit of a hop presence in the finish leaving you a slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/27/08. Best by date of 08/17/12.

Pours a very dark brownish black with 3+ fingers of puffy tan head. The head settles quickly and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, and some hops as well.

The roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors really come through. Maybe a bit too roasted. Slight cherry flavor as well. Lots of bitterness from the hops. A bit hoppier than I like for a stout.

Full, thick, sticky. Definitely a sipper. A bit low on the drinkability side for me. The alcohol (9%) is pretty well hidden, but the fullness and bitterness make me want to stop after only one.

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Photo of timbro81
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deesouth in the Brews 'N' Tunes 3 BIF for the opportunity. Pours an impervious black color with a nice tan head that dissipates into a fine ring with good lacing. Smells of DEEP roasted coffee malts and good amount of bitterness. Nice bitter hops on the tongue that transitions to a tastey deep roasted coffee malts. The bitterness hangs around throughout. I would've expected a more viscous mouthfeel. Another home run from Victory. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MoreBeerforTimm
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a few weeks ago on tap at Julian's in Providence, RI and thought it was great. Bought a 6 pack and am equally impressed.

Had to pour hard to get about 2 fingers of head which it did not retain for long. Color is deep brown/black with no light passing through. Aroma is sweet and earthy, as is the taste with a nice rich coffee, slightly hoppy flavor with a little alcohol flavor in the back of the mouth. Could be a little smoother, but easy to drink and enjoy. Does not have a lot of carbonation but what it does have remains even if you sip this beer slowly over an hour. I really enjoy this beer, one of the better stouts i've had.

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Photo of Rayek
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong and citrus heavy Imperial.

A: Thick, rocky, tan head. Leaves thick lace and stays with the beer. Deep walnut color. Almost black.

S: Chocolate and vanilla with floral hops. Somewhat sweet.

T: Heavy hop bitterness. Lots of citrus notes, most notably grapefruit. Charcoal and coffee flavors are there, but masked by hops. Alcohol is present and adds a nice warmth going down.

M: Medium-heavy body. Right amount of carbonation. Slightly syrupy and slick.

D: One bottle a night. Strength makes this a good nightcap for me. Hops seem a little too much, but the beer still fits inside its style.

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Photo of Romulux
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty standard Imperial stuff: Pours black,a little head,some lacing and smells decent. (blah,blah,blah).

Beer loses me in taste department.Very dry and way too hoppy for me.I am not much of a hophead,anyway and I am really not a fan of overly hopped Impy Stouts.I know there is some chocolate and some coffee back there somewhere.But mean Mr.Hop is holding them hostage.

If you are a hopaholic,then this is your RIS.Just not my thing,man.

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a kind of peach/tan head. Smells are chocolate, coffee, a bit of alcohol. Tastes is definitely malty up front, sweet, chocolatey with a bit of a hoppyness. Alcohol isn't too overpowering and overall this is pretty drinkable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and for a six pack it was also pretty affordable.

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Photo of Floydster
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for about three dollars back in September, best before date of 2011, split with a friend two nights ago, poured into a Stiegl glass

A-Very dark brown, almost black, 3/4 inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for two minutes or so, some retention and lacing

S-Roasted barley, almonds, bready malt aromas, grassy accents, raisins, other dark fruit, citrus, smokiness, some spices, and chocolate

T-Complex flavor profile, started off with a rich coffee bean taste, then faded into some milk and sweet cream, somehwat dry in the finish with some hops, this is probably way more dry fresh, as it warmed I could taste more sweet malt, some plums and dates, dark chocolate really came to the surface after a while, some smoky and spicy accents in the finish, nicely balanced overall, went down easy to my surprise too

M-Spicy and dry mouthfeel, medium to thin bodied, good level of carbonation, aftertaste was a little burnt, taste lingered pretty long

D-Surprisingly easy to drink and not just because it was the first beer of the night, smooth, could drink three or four at a sitting probably, high ABV though

Best Victory offering I have had, great beer for the cost, would definitely drink again, plan on aghing the others bottles I have for a few years, deserves to be in the top one hundred, recommended

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Photo of RomanW70
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black, with a thick one-finger head. Looks delicious. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and hops. Very well balanced. Flavor of chocolate and toffee. The hops subtly present and take over toward the back. Very full mouthfeel. This beer lasts. I was the worried the hops would dominate, but they blend in beautifully. This is one imperial stout that more than lives up to its reputation. Great beer!

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

Holy cow, bit of story here first. Had my buddy, WVBeerGeek send a bottle of Storm King to me from back East. I hadn't had any in 3 years...going through withdrawl.

Then poof! Two days later I find it on tap at one of my favorite beer bars. I've never seen SK out here at any bottle shops, let alone on tap!

Oh well.

This review is for the glorious chalice that I had poured for me at Blacksmith Bar&Restaurant.

Dark with no light escaping it. Dark thick head.

A nice hop profile awaits, hidden...nestled perhaps...beneath armomas of coffee, espresso, and rich candy sugars. An alcohol aroma too, similar to brandy or cognac.

Light carbonation in the mouth. Sweetness of chocolate and esperesso is nicely balanced with a hop presence. Roasty, then finishes with a bitter mouthwatering mouthfeel.

Yum, very drinkable and very good!

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, big thanks to ncvbc for this bottle.

Pour pitch black, dark foamy head, soft brwonish-white lacing. Nice.

Aroma of dark chocolate and a citrus/fruity hop presence. Flavor id all bitter roast and chocolate malts, light coffee tone. Dry finish and a bit chalky. Alcohol is very well cloaked. Faint and very slow warming effect. It has the taste and mouthfeel of a a very full and well rounded light alcohol session stout.

Good stuff.

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

Bottled Sep 05. Pours black with a small pumpkin pie dark tan head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is sweet dark fruitiness and aged maltiness, some prunes and raisins, also a bourbony twang of alcohol, hints of chocolate and a grassiness as well. Taste follows with some dry chocolate blending with the dark sweet fruitiness, grapes and raisins, dry bitter roastiness is almost smoky and chocolatey, a grassy bite in the finish along with a warmth of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium in body, tingling carbonation, and fairly dry mid taste to the finish. Decent bitter bite. Very good, I had never reviewed this particular beer as when I first tried it fresh (from this same six pack in 05/06) I wasn't crazy about it and just decided I'd tuck it back in the cabinet and see waht happened. It's improved imo and may go longer, though ageing can go both ways, this was a definite winner.

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

Had this on St.Pattys day at the Brewhaus for breakfast(Spfld,IL)

A-poured black as night in my pint glass,could see a little browness while pouring but in the glass this stuff looks like burnt up motor oil,the head is a cocha brown and huge though I poured it a wee bit slow,some of the nicest lacing ive ever seen

S-very nice aromas chocholate malts,almonds and citrus(hoppy)

T-WOW WOW WOW this is just what I needed to get me going on this great holiday,I first notice dark esspreso roasted coffee,then a rich bold swirling of bitter sweet chocholate with a citrus bite that is perfect to the last delicious drop,alcohol is undetectable

M-thick and heavy it is really like a meal,or at least like a thick chocholate hop filled shake,so creamy and filling,dry charcoal finish(its good)

D-could have drank them all day- but was afraid of the ABV-this one will be revisited!

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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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