Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,918
Reviews:
2,644
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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225
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924
For Trade:
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Photo of SQNfan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black in color and a 3/4" inch brown head that dissipated farily quick and only left some random, though tight, lacing. The nose was filled with scents of bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt caramel and campfire smoke. The palate was concentrated yet light on its feet with balancing bitterness and was smooth throughout. The finish was very long with the bitter chocolate and coffee lingering on and on. It was somewhat simple but a really well made Imperial Stout that did not come off heavy at all.

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Photo of Aaron58
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time with this great stout!

A- Poured into a snifter with a great creamy-tan head. Just about black as night.

S- Smells like chocolate nibs and some dark fruit.

T- Lots of chocolate and coffee finished off with figgy sweetness. The alcohol is there but only slightly and warms you nicely

M- Amazing, soft and creamy.

D- For a beer at 9% i feel like i could drink quite a few of these. Its truly the most drinkable high abv beer ive ever had.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a deep, opaque black with a tan head that starts foamy and quickly turns to larger bubbles. The head stays around a long time leaving a lot of lacing.

The smell is of roasted coffee and a fig-like dark sweetness. The feel is thin but smooth, with a burst of carbonation upon drinking soon after the pour but not much later on. The flavor is likewise dark but more of a burnt-toast flavor than coffee. There is a rather dry hop finish with a lingering flavor of bitter chocolate.

Overall, it isn't a bad brew but it seems like the aspects are a bit unbalanced. It may have been an older bottle for this tasting, but more carbonation would have been appreciated to enhance the feel.

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

Victory Storm King 12 oz.
Enjoyed out of my PBR pint glass and shared with my bro.

Appearance: Liquid black, with a hint of maroon around the edges when it's held up to a lightl Big and beautiful full creamy head

Aroma: Big coffee notes, but coffee that's blended with dark chocolate. Roasted malts, just a hint floral hops.

Flavor: Definitely get tasty floral hops off the top, that rapidly goes to burnt espresso. The alcohol is there... I've got to be honest from the appearance I was expecting a more of a big maltiness. I do enjoy the chocolate hoppy finish. But it still dies off pretty fast.

Mouth Feel: It sort of feels like a liquid chocolate covered espresso bean that's been liquidated. It coats the month and stays their for a while. Definitely a redeeming quality to this beer.

Drink ability: I will happily split this beer with anyone who wants to try one out of my cellar. But it's not a beer where I'm going to get excited about and look forward to drinking. It's good but not spectacular.

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Photo of beersabound
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mcallister, again!

This beer pours a sultry black soul, dark chocolate corners and a rich creamy hot chocolate head. The aroma is slightly acrid but it has ample wafts of espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and alcohol which all comes together with a slight whisky edge. This follows through in the flavor with some dark roast coffee bite in the mouthfeel. This somewhat detracts from the enjoyment of the beer but it's still very solid and one I'd like to try again. This is a night ender that should go well with ice cream and, of course, by itself.

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Photo of ibrewaletx
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice 2 finger medium color head. It didn't go away for quite a while. The smell of nice roasted coffee came through and the taste ended with a fairly surprisingly strong hint of hops. I was really surprised how I tasted the bitterness of hops in this stout, but it was pleasant.
Decent mouthfeel and the flavor lingered for a long time. Drinkibility was pretty good, not my favorite stout, but one I would not shy away from in the future.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brought over by SAS ... best by Sep 25;12 .... my half from my New Belgium snifter.

1" head... black brew... just touches of spotty lite brown lacing.

Aroma is all black grains... only touches of chocolate with some dark dried fruits... quite a bit of coffee throughout.

Flavor has more bittersweet chocolate than the aroma .. big bitter coffee mid palate moves into a spicy alcohol/slightly acidic .... just enough sweetness across the tongue to really tie things together .. finishes with a light dry French roast palate. Palate is fairly viscous.. pretty drinkable for the style... sorta creamy mouthfeel.

Really good.. despite my above lack of obvious enthusiasm... trying to have a conversation while reviewing.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack back in late January and I still have a few left. Every once in a while I bring one up from the cellar to enjoy.

I've had quite a few imperial/strong stouts lately (I needed to do my research before brewing my own a couple of months back) but I would not rate this as one of my top 5.

It pours very dark, of course, and I won't go into what shade of black it is or isn't. A nice amount of head for a stout and lacing lingers on the glass. It has a rich malty mouthfeel with smokey aftertaste. There is definately some hoppy fruits in there but they are dominated by the roasted/smokey flavors.

I wouldn't hesitate to get this one again but only if it was on sale. There are others out there (abyss and BGB) that are more special and unique.

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

Great stout, but a little disappointing.

Yes, it gorgeous. Dark, dark, dark color with a beautiful foamy head. The smell is smokey to charry, with some fruit. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit harsh, a bit on the burnt side. The malts are not as sweet and complex as I had hoped. Still a great beer, just a bit of a let down for me.

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

a - pitch black with a big 3 finger head on an aggressive pour. The light brown head stays for a long time airing out and leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

s - rich coffee and alcohol are the most present. A hint of hops is in there as well.

t - strong roasted character with what seems like fruit. The alcohol is there towards the finish which helps with a big astringent bite. Dry finish with warming from the alcohol.

m - full and creamy with some carbonation. Good balance here.

d - This is a great stout. It's not obviously complex, but if you pay attention you can pick out a lot. The strong acidity/hoppy finish and alcohol content will keep this from being a huge hit for me. It adds character, but it's not quite my style.

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Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a dense inch or so of coffee coloured head on top of a virtually pitch black body. The head slowly falls away leaving nice rings of lacing.
S - Coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma. There is some floral and citrus hop notes hidden underneath.
T - Coffee and chocolate dominate the taste as well. A slight smokey note is present too.
M - Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. Lingering roasty chocolate and coffee.
D - I held onto this for a while given it's not available here and I only got it in a very genourous trade (thanks xtacyturbo). I think the hops had faded (as would be expected) but otherwise this is a very solid RIS.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Not completely black. Some light gets through to sow some ruby highlights around the edges. A beige head forms, and recedes after a couple of minutes. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Not a very strong aroma, but pleasant non the less. Bitter chocolate, coffee, malt, and some hops.
T: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors again. A ton of hops that give the beer a harsh bitterness. Not really what I was expecting.
M/D: Medium body (in a relative way for a RIS). Not as heavy as I thought it would be. That is not a bad thing, I just like my RIS to give a huge coat of the mouth. This does not. At just over 9% ABV, this is a sipping beer. Given that, the bitterness makes it a little harder to drink.

Kind of a sub-par RIS in my book. Not bad at all, but there are much better versions to be had.

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

This beer poured jet black with a dark tan head. The scent is of roasted malts with hints of mocha and coffee. The taste starts off with some bittersweet coffee taste that is cut rather quickly by some rather agressive hops and then finishes with some warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and a little slick with some warming from the alcohol. This is an interesting beer, but it sits a little heavy for me to reach for more than one at a time.

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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

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Drinkability
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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