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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Ratings: 5,970 |  Reviews: 2,657
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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Photo of ruckzuck
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask the other week. Thoroughly enjoyable.

A - opaque and deep black with a nice tan head

S - Chocolate roasted malt, fruit, and some smokiness. Really liked the aroma.

T - chocolaty roasted awesomeness with a hop presence. Again, rather enjoyable.

M - medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Went down nicely.

D - this was great when I had it, and I got it on cask no less! Thanks, BSP. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a cask at the new Victory brew pub into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A: A deep dark black brown color with a light brown cocoa colored small tight head.

S: Dark roast coffee smell with some burnt chocolate notes and a nice hops smell. Not the same hop nose of the normal C02 I had at the brewery, they seem muted a bit.

T: A deep roasted earthy flavor with coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight vanilla and toasted malts. The beer has a nice earthy hops bitterness to it, but as I noted the hops seem muted more in the cask version. Very creamy and smooth with some slight sweetness. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish with that deep roasted flavor. Very, very smooth on cask, almost illegal.

M: Creamy smooth but with a nice oily resiny feel that coats the mouth nicely. Lingering bitterness.

D: High, unfortunately. I say that because these go down so smoothly and with 9.1 abv it will kick your ass in no time. The cask version is superb, simply superb.

Overall Storm King is one of my favorite Impy Stouts and it's even better on cask. I would have liked just a tad more hops, but it's damn near perfection. As a note, Victory will now have Storm King on the hand pump all year long I hear. Cheers to them.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to Chimay glass - Absolutely can't believe I've never reviewed this before...

Pours a cherry-cola black, with a lovely 3 finger brown head. Decent lacing - not outstanding.

Rich, sweet and roasted nutty smell, with vanilla and an acidic quality as well.

Love the flavor! Some Peets-quality coffee acidity, hop bite, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is mostly creamy with a nipping bitter bite on the edges.

I've had as many as four 18oz servings of these in the past (when I had a sixtel tapped in the home bar), and can tell you that this becomes a little TOO drinkable after #2. If you're trying it for the first time, wait to review it until your second one, and let them warm at least into the 50's. You will enjoy the complexity, balance, and aromas much more if you do.

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Photo of zdk9
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a half finger of head that leaves some pocadotted lacing.

S- Some roasted coffee notes hinted among a base of grain husk, not increadibly strong.

T- The taste is roasty and toasty- a good amount of coffee and a small amount of licorice and liquor soaked cherries. I'm not getting much on the hops end and I really wish there were more.

M- For a beer this has a decent mouthfeel. For a stout, I am rather underwhelmed. Not very creamy or mouthcoating.

D- I had quite high expectations for this beer. And it's decent- it reminds me quite a bit of the Edmund Fittz porter from Great Lakes. But that's sort of the problem- it reminds me of a porter. The taste isn't RIS strong, and the mouthfeel certainly leaves something to be desired. My expectations were not fulfilled with this one.

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Photo of rodcom
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Have had this beer both on tap at Victory and in a bottle at home. Overall a good beer - it is a "heavy beer." Dark at pour, thick you feel like you need a knife to drink it. Even with thickness - it goes down quick and easy though you can certainly taste the alcohol. A beer that I would recommend for a cold winter night and leave it on the shelf in the summer time.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ping glass.

Apperance- Thick black color with a fluffy brown head that stuck around for a while then dissapated to good sticky lacing.

Smell- Roasted malts and slight hop aroma poking through.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Roasted malts throughout, and a pleasing bitter hops finish, but not overpowering.

Drinkability- Very tasty stout, an afternoon sipper on the porch id say.

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee scents to it

T - Is very good like the smell roasted malt chocolate and coffee with some hops and a hint of alcohol

M - This is one creamy and smooth beer

D - Storm King is a great example of a RIS if I really wanted to I could drink a number of these in a sitting worth looking for and trying

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with two fingers of tan head.

Scent of chocolate, hops, maple syrup, raisins, roasted malts and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of molasses, raisins, hops, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

One of the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts I have come across.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers and I consider it to be a highly drinkable RIS.

Poured this into a snifter.

A: Deep dark brown in color, almost black. Little less than average light brown head. Good lacing.

S: Great smell. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and a slight woody smokiness.

T: Naturally a lot like it smells. Sweet maltiness with a nice hop aftertaste to balance things out. A nice chocolate/coffee aftertaste going on as well.

M: Very smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely not a session beer at 9.1% alc, but very drinkable for it's style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap and my pint glass was filled with a dense, black body that had a brownish head that was two fingers high and never really went away. I picked up some good malt smells in the roast and coffee department, but not much else in malt or anything like hops or sweetness. Rather bland smell. A very smooth beer is the first thing that strikes me, but it also contains a heavy coffee taste mixed with roasted malts, chocolate and some caramel and/or honey, as there is some smoothness and sweetness tucked in there. Also hints of cherry or some tart fruit and spices, although the malt is dominate. Thick and heavy-bodied but not too syrupy, this has a dry backbite due more to the malt characteristics and spices than the ABV, which I didn't even realize was anywhere near that until I did this review (i would've guessed 6% or something). Even with that knowledge, I would still relax with a couple of these at the bar again.

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Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, motor oil color, with a small head that dissipates quickly, and decent lacing along the edged of the pint glass.

Smell is strangely of bitter hops up front, and then dark fruits, roasted malts, and bready sweetness.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, hops bitterness, bitter chocolate, peppery spicy alcohol, and light undertones of espresso.

Mouthfeel is sharp, nicely carbonated for a stout, thick and chewy.

A good stout! It's very strong and seems a bit too bitter and hoppy for this style, however. Definitely a sipping beer as the ABV on this one is quite high.

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