Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a case of this as a present, then went and picked up another 6-pack this past weekend on a beer run in south jersey because it is such a tasty brew.

Pours from the bottle a thick, viscous black with creamy tan head a finger thick that dissipates, but lingers on the glass.

Smell is a coffee/espresso, chocolate, nutty mixture that is not as strong as the appearance and pour lead me to assume.

Taste is roasted malts and a bit of hops, with smooth earthen, espresso finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth upfront with a bit of carbonation and an alcohol twinge on finish.

Drinkability is dependent upon your mood. Since I had a case of this I had few nights where I could have a few of these and others where one fills me up. Either way it is very drinkable.

Overall, a great imperial stout with a lot of flavors mixing with a great drinkability for such high ABV.

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Photo of patrick16o
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black label with raven-like bird face wearing a golden 'V' crown of sorts. 'Enjoy By Sep13 12' stamped on in white text.

Pours a deep black that has shades of red at edges with light. The crown overflowed the glass, a good 2 fingers high. Thick an frothy khaki colored. Laces nicely up the walls of the glass.

Aroma is roasted chocolate mocha latte. Chocolaty and chewy, with a bit of earthy bitterness.

Lots of roastyness to the flavor, strong like a shot of espresso which blends with malty sweetness and dark chocolate. Nicely balanced with a touch of hop bitterness after the initial maltiness. Complex, roasted malts in a somewhat dry finish lingers.

Good solid body to this beer and a very nice mouthfeel. Surprisingly the alcohol is masked pretty well, aside from its warming effect.

Excellent Imperial Stout with great drinkability and lots to explore.

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

This bottle courtesy of abankovich.

Pours a deep dark black with some ambery brown edges. Tan head doesn't last long but leaves some nice lace.

Nose is filled with roasty goodness, dark roasted grains, toasted bread, bitter chocolate, and earthy root. Some dark fruits hide in the earthy roasted smell.

Taste is very round, with big full maltiness and some very subtle vanilla sweetness. Big dark flavors of toasted wheat bread, coffee, and chocolate fade into a well controlled resiny bitterness that holds on to the grainy taste through the finish.

Nice full mouthfeel with a good dose of carbonation. Slight dryness at the finish is momentary inside the sticky smooth body.

Besides a little heat, the alcohol is very well masked by the nicely balanced flavor of this stout. I like that it had very little sweetness, leaning more towards roasted tastes and some resiny hops.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from RutersBeerguy in the top 100 BIF. Thank you Sir!

A -- Pours a deep black hue with one finger of mocha colored head. spotty lacing on my snifter
S - wonderful roasted malt smell with undertones of espresso and chocolate. A good amount of hop presence as well.
T - this is the winner on this beer for me. Bold upfront flavors of roasted grain, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. All flavors meld so well together.
M- So super smooth and creamy almost silky on my mouth.

D- If i could buy this stuff locally I would stock my beer closet with it. Fantastic brew.

A big thanks to RutersBeerGuy for this. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of jph424
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Super black with a nice mocha colored 3 finger head, leaves a thin lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, espresso, citrusy hops, and alcohol

T - Delicous! I like this one a whole lot. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and citrussy hops dominate. A little bit of warming alcohol on the way down.

M - Thick with medium carbonation. Great for the style

D - Extremely sippable. This is a superb RIS.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been hiding in the fridge...Poured into SA glass

A: very dark, black with a creamy coffee colored head of 1+ fingers. leaves decent lacing

S: roasted malts, faint chocolate and espresso and I think I detect some cherry

T: Intense and awesome. Double shot of espresso, cocoa powder, dark molasses and roasted malt

M: Full body. smooth and creamy texture with some bitterness in the finish. alcohol is only slightly present. Wow!

D: Certainly not one to pound but I could enjoy a couple over the course of an evening

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WoW! A fellow BA turned me on to this wonderful wonderful stout. I've had the Abyss and was impressed, but with the rarity of it and the cost, Storm King is just as amazing if not smoother then the huge Abyss.

Pours jet black. Nice brown head that fades to a wonderful lace. Some hops are actually detectable in this complex flavor of chocolate roasted malt and with very little bitterness at all.

Highly recommended and a steal at around $2.50/$3.00 bottle!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 11/11/02

Kudos to pimpp who hooked me up with a *new* release of this as a *toss-in*, woo hoo! It inspired me to start cracking a few of these vintages open, starting with the first one I bought during the initial year of my BA-ship. Thanks for the nudge, Patrick! :-)

Appearance - pours quite black, a thin head of mocha sets up and falls readily back to a sparse partial cover and lacy, bubbly collar.

Aroma - vinous notes on the pour, changes to a pleasant but faded roasted grain.

Taste - good roast level on the grain, not overly charred but fully roasted. There is a very interesting flavor mid-palate, like orange circus peanuts or Pez candy. St. Josephs's aspirin, that's what it reminds me of. Could be the result of muted sweetness after five years in storage. or maybe a trace of hops. The swallow is deep and roasty, the hops still showing some ability to balance. The aftertaste is more of the candied aspirin and roasted grain flavor, some bittersweet chocolate emerging on the lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel - well weighted, the carbonation has held well but doesn't interfere. The residue is very nice, making for a prolonged flavor.

Drinkability - I couldn't find much of the 9.1 abv in this. Maybe a touch down in the belly. Delicious. Now onto a fresher sample for comparison...

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Photo of skillerified
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown color straight from the bottle. Lovely dark tan head, milk chocolate in color really, short but with nice lacing. Sort of looks like a crown on the side of the glass. Fitting.

Strongly scented in both hop and malt department. The hop side seems to take the lead with a strong flowery scent. Theres a cola-like bridge to the malts, which lend a chocolatey sweetness, though not quite the actual scent of chocolate. Some coffee, but not harsh. There is a definite dark chocolate covered fruit scent in there too - cherries I'd say. Complex, but not quite deep. Still very good though.

A lot of hop and a little roasted malt. The malt comes in a cola like flavor. Again with the dark chocolate covered fruit, though less cherry-like than the scent. There is a coffee like burnt flavor in there - not really my kind of thing, but not entirely undesirable either. The hop wallop rides over top of all of that with a strong fruity and vaguely piney/grassy flavor in every sip.

Bitter bites first - a little brash even. Seems to be a better beer at warmer temperatures, so make sure this one has time to sit before drinking it. Gets a little creamy with time on the tongue. A little off balanced and a little burnt tasting. Maybe a little too aggressive in this area. Just my opinion though, I could definitely see where someone would like it this way. Well hidden ABV though.

I guess I prefer a little more smooth and a little less overwhelming power in a beer, so the drinkability suffers for me. Still a great choice though. Watch that sneaky ABV.

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

This beer pours a deep brown/black color with a tall and thick tan head that laced the glass heavily on the way down. It smelled of deep roasted malts with a small amount of hop bitterness at the end. Underneath is a faint hint of some sweet chocolate, but not too much in the aroma. The taste is excellent for an imperial stout. It tastes of very deep roasted malts followed by some caramel, chocoloate, and then a hop bitterness at the end that rounds out the beer really well. It has a nice smooth and warm mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkability is very good for a beer of this magnitude. I would definately have this again.

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Photo of sberman77
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass. Color is very dark and head gave way to slight foam on top of beer. Smell of hops is strong for a stout. The bottle has a best by date of 11/16/2012. This beer taste great now, so I can't wait to see how it does in the cellar for a couple years. Goes down smooth with a after taste of hops, but not as strong as an IPA. Overall I really like this beer and am interested to see how it stands up to the Odell Imperial Stout which I plan to drink next.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. This has been in the fridge a while, but the best by date is Mar 16, 2011. ABV of 9.1

Appearance: Perfectly dark, dark colored head fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of alcohol, some coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Less alcohol here - full bodied, low carbonation. Lots of dark fruit flavors, a bit of bitter espresso.

Overall impression: Very nice - lots of bitter dark fruit flavors make for a very interesting offering.

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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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