Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Storm King StoutStorm King Stout
BA SCORE
4.05/5
5,931 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,616
Reviews:
2,649
Ratings:
5,931
pDev:
11.85%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
223
Gots:
930
Trade:
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Photo of orangemoustache
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.7%
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 +14.8%
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 +5.7%
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 +12.3%
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 +18.5%
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 +8.1%
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 -1.2%
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 +6.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of Drewcifer
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out nearly pitch black, a very slight brown hue. The head is high, rocky, mocha colored and slow to leave.

Smell is roasted malts, smokey earth tones, slight hints of chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is malts, coffee, very slight chocolate, a hop kick on the back end, maybe a little too much of an alcohol taste going on.

Thick and creamy, a slight oily feel after the fact, medium carbonation.

All together, a fairly well done stout. Powerful, not as complex as I was expecting while having a little more alcohol harshness than is to be expected. Not a daily drinker.

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Photo of Dripdry
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I saw this on the shelf tonight and had to try it!

A - Just fine. Nice and dark, and with all the good reviews, I was ready to dive in.

S - Not what I expected. Maybe I didn't get a good whiff, but this didn't excite me overly much.

T - A hodge podge of flavors, not all of them good. Some deep earthy tones and complexity that I can't quite pin down, but it's all overpowered by a harsh or alcoholic taste. I'm not a very big fan, and for all the good reviews, this beer just left me wanting for something with more defined flavor.

M - Pretty good, actually. medium-heavy carbonation doesn't leave the taste flat, so that's a plus.

D - I can sip on this, but it just didn't leave me wanting another sip. "It's Storm King, so I better finish it" is about the best I could muster.

Overall, I'll pass this beer on to someone else. Maybe I got a bad batch, but I think the brewers might want to re-evaluate the direction they've moved in with this beer. Am I the only one who feels this way?

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Victory Brew-Pub in Downingtown, PA.

Very dark brown with some ruby hues, coffee colored head. Very good lacing.

A definite roasted/smoky aroma comes off of this beer, followed with lots of malt.

Big smokey flavor right off the bat. Fills your entire mouth. Followed by just a slight sweetness and then big malt. Chocolate malts stay in your mouth.

Good mouthfeel.

I couldn't drink much of this beer. I felt full after one.

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

Poured to a clean imperial pint glass...

Pours black and rises quickly to a light brown coffee colored head which rises up to the top of the glass prior to finishing what was a mellow pour. The head is already lacing the glass before the first sip.

Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and mellow earthy hops. The nose really lines up this beer to a "T". Big roasted malts up front that transition to huge malt sweetness that is almost syrupy, very coating. The malts coat the mouth and alcohol tinges rise off the tongue right as the hops make a brief but more than expected assertive hit.

This beer is thick and rich and feels like it's got a slick of rosin or oil on top that continually coats the mouth. Quite drinkable for the ABV and really something that I'm having a hard time with being that I've waited as long as I have to try this beer. At least now I know what I'm missing.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black. Impressive cocoa head, a good two fingers that falls to a nice half inch icing on top. The head clings strongly to the glass, large bubble footprints leave their marks. Smell is dark chocolate, alcohol, cherry, raisin sweetness and a citrussy floral hop finish. Taste follws suit with Dark chocolate, earthy cocoa powder, a bit of lacto-sweetness mixed in with chocolate malt, a touch of raisin and alcohol spicyness. All balanced with a nice, earthy grapefruit floral hop finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and coating.

Always has a spot in my fridge.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to turbine2475 for this one
From a 12 oz bottle to the bottom of my belly
A dark beer with a few red-ish highlights around the edges. A thin tan head that seems to stick around for a bit. Decent amounts of lacing around my glass

Smells of coffee and chocolate with fresh hops and an undertone of the alcohol.

Taste like coffee with hints of caramel. With a nice bitterness for an aftertaste. I was expecting a more alcohol taste due to the abv. Very nicely blended and balanced

mouth is decently carbonated and it goes down smooth.

Im glad i got more then one of these. going to save a few for a rainy day. it's a big brew and i really like it.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at the Draught House here in Austin.

This brew is jet black all the way. Beautiful in a glass with a nice creamy head and and good lacing.

The nose of this brew is a wonderful blend of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a nice alcohol spice as well.

I was expecting just a big, huge brew that overwhelmed the palate, but I was pleasantly surprised with a beer that that first hits the tongue with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel, as one would expect from a stout and then a good dose of carbonation at the end keeps this beer well out of the range of being too creamy. Ditto for the flavors, as they are actually somewhat subtle up front, with chocolate, coffee, a little caramel that rides through to a good dose of bitterness that does a wonderful job of keeping this big old stout from being too sweet. A nice bit of alcohol flavor meshes perfectly with the hops to help this brew finish nice and dry leaving you wanting another sip.

As far as I'm concerned, for a big beer, this one has it all. Full of flavor, as one would expect, but unlike some big brews, this one doesn't try to overdo things. It's balanced, but still big and bad, and oh man is it drinkable. Savor this one with sip after wonderful sip.

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Photo of mistermonkey
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into gobblet. Beer is almost black, with a light brown head made up of tiny bubbles, fades quickly. Abundant lace plastered to glass. Roasted malt in the nose, with alcohol and hops just noticeable. Taste of sweet coffee with a pleasant bitterness on the back of the tongue. Medium carbonation helps this one go down almost too easy, considering alcohol content. Yum!

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

A - Pours dark brown to black. Ended up with just shy of a one inch head. Retention was average. Lacing was nice.

S - Roasted notes come through first. They are quickly followed by milk chocolate. Alcohol is in a distant background.

T - Roasted notes totally dominate the flavor. Once the roastiness starts to fade, some espresso comes through. The alcohol seems to contend with the coffee but in a good way. There is also an earthy flavor going on but I could barely pick up on it.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Becomes much smoother once it starts to warm.

D - Drinkability is high for this one. I will re-visit this beer again. Soon.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Nice mocha head recedes to leave half the surface covered in a thin layer. The beer is a deep brown in colour.

s: Really nice roast presence with a touch of charred hardwood and some heavily caramelized, dark sugars. Some dark fruits, perhaps prune. Considerable pine hop aroma with a healthy spike of ethanol.

m: Smooth, low carbonation and a medium-full body...nice but it comes across a little light to garner high marks here

t: strong roasts, some dark chocolate, big piny hop flavor with a moderate-high bitterness and long finish...solidly built but nothing too complex

d: quite easy

single bottle from Total Wine...bought a bottle sans label since it was a dollar, but all the others were best by 2012

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown beer with a light tan rocky head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, hard alcohol and some coffee. Not bad except for that sharp alcohol smell. It smells like someone dropped a shot of everclear into my stout.

Taste has hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. There is a roasted malt flavor as well but its overshadowed by a rough alcohol taste. Not a great mouthfeel, its average at best in fact it leaves me with a dry almost chapped throat feeling.

I would pass this one up next time. I think its an above average beer but a below average russian imperial stout.

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of DrBayern - Rich thick nicely viscous black pour in a snifter with a short lived brown head. Smell is of some dark roasted malt, but the big hoppiness of this came off as extremely metallic to me. As it warmed this lessened, and it was more roasty with a sharp hoppiness. Taste was fairly hopped, dark and roasty with very little sweetness, and with alcohol only lightly noticeable, but pleasant. A mild tasting finish with a good bitterness and a nicely thick pleasant mouthfeel. As far as stouts go, I'm starting to think I enjoy the sweeter and/or less hoppy stouts, because to me the dark roast character and the big hoppiness seem to clash. Rather than the citrusy, light, aromatic floral qualities as present in Pales, IPAs, etc.. I rather find the hops tasting bland bitter and metallic if predominant in bigger stouts. Not bad at all, but just not my speed.

Re-rate - enjoyed on draght and really liked the dry roastiness to it. Solid mouthfeel and body and an enjoyable flavor all around. Less metallic and hoppy than I remembered from the bottle.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,931 ratings
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