Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,914 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 RickSawyer
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +2.9%
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 +6.1%
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 +9%
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 +5.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -15.1%
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 -10.2%
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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Photo of brandoneast
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with amazing head retention. Aroma of plums, mocha coffee, and faint anise with an alcohol nose comparable to barleywine. The taste brings intricate flavors of biscotti, toasted almond, bread crust, dried red fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol moderately warms the mouth, then finishes quite bitter, yet pleasantly with a creamy and full mouthfeel. Storm King is an impressive and complex dessert stout that stores and cellars for up to five years.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle poured into a snifter that was sampled by a couple friends. Bottle is marked best before August 2012, so this one is about 6 months old.

First of all, this is one dark beer, so black with a milk chocolate colored head that sported pretty good retention and lacing. I have seen this in a pint glass and it looks fantastic.

Smell is, obviously, roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol coming through but it is nicely tempered, which is a welcome change from RIS alcohol bombs. There is also a pleasant hoppiness that just peeps through all the dark malts to remind me that this is, after all, a beer, and one from victory nonetheless.

Taste is dominated by dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, some alcohol and some hoppiness. Pretty much the same story. This one is good, and pretty smooth. Not too bold so as to be harsh, not to tame so as to be boring.

Mouthfeel was full without being syrupy or cloying, medium low carbonation keeps it just lively enough. Very drinkable. 9% is up there, but not so high that i would have passed on drinking another right then and there. Delicious and fairly cheap. I got mine as part of a mixed six pack for $10.99.

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

Had in a pub glass at Victory's Pub

A-One of the blackest beers I have seen, topped by a thick head that reminded me of cappucino; Excellent retention and lacing.

S-A little citrus hop, along with a nice bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A little subdued compared to others of the style, but nicely balanced..

T-Complex malt character, with coffee, chocolate, molasses and a nice earthiness. A bit more hop than expected breaks through, along with a hint of citrus. Nicely balances the beer. A little cherry and chocolate subsides to a dry roasted malt finish.

M-Nice mouthfeel. This is a thick, smooth beer that coats your mouth. A nice level of carbonation plays with the palate. Also a pleasant bit of alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer and goes down easy for the abv. Everyone should give this a try. One of my favorites.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, 3-finger root beer float-colored head stays well - decent lacing. French roast-colored opaque body. Very enticing.

Nose has a slight metallic twang with a little coldness (from carbonation?) at first - graduates to nice bitterness and coffee grounds.

Chewy, sweet hearty roasted bittersweet chocolate malt with nice grassy hop finish. Vanilla ice cream with natural cocoa topping. Evolves into further bitterness - alcohol also emerges more. Well-balanced - lots of everything here.

Very chewy - slowly coats, soothes, relieves? Slight alcohol burn; hop finish becomes more pronounced.

Quite drinkable for the style; perhaps not a true session item (rather filling) but a worldly effort all-around.

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

Poured into a wine glass.

A - Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch. Perfect lacing, nice head and good retention. It looks evil.

S - Bitter chocolate malts, a bit pungent, yet tasty.

T - Wow, I'm not a stout fan by any means, but this is damn good. Super smooth roasted malt profile chocked full of dark fruits and plums. Chocalate makes up the creamy finish. Impressive.

M - Full bodied, smooth, bitter residue tinges the palate, low carbonation.

D - Amazing. I really love this beer, I was saddened upon realizing that it was done for, I need more. So do you. Reco.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer casked poured from the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia.

The appearance was there for sure. It poured a thick brown /black with a nice tan two to three finger head. I could smell the chocolate malts and coffee mix as soon as it was placed in front of me. It had a nice earthy taste to it with well balanced hops, coco, and coffee. Nice and smooth when on the palate, very enjoyable. Very easy to drink. Especially when poured from a hand pumped cask.

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

Poured a deep black with 1" thick, pillowy head, tan in color. A lot of lacing was left as the head came down. Smells of roated malt with some chocolate and raison. Tastes of roast malt and toffee then finishes dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, minimal carbonation. Goes down easily. Can't detect the alcohol. Not may favorite imperial stout, but very good.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost as black as old engine oil... one of the darker stouts I have seen. Decent, light brown head... pulls back a little quick, but sticky.

S: An over-roasted (I might not go so far as to use burnt on this one) malt aroma. A bit of a nice mocha/toffee blend going on in there.

T + M: Roasted malts and burnt sugars/toffee, some bitterness... I like the flavour well enough, but what really stood out is the feel. Quite thick and viscous, creamy and smooth. If this had just a bit more complexity to the flavour to savour, it could be a world-class brew.

D: I'd get more just because I like how it feels going down. Ultimately, I don't suppose it REALLY jumps out at me, and the ABV will of course catch up quite quickly, but it's reasonably good nonetheless.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black brew with a light brown head on it. Molasses and milk chocolate in the aroma while the taste accents bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Somewhat thick but mostly creamy on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but very well hidden for a brew of this strength.

A very well crafted stout, and another solid brew from Victory, though I like my stouts a tad sweeter.

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Photo of mellocello2003
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. Perhaps not as good as others mentioned in this review.

A - thick, dark, and creamy with a very minimal head and some minor lacing.

S - malty toffee

T - lots and lots of burnt sugar paired with toffee and an overwhelming aftertaste of yet more burnt sugar. Not exactly complex. Perhaps they overkilned the malts? Is that possible to do?

M - The mouthfeel was quite nice. I would expect nothing less.

D - Good.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle of Storm King that I am reviewing today was given to me by a representative of Victory Brewing Co. at a beer tasting that I recently attended. While I have had Storm King before I figured now would be the perfect time to sample this high gravity stout seeing that its 14 degrees outside.

The beer poured into the usual tasting snifter with a small head that quickly vanished. The lacing on the inside of the glass was minimal. The nose was sharp with hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Although this beer boasts a 9.1% ABV it is very drinkable, and it doesn't leave you with a harsh, alcoholic aftertaste. I am planning on taking a trip to the Victory brewery, hopefully sometime this spring. I'll definitely be sure to bring a few bottles back for aging.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours virtually pitch-black with brown head.

Smell: The scent of sherry comes to mind immediately. Mild roasted aromas surface.

Taste: Burnt and bitter tones- slightly astringent, bite initally. The roasted malts are quite evident, ushering up notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste lingers for awhile on the palate. An alcohol warmth is also very perceptible throughout the tasting. Fortunately, as this beer warmed, these harsher elements seemed to mellow a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderately slick feel.

Drinkability: Good for a single serving, especially if paired appropriately. Not a serviceable session brew.

Overall: The bitterness and 'burnt' properties seem to be a bit too forthcoming here. Seems like this could be a much better beer if its overall aggressiveness would be turned down a notch. Perhaps a little time in the cellar would tone this down some...

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big and black, with a nice tan head. The head does not stay put for long, nor does it leave behind much lacing.

Aroma of bitter chocolate, semi sweet cherry cordials, some far off roasted malts and/or coffee. The taste is warm with alcohol throughout, but with sweet cherries and dark chocolate, roasted malts and robust arabica beans. Some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

This RIS is big and viscous. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. A good sipper that is sure to warm you on a cold Winter's night.

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

dark cola, decent head that fades to thin wisps. sparse lacing.

coffee scent with leafy, herbal tones. whiff of leather (?!) and alcohol.

some acidic bite before the dark mocha flavor. hint of aged or spiced rum. some roasted malt peeks through the solid hop profile: some herbal spiciness, good bitter backbone. semi-sour, semi-dry finish.

viscous and somewhat creamy.

not too bad. but i've had better.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a complete darkness pitchblack with a nice brown 1 finger head that leaves sticky lacing throughout the session. Aroma is complete heaven, Roasted grains, malts and semi chocolate. Nice!! Taste is phenomenal. Nice coffee and chocolate attack with flanks of chicory bitterness and hoppy piney finish. Mouthfeel is a very pleasing malty but not too thick and syrupy feel. Drinkablity is a great one as well with this one only being an 9.1 abv. lol

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Photo of thartman
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a two-finger frothy tan head with good retention and lots of lacing throughout. Smell of roasted malts, coffee, some licorice. Lots of flavor as soon as it hits the palate, like espresso coffee, roasted malts, and some hoppy bitterness, actually quite complex. Mouthfeel is oily smooth, medium-heavy body, the finish is definitely bitter. Mellows a wee bit as it warms up a little. Excellent stout, Nice cold weather beer. It will be interesting to see how this batch changes over the year(s).

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Photo of GRPunk
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a best by date of January 2, 2012 poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a jet black with a thin tan head that became a light lace in the middle of the glass and around the edges. It left nice sticky rings.

S- Initially, it was on the hoppier end of the RIS spectrum. The hoppy scent was well mixed with sweet chocolate, coffee, and raisin tones.

T- It had great flavor. There was a well blended mix of roasted coffee and sweet raisin flavors combined with a nice hop touch. The alcohol is well masked.

M- It had a good thick feel as expected for the style that left a slight coating effect. There was a little bite from the hops.

D- It's a nice full-flavored sipper. I'd look forward to drinking it again.

Overall- Storm King is a great cold weather beer. I cracked this one open during the season's biggest ice storm on Michigan's West Coast.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,914 ratings.
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