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: 5,982 |  Reviews: 2,659
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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cola-coffee color with a 2 finger dark tan head that was sticky and firm leaving behind a good lacing.

S: a huge dark roasted malt profile with fresh coffee, dark chocolate and a light burnt woodiness.

T: There was some dried cherries, black licorice and dried raisins. On the finish was a noticeable dark smooth roasted coffee grind fade.

M: full bodied, very viscose and syrupy with a nice roasted lacing that lingered on after the swallow.

D: Great example per style, and very enjoyable one to treat oneself to. Full hearty flavor.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark as night, dark creamy head.

Smells of largely of dark chocolate and coffee. Slight roasted almost smoky smell.

Drinks exceptionally well. Very balanced and quite smooth for an imperial stout. sweet flavor mixes well with the roasted malt,dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Slight hoppy bitterness sticks to your tongue.

Mouth feel is incredibly smooth.

Very good brew. Although I am impressed, I doubt this will be a common purchase.

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Photo of SQNfan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +11.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -3.7%
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 -5.4%
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 -5.4%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -5.9%
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 +3.7%
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,982 ratings