Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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5,918 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
Ratings:
5,918
Reviews:
2,644
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
924
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 5,918 |  Reviews: 2,644
Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a traditional spiegelau glass. First time trying this beer, and I enjoy sampling imperial stout styles. Pours a dark brown to black body with a two finger frothy tan head with visible carbonation bubbles on the top. Initial aromas of roasted malts, fresh hop fuitiness, and burnt coffee. Subtle notes of dark chocolate when doing several of the smell tests. First taste, that fine roasted dark malt sweetness, significant whole cone hop profile that zings you right away which I found to be kind of surprising. Well blalanced though, and bitter/dry on the end. The mouthfeel is the winner in my opinion.. especially when the beer warms a bit more. This beer should NOT be drank super cold. Smooth, lightly carbed, and dry/bitter finish that you can really taste the addition of the whole cone hops for sure. Its a bit different then some of the other types of Imperials I've tried, but certainly well crafted by the brewers at Victory. Overall the 9.1% alcohol content is hidden in this beer and is pretty well balanced despite the high level of hop presence.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of coopdog1000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is almost perfectly opaque black, with just a small hint of brown. The head is light tan and holds on at about half a finger. It leaves rings and sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma is a big blast of deep roasted malts and some alcohol sweetness. The taste is similar with a bit of earthy hops. The body is lighter with a silky feel and a little warmth on the finish.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a light tan foamy head. I get nice sweetness of sugars, a bitterness of burnt coffee, and a slight stink smell. The beer taste with a slight sweetness at first but then the burnt bitterness comes through. Sweet finish of chocolate and dark fruits. Nice carbonation and long finish in the mouth feel.

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well here it is, review #2500, a review of a beer that used to sit at #1 on the all time beer list, before rarity and price became the prerequisites for 98% of the beer list. BeerAdvocate shark jump, 2010 I think. . .

Anyways, this gem pours black as night. Without a moon. Hits that awesome over 1" of head, looking crimson deep burnt red on it. Aroma hit chocolate, roast, coffee notes.

This one floats seamlessly through the genres of stout, some irish dry aspect, the lactose in a small way of a milk stout, the heft of an imperial stout, the dark fruit of a russian imperial stout. Chewy, mild cherry tobacco notes. I have a barrel aged version I've been meaning to check out.

Anyways, classic stuff, no adjunct stout from back in the day.

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Photo of OhioSmallCraft
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Obriain
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buddance
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SparkyJr490
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KGilmour
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one was all hops. If you're after a stout that tastes like an IPA, here you go. Disappointed. Dark in color, and lots of head. Smell was a malt and hoppy citrus. Taste was all bitter hops. Mouthfeel was thin.

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Photo of OldDirty
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark brown with lots of tan head (4 fingers worth) with great retention.
Smell: Roasted coffee and subtle detection of chocolate
Taste: Most noticeable is the hoppy bitterness, followed by subtle amount of chocolate. There is a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Definitely a full-bodied, creamy beer. Moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall: A very good imperial stout. However, it was slightly too bitter (even for an imperial stout) for my personal taste.

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Photo of Curt3
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, near black with thin-to-none mocha head. Aroma is roast, raisins, and a bit of piney hop. Flavor is similar with semisweet cocoa mid-sip followed by a tad too much bitter for my liking. Finishes with a lingering bitter as well.

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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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