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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: 5,955 |  Reviews: 2,657
Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is opaque like a stout should be. quite a small head. smell is coffee, chocolate, porter style grape malt. taste is all that but more of that english style grape and smoked leather finish. this may be an off bottle as if seens this has a very consistent american coffee RIS style on here. my bottle ventured in the direction of samuel smith's RIS. fruity malt, apple, grape, fig, some smoke, some chocolate, earthy coffee, and tobacco. good should have again to compare.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A. Poured from 12oz bottle , deep dark black color with three finger tan head , lots of nice lacing

S. Smells of fresh cracked pepper and burnt chocolate and a hint of coffee

T. Dark malty , not very sweet , a hint of chocolate and a lots of black pepper taste to it , nice bite from the booze at the end

M. Thick heavy mouth on this brew , perfect for the style

O. Great beer , can't believe I've waited so long to try it , will be a spot in the cellar for this one

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Photo of akahn
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown-red with a short light brown head. The head recedes to a collar. Looks good, not great.

Smell of dark maltiness, plus some funky hops.

Simultaneously sweet and bitter. Rich. Very dark tasting, thick, malty, sticky (not quite cloying), with toasted malt flavors. Take the time to let this beer warm up, and out come the mocha flavors.

In the finish, there is a lingering dryness at the back of my tongue, I like.

This beer hides its 9.1% alcohol very well. It tastes strong but not from the alcohol.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation and exceptionally drinkable for how full it is. This is one good beer. The only other beer I've had of this style is Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and I definitely prefer Storm King.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass the beer pours pretty much as dark of a brown as you can get (close to being black), with a good brown head as well (but goes away quickly). It smells like roasted malt, some hops and a slight alcohol smell. The smell isn't very strong at all. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with a slightly sour, hoppy bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste sticks around a while! As it warms, the taste gets better. It's very smooth and creamy, and even with the bitter aftertaste it's still pretty drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation too. Even with the high ABV content, you can't tell it too much when you're drinking it but it does hit you after a while. Overall this is a pretty good stout, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

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Photo of DJoe
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crownrl28
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Review of a 2 year old bottle: The Storm King poured black as motor oil with no head. It was thick and syrupy with lots of coffee and dark chocolate flavors that were deep and complex. The flavors only strengthened as it warmed and made his a truly outstanding beer. I can't say if it mellowed with age as I can't remember my initial impressions, but this is a truly exceptional Imperial Stout from Victory.

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Photo of pgrose
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap
Buffalo, NY
L: 2 finger caramel head
S: Zesty
F: medium carbonation
T: sweet start and tangy finish

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Photo of elmore
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a snifter. A 2 finger tan head. Nice head with good retention for such a high ABV. Minimal lacing.

Typical RIS smells: burnt malts, unsweetened dark chocalate, has a nice floral sweetness, which I think is from the hops. Taste is similar to smell and I really like the nice spicy hops bite, which really comes through in the after taste.

This one fall about middle of the road in body for RISs. Solid, but not as full as some. Carbonation is medium as expected for the style.

Alcohol is well masked and the malt/hops are very balanced, making this a really drinkable RIS.

Another winner from Victory. I have yet to be disappointed. At around $10 for a 6 pack this is really a difficult value to beat.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a jet black in the glass with a thick, creamy, tan froth. This is exactly the way a stout should look! Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, lots spicy hop flower, roasted nuts, roasted malts, & subtle smokiness. There is a definite hop bitterness from beginning to end. Great carbonation/mouthfeel and long finish. Overall, a fantastic RIS with loads of hoppiness that is a must try.

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Photo of gskitt
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one I"ve been looking for. Found it. Pours pretty much a black, cannot detect any light coming through or around the edges. Smell is subdued, but consists of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is deep, balanced and full of roasted malts and some char on the end. Huge expresso element in the middle. This is a well-brewed stout. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. Overall, yup, awesome.

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Photo of Elimination
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some imperial stout!

Look is a deep deep black not a bit of light coming through.

Smell is boozy, oak, sweet, chocolate, dark coffee great overall

Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark espresso very great overall bit the end seems very dry really

Mouthfeel is very thick a pudding of a beer really

Drink is great wish these were more readily available in my area

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

Photo of dpcoz
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Storm King Imperial Stout
12 oz bottle - Standard Pint Glass
Total Wine - Claymont, DE

A - pitch black, solid, slightly viscous during pour. 1.5 finger caramel head that dissipated into a milkshake-like lacing, mocha colored.

S - roasted malts, fresh hops, faint coffee, caramel and chocolate, earthiness feeling to the aroma. Take a second to swirl the glass around and the piney hops come alive in a big way, very refreshing, especially in a stout

T - sweet beginnings, chocolate and coffee come together in a mocha-like presence, almost like a milk stout. Hints of caramel add to the sweetness and linger on throughout. Turns over to a decent bitter in the finish due to the roasted malt presence. Good hop presence, carbonation is prevalent but nowhere close to being overkill. Good balance in this stout.

M - thick. Chewy. Coats the mouth well, leaves an aftertaste of fresh mocha, chocolate and roasted malts.

D - surprisingly affordable, not hard to find in the Philadelphia area. Hides the alcohol well while delivering flavor and good transition. Different flavors, scents, hop presence and roasted maltiness make this this a complex beer. Storm King is arguably the best Stout being produced in the Delaware Valley.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gyllstromk
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Chimay goblet. The body was an opaque, jet black; conforming to the style. The head was nearly vacant but surprisingly light in color; this effect made a nice color contrast, forming a halo around the brim of the glass with little hurricane swirls in the middle.

I was surprised that the first smell from the bottle was hops. Later smells from the glass revealed the characteristic toasted malt flavors.

The taste is more toasted malt but very crisp and direct. Sourness is there, but I was pleasantly surprised by a hint of pine and a slight astringent bitterness; from smell to taste, hops played a great role here.

The finish is clean and smooth, without the typical stout thickness. I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ScottP
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwearl
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass I observed a very black beer with a hearty head. The taste is heavy and bitter, finished dry and a little dark chocolate. The might be the most drinkable heavy, high alcohol content beer I have ever had. I would normally stop at one beer of this class, instead drinking two and would have had three if I was at home. Just a great beer all around dark beer.

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

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy and lasting tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Coffee and bakers chocolate up front in the nose, with molasses, plum and umami coming on strong as it warms.

Super rich, dark and bitter tasting. Roasted, almost smokey, chocolatey malts stand out at first once again. There's a strong wallop of fruit and umami, as well, maybe a flash of licorice, and then a hint of coffee, chicory and wood mid-palate. Chocolate/ coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nice, full-bodied, creamy feel.

The umami could be dialed down half a notch, but overall, this is delicious.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer for years and only recently realized I hadn't rated it.

The beer pours a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of pine from the hops. The flavor follows suit. I get a ton of pine from the hops, which is accompanied by the chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. Low bitterness. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely one of the hoppiest Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of amidabha
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a moderate pour into an imperial pint glass gave a one inch head with lacing sticking to the sides. a great typical deep light blocking color and a nice minimal/slightly malty scent comes up but no off or odd scents.

a great taste focusing on the malt bill, a nice black bite in the middle of my tongue makes this curious sip. it starts off smooth and finishes with a nice tartness that makes me want to sip it again. this can be dangerous because of the abv.

i just found out about this brew last week and was happy to find it to enjoy on a cool night like tonight. this is a great beer that is a good standard for the style. it's a good thing this one is sold in 12oz instead of bombers only. this means i will buy this one all winter long.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with nearly no head, but develops a nice, persistent cocoa head after the pour is complete. Smells like chocolate, coffee, and toffee (nothing shocking here). Tastes incredibel - rich, dark coffee and chocolate, with a touch of brandy. Tasty. The moutnfeel is perfect - good measure of carbonation to offset the thick, syrupy character of the stout. This is a first class russian imperial stout!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer... not only for the taste but for the ease of which it is found.

As far as Russian Imperial Stouts go, this one is unique for it's fruity flavor. It's hard to put a finger on it, but the chocolate taste is there. The roasted coffee taste is there. But there's more... a fruity undertone (raisins, plums) that makes this stand out. The high ABV prevents you from downing these en masse, but that's not what this beer is meant for. It's for special occasions, like 3-day weekends, the first snowfall of the season or a college basketball double-header.

At $12/six-pack, it's a little on the high end, but well worth it. If you can't find Founders Breakfast Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout on the regular, this makes a fine substitute.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,955 ratings
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