Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,906 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 plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark mohogany with a light head that drops in to a wispy lace.
the aroma is roasty, malty, alcohol, licorice, spice, hint of coffee and dark chocolate.
the flavor is rich, spicy hopsack, bitter, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
best enjoyed on a cold night by a fire.

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

The foam was about 2" thick, dark wheat in color, slow dissapation, smooth and thick with staying power till the end and not lacey. The color was brown opaque. The smell wasa molassis, coffe/espresso, roasted barley overtone with deep and faint cherry accents. The taste was a firm and dominate deep roasted barley overtone with wood and chocolate/coffee undertones and some spicey fruit accents. Mouthfeel - deep full-bodied and thick palate feel. Drinkability - just like a barley wine - intended for slow sippin' to enjoy all it has to offer.

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

11.2 Bottle

A - Pitch black, impervious to light. A slightly aggressive pour yielded an 1 1/2 inch tan rocky head that stuck around as a 1/8-1/4 inch head with very nice lacing.

S - roasty, malty, cooked cherries,raisins in syrup, a hint of dark chocolate. The overall aroma is "in your face".

T - Very similar to the smell. Rich and malty upfront, cooked fruity esters in the middle, and then a sweet, slightly hoppy, aftertaste that hangs around. The alcohol is hidden well.

M - Near perfect! Velvety, chewy, nice and warming.

D - Very drinkable!

An excellent example of an RIS.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It looks like a stout. Dark black color and very opaque. It has a big, frothy mocha colored head with good retention that retains a decent sized layer on top. Small bubble streams make their way up the sides of the glass giving it a lively appearance.

S: There is a good balance between flowery, piney hops and roasted malts. Some subtleties of coffee and espresso add their aromatic hints to the aroma.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a near perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. There is less of an appearance of coffee in the taste than the smell.

M: It is medium bodied with a carbonation level that complements the feel and aids in bringing out the strong hoppy flavors. It has a sticky and chalky feel as well.

O: This is a very good stout and probably one of the best I have ever had. I will certainly be checking this one out again when I can get my hands on it. I'm glad I still have five more from the six pack to enjoy.

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

have had a few six packs of this over the last month and was at victory on sat nite so had on tap.

believe it or not i like to geta few of these and a few hop wallops and mix n match...really intersting contrast between the two beers, in a good way...very good.

reviews are pretty spot on w/the dark fruit and licorice and also burnt bitterness and carbonation (like the carbo)

very full mouthfeel...this stout is ALIVE !

overall this is a tasty stout w/a hoppy kick and great flavors/bitterness...will always come back.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. The enjoy by date suggests it's still good for almost four years. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about three fingers of dense tan head that sticks around for a good while and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted, toasty, and sweet caramel malts are all in play in the bouquet. On top of all this, there are definite citrus and (more sublte) pine hop notes. There's a bit of spice to this one, as well. I'm picking up some anise and the faintest sarsaparilla.

T: Sweet and roasty at the front end, with a very inviting malt profile. The middle brings on some of those hop and spicier notes from the bouquet, including the anise and sarsaparilla. Those hops work tremendously with the malts, proving some great complexity without losing balance. The back end has more of the hops, which provide a good bit of bitter on top of the sweeter malts. There's also just the slightest amount of clear alcohol coming through, but it's covered remarkably well by the lingering hop bitter aftertaste.

F: This one is pretty firmly medium-bodied. It has nice creaminess thanks to a good level of carbonation; it finishes with a bit of lingering bitter, but it's far from syrupy. If anything, this one could be a little thicker.

O: I haven't had a Storm King in some time, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. This is a great-tasting, complex stout that brings a good deal of ABV in a very unobtrusive way. This is one I'll be returning to more frequently.

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

Poured into a dimple glass from a 12oz bottle. Was pleasantly surprised with this one when reviewing winter brews last year. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. The aroma is mostly malt and a lot of hops, though there is some dark fruit and maybe a hint of coffee in there. Nice RIS flavor, balanced between the roasted malt and hops. There is also chocolate and coffee in there. Thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. Very drinkable RIS indeed!

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Photo of cmq103
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As with most RIS, the pour is dark and thick. If you pour from the bottle with a purpose, you can generate a moderate medium brown head, though is quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Moderate lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: I read a lot of the reviews prior to actually buying this RIS. I agree that the hop presence definitely dominates this one. Mild chocolate & malty caramel, fading to a faint citrus aroma. Both the aroma and taste benefited as the beer warmed.

Taste: A "right in your face" bitter roasted chocolate hops. The bitterness follows through to the very end. Not in a bad way. Kind of what I expected and wanted from a fine Victory beer. The alcohol is hidden well with this, but make no mistake it's there to bring you to a happy place both in mind and taste. As mentioned before, the taste, for me, improved as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, with a pretty amazing hop bite for a RIS. I do love the combination, as IPA and Stouts are two of my favorites.

Drinkability: Hell yeah, but a sipper for sure. I could easily see myself having a few of these on a quiet night where I just want to ponder the goodness the world has to offer. Victory has not disappointed me yet!!

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

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

Black in color. Chocolate brown quarter inch head. Sweet grain smell. Thick taste with hops ringing through. A nice aftertaste that fills you with the warmth of a good stout. A well balanced beer that stout lovers will find very drinkable. Also a beer that may intimidate some. I found that the taste was not as extreme as many are with the high alcohol content. Overall a great beer.

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

had from a bottle, poured nice & black like oil with a very small head to it, with a nice chocolate colour to it.

smell was malty, chocolate with coffee notes to.

taste was smooth with the maltyness hitting first & choc & coffee notes blending through smoothly on the end.

overall this is a very nice RIS with a smooth taste, a sipper! i will be getting more of these for sure.


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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, pours very thick and syrupy, half inch of tan head, deep dark black color, nice layer of head remains for the duration.

s- chocolate, roast, coffee, no real alcohol scent, some dry biscuit, sweet caramelized, well, caramel.

t- really nice, lots of roast, coffee, slight vanilla, slight bourbon edge, some sweetness - like burnt candied sugar, some belly and throat warmth, finishes dry and bitter. the alcohol shows up a bit as it warms just to show this bad boy's strength.

m- full bodied, coating, syrupy.

d- this goes down easily, but at 9.1% it may hinder sessioning a bit. this is my first ris and a great one at that - i think haha. i would drink this again for sure. another victory for victory.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared one year

Pours deep brown/black with a small tan head that maintains through out this session as a small wispy veil in the center of a small foam ring.
Aromas of roasted malts and a slight hoppiness.
Sweet malt tasting with some hop bitterness. The hops seemed to have mellowed out as I expected.
Malts have a chocolate espresso flavor.
A rich full bodied beer that has some grittiness on finish.
The flavors after a year have mellowed out nicely.
A nice rich stoudt beer with a good dose of hidden alcohol.
After reviewing I finished the beer off with a couple chunks of smoked gouda. They went together nicely.

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

Best by Oct. 2014.

Storm King is pitch black, with a dark brown head that has a fluffy consistency at first but then dies down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aroma is nicely hopped with a citrus and pine character. The dark character comes in next with the smell of a charred cooking surface, espresso coffee, and dark herbal notes. You can tell now that this is going to be a raw, rugged, and rough beer.

The taste is bitter from the hops with a strong finish that includes pine and fruits. There is also an extremley burnt roast character with some astringency. This makes me imagine eating the ashes of burnt American hops. It has a rough character all around, but I like it. Anyone who likes coffee would like this beer, whether they drink beer or not.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium carbonation. The finish is towards the dry side with a mouth coating, roasty astringency. I had this beer with an incredible brisket sandwich from B.T's Smokehouse. The charred meat flavor matched up well, but I think this would do better with a chocolate dessert. It feels light enough on the palate to make it mildly refreshing while still being an intense treat.

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

Appearance: Black as night. Small frothy milkshake like head.

Smell: Hops, pine. Medicinal character. Raisins.

Taste: Raisins, bitter chocolate. Strong burnt cedary hop character for a stout. More acidic than would be expected.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully soft creamy mouthfeel. Thinner than appearance suggests.

Drinkability: Alcohol is masked well. Too easy to drink.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours pitch black with a beautiful 1/2 inch tan head that is thick and creamy. It looks beautiful.

S-Hops, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. This beer smells complex and delicious.

T-This RIS is dominated by espresso, then dark chocolate, and hops are in the mix as well. Its not as complex as the nose lead me to believe.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-The strong espresso flavors and bitterness cut into the drinkablility of this RIS. Given its somewhat high abv. it would be a sipper anyway. I recommend this beer to any fan of the style. Its a good beer for its price range, but I don't believe it should be placed alongside some of the greats in the style.

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Photo of footy802
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured midnight black with the facade of a nitrogen cascade. There was a browned toast colored head three fingers in height with a long duration, and light frothy appearance.

S - It has all the workings of a stout but with a more aggressive hop aroma. This is well balanced with the rich roasted malt fragrance that makes for hearty stouts.

T - Somewhat complex, with a few distinct profiles. The Intro is a rich almost sweet malty taste that that surrenders to a well balanced hoppy tang and then back to a malty black coffee-like finish as the slight bitterness subsides. The intensity of the hops really adds an important dimension to this imperial stout offering.

M - Not your typical creamy or heavy stout instead it has a slightly lighter feel, i.e. not a meal in a bottle. The most impressive quality is the persistent carbonation; at no point was it still. The best way for me to describe the beer in terms of genetics would be a stout that got it on with an IPA.

D - This is a stout for the hop lovers. The beer has no harsh taste, just a hoppy nuance that adds to the drinkability and complexity. It has an ABV of 9.1% which was honestly surprising to find. This is a versatile offering because it has a hybrid, or nontraditional stout taste.

Very impressed with this beer, I've been drinking some imperials recently in preparation for "Kate the Great," and this was a standout in my personal opinion.

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

Label says Enjoy By APR 29 2015, I think. Kind of worn off. Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A - Beer poured a tall head with an aggressive pour. Eventually dissipated to leave a coating. Very dark opaque brown in color.

S - Malty tones in the smell, nothing really special though.

T - Strong roasted malt flavors.

M - Strong bite on the back of the tongue but very little warming for the ABV.

Overall this was a really good imperial stout. Nothing really special to me though to make it stand out. Solid beer none the less.

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

The nose on the beer is quite coffee smelling with hints of roasted malts. The beer is completely black with a nice inch head on it. Pretty good retention. The main flavour in this imperial stout is the coffee notes, followed by a nice bitterness.The coffee hints and bitterness from the hops make an interesting mixture. Nice thick mouthfeel, a bit too carbonated, and incredibly drinkable.

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

Got this one in a trade a while ago.. stored it in my cellar and decided to crack it open after work today, at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque dark dark brown color, minimial head, but some lacing. Smells of, well roasted malts, some carmelly sweetness in the smell as well.

Taste is pretty well layered... first of sweet malt mingled with alcohol fading into the bitterness from the roasted malts then finally a little hop bite at the very end.

I like this beer overall, however, I would like it to be a bit thicker and creamier for the style. I find it a tad thin for a double stout.

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Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ROBUST!! Pours black with a dense one finger lasting tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of licorice. Taste is the same as aroma. Full creamy mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A very tasty Imperial Stout.

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

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color with a frothy tan head that results in delicate, spotted lacing on side of glass. Complex aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, floral hops, coffee and caramel.

Opens big with assertive notes of dark roasted malts and, unusual for the style, dominant flavors of bittering floral hops. Full bodied with an ultra-creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Hints of buttered pumpernickel, dark chocolate and espresso surface. Suggestions of molasses, toffee and caramel emerge, followed by a hint of brown sugar. High ABV kicks in as it warms. Finishes slightly dry with a kiss of bourbon.

So many interesting characteristics combine to form this unique taste profile, making Storm King one of my all-time favorite beers within a style I'm seldom enamored with. At 9.10%, recommended as a sipper.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov. 16 '04 edition.
A tiny, beige head dies to filmy islands on the clear, dark brown beer. A couple of spots of lacing. Chocolate syrup and a little cheesy funk in the nose. A fruity, chocolate front; a thick, rich, sweet, but not too milky sweet middle; a nice, smoky, bitter chocolate, molasses finish. Grapesy aftertaste. This is a very good, full, milky, chocolatey, roasty, full-flavored beer.

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

12 oz bottle with a best before April 1, 2015 printed on the side (couldn't find a bottled on date) poured into a pint glass.

Look: black beer with some carbonation in it. The head in exceptionally thick especially given the style and it retains forever and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: pretty calm in terms of taste. I get some sweet malt and roasted chocolate and brown sugar smells.

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and some earthiness are present in the taste. There's some hop bitterness but not too much. Generally, its just very sweet.

Feel: very smooth and enjoyable. Not much bitterness and no alcohol bite.

Drink: very high. I think if I had blind tasted this that I would have identified the style as a normal stout rather than a RIS because the drinkability is so high. I could very easily go through a few of these.

Overall, a nice accessible RIS. Definitely give this one a try.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,906 ratings.
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