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.

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Photo of gnaussea
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12. oz. Still young...( 11-18-03) Pours as black as I have ever seen. the head is almost brown. This is a true imperial. At 9.1%, I would expect more alcohol presence, but it is nicely blended into the aroma. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley are predominant. Taste is strongly hoppy (cascade is the only hop i can pick out,) especially on the forefront, and settles into a nice, creamy roasted chocolate presence. A very bold beer, even for the style. Hearty, roasted barley aftertase lingers long into the evening. This is truly a treat, and with the twelve I had to trade for, I will be aging them with even greater hopes for the future.

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Photo of simmons
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is black as oil and has a nice looking head about it. It very smooth and full of malt flavor and the hops are strong but not too strong where it is harsh. It is done very well. If I remember correctly the alcohol percentage on it is 9.1% instead of 9.5% that is listed on this cite. (If I’m wrong sorry but I’m almost positive on this one.)

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Photo of Gritsak
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on jan.28/03...making this a little over a year old.

appearence is black with a rich tan head.

smells pretty damn good, roasted chocolate, coffee.

first thing you notice is this shit is thiiick. the texture feels like your sucking down a bottle of aunt jemimas syrup. but its soo smooth. chocolate, coffee, and even some citrus hints in the taste. roasted bitter finish. the strong abv isnt even present.

this is some damn good stuff. i made the mistake of sucking down a couple of these when i was drunk the other night and didnt get to enjoy them like i am now. this is definitely a must have, i can see why this is a tad above stone imperial stout. this just has a more complex flavor.

note: let this warm up a bit and the flavors really start coming out

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Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A trip to Minneapolis yielded great rewards. The last six pack of Storm King on the shelf is mine. By the time of this writing it is not a six pack anymore.

Pours a beautiful black with a tan head. Lace is there throughout the drink. Smells like malt, chocolate bitter coffee.

Taste is the real treat. Good dark chocolate taste. Somewhat sweet. Malt and hops are there. A strong dark stout this drinkable would seem impossible. If you don't believe me, try this. My wife(who drinks Bud lite) even liked this. The alcohol is not apparent. We tried this with some good dark chocolate. What a combination!!. This a good stout and enjoyable to drink. This was rated very highly at one time. It seems to be everybody's goal to make a world class stout. Still a good one after all these years.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by my sweetheart for Valentines Day, awww. She really knows how to make me happy!

Damm, skippy, now that’s what a stout should look like! Deep, cream black pour. An absolutely beautiful, thick and fluffy brown head, clings to the side of the glass endlessly. Smell is of cocoa, malt and roasted coffee. Taste is solid, thick and very, very malty. The burnt taste typical of stouts is there, but doesn’t override the hoppyness of this brew. This is almost the perfect blend of sweet and bitter. Very smooth and very drinkable. Overall, an exceptional stout. Cheers to Victory!

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

Honestly, I so much prefer this beer aged a year or so. becuase the hop presence is the dominat taste in the beer when served "fresh".

The pour is no doubt black, with a nice layer of creamy head, and some lace following later on.

Very thick very creamy. if in an aged botle, the malty, roasted chocolate is present more then anytihng else, and it makes a nice sipping beer, very very drinakble

when fresh out of the bottle, it is a different story. Very strogn taste, has not had time to level out. Hop presence over anything else really. Still good, but takes time to finish consuming.

well played indeed

****after further review of the play*** After agin it some, and going back to the brewery for it a couple of times, this brew has really grown on me after time. The taste no longer is that smack you in the face nature that the hops have, but more blended, and subtle. The hops presence has dimished in the profile, but the roasted presence increases, and, the chocolate blends nicely as well. Still, a great beer. It make take some time for this beer to grow on you, but man, it is nice

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this one by bottle, but previously had it cask conditioned.
Appearance- Very black, cannot see through this beer at all, it is thick and has the viscosity of motor oil. Maintained a thin brown head that stuck to the sides of the glass. A few swirls of the glass and the head reappears about 1/4 in. thick. Overall appearance-- Excellent!

Smell- The predominate smell of this beer is a sweet alcohol aroma, similar to a barleywine

Taste- Taste is like strong espresso. Tart, almost fruity sweetness. a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel was hurt in the beginning with too much carbonation. It is much more enjoyed at the bottom of the glass or from the cask with low carbonation. The bubbles only seem to mask the flavors. It may be enjoyed better from the bottle if left sitting 20 or 30 minutes or so to warm and flatten out after pouring. In the end though the mouthfeel was very good.

Drinkability- was very easy to drink. I'm feeling the effects of the alcohol even after one of these. The flavor was intense but not overpowering for a stout drinker, but might be enough to kill a bud drinker. Ha ha ha.

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

I like a good Baltic or XX porter so trying this Victory stout was done on a friend's advice. I'm glad I took the bait. The first thing one notices about this porter is the incredibly complex aromas. The balance is almost perfect between chocolate-fruity sweetness and bitter hopping. The mouth feel is full and rewarding and it has a dry-ish tart finish as the hops take over the delicious complex musty body.

Comes in a long neck brown pint impressive label with freshness date.
Poured a dark smokey mahogany that denies light to be seen through it (like a malted black hole). Smallish brown head dissipates quickly and goes to a thin ring that clings to the sides of the glass for the rest of the drink.

Pungent smells of musty chocolate and cherries and alcohol....deeelicious!

Starts with a strong surge of full bodied sweet maltiness with smoky- chocolate accents and hints of fruit then thins out a bit on the back of the palate as the hopping kicks in and becomes a well balanced taste of bitter sweet mustiness then finishes tart with a tinny hop aftertaste...marvelous!

This is a really good beer if not a great beer. I’ll be back for more.

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Photo of JimsArcade
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Bottled on 12/15/03) The beer pours somewhat thick and is as close to black as dark-brown gets. A pillow-like head the color of beer-bottle brown goes from two to three fingers high in a standard pint glass. A cascade is apparent, though not to the degree of beers poured from nitrogen-based delivery systems, and ends with a thin head leaving some sticky lace around the glass.

An aroma of bitter sweetness is apparent, suggesting hints of German cherry cordials in the nose, to coffee in the nose and mouth in conjunction, and finally to dark rum in the mouth thanks to the mildly apparent alcohol.

The first taste is overwhelmingly like chocolate-flavored espresso, and feels just as dense. It is rather hoppy for a stout, but it fits in well. After the initial surprise reaction to the flavor mix, each passing drink becomes smoother. The carbonation is medium throughout. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more and more apparent, the sensation of which peaks at mid-glass. It finishes sweeter than it began.

I think I definitely picked a winner for my first review. I have tasted only a handful of brews that top this, but I look forward to the possibility of discovering more.

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

Appearance: pours an almost midnight black brown color. Head is a tan fluffy inch of goodness that lasted almost the entire glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee predominates. Faint hints of a citrusy hop smell are noted. Lovely smell.

Taste: Initial taste is a dark coffee/toffee taste, bitterness is well done but not too overpowering. Finish is a lovely balance of hoppy bitterness and a surprising malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, huge body, CO2 level is spot on, Alcohol is very well done for the level.

Drinkability&Notes: My thanks to Glen for buying this one for me; I don't think I would have tried this one, but this beer is so damned smooth it could make the Terminator cry. This beer kicks arse.

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Photo of Crosling
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, I would like to thank Miquel for hooking me up with a wide variety of Eastern beers. It was certainly a pleasure.

The Storm King....sampled at room temperature

Pours pitch black with a very dense lightish brown head. The head was perfect and the lace was even better. Before I even smelt this beer I played with its lace for a good 15 minutes. I was fascinated by it. It stuck perfectly every time.

Aromas are of rich roasted burnt dark malts, black licorice, chocolate, dripping fruits and alcohol. Hops are violent in the aroma, perhaps a foreshadow of what is to come??

Very hoppy. Wish I knew the IBU's...just a little curious. Hoppier and fruitier than most Imperial Stout it seems. A little thin in the mouth but a very lingering bitter finish. Black licorice, roasted malt..and lots of it, dry chocolate and lots of expresso are all around its flavor profile.

This was a very very good offering. I liked it more than the Old Rasputin I had earlier today.

Great beer.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark black imperial stout pours thick and oily into the glass. A huge brown head appears, and sticks around, coating the glass all the way down. There was a terrific bitter, coffee, chocolate flavor, and a great hop-malt balance. The high alcohol was not obvious while drinking it.

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Photo of TerryW
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, black, black without a hint of light peeking through the glass. Great big dark brown head, good lace. This beer looks beautiful when you pour it in a glass, lots of action, great colours.

Sweet nose full of coffee and fruit. Noticeable alcohol underlays this.

Thick and sweet on the palate with a drying bitter finish. Roast coffee and chocolate, dense heavy fruit, rum like. Gotta chew your way through this one.

Overall quite enjoyable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a solid opaque black, topped with a light mist of taupe head. A thick collar of head maintains throughout, dwindling a bit towards the bottom, but never disappearing.
The aroma is quite powerful. Copious amounts of burnt malt, with considerable coffee. Chocolate malt and some toffee is present to a lesser extent, with hints of estery plum, black cherry and red grape. Slightly vinous, with noticable alcohol. The hops are rather outspoken, providing a brash, rind-like, grapefruity citric odor, with a pleasant herbal quality as well.
The flavor starts out with an almost charred roasted maltiness. Tons of bittersweet flavor, coffee-like in character, with chocolate and toffee throughout. Deep fruitiness breaks in, hinting at prune, black cherry, red grape and a suggestion of fig,without the sweetness. The hops kick in rather quickly, breaking on the malt with a huge grapefruity tide that rides into the swallow. Some alcohol is apparent in the long finish, adding a bit of solvent bitterness. Tangy citric hops and bittersweet coffee maltiness linger in the aftertaste, which stays with you for quite a while. Huge body, with a smooth, almost sherrylike mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Aged feeling, with a very assertive fresh hopping. Interesting, complex and delightful.
This is the first time I've tried the beer young. Every other was aged for at least 8-9 months. The hopping is absolutely fantastic, kind of like what would happen if you combined imperial stout with india pale ale. A very challenging brew, without much in the way of sweetness. Great stuff, although it'll seriously take it's toll on any beer you'd dare to follow it with.

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Photo of Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing all the hype and discussions on this beer I had to finally give it a try! The brew poured a midnight black color with a deep brown head, which dissipated rather quickly and left a little lacing on the glass.
This beer has some wonderful aromas that just seem to have a real good balance. The smells are of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of hops, a fantastic mix.
The taste is very nice, first I can notice a coffee-malt sweet taste that goes great together. The finish is a little hoppy and bitter and that surprised me a bit.
It feels like a thick but smooth beer that has a lot of nice flavors. This is a very good stout, one that I would definitely go out of my way to find. Probably not as high on it as others on rating this brew but overall and excellent experience!

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a pitch black with a moderate head that didn't stick around long, but left some lacing on the glass. Aroma is quite nice. Roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso coffee. Taste is more of the same. Nicely balanced, and not overpowering with the bitterness. Moderate carbonation, and a silky smooth mouth feel. An interesting beer, considering imperial stouts are not my beers of choice. Very good.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Storm King was served from a 12 oz bottle, with a bottle date of May, 2003. It was poured into an imperial pint glass, with a small rough brown head rising and quickly falling to become a ring and scattered continents of foam, set upon a bottomless black Valdez in sight, just waves of fine blanketing lacing. This world of a beer was richly aromatic, with massive notes of dark sharp cocoa, oak, molasses, and cola. The nose had an incredible depth and power, but was not offensive in the least. The taste was equally powerfully, and balanced with a masterful touch. The smooth semi-sweet malt body was rich with flavors of dark choolate, espresso beans, and perhaps licorice. This is followed by an excellent lively pop of zippy bitter chocolate and cola flavor that melts off the back and sides of the palate. The perky yet balanced quality of this sensation is what sets this stout apart from the rest. The finish is perfectly bitter and semi-dry, with the delightful flavors lingering on and on after each sip. It was extremely rich, yet superbly balanced and quite drinkable, a combination that many of the big stouts fail to pull off. Nowhere did I detect any alcohol. Bravo, Victory! Big thanks to PintOfAle, who made this review possible.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout, had expected a lot out of this brew and was not disappointed.
Black as coal, very short tan head leading to a thin ring.
Nose is of licorice and dark chocolate.
The taste was of dark chocolate with an extra shot of bitterness then smooths out nicely to a slight malt appearance.
Very smooth then continues to the hops.
The alcohol becomes evident to the end.

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

Bottled 9/9/02

Appearance: Jet black; no light escapes. Thin, wispy chocolate haed.

Aroma: Sweet licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Hops make a nice, noticable appearance.

Taste: Rich roasted malt, some alcohol heat, and hops balance perfectly. Slightly sweet and smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating and thick, but not syrupy by any means. Long, slightly hoppy and smoky finish. Very nice.

Drinkability: A fabulous beer! Great balance of all the components. Another Victory stunner!!!

2003 bottling

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin, clingy light brown head.

Aroma: Chocloate malt and alcohol sweetness most noticable. Slight hop spice makes an appearance.

Taste: Loads of coffee and chocolate, wit a dry, hoppy, slightly bitter finish. Long lingering finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating across the palate. Wonderful balance of all components. Alcohol is noticable.

Drinkability: A stellar stout! Not as much hop balance as the 2002, but very close. I will hunt for this brew every year.

Thanks to OldFrothingSloth for the bottle.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was solid black in color with a huge frothy head that blew up on the pour. The head settled down a little but not much lasting through the whole session. Lacing almost completely caked the sides of my glass.
The aroma wasn't real strong but had many distinct characteristics. It seemed to have a sweet tobacco smell to it which I thought was odd. However mixed in with hints of chocolate, raisins, and sweet malt it was pleasant. Alcohol spices were barely noticeable along with a certain bitterness.
The taste was great, sweeter than I thought it would be, but still very good. Up front comes sweet and roasted malt flavors. In the middle starts what would be an overpowering hop kick if it wasn't for the sweet malt to balance it out. A bittery aftertaste with a little bit of alcohol on the back end. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and goes down very easily. This beer didn't have much time to warm up because it didn't last long.
It would be great to be able to get a hold of this on a regular basis.
Big Thanks to feloniousmonk for sending this my way.

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Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was an expresso stout all the way. I see some people paying $10 . That could not be for a bottle! I paid $2.25. Good choice for the end of a session or meal because of the aftertaste. Unless you do not like coffee.

Had a second bottle, two years later and aged for that time. The carbonation eased off and it was rich smooth flavour. An excellent representative of its style.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So is this the 2nd best beer...

Aroma of chocolate, roast and fruit, especially mix of the latter two.
Pours somewhat slowly. Dark brownish to black head that's 1/2 inch thick. Bottle conditioned (the the floating yeast in glass and bottom of bottle). Black as night. Heavy lacing.
Rich and smooth. Chocolate and roast. I really like the initial taste on the tip of the tongue, as it passes throught the rest of the muscle the malty dryness and bitterness present without losing the smooth feel. Extended roast at finish. Maybe this is an oxymoron, but mildly coy. Not excessive in sweetness/richness yet both notable. Only disstaste was a slight unpleasant bitterness with the roast finish. Otherwise sublime.
Feel is velvet.
A beautiful beer.

...I can't answer where it should fit (2nd, 20th etc.), but it certainly belongs on the list of the best.

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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 NJpadreFan
2.31/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Victory- storm king stout

9.5% alc?! Isn't that a little high?!

Appearance- blacker than black. Midnight in a coal mine black. Hell, the head is darker than most beers alone.
Smell- roasted coffee, nuts, cocoa, and ash.
Taste- Ashy, coffee, sweet burnt wood. Alcohol is too strong.
Mouthfeel- damn that high alcohol what is this cough syrup?!

Overall- blahhh! Its too sweet and alcohol is too strong. A mediocre, at best, stout. I'll pour the rest down the drain!

***revisited*** 4/15/07

HAHA what 3 years will do! Clearly when I was a FNG my tastebuds weren't developed yet. My opinion has since changed immensely. Storm King is now 1 of my favorite Imperial Stouts!!

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,893 ratings.
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