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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
2,622 Reviews
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
Reviews:
2,622
Ratings:
5,847
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
898
For Trade:
14
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Reviews: 2,622 | Ratings: 5,847
Photo of L0ne
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Looks good, very dark with 1.5 fingers of foamy, long lasting, tan head.

Smells dark and roasty, coffee and chocolate, with some citrus/floral hops intermingled.

Taste follows smell, but the abundant hops and dark malts both have seperate profiles of bitterness that combine to make the overall flavor a but more bitter than I expect from a stout. Still tasty though.

Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to prickle and no noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoy by: 26 MAR 2020

L: Dark. Almost pitch black if it weren't for a slight red hue. Can't see through this beer at all. Poured around a 1 finger coffee and cream head which quickly dissipated.

S: Rich dark malt profile. Coffee, a little chocolate, and some toffee. This smells divine.

T: Dark roasted malts. Strong coffee flavor gives way to some malty sweetness and ends with some hoppy bitterness.

F: Smooth to drink. A little lighter on the mouth feel than I was expecting. Prepared myself for it to be a little more chewy. Coffee and bitterness linger around after a moderately dry finish. Very little to no alcohol burn for an Imperial Stout clocking in at 9.1% ABV.

O: I enjoyed this beer very much. I will be purchasing more to share, cellar, and enjoy immediately. If you like stouts, be sure to try this one out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a large snifter.

Appearance : Initially a brown pour from the bottle which turns into a dark chocolate colored body with 100% opacity. The head was almost gone by the time I sat down (which was about enough time to snap a picture and load it to Photobucket for WBAYDN; a 60 second procedure). It started out at about a finger high, which wasn't impressive to begin with. It has almost entirely dispersed across the top of the beer, and is even nonexistent in some places. Unfortunately I'll have to rate this just below the bar for par, normally a 4 for me.

Smell : Molasses and cookie dough. Burnt barley malts. Hint of hop leaf. Final note is scorched chocolate. The aroma overall is not really rich or decadent, but more funky and bizarre. Quite a few off-notes here.

Taste : Very roasted. The definition of roast in a stout. Coffee, torched chocolate, some hop oils, a pinch of tobacco, and a big finish of fresh coffee grounds. Set all of these flavors on fire, mix them together, and you have a good idea of Storm King. (edit : As it warms a bit, it becomes completely undrinkable. I'm pouring the rest of this one.) (second edit : had another one and it was burnt beyond drinking, dumped half of it. Adjusted scores accordingly.) 3rd trial : a bit better but mostly astringent with coffee and cocoa .

Feel : Fairly dense, mildly chewy, with a creaminess and zaps of carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall : This was not particularly enjoyable for me. The head on the beer disappeared quicker than the T-1000 regenerating from an injury. The aroma was not horrible, but was off in places. And the taste, while very big, was a bit too roasted and hoppy, taking away from the smoothness of an otherwise warming beer style. Once the beer had warmed a few degrees, a whole calvary of off-flavors surfaced and now it just tastes like fermented fruit and a mouthful of quarters soaked in motor oil.

Storm King needs some serious improvements to become even a decent choice for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, black, opaque, 1/2 inch light brown head, great lacing

S: Coffee, pine hops, decent amount of nose

T: Coffee right upfront, bitter pine hops come in next, bitter resiny after taste

M: Smooth, velvety, medium feel

O: Good beer. I agree with a previous review that it is more of a black IPA. Strong hop presence but nice dark malt sweetness.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely more black IPA than stout to my palate, this thing doubles down on a huge roasted malt presence with tons of bitter hops. It's a beast, but sometimes you can use a good kick in the pants.

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Photo of drmeto
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
S:
-plums,raisins,coffee,chocolate,molasses
T:
-chocolate,big coffee,grapefruit
-High hop bitterniss
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-full body
-faint alcohol warming
O:
I wished for some more complexity here.
Decent overall

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours black with a rapidly receding tan foam collar that provides excellent lace. S: Has wine and malt aromas T: The flavors are malty, dark dried fruit, alcohol, creamy dark chocolate, light espresso, and finish with an espresso-chocolate bitterness. F: Creamy, chewy and soft on the palate. O: A very luscious and delicious Imperial Stout.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

"This does not taste like a roasty coffee laced stout" That's what coffee stouts are for. This is a great example of stout made exclusively of grain. You do taste roasted notes, like in coffee, but they draw out the best in dark grain for this one. I think its one of the best examples of American stouts with no added flavors, almost tastes like an Ethiopian stout too, chocolaty and coffee like, but not fake. I like coffee and chocolate stouts, but it takes skill to make a beer that has those same flavors just from grain.

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Photo of dandandan79
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This does not taste like a roasty coffee laced stout. This is a hoppy IPA tasting beer. Not really what I want when I want a stout. If it said IPA well than okay. For an IPA its good. For a stout its bad.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was pretty meh for a well-renowned imperial stout. Initially not bad, although much stronger with grassy hops in the nose than most. Jet black with ok head retention. Taste is first and foremost of bitter, grassy hops like some not-so-good black IPA, followed by roasted malt and some charcoal. Not a ton of depth here, just two notes of char and hops. Not good. Feel is also too thin and heavily carbonated for the style. Not gonna bother with this one again.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a creamy tan head and good lacing. Deep mahogany color. Aroma is roasty and hoppy with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is rich and roasty. Good bitter coffee like finish. Smooth, full MF. Great double stout.

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Photo of hophugger
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep black with brown hints. Nice tan head and decent lacing. Aromas of espresso, sweet malt and some hops. Taste is similar to aroma with lots of roasted coffee, bitter hops and malt. Overall, very balanced beer and finished surprisingly clean...

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, with a very small caramel color head. Can't see any light going through the glass. The smell has a trace of fruit in it. At first it tasted hoppy, but after warming up the roasted malts took over.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, good tan head. Kinda comic-y font and unappealing label. W/e.

S &T: Nice thick roasted chocolate malt. Minty pine sticks to the background on the nose, but jumps up to the lead role on the palate (why??). The chocolate is still there, but irreparably marred.

M: On the thinner side, but still has that nice oily quality without too much prickly carbonation.

O: Good, but why the big hops? Can't we have a totally non-hoppy beer nowadays? Keep hops where they belong! Or at least let me know that I'm verging on black IPA territory.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has the most hops in imperial stout I've ever had. I get half stout and half ipa flavors. I actually like it, but it was so unexpected since the label says imperial stout.

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Photo of Sundrifter
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Storm King is a beautiful, complex and great tasting imperial stout that I've enjoyed several times now. Pours very dark as you'd expect and has some very distinct notes of coffee and chocolate with some lingering hop bitterness afterwards. It has a very full flavor compared to most stouts I've tried and gets better if you take your time to appreciate the different flavors it has going for it. Very recommended!

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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 magpieken
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 Fl Oz bottle. Intense black colour with some ruby highlights. Creamy, tan head which lasted well before reducing to a ring but left some lacing. Restrained aroma of sweet malt, espresso, roasted grain, citrus cocoa powder and charcoal. Light to medium sweetness, medium to high bitterness. Initial sensation of metho then lots of roastiness and then the resinous bitterness kicks in. Medium bodied, creamy texture, noticeable alcohol burn and a very long roasted / bitter finish. Not feeling the love for this one. 6.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Absolutely wonderful. Pours like Guinness.

Smell: VERY pungently spiced, bitter, strong.

Taste: Like a kick in the mouth! Perhaps its the very high ABV, but this beer is a VERY pungent, very sharp, robust flavor. You take a sip and need some time to recoil.

Feel: VERY thick and little carbonation, like a Guinness, but leaves a strong hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: I'm not sure. It's far too pungent for my taste in stouts/porters, but if you like really bold, intense beers, this may be for you.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

great lacing, decent retention on the head
smells very floral and piney for a stout
flavor is very dank/resinous, very hop forward stout, finishes roasty.
This beer is pretty harsh when fresh, perhaps with some age the hop intensity would subside and reveal a delicious stout underneath. will have to research this

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Photo of stevoj
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a sipper. Sharp roasty bitterness smacks you in the face and lingers on the tongue. Thick black, even backlit, no light gets through. Thin skin of beige foam stays with the drink. Delicious!

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

On tap poured into a shaker pint

A: rich black in color slightly off white head

S: very roasty with a lot of hops smells bitter if that makes sense

T: nice roasted malts but then an overwhelming amount of hops and bitterness finishes dry not much sweetness

M: medium to the fuller side the bitterness lays on lays on the tongue until way after you are done drinking

O: this beer drinks like a black ipa it is not something I look for in my stouts. Unless you like black IPAs I would skip this one.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this on draft and posted a rating but not a review. I'm not sure I did it justice so I'm reviewing it now. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is jet black with a creamy, toffee-colored head and lacing. This is a classic looking stout. The smell is a pleasant cocoa/chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. What a great taste: dark chocolate, malt, some sweet vanilla or toffee, some cherry/dark fruit, and a nice, hoppy bitter finish. It's the complete taste package for a stout. This is a medium-bodied stout with nice carbonation and the 9.2 ABV is not in your face. Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Stout; not quite at the Founders Imperial Stout level, but very good. I will enjoy this again at any opportunity. Thanks to Victory Brewing Company for an excellent offering.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is a nice beer. It is strong and creamy and bitter in the best way. The taste is dark chocolate and burnt toasty malt. One of my favorte stouts. yb

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

EBD 15jan 2020. Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume and lacing, very good retention.

Rich nose of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and light roast.

Medium body with a creamy texture, but not in a viscous way. Superbly carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex and expertly balanced. It begins with bitter and sweet chocolate over notes of caramel. The middle brings a moderate bitterness of roast and hops and a nice bold hop flavor that is typically not present in imperial stouts. As the bitterness ebbs, light coffee is present over the strongest caramel influence. The finish is a slow fade of mixed flavors, with hops being the most discernible over caramel.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,847 ratings.
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