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 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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Photo of babyhobbes
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours deep, dark black with a large brown head. It smells of espresso and chocolate malts. This looks and smells a lot like an espresso. The taste is similar to the smell and quite strong. There is a bitterness immediately in the mouth but this balanced with a sweet taste in the finish. The taste definitely improved as the brew warmed up.

This is a thick, smooth drinking admirable stout.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a pure black pour with a nice looking, dark tan head..

Smell: the nose just oozes of cocoa and espresso bean. dark unsweetened chocolate is underneath it all, just waiting to pop out.

Taste: i found the taste to be somewhat toned down from what the nose had prepared me for. still, a nice cocoa flavor with light hints of espresso bean and mild chocolate. very smooth body that ends nicely chalky and heads towards a bitter and dry finish. Was that orange in the mix too?! Hmmm, seemed like it to me.

Mouthfeel: very very creamy and rich...but not full or heavy. very nice staying power with flavors lingering nice and long.

Drinkability: a top notch stout. greay nightcap or dessert beer....or hell, whenever. right now i'm enjoying it on a cold winter day. This is a classic.

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Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep black body with a thick mocha head, almost like coffee. The smell is of chocolate malts with hints of espresso and well balanced hops. Hops are more noticable in this brew than in most stouts. A little something different that Victory likes to do. The alcohol is well hidden within this brew. A very smooth-thick body packed with taste. The chocolate/coffee flavor is quite distinguishable. This is a very rich beer that only gets better as it warms. The blend of grains and hops is outstanding in this beer and you wouldn't think it's 9% abv. Victory came through again.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will add my voice to the vast army of Storm King afficiandos, in the hopes that some day this fine brew will be available on tap at one of America's favorite Generic Family Resturants.

The brew pours a deep black with a mocha colored head that stuck around for a while. Holding it to one's nose and giving it a swirl brings a mixture of scents to the nose, including perhaps a little coffee.

Storm King is very smooth, with a strong presence in one's mouth, bringing some hops, some fruit and maybe some coffee to the taste buds. It is hard to describe what exactly one is tasting here, but to be sure it is good. Just a really nice beer that is fine company on a sunday afternoon. My most purchased beer of late, having gone through 3 six packs in as many weeks.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wonderful tan head with a jet black body. The head just floated there and took quite some time to dissipate, leaving a nice lace behind.

Smell: Interesting aroma. Smells of chocolate malt and hops.

Taste: Coffee and rich chocolate with a nice bitter finish. The hops that were present in the smell do not show up in the flavor. The alcohol is noticeable but rather subtle considering the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. There is a slight tingle on the tongue from the alcohol.

Drinkability: I savored it for about an hour, but I could have downed it much faster and had another right after.

This beer is very similar to Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout and has become one of my new favorite stouts. I'll be coming back.

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

The black of well fired malt, topped by a muddy head that recedes quickly. A smell of grapes and malt at a level that teases, but does not overpower. A good strong taste that can win you over to this style. It is heavy on maltiness, but includes the same taste of grapes. There are hints of wine, and the hops provides a nice finish. The taste has some nice changes as the beer warms. This stout is smooth and well bodied in your mouth. There is little carbonation so it goes down smooth. This is beer that will make a nice change of pace, or when a strong beer is desired.

I'm glad I received six of these for Christmas. This is a style and beer that I would have taken longer to try. My preference is, and will remain, lighter golden and wheat beers. However this has opened a new area to me. I had tried other stouts and was not as favorably impressed. I now know that a well brewed stout can provide a good alternative experience. I will probably have more of this fine beer in the future.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer. I am glad I finally tried it. i am KICKING MYSELF IN THE *** that I passed up the oppurtunity to have it on cask at KCLingers. Mmmm. Cask. Anyways, the beer is deserving of its stature, and my opinions of it are as follows. Storm King pours a black brown body topped with a head of tawny brune, inch thick that settles within a few minutes to a thin lace. The King, he smells like a beast. Heavy bitterness ensues, the hops gnash their bite at you, the thick sweetymalt longs to run and settle. The taste of this beer is something special. My initial notes read 'Stout on Drugs. Doesn't give a second. Heaves flavor full-bore- hops, malts, unspeakable smoothness'. That's what I felt at that point. Now, I just long to to taste it once more. It's full, but not heavy. It's complex and myriad. If a person was blessed enough to drink one every day, they still couldn't explain it in a year. It's something to be had, and admired, and never taken in the wrong way. It is so wonderful, I adivse not buying a lage quantity to age. They'll never make it.

Update-- I went back and tried this on cask at KClinger's. Even smoother, with more pronounced malt sweetness. Good for them for putting another out there. Absolutely divine.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that hit me when I opened the bottle was that the hop nose wasn't masked by the malt character of the stout. It pours a nice black color with a tan/coppery head that doesn't linger. The roasted malt taste is prevalent with a bit of hoppiness peaking through.

This is a very smooth beer with the malt balancing the bitterness nicely. The alcohol is masked well, but you can feel it after two.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown head that I think I have ever seen rides on top of a pitch black body. Frothy engine oil maybe. This beer is great, with a big espresso-like character and beautiful mouthfeel. The large hop flavor meshes pretty darn well with the deep, dark malts. The only real fault I find with this beer is a certain lack of depth in the flavor. What is in the flavor from the start lasts a long time, but it doesn't really evolve much, which is something I look for in a complex brew. I would like to taste this same beer with a different yeast that might lend it a more complex and evolving character. That being said, it is a damn fine brew (and a rediculous steal at its price!)

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Photo of rkhaze
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec. 17, 2002. Poured out black with some dark chestnut colors just escaping the edges. No head developed to speak of.
Lots of smells. Coffee, chocolate, dark roast malt and hints of molasses and licorice.
Complex tastes of sweet heavily roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate covered cherries and a hint of licorice. There was a nice subtle smoky element and a spicy/tangy hop bitterness that balanced it out. Well hidden alcohol. Great job!
Medium bodied. Rich and creamy but lacking the viscous feel of some Imperials. Excellent drinkability.

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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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