Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,918 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,918 |  Reviews: 2,644
Photo of bgillespie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black/brown with a thick, frothy, tan head. Like a chocolate milkshake.

Smell: Strong smells of chocolate, espresso, and malt.

Taste: Just like the smell, a lot of dark chocolate and burnt malt.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout and mild carbonation.

Overall: A great stout and very drinkable.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Living in Pennsylvania this beer is easy to find. Imperial Stouts are my favorite style of beer. If you want a quality Imperial Stout to give you that "quality" buzz but don't have the funds for the best. This beer is for you. Affordable and great taste.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to my Barrelhouse Brewing snifter glass
From notes – 11/15/15

A highly hopped RIS that barely clinches a balance to the burnt and roasted malt character.

Fairly viscous on the pour revealing a dark black-bean colored body with just a smidge of dark brown to the edges. Pulls out any light none the less. Thin blanket of creamy beige whip cream over top that subsides out to ring the glass. Presents a few small dots and streaks of lace. Bittersweet chocolate and equal parts coffee roast on the nose with some dark bread, berry fruit, and nutty caramels. There is a distinct fruity pine and herbal spice hop note along with some modest alcohol presence. One of the hoppiest stouts encountered yet and I rather enjoy it. Has a nice fruity element that compliments the coffee berries and cocoa powder. Further balanced with some toasted grain and brown sugar sweetness. The body is thinner than expected and this has a moderate amount of roast bitterness that creeps in by the finish lifting and drying into a lasting aftertaste of coffee, spice hops, and dark roasted grans. Alcohol is lightly rapping on the door. This one really tests the limits of balance with its near acrid qualities yet highly drinkable experience.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Bought this 12 ounce bottle from Allentown Pennsylvania with an enjoy by date of November 14, 2019.....I think I picked it up 3 years ago. Very solid imperial stout. I didn't let the beer warm much from refrigerator temperature to fully test its flavor spectrum.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jg24rules
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fourlives
2.27/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured around 52 degrees into a tulip glass. Pours nice inky black, with a good medium head and decent lacing. Aroma after opening the bottle is all hops, which was a let down, not at all what I want to smell in an imperial stout, (unless of course it's billed that way). Taste is way too citrus and thin for being an imperial. I could taste the espresso and from what I could tell, the malt was a little over-roasted. Let warm for a bit, still way over the top hops for an imperial stout for my taste. I like Victory and respect their beer making, but, this would have been a drain pour had we not just had a blizzard and I couldn't make it to the store.

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Photo of dbell23
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManBearPat
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolute classic that I feel represents the style as well as any. Great roast, mid-level thickness as far as mouthfeel, and a complex/multilayered beer that continues to evolve nicely as it warms.

I'm not sure why I have passed this over so many times, but glad I finally took her for a ride!

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

Photo of captainkrad
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jds16
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dar brown color, with a thin beige head but good lacing. Interesting and pleasant smell, almost lemony. Taste is of coffee, chocolate and raisins, with ginger and molasses. Very nice.

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Photo of LeRose
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only rate this in the here and now, but the bottle has a best by date of February, 2017. Dont know what that translates to in terms of bottle date.

Poured into a tulip an inky black with a bit of beige stout type head that fell to nothing.

Aroma is certainly absent any hop character. It is fig/date brown dried fruit, molasses, coffee, roast malt, and a note I cant pick out from the smell alone.

The taste is quite smooth, coffee, dried sweet fruit, brown sugar, molasses. There is an aftertaste that becomes easy to pick out as the beer warms, and it is licorice. Generally not a flavor I like in a stout, but this is in the aftertatse and it is clear but not overwhelming candy. More like licorice root or fennel.

The feel is oily, minimal carbonation, slick and smooth with the spicy note of the licorice livening things up.

Overall,this is a very good stout as consumed. I cant comment on a fresh bottle. Very good and would not hesitate to age this one even further.

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Photo of CPAles
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black but with little translucence in the light. The head is a off-colored white that is thin and dissipated quickly. No lacings around the glass.

Aroma: hops, hops, and more hops. I do not pick up the common notes of coffee or chocolate. Just very earthy forward hops.

Taste: hops comes in fierce but there are subtle chocolate malt in the back. Overall, very bitter and earthy. Very strong bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: this beer takes after a black IPA, not an imperial stout. I've tasted beers labeled "black IPA" that tasted more like a stout than this beer. I would say go easy on the hops but since this beer has been around forever, clearly people like this and I'm in the minority.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,918 ratings.
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