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 DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory storm king

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. Purchased while in the US as part of a 4 pack. Best before January 16, 2020.

Appearance - pours an ominous black coloured beer with a finger and a half of a beige frothy head. Modest head retention as after a few minutes a thin layer of foam remains. A thin curtain of lacing left behind.

Smell - chocolate, caramel and fruity citrus notes do innate at first. Some expressive coffee aromas a hint of molasses and vanilla come into play too. Booze is present on the nose.

Taste - a smooth and rich dark chocolate and coffee combination. Plenty of bitterness with just a slight citrus fruit accent. Long lasting bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish. Ashy charcoal flavours paper as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, velvet like texture and a pervasive creaminess that is delightful. Body is slightly chewy. Good carbonation. Slightly hot going down, I suppose this could be aged for a while still. Dry finish.

Overall - one of the better stouts I've had, storm king is decidedly aromatic and look great. The flavor profiles are what you've come to expect from a good stout, coffee, dark chocolate with notes of vanilla, although the lasting bitterness is very pronounced here. Definitely on a list of beers that you have to try once, simply for its excellent reputation and for the most part lives up to that rep. Glad I purchased the four pack, especially as winter approaches.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip glass. The info on the bottle indicates 9.1% abv. The enjoy by date is 3/26/2020 - no problem.

Storm King pours dense and black with a 1f British tan colored head. It's opaque, nothing visible through the darkness. The head tapers to a film and leaves web and spot lacing.

It smells like strong black coffee, espresso-like. Roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses sweetness and even some floral hop aromas float around. Warm alcohol.

It tastes like roasted and flavored Italian espresso with some sweetness and hops. It's coffee and malt in overdrive.

Lots of body, some hop bitterness separate form the roast bitterness. Semi-sweet.

I'm enjoying this experimental brew.

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Photo of PhillyJ
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Spicy bitter hops on par with a hoptimum. Really not what I was expecting or looking for in a stout. I can't get past the hops enough to enjoy the malts well anything for that matter. Very unique more like a black ipa. I love hops and love ipas just not when I'm craving malted milk creamy sweet stout. I plan to put them in the fridge in my veggie drawer where all the other unbalanced bottles go to age and try it again in a year or so see if the malts take over...

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Photo of leantom
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, a classic that I remember from the time when I first started drinking craft beer. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pitch black with great head and lacing.

S: Whoa, tons of grassy, citrusy hops backed up by bitter burnt malt. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. A real bitter mess.

T: Follows the nose. Tons of grassy hops that linger long after consumption. Initial taste of darkly-kilned malts, but these pass almost immediately and give way to the hops.

F: Alright, exactly like other Victory brews (little watery).

O: Good beer. A classic.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Frothy head, black as hell, really nice lacing.
S: Sweet creamy, with little bits of roasty qualities
T: Good, a I personally think it is a little over hopped for a stout. Stouts already have a bitter of a bitterness to them from the roasted malt, and these 2 aspects sort of multiple and make the beer a little too hoppy. Sort of throws the beer out of sink because it is very creamy and rich, and not "spritey" like an IPA. Otherwise, there is a bit of sweetness and creaminess that is quite nice in this beer.
F: Smooth, creamy. Only complaint is the beer is really astrigent, which isn't as nice with a heavy beer like this.
O: Good beer, definately will drink again but its definately a sipper, not something I can toss back like water (like most beers). Heavy and astringent, though there is nice flavor here.

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Photo of James954
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black and pours almost syrupy! Small lace ring at the top.
S: strong toasty malt and molasses
T: even stronger toasted malt and molasses with coffee and other dark fruits
F: Only weak point for me...Carbonation is a little weaker than it should be, slight syrup mouthfeel, and a bit watery

Overall: At this level, perfection is merely subjective. It's a top level Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours black with slight ruby hints near the bottom, thick dark cream colored head as well.

smells like coffee, chocolate, and hops. different smell in that respect to other imperial stouts i've had. usually the hops are not as visible.

tastes like thick dark coffee with hints of chocolate and bitterness. hops are forward in this but it works, it's just different. very full taste, very good taste. it's great in the morning. i imagine this as a hoppy chocolate coffee milkshake!

very full mouth feel, thick beer (in a good way). leaves a bitter tinge at the end that lingers.

overall it's a very good beer, not my favorite of the imperial stouts / RIS' but still very good; it's up there for me. considering it's local to me, Downington/Philly is about an hour from me, I can easily get this year-round fresh. so for that it's great!

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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

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
-chocolate,big coffee,grapefruit
-High hop bitterniss
-low to medium carbonation
-full body
-faint alcohol warming
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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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,882 ratings.
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