Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ratings:
5,905
Reviews:
2,639
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
919
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 5,905 |  Reviews: 2,639
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 Stevenw7474
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

Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a traditional spiegelau glass. First time trying this beer, and I enjoy sampling imperial stout styles. Pours a dark brown to black body with a two finger frothy tan head with visible carbonation bubbles on the top. Initial aromas of roasted malts, fresh hop fuitiness, and burnt coffee. Subtle notes of dark chocolate when doing several of the smell tests. First taste, that fine roasted dark malt sweetness, significant whole cone hop profile that zings you right away which I found to be kind of surprising. Well blalanced though, and bitter/dry on the end. The mouthfeel is the winner in my opinion.. especially when the beer warms a bit more. This beer should NOT be drank super cold. Smooth, lightly carbed, and dry/bitter finish that you can really taste the addition of the whole cone hops for sure. Its a bit different then some of the other types of Imperials I've tried, but certainly well crafted by the brewers at Victory. Overall the 9.1% alcohol content is hidden in this beer and is pretty well balanced despite the high level of hop presence.

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Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of coopdog1000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is almost perfectly opaque black, with just a small hint of brown. The head is light tan and holds on at about half a finger. It leaves rings and sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma is a big blast of deep roasted malts and some alcohol sweetness. The taste is similar with a bit of earthy hops. The body is lighter with a silky feel and a little warmth on the finish.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a light tan foamy head. I get nice sweetness of sugars, a bitterness of burnt coffee, and a slight stink smell. The beer taste with a slight sweetness at first but then the burnt bitterness comes through. Sweet finish of chocolate and dark fruits. Nice carbonation and long finish in the mouth feel.

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zanico
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well here it is, review #2500, a review of a beer that used to sit at #1 on the all time beer list, before rarity and price became the prerequisites for 98% of the beer list. BeerAdvocate shark jump, 2010 I think. . .

Anyways, this gem pours black as night. Without a moon. Hits that awesome over 1" of head, looking crimson deep burnt red on it. Aroma hit chocolate, roast, coffee notes.

This one floats seamlessly through the genres of stout, some irish dry aspect, the lactose in a small way of a milk stout, the heft of an imperial stout, the dark fruit of a russian imperial stout. Chewy, mild cherry tobacco notes. I have a barrel aged version I've been meaning to check out.

Anyways, classic stuff, no adjunct stout from back in the day.

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Photo of OhioSmallCraft
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Obriain
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,905 ratings.
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