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Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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: 5,955 |  Reviews: 2,657
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 16th, 2004.

Espresso black but ruby and transparent when held to light. Patchy, greyish-brown head that will not get past 1/2 inch in height. Modest but noticable lace pattern.

Very vinous roasted malt base sits atop reedy alcoholic vapors compounded with prickly cascade hop cones. Grassy. Chocolate lingers on the palate with a clanging, discordant roastiness.

Initially chalky and grainy - somewhat clunky - receding into a bracing wall of bitterness with a chocolate and alcohol afterglow.

Weird, out of place carbonation bites into my tongue and palate. Makes everything seem strangely thin; none of the chewy viscocity I crave in RIS.

Drinkable? Yes. Outstanding? No. I don't think age will do much to this as it is so thin already. I hear this year is a particularly broke vintage.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a two-finger, off-white, fizzy, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Fantastic lacing.

S: Citrus hops and roasted malt.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Mostly hops then some roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not warm going down, but sticky.

O: This Russian Imperial was very hop forward and lacked the roasted complexities I appreciate so much in other Russian Imperials. Not a bad stout, but I'm really not a fan.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get everything I expect from a nice RIS: roast with underlying fruitiness, and a bit of dark chocolate comprise the beautiful malt profile. I get a slight floral note from the hops.

The beer looks fantastic! Its black as a moonless night - no light penetration what-so-ever, and the head is a thick dark mocha froth that sticks around, as well as to the sides of the glass.

In the tasting, I get big raw espresso bean flavors, and very little chocolate. The bitterness comes in on the finish - again floral notes linger afterwards until the next sip brings forth the coffee flavors again. I feel as if it's a tad on the bitter side for my tastes, but only slightly.

Storm King is quite a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It is slightly astringent which actually works for it.

Overall Storm King is quite enjoyable and surprisingly highly drinkable. The single bottle price was worth admission to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dherling
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a near black experience, bordering on some seriously dark brown colorization here. A friendly cappucinno head forms quickly, and then dissapears after a minute or so, minimal lacing. Big malty nose, huge roasted malt. Also some cherry, tiny bit of bitter chocolate, and happy funness. Seriously, it smells like a fun time. Has a mellow flavor that develops and builds to a crscendo, then slowly melts away on the palate. Had great bitterness and sweetness, balance like crazy yo. On a side note, how does Jake Bussey keep getting acting jobs? Sorry, back to business. Finishes heavy, a litle onthe bitter side, with soe slight anise and blood (kind of an iron meaty flavor I call blood). A good time stout, BA's rejoice, it's party time!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirfan
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For review #50, the much-esteemed Storm King.

Not a single photon escapes this... black as tar. Aroma is of roasted malts and rich chocolate baked goods.

Taste is where this truly shines, however. Everything that an imperial stout should be and more...starts smooth and dark chocolate, moves effortlessly to rich, refined, almost mocha flavor, before being taken over by a pleasing hoppy finish. Goes down effortlessly, with an almost airy, sweet and clean balance. It's every bit as complex as its peer from the Brooklyn Brewery, but less rough-and-tumble. Hides its ABV much too well.

This deserves the high praise it has received, it combines almost all of the best flavors I enjoy in beer into one amazing package.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than a black steer's tuookus on a moonless prairie night, this one is. thin layer of tight head that goes nowhere, great lacing.

Super huge roast malty aroma. The only thing I can say is that I don't get a whole lot of layers. What's there is great, but if I had to be a picky bastard, this would be the are.

Wow. Roast, raisins, a tiny breath of alcohol, sticky bitterness at the back of the throat; I can't believe I haven't tasted this beer before.

There's a weird combination of thinnish body but very creamy carbonation with this one. I usually think of this style as really thick, but this is really great.

Buy this beer! Drink it and enjoy. I'm going to sip on this all winter.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Rich black body. 1.5-2" light brown head when poured aggressively, fades fast.

S - Hops - pine and grass, chocolate malt, coffee.

T - Hops up front, chocolate coffee bitterness with slight alcohol finish.

M - Creamy and thin with a slight tingle going down.

O - Whole cone hops give this beer a different flavor profile compared to most Imperial Stouts. This hop and chocolate malt combination makes it a little more bitter than I would normally prefer. Hopefully letting it sit in the cellar for awhile will smooth it out some. None the less, it's a very tasty imperial stout. Reminds me of a hoppy version of Bell's Expedition stout. Prost!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Fish113d
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 version: Pouring into a goblet, it pours a deep, dark brown/black color w/ no light at all getting through the glass, along with a 1cm tan clingy head, creating a nice edge layer. However, it does dissipate rather quickly. Smell is of dark rich baker's chocolate and some raisins (raisons), a bit of caramel malts w/ tones of slight hops throughout. As it warmed to room temp, the chocolate came through more, and I even thought of fresh brewed coffee from this one. Taking a sip, it solidified my ideas about the coffee; sweet coffee and caramels coming through with the dark roast malts. Again, as it warmed to room temp, the chocolate came through more and more along with teh raisins (chocolate covered raisins!) Great mouthfeel...smooth, smooth, smooth!!! Carbonation up front is enjoyable and lighter than expected, the alcohol burn on the swallow is a great addition to this one in that it was NOT overpowering at all as I had expected before. Very chewy, creamy, rich Imperial Stout! Wow! Victory, can you do it any better?

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4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 7 04 - Reviewed May 9 05

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy rich dark beige head.

Smell: The smell mix of chocolate notes and floral hops, with a strong coffee background. The flavors are not as pronounced as I remember.

Taste and Mouthfeel: God I still love the way this beer taste. The strong, rich coffee and chocolate notes play in your mouth forever, with a nice hop bitterness that rounds it off perfectly. The complexity is through the roof, but not unbearably so. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not as perfect as it was at a year, but still phenomenal. This is my favorite Victory brew, and one of my favorite stouts. It never ceases to amaze with it's incredible depth and character.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 5,955 ratings
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