Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,911 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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Photo of ThrashMaster
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of spicelab
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle thanks to [email protected]

Black with a dense, brooding mocha head. Good retention and strong lace lattice.

Sharpish floral and herbal hops lead, with vague tropical and pungent hop aromas behind it. Roast character is blunt and moderate, with caramel malts more prominent. Touch of booze.

Vegetal, herbal and slightly spicy hops dominate. Coffee roast builds increasingly along with resinous pine. Still plenty of caramel sweetness.

Body is light for 9.1% and doesn't do a lot to make its presence felt. Slight carbonation vibrancy, but could be more assertive. Mild dreamy lingering bitterness.

Maybe I'm losing the plot but this seems closer to a Black IPA than a Stout to me. Either way, it's pretty yummy, solidly done and I'll definitely be seeking it out again.

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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 stompilator
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured jet black with a short but heavy tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate and carmelized sugar.

T - Huge roasty notes here, chocolate and espresso undertones and a hint of burnt sugar. Slight bit of hop bitterness near the back.

M - A little thin and carbonated for a stout, but nonetheless satisfying and smooth.

O - Rich and sweet, this stout is a great example of carmelized malt that doesn't overpower the brew. Very tasty.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a stamed that says "bottled on Nov 04 03." The beer pours fantasticaly with a sandy brown head. This beer is so dark it does not allow light to pass through even when held up to a bright source. The head lasts and lasts as well, making it a very nice drink.

The aroma is roasty with soy sauce and chocolate in it. And the taste is out of this world. Very dark roasty malt taste with cinnamon, almond, chocolate, and a touch of sour cherry. Very complex and very good. It is no wonder this is a winter beer. It sits warm in the stomach and reminds you that you have great beer in there.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black... that's it, just black. I catch quick glimpses of brown in the light, but they're gone just as fast. Finger thick sea-foam head, and it's not going anywhere.

Big malty aroma. Surprisingly fruity, with some standout boozy sugars. Deep dark chocolate aroma in there too.

Hard to describe. For an imperial stout there are some really complex flavours, I mean it's not just a booze and coffee bomb. Dark alcohol soaked fruit on the tip of the tongue. Rolls over with some nice bitter chocolate. Finishes up with some wonderful roasted espresso and a hit of bitter hops just to kick it up a notch. Hot aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Think and creamy.

I'm not an imperial stout fan, but this is just a great, balanced, big beer.

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Photo of Svendozen
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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

This is the best stout and one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Carbonation is minimal but appropriate for the style. The roasted barley smell mixes nicely with the hops. I detected a wonderful mix of flavors including coffee/espresso, chocolate, and an ever so slight ripe fruitiness. I'm leaving a little bit of wiggle room for something that might warrant a better score, but this is close to perfection.

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Photo of Rod_J
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour into my standard pint glass yields a nice two-finger chocolate head (with a bit of reverse cascading) over an opaque black-brown body. the head fades very quickly to a thin ring, but leaves ample lacing.

Smell is sour malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malts. I was surprised by the pronounced sour smell. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Taste follows the smell spot on, with a notable roasted malt bitterness. Notable and pervasive long metallic hops bitterness from this first taste through the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an RIS. Carbonation is smooth and fine.

On the low end of the alcohol scale for an RIS, so it's pretty drinkable.

Overall, this seems to be a "Lite RIS:" not as robust as others in all aspects. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting based on the numbers I saw in the other reviews. Due to the heavy hopping this seems more like an ADS than and RIS, which I was expecting would be much syrupier. Oh well, live and learn. One thing to note: the price is right for this beer.

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Photo of core42
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of dspinler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of marcobrau
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge aroma of hops and dark malts. Black in color. Lots of hops for this style of beer, but I like that. The espresso flavor of roasted malt still comes through the spicy, citrusy hops. The malt and hops blend quite well, better than you'd think. A very bitter finish seems to be made up of both hops and malt flavors. This is a very intense, hoppy stout. The hops can actually deceive and get you thinking that you're not drinking a heavy beer. Very well-attenuated, which combined with the high hopping rate, actually makes this beer a little bit two-dimensional -- but still a very tasty stout.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Size 12 Ounces. Bottled December 16, 2004

Pours espresso black with a cream-like tan head that lasts and leaves sheets of sticky tan lace in its wake. Held up to a lamp ruby colored highlights are apparent.

Citrus floral hop aroma (Cascades?)with toasted malt notes.

Taste is at first citrus hop definitely something from the west coast there, with a sooth interlude of dark chocolate, with espresso coffee notes and a tangy grapefruit punch that slowly fades to nothing. This is a hop monster in my book.

Despite the high gravity this is a light bodied beer that is surprisingly crisp and refreshing.

I will drink this one again.

Pair this with a rich sweet dessert.

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Photo of jackorain
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I love to support my local brewers. Love Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, DFH, etc. That being said, this one doesn't live up to my expectations. It is not a bad beer of course. But it is in the top 100 here on BA.

A-Dark brown almost black, no light gets through. No head to speak of formed just a thin ring.
S-Smells nice, coffe, choclate, rasted malts and green hops
T-overwelmingly bitter from the roasted (almost burnt tasting) barely. Green hops come through as well. Alcohol esters really carry to the sinuses, very boozy. some coffee and chocolate also come through ont he finish
M-creamy full body
D-Too boozy and bitter, I can only drink one per session. I will continue to give this beer more tries though.

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Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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

Appearance: Opaque body, black but slightly reddish towards the very bottom of the glass, with a thick brown head. Head dissipates slowly.

Smell: Very strong coffee aromas up-front, a nice malty backbone and a slight dose of hops buried beneath. Somewhat sweet. A bit uncomplex for a beer of this quality, but interesting for the lack of astringency.

Taste: Strong coffee bitterness up-front, sweet malty notes like caramel. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol is superbly hidden.

Mouthfeel: About as expected, thick with a slight stinging of the palate due to hops.

Drinkability: Rich, complex, delicious. It's probably a bit too strong of coffee for some drinkers, but I enjoy it greatly.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is edited and reflects a 6 month aged bottle on 1/21/2011.

appearance - pours dark brown and lets no light through, lighter tan head (huge), good lacing with retention, sticky

smell - marshmallow, malt, big chocolate, grassy notes

taste - big chocolate, marshmallow, roasty malts, slight grassiness, slight chocolate/coffee bitterness

mouthfeel - medium bodied but has a light frothiness to it, coats the mouth on the finish, very lingering, a bit harsh in this regard

drinkability - of the many times i've had this beer, the age definitely highlighted a layer of complexity and made the beer more drinkable, i don't like how much the beer lingers and the stickiness in which it does so, however it has some great flavors, mouthfeel could and should be bigger, a bit overhyped but the insanely reasonable price makes up for it

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Photo of Anthony1
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter

pours a very dark color with a nice thick (after a vigorous pour) caramel colored head. the head hugged the rim of the glass until the end, and the lace was great.

smelled very of super hops, roasted malt, and perhaps dark chocolate or caramel.

tasted hops hops hops. with a bit of dark coco. a fell bodied feel that was silky.

good beer, but wont be buying again

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MichiganderHB
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Belgium Glass

A: Pitch black/no light shown though with 2.5 finger mocha colored head

S: Hops, coffee, chocolate, malts

T: Nice balance of hops and malt. Roasted coffee and chocolate.

M: Mild carbonation, creamy feel, bitter finish

O: A nice hoppy, imperial stout. The lacing on this beer was phenomenal.

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Photo of AWB3
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored one finger head that recedes by half. Head looks rich and creamy.

Aroma opens with dark roasted grain, chocolate and charred meat. Middle brings dark sweet fruit, caramel and molasses. Tail end of smell is creamy and slightly vanilla.

Flavor is dark roasted grain to open. Grain is coffee and caramelized sugar, molasses and burnt smokiness. Creamy and doughy breadiness. Middle is hop, straight hop. Hops are not prominent enough to pick out the type, but the bitterness comes out of no where. Finishes bitter and clean despite the sweet aroma. Surprising, to say the least. Booziness is very muted for the abv.

Mouthfeel is crisper and thinner than the appearance. Carbonation is soft and lush and the booze comes through at the swallow, warming slightly.

Pretty damn good, and not overly sweet for a RIS. I wish that some of the "DIPA's" I've had could reign in the sweetness like this does.

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

A- Black. Brown head is dense and creamy. Great lacing, great looking.

S- Huge roast. Some chocolate. Earthy hops are prominent as well.

T- Hops are a little overwhelming here. Roasty sweetness, but overshadowed by that hoppiness.

M- Full body and creamy. Bitter finish. Cuts right through the roast and bittersweet chocolate.

O- The hops are a little too much for me, but this beer is definitely imperial. Thick, black, big.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,911 ratings.
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