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:
5,918
Reviews:
2,644
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
924
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 5,918 |  Reviews: 2,644
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.

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Photo of zeff80
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Coutresy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a clear, jet black color with a small, caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. It did leave some lace.

S - Wow! A ton of chocolate aroma! There are also notes of caramel and toffee.

T - It has a very sweet chocolate taste. It had an espresso-like flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warming alcohol presence. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The aroma was simply outstanding and that carried over into the taste.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thick light brown head covers an almost black colored stout.

Dark bakers chocolate roasted malts aroma.

Dark roasted chocolate malts almost like a mocha taste.

Smooth slightly dry aftertaste on a full rich bodied beer.

On a cold day this will warm you up a bit.

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Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black with a quarter-inch chocolate-colored head.

Taste and smell: Malty and roasted, espresso, brown sugar, surprising hop kick in the finish. Pretty acrid and harsh.

Mouthfeel: Not as chewy as other Imperial Stouts; somewhat thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a fan of this beer, it's rather acrid. I recall it being enjoyable a couple years ago, but I can't say that I like it anymore.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 12/11/2017. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light smoke/char and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, citrus, pine, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass. No freshness date on bottle.

Poured was so thick and only a small amount of tan head arrose. From the small amount of head it left great lacing. Color is dark dark brown, nearly black.

Smell is of dark chocolate and coffee. There is also a syrupy smell to it. Slight hops are present.

Taste is heavy on the coffee side. The malts are highly roasted. Very chocolaty There are some earthy hops present as well.

Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth. For an beer at 9.1% abv, I really couldn't taste the alcohol level at all. It leaves a pretty clean aftertaste, just a little dry.

Overall, this is one easy to drink stout. I was pleasantly surprised how thin bodied this beer stout was compared to others; it was a nice change.

I would definately recommend this beer!

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept-26-02. Pours blacker than a cloudy, moonless night for a sailor lost at sea in the middle of the Pacific. When held to the light only thin glints of deep brown are seen along the rims of the glass. The opaque body is topped by a solid and creamy head that is at first quite brown, but shortly thins and becomes more of a deep tan. Really interesting! The head holds quite well but eventually drops to a good collar and a thin surface covering (probably due in part to the high alcohol content). It does, however, leave an intersting "spider web" lace throughout the glass. The body is medium/full with a median level of carbonation that softens as it warms and leaves a very silky mouthfeel. The aroma is bold and fresh; full of rich, very deep bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts as well as some apple-like fruitiness and sharp grassy & floral hops. Quite hoppy when young! The freshness and high level of hop character are quite unique in the world of Imperial stouts (I'm guessing Goldings). The flavor starts with some light fruit and a rich chocolatey note, reveals some lightly acidic character (probably from the low pH of the deeply roasted malts) and then some more sweetly malty notes as it warms in the mouth, finally finishing dry with a firm bitterness and lingering espresso-like roastiness. Exceptionally well balanced between malty sweetness, acidity, deeply roasted character and bitterness... with some hop flavor thrown in to spice things up a bit! It's not too acidic or thin bodied (as many Imperial stouts can be) and the alcohol is very well cloaked. An exceptional beer that's well worth seeking out. Additionally, although the fresh character is really interesting and engaging, it ages very well and becomes quite another beer. I like to enjoy it both ways. If cellared, it will round within 6 months but really smooths at about a year. Beyond that it will probably not improve greatly, but should hold without defect for at least another 6 months, and probably well over another year! Buy a case and put away half to cellar!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black in the glass, with a good, semi-durable tan head.

Aroma: complex & rich; markedly hoppy compared to the Samuel Smith's Imp. Stout that preceded it. In fact, more hoppy than malty.

Rcih flavor has a balanced hoppy/malty components,. Moderately bitter by the finish. Lasting aftertaste of coffee, hops and dark roasted grains.

Feel: full, smooth body with good carbonation.

O:a hopped up Imp. Stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized snifter. Enjoy by date of 10.16.2013, which I believe means that it was bottled on 10.16.2008.

A: Pours very dark, although not overly thick for this style. The color is near black, and the head is quite large and caramel-colored. Almost opaque on the pour; opaque in the glass.

S: Not terribly strong smelling. Hints of cocoa. A little bit of hops. Dark malt. On further sniffing, actually quite hoppy for the style.

T: Hints of black licorice. Quite a bit of hops for the style. Some malt, and actually quite spicy.

M: Very thin in the mouth. Slightly spicy with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel reminds me more of an IPA than a RIS.

D: Drinkable. This seems more like a summertime beer, as opposed to most RIS's, which I could not envision drinking on a hot day while outdoors. Each sip does not leave me craving another, although this is decent, but I think quite a bit overrated, unless I have a bad bottle. I've got another in the cellar, I'll have to see if it's any different later on.

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

I could have sworn I had reviewed this before, but I guess I somehow missed it. Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Nice mocha colored frothy and fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose dark malts a bit roasty, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc notes, oats, caramel, vanilla, hint of booze, big malts, some earthy spicy hops.

Taste lush, creamy big stout, chocolate malts, light roast, hint of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, plenty of oatmeal, bakers and dark chocolate, thick malt base with light sweetness and a kick of booze. Then hops, very bitter, earthy spicy chewy hops, the bitterness ramps to for a big hoppy bite on the finish. The chocolate also turns to a big cocoa nib like luscious choc taste. Its a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish, drier, big hop bite with more spicy earthy hops, salty, bit more roast and chocolate.
mouth is full bodied, good carb, bit of warming booze, smooth and creamy lush.

Mouth is fairly full bodied, good carb, bit of booze.

overall a great stout, one of the hoppiest stouts I know, nice chocolate and malt flavors, big bitterness and hop kick, hint of booze, but stays fairly drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great find to see this on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room,pours a deep black with a light moch head that leaves some small traces of lace.Aroma is alcoholic and chocolaty with some burned fruit aromas,taste is of roasted malt and alcohol with some dark chocolate hints and even a little tar-like flavor as well.A real complex beer and way to easy to drink for the style I can see why the high marks are given.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Totally black, a slight hint of amber/ tan at the bottom when held up directly to a lightbulb. Pours with a small, but very dense, dark khaki head. Head retention is good for a high alcohol beer, drops down to a thick film and leaves behind dense laceing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Biscuity aroma, really smells of baked goods and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet, dry chocolate flavor, with a smooth, velvety hop finish. Malty, bready caramel, and an odd minty note.

M - Smooth, thick, and maby just a little bit oily. The body on this beer is close to perfect for an imperial stout.

D - Despite being an intense and interesting beer, this may be the most drinkable imperial stout I have ever had. The heavy hopping gives it a little harsh bitternes, but it is necissary to balance the flavors and it works perfectly to bring out the intense dark chocolate flavors.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a deep dark brown with a small brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Rich chocolate, malt and espresso with a little bit of hops mixed in. Nice blend.

T: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate to start off, then a decent hops bite for the style. It’s an excellent combination of flavors that battle each other for dominance as you drink it. You taste some sweetness and some bitterness, but not an abundance of either.

M: Extremely smooth with medium-to-low carbonation and a medium-to-heavy body. It doesn’t leave a strong after-taste or a sticky film.

D: This beer is as drinkable as you can get. Very smooth and very flavorful. You notice a little bit of the alcohol but it’s almost an after-thought, but I’m sure as you consume a sixer it wouldn’t be an after-thought for long. This is just flat out an excellent beer. Within the style, I liked this even better than the exalted Stone Imperial RS, which is saying a lot because I also liked that beer a great deal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a two finger tall fluffy mocha head. The beer has excellent head retention with a finger of head still present at about 20 minutes after the pour. There was a nice amount of lacing present as well.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee. and chocolate with a slight hints of floral hops in the background. Nice and complex.

T: Flavors are dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with a pleasant amount of bitterness in the finish. The flavors are deep and complex.

M: Medium to full bodied with some creaminess and warmth from the alcohol present.

O: For a beer with a relatively high ABV, it is extremely well hidden both in the smell and the taste. This beer is extremely drinkable and is a nice tailgating beer late into the football season here in the NYC area (where it can get quite cold) due to the robustness of the flavors. This beer has been a regular for me over the past few years and will continue to be.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 1/15/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a straight black in the glass, with a finger of tight foamy mocha colored head. This retains with about a ¼ finger of creamy froth, which holds tight across the top and drenches the sides of the glass with a solid sheet of lacing the whole way down. The aroma smells burnt with a roasted coffee nose on it, along with some green citrus character. There are sweet notes of chocolate and caramel present, which feels like they want to sit in the nostrils with some stickiness but the overall sharpness of the roast and hops keeps thing crisp and tight in the nose.

The taste is roasted and bitter across the tongue with a forceful mix of coffee and citric hop flavors. A balancing mix of chocolate and caramel malts help balance this out across the back but the cask really brings the aggressiveness of this out, as this finishes burnt and roasty with some lingering green bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with the cask lending this some lightness that is equal parts crisp and creamy in the mouth. The alcohol his mostly well hid here, with no hot flavors per se, but it does contribute to the overall intensity of the flavors and feel.

Wow, the cask conditioning really opens this sucker up, so that you get the full Storm King experience. Whether your ready for it or not! The roasted malts and hops are just in full effect here, to the point that they get to be a bit much towards the bottom of the glass. Yeah, this ones a bit of a rager but still damn tasty if you like aggressive beers and that cask body does help smooth things out a bit. I'm glad this one is always on the cask at the brewery, because sometimes you just need a beer like this.

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Photo of mactrail
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to see so many reviews, and so many people liking Storm King. It's one of my favorites from one of my favorite bottling breweries.

There is something great about the warm tones that bubble up through the inky depths, the intensely clean wealth of flavors. While the hops are huge, they don't overwhelm the balance, and the burnt and roasted malt rises to meet the occasion. Let the IPA apostles learn from this one. Reminds me of a Tawny Port with the improbably alcoholic taste.

There is a fudgy flavor that emerges too. The mellowness of a Sugar Daddy with the bite of a bitter orange.

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

First had: ? (various)

Pours an opaque black-brown with a nice-sized tan head that retains and laces well. Roasted malt aroma, coffee and cocoa, some dark fruits and hints of citrusy hops. Nice full-bodied taste, nothing you haven't had in a stout before, aside from probably more hops than you're generally used to from the style. Dark roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar, with notes of citrus and floral hops. Modestly complex, tasty, and very drinkable.

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

Very hoppy aroma for an imperial stout. There are roasty notes in the taste but with the hops still present. Bordering on an imperial black IPA. Very nice.

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