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Smokin' Oats - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: blackie on 03-12-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this smoked beer at Piper's Pub a couple weeks ago, while visiting the Southside. Nearly opaque dark as night with hints of ruby highlights at the edges, dark tan head forms thick. Aroma has a nice robust layer of smoke, mild smoked meats, with some campfire roasted malts...other tones that arose were a mellow fruitiness with soft grain character of the oatmeal. Flavor actually lead with the tartness of the some vinous dark fruit character with a smoked malt character finishing it off with a pretty heavy hand. Smoked meat was mellow nowhere near as in your face as some of the Bambergian brethren, herbal hops with a nice dark roasted malt character finishes it out to complement the smoked malts. Medium bodied with a soft fuller texture with the oatmeal addition, thick enough for the winter but not overbearing enough to deter me in the early sunny days of Spring. Even carbonation made for effortless drinkability, I didn't detect any heat from this beer, but was expecting something closer to a smoked Baltic Porter in alcohol. Overall, nothing compares to the quality beers from Victory I've been trying on a consistent basis, they understand what great beer is all about. Three styles on side by side this was my least favorite of the three and it was still excellent.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Barcade Jersey City. Dark coloured, little head. Above average mouthfeel, a treat for a cask. Good amount of smoke.Complex, with only a little sweetness that seemed like sugar.Earthy and organic tasting. Nice balance. Good drinkability.Good cask beer.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 1/29/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with a lot of ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and topped with a ½ finger of light mocha head. This maintains some rich frothy edges, leaving back a robust cascade of lacing that sticks to the sides. The aroma smells sweet with oatmeal, cocoa, and some light caramel, with green citric hops mixing in to add a deep flavorful tang to the nose. Roasted coffee comes out along the back, while a subtle smokiness envelopes this, hanging in the background and complimenting the other flavors.

The taste is a smooth and sweet mix of oatmeal, some light chocolate, and a touch of tangier caramel flavors that segues into a green earthy bitterness. Dark roast hangs on the edges, pulling into the finish with that same smoky character. Like the nose, the smoke is more on the subtle side, thanks to the strength of the other flavors, but does pick up some steam as this warms. The overall flavor profile seems to mainly focus on the sweetness and hops though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly sharp feeling on the tongue and mostly stays that way during the duration of the feel. Things get a little creamier towards the back but this is ultimately coming off as a little too sharp in spots.

I rather liked this, as it basically came off like a smoked Oatmeal Stout but it was still well balanced, with the smoke never overpowering any of the other flavors. This was maybe a little too lively feeling at times but the overall presentation here won me other. This is the type of unique offering that I expect to find here at the brewpub.

Photo of schmitter
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of KnightRider
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory's Smokin' Oats pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a thin, but sustainable tannish-beige head that halos above the dark reddish brown-mahogony body. Head retention is ok per style. The initial aroma is a delicate intermingling of campfire smoke, smokehouse meats with a light roastiness. Secondary aromas include black cherry, chocolate covered bacon and coffee beans. Quite pleasant! The flavor starts with some burnt caramel that carries into a developed sweetness complimented by some chocolate roastiness balanced by an moderately spicy bitterness which creates an off-dry smoky finish. This medium bodied smoked porter is quite creamy and very smooth (almost silky) in the mouthfeel. This is a finely crafted smoked beer with a surprising drinkability. Smoke em' if you got em'!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of klimoja
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 1L swingtop from Al's.

A: The rauch oatmeal stout is a brown color, dark like soda or coffee. Above the nearly black beer, a small head, white in color, comes to nearly a finger but leaves no lacing behind.

S: The nose has sweet, smoky malts and lactic oatmeal. The stout flavors are slow to come out, adding burnt toast to the mix. The smoke is intense at times, more charred than mildly roasted.

T: The oatmeal lends a lactic sweetness that goes nicely with the smoke. The result is a sweet beer that has a meaty presence. As I dig into the ale, the smoke comes across as more of a complement, its full flavors bringing out the stout flavors. The stout, as many smoked beers do, gets thin mid-sip as it loses the intensity. Chocolate malts go nicely with both the smoke and the oats.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth though thin at times. The smoke is subtle, chewy but not overly thick. The chocolate malts go nicely with the oatmeal and smoke.

D: Quite drinkable. Almost a meal in the glass. The pairing of smoke and oatmeal stout is one that I wouldn't expect to work so nicely.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

distinct from the "Rauch Porter" - menu listed the first tapping as February 2010

a: dark mahogany color, khaki head with good retention and strong lacing

s: body of biscuity sweet base malts supports woody coffee roast and a distinct hardwood smoke presence - though not overpowering and in good balance, moderate euro hop nose

m: lightly to moderately carbonated with a medium body, pretty dry

t: biscuit malt structure, roasted malts give charred wood and coffee, really nice smoke - a bit more prevalent than on the nose, more meaty than campfire, nice hop bite in the finish as hardwood lingers, a solid if basic porter base with a really nice smoke character

d: just fine

12 oz. serving at the brewpub

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down very quickly and left a bit of lacing in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edges.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with hints of roasted malts and oats.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather smoky and has some notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied but a bit thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because there's a good amount of smoky flavors but they're not overpowering.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Axic10
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Victory Holiday Dinner.

Appearance: Black with a finger of khaki foam.

Smell: Smoked malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, smoked malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this take on a smoked beer from Victory and wouldn't be upset if they decided to bottle this.

Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep brown hue with dark amber streaks, a one finger foamy white head and good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malt and a touch of charcoal.

The taste featured upfront dry coffee with a subtle smokiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and finished dry.

Overall and interesting and enjoyable smoked beer.

Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, you must like smoked beers to have any chance of liking this beer from Victory. Pours a dark brown/black color with traces of head from the keg.

Smell is immediately there... charcoal and meat on the nose mixed with malt.

Taste is thin, cold (like a winter evening) with smoke from a wood-burning grill.

Overall, takes some getting used to and I (admittedly) am not a huge smoked beer fan.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the hulmeville inn. Deep mahogany in color almost opague but not quite. One finger light brown colored heading. Left some lace strings at first but does turn flat as it warms.

Nose... you guessed it, smoked malt with a nice burnt wood aroma. Nice roasty malt aroma with a slight touch of charcoal. Just makes me think of the holidays.

Taste is very low key in the smoke department, there is however a heavier mocha mix that I wouldn't have expected. Nice roastiness.

Mouth is medium-full bodied, decent carbonation. A little more on the thicker side.

Overall not a bad smoke beer. Nothing earth shattering but not bad.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear, dark brown with a small layer of off-white head. Roasty malt aroma, rye spice, and charcoal. Taste of smoke and charcoal, but not too heavy as to detract from the other flavors at play: roasty malts, nuts, grains, subtle hop bitterness. Medium-bodied and pretty decent overall, but I've had better of the style.

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Chriscap9
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick brown head. Smell is very smokey and full of roasted malt. The taste is less smokey than the smell but it still delivers a very pleasant smoke taste that isn't offputing. Nice thick mouthfeel that lingers. All-in-all a really nice offering from Victory.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing : Smokin Oats

Poured ontap into a Victory branded pint. Dark brown almost black in appearance, mocha colored head forms. Aroma is light, roasty and smokey. Flavor borders a smoked porter, with gentle chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, and coffee. In the finish is where this beer really got me, a pleasant smoked flavor and hint of bbq/smoke cured meat. Nice and rich, smooth and velvety going down. A nice session ale. Smoked beers originated in Germany and for a quick second I thought I was there.

Photo of mattgreger
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew had a beautiful pour, I was unable to get my phone to take a picture for a few minutes so it missed the head. It poured a very dark, almost black color. It had a nice 1 inch fluffly tan head, had a little retention, but soon faded, leaving some nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma on this brew was very sweet. Its name is very previlant in the aroma. The first thing I smell is a bunch of smoky malts and a punch of oatmeal. As this brew sits a bit, the warmth gives to a great burnt toast aroma as well. Each hit to the nose gives to a strong, robust smoke flavor.

The flavor is great on this one, actually lends to a breakfast brew. The oatmeal flavors at to a sweetness that goes well with the smoke flavor. This brew is thick, with a nice smoke flavor that fill in with the stout flavors that are present. The chocolate/coffee like flavors of the stout go well with the smoke and the oats. Sometimes the smoked flavor might take a little bit away from the other surrounding flavors, but still good and full of flavor.

Mouthful on this brew is decent. It is very smooth, and give the presence of a thick brew, though at times it actually is very thin. The smoke flavor adds a lot to the present flavors which also lends to the oatmeal, making this a great brew.

After checking out this brew, and also seeing other reviews, I can help to to add, like I did above, this brew is nearly a meal in itself. Though thin at times, it takes the smoke and the flavors of an oatmeal stout and gives a nice hearty brew that is very enjoyable. I would certianly have this brew again. Another great brew by Victory.

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Smokin' Oats from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.