Victory Village - Victory Brewing Company

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86
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mcallister on 08-07-2010

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark mahogany, minor dark tan head, thin collar and then respectable fine and light lacing left on the glass. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in the nose. Sweetness kept under control. As advertised, this one comes through with rich dark chocolate and coffee notes, overlaying an understated and smooth brown ale. Well done and pleasant enough. Likely a good choice to compliment a chocolate dessert.

Photo of Stigs
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Pittsburgh...nice! supposedly the only keg to make it very far from the brewery, graciously provided by Spoon for a Big Pour event. 16oz pour in an English-style pint glass.

A - solid finger+ of creamy, fluffy just offwhite foam. the beer is relatively clear, very dark amber/brown in color.

S - mmmm...dominated by coffee, but freshly ground, roasted, dark yet not overdone wonderfully caffeinated nectar. not much else going on, but great...dont distract me. lovely.

T - more sharp, assertive fresh gourmet coffee...great balance between bitter and flavorful...accented nicely by some biscuity and lightly sweet caramel malt, and just a touch of earthy hops to round it out.

M - light body, with a slightly above-average carbonation...only complaint here is just that it is a bit thin, some more body could make this a world-class beer.

D - great beer with a wonderfully constructed coffee addition...brewers really knew what they were doing by picking this particular strain. great balance, drinks more like an alcoholic coffee drink than a coffee-infused brown. well done.

Photo of Kegatron
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a ½ finger of slight off-white colored head. This retains at roughly the same size and throws up a foamy cascade that leaves back thick spotty swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of slightly acrid roasted coffee character on top, with green citrus, caramel, and some light cocoa flavors sitting underneath. There is a touch of leafy feeling hops to this as well but it’s mainly the coffee that drives the nose here. Thankfully it isn’t too overpowering.

The taste has a good bit of green citric bitterness up front, with a sweet backing of light caramel and chocolate flavors. Roasted coffee is present throughout and is felt mostly in the backend of the profile (where is hangs a bit on the breath) but it overall isn’t coming off as very strong. This finishes with a dry and earthy bitterness, reflecting the strength of the hops in this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that expands out and fills up the mouth. There isn’t a whole lot of smoothness to this, as this coming off as a little too sharp at times.

Eh, this one was a little disappointing. It’s didn’t really succeed here for me as either a coffee beer or a solid Brown Ale, with the flavor profile in particular having a somewhat watered down feel to it. I finished the glass but won’t be seeking this one out again.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of those perfect beers. Fiance bought me an awesomely stylish Victory growler ('my first growler!' says I, the growler-phobe) filled with this new masterpiece of a beer for my birthday. Wowza.

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with a white head. Beautifully filtered, sort of looks like sweet tea in a tumbler.

S: Coffee coffee coffee. I don't know if it's because it's unbelievably new and fresh or if it's just this good. The scent is all freshly ground breakfast blend coffee.

T: More coffee coffee coffee, with some light malt sweetness and smooth drinking coolness from the heavy duty filtering that seems to have gone on during the brewing process. This could pass as a concentrated coffee liqueur without the alcohol burn.

M: Cool and smooth without any alcohol burn or carbonation burn. Goes down like Fiji water.

D: Like another reviewer mentioned, this is dangerously drinkable. It goes down very easily and I've polished this growler off in just over 24 hours - I woke up this morning wanting a glass of it with bacon and eggs. And what better compliment can you pay to a coffee flavored beer?

Bottle this, Victory; now!

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Capone's...

A - A slightly hazy medium heathered brown color... A thin creamy light tan head... Minimal retention...

S - A mild yet exceedingly pure coffee aroma... Note much else going on in the scent department... One of the truest and pure coffee scents I've ever encountered in a beer...

T - Mild coffee... Saltines and other bready malts... Just the smallest touch of brown sugar... Perhaps some muted earthy tones and spice on the finish...

M - Lands somewhere between light and medium bodied... A slightly fizzy carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent...

D - An enjoyable brew for coffee lovers... Not over the top in any area, just a mild brisk offering that is brimming with a mild coffee aroma and taste... Both quaffable and sessionable... Another job well done by Victory... Wish this was part of the regularly distributed bottle line-up...

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and was served with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. No carbonation is evident.
S: There is a moderate aroma of roasted coffee beans in the aroma, which was completely unexpected given the beer's reddish appearance.
T: Like the smell, there are strong flavors of roasted coffee in the taste, yet these are in no way overpowering and balanced with the underlying malts and bittering hops. Again, the color of the beer is deceptive and makes the coffee taste rather intriguing.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and also has a very light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was rather easy to drink; I would definitely try this again if I could find it again because the coffee flavor was very tasty.

Photo of Axic10
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a finger of fluffy mocha colored foam.

Smell: Nice nose on this one. Iced coffee, roasted malt, malty sweetness, some nuttiness.

Taste: Nice mixture of the coffee and a traditional brown ale. Iced coffee with a malty/nutty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very nice take on the style by Victory. Definitely wouldn't be opposed to them making this regularly. Not as good as Coffee Bender, but if I could get it regularly, that would make me a happy camper.

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is served up a dark, slightly ruby brown with a tightly packed tan head. The head leaves very nice lace on the side of the glass and has decent staying power.

The aroma of this beer is jam packed with coffee. The coffee aroma seems to be more straight up black than espresso like it is in some stouts. Underneath it has a nice fruity and dark sugary sweetness, but the coffee really dominates.

The flavor is much like the aroma and is teaming with coffee goodness. The coffee character is accented by a nice sweet brown ale base that is both nutty and fruity with a nice toasty base and a hint of cocoa. There is also some deep berry like flavor that does not show up till late in the finish.

The mouthfeel is squarely medium neither exciting nor boring. I really wish it had a bit more body. If this stuff drank like say, Cigar City Maduro, it would be like crack to coffee loving beer geeks. It finishes cleanly with plenty of coffee lingering on the palate.

I have had many coffee stouts, but never a brown ale. I think that this being a brown ale really showcases the coffee aspect of the beer, and I wish that some of my coffee obsessed friends could be here to try this with me. As far as drinkability, it is not as drinkable as an average brown, but more drinkable than the average coffee beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a modest colored brown, probably closest to chestnut. Thin light tan head that persists throughout. Nose brings a really, really excellent combination of roasted brown malt and the pure essence of coffee. The two are in near perfect tandem. Taste brings the same thing, although the harmony isn't quite as present as it was in the nose, with the coffee a bit drier and the malt not as full. Feel is really nice with a good, dry medium body. Drinks incredibly well and I love the addition of coffee to a brown ale.

Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Not too impressed with this one, though it sounded good from the description. Poured a clear, light, chestnut color, with a ringlet of white bubbles for a head. Aroma of toasted brown malts and coffee, as promised. Taste of roasted malts, nuts, with a strong coffee sensation mid-palate. Barely anything to speak of in regards to hops. Very light and thin, perhaps too much so, but still, I kind of "felt what they were going for" so to speak, so I suppose it wasn't too-too bad. I'm used to coffee in bigger, bolder beers with more body; this was more like fermented coffee juice.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, slightly opaque, muddled brown color with a filmy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of nut, cream, and highlights of bitter coffee. Flavors of cream and bitter coffee forward, with light nutty sweet highlights. Thin, crisp body with a roasted, bitter aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish.

Photo of prooke1
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this brew for the first time at the pub at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

A: Pours a deep golden brown with a decent head that very much clings to the glass

S: Obviously coffee shines through in this one. Also a sweet malty punch at the end. Very nice, especially if you're a coffee drinker

T: A classic brown ale with a mellow coffee layer that lingers throughout

M: Bitter, dry, slightly acidic

D: All day, all night.

Very happy with this beer. I second the idea of Victory putting this one into a bottle.

Photo of Wiid
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Victory Brewing Company.  This beer was debuted tonight.

A - Pours a lovely dark amber color, very clear and crisp.  About two fingers worth of head with medium retention.

S - Immediately hit with the beautiful scent of freshly ground coffee beans.  Sweet and roasty all the way, mmm...

T -  Heavy brown ale taste up front with the coffee dominating the back end.  Coffee lingers deliciously.  This ale is slightly on the sweeter side which suits it well.

M - Medium body, slightly chewy.  Carbonation is on light side.

D - Very drinkable.  Goes down with little effort.  Could (did :-) easily drink many of these in a row.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a lot. I am not a coffe drinker at all, bit have always appreciated the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. This ale feautured a very authentic coffee smell, but was a little lighter on the coffee taste. Loved it!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on Tap at The Hulmeville Inn, Finally getting around to this one.

Village pours into the glass a dark red tint with a brownish appeal. For a coffee Beer, much lighter than I expected. Not much of anything on top, cant even say it's a cap, no lacing, kinda dead looking even with swirls. Smell consists of mainly roasted malt, some cocco, and I guess some coffee? It aint that large, but perhaps this is supposed to be more brownish than coffeeish. Taste is really subdued on the coffee, It's a tame amount and I almost missed it. More malt, sweetness, caramel, slight toffee, where is da mother fliping coffee? This is not hop forward either, but it's not supposed to be. Even for a American Brown, it's kinda tame. Feel is approaching medium, malty, smooth, not bitter, semi sweet/roasted and lightly carbed. While the taste is not large, I gulped my pint rather quick, this is easy drinking and lightly boozed, but the final product is lacking. Victory, if your team is thinking about bottling this, please don't.

Photo of KAllan357
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw VictoryBeer tweet about this beer and happened to be heading to the brewery for dinner. When our waitress described this beer as tasting similar to iced coffe, I knew I had to give this beer a try!

This beer had a hint of a coffee smell. Not overwhelmingly coffee like some stouts.

The taste was great. The alcohol and coffee blended together well and created a wonderful combination.

I only ended up drinking 1 pint of this beer, although I was sure that it would be quite sessionable. I didn't feel over-coffeed or itching for a different flavor.

I liked it so much that I knew exactly what I wanted to fill my growler with by the time I finished my drink.

Photo of jwhancher
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler this past Wednesday after visiting the brewery for lunch. As the bartender was filling my growler, she asked Bill Covaleski what the equivalent of coffee was in the beer. Apparently, it's the equivalent of 3 cups of decaf.

A: pours a clear dark ruby red. Good head that lingers and clings to the side of the glass for awhile.

S: lots of roasted malts and coffee aroma. I can't really get much past this.

T: good brown ale with an even balance of coffee flavor to it. It doesn't overpower the beer, but the coffee is definitely the main show in this one.

M: dry and bitter. Perhaps slightly acidic due to the coffee flavor. Not bad.

D: this one is perfect for breakfast for the weekend. Seriously, as I type this I'm enjoying an omelette with toast.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Mahaffey's in Baltimore -serve chilled in a mug

The beer has a medium brown appearance like hot cocoa in the mug with a quick settling light beige cap and small bead. The smell has a slight roasted coffee odor, but more of a light roast is apparent as it seems more citrusy and less charred or deep roasted like espresso. I like the mild sweetness and feel the aroma is pleasant. The feel is lighter medium bodied, light roasted and low in sweetness w/ a semi-dry finish

The flavor is not your big bold coffee beer like you might expect, but the coffee and malt blends well without losing the mild roasted taste in the brown ale base. I enjoyed the way the caramel malt balances the acidity of the lightly roasted beans - a nice take on coffee in beer - not really intense, but certainly drinkable and this does not scrimp on flavor either. I approached it with an open mind and honestly I could see myself enjoying this frequently. The lack of heavily roasted malts in the backdrop allows you to get more out of the beans IMO

Photo of sholland119
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 09/03/10.

Gonna have to disagree with the majority here and say this is a complete miss. I used to wonder why brewers always use porters and stouts as base beers for a coffee beer. I no longer do.

A-Pours light brown, light even for the style. Fizzy off white head and a little bit of lacing.

S-Smells like a fresh cup of coffee. Which is fine as far as that goes but there is nothing else going on. This smells nothing like beer.

T-A bit of roast but essentially flavorless. Very little coffee presence detectable, other than the huge blast of coffee in the nose. Dull.

M-Somewhat thin even for the style.

D-Could have finished this but did not bother. A waste of apparently good coffee.

Bummer.

HV

Photo of JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours an amber that looks red around the edges. Nose is of coffee grounds, light earthy hops. Served too cold I think, which tempered the bouquet a bit. Mouth is coffee grounds up front, some grainy malt, earthy, with a fairly even hop bitterness throughout. Some lightly sweet berry notes. Pleasant but not my fav from them by any stretch.

Photo of BigMike
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start this review by saying that I want so badly to LOVE this beer. Victory Brewing is one of my favorite breweries around. I'm proud to have them as a local brewery. Hell, their Hop Devil Ale was a stepping stone for me into the world of craft beer. Victory is only half the equation. One village coffee makes some amazing coffee. Their smart blend(which is used in this beer) is my coffee of choice every morning at 4 am when Im getting up for work. So, needless to say I've excited about this beer since the early stages back in february. Now on to the beer itself.

I got a growler of this from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

It pours a clear, burnt orange/ caramel color with a touch of ruby redness. Topped off with a three finger off white colored head. It's a good looking beer. The head doesn't stick around long.

The aroma is pretty straight forward. Coffee. As I search the nose I get a touch of light caramel malts but not surprisingly coffee dominates.

Flavor is a bit of a letdown. The coffee is there but it's light and there's not a whole lot of anything else. There's not much of anything else supporting the java which leaves it a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is super light. It's refreshing and easy to drink but it borders on watery. A small amount of bitterness and acidity is present.

Drinkability gets a good mark. Before I knew it half the 64oz. Growler was gone. It's good that it's so easy to drink bit unfortunatly that 32ounces wasn't all that memorable.

Overall I am saddened to say that this was a big disappointment. Maybe it's just me but the brown ale base is just a bit weak to support the coffee forwardness of this beer. I wish there was more complexity. Maybe this is what they were shooting for. A non offensive easy drinking light bodied coffee beer with almost zero complexity. Either way, i was let down by this one and think it should go back to the drawing board. But then, what do I know?

Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler from the brewery - thanks to Wiid.

A - Deep mahogany brown with flashes of gold and orange. A bubbly off-white head nearly two fingers high slowly dissolves, leaving a nice film over the beer with occasional spotty lacing.

S - An assortment of roasted grains, coffee, and a hint of malt.

T - This beer has coffee everywhere. In the front, middle, and back, there's assorted coffee tastes, with plenty of hazelnut crunch in the background. A light malty base attempts to provide some backbone, with medium success.

M - Almost surprisingly light bodied, with little aftertaste or lingering senses.

D - It's practically impossible not to drink this too quickly. The coffee flavors and light body combine for a smooth, fast beer which goes down before you even realize it.

A nice brown ale from Victory, although the coffee taste might be slightly overboard for some drinkers.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a pint glass. Pours with virtually zero head. Dark, barely translucent brown. The nose is pretty subdued. Not a lot going on. There are some subtle vanilla, coffee, and cocoa hints. The taste is very forward, rich, black coffee. I hate coffee, but this is really good. Tough to tell it's beer. Overall, this is really solid. Recommend.

Photo of yourefragile
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A growler from WF Plymouth meeting shared at Baltimore BA gathering II at Maxs.

Pours a clear amber brown with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma and flavor are fresh brewed coffee dominated with a subtle balance of malt and nutty brown ale flavors. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation this is one of the better and balanced coffee forward beers I've tried.

Photo of KYFriedChildren
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap from the source at Victory's Brew Pub in Downingtown PA. On
8-31-2010.

A- It arrived at my table nice and cold looking like a cup of coffee blended with mocha syrup. A frothy cream head sat on top.

S- This beer absolutely reeks of coffee. That's basically all there is to say.

T- It starts off malty but then your taste buds get assaulted by the taste of crushed coffee beans. It goes down smooth and the essence of coffee lingers on even after you've finished your beer.

M- Very full-bodied and a little spicy on the tongue With it's low alcohol I was thinking it would be a little thinner than it was. Overall nice and a little cream but leaves the tongue tingling.

D- Depending on your tolerance for coffee the low ABV can make this a pretty drinkable beer. For non coffee drinking lovers of beer it certainly wouldn't be as drinkable. It's smoothness also helps it's drinkability for me.

I hope that Victory eventually decides to bottle Village because I'd enjoy knocking back a few of these at home in front of a fire in the winter time.

Photo of jlandis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the Blue Dog in Chalfont.

A - Slightly hazy, but there is a lot of light that makes its way through the light brown body with thin white head.

S - A simple fresh roasted coffee dominates the aroma. The smell isn't terribly strong, but it is very inviting.

T - As I'm drinking this beer it was hard to find the actual beer aspect of it. I got a lot of light roasted coffee with a nutty presence, but not much in the malt department.

M - The body is fairly thin with tons of carbonation.

I think beers like KBS and GI BCBS have set my expectations for a coffee beer, but this was something completely different. I was expecting huge malt and roast, but what I got was a simple refreshing light coffee and simple beer. And I think that they hit what they were going for perfectly. At first I thought the carbonation was too high, but then I thought about it a bit more and now I understand. The carbonation was high to emphasize the coffee "kick start" feeling. Light refreshing and a nice afternoon pick me up. I sure hope they bring this beer back.

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Victory Village from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.