Victory Village - Victory Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-02-2010 03:11:26 | More by Billolick
4.47/5 rDev +17%
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.
09-10-2010 02:59:48 | More by Stigs
2.85/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
10-12-2011 16:51:59 | More by Kegatron
4.93/5 rDev +29.1%
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!
08-28-2010 23:41:28 | More by mfunk9786
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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...
09-03-2010 19:32:34 | More by philbe311
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-04-2010 08:34:51 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-30-2010 00:51:38 | More by Axic10
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-12-2010 13:50:54 | More by zoso1967
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
10-14-2010 22:04:15 | More by Thorpe429
3/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
10-22-2011 22:20:52 | More by Rifugium
Victory Village from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.