Victory Village - Victory Brewing Company

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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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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 garuda
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Copper, mostly clear. White head has some retention and lacing.

S/T - Considering this is branded as a coffee-brown ale, there's very little coffee in this one. Bready caramel malts and some pine hops in the finish. Coffee is very light in both flavor and aroma.

M - Light body, high level of spritzy carbonation. Not very smooth without the rich feel typical of coffee and brown ales.

O - I think the mark was missed on this one. Lacking in feel and coffee throughout. Little depth of flavor.

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 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 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 MsRif
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew didn't leave me impressed. Luckily I only got a sample of it before moving onto something else. It poured an amber color with a nice head. Lacing was actually pretty beautiful from this beer. I didn't get an overly strong aroma of coffee, I actually smelled more vanilla than coffee though both were present. Taste was that of strong coffee with subtle hints of vanilla. Tastes way stronger than it smells!

Feel of the beer was oddly light for the taste. Pretty drinkable...I still prefer other styles for the strong coffee taste.

Honestly, I'll pass on this one. It wasn't very enticing since I've had so many tastier coffee stouts and porters. It was interesting to see this done with another style...but it just didn't have that richness or complexity to it that is achieved with other styles of coffee based brews. It's pretty much the same from start to finish and it certainly leaves a bitter taste on the palate. Overall, an average beer.

Photo of MDDMD
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-light brown to amber color with a small off-white head and some lacing

S-light roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

T-coffee, light roasted malt, cocoa, hints of nuts, minimal bitter hop flavor

F-light body with moderate carbonation

O-a little light but has some interesting flavors

Photo of thequeen711
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A better than average brown ale laced with coffee, coffee, coffee!! Almost overwhelming.
Poured light brown from my growler, light lacing for the head. Nose of coffee, coffee, coffee!!! Taste of coffee, coffee, coffee...no fear of alcohol here, just a light refreshing brew, light mouthfeel, easy drinking. I wonder what is would be like with a higher ABV...

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 inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz, draft at WF Glen Mills
Pint glass

A: Pours out more like an IPA than a brown ale. Maybe an IPA with dark malts. You can see through it. Half finger slightly off white head. Some lacing. It really looks like dirty thin water.

S: Some mild hints of coffee. Ground coffee notes, not the roasted variety. Some caramel malts are more present than the coffee though.

T: Up front you get that ground coffee flavor. Mild, not astringent or biting. It's pleasant. Mild malt bill. Caramel notes. Some what dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Sweet tea, eggshell head leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma - Watered down coffee beans, sweet malt.

Taste - Caramel, and slight iced coffee.

Mouthfeel - Watery, light bodied. Carbonation level is perfect.

Overall - More of a mild brown than American brown. Very easy drinking.

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 Kadonny
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap (of all places) at Shula's in the Conshohocken Marriott.

A: A medium brown color that is slightly hazy. A one finger white head quickly disappears and leaves minimal lacing.

S: I initially got a smoky nose, not coffee. But a nose of roasted coffee with a smoky tone to it. Some nutty smells with some bready toasted malt.

T: Coffee comes through on the first sip. Definite smokey flavors poke through also with hints of nuts and a bit of dirt. A not overly sweet bready malt character lingers with just a hint of bitterness. Flavor quickly leaves the mouth.

M: Here is where I think the beer falls apart. The mouthfeel was thin for a coffee infused beer. The finish was very disappointing as nothing left lingering in the mouth.

D: Medium. I had one, could have had maybe one more but that would have been it.

Overall a very different beer. Personally leave the coffee to the heftier boys (stouts and porters) as they have the body to hold up the coffee flavor. Still, not a bad beer and I'm super glad I got to try it.

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 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 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 thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light red-brown color with some warm clarity. The head is cropped to a white cap of about a quarter-inch height, but insulates the beer solidly.

Toasty brown ale malt with some light leafy hop, English-style earthiness, toffee, and faint coffee. Smells semi-dry and robust for the style.

A solid burst of flavor of fresh barley, dry toffee, herbal leaf hops, rigorous toast, unleavened bread, and a hush of breakfast coffee. A little floral, near the finish, with a good gut of overseas malted grain. A great afternoon drink with some singed sugars offering a heighted bitterness. Sturdy body and a zesty carbonation that drinks like a fresh local. Consumer approved.

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 Brez07
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during Novare Res' Victory event a few weeks back. 20oz pour into my chalice. Reviewing from notes

A: Amber in color. Scant head with no lacing. Some active carbonation

S: Starts with a light amount of fresh coffee. Also has notes of caramel malt and coffee grounds

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Pretty impressed, didn't realize there would be this much of a coffee presence. There is just a hint of brown sugar as well

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Roasty finish with a slight bitterness

D: Knew there was coffee involved in this, but it really impressed me. Worth a shot if you see it available

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

a brown ale with a pretty outstanding amount of coffee. Pour of a weak malted brown. Clear. Small off white head. Nose of toasted malt and coffee. Palate is coffee with a subtle twist of malt that give at a vanilla roast. Poor malt with to back the feel of the acidic coffee grounds. Feel of a creamy iced coffee. Although extremely drinkable as coffee beer fusion.

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 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 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 mmercede
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The newest collaboration from Victory Brewing Company and One Village Coffee. Had this on tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

A: This beer poured a dark amber/brown color with a medium head and minimal lacing. Similar to an English brown but with an obvious coffee color present.

S: This beer definitely smells of coffee but isn't dominated by it like many of the stouts you see these days. The coffee scent is complex and balanced by many of the typical characteristics of a brown ale.

T: To start, this is the best and most unique coffee beer I have ever tasted. I was reluctant to try it because I normally hate any sort of coffee or chocolate flavored beers. However, this may have changed my opinion. The tastes of coffee are so well balanced with the neutrality of a brown ale. The malts from the beer seem to even out any bitter coffee taste. Almost like cream in coffee (non alcoholic). Its a tough flavor to describe in words. Just one of those beers you have to try.

M: Mouthfeel is really what distinguished this beer for me. Unlike the think oily coffee stouts, this beer was light, effervescent, and highly drinkable. An English Brown Ale is the ultimate style for coffee. Shit, I could drink this stuff for beakfast!

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