Victory Village - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 keanlacrosse
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of sholland119
2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
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 ChadT89
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of bboymouse
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of garuda
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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 Jspriest
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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 MDDMD
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 MsRif
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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 thequeen711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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 mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gcare02
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of zapahoppa
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 kcq101
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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Victory Village from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.