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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 39
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler graciously brought to my wedding by my good friend who happens to be a member of the Victory team. Enjoyed with my new wife while opening gifts :)

This beer looks really nice in the snifter I decided to pour it into. Mahogany with some crimson hues, Good head and spotty lacing. Not bad at all!

The smell is a coffee lovers dream come true. There's just a touch of caramel and malt sweetness, the rest is pure, unadulterated coffee. Fresh coffee, wonderful deep characters. This is probably in the top 3 coffee beers I've ever had smell-wise, it could just use a touch more depth.

Taste is likewise one of the best coffee focused beers that isn't an imperial roasty stout. Just a great coffee taste, fresh and beautiful, culminating in some sweet crystal malt and just a touch of earthy hops. Finishes bitter with mild coffee lingering.

Mouthfeel is just a touch light, even for a American Brown. The carb is good, a touch light from the growler, but that's to be expected. Overall, I loved this and thought it is a beer any coffee lover should search out. For a 5.1% brown it's perfect. Nice one, thanks for the great wedding gift!!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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