Java Cask | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Depth, complexity and richness occur when delicious ale ages in a barrel, just as a friendship grows over the years. This stout was created in collaboration with our friends from Philadelphia's Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's restaurants. Using their delicious hand-roasted JB's coffee, our bourbon barrels deliver a bold and robust, chocolate malt-tinged stout. We invite you to toast the Victory of friendship and beer with Java Cask!

Rich aromas of coffee precede an inviting blend of sweet bourbon, oak and a hint of alcohol. A complex fusion of dark chocolate, roasted barley and vanilla is rounded out by robust coffee and a warming heat in this unique and very drinkable stout.

Added by superspak on 08-05-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,017
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
545
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
173
Trade:
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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of EMH73
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one inch mocha head that leaves blotch lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of bourbon, coffee and coffee. Taste is very much bourbon in the forefront, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, slightly sweet roasted malts, caramel and surprisingly coffee has a very mild presence. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, light carbonation, very mild bitterness and a lightly creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1.5 finger hazelnut head atop a black body.

S - chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla.

T - lots of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Coffee is a secondary player. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium-full body with appropriate carb.

O - a tad boozy fresh, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcflorian
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, dated Oct 2017.

Smells of bourbon, coffee and chocolate roasted malt, sweet vanilla and spice. Taste is similar, with burnt caramel and dark roasted coffee, but a strong alcohol presence over the top.
Overall, a strong and flavorful beer, but perhaps a little overpowered by the bourbon character.
Even with a year in the bottle, it feels a little harsh to me, a bit too much alcohol presence. A bit better as it warms, it's definitely a nice one to sip on, but I was hoping for more mellow coffee flavors.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Damilton5
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Jet Black, short tan head

Smell: Bourbon, coffee, more bourbon

Taste: Upfront it is bourbon and coffee, then slight notes of other things: wood, vanilla, smoke. Then a boozy bourbon finish. God damn delicious.

Feel: velvety, but still a burpy level of wanted carbonation to prevent the otherwise syrupy feel.

Overall: highest beer I’ve rated on here yet. A knock out the park, and no joke at 14.3 percent. Tastes good and makes ya feel good.

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Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Magery
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vetbidder
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark look on this beer with a chocolate head. OMG notes of chocolate and coffee fills the nose along with a bourbon element. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol (bourbon) all play a part in the flavor, but go together quite well. This also has a bitter element and a thick feel. Potent.

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Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charrel
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is jet black with a frothy dark tan head. Big coffee notes on the nose, and a significant barrel note.

The taste has the coffee of course, but the barrel is the star with vanilla and oak notes prominent, and a bit of booze at the end of the taste. Very well executed, IMHO.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/25/18, so 8 months in the bottle on top of the barrel aging.

pours out like motor oil. jet black body and a coffee with a dash of cream head. Initially leaves excellent lacing before diminishing to a thick ring and faint covering.

Nose only faintly of coffee.

tasty brew though Coffee is the first hit, then that gets washed away by the bourbon. I am not getting any vanilla or chocolate notes

Mouth is full, finish is warm and boozy

Overall very good BA coffee Stout. Although the warmth is persistent, you don't get the feeling you're drinking a 14.3 abv beer, so sipper beware.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up months ago probably March for an 8 dollar price tag. Into a pint glass.
A - Pours as thick as imperial stout can be very pitch black with just a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head that fades rather quickly to no lace ring.
S - Bourbon waves of it but sweet bourbon like caramel sweet bourbon. Mild coffee and cocoa nibs but surprisingly no boozy or ethanol smells.
T - Well this is a very intense level of bourbon even my rounded palate burns! Mostly sweet caramel and cocoa nibs with a very mild if any coffee roast but overall it's just bourbon and barrel. The base beer seems completely hidden behind the big bold bourbon flavors!
M - Very heavy yet slick and smooth. Not getting much burn but it does have the expected warming of the stomach.

Overall this beer is not for the faint of heart big bourbon, malt bill and very little hops to balance makes for a pretty intense imperial stout. As others have mentioned only buy this if you LOVE bourbon.

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Photo of Soneast
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_God
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Java Cask from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 545 ratings