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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #547
Ranked #1,454
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
Jan 22, 2022
Aug 05, 2015
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Notes: 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.
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3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 22, 2022
4.09 by emerge077 from Illinois on Oct 31, 2021
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Mar 29, 2021
4.31 by walt5 from Delaware on Feb 03, 2021
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

It's good but the bourbon is just a little too heavy, partially masks the rest of the flavors.

Sep 03, 2020
4.54 by Argail from Louisiana on Jul 09, 2020
4.31 by jimmybram from North Carolina on Apr 25, 2020
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Black and a little transparent at the edges. Smells of bourbon, oak, earthy coffee. Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, coffee, oak. Vanilla and sugar lingers. Big, boozy, heavy, and sweet. But it's very flavorful. I don't often enjoy beers like this, but this is excellent.

Feb 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Pours black as coffee and no head from a 12 ounce bottle dated 25NOV2019. It has a little carbonation and a strong molasses aroma. An near copy of my beloved "BOMB" without the heat of the Ancho Chiles. A touch more chocolate flavor and the oak wood of the barrel. Very smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel is also a plus. No bitterness and at 14.3% ABV the alcohol is not even noticeable but the coffee is fabulous on the tongue. A grand American Imperial Stout overall in my book and I would buy this again.

Jan 23, 2020
4 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Jan 15, 2020
4 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Dec 28, 2019
4 by txag96 from Texas on Dec 22, 2019
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Dec 19, 2019
4.49 by drh88 from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2019
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by dresserinthecorn from Pennsylvania

I love this stuff.
Rich, decedent, heavy, over the top...this is how I introduce this beer to ppl.

Pours black as night with a quickly dissipating tan head. Huge nose of coffee, vanilla, and cocoa pop with more subtle notes of butter and toffee poking out in between. The taste is pretty complex and very enjoyable. Coffee, butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, and oak are so heavy that the 14.3% is barely noticeable. This is a real "treat yo self" beer.

Oct 26, 2019
4.45 by stanale from Illinois on Oct 15, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TBoneJones from Texas

Looks decent as a stout in a stout glass.
Bitter roasted dark coffee smell.
Taste is coffee with bourbon barrel flavor and hops and bitterness, not too sweet, oh and alcohol.
Feels thick and a little sticky, ending moderately dry.
Very nice big coffee stout. Would highly recommended to those who like coffee stouts.

Oct 05, 2019
4.86 by Vylo from New Jersey on Aug 20, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by sjdevel from Utah

Looks super dark upon pour with no light getting through. just a slight 1/4" head but it disappears very quickly. Some lacing and foam around the outside continue on.

Aroma is really strong and boozy. Smells super sweet and rich with some chocolate, coffee, toffee, and vanilla.

Taste is a powerful blast of alcohol at first with a rush of burnt grains and coffee that soon follow. Sweet caramel and chocolate syrup come in quickly. This one is so strong that I feel quite the alcohol burn towards the back of my throat and then downward. Aftertaste of campfire, coffee, toffee, and chocolate.

Feels very thick and syrupy - definitely a full bodied brew even with the high ABV %

Overall this is a super good and very flavorful beer - I would have like it better probably if it were a 11% - 12% beer instead of 14.3% - just too much alcohol burn - awesome beer though

Jul 28, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Swung by the Parkesburg location on 09JUN19, after an enjoyable time at the Reading WWII Weekend.
Had a 10oz pour of this after dinner ($8.00).

Poured in a small tulip, it was jet black and opaque. Had a creamy, fine, thin mocha head, with nice lacing. Nose had dark choco and roasty notes, plus hints of bourbon and vanilla. Body was medium, and it was fairly smooth.

Flavor had more dark choco action, roasted malts, espresso and vanilla, plus some nice bourbon-barrel characteristics and a smidge of semi-sweetness. A solid bier! Snagged a crowler to go as well. Prosit!

4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Jun 16, 2019
4 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 07, 2019
4.13 by dsshuck from Delaware on Apr 24, 2019
4.35 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2019
4.27 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Mar 29, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

2017 bottling. 12 ounce bottle poured into Kane tulip glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small light brown head, poor retention, no lacing. Leaves a tiny ring. Beer is very dark rown.

S: Pretty nice combination of bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: First sips are very bourbon, oak, and boozy. Let warm some more before resuming. Coffee more prevalent with warming, still pretty boozy. Chocolate and vanilla come into play as well. Would give more if the ABV were better controlled, but I'm not sure what will do it if 18 months doesn't.

F: Medium to full-bodied. Not much carbonation. Construction and balance set off a bit by overwhelming ABV.

O: It's got all the ingredients to be great, but the ABV is just too high and not integrated enough. It's still good, but could be so much more.

Mar 25, 2019
4.14 by JonnyCastle from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2019
4.32 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 16, 2019
4.47 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Mar 16, 2019
4.46 by dirtyjerk from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2019
3.93 by Mikexw from New York on Mar 10, 2019
4.24 by Jps715 from New Jersey on Feb 09, 2019
3.25 by JayKay412 from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a mahogany hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and coffee. Similar overall flavor profile.

Feb 06, 2019
4.35 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by micada from New York

First review of a 2017 disappeared, so trying again for posterity. 2018 vintage poured cellar temp, hard to a tulip glass. Color is dark brown / black, with almost no head going in, and definitely none staying around. Nose is brisk bourbon, some smokey oak, but not too much else. First sips have a lot of bourbon up front with a related alcohol bite. Midpalate brings in some faint dark cocoa, vanilla, oak, and char. Mouthfeel is full, brisk with the bourbon and barrel always hanging around. It’s not as complex as a GI BCBS or Bell’s BA Expedition Stout, but it’s still pretty competitive, and much easier to find as a regular sipper. I vaguely recall the 2017s alcohol bite weakened and overall things were more balanced, so I anticipate the 2018s I have will cellar well. Get it if you can find it!

Jan 28, 2019
4.59 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Jan 27, 2019
4.6 by tkolterman from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

Look is pretty standard for a big boozy stout. Slick black and reflective in my glass with a medium sized head which hangs around for a few minutes and never completely dissolves, leaving a thin film of mocha colored foam over the beverage while I sip. The aroma is big bourbon up front, followed by big chocolate notes and then very faintly in the distance, coffee. Taste follows, bourbon and oak up front, sweet chocolate, bitter roast, and finishing again with the sweetness of chocolate and bourbon. Mouthfeel is ample, slick in the mouth and slightly chalky afterward. Great stout, but wishing there was a bigger coffee presence.

Jan 13, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Almost black pour, small head, minimal lacing leaves an oily film.
Aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Flavor is about the same, with a big chocolate/coffee finish.
Not much carbonation, not quite thick 'n chewy, but close, moderate bourbbon heat.

Jan 13, 2019
Java Cask from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 594 ratings