Java Cask | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jd2017
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Touche~ with barnzy's review (ditto on, comments).

However, would like to note that my sampling was from a long-delayed visit to this (local) brewery. Served in an 8 - oz. tulip - exquisite.
Was not able to carry out a growler on this visit. :-( However, will come back again - & do the brewery tour, as well.

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Photo of caahare
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled on 25 OCT 2017
Pours jet black with a creamy light brown head. Oaky and boozy bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and vanilla for aroma. Full flavor with great complexity and notes of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, roast & char, chocolate, grain, and some fruity esters or cherry and raisin. Full body, borders being overly boozy at 14.3% ABV. Very solid & glad to try it!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Co. "Java Cask"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 25 OCT 2017 2044P"
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow! I wasn't expecting this beer to be so dark. It looked like motor oil coming out of the bottle, and it's completely opaque even when held to the light. It might be the blackest beer I've ever seen, although I've seen darker heads, the head is a creamy dark tan but I've seen ones that were brown. I can smell the coffee and Bourbon without even putting it up to my nose. Hmmm, when I do put it up to my nose I get more of the coffee and lose some of the Bourbon and oak. I can sense the alcohol as well, and I didn't expect it to be this strong either - 14.3%!!! OK, let's taste it... wow, intense but not overblown if that makes any sense. The coffee is clearly there but it's also caramelish and gently sweet. I get the Bourbon and the oak clearly, and the vanilla that goes along with it, as well as a smack of alcohol. That really helps to dry it in the finish along with a solid bitterness. Some coffee lingers but not for long. It's not the best coffee flavor I've ever had but it's right up there, rich and very much like oily beans before you grind them and brew a cup; and there's a lot of chocolate there as well so you get some chocolate covered espresso beans as well, and even the occasional not of coconut. This is definitely a special beer. I'd put it along the lines of Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout in that regard, it's just something special, above and beyond other beers. Of course the alcohol will knock you out. I've only had a few ounces and I can feel it, and I think it's knocked out the head as well, all I have left is a very thin island floating in the center surrounded by a standard collar. There's some lacing left as well, which is nice, but it's not the greatest. There's a lot of malt and sugar here so it's got to be the alcohol that's knocking it down. Anyway, moving on, it's got a rich, medium-full body that's enough to keep the alcohol and oak from cutting through while not becoming too heavy. It's smooth and creamy with a fine-bubbled, median to moderate carbonation. Overall it's an impressive beast. I'm curious as to how it would be without some of it's parts (no coffee, or without the Bourbon barrel, or both) but that doesn't really mean anything, I only mention it because it is fairly complex but in a blunt kind of way, everything is right there for you to find, but it does get you thinking. It commands your interest whereas some beers let your mind wander after the first few sips. Not this one. Unfortunately I think the alcohol hurts it a bit. I'd suggest aging it except that then you're looking at picking up green pepper flavors from the coffee as it ages. So, drink it now, or at least within 6 moths or so. Well worth trying, and probably worth seeking out for fans of strong ales.

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

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsnouffer
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle, received courtesy of bl00. According to the label, this was bottled October 25, 2017, although at 14.3% alcohol, there's probably little danger of it going bad for quite some ti.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, this was downright thick coming out of the bottle, with a considerable amount of viscosity. The color of crude oil, it gave nothing away when held up to light. Almost no head to speak of, just a thin skiff of mocha colored suds.

Initially, this was nothing but bourbon in the nose. I assumed the barrel just blotted out everything else, but as it warmed, the coffee flavor suggested by the name came out to play. It's still second fiddle to the booze, but it makes things more complex and interesting as it warms. There are also some brown sugary, molasses-y flavors. Nearly 4 months after bottling, there's still a bit of alcohol heat to it, but it doesn't get in the way as much as I thought at first.

Big bodied beer, with a richly creamy mouthfeel, almost like a dessert.

I'm not sure this made it here. If it did, I missed it. If I come across another one, I'll lay it down for a year or so and then compare to this. The secret is to open it up for a bit before diving in, I guess. Thanks, Dan!

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Photo of BB1313
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/25/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small dark khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas have bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and caramel. Malts are there. Everything is balanced. The coffee isn't that noticeable in the aroma department. The flavors are pretty bold. The roasted coffee comes through in the finish, giving it a solid bitterness. More dark chocolate along with some more vanilla and coconut. Some dark fruits in the mix. The bourbon comes through and accents everything that's going on. Subtle spiciness. Some warmth and alcohol notes, but it's still ultimately well hidden. It's not boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable. Everything opens up as it slightly warms.

This is a nice barrel-aged stout. It's a bold beer. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Once again, it's dangerously drinkable. It's drinking fine with a little over 3 months on it, but I'm predicting that this one will age really well.

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich coffee flavor, tasty chocolate notes and warmed with sweet bourbon. Doesn't overpower, finishes well.

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Photo of deonreds
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duncian
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of donspublic
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger dark tan head, good 5 minute retention and good lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light gets thru. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, some barrel, roasted malt and coffee rule on the nose. Taste follows the nose, big burst of coffee up front with some bitterness that is quickly tamed down by that barrel notes, there is chocolate there as well. Bourbon sweetness and vanilla are throughout the middle and the finish is on the dry side. Mouthfeel on this beer is thick and viscous. The finish has some heat to it, but it isn't harsh, it is just lingering under the covers. Sticker shock on the 4 pack $30 with tax, but man this is a meal. Probably going to go thru these pretty quick.

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

Solid black color,medium carbonation, above medium body. Aroma is very intense,espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla. And a heavy boozy bourbon smell. Taste is close to identical, a bit sweet but the coffee and bitter cocoa keeps enough of a bitter edge to keep it in check. For me the bourbon was the main focal point but The other flavors Still came through loud and clear. Definetly a beer worth trying

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10/25/17; drank 1/8/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy dark tan head; a thick curtain of lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, fresh earth, bakers chocolate & faint cream notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark roast coffee bean & trash water flavors up front; stale hop & dark chocolate notes on the finish. Almost no booze heat.

If this bottle represents the brewer'ss intention, he or she is a sadist. Permanent pass.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the caramel color of the head but it is on the very thin side. Beer is pitch black. Would've gained more points with more head.
The smell is heavy of wood. Bourbon and coffee are in there as well but the wood is the star.
As soon as you taste it the coffee explodes. Then the wood comes with some vanilla and the bourbon ends up in the back. This is a great balance.
The feeling is warm. No burn. Once again great balance.
Overall, this impressed me way more than I expected. The wood is the star to me but the balance is what impressed. Not at all boozy or burning even with a 14.3% ABV. Great job Victory! Thanks

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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