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:
#1,044
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
556
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
172
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 556 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.
Tasty!

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Photo of xungmound98
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of buzzedup
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Black pour with a small mocha head. Little lacing with lots of alcohol legs.

Wow, huge blast of bourbon on the nose as I pour. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee in the background.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of barrel that unfortunately drowns out the others flavors. It's not hot but bourbon forward.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with low carbonation.

Really good fresh but seems to need aging to be elite. I will put a few away to find out. Still, a really good sipper and worthy of a try.

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Tap

Pours opaque black, tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, vanilla, fresh coffee and oak.

Flavor is of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, pecan, molasses, caramel and oak.

Full body, stinging carbonation. Warms going down.

Really good rich sipper of a stout. Worth trying, would have it again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Victory Java Cask has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown (but not black) appearance, with moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of sharp wood, malt, and maybe cream, but with an unusual turned spinach thing. The flavor is of dark-roasted (but, not burnt) malts, medium-to-dark-roasted coffee, cream (or, half & half), and a touch of wood. No char, here. Mouthfeel is full, but not heavy, and Victory Java Cask finishes medium wet/dry. Not too sweet.

RJT

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

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

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Java Cask from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 556 ratings