Java Cask
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #210
ABV:
14.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #859
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.19%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
586
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2084

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of micada
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +2.3%
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 ChrisMon02
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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 Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +7.7%
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 EMH73
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 CanConPhilly
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mike22ne
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Damilton5
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Vetbidder
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ovaltine
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -4.4%
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 -5.3%
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 HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black as night, no head, strong back light shows a brown to ruby edge with good clarity.

Aroma: Bourbon barrel is pretty forward, some burnt grain and dark sugar sweetness come through all the charred barrel. Hint of chocolate and or coffee, but it's faint at best.

Taste: Super sweet stout base helps coat the bourbon and barrel, but both are a shovel to the face intensity level. Long lingering flavors go a bit tobacco and leather, mostly bourbon driven. While no hop flavors come through, the sweetness level is strong but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, slick texture, cellar to flat carbonation, bit of a chew.

Overall: A tanker carrying malt and coffee crashing into a bourbon distillery. The coffee level is more for the crew than trade, it's mostly heavy bags of malt. It's a great sipper but you are going to need to like bourbon.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a rich tan head and impressive lacing that just stays put.
N: Malty coffee notes up front with some barrel, vanilla, and chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, awesome coffee flavors with a perfect barrel hit and soft malt/vanilla to even things out.
M: Medium
O: This rating is for the 2016, blown away how the coffee notes remained. The ABV is soft but present and the barrel is blended in with just the right amount of flavors to not overpower but show themselves. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of jd2017
4.44/5  rDev +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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Java Cask from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 586 ratings