Blackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew Coffee
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Blackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew CoffeeBlackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew Coffee
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Style:
American Cream Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.76%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
129
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Blackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew CoffeeBlackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew Coffee
Notes: Clean blonde brew, unassuming. Coffee aromatics surprises the nose. Smooth roasted flavor all derived from the addition of cold brewed coffee on a lightly bready base.Fragrant coffee aromas surface from this smooth cream ale. Cold-Brewed coffee adds rich, roasty notes to this medium-bodied and effervescent brew.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 129
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 7-2-17 for $2.79. Enjoy by 03JUL2017. Received at TW 6-30-17 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a okay white head. Lots of sediment at the end of the pour.

Nose is light coffee, nice and pleasant.

Taste is light coffee, light citrus, very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a nice brew that i am glad to have tried.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light in color,but then the smell of coffee hits you nicely, not overpowering, but subtle either. Taste is where the subtlety of the coffee is which is perfect as i didnt want to dominate..very easy to drink..not as good as Carton's Regular Coffee , but this is a nice representation of a coffee infused cream ale

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First I'd like to say this is one of the coolest bottle/cap designs I have. Has everything someone wants on the bottle, cool looking cap as well. Now onto the beer... very different. Blonde in color but clear. Smelled of a light roast but tasted more of a medium roast. Didn't really taste a "cream ale" taste, but bought it because it looked interesting. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Dope
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by June 27, 2017 (whoops)

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fizzy light tan head. Quite good head retention. Fuzzy chunks of lacing everywhere.

S: Light coffee aroma. Faint cereal grain maltiness.

T: Smooth, mild coffee flavor with a pleasant and soft bready maltiness. Coffee turns slightly bitter (but still creamy) in the finish where it stands alone briefly.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Simple, smooth and easy drinking brew. The coffee is a really nice touch to the typically fairly bland cream style. Mouthfeel is great and mellows the whole thing out.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Slightly opaque body, with a unique mix of colors. Ranges from dull orange, touches of chestnut brown, and even bright lemon yellow. Head creation is a little flat, barely making half a finger, but managing to stay in a simple tall if soapy thin puck.

Small notes of coffee, and a touch of fruity bean quality. Slight hint of spice as well, not sure if it's malt or hop angle or the beans itself. Cream ale sweetness not so much present, or noticeable, but a decent fine smelling brew.

Fairly simple palate. Light bodied with a touch of mellow sweetness. Hints of milky coffee and also a good fruity bean. A sharp spice perhaps touching herbal hop qualities on the finish. A nice lingering vanilla sugar character, which doesn't come off like lactose either. Coffee character is fairly mellow but subtle and goes well with the base sweet malt body.

This comes off more as a sweetened coffee pale ale, and fairly decent. Interesting if a bit odd brew.

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Photo of fortytw2
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

l: nice amber color
s: sweetly coffee-ish
t: reminiscent of coffee without being overwhelming, somewhat sugary (cold brew tends to be sweet, not nearly as bitter as normal espresso)
f: very smooth

o: I found the beer very enjoyable as a one-off, perhaps a bit sweet - I'd love to know what went into the cold brew used in this brew.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 7/13/17, so a few weeks inside the wire here.

looks very good. golden yellow body, small white head which dissipates to a ring and faint covering. good lacing.

smells like iced coffee.

unfortunately, it tastes like stale coffee. no creaminess, though i freely admit that cream ales are not my cup of tea.

medium on the mouth, coffee and faintly tingly on the finish.

overall, i've had several non-stout coffee beers recently, and most of them don't seem to do it for me. so maybe it's me.

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Photo of eaglegrafix
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep cloudy golden with significant head that dissipates quickly. Smell is different with significant coffee and little beer sense. Taste is good but not my favorite for a coffee beer. It a bit of a lightweight in that style. Lacking a little bit of the expected creamy feel. Bought a six but probably won't again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, little else. Taste is coffee, grains, some malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a type of beer I usually don’t like... Still got to try it though!
It pours tasty, clear, medium deep amber with a creamy, three finger high, head. Pretty much lacing stays on the glass when the head sinks down and almost disappears.

Nose: Strange nose for a beer! Not bad though... Coffee, toffee, sweet caramel malt, orange, cookies and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Coffee again, fudge, grain, barley malt and nuts.
Mouth: Medium body. Low carbonation. Sweet, creamy ending.

I must have changed my mind of this type of beer or this is just better... It IS strange with the coffee-taste in a light beer but here in this creamale it works! At least for me :)

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium orange color, with a thin white head quick to dissipate. Clear.

Smell- Coffee, cream, grains. Does not smell how the color appears.

Taste- Dull, cooked grains of barley. Coffee steps in fast, cold brewed as the name implies. Retains the grain flavor. Coffee lingers into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall- Never had a coffee flavor as such in a orange color beer, usually with this level of coffee taste we have a dark beer. I give Victory props for that. But has the characteristic cooked veggie flavor of a cream ale, like the one in the green and white can we all know.... So true to the style.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Mostly clear golden brown pour. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Coffee... sweet malts and grains.

T/F: Deceptively simple flavor. Light toasted malts and sweetness... crackery... good espresso presence as advertised. This gives some bitterness with some mild hopping. Medium to light in body. More coffee at the finish and in the aftertaste.

O: Pretty much as advertised... a light cream ale with coffee. Easy to drink. Wouldn't want a ton of it.

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Photo of mcpat1993
1.8/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This shouldn't have been brewed. The coffee seems random, as the beer is very light and has little to no smell. I'm disappointed as I like victory beer in general

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/30/2017 at British Brewing Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decently strong burst of coffee flavor that is quickly followed by some breadiness from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before starting to review this beer- the question is- is this a Cream Ale?
I generally don't like the style, the color is usually light, thinner light Lager feel, and not much a taste. Adjuncts, Lager yeast?

Not sure if this is a Cream Ale.
Regardless, the beers pours a copper color with a 2F head.
The aroma isn't strong- hints of malt and coffee, but I expected more.

Good malty MF, with a medium body( not like the usual Cream Ale).
Excellent rich coffee taste, better than a lot of coffee beers. But there is something unusual
about the taste, not quite coffee, and very different. I'm not sure if I like it, but it's well done.

Overall, an excellent beer.Style-not sure. There is a slight weirdness to the taste, but otherwise it's an interesting beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium burnt orange to amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + copper + orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly brewed, slightly roasted coffee over the top of light aromas of slightly sweet bready malts.

T: Upfront there are slightly less than moderate flavors of bready malts with a lighter presence of cereal grain malts and a hint of corn adjunct-like sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of cold brew coffee (super smooth with a hint of roastiness and minimal acidity/bitterness). Hints of herbal + grassy hops in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish though the coffee flavor does linger for a moderate amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and quite enjoyable though I am a huge coffee drinker - I like the smoothness of the addition of the cold brew but with the nice coffee flavors and aromas but less bitterness.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro draft, served in shaker pint

medium yellow golden color, thick cap of white colored head from the nitro pour. aroma is definitely big coffee. taste is mild grainy malt with the coffee flavor dominating. the nitro mouthfeel seems to work okay.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

we are starting to see more and more of this, blonde coffee beers, but this is one of the better ones i have had lately, i think the cream ale is an excellent base to showcase the coffee. the crisp smoothness and mild grain profile lets even a little bit of coffee go a very long way, and that makes good sense. it looks just a shade darker than a normal blonde, mostly clear, with visible carbonation but not much head after the initial pour from the tap. cold brewed coffee keeps the acidity out of it, so we can really smell and taste the java. almost no bitterness here either, and if there is, there remains just enough malt sweetness for it to be beautifully balanced. the coffee is bold and fresh, awesome in both nose and taste, with a chocolaty richness and an earthy depth thats not confused with any dark grains like it might be in a stout, a really clear picture of the coffee here. there is a great crispness of feel here too, a fine dryness, and upbeat carbonation, this drinks way too easily, and is definitely my favorite from the blackboard series so far. the coffee is blended in perfect proportion, and the beer is smooth and balanced. i love seeing coffee used in styles that arent dark, and this is a brilliant example of that, they should make it a regular in their lineup...

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy brownish Amber body with little to no head.

S: Lots of coffee with cream and sugar in it vanilla. Some light doughy breads.

T: Lots of coffee with a slight artificial sweetener taste to and some vanilla.

M: lowish carbonation medium feel a little watery.

O: A lot of coffee and sweetness but that is about it. Not a very good cream ale just trying to trade on the idea of coffee and vanilla in a beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique little cream ale pours a
luminous rugged golden color with a modest head of dissipating white foam
that subsides to a thin ring. Nose of subtle coffee, subtle sweet malts of honey
tinged malts, and light earthy tones. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with an
excellent presentation of cold pressed coffee tossed into a mild subtle cream ale
with a lager yeast note that mingles with light grain and a whisper of honey malt.
Nice mouth feel; smooth and lightly carbonated, medium light body, and a dry
coffee laced finish.

Much like it's hybrid brother, the blonde stout, this is a nice departure from
the standard BLAH cream ale category. Unique, interesting, and a good one to
prime the pump with or enjoy a session of. Enjoyable.

Cheers

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream ales are a Rodney Dangerfield brew - they get no respect. But they can be quite interesting and a nice departure from other lighter brews. This one is very creative and maybe the best I've ever had.

It opens fairly flat with just a bit of fizz. The color is a orange light brown - unique. The aroma is dominated by a nice coffee smell.

The taste totally works. It is a moderate (not too easy) drinking ale with coffee adding character. It does not have a lot of bittering but still it is not too sweet. I like it. The aftertaste is pretty clean.

This is a nice, tasty cream ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7/13/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; small fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have hints of roasted black coffee along with some sweet malts. Some caramel in the mix. Grains are there. The coffee aromas are balanced and blend well. The flavors follow the nose. Nice coffee flavors without dominating or being overwhelming. More grains. Malts do their thing. Mild sweetness. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice unique cream ale. The coffee shines while remaining balanced. The craftsmanship is on point. Enjoyable stuff. It's also refreshing.

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Photo of Dakin
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Honey colored. Sliver of head.

Smell: Light coffee, honey, chamomile, vanilla. Not very strong smelling, but nice.

Taste: Taste almost tea like. Like a cold chamomile tea. Honey, coffee comes in a bit. Nice smooth finish.

Feel: Nice light mouth feel.

Overall: Different, but good. Would be great in the summer ice cold. Really enjoyed the style and the flavors. 7/10.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small chalice: color is straw, transparent, head is brighter presenting about 1/2 inch thick and dissipates to a ring.

Smell is light coffee, earth, then some cream ale like maltiness and graininess.

Taste is similar with coffee, but less so, the cream ale qualities are subtle but present - cereal graininess, earthy mild hops - but not entirely defining of the style

Mouthfeel is a little bitter, a little sweet, a little dry.

Overall an interesting beer - a little bit of coffee, coffee bitterness, cereal grains, earthy flavors and lingering sweet/dry flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When the thoughts of coffee and cream ale come together, its easy to assume that the coffee will dominate the more delicate ale flavors. But with the masterful crafting of cold brewed coffee, the beans blend into the cream ale within particularly well, in such humbling fashion as to not even disturb its color.

Pale gold and with a faint haze, the beer's appearance has no indication of the bold coffee character deep inside. But one pass of the nose and its hard to believe that such a light colored beer lurks below. Bold roast coffee, cocoa, toast and nuttiness blends right into the beer's floral honey notes and its emboldened cereal grain character.

Sweet on the early palate, its cereal flavor is in firm control. But as the ale embarks upon the middle palate, its sweetness breaks free and the coffee begins to dominate. Capturing all the flavor of coffee but without the earthen spice of cooked beans, their more delicate flavors only slightly edge out the corn, bread, honey and cereal sweetness that continues to sweeten the finish.

Medium bodied and celebrating a simple grain sweetness throughout, the beer's bubbly texture captures the corn sweetness for a true cream flavor and feel. But with those coffee dryness acting upon the finish, the beer's light roasty taste carries a toasty aftertaste with floral echoes slightly beyond.

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Blackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew Coffee from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 129 ratings