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

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Ratings:
131
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 01, 2020
Added:
Dec 21, 2016
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  34
SCORE
84
Good
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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3.5 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
 
3.15 by AndrewBuffalo from Illinois on Feb 20, 2020
 
4 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Feb 10, 2018
 
3.58 by dsshuck from Delaware on Feb 04, 2018
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
 
3.92 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Dec 30, 2017
 
3.07 by hasse67 from Sweden on Nov 11, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

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.

Oct 15, 2017
 
3 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Oct 07, 2017
 
3.83 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Sep 13, 2017
 
3.81 by stephenjmoore from Maryland on Sep 02, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jlabs from New York

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

Aug 11, 2017
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2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ThomasTheTank88 from Ohio

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.

Jul 04, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dope from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 03, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jul 03, 2017
 
4.16 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2017
 
4.24 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2017
 
3.72 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2017
 
3.61 by MFMB from Idaho on Jun 27, 2017
 
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 26, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by fortytw2 from Germany

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.

Jun 25, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 25, 2017
 
3.93 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2017
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3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by eaglegrafix from Texas

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.

Jun 09, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 07, 2017
 
3.11 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jun 04, 2017
 
4.13 by Walleybeer from New Jersey on May 30, 2017
 
4.05 by cambabeer from New York on May 29, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

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 :)

May 28, 2017
 
3.98 by cp45 from New Jersey on May 24, 2017
 
3.75 by MMOSNN from North Carolina on May 24, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

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.

May 19, 2017
 
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on May 17, 2017
 
3.95 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on May 15, 2017
 
3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on May 13, 2017
 
3.53 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

May 08, 2017
 
3.9 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2017
 
3.35 by khargro2 from Tennessee on May 06, 2017
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1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
by mcpat1993 from Pennsylvania

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

May 04, 2017
Blackboard Series #5 - Cream Ale With Cold Brew Coffee from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 131 ratings