Java Latte
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #482
Ranked #16,342
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Feb 21, 2022
Nov 20, 2018
Very Good
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Notes: Roasty malts, oats, and special ingredients come together in a milk stout that is cold brewed with a bounty of local coffee for 48 hours to serve up a luscious mix of sweet and robust comforts.

30 IBU
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3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
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5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Exceptional rendition of the style. Nailed it is an understatement. Rich notes of cocoa and cacao dominate the plush, velvet mouthfeel. Similar overall flavor profile. Well done.

Sep 27, 2021
3.67 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jun 25, 2021
3.69 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Apr 06, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 9/25/21

Yet another limited release from Victory, it seems they've really been focusing on that sort of thing lately. Either that or they have been a while but they just started getting wider distribution for the. Regardless, this one sounds pretty good right about now, I could use a little coffee pick me up

Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose is not as sweet as I expected for the style, but there's not really too much going on. I'm picking up on aromas of acidic coffee, roasted malt, cacao, and an odd vegetal note

Sadly, the taste doesn't really improve much upon the bland (and frankly, odd) aroma. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting roasted malt, some milk chocolate, and a hint of raisin. The swallow drives up the dark fruit/raisin for a moment which is nice, before bringing forth notes of medium roast coffee, toast, and milk chocolate

A medium body pairs with minimal carbonation, resulting in a silky and smooth beer, which helps the less than stellar taste. Finishes mostly dry with a nice sweetness

This is easy drinking for the abv, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it has any real redeeming qualities. Not awful, but I wouldn't get it again

Feb 22, 2021
4.06 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Feb 07, 2021
3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia on Feb 03, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Slight, less than a fingers worth, of light khaki colored froth... The color is a still inky black... The nose of of roasted malt and mild coffee... Perhaps a hint of sweet cream or vanilla... A bit more depth and complexity emerges on the palate... A bit sweeter and more nuanced... Some chocolate and caramel notes emerge as well... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth and sleek... Lightly carbonated... A highly enjoyable and easy drinking brew though somewhat unremarkable...

Jan 03, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Java Latte from Victory. Purchased 11/13/20 for $ 3.00 (Including tax) for 16 oz can ($ 0.1875/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/22/20.
Marked on bottom rim of can “BEST BY ?? 26 21”. Served at 46.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 52.1 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), opaque. When held to direct light, ruby/garnet and translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), desert sand, high density, average retention, leaving a seven to eight mm undulating crown fed by effervescence, torn curtain lacing on the glass as the head collapses, and a thick partial cap with rocks. Second pour produces a two cm head.
Lacing – Good. As the level drops, a wide band of foam, mostly tiny bubbles with a few small, takes over from the torn curtain lacing from the collapsed head. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Coffee with a hint of roasted malt at the end, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Distinctly coffee, no hops, no yeast. Slightly sweet. No alcohol (8.2 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly creamy (lactose and oats), soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Seems a bit thin for the stout end of the spectrum. Otherwise, distinctly coffee on nose and in mouth. The “latte” part seems a bit weak as well, appearing as a contributor to the “slightly creamy” mouthfeel but barely noticeable in the flavor. However, the price point is well fitted.

Dec 22, 2020
4.48 by Papagoose3 from Pennsylvania on Dec 17, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Just in time for Fall, Victory Brewing brings together some of the favored cold weather flavors of coffee, roasted grains, caramel and cream for a beer that's both a pick-me-up and a put-me-down.

Boldly roasted coffee aromas dominate the nose while the Imperial Milk Stout settles in the glass. As its silky froth rises, a backdrop of nuttiness, burnt toast and smoky cocoa add to the beer's scent. A bold sense of sweetness introduces to the tongue with notions of toffee, caramel, honey and whipping cream coming to mind.

With a full and saturating taste, the middle palate shows a relaxing malt sweetness and a growing coffee presence. The cold pressed coffee seems bright and nutty while the roasted grains of the stout only add to the beer's sultry mystique. Trending bitter and spicy, the late palate shows a mild and woodsy hop bite that seems greater with the smooth bitterness of coffee and its chicory spice.

Full bodied but also drying on the finish, the beer's final impressions are bittersweet and with a long linger of roast. As the session endures, the coffee seems to come across as somewhat old and stale. A good offering from Victory but unfortunately it's somewhat banal for its style.

Nov 19, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

Poured from a pint can. Color is black coffee with a ruby hue. Thick and creamy tan head with stick lacing. Nose is dark roast coffee with an earthy floral note. Flavor is, yes, more false advertising here. Roasted coffee dominates, touch of sweet cream with a mild hop bitterness before the finish. Surprisingly not a palate crusher. Good carbonation, mild alcohol bite as it warms. Simple flavor profile, but well executed. Good beer for sure!

Nov 17, 2020
4.01 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Nov 16, 2020
3.71 by Zaphog from Michigan on Nov 14, 2020
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Nov 14, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

My tastebuds are shot because the Dodgers just won the World Series! Yeah buddy!

Anyway, this one is Aite. Got a little of this, and a little of that. Wish it was more Lizzo “thick” but what the hell, you can’t win em all.

Get some!

Oct 28, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the tall boy can in a pint glass. This solid little brew pours a
murky dark brownish black with cola highlights and a thick ring
of khaki foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping pool, and
displays some very nice lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, cream, faint
char, dark coffee, and dark roast. Flavors follow the nose nicely with
dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cream, mild char, deep roast, and
touches of dark fruit. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, medium light
carbonation that gives some nice lift, and a rich moderately coating bitter
malt finish that is far from cloying.

The more I drink it the more I like it---a solid milk stout!


Jul 08, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lucular from Maryland

16 oz can poured into a snifter/tulip/goblet (I'm honestly not sure what the proper name is). Appearance is very dark brown with a large tan head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is similar with moderate sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and a little bit thin. The 8.2% abv is fairly well-hidden. Overall it's decent but not worth the 8.2% abv.

Jun 22, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Hazyfuss from North Carolina

Good beer. Kinda thin.

May 25, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: appears opaque and dark brown, but when held to the light, it's crystal clear and deep mahogany; 1+ finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: vanilla, chocolate, and deeply roasted grain;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; some coffee there as well; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: gorgeous beer; coffee is understated;

Apr 30, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

looks great poured - good head - expected better taste .creamy and coffee flavor - had better from victory

Apr 25, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Many times these coffee stouts taste too much like black coffee, this one get's it pretty much right...

Nice dark caramel look with a lightly scent of black coffee to the nose. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and superbly smooth. The taste, however, is strong on coffee. I do like coffee, just not black coffee, and this has a distinctive taste of strong, black coffee, just not overpowering. Overall, a very solid brew, and it might it's up there in my book for coffee stouts.

Apr 12, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 3/19/2020. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, grass, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, lactose, earthy hops, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, grass, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, roasted nuts, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, wood, grass, herbal, peppercorn, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, lactose, earthy hops, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is an excellent coffee milk stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, lactose, earthy hops, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/charred/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Great balance of rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and lactose; with balancing earthy hops. Mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected of the brewery. Would have preferred less bitterness.

Mar 30, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a thin-looking dark black color, with a small fizzy head, and not much lacing.

This smells like heavily roasted coffee, a touch of vanilla, and some chocolate.

This is just much too thinly flavored and flat. This isn't exactly Victory's wheelhouse here, and it definitely shows. The coffee is just roasty and adds some astringency, and a boozy feel, even though I know coffee wouldn't actually increase the boozy feeling.

This is light and thin, and not super drinkable, with a bitter finish.

I didn't love this. I expected a bit more, since Java Cask was a nice surprise, but Victory excels much more in German-styled entries.

Mar 02, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of Dark roast coffee. Taste is sweet with a definite coffee taste. Good mouth feel.

Feb 26, 2020
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3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by VinCubed from New Jersey

Starts with a malty nose with something else in there that seems artificial to me. Weakish coffee flavor with a similarly weak coffee finish. Not enough coffee in it for me.

Feb 23, 2020
4.21 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Feb 22, 2020
3.59 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 17, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Pours a dark brown leaving a one finger head. Not getting anything distinctive on the smell except some roasty note. Taste familiar...don’t think is breaking any new ground here. Not as coffee forward as some others. A little scratchy on the back end but in the end a very good stout

Feb 15, 2020
4.5 by T66tah from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2020
2.75 by VaporDome from New York on Feb 09, 2020
4.14 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Feb 09, 2020
3.56 by walkinginplace from North Carolina on Feb 08, 2020
4.45 by RBorsato from Virginia on Feb 04, 2020
3.84 by jdezelick from Virginia on Feb 02, 2020
4.1 by Grinky from Illinois on Feb 01, 2020
4.08 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Jan 28, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Victory Brewing Co. "Java Latte"
1 pint can coded "ENJOY BY: 22 MAR 2020 000913 P FL" and sampled on 22 JAN 2020
$3.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Black in color but revealing some orange and mahogany brown highlights at the base of the glass when held to the light. Full, foamy cap of khaki colored foam. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma of oily, nutty, and almost cedar-like coffee beans. The flavor follows with more coffee and some pleasant caramelish malt to support it. There's some acidity to it from the coffee, and a slight touch of alcohol, and along with the median bitterness it all works out and ends up balanced in the end. Dry and roasty finish with a touch of fruitiness and a swirl of alcohol. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth. Overall it's quite a nice coffee beer.
Review # 6,916

Jan 22, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a goblet: color is black, head is tan with fin bubbles, head presents 1 inch thick and then dissipates to a frothy top and nice lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light roast and chocolate, feint milk and toasted coffee that start to amplify with time and warmth.

Taste is amplification of the notes highlighted in the aroma: light roast, chocolate malt, then latte like qualities of smooth light roasted coffee and lactose; incredible smoothness and drinkability at this strength

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, low to moderate carbonation, light malt sweetness, lingering coffee like bitterness with counted milk/lactose sweetness.

Overall a very good coffee milk stout - pleasant coffee and lactose counters the strength and provides a smoothing character, especially as it warms. This would be excellent on nitro.

Jan 09, 2020
Java Latte from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 77 ratings