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Smokin' Oats | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by blackie on 03-12-2010

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 53
Photo of sleazo
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blind Tiger

A_Fairly black with a nice one finger tawny head. Good retention throughout.

S_Light hint of unidentifiable smoke is the first thing you notice, followed by the usual stout aromas of coffee, chocolate and nicely roasted malt.

T_The taste is more of the same. The smoke is there as a nice compliment and is integrated really well with the coffee sided malt. There is a light citrusy hop kick at the end.

M_Creamy and moderately carbonated. My only complaint is that it could be a bit creamier with the oatmeal presence.

D_A really good marriage of two of my favourite styles of beer, Oatmeal Stout and Rauchbier. The smoke is really nicely incorporated and does not overwhelm the palate. Well rounded and not too charged with alcohol, this makes for a highly drinkable beer. If this gets bottles it would definitely go in my rotation.

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Photo of jampics2
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the First Fatheads Brewers Brawl.

Deep chocolate brown, great lacing. Touches of amber as well, under a light brown head that looks great!

Nice chocolate roast and a ton of campfire smoke and meat. Very expressive and impressively not one dimensional. The smoke is well integrated into the whole mix, not just burned, but expertly added.

Taste is wonderful. Chocolate and smoke are the two main elements. Really well integrated and not too rauch-ey. Even a nice hop presence adding a bitter, earthy base to the smoke. Tobacco and smoked pork. Caramel sweetness makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel was a touch lighter than medium, but OK for the style. I just wished the oats added a touch more creaminess.

Drinkability was good too. I enjoyed this, something that's not unheard of for a smoked beer but is certainly not common. I give Victory props for a great special occasion beer.

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Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Victory Holiday Dinner.

Appearance: Black with a finger of khaki foam.

Smell: Smoked malt, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, smoked malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this take on a smoked beer from Victory and wouldn't be upset if they decided to bottle this.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep brown hue with dark amber streaks, a one finger foamy white head and good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malt and a touch of charcoal.

The taste featured upfront dry coffee with a subtle smokiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and finished dry.

Overall and interesting and enjoyable smoked beer.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of drafts at Victory last Sunday. Bought a growler of this because I thought it tasted pretty good.

A: Pours a dark amber. Clear with high tan head after vigorous pour. Nice carbonation.

S: Nice smoke malt aroma upfront with notes of bacon, ham, and smoke. A tad of roast in the background.

T: Tastes smokey but well balanced. Hints of roast & chocolate. A bit toasty and nutty.

M: Feels medium full with nice even bitterness. Drinks like a session beer as alcohol is hardly noticeable.

O: No real hop character here. Smoked malts take the lead. This is a really nice smoked porter and easy to drink. Great job Victory!

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Photo of mattgreger
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew had a beautiful pour, I was unable to get my phone to take a picture for a few minutes so it missed the head. It poured a very dark, almost black color. It had a nice 1 inch fluffly tan head, had a little retention, but soon faded, leaving some nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma on this brew was very sweet. Its name is very previlant in the aroma. The first thing I smell is a bunch of smoky malts and a punch of oatmeal. As this brew sits a bit, the warmth gives to a great burnt toast aroma as well. Each hit to the nose gives to a strong, robust smoke flavor.

The flavor is great on this one, actually lends to a breakfast brew. The oatmeal flavors at to a sweetness that goes well with the smoke flavor. This brew is thick, with a nice smoke flavor that fill in with the stout flavors that are present. The chocolate/coffee like flavors of the stout go well with the smoke and the oats. Sometimes the smoked flavor might take a little bit away from the other surrounding flavors, but still good and full of flavor.

Mouthful on this brew is decent. It is very smooth, and give the presence of a thick brew, though at times it actually is very thin. The smoke flavor adds a lot to the present flavors which also lends to the oatmeal, making this a great brew.

After checking out this brew, and also seeing other reviews, I can help to to add, like I did above, this brew is nearly a meal in itself. Though thin at times, it takes the smoke and the flavors of an oatmeal stout and gives a nice hearty brew that is very enjoyable. I would certianly have this brew again. Another great brew by Victory.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory's Smokin' Oats pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a thin, but sustainable tannish-beige head that halos above the dark reddish brown-mahogony body. Head retention is ok per style. The initial aroma is a delicate intermingling of campfire smoke, smokehouse meats with a light roastiness. Secondary aromas include black cherry, chocolate covered bacon and coffee beans. Quite pleasant! The flavor starts with some burnt caramel that carries into a developed sweetness complimented by some chocolate roastiness balanced by an moderately spicy bitterness which creates an off-dry smoky finish. This medium bodied smoked porter is quite creamy and very smooth (almost silky) in the mouthfeel. This is a finely crafted smoked beer with a surprising drinkability. Smoke em' if you got em'!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this smoked beer at Piper's Pub a couple weeks ago, while visiting the Southside. Nearly opaque dark as night with hints of ruby highlights at the edges, dark tan head forms thick. Aroma has a nice robust layer of smoke, mild smoked meats, with some campfire roasted malts...other tones that arose were a mellow fruitiness with soft grain character of the oatmeal. Flavor actually lead with the tartness of the some vinous dark fruit character with a smoked malt character finishing it off with a pretty heavy hand. Smoked meat was mellow nowhere near as in your face as some of the Bambergian brethren, herbal hops with a nice dark roasted malt character finishes it out to complement the smoked malts. Medium bodied with a soft fuller texture with the oatmeal addition, thick enough for the winter but not overbearing enough to deter me in the early sunny days of Spring. Even carbonation made for effortless drinkability, I didn't detect any heat from this beer, but was expecting something closer to a smoked Baltic Porter in alcohol. Overall, nothing compares to the quality beers from Victory I've been trying on a consistent basis, they understand what great beer is all about. Three styles on side by side this was my least favorite of the three and it was still excellent.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

distinct from the "Rauch Porter" - menu listed the first tapping as February 2010

a: dark mahogany color, khaki head with good retention and strong lacing

s: body of biscuity sweet base malts supports woody coffee roast and a distinct hardwood smoke presence - though not overpowering and in good balance, moderate euro hop nose

m: lightly to moderately carbonated with a medium body, pretty dry

t: biscuit malt structure, roasted malts give charred wood and coffee, really nice smoke - a bit more prevalent than on the nose, more meaty than campfire, nice hop bite in the finish as hardwood lingers, a solid if basic porter base with a really nice smoke character

d: just fine

12 oz. serving at the brewpub

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing : Smokin Oats

Poured ontap into a Victory branded pint. Dark brown almost black in appearance, mocha colored head forms. Aroma is light, roasty and smokey. Flavor borders a smoked porter, with gentle chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, and coffee. In the finish is where this beer really got me, a pleasant smoked flavor and hint of bbq/smoke cured meat. Nice and rich, smooth and velvety going down. A nice session ale. Smoked beers originated in Germany and for a quick second I thought I was there.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler to a tulip.
L= Medium foam, dark color
S = mild smoke, some malt coming through
T= Smoke in front, not over powering
F = Smoke fades with nice mouth coating

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Barcade Jersey City. Dark coloured, little head. Above average mouthfeel, a treat for a cask. Good amount of smoke.Complex, with only a little sweetness that seemed like sugar.Earthy and organic tasting. Nice balance. Good drinkability.Good cask beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looked really dark when they poured it but then when I held it to the sun it was pretty pale, even for a smoke beer. Maybe it's because I'm not used to drinking outside, though.

The aroma and flavor are mild, by smoked beer standards. I'm guessing this is made with oatmeal, right? It had the same consistency of a good oatmeal stout, and even the same bittersour start, but the rest of the complexities were blotted out by smokiness.

The smokiness was nice, with some mild complexities of meat and peppers, but not quite complex enough to carry the beer all on their own.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew featured a nearly opaque body with a thin, tan head that disappeared to leave almost no lacing behind.

The name is very appropriate, tons of smoky malt, hearty oats, and maybe a hint of hops.

The flavor is nearly the same as the nose with just massive amounts of smoky malt, almost tobacco like, perhaps a touch of sweetness.

Medium in body and carbonation, slightly drying, yet impressively smooth.

This is a very unique beer, perhaps not something I am drinking frequently, but certainly worth a try. No other brews I have tried come to mind as being similar to this. Tons of smoke, just as advertised!

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Old Toad in Rochester a couple weeks back. Review from notes.

A: Came to the table a deep brown color with about a finger of fluffy white head. A decent amount of foamy lace coated the sides of the glass.

S: A good dose of roasted malt mixed with notes of chocolate and wood earthiness - oak.

T: Lots of roasted malt transition to a woody finish that has some smokiness to it. Some burnt coffee character adds another dimension.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. I would have liked just a touch more body.

D: A solid smoked beer. It wasn't that smokey, but good nonetheless. Really just an easy drinking porter with some smoke in the finish.

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Photo of beerfinder
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice smokey flavor. Smooth and foamy. Perfect compliment to beef and other smoked meats. A nice malt character. Very enjoyable. Most smoked beers I've had were either wheat beers or lagers. I'm glad I have finally got a chance to have this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 1/29/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with a lot of ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, and topped with a ½ finger of light mocha head. This maintains some rich frothy edges, leaving back a robust cascade of lacing that sticks to the sides. The aroma smells sweet with oatmeal, cocoa, and some light caramel, with green citric hops mixing in to add a deep flavorful tang to the nose. Roasted coffee comes out along the back, while a subtle smokiness envelopes this, hanging in the background and complimenting the other flavors.

The taste is a smooth and sweet mix of oatmeal, some light chocolate, and a touch of tangier caramel flavors that segues into a green earthy bitterness. Dark roast hangs on the edges, pulling into the finish with that same smoky character. Like the nose, the smoke is more on the subtle side, thanks to the strength of the other flavors, but does pick up some steam as this warms. The overall flavor profile seems to mainly focus on the sweetness and hops though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly sharp feeling on the tongue and mostly stays that way during the duration of the feel. Things get a little creamier towards the back but this is ultimately coming off as a little too sharp in spots.

I rather liked this, as it basically came off like a smoked Oatmeal Stout but it was still well balanced, with the smoke never overpowering any of the other flavors. This was maybe a little too lively feeling at times but the overall presentation here won me other. This is the type of unique offering that I expect to find here at the brewpub.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 1L swingtop from Al's.

A: The rauch oatmeal stout is a brown color, dark like soda or coffee. Above the nearly black beer, a small head, white in color, comes to nearly a finger but leaves no lacing behind.

S: The nose has sweet, smoky malts and lactic oatmeal. The stout flavors are slow to come out, adding burnt toast to the mix. The smoke is intense at times, more charred than mildly roasted.

T: The oatmeal lends a lactic sweetness that goes nicely with the smoke. The result is a sweet beer that has a meaty presence. As I dig into the ale, the smoke comes across as more of a complement, its full flavors bringing out the stout flavors. The stout, as many smoked beers do, gets thin mid-sip as it loses the intensity. Chocolate malts go nicely with both the smoke and the oats.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth though thin at times. The smoke is subtle, chewy but not overly thick. The chocolate malts go nicely with the oatmeal and smoke.

D: Quite drinkable. Almost a meal in the glass. The pairing of smoke and oatmeal stout is one that I wouldn't expect to work so nicely.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down very quickly and left a bit of lacing in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edges.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with hints of roasted malts and oats.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather smoky and has some notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied but a bit thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because there's a good amount of smoky flavors but they're not overpowering.

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Photo of noslenwerd
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery...

A: Dark brown with a light tan head

S A lot of smoke smell, some malts there

T: Meaty smoke flavor is all over the place with the first few sips. Too much at first but mellows out part way down. Coffee starts to even out the flavor. Wish it was more balanced the whole way through

M: Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel

D: Overall a solid beer, just wish the smoke was a bit more subdued at the start

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a healthy dose of rising tan head over a very dark brown body with amber edges. Touch of lacing.

Plenty of roasted malts bring aromas of fresh charred wood (campfire, the morning after), and well, that's about it.

Flavors bring a little more complexity, with smoky wood, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of black licorice. The smoke is not overpowering as is the case with some in this style. Body is exactly as you'd expect from the style and ABV, with a fairly light / porter-esque mouthfeel which has a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability scores really high with me on this one - it's not the most flavorful, complex, or rich example of the style, but it sure is well done and quite easy to put back a few.

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Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/12/10 at the Victory brewpub.

From the hand pump into an imperial nonic this brew appears a dark brown that displays some ruby clarity when held to the light. A beautiful fluffy tan creamy head sits atop the brew with a finger's strength and it retains perfectly throughout the duration of the experience. It laces in thick patches across the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes a light smoked quality which blends into citrus and herbal hops. It is somewhat mineral filled but overall simple and enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is herbal hops, light citrus component, roasted grains which are quite fresh and pleasant with a smoked quality that picks up into the finish. It lingers with a flavor of chocolate and an earthy aspect that brings it all together.

This is a medium bodied brew with an exceptionally smooth feel. It has a light level of carbonation and the abv is suppressed. Very drinkable, if I had more time I would sit and enjoy a few of these. For a smoked beer, it is on the lighter side, possibly a good intro beer for someone who isn't ready to take the plunge into an all out rauchbier assault of smokiness.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear, dark brown with a small layer of off-white head. Roasty malt aroma, rye spice, and charcoal. Taste of smoke and charcoal, but not too heavy as to detract from the other flavors at play: roasty malts, nuts, grains, subtle hop bitterness. Medium-bodied and pretty decent overall, but I've had better of the style.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the hulmeville inn. Deep mahogany in color almost opague but not quite. One finger light brown colored heading. Left some lace strings at first but does turn flat as it warms.

Nose... you guessed it, smoked malt with a nice burnt wood aroma. Nice roasty malt aroma with a slight touch of charcoal. Just makes me think of the holidays.

Taste is very low key in the smoke department, there is however a heavier mocha mix that I wouldn't have expected. Nice roastiness.

Mouth is medium-full bodied, decent carbonation. A little more on the thicker side.

Overall not a bad smoke beer. Nothing earth shattering but not bad.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thick brown head. Smell is very smokey and full of roasted malt. The taste is less smokey than the smell but it still delivers a very pleasant smoke taste that isn't offputing. Nice thick mouthfeel that lingers. All-in-all a really nice offering from Victory.

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