Smokin' Oats | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +5.1%
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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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%
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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4/5  rDev +2%
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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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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