Smokin' Oats | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by blackie on 03-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
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10
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4
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Photo of klimoja
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of schmitter
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Kraftwork on 2/17/11.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a very thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly toasty aroma with lots of sweet malt character especially caramel, rye and toffee. Not as smokey as expected given the name with subtle hints of charcoal and bacon. Smells more like a toasty brown ale.

Medium bodied with a smokier profile than the aroma suggests with hints of charcoal, bacon and BBQ but the smokiness doesn't dominate letting the other flavors shine through. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee and hazelnut with nice bitter hops up front and subtle spice. Decent balance but not as smokey as I prefer. It's still pretty good, however, wit some rauchy flavor as well as some sweet malt, toast and faint dark fruit.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, you must like smoked beers to have any chance of liking this beer from Victory. Pours a dark brown/black color with traces of head from the keg.

Smell is immediately there... charcoal and meat on the nose mixed with malt.

Taste is thin, cold (like a winter evening) with smoke from a wood-burning grill.

Overall, takes some getting used to and I (admittedly) am not a huge smoked beer fan.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz. chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very deep brown nearly completely black color with a very light tan/light brown head. The head faded fast giving a light bit of lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly of smokiness and roasted chocolate malt with a subtle coffee aroma. This is combined with a light mount of vanilla, which gives a nice overall aroma

Taste – The taste is on the more bitter-smokey chocolate and a nice oatmeal backbone initially. It sweetens a bit,more toward the middle, with bits of caramel and vanilla working into the oaty base. As it advances further however, it becomes more bitter and the sweetness is lost to a deeper cocoa and espresso flavor which lingers in the mouth with a rather pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – A rather light to moderate body with an average level of carbonation. The body, actually, takes away from the brew a bit, as it is quite light and could use less carbonation to create a overall creamier feel.

Overall – While it lacks some things in body and mouthfeel it is a nice more bitter porter with good aroma and taste. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Agold
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very nice. Dark dark brown with ruby highlights and sheets of just off white lacing. Aroma is pretty smokey. Kind of one note, but not unpleasantly so. Flavor is light and smokey with a nice biscuit malty flavor. Nice, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is too light even for something that is supposed to be low abv. Overall a nice enough beer. Quite enjoyable.

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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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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 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 Njstoutlover23
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GregStoner
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Smokin' Oats from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.91 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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