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Victory Village | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.83/5
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89 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 08-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,693
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
89
pDev:
14.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and was served with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. No carbonation is evident.
S: There is a moderate aroma of roasted coffee beans in the aroma, which was completely unexpected given the beer's reddish appearance.
T: Like the smell, there are strong flavors of roasted coffee in the taste, yet these are in no way overpowering and balanced with the underlying malts and bittering hops. Again, the color of the beer is deceptive and makes the coffee taste rather intriguing.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and also has a very light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was rather easy to drink; I would definitely try this again if I could find it again because the coffee flavor was very tasty.

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a modest colored brown, probably closest to chestnut. Thin light tan head that persists throughout. Nose brings a really, really excellent combination of roasted brown malt and the pure essence of coffee. The two are in near perfect tandem. Taste brings the same thing, although the harmony isn't quite as present as it was in the nose, with the coffee a bit drier and the malt not as full. Feel is really nice with a good, dry medium body. Drinks incredibly well and I love the addition of coffee to a brown ale.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Not too impressed with this one, though it sounded good from the description. Poured a clear, light, chestnut color, with a ringlet of white bubbles for a head. Aroma of toasted brown malts and coffee, as promised. Taste of roasted malts, nuts, with a strong coffee sensation mid-palate. Barely anything to speak of in regards to hops. Very light and thin, perhaps too much so, but still, I kind of "felt what they were going for" so to speak, so I suppose it wasn't too-too bad. I'm used to coffee in bigger, bolder beers with more body; this was more like fermented coffee juice.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a ½ finger of slight off-white colored head. This retains at roughly the same size and throws up a foamy cascade that leaves back thick spotty swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of slightly acrid roasted coffee character on top, with green citrus, caramel, and some light cocoa flavors sitting underneath. There is a touch of leafy feeling hops to this as well but it’s mainly the coffee that drives the nose here. Thankfully it isn’t too overpowering.

The taste has a good bit of green citric bitterness up front, with a sweet backing of light caramel and chocolate flavors. Roasted coffee is present throughout and is felt mostly in the backend of the profile (where is hangs a bit on the breath) but it overall isn’t coming off as very strong. This finishes with a dry and earthy bitterness, reflecting the strength of the hops in this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that expands out and fills up the mouth. There isn’t a whole lot of smoothness to this, as this coming off as a little too sharp at times.

Eh, this one was a little disappointing. It’s didn’t really succeed here for me as either a coffee beer or a solid Brown Ale, with the flavor profile in particular having a somewhat watered down feel to it. I finished the glass but won’t be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Mahaffey's in Baltimore -serve chilled in a mug

The beer has a medium brown appearance like hot cocoa in the mug with a quick settling light beige cap and small bead. The smell has a slight roasted coffee odor, but more of a light roast is apparent as it seems more citrusy and less charred or deep roasted like espresso. I like the mild sweetness and feel the aroma is pleasant. The feel is lighter medium bodied, light roasted and low in sweetness w/ a semi-dry finish

The flavor is not your big bold coffee beer like you might expect, but the coffee and malt blends well without losing the mild roasted taste in the brown ale base. I enjoyed the way the caramel malt balances the acidity of the lightly roasted beans - a nice take on coffee in beer - not really intense, but certainly drinkable and this does not scrimp on flavor either. I approached it with an open mind and honestly I could see myself enjoying this frequently. The lack of heavily roasted malts in the backdrop allows you to get more out of the beans IMO

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark mahogany, minor dark tan head, thin collar and then respectable fine and light lacing left on the glass. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in the nose. Sweetness kept under control. As advertised, this one comes through with rich dark chocolate and coffee notes, overlaying an understated and smooth brown ale. Well done and pleasant enough. Likely a good choice to compliment a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, slightly opaque, muddled brown color with a filmy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of nut, cream, and highlights of bitter coffee. Flavors of cream and bitter coffee forward, with light nutty sweet highlights. Thin, crisp body with a roasted, bitter aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish.

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Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on Tap at The Hulmeville Inn, Finally getting around to this one.

Village pours into the glass a dark red tint with a brownish appeal. For a coffee Beer, much lighter than I expected. Not much of anything on top, cant even say it's a cap, no lacing, kinda dead looking even with swirls. Smell consists of mainly roasted malt, some cocco, and I guess some coffee? It aint that large, but perhaps this is supposed to be more brownish than coffeeish. Taste is really subdued on the coffee, It's a tame amount and I almost missed it. More malt, sweetness, caramel, slight toffee, where is da mother fliping coffee? This is not hop forward either, but it's not supposed to be. Even for a American Brown, it's kinda tame. Feel is approaching medium, malty, smooth, not bitter, semi sweet/roasted and lightly carbed. While the taste is not large, I gulped my pint rather quick, this is easy drinking and lightly boozed, but the final product is lacking. Victory, if your team is thinking about bottling this, please don't.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A growler from WF Plymouth meeting shared at Baltimore BA gathering II at Maxs.

Pours a clear amber brown with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma and flavor are fresh brewed coffee dominated with a subtle balance of malt and nutty brown ale flavors. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation this is one of the better and balanced coffee forward beers I've tried.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-light brown to amber color with a small off-white head and some lacing

S-light roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

T-coffee, light roasted malt, cocoa, hints of nuts, minimal bitter hop flavor

F-light body with moderate carbonation

O-a little light but has some interesting flavors

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Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler from the brewery - thanks to Wiid.

A - Deep mahogany brown with flashes of gold and orange. A bubbly off-white head nearly two fingers high slowly dissolves, leaving a nice film over the beer with occasional spotty lacing.

S - An assortment of roasted grains, coffee, and a hint of malt.

T - This beer has coffee everywhere. In the front, middle, and back, there's assorted coffee tastes, with plenty of hazelnut crunch in the background. A light malty base attempts to provide some backbone, with medium success.

M - Almost surprisingly light bodied, with little aftertaste or lingering senses.

D - It's practically impossible not to drink this too quickly. The coffee flavors and light body combine for a smooth, fast beer which goes down before you even realize it.

A nice brown ale from Victory, although the coffee taste might be slightly overboard for some drinkers.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Sweet tea, eggshell head leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma - Watered down coffee beans, sweet malt.

Taste - Caramel, and slight iced coffee.

Mouthfeel - Watery, light bodied. Carbonation level is perfect.

Overall - More of a mild brown than American brown. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigMike
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start this review by saying that I want so badly to LOVE this beer. Victory Brewing is one of my favorite breweries around. I'm proud to have them as a local brewery. Hell, their Hop Devil Ale was a stepping stone for me into the world of craft beer. Victory is only half the equation. One village coffee makes some amazing coffee. Their smart blend(which is used in this beer) is my coffee of choice every morning at 4 am when Im getting up for work. So, needless to say I've excited about this beer since the early stages back in february. Now on to the beer itself.

I got a growler of this from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

It pours a clear, burnt orange/ caramel color with a touch of ruby redness. Topped off with a three finger off white colored head. It's a good looking beer. The head doesn't stick around long.

The aroma is pretty straight forward. Coffee. As I search the nose I get a touch of light caramel malts but not surprisingly coffee dominates.

Flavor is a bit of a letdown. The coffee is there but it's light and there's not a whole lot of anything else. There's not much of anything else supporting the java which leaves it a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is super light. It's refreshing and easy to drink but it borders on watery. A small amount of bitterness and acidity is present.

Drinkability gets a good mark. Before I knew it half the 64oz. Growler was gone. It's good that it's so easy to drink bit unfortunatly that 32ounces wasn't all that memorable.

Overall I am saddened to say that this was a big disappointment. Maybe it's just me but the brown ale base is just a bit weak to support the coffee forwardness of this beer. I wish there was more complexity. Maybe this is what they were shooting for. A non offensive easy drinking light bodied coffee beer with almost zero complexity. Either way, i was let down by this one and think it should go back to the drawing board. But then, what do I know?

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Victory Village from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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