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Eclat Cocoa Lager - Victory Brewing Company

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Eclat Cocoa Lager
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84
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bigfnjoe on 02-19-2012)
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

03-10-2012 23:08:27 | More by chim52chim
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

On nitro-tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 2/19/12. Served in imperial pint. ABV listed as 5.6%.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a tight finger of creamy slightly off-white head. This naturally holds tight from the nitro pour, just drenching the sides of the glass with thick frothy lace. The aroma smells like fresh baked cookies, with notes of cocoa and sugary dough. There seems to be some even sweeter caramel character along the back of the nose, while a light green and leafy hop presence hangs on the edges. This is decent enough but isn’t quite wowing me.

The cocoa flavor here in the taste is really well done. It’s flavorful but not overbearing with its sweetness. This sits right up against notes of caramel and bread from the malts, while underlying citric hops give this a green crispness. This finishes with some light leafy bitterness and a touch of lingering residual sweetness from the cocoa that gives this a bit of stickiness across the back of the throat after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and as you would expect from the nitro, has a smooth creamy crispness to it that just flows so easily across the palate and makes this VERY drinkable overall.

While this didn’t exactly blow my socks off, for what they were trying here, I’d say that Victory nailed this one. It’s got a clean and crisp Lager base for that cocoa flavor to ride along on and putting this on nitro just ensures maximum drinkability. I think that my overall experience with this exceeded its individual parts, as I ultimately ended up really enjoying this in the end.

02-21-2012 15:33:42 | More by Kegatron
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-25-2012 13:30:11 | More by PaBeerLover
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PatDreadful

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

I had this at the brewery as my dessert beer.

Appearance: A creamy off white head rises from a very interesting body. The heart of the beer is dark but as it expands to the edges, the color becomes lighter. Very interesting.

Smell: I'm getting a nice dose of dark chocolate with hints of biscuit malt and the slightest hint of German hops. It works together very nicely.

Taste: Personally, I think it is a stroke of genius to use the blank canvas of a lager to really shocwase the intricate taste of the chocolate. The hops really shine in the finish and tie everything together. This works especially well with the mild sweetness from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The nitro tap makes the mouthfeel creamy and luxurious. Perfect for dessert.

A very nice beer that I am really happy to have tried.

03-08-2012 23:31:00 | More by PatDreadful
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ninner00

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-09-2012 19:16:59 | More by ninner00
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-22-2012 04:31:12 | More by mdillon86
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Nitro tap to imperial pint glass. This beer was released in celebration of Victory's 16th anniversary as a collaboration with a local chocolatier. Made with German malts and the Peruvian Pure Nacional cocoa bean - apparently the world's rarest. Sampled at the pub on 3/17/12.

A: Arrives with a two finger cap of creamy foamy, light brown in texture, cascading with excellent retention. The body is a murky shade of dark brown, almost completely opaque, with a little ruby peeking through the edges when the glass tilts. Lacing is fantastic and solidifies a high rating for the appearance.

S: The nose is wonderful. Full of sweet dark chocolate, with a rich, rendered caramelly background. While the hops were faint, and the lager character hard to distinguish, the overall composition of the nose was quite successful.

T: Good flavor. Mildly sweet, light bitterness and little to no roasty character. Not sweet or substantial enough to stand up to a dessert pairing, but a fine treat on its own.

M: Light to medium-light body with a faint crispyness to the effervescence. Slick and creamy. The nitro adds to the texture (as it so often does) but also takes away from the body. This beer was much thinner than expected.

O: While I enjoyed this beer, and most beers on nitro for that matter, I think this one would have performed a little better on co2 - particularly in the flavor and mouthfeel department. Notwithstanding, putting a dark, cocoa-covered lager on nitro was certainly an interesting concept - and very easy to drink.

04-18-2012 00:21:51 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ububru

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-09-2012 16:37:17 | More by ububru
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-07-2012 13:25:41 | More by IdrinkGas
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2012 20:53:17 | More by jjd315
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Served on tap at Victory, poured into a tall pilsner glass from nitro.

A- pours a dark, cloudy, murky shade of brown with a super thick and dense, two finger tan head. It looks pretty damn good, and the nitro really helps that

S- aroma is strong, sweet chocolate. Smells like more a great stout than a lager

T- the chocolate is the dominant flavor, and it's not a bitter chocolate, more of a sweet, high quality milk chocolate

M- the body is thin, but very creamy because of the nitro-tap. Wonderful with the strong chocolate flavors

O- this reminds me of Guinness, but a lot more flavorful and complex. An absolute winner from Victory

02-19-2012 19:45:03 | More by bigfnjoe
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rfgetz

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

Pours a muddy and dirty looking brown, beer separates into a few distinctly hues layers, light cap of froth. Scent is extremely light and gives only the faint hint of stale cocoa powder with the oils long turned stale. Taste follows suit, disappointingly light in flavor with little in the way of chocolate than a light dusting of cocoa powder and little else aside from the taste of a macro euro lager. Lighter side of medium bodied with a faint chalky graininess. Wanted to find something to like, but it just didn't work out.

04-09-2012 16:25:01 | More by rfgetz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

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

Served in a stem glass, this was one attractive looking beer: dark and cloudy brown, separating into three layers like a chocolate mousse or JellO 1-2-3, then eventually settling to a semi-transculent brown color with a small, dense cap of off-white head. Unfortunately, looks aren't everything. I tried and tried to get an aroma from it, but it just wasn't happening, other than perhaps a small scent of cocoa powder. Not too flavorful either, but the taste was still pretty decent; light cocoa powder overlaid on roasty malts, and notes of tea...not really astringent, but just a distinct tea leaf essence. I wanted to like this beer, and it was very smooth on the palate and easily drinkable, but the flavor just wasn't there. Still, it's good qualities could have me drinking this more than once in a night's session.

03-03-2012 12:46:04 | More by Rifugium
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-12-2012 18:40:57 | More by VikeMan
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-26-2013 00:30:12 | More by Oakenator
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-03-2012 19:47:39 | More by rydev24
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-21-2013 18:57:40 | More by InspectorBob
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-07-2012 11:22:47 | More by ejimhof
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-04-2012 16:31:28 | More by mquinn919
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jwat

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

03-10-2012 03:33:59 | More by jwat
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-19-2014 14:54:14 | More by Shandycan
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

Draft at The Pour Hiuse in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly toasty arom with hints of roasted malt, cocoa, toffee, nut and lactic cream. The nitro really takes away from what seems like be a great nose.

Medium bodied with a balance of slightly roasted malt, sweetr notes and lactic cream. The nitro adds a creamy thickness to the body which helps the mouthfeel but takes away from the flavor. Hints of toast, dark malt, cocoa, toffee and hazelnut. Slight sweetness balances things out. Not a bad beer but just kind of average.

06-28-2012 02:41:31 | More by corby112
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Dethklok

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-19-2012 09:53:23 | More by Dethklok
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-06-2012 17:59:02 | More by hockeyfighter19
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-03-2012 18:03:05 | More by HamGlade10
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Eclat Cocoa Lager from Victory Brewing Company
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