Deep Cocoa
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Baltic Porter
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
191
From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  40
SCORE
89
Very Good
Deep CocoaDeep Cocoa
Notes: Dark, roasted barley. Rich, deep caramel. Decadent, fruit-tinged chocolate. We've unlocked the mysteries and nuances of malts to deliver these luxurious and provocative flavors in this complex and satisfying porter. Raise your glass and taste the Victory of Deep Cocoa!
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Photo of GarrettB
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

March 9th, 2015 - The label art on Victory's Deep Cocoa really wants you to know it is deep and sultry. Unctuous and almost erotic, the trailing, goopy looking typeface matches the head, which clings tenaciously and erratically to the inside of the pint glass. The aroma is a lovely and deep with hazelnut and roasted almonds, with a touch of smoke. And indeed, after some meditation I decide that the scent most closely resembles smoked almonds, which I almost only eat at my family's Holiday party on Christmas Eve. The flavor is also quite smoky, like a smoked pork chop, which I can better enjoy at the beer's warmer temperatures. Also notable is the alcohol note, which perfectly asserts itself without being rambunctious. A slight burn, great flavor and a landscape of a head, this is another excellent brew from Victory.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

**
06/15/2015
Aroma is chocolate and barley. Appearance is dark black. Very little head. Taste is bittersweet chocolate. Not much else. Taste is powdery, like the unsweetened Hershey cocoa powder. A tad disappointed."

**

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark Brown bordering on black. Pours a generous amount of dark tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. An alcohol flavor is very apparent but is softened by the cocoa flavorings. The body is exactly what you would expect from a high quality Porter. Never is the cocoa too much to bear, nor does the beer drink like a novelty chocolate ale, but I still might prefer just a tad less of the chocolate flavoring. Though don't get me wrong, I would absolutely drink again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Dark, roasted barley. Rich, deep caramel. Decadent, fruit-tinged chocolate. We've unlocked the mysteries and nuances of malts to deliver these luxurious and provocative flavors in this complex and satisfying porter. Raise your glass and taste the Victory of Deep Cocoa!" Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a deep mocha brown head of a frothy foam consistency over a black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Moderately roasted malts, cocoa nibs, chocolate syrups and undercurrents of molasses. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Roasted barley grains, light caramel syrups, and hints of cocoa with a slight, reserved sweetness. It's enjoyable but fairly shy on the chocolate front, with more earthy, roasted chocolate characters over sweeter, milk chocolate tones, aided by the subtly sweet yet respectable body. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, lightly creamy, softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even roasty and earthy malt bitterness to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there no off characters. 4

(Overall) An all-around enjoyable American-style Porter with what appears to be the impression of rich dark chocolate tones, although the chocolate characters are more subtle, earthy and roasted than creamier, sweeter chocolate milk stouts. Enjoyable, but perhaps a bit unwarranted for the 750ml. bottle treatment. This would have been a real hit in a 12 oz. 4 pack. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Deep Cocoa Porter Brewed With Cocoa Nibs
3.84/5.00

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla and coffee. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with a hint of char, high cacao chocolate, light charred coffee and dark fruit, finishes with char and light hop bitterness. Nice lightly creamy body and mouth feel. A nicely presented chocolate porter that also has coffee notes. The fruit component is very mild, so it has only subtle Baltic porter character, however it has a nice mix of malt, chocolate and coffee flavors to keep things interesting. The bitterness in the end seems like a blend of bitter chocolate, hops and coffee notes, well blended. I liked this quite a bit. I think it's a one-off, but would definitely get it again if it were to be brewed. I was surprised to find this bottle in a cooler at a local bottle shop; I tried to track this down last year when it came out and could not locate a single bottle at any local stores. Beer distribution is too weird.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on multiple occasions tap and corked and caged bottle -this review with be for the draft version.

The color is dark toffee brown with khaki head. There is sort of biscuit/toast/dark chocolate aroma with mild dried fruit smell perhaps date. The feel is good with a low alcohol influence with moderate sweetness and good amount of carbonation/body.
to be continued

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/9/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light licorice/dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness, light smoke/char, light licorice/dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Baltic porter style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gibgink
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up a bit for the cocoa to come through. This one got better as it came to room temperature. A little thin in the body, but otherwise a nice brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled Feb 2015

pours a very dark brown, khaki tan colored head. the head fades. nice dark chocolate aroma, which increases nicely as the beer warms. taste is fairly balanced, but slightly acidic. not really sweet, a touch dry. medium bodied, could be thicker.

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Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an excellent malty chocolate forward ale. Nice hit of roasty coffee as well. I would have liked to see a bigger head on this beer, I feel like that would have made an even more decadent impression. Several of the people I drank this 750ml with who were not really craft beer people remarked about how deliciously drinkable it was. Fans of a roasty malty stout with an intensely fudgy chocolate note should seek this out. Excellent beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a DEEP COCOA - dark brown almost black color. I cannot see through the beer, but I am in an area with floressent lighting so that may be a factor. Beautify light brown head that collapses and disappears in seconds. The smell is not as chocolaty as I expected. a basic porter on the nose. The taste is in three tiers, a basic porter on the front, a rush of light alcohol and a bit of chocolate and burnt malt on the back. Very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just what the baltic porter needs- the robust toasted flavors with residual chocolatey sweetness and hints of dark fruit ventures from its historic roots and finds favor in the capable Victory hands with additions of cocoa for a savory ale that's likely best suited for Valentines Day.

The dark brown elixir settles into the glass with a creamy and voluptuous pour. As its carbonation forms a creamy and sandy lather, the robust scent grazes the nose with dark chocolate and cherries. While its decadent taste slathers onto the tastebuds, those chocolate-covered cherry flavors gain prominence.

As the tongue slowly saturates with the porter's toasty, chocolaty, coffee-like earth flavors, they are backed by caramel, toffee and nutty sorghum. While the ale carries a toasted almond, woodsy and rootish character, the fruity nuances of black cherry are followed with plum, dark grape, chicory and faint licorice ahead of the beer's closure.

Malty, robust but also drying; the beer's full body slowly relaxes its sweetness to allow the earth and toast to develop a moderate sense of drinkability. As the amaretto-like spice simmers below, the porter finishes silky smooth, and with a long and deep linger of chocolate covered dark fruits, mainly that of cherry.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pretty well done porter (Baltic style I believe). The beer itself pours a dark robust looking brown not black with light able to penetrate through the glass. Also has a one finger khaki colored head. Aromas are the expected cocoa with a touch of coffee. The taste isn't as deep cocoa as described but it is still the dominating factor along with it's overwhelming bitterness that resembles not milk chocolate but dark chocolate. The carbonation in my opinion is a nice touch and adds to the feel nicely. As the beer opens up though in the warming process it becomes almost to bitter to enjoy and reveals almost no depth or other layers. Overall, a decent cocoa forward porter better enjoyed cooler than warmer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 2/9/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a with a 1+ finger tan head
S: Layers of malt, particularly toasted/chocolate malt, cocoa, a hint of coffee
T: Again plenty of malts, chocolate and coffee but the bitter notes of the last two are a bit out of balance. I expected a bit of sweetness/smoothness, instead it's more like a high % cocoa bar
M: Medium+ bodied, tries to be creamy but more bitter than anything
O: May be better fresher but I'm not digging this is much as most here. Worth a try as it reminds me quite a bit of a high % cocoa bar so I guess it lives up to its name, but similar to products with that much pure cocoa the bitterness is a bit much. Interestingly most of the time I have that complaint in beers it's due to hops & hops are not the cause here

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker fizzy bubbly smaller head that fades fairly quickly, very dark black color.

Nose tons of roasted malt, dark charred black malt, toasted almost smoked like, some cocoa, dark choc fudgey cocoa, and caramel.

Taste brings sweet creamy caramel cocoa, milk choc, creamy lactose, dark cocoa and little fudgey, chewy nougat, mild bitter earthy hops, plenty of roast and little coffee, mild charred black malt.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, chewy cocoa fudgey notes, decent carb, hint of booze.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly sweet but with a woody bite. Some hoppy bitterness and an interesting aroma of herbs along with the cocoa. Some bitter chocolate but moderately sweet. This is quite well-balanced and not overly chocolatey. Winey and silky on the tongue.

Really one of the more pleasant chocolate-flavored brews I've encountered. And quite an interesting brew in the Baltic style. From the 750 ml bottle with a ridiculous cork purchased at Barons Market in San Diego for ten bucks.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color, verging on black, with a prominent, dense dark tan head, and scattered thick lacing.

Aroma: Deep and profound aroma of bitter cocoa and sweet alcohol, there are hints of fudge brownies as well.

Taste: The taste opens with strong notes of bitter cocoa, smoke and earth soon follow. The high ABV (8.5%) is very well concealed, presenting only a mild spiciness and some warmth. As the taste progresses, the bitter cocoa intensifies, and there is a late note of cold coffee, which is mildly acidic. Finishes with a slight flourish of milk chocolate-like sweetness, and some herbal hops, which serve to balance the chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of an uncommon style, the cocoa adds depth to the taste.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead the first of May for $8.99. Bottled on 02/09/2015.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is soft cocoa with a hint of roastiness.

Taste is subtle dark cocoa layered in with a lightly roasted malt. Ample hoping keeps this highly drinkable and not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer, definitely one that would be perfect with a chocolate brownie or berry dessert. Give it a shot if you see it!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkest of black bodies, topped by four fingers plus of dense dark tan foam.

Aroma proves worthy of the name, along with some coffee and fruit notes.

Chocolate just explodes across the tongue, followed by coffee and dark fruits.

Nice smooth mouthfeel rolls down the tongue.

I like this a whole lot.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: choclate and malt are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this is a super version of a baltic porter that is satisfying on the palette. Must find this and try it out.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely gets better as it warms. If you're looking for a roasty porter with oodles of cocoa nib flavor that blurs the boundaries between porter and stout, this'll be a good thing to check out. Additionally, the mouthfeel on my bottle was quite silky, despite other reviews; I'd compare it to a Victory at Sea on mouthfeel.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Splitting a 750 ML bottle with Stopper. Pouring at room temp into a snifter The beer pours a deep chocolate color with a creamy tan head of 3cm that fades quickly to a sturdy edge layer. Aroma is dark chocolate bar and some roasted malt.
First sip reveals an average to light body with silky smooth texture. Very mild rolling carbonation adds to drinkability.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate, although I do pick up just a bit of dark fruit with some raisins mixed in for good measure.
I do get just a little booze on the finish, but this is very drinkable and smooth overall. Body was just a little thinner than I expected, but that isnt too large of an issue.
An interesting beer to try with the mix of cocoa and baltic porter qualities.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer, topped with a thick dark brown head. Great retention, leaving behind chunky, fluffy clouds of lacing.

Dark and roasty aroma, carrying hints of dark fruit but no tartness.

Flavor follows, with tons and tons of roasted barley and a very nice, smooth cacao presence. Feel is slick and smooth, but a little light and weak for the style. Very drinkable.

This is an outstanding stout/porter; I really dig the smooth roast profile and the cacao addition is very well integrated.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. While the head's texture is rather rough, retention is at least pretty good. Webs of lacing stick to the glass at first. (3.5)

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate appears initially. Dark fruits slowly but surely pop up after opening up, betraying its roots as a Baltic porter. I also pick up nice amounts of char, coffee, and general roasted malt. In addition, it just smells like a lager in general. While this seems to mute some of the chocolaty notes, it also lightens it up nicely. (3.25)

Taste: I was right. Plenty of dark chocolate appears on the back end, but the initial notes are rather fruity. Notes of roast, coffee, and roasted coffee help to round out its sweet flavors some. So does the lager yeast. I have to wonder - would making this an ale helped define its chocolaty notes? Regardless, it's a tasty beer that's surprisingly easy to put down. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The strong carbonation is surprisingly vibrant, giving it an unusual lightness which - now that I focus on it - contrasts with the chocolaty base well. Of course, the finish is suitably long, helping to give this some fullness it might have otherwise lacked. (3.5)

Overall: Leave it to Victory to make an easy drinking chocolate porter. I won't have any trouble finishing this 750 by myself. By no means is it perfect, but I'll gladly drink this one again. (3.5)

3.44/5: Not world-beating, but it does meld drinkability with chocolate flavors quite well

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this to be an excellent beer for chocolate lovers! The chocolate did not overwhelm or over sweeten the beer. I found this beer to have a pleasant smokiness that was light and reminiscent of a wee heavy. This is a great beer to share with chocolate lovers!

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Deep Cocoa from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 191 ratings