Deep Cocoa
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Porter - Baltic
3.96 | pDev: 7.07%
Dec 21, 2018
Jan 04, 2015
Very Good
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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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3 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

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.

Dec 19, 2017
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3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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."


Dec 24, 2016
4.25 by ScottK22 from New York on Sep 21, 2016
3.81 by Deltoro from Florida on Jul 15, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rock_Glenn from New York

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.

Jul 04, 2016
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"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

May 04, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Apr 18, 2016
3.94 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Apr 14, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 05, 2016
3.9 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Apr 03, 2016
4.03 by sd123 from Georgia on Mar 05, 2016
4.04 by jkeefe1800 from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2016
3.21 by vfgccp from New York on Jan 17, 2016
4.54 by Beerasaurus from Virginia on Jan 10, 2016
4 by BigRizz62 from Maryland on Dec 24, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Dec 23, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by gibgink from Missouri

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.

Dec 18, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 12, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd43 from Connecticut

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.

Nov 28, 2015
3.65 by micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2015
3.77 by changdulla from Rhode Island on Nov 06, 2015
3.52 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2015
3.56 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Nov 02, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by gonzo000 from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 16, 2015
3.88 by Yellolab2010 from Pennsylvania on Oct 07, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Sep 29, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GOBLIN from Ohio

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.

Sep 28, 2015
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Sep 27, 2015
3.99 by Fabiand from Texas on Sep 25, 2015
3.81 by bigbluebeerguy from Kentucky on Sep 23, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ONUMello from Ohio

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

Sep 08, 2015
4 by EdwardK77 from New York on Sep 07, 2015
3.63 by tappangordo from New York on Sep 06, 2015
4.02 by cyrushire from Florida on Aug 29, 2015
4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Aug 26, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamesBondGA from Georgia

pours almost black with a tan head and a little lacing. nice chocolate notes on smell and taste.

Aug 04, 2015
4.12 by OGShotzy from Pennsylvania on Aug 03, 2015
4 by kew from Texas on Aug 02, 2015
Deep Cocoa from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 191 ratings