Eclat Cocoa Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Lager - European Dark
3.74 | pDev: 11.76%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Jun 28, 2012
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garuda from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep ruby, off white head that retains well with some lacing.

S/T - Like an Irish Dry Stout without the coffee bitterness. More of a dark, semi-sweet chocolateness to it with a touch of earthy pine hops in the finish.

M - Medium to light in body, super smooth nitro tap body.

O - I like what they did with this. I'd get it again.

Apr 20, 2012
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Apr 18, 2012
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rfgetz from New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Apr 09, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty interesting. I saw it on the draft list at the Mint the other night so I gave it a try. The beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with a creamy foam head from the nitro. The smell of the beer is chocolaty and that's mostly all I get off the nose on this one. The first sip is mostly foam... the second one is chocolaty like the nose.. It's just a very smooth flavored beer. It's not too bitter or sweet at all. Fairly well balanced in the flavors. The mouthfeel was very smooth, heavier in body than I expected but very drinkable. Overall I thought this beer made a very good alternative to have a dessert.

Mar 24, 2012
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PatDreadful from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 08, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mar 03, 2012
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 21, 2012
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Feb 19, 2012
Eclat Cocoa Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 35 ratings