Eclat Cocoa Lager | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bigfnjoe on 02-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PatDreadful
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of Rifugium
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Eclat Cocoa Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 35 ratings