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Victory Éclat Cocoa Lager

Victory Éclat Cocoa Lager
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
To celebrate the sweet victory of turning 16, Victory Brewing Company has created a chocolate beer. Éclat Cocoa Lager is a beer created in collaboration with West Chester, Pa.-based Éclat Chocolate. The dark lager is brewed using the world’s rarest cacao bean, Peruvian Pure Nacional, which offers just a touch of perceived sweetness to the beer. “Working with Éclat was an obvious choice for us for our birthday beer,” said Ron Barchet, CEO and co-Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company. “Their dedication to the finest ingredients and flavors mirrors our own.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2012
Tap at the Boilermaker, Philly - 24/05/12. Light brown pour with a creamy off white-head. Great chocolate nose with hops in the background. Sweet tasting, cocoa at the fore, a little malt, not much bitterness. Light end of medium bodied creamy and easy drinking. Something a little different and they pulled it off well!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Draft at The Pour House 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1508) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is kind of stale stench. Taste is mainly of cocoa. It’s medium bodied & goes down pretty smooth. Sessionable but not remarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2012
Poured into a whiskey tasting glass. Appearance is a translucent Ruby with a light khaki colored head of foam. Aroma is a rich peanut butter cup. Not like a Reese’s, but more like what you’d get from Werthers. Taste is more peanut butter cup goodness. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2770) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
Draft. Very dark with a fluffy head. Semi-sweet chocolate nose. Cocoa powdery body. Minimal coffee flavor, this stout is all about chocolate. Body is a bit thin which works against it as it warms. Best cold. Nice enough but very one note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2012
Drk brown color with an aroma of cocoa, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of roasted malt. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
Draft at Blue Dog Lansdale. Pours dark brown with a finger of tan head. Nose is earthy brown sugary malt, cacao, hops. Tastes chocolate malt, cacao, earthy and mild rauchy and nutty flavors, and backup hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head...retention and lacing is very poor. Aroma has light roasty maltiness and faint cocoa...subdued. flavor has lots of dark chocolate but not sweet or bitter...balanced with nice roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium...slightly lifeless...with a roasty dark chocolate finish that dries out and lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
on nitro at victory. Pours brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma was roasty with milk chocolate and cocoa. Smooth & creamy flavor of chocolate, cocoa powder, roast and had a hint of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
At Victory Brewing. Poured dark with think fluffy head . Aroma of cocoa and dark malt. The cocoa comes through much more when tasted. A light fluffy mouthfeel. Much better than I was expecting

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