Victory Brewing is a huge operation out of Downingtown, Penn. that was founded in 1996 by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski, who had been friends since 5th grade. Barchet left his full time job to pursue brewing by getting a job at the Baltimore Brewing Company then afterwards he then continued his education at Technische Universität München-Weihenstephan.1 Perhaps best known for their hoppier beers, such as Dirtwolf, a double IPA and Hop Devil, an American IPA, Victory has an impressive list of beers they have put out in the last 19 years.
Deep Cocoa is one of few dark beers that Victory has done, rounding out about one of 10 porters and-or stouts that Victory has produced. They stick to more German style and hop forward beers, so this was a little out of the norm for them as a brewer.
The beer itself pours like a traditional stout would, more than likely it’s from the addition of the cocoa nibs in the brew. There’s two to three fingers of head on the beer that looks like freshly brewed espresso that lingered for a long time throughout drinking the beer. Deep Cocoa smells like a mocha you would get at Starbucks. I smell al lot of chocolate, both sweet chocolate and also cocoa, like baking chocolate. I also smell a lot of coffee, most likely from the malt character, overall a really great smelling beer.
The taste follows the nose to a T, huge chocolate on the palate, it starts off very dry tasting and leaves your mouth with the same feeling as if you just had a piece of dark chocolate. It gives way to some sweeter chocolate notes, a lot of roasted grain, which comes across like coffee. The beer isn’t nearly as heavy in the mouth as it looks like it would be when poured into the glass.