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Chocolate Porter - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WesWes on 03-10-2008)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Steeda89, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of keithmurray
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - mahogany with tan head

Smell - Cocoa powder is most prominent, vanilla bean, smells like dessert

Taste - The flavor on this lives up to its namesake, chocolate is most prominent, a bit of roasted coffee bean is in there along with some hops to balance things out

mouthfeel - sweetness upfront, medium bodied, medium carbonation, enough hop bitterness to counteract the sweetness

Overall - this is a really good porter, I am glad that it lived up to its namesake with plenty of chocolate goodness in the flavor profile. That'd be great if this is ever released in 6 packs in the future.

Price Point - $5.99/22oz bottle

keithmurray, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Cuzco
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with drewd0g tonight.

Appearance: dark brown beer with an off-white head that left a small amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Fantastic smell of chocolate and dark malts. Just a faint hint of vanilla in there as well.

Taste: The taste of this beer is the best part about it. It mimics the smell excellently but takes it to another level. The chocolate and malts are blended excellently. If a candy bar and a porter ever had a child together it would taste like Horseheads Chocolate Porter.

Mouthfeel: This one is a bit fuller bodied than many porters I have had but it works well here and balances the chocolate sweetness.

Overall: If you have a chance to try this beer do it, you will be happy you did.

Cuzco, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of tviz33
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Horseheads growler filled right from the brewery, served in to a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a nearly black body with one finger worth of light brown head and light lacing.

S- Smells so good I actually stuck my nose in it trying to get more. Lots of chocolate, roastiness, and a little coffee. It's everything you want on the nose.

T- Fairly sweet with a dark chocolate taste up front, but extremely balanced. Just the right amount of hops. This could go down all night.

M- A solid medium-bodied brew with a creamy mouthfeel that goes down so smooth. Adequate carbonation.

O- This is all that it is hyped up to be. Worthy of the 2012 TAP NY bronze medal.

tviz33, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Evarigan, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

chalkda01, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of match1112
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours dark brown but settles pitch black. three fingers of mocha colored head. excelllent lacing and retention.

s: milk chocolate, roasted coffee, hint of vanilla.

t: all the above plus a nice addition of hops bitterness on the finish.

m: rich and creamy on the start and finish, however seems to thin out in the middle.

o: very nice! gets better as it got closer to room temperature.

thanks to laxer8811 for sending this!

match1112, May 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

deonreds, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

laxer8811, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cheesy out-of-focus chocolate bar depicted on the label to the plain silver crown atop the bottle, this brew is one of those that immediately makes me think (hope) that the brewer was focusing hard on the beer inside instead of wasting time and money on some frou-frou embellishments adorning the double-deuce recyclable glass delivery vehicle....

Presented chilled and allowed to temper a bit before the crown-cracking, Horseheads Chocolate Porter pours a rich, oily mahogany with a thick topping of grainy khaki foam atop. As the beer rests in a small tulip glass, the bubble-cap goes nowhere fast, retaining well, slumping like soft pudding against the sidewalls without sticking to the glass in any appreciable amount, save one fat ring and a few errant blobs that refuse to give up the ship.

The aroma is fruity and bitterly burnt-grainy, with notes of juicy plum, dried prunes, and golden raisins accenting a rich, dark, semisweet chocolate backbone sprinkled with fresh coffee grounds. The profile is luscious and more fruity than it is chocolatey, but as the drink warms, more warm malty sweetness in the guise of caramel and toffee joins the chorus, supplementing the dark candy aroma.

The taste is loaded with unsweetened chocolate and laced with tangy molasses, and is augmented by a bit of the same fruity juiciness that predominated the nose. Dark malts masquerading as burnt chocolate and black coffee provide mild, bittering balance and a touch of drying in the finish, but once again, it is the fruitiness that holds center stage. Notes of spicy licorice, fermenting apple, tangy plum, and juicy-sweet pear perfectly counter the mild blackened bitterness of the dark grain and softly-alkaline cocoa lingering in this brew.

The drink is medium-full in body with quite a bit of pleasantly-creamy carbonation, and is quite quaffable, for sure. Could drink these babies all day, any day, despite the inherent homeliness of the packaging. Thanks to my pal Lum for the opportunity!

cvstrickland, May 24, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of 1Adam12
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I wasn't supposed to drink for a few days due to supposed to be getting a vasectomy tomorrow, however, due to circumstances, I canceled the appointment and decided to open this. Thanks to Cuzco for this extra.

Pours a rich looking black with a tan head. Smells sweet. Nice milk chocolate, and more than expected vanilla on the nose. Mmmm, vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Chocolate and vanilla. If this had a fuller mouthfeel, it would be outstanding, but it runs a bit thin. Still really good, and very smooth. This is going down way too fast. Overall, I'm really glad I was able to try this. I would drink it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Cuzco!

1Adam12, May 23, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of lovindahops
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Final brew for the evening. Gotta end with horseheads!!!

A- darkness and opaque. Great mocha foam. Shaping up to be a heckuva porter with the thick foam all over. I am liking this!

S- sweet chocolate and malt. Even a little roast. It's almost swirled in order to establish the flavor

T- chocolate nibs, roasty malt, sweet chocolate... As advertised, this is thee valentines beer. A great combination of flavor that is balanced and yummy

M- creamy and medium bodied with approachable thickness. Great coating flavor

D- horseheads delivers with a great drinkable porter. I will always look forward to grasping a flavorful mix of chocolate and moderately roasty flavor

lovindahops, Apr 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

nh2032, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hohnbaum, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

CaptDavyJones, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample at the brewery.

Pours a cleark dark brown, almost black. One inch head, not much lacing.

Aroma include bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla.

Similar taste. Cocoa powder all over this, with some dark chocolate as well. Some vanilla-like creaminess, and a little bit of bitter hop flavor. A medium amount of roasty bitterness as well.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Horseheads is quietly a great brewery, and this is another example.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Israel for sending this along to me. Poured into a dogfish head snifter produced a huge coco colored head that took it time to dissipate. The body was the obligatory black color for a porter

The aromas are huge in the roasted department not to much chocolate in there. No the flavor is where the chocolate comes to play it is real good but not as strong as say southern tier. It starts of sweet at first then finished slightly bitter. It had a good feel in the mouth rather to the thick side with light carbonation on your tongue

A good porter I'd say average in the drinkability. I finished the bomber without many problems ad would go back for more

joepais, May 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rageagainst123 for the local! Thanks Ryan!

Black, and it's solid. Head was about a finger and a half, medium mocha in color.. Dissipates to a film; leaves some decent lace in it's wake.

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. More of a raw, bakers chocolate though. Theres a touch of coffee as well. Roasted malts, and a tinge of hops.

Taste is nicely roasty, with bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, and pleasant sweetness.

The feel is creamy, solid medium in body, low carbonation (though present for sure). Finish is clean.

Overall, a very nice choco-porter. Drinkability is good!

EgadBananas, May 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tabhill, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 15, 2012
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Chocolate Porter from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.