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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 03-10-2008)
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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 jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted malt scent with a sweet chocolate aroma. The taste is average. It has an aggressive cocoa powder flavor that really masks the malt contribution. I was told "some people didn't taste enough chocolate." It's all I can taste. It's sweet with some roasted character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although it could use some further experimentation with the chocolate content. I applaud the concept as well as the release date, Valentine's Day. All in all, not a bad drinker.

WesWes, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10%

oriolesfan4, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DmanGTR for this one! Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Has a nice chocolate flavor with some dark fruit, a little espresso and coffee. There are some roasted malts as well. Has a bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit on the thicker side. Low carbonation, but creamy. Overall its pretty good besides the finish.

mdaschaf, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Byrne Dairy in Syracuse by the fairgrounds.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds status quo for a long time, with lasting lace. Aroma is smoky yet sweet chocolate.

Taste continues with the sweet chocolate, but gives a slight off tartness in the middle, then chills out through the close with dark malts and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. If that tart didn't rear it's ugly head, I'd be all over this.

ppoitras, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

THECPJ, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
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
Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of THE CPJ. Cheers!

Pours a fairly dark black with brown edges and a dense mocha head. Overcarbed like hell, needed to pour VERY slowly. Still lost a good chunk of the bottle to foam-over. Nice aromas of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Nice and chocolatey, and fairly authentic. Reminds me of a candy bar, definitely. Taste consists of more chocolate (of the darker variety this time, not as sweet as the nose suggested), dark malt, and some roasted nuts. Pretty nice, and the bitter chocolate finish is a good touch. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner and sharped then I like, wish this was a bit creamier. Dunno why this was so badly over-carbed, the temperature was low and I'm not getting any infection. I'd like to try a different bottle, but overall still a nice Porter.

jsanford, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Horseheads Chocolate Porter has a dark brown body with a light brown head that rises slowly to become at least two fingers tall. Solid retention and some nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma unleashes a bunch of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, along with some dark fruitiness.

The flavor has a lot of semi-sweet chocolate that mixes with a good dose of dark fruits. Bitter, roasted malts with a touch of coffee also show up in there. The finish and after taste are a little bit off though; there is a slight metallic taste mixed in with straight cocoa powder and a dash of hops. Before the metallic taste this beer is definitely a winner, but that finish does hurt the flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little thick for a porter, with low carbonation making the fullness even more noticeable. I kind of like it though, nice and creamy, like I would expect any kind of chocolate drink to be.

The more I think about the aftertaste the more I think it might just be a ton of raw cocoa and not an actual metallic flavor; either way, it seems metallic to me. It isn't really enough to make me pan this beer overall, as it's not bad, but I'll say that it isn't my favorite from Horseheads.

Hojaminbag, Feb 18, 2010
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 trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +2.8%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +2.8%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, no freshness info.

Appearance: 3 fingers of light tan head sit atop a completely black body, some lacing left behind and a fat creamy ring left.

Smell: Rich chocolate, brownies, nice but could have more intensity.

Taste: Mix of chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, creamy, some cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Initial sip is full but as soon as i swallow, no lingering feeling.

Overall: An average porter that does have chocolate but it`s one -dimensional and the feel could be fuller. Good but not great.

papat444, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +2.8%

CaptDavyJones, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

paulish, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +2.8%

nh2032, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Horseheads Chocolate Porter is a black beer with a foamy, light brown head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with a metallic note. It's medium bodied and a little scratchy. It leaves the teeth gritty. It has a roasty flavor. Chocolate is detected, along with coffee. The metallic taste is pretty distracting. More chocolate and less metal, please.

yesyouam, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

deonreds, Jun 15, 2013
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
Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The chestnut head is creamy on top and rocky below. Initially dark brown, but actually black, there is a thin film and patchy lace on my Dogfish Head snifter.

Sweet malted chocolate, and oddly some white wine notes, are accompanied by floral scents.

Initially sweet, but quickly followed by bitter, black coffee. Bittersweet chocolate is here and the flavors progress in waves. The finish is sharp, followed by subtle lingering bitterness and hints of fruit.

Silky with a medium to light body that coats. Alcohol is more prominent than anticipated, while carbonation is soft and lively.

Would easily pair with friends and an afternoon of finger food. While certainly not a show-stopper, Horseheads has a staple offering her.

SLeffler27, Jan 29, 2012
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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Chocolate Porter from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
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