Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 11-24-2010

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Photo of jbhopkins
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent chocolate creamy and good

Photo of Jnila93
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark color with great flavor.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brow, with some light on the edges showing some red and brown. A big mocha head leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is sweet dark bread, chocolate and vanilla, roasted malts and a light fruitiness.

Taste is similar, sweet and roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, almost rich.

Texture is smooth and light, yet still almost creamy. The beer leans from medium to light bodied in thickness, and is very easy to drink.

They got a lot of good texture and flavor into an almost thin beer. Pretty amazing. The sweetness is a nice break from the smoky char I was expecting, and if it were thicker, I would call it a stout. Very good drinking, especially for 8%.

DOA

Photo of colforbin73
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is REALLY solid and enjoyable, this is currently way underrated.

the pour is ok, it does not look as rich as it drinks. the aroma is fine - warm brown bread and candy sweetness.

the drink is excellent. deep rich malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate astringency that balances any cloying sweetness from the malts. it is really rich and drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden.

this is a delectable Imperial Porter that drinks very smooth. would definitely buy again. PLEASANTLY SURPRISED.

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Hangar 24
1/24/11
Last beer of the tasting / was a special offering at the brewery

A - Big frothy creamy tan head, medium dark brown in color altogether

S - Big nose of chocolate, sweet malts, very present roast scent, vanilla still present

T - Big chocolate, light coffee with a roasted finish.

M - Creamy, rich but not overwhelming, but with a nice clean finish

D - The Nitro-tap did a nice benefit to the taste and feel of this beer - it was a good offering regularly on tap, and the nitro kicked this one up a notch - definitely the best beer I had the entire visit to Hangar 24. It calmed the roasted nature down a little and enhanced the chocolate flavor, while giving a nice creamy mouth-feel and made this even easier to have a couple than it already was.

Photo of brew3crew
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-brown body with a white whispy head

S-nice chocolate smell with what seems like a firm malt backbone

T-follows the nose very well. Chocolate and makt

M-medium body and smooth

O-very nice beer. Would like to get my hands on more

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On nitro @ Hanger 24

Look: Black with red rings and a 1 inch head with exceptional retention and some circular lacing. Exactly what a beer on nitro should look like. Fantastic

Smell: Cocoa nibs and vanilla

Taste: Cocoa nibs upfront and very nice touch of coffee and vanilla on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and mild carbonation and exceptionally creamy

Overall: Due to it being on nitro the look and feel of the beer are exceptional with the nose and taste being good. So I would say that drinking this beer on nitro is the way to go but still overall its a good beer.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Crazy drak brown, not quite black. Thin whispy white head. Slight lacing.

S: Smells pretty lagery; malts. Coppery. Doughy. Applesauce.

T: Smokey portery goodness. Malty goodness. Slight floral hops. Slight metallic, but in a good way.

M: Thick and chewy. Full bodied. Nice coat on the tongue.

O: I didn't get much of the chocolate, but I did get the porter.

thanks rtaps!!!!

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held up to the light and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of nuttines upfront on the nose alongside caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, mild dark fruits, and some booze pop out as well.

T: the nuttiness flavor also dominated the taste with mild chocolate notes but had brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit accents and a touch of underlying grains.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, mild dark fruity, and creamy finish.

D: reall good beer that was like my dessert beer to cap off my session at 38 degrees; drank good.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one while watching the Dolphins game, and enjoying Thanksgiving with the family...

Poured from a bomber into a H24 pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger tan head. Head retention is decent, and there is some sticky lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Scent is pretty docile. Dark roasted malts, and some chocolate...

T - Nice and chocolately. Sweet chocolate up front followed by a good dose of roasted malts. Ends with some chocolate, and a little lingering roast. There is a good amount of sweetness to be had here, but I don't pick up any vanilla...

M - Rich and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth...

O - Not usually a big fan of the style, but I really enjoyed this one. Definitely something I will be trying again...

Cheers...

Photo of Slap_and_Pickle
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I entered into my local craft beer haven with the intents of buying a porter and I walked out with this hidden gem. I was enticed essentially by the fact that it included vanilla -- I know people tell me don't grab onto certain ingredients but I figured whatever, I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: pours a dark brown, with medium head that fades into beautiful lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark Chocolate, smells like roasted cocoa/coffee and delicious vanilla

Initial Taste: Sweet, vanilla, though it smells like dark chocolate its not as bitter as you would expect; smooth and malty. Full bodied.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this porter, most definitely on the sweeter side which is a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the vanilla which is just as apparent as the chocolate. All in all, this chocolate porter is an easy drink -- there is no real complexity to this -- which is fine because sometimes you just want a brew that tastes exactly what it states on the label.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Annaversary Party. 4oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown almost mahogany color. Thin light tan head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda fake chocolate smelling like hersheys chocolate syrup. Little bit of roast.

Taste is a roasty tasty porter. Little bit of chocolate that's not fake like the aroma. Smooth with a nice roasty bite.

Mouthfeel is a little high on the carbonation but pretty smooth.

Overall a tasty porter. I would buy it if it was in 6 packs.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a 1/2 finger tan head that recedes down to a thin, foamy cap.

S: Nice cocoa nib/coffee aroma with some chocolate milkshake and roasted malt aroma as well.

T: Definitely a good amount of chocolate here along with some roasted malt and a bit of a dry bittersweet chocolate and coffee finish. Some faint roasted malt on the finish as well. Pretty tasty.

Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a watery black color with not much light penetrating - 2 finger frothy tan head that marshmellows at the top

s: sweet baking chocolate and roasty toasty malts up front. there is a hint of sweet malt and figs and raisins in here as well. creamy with some oaky notes (might be from the roasted malts), and ends with some nice vanilla extract aromas at the end

t: this follows the nose quite well, however I'm a little surprised to be picking up as much alcohol in the flavor as i am. you're first hit with the roasted malts, which provide some initial bitterness, then its cut by that alcohol. there is definitely a hint of those sweet dark fruits in here as well. the chocolate, though, is not so present - only a hint of like powered chocolate. this ends with toasted malts, and a nice vanilla oaky flavor

m: medium - typical mouthfeel for a porter. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: disappointed that there is not more chocolate in here. its a nice robust beer, that does have some nice flavors - however, i would have like a little more chocolate, and a little less alcohol in the flavor. still enjoyable though

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 24 on draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

 Slightly chalky aroma with cocoa powder, roasted malt and sweet dessert-like notes.  Lots of chocolate in the nose along with cocoa nib, coffee bean and caramel sweetness.  

On the fuller end of medium body with a nice balance of roasted malt, coffee bean, bittersweet dark chocolate and toffee.   Strong chocolate presence, dark and sweet, with robust coffee bean flavor but it never becomes overly roasted or dry.  Very nicely balanced and easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol/heat.  

Photo of Murrhey
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- Deep, dark chocolate brown color, heavily carbonated, but only a half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Ribbed lacing down the sides.

S- Chocolate, obviously. But super delicious smelling flavor. Maybe wafting a little caramel or vanilla with it?

T- Dark chocolate and roast malt. Bitter, but finishes creamy. Very tasty. Like a milkshake almost.

M- Rich and creamy, full bodied, maybe a little too well carbonated.

O- This beer has some flaws, but one thing it does extremely well is hit you in the mouth and nose with chocolate. The weak head and the heavy carbonation take nothing from the overall quality of the beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown porter with ruby highlights at the edges. The most incredible lacing shines down the glass. Leaves the glass sticky and messy. Looks rich and decadent.

Roasted malts on the nose. Smells like a roasty and robust porter, though I don't get much chocolate aroma.

There's certainly more chocolate in the flavor and it's actually really nice. Balanced, sweet, bitter, roasted malts, chocolate--very good.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A tasty yet unaromatic porter. This beer has a decidedly nice chocolate character. I enjoyed it a lot and it made for a wonderful dessert.

Photo of busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness or bottle date.

Nice brownish black color. Thick, foamy 1/2" head, coffee colored. Leaves thick clingy lacing.

Aromas of mild roasted malt, semisweet chocolate chips, buttery shortbread. Smells kind of creamy. Nice but pretty faint.

Creamy and roasty taste with rich chocolate notes. Milk chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, with sweet vanilla on the end. Something like Cookie Crisp cereal. A little touch of molasses. The sweet chocolate and vanilla is balanced well with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Decadent but not heavy.

Medium bodied, smooth, a little syrupy. Kind of like chocolate milk. Compliments the taste well. Ends fairly clean.

I like it. A full, rich desserty beer without being too sweet or over the top.

Photo of travolta
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, frothy head, minimal retention, nice spotted lacing.

Nose: Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, fig, crispy fresh herb.

Taste: Vanilla and malty smoothness up front. Carbonation comes in after and brings in carmel, coffee, toffee, and fig.

Notes: This beer gets better as it warms up. A nice and approachable example of a chocolate porter.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Catch. Nice to see more of Hangar 24 in Orange County. On to the beer:

This is very dark colored brew with a creamy white head on top with good retention and good lacing. The nose has some resemblance of chocolate, particularly in the form of fudge and chocolate brownie. Some of the joy seems just a pinch muted though.

Sweet tasting with a little alcohol is the first impression I get. Milk sweet. There are light cocoa notes and a modest boost of smokiness. It's also got a modest hoppiness, especially in the trail end of each sip, and it builds over time. Piney hoppiness, to be specific. It's very smooth in the mouth with a medium heavy body. All in all, a worthwhile porter.

Photo of BrewerB
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $4.99.

Pours a medium brown with good clarity and a thin topping of light tan foam. Sticky lacing clinging to the glass as the head retreats. Inviting aromas of hot cocoa and roasted malt greet the nose first with a layer of vanilla tucked beneath. Some caramel notes arise later. Chocolate/cocoa-focused on the palette up front with a toasted malty/caramel in the middle and a finish of vanilla/cream soda. Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice warming sensation from the 8% ABV.

Aptly named, this is one chocolatey porter with a great mouthfeel and flavor while avoiding being overly sweet. That said, I could definitely see this pairing well with a dessert…speaking of, I'll go grab some ice cream now.

Photo of TonyBoy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- I knew this was a dark beer going into it, and once I poured it I wasn't disappointed. I held it up to the light and saw very little light shining through.

Smell - I picked up milk chocolate and maybe some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste - I like the taste of this 22 oz. bottled version, but I prefer the taste of the nitro version on tap at the Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, CA. They're both good, but the nitro version is much creamier and goes down smoother which, in my opinion, makes the nitro version on tap much better (Believe me, it's worth a trip to the Hangar 24 Brewery to try the nitro verison). Both have a distinct milk chocolatey taste with some mild bitterness but overall the nitro version is less bitter, even when it sits awhile and gets warmer.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is much more present in the bottled version. As I said above, the nitro version is smoother and creamier. Both are good, but the nitro version goes down smoother for me.

Overall - I would choose the nitro version overall. Or, if Hangar 24 ever comes out with a nitro can or nitro bottle version, then I'd gladly buy a bunch of those and drink that. Some might read this and say, "Oh, c'mon... Guiness already has a nitro can and a nitro bottle." To that statement I would respond, "Yes, but Guiness is not 8% ABV."

I live in West Los Angeles, so Redlands is quite a drive for me. But in the meantime, until my next one-and-a-half hour drive out to Redlands, I'll probably continue to pick up some bottles of Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter (but I really hope they read this review and make some Chocolate Porter in nitro cans or nitro bottles). Enjoy, everybody!

Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eureka Burger

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Pretty straight forward, semi sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt up front, a nice hit of chocolate, maybe even a little light coffee in there, and a some faint pine and spice notes. It holds it's alcohol well, never would have guessed it's 8%.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth and creamy.

O: Maybe not the best example I've had of the style, but not bad.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a tan head that fades to a wispy film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and slight coffee flavors. There is a nice mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter with some nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of Radome
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Deep, dark brown, almost black. Clear. Tan head is thick. It persists as a thin sheet and thick lacing.

S - Aroma is of roasted grain, almost burnt. Some smoke and chocolate. Grain husk in the end. Some earthy hops. Not very complex.

T - Husky graininess at first, followed by chocolate and coffee with just a hint of burnt grain and light smoke. Moderate grassy hops. Dry, clean finish.

F - Medium body. Medium, smooth carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - Overall, this is a well-made beer, very clean and crisp. I'd like to see it have less graininess and burnt character and more chocolate/coffee for a porter, especially one that calls itself a chocolate porter.

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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
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