Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 289
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 27.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
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 aknight
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a deep mahogany brown. The smell has a faint roastiness with an even fainter smell of chocolate. The taste is pleasant. Not a lot of roast on the palate but a nice chocolate flavor. Not too sweet but the chocolate is definitely there. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is definitely a porter and not a stout but the chocolate gives it a very nice creaminess. The carbonation is perhaps a bit on the low side but that contributes to the creamy mouthfeel. Overall the beer is pleasant, a very solid porter and one I would get again. I appreciate that there is a good chocolate taste without it being too sweet. Hangar 24 has recently been growing on my radar and this is another quality offering from them.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a half-inch of medium beige foam.

Smell: Malty notes of simple chocolate, toast, and also some roast, with a hint of beer-soaked raisins.

Taste: Moderate chocolate flavor, but seems more a product of the chocolate malts instead of a cocoa nib infusion. Straddles the line between tastes of toast and coffee-accented roast. Lightly sweet throughout. Lightly fruity. Low hop character, bitterness. Drying, fruity finish with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable brew, though, to be completely honest, I'm not getting too terribly much from the supposed usage of cocoa nibs and whole vanilla beans.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Really nice chocolate brown, half finger tan head and a little lacing

S - Chocolate, Anise, Booze, nuts, very sweet malts and yeast, great booze note almost high end bourbonish and more chocolate

T - Huge sweet and roasty malts, nutty, milk and dark chocolate, anise, almost belgian like yeast, a slight hop bite, some soil, a bit of foliage, a very nice slight booze and some oaky notes

M - Medium plus body, wel balanced, medium minus complexity, low acidity and a nice hop bite with a sweet very long finish

D/O - Very refreshing, some much to love and not overwhelming on any fronts. If you like porter, this one you may want to add to your list of likes. Perfect for holiday or otherwise and great with some homeade buttered popcorn

Final thoughts - 8% abv and only $4 a pop, this is something to grab more than one of

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Photo of Mattygross44
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Doesn't tatse like 8% very smooth almost to smooth pours dark 1/4inch head nothing special or flavors that stand out a good beer at a decent price. Id drink it again but wont buy it...i will stick to my Quads

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a little white head. Chocolate and vanilla powder aroma. Dry serviceable porter. A sipper as it is well dry and has a bitter chocolate as the key taste.Some coffee. Bit above average mouthfeel. My bottle, brought back from top of the year LA trip.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1437th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24th 2nd Anny glass

No bottle date
Purchased at Bevmo Chino Hills for $4.69

App- Its not really brown, its more of a crimson or a red color. Fairly dense with a nice off white head and a good amount of cling. Needed a bit more deep color.

Smell- There is some chocolate but more of a cocoa powder aroma with only a small bit of vanilla. You get small whisps of the booze and a bit of a thicker malty aroma.

Taste- Opens with the cocoa powder flavors and transitions to a bit of a roasty flavor. The last flavors are the booze and a small amount of vanilla. A nice porter but just needs a bit more layers and balance.

Mouth- A lighter body but then again I keep comparing to a stout. A lighter medium with a creamy medium carbonation. Residual cocoa powder and low roast and a small vanilla twing.

Drink- So far the best of the Hangar 24 beers I have had. Nice flavors and good balance. Will probably grab a second bottle to age.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a black body.
The aroma has some roasted malt and dark chocolate. It's a little on the faint side though.
The taste starts with some chocolate sweetness, then some mild bitterness, moves to roasted malt and bitter chocolate finish. Nice profile and well balanced.
The texture is pretty smooth with low carbonation.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber/brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white fluffy head, causing some great lacing (never seen this much on a porter honestly). smells of chocolate, toffee, nutty overtones. the flavor is of rich and sweet chocolate, almost getting a powdered cocoa flavor. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation, creamy with a slightly chalky feeling on the finish.

this is a pretty damn good porter but a little on the sweet side rather than what i was expecting (a dark roasty chocolate flavor). i'd like to try some more things from this brewery.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The beer is sort of light for a porter. Dark amber/mahogany would be the best way to describe it. At least the head looks nice: a solid finger of khaki foam.

S: Way too much roast on the aroma, smells almost burnt. Charred malt and sugar with a little bit of licorice. I don't really get any chocolate, but there is some coffee to it and maybe some overripe fruits.

T: Much more chocolate presence on the palate. Nice cocoa powder and dark chocolate notes. There is a moderate sweetness to it and a hint of bitterness. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavors, too.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: The flavor was nice, which is what's important, but the nose wasn't that great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark chestnut with a 2 finger light tan head. Big bubbles of lacing remain.

S- chocolate, vanilla, and a slight roast.

T- hint of roaste, vanilla, chocolate, and nuts.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable but thin for 8%.

O- nota bad beer but doesn't have much body or roastiness like most porters.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, courtesy of FosterJM
Served into a snifter glass

A: Dark brown on the pour verging on a black body in the glass, but it never appears so. Foamy, rocky and bubbly medium toasted brown head. Minor lacing, small retention ring lining the edges.

S: Dusty cocoa powder, roasted chocolate malts, semi-sweet bakers chocolate and even some faint ground up coffee. A bit of lactose towards the back of the aroma.

T: Plenty of cocoa beans and milk chocolate without ever getting cloyingly sweet. Roasted malts help balance without being detracting. Simply put, a nice chocolatey porter that never really ventures into the realm of being over-the-top.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied although perhaps a touch on the thinner side. Nice coating on the palate, roasted malts give a dry finish.

This was quite good; there was enough here to assure you it's a chocolate porter, but it never takes it to say, a Southern Tier level. Depending upon what you're looking for, that may be a good or bad thing. Personally, I thought that made it well balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks clear and medium brown as it cascades into the glass. As it sits, it is not nearly opaque; held to light it has a deep, reddish hue and some clarity to it. Tan head falls to a light lacing over the beer after a couple minutes.

On the nose, it does not smell very roasted; there is mostly a grain/malt nose with light bitterness. Not a deep or sweet chocolate aroma; light and mingled with toasted toffee and vanilla.

The flavor somewhat unexpectedly features a thin, almost tangy, bitterness and mouthfeel. This flavor becomes more harmonious as the beer warms, revealing more clearly that the bitterness is from the raw nibs and is akin to roasted coffee bean.

The finish rolls in with some light chocolate sweetness and pleasing vanilla. As it warms, roasted malts emerge and add nice balance. Subtle alcohol warmth joins the lingering finish but the beer seems like it would be less than 8% without knowing beforehand.

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Photo of DM1293
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste - Chocolate and a very light coffee taste hit the palate. There's very little bitterness and coffee, but it helps balance out the beer.

Overall - Good for a porter. Its not too thick or too bitter, but it MIGHT be a little too sweet. But for how strong it is, its really smooth and sweet. So on the whole, its a solid drink.

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Photo of lillieja
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a slight reddish hue. Thick head with plenty of lace hanging around.

Smells good. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate up front. A little vanilla too.

Tastes mostly like it smells. Nothing surprising. Sweet chocolate flavors and roasted malts with a little lingering booze taste.

The mouthfeel was too thin for me and by far the weakest aspect of this beer. I prefer a little more body to a chocolate porter.

Overall a slightly above average beer. I would drink again but won't search this beer out.

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer was really good with my dinner. However, the thin taste made for a flat tasting beer. Good for deserts and sipping. No match for my IPA's though.

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Photo of Klym
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Dark brown with some maroon parts and a small off-whtie head. A somewhat syrup-textured look.

S: Baker's chocolate and lactose come through separately in this; if the nose was more well-blended it's likely it'd just come off as milk chocolate. There's a little burnt cereal and a small sense of very watery stale coffee.

T: The taste is much more blended and balanced than the nose, with a pretty strong dominant note of milk chocolate, a little baker's chocolate bitterness in the end with a small sense of burnt cereal but no coffee. Simple, but surprisingly tasty.

M: Medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation and I actually get some heat in the nose/roof of the mouth.

O: Not such a bad offering from Hangar 24. It's a little too simple and straight forward for my taste, but it's hard to imagine really disliking this if you like chocolate.

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Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Picked up a bomber from BevMo at the end of May for $4.89. No freshness date.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light chocolate .

Taste is light chocolate and vanilla. Hopping keeps the sweetness at bay. Finish is dry and the alcohol is too warming with every sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but pretty smooth.

Overall this is a decent winter dessert beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color with tawny hues. 1-finger tan head with very short retention.

Hot chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, Hershey's chocolate syrup and a light coffee note. Some sense of sweetness in the aromas, but not excessive.

On the palate, cappacino, vanilla, mocha and a mild asprin bitterness on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied and fairly dry in style for the flavors. Pretty good attenuation in the beer. Finish is fairly short and and carries bitterness and astringency that remind of cold coffee.

Like the idea, but the beer lacks synergy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head. Very light it is red if you hold it up to the light.

Smell is toasted grain sweet malt and chocolate. There is a little caramel in this. Little bit of coconut and a slight trace of smoke.

Starts out sweet and a little smokey with a chocolate flavor. Tastes a lot like it smells. Well hidden alcohol, tastes a little like a mounds candy bar.

Mouthfeel is good.

Over all a competent but light porter.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a nearly opaque black with a big creamy off-white head that has good retention and eventually leaves some sticky lace behind

S- chocolaty malt with some fruity esters, candied sugar and cocoa

T- lightly roasted chocolate malt, some fruity flavors and a dry finish. Not really getting as much chocolate as I expected, due to the name of the beer

M- Medium body and carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- A middle of the pack porter that seems to be lacking the chocolate that it's name entails. Wouldn't pick it again

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and some alcohol
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, initially fizzy then becoming frothy, diminishing to irregular 4-12 mm ring and frothy layer.
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor nondescript – no chocolate, just a hint of roasted malt with some alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to millerbuffoon for pouring this one. The beer poured out as a nice looking chocolate brown color with a white head that comes and goes rather quickly. There isn't any retention or lacing to this beer. The smell of the beer gives off aromas of roasted malt and a heafty amount of cocoa. The taste of the beer is chocolatey, not a whole lot of anything else going on in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, it's drinkable, not overly sweet or gross from the chocolate. Overall I think it's a decent beer, would go well with a dessert.

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Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. No freshness date. Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San DIego, CA) for $4.99.

A: Very light brown for the style, opaque but some light creeps through at the narrower bottom. The head is 1-2 fingers, beige and fairly thick but leaves minimal lacing.

S: Delicious sweet milk chocolate aroma but not much for traditional porter aromas of roasted black malt or other more complex components.

T: I enjoyed the flavor, which is very chocolatey and went well with my carnitas burrito, but it is one-dimensional and, while having a little more base porter in the flavor, still predominantly tastes like chocolate and not a whole lot else.

M: Very light and somewhat thin with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer for what it is, but ratcheting up the base malt by about 25% to provide more body and adding more black malt and maybe an additional medium crystal malt would help prevent this from tasting more like a chocolate soda than beer. It needs more body and complexity and more malt is a good start I think to boost body, ABV, and complexity.

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Photo of azdback
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ballast Point pint glass. Initial dark brown color but when held to the light this becomes somewhat transparent. Highlights are even a lighter brown. Head was one finger, speckled cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. The head does dissipate rather quick and leaves a weak lace.

Smell is of mild roasted malts. There is some chocolate and bit of charred wood. This smell is pretty average but does have a bit of an advantage on a regular Porter with some vanilla and sweet milk chocolate overtones.

Taste is not as rich as I would have liked it to be. This starts like the smell and gives some chocolate flavors but quickly becomes overly bitter about mid mouth. This characteristic mellows as this warms but never becomes okay. This does have a bit of smoke to it too and the 8% never shows it's hand.

Mouth is smooth and the carbonation is light to creamy. Body is medium and the finish is average and on the dry side.

Overall I liked this but didn't love it. This was bought while I was in San Diego last month and I have held out trying it until tonight. Somewhat let down but overall not a bad tick.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky brown with medium tan head. Fair cling.

S - Light cocoa, malt. I don't know if it is too cold or there isn't anything else there.

T - Same as smell, only add vanilla and bittering hops.

M - Medium body, great carb, ok balance.

D - Not a bad beer. Good to try.

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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
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