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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: 284
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.42%
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 284
Photo of donovanneb
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Haven't written a review in a while, but this beer made me almost rush to my computer.

Hangar 24 has been disappointing me lately with their "specialty" beers. There's a consistent fake taste to whatever flavor they are adding. This is no exception. The chocolate flavor has a powdery, weird commercial milk chocolate flavor, taste and mouthfeel. Doesn't have that rich cocoa nib type flavor I'm looking for, but more of a cheap chocolate taste. Had to dump out the bottom third became too annoying for me. (507 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

brown, excellent clarity and a surface etched with light dirty cream foam. Nose is almost spicy with malts and some hops (noble) with a bit of cocoa, but no vanilla. Taste has roasted malts with a bit of sweet rye and some cheap base malt oxidation - a truly uneventful mouthful. Thin with sharp, yet fleeting carb and an off dry finish. Meh. (356 characters)

Photo of seasmokiee
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Looks like any other porter on earth...Like the lacing, but that's from the carbonation???

Smell - Wonderful chocolate notes and kilned malts.

Taste - Meh...the champagne like carbonation adds acidity and tough bite that detracts from everything else. Is this supposed to be a new style with this amount of CO2?

Mouth feel - feels nothing like a porter. Again, the massive amounts of CO2 make this beer one of the weirdest in the porter world ever..Take this as an example of what not to do. Good try though.

Overall- Meh...I will, and suggest to anybody else, put it back on the shelf. (603 characters)

Photo of rtaps
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour a dark brown with a mahogany hue to it when held to the light, 1 finger khaki head with decent retention and spotty lacing

smell is dominated by chocolate, some coffee notes. as it warms you get some dark fruits.

taste fallows the nose, dark chocolate dominated a little nutty and dark fruits can be found as it warms

light-medium bodied, medium carbonation that leaves the mouth dry

overall it wasn't all that great IMO, pretty one sided on the smell and taste. had wasn't a fan of the after taste ether. (515 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber in Palm Springs and consumed same night with a cigar over a few hours. Appearance is pale for a porter.
Cocoa nose, sugar and vanilla.
Taste more caramel. Sweet alcohol. Lingering heat, fusels.
Mouthfeel is off-dry, with a light body.
Drinkability isn't too good. Overall, it's an entirely forgettable beer. (329 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark near black auburn brown with a light, brownish off-white 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a strong layer of microbubbles floating on the surface. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not strongly aromatic; touches on chocolatey roasted malt and a buttery character.

Taste - Not what was expected. More off-flavored butter flavor than chocolate. Chocolate is present, but moderate at best. Acidic bite. Moderate roast near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Acidic. Fair smoothness.

Overall - When drinking this, the first thing that comes to mind is neither chocolate, nor porter; not good when the name of your brew is 'Chocolate Porter'. I'm one and done with this beer. There are dozens upon dozens of chocolate forward brews I'd much rather have. (840 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : Deep dark mahogany out of the bottle with a gentle light brown head.

S: A unique roasted malt nose with little to know chocolate

T:  Astringency starts the flavor but quickly mellows as the roasted nuttiness kicks in and is gently finished by a mellow bitterness. Chocolate is very minimal

M: A very dry beer on the taste buds. Not much bitterness

O: A tasty beer for a very good price. Not as good as say, Sierras Porter. But still very yummy. (453 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut brown in the tall Stella glass, topped with a suitable head. Average carbonation.

Tastes like a Hershey milk chocolate bar. Milky, sweet, and simple. Not so much cocoa in the nose, but a whiff, along with caramel. Fairly sharp on the tongue. Dark malt flavors with a touch of burnt barley. Sugar seems to intensify. Almost tastes like the spiced-up Mexican chocolate. Not much beeriness to report on, except that it's a carbonated beverage with some bitterness towards the end. I think "cloying" is the word I'm looking for. Maybe it would be better hot.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. Hangar does have nice labels. (654 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a brown coffee color with a thick, foamy, light tan head that quickly faded into a thick film leaving wispy lace down the glass.
S: Rootbeer, cola, and vanilla nose. Sweet and soda-like with a touch of vanilla.
T: Vanilla, roast, caramel malt, brown sugar and soda flavors. I'm getting a lot of flavors of weak black coffee and bitter used coffee grounds as well. Chocolate isn't as strong as expected but adds a nice light flavor in the finish. Very bitter aftertaste.
M: Very foamy frothy carbonation, medium- full body, bitter and foamy but drinkable mouthfeel.
O: Not really a fan. Not especially bad just the flavors didn't really work for me. Needs work in my opinion. Too much carbonation as well. (740 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown/black with a half finger head that recedes quickly leaving behind no lacing.

Smell: Balance of coffee and chocolate for the aroma. Does not come across as too complex.

Taste: Very, very chocolaty. Coffee flavor comes in after the chocolate flavor subsides. Perhaps a touch too bitter. Not a bad flavor but not great either.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the lower end of the carbonation scale. Heavy body.

Overall: Pretty average overall. Not a bad beer, but not worth buying again. (509 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Tiger Tiger in San Diego.

Beer pours a nice dark brown color with a bit of white/tan head.

Beer smells richly of chocolate.

The beer tastes very much like the smell. Sweet chocolate fades into maltiness. The taste is a bit too strong of chocolate and could have been dialed down a bit.

Beer is fairly creamy and laces well.

Overall, this beer has too much "fake" chocolate taste too it and is not very well blended. (436 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown bottle purchased from Barny's in Alexandria, Sydney.

Pours a cola-brown hue, with a coarse-crackling head of beige that last only about as long as the head on Coke would, settling out very quickly to a mesh that looks like dragonfruit flesh, flacked with tiny dots. Body is extremely light for 8% ABV.

Nose is certainly odd. There's a dry, dusty cocoa character to it, but also a lot of aridity—there's so little sweetness and it lends other characters a leg-up to put their weirdnesses on centre stage. I get some pepper characters, a little black olive and papadums. This is on top of the base beer, which has some oddly vinous tones to it. There's also a strange hint of chlorine in the mix. All up, it's a bit of a mess.

Taste is fairly similar. There's a thinness to the body that runs through from front to back, leaving very little room for much in the way of flavour or complexity—it just doesn't have much to work with. That being said, there is some mild cacao notes around the mid-palate, and a linger of powdery cocoa on the back—very dry, however, and lacking depth.

Feel is a bit empty—it feels like there's a little weight there, but some of the vinous characters seem to rip it back to its bare bones.

I don't get it. Is this bottle just clearly bad? I don't notice anything in it that would explain the insipidness of it all, but insipid it most certainly is. I'm really quite disappointed—I'd heard some reasonable things about Hangar 24, but my first exposure to them is certainly woefully awry. (1,542 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 7.99. No bottling information apparent. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of thick tan head. A thin cap remains and leaves just a little lace.

Smells of bakers cocoa, chocolate malt, faint vanilla and a little sugar.

Plenty of chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and chocolate malts are most prevalent with hints of vanilla, powdered sugar, chalk, coffee, earthy and mildly metallic. Not a whole lot of depth but it delivers the chocolate for sure.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bittersweet, earthy cocoa and vanilla finish.

A one trick pony but overall a decent brew. Less roasty and a tad thinner than I'd prefer in a porter. I'm not disappointed that I grabbed the bottle but I won't be hunting for another. (825 characters)

Photo of Reappropriated
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bottle.

Overall, this is a perfectly average porter, but did not have much that is going to get me to come back and have this beer again.

The beer pours medium to dark brown, with a tanish head, visually appealing and a good start.

The smell is overall earthy, with hints of chocolate, with malt and a bit of copper, so pretty much an earthy porter.

The taste is what you would expect from a smokey porter, with hits of chocolate, and something creamy in the mix. It is simple but I enjoyed the experience. It also had a nice feel to it, but that was not enough to make me want to come back for more. (624 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a rather strange "snap" - nothing more - no carbonation sound - just a snap.

Pour is medium dark brown. Rather hazy. Light tan head leaves some large bubbles as it lingers.

Nose has a bit of coconut - a little funky. Can't say I get chocolate. Medium mouth feel - gets just bit watery mid-mouth. Chocolate flavors seem like an addative rather than malt oriented.
This beer is trying hard - but just doesn't work for me. Flavors taste too much like an adjunct, and lacks a firm backbone. (501 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hangar 24 2010 Chocolate Porter. Served on nitro into a half pint glass at Hangar 24. Reviewed from notes taken in late 2012.

A: Pours a lovely bubble show lasting about 20 seconds. Head is one finger of beautiful beige cream, fantastic thickness, and fantastic retention. Body colour is a vibrant understated auburn.

Sm: Cream, mocha, amber malts, hints of chocolate. An average strength aroma.

T: Creamy chocolate, mocha, amber and dark malts, and an artificial cream finish. Simple but pleasant and enjoyable. The chocolate is restrained. Well balanced. The nitro doesn't mute the flavours.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavours quite well. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, though. One of the better offerings I've had from this brewery. Nitro was a good choice.

B- (885 characters)

Photo of JavaJo
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Great beer when you're not looking for something too complicated. The chocolate is definitely the prominent flavor, almost to a fault. After half the pint it got too sweet, although I may feel differently if I had paired it with food. The website suggested a complex flavor like steak, but I'm thinking it's perfect for beer floats at the end of the night. (356 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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. (275 characters)

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

Bottle courtesy of ChrIs.

Pours a clear brownish orange. Lots of white head. Looks decent. Smells chocolatey and sweet. Malty rich. Tastes interesting but not great. A bit overly bitter. Well carbonated... Interesting but not great. Overall not something. Would have again (273 characters)

Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (512 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (585 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (458 characters)

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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.