Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | 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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Cobrabob428
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Merkur
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of TaySuth
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Reappropriated
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Raseky
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SoCaliC8
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sweethome
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.