Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 72
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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 Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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 kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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-

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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 ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1437th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24th 2nd Anny glass
22oz

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.

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 argock
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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 Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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 harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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 arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
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