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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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BA SCORE
83
good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 11-24-2010)
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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

mactrail, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TheBishopco, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of travolta
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

travolta, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

beerpadawan, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Zorro, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of lillieja
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

lillieja, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of 360logic
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

360logic, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of MickeyHops
3/5  rDev -18%

MickeyHops, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mrebeka, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

FosterJM, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

kawilliams81, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of azdback
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

azdback, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

ShanePB, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +9.3%

sendsilk, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

srandycarter, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of JavaJo
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

JavaJo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

3Hops, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Lucasperea
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Lucasperea, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Sammy, May 23, 2012
Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rudy, May 23, 2012
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

kwjd, May 21, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

notchucknorris, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

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

whatthehull, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev +9.3%

piclee, Apr 14, 2012
Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.