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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


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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Klym

California

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 23:32:49 | More by Klym
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beerpadawan

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 07:15:49 | More by beerpadawan
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:05:32 | More by kawilliams81
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 15:59:31 | More by ShanePB
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 01:10:23 | More by womencantsail
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 00:38:24 | More by facundoCNB
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:12:34 | More by Sammy
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FosterJM

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:07:14 | More by FosterJM
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whatthehull

California

3.78/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:35:41 | More by whatthehull
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Khazadum

Illinois

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

Good retention, collar of white bread. Lacing missing, opaque, mohogany body. Light carb.

Chocolate malt is the predominant nose. Simple.

Some pork character, a bitterness of the chocolate malt, cocoa nibs missing but possibly bitter from it.

Solid body, good amount of carb. Sticky flavors.

Cocoa nibs? Vanilla bean? Ya right.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:43:39 | More by Khazadum
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 18:59:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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aknight

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:59:01 | More by aknight
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BrewerB

Florida

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $4.99.

Pours a medium brown with good clarity and a thin topping of light tan foam. Sticky lacing clinging to the glass as the head retreats. Inviting aromas of hot cocoa and roasted malt greet the nose first with a layer of vanilla tucked beneath. Some caramel notes arise later. Chocolate/cocoa-focused on the palette up front with a toasted malty/caramel in the middle and a finish of vanilla/cream soda. Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice warming sensation from the 8% ABV.

Aptly named, this is one chocolatey porter with a great mouthfeel and flavor while avoiding being overly sweet. That said, I could definitely see this pairing well with a dessert…speaking of, I'll go grab some ice cream now.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:05:29 | More by BrewerB
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 20:49:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 01:14:20 | More by DoubleJ
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TonyBoy

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- I knew this was a dark beer going into it, and once I poured it I wasn't disappointed. I held it up to the light and saw very little light shining through.

Smell - I picked up milk chocolate and maybe some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste - I like the taste of this 22 oz. bottled version, but I prefer the taste of the nitro version on tap at the Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, CA. They're both good, but the nitro version is much creamier and goes down smoother which, in my opinion, makes the nitro version on tap much better (Believe me, it's worth a trip to the Hangar 24 Brewery to try the nitro verison). Both have a distinct milk chocolatey taste with some mild bitterness but overall the nitro version is less bitter, even when it sits awhile and gets warmer.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is much more present in the bottled version. As I said above, the nitro version is smoother and creamier. Both are good, but the nitro version goes down smoother for me.

Overall - I would choose the nitro version overall. Or, if Hangar 24 ever comes out with a nitro can or nitro bottle version, then I'd gladly buy a bunch of those and drink that. Some might read this and say, "Oh, c'mon... Guiness already has a nitro can and a nitro bottle." To that statement I would respond, "Yes, but Guiness is not 8% ABV."

I live in West Los Angeles, so Redlands is quite a drive for me. But in the meantime, until my next one-and-a-half hour drive out to Redlands, I'll probably continue to pick up some bottles of Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter (but I really hope they read this review and make some Chocolate Porter in nitro cans or nitro bottles). Enjoy, everybody!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:01:27 | More by TonyBoy
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travolta

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:47:10 | More by travolta
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ehammond1


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 04:45:37 | More by ehammond1
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Murrhey

Montana

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- Deep, dark chocolate brown color, heavily carbonated, but only a half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Ribbed lacing down the sides.

S- Chocolate, obviously. But super delicious smelling flavor. Maybe wafting a little caramel or vanilla with it?

T- Dark chocolate and roast malt. Bitter, but finishes creamy. Very tasty. Like a milkshake almost.

M- Rich and creamy, full bodied, maybe a little too well carbonated.

O- This beer has some flaws, but one thing it does extremely well is hit you in the mouth and nose with chocolate. The weak head and the heavy carbonation take nothing from the overall quality of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:19:13 | More by Murrhey
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busternuggz

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness or bottle date.

Nice brownish black color. Thick, foamy 1/2" head, coffee colored. Leaves thick clingy lacing.

Aromas of mild roasted malt, semisweet chocolate chips, buttery shortbread. Smells kind of creamy. Nice but pretty faint.

Creamy and roasty taste with rich chocolate notes. Milk chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, with sweet vanilla on the end. Something like Cookie Crisp cereal. A little touch of molasses. The sweet chocolate and vanilla is balanced well with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Decadent but not heavy.

Medium bodied, smooth, a little syrupy. Kind of like chocolate milk. Compliments the taste well. Ends fairly clean.

I like it. A full, rich desserty beer without being too sweet or over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:18:53 | More by busternuggz
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hopsputin

California

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a watery black color with not much light penetrating - 2 finger frothy tan head that marshmellows at the top

s: sweet baking chocolate and roasty toasty malts up front. there is a hint of sweet malt and figs and raisins in here as well. creamy with some oaky notes (might be from the roasted malts), and ends with some nice vanilla extract aromas at the end

t: this follows the nose quite well, however I'm a little surprised to be picking up as much alcohol in the flavor as i am. you're first hit with the roasted malts, which provide some initial bitterness, then its cut by that alcohol. there is definitely a hint of those sweet dark fruits in here as well. the chocolate, though, is not so present - only a hint of like powered chocolate. this ends with toasted malts, and a nice vanilla oaky flavor

m: medium - typical mouthfeel for a porter. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: disappointed that there is not more chocolate in here. its a nice robust beer, that does have some nice flavors - however, i would have like a little more chocolate, and a little less alcohol in the flavor. still enjoyable though

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:23:41 | More by hopsputin
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notchucknorris

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 06:26:37 | More by notchucknorris
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 22:26:27 | More by corby112
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Annaversary Party. 4oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown almost mahogany color. Thin light tan head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda fake chocolate smelling like hersheys chocolate syrup. Little bit of roast.

Taste is a roasty tasty porter. Little bit of chocolate that's not fake like the aroma. Smooth with a nice roasty bite.

Mouthfeel is a little high on the carbonation but pretty smooth.

Overall a tasty porter. I would buy it if it was in 6 packs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 08:22:36 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Slap_and_Pickle

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I entered into my local craft beer haven with the intents of buying a porter and I walked out with this hidden gem. I was enticed essentially by the fact that it included vanilla -- I know people tell me don't grab onto certain ingredients but I figured whatever, I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: pours a dark brown, with medium head that fades into beautiful lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark Chocolate, smells like roasted cocoa/coffee and delicious vanilla

Initial Taste: Sweet, vanilla, though it smells like dark chocolate its not as bitter as you would expect; smooth and malty. Full bodied.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this porter, most definitely on the sweeter side which is a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the vanilla which is just as apparent as the chocolate. All in all, this chocolate porter is an easy drink -- there is no real complexity to this -- which is fine because sometimes you just want a brew that tastes exactly what it states on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 05:57:27 | More by Slap_and_Pickle
Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
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