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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut PorterCHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter
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Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, or CHP as we call it, is a dessert in a glass. It is a rich, robust porter bursting with luscious chocolate and hazelnut. Notes of coffee and caramel round out this delicious treat.

Added by mentor on 10-17-2013

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Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark dark brown hue with a bubbly two finger head not bad looking but not out of this world,the smell is strong hazelnut and light chocolate along with dark berries not much else gets a look in really,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad overcarbonated and the tastes are hazelnut,milk chocolate finished with a soft herbal hop bitterness and overall I'm abit let down in this one and wouldn't buy it again cheers.

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Photo of jj311
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours a beautiful black color with a one finger head lacking retention. Chocolate and hazelnut are present and notable in the aroma along side alcohol. A Nutty flavor up front provides a lingering bitterness to compliment chocolate.

Overall this is a drinkable brew but there isn't much too it. It lacks in complexity and dimension.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a dark brown black. There's a slight hazelnut aroma Metallic finish thin bodied doesn't deliver. Somewhat of a disappointment that a larger malt backing could easily remedy.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heretic's Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. 7% ABV.

A: Black in the glass. Slightly lighter black in the dimple, with a dark golden brown edge. Two fingers of cocoa brown head. Slightly thin lacing. Decent sheeting.

S: Mostly dark coffee, with a bit of char. Just a hint of chocolate hazelnut. Slight cigarette, indicating too much hopping. This doesn't have me overwhelmingly confident...

T/MF: Slightly creamy texture. Cigarette ash is more present on the palate. Again, just a touch of chocolate hazelnut. The coffee and char are much lighter here.

This is a huge disappointment! Hopefully it will improve as it warms up some more.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of dgilks
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark black colour with a smooth tan head. Poor head retention. Some lacing.

Roasty smooth with a touch of chocolate. A little nutty but not a lot really going on.

Dull. Very light malt and roast. Touches of chocolate but nothing pops. The flavour is really flat and monotone.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine for style but doing nothing here.

Again, this beer is just flat on the palate with a lack of interesting flavour popping up and grabbing attention.

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Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and nuts. Scents of patent malt and char.

Starts out sweet and tasting strongly of chocolate and nuts. After taste of caramel. Faint coffee and charcoal flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a competent porter but nothing to rave about,

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Photo of mentor
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin layer of fine head over a pitch liquid with dark brown edgings when held to light. Smells like peanut-butter. Actually, more like Ben & Jerry's made a Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Clean chocolate over sugary peanut-butter. Not much else.

Tastes very peanut-butter with chocolate and cream beneath. The peanut-butter is quite dry; not sweet candy-like as the nose suggested. The chocolate is also a bit dry, but there is a non-descript sweet that is disconnected from the two primary flavors. With searching I get mild roast and some cherry sour. This beer is too sharply carbonated and the fine drying sting leaves the beer astringent in the finish. Pretty unpleasant. I will swirl to release carbonation (it's not highly carbonated) and share more details. Yes, much more pleasant with the carbonation gone, but it still tastes like peanut-butter, rather than hazelnut. Not much here in the way of a porter. Not sure what kind of porter these things were added to, so hard to judge to style. Medium-thick in the mouth and drying in the finish.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Khyber.

Served in a tulip. Black in color--or at least it appeared that way in the dim light of the bar--with a thin head; not much in retention or lacing. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, light nuttiness. Similar in the taste, dark malts, moderate roast, caramel and hazelnut sweetness that wasn't overbearing. Body was medium, about right for an average porter. Decent overall, but not something I'd reach for again.

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Photo of KDNellie
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge hazelnut fan, being overwhelmed by it in the majority of European chocolate. That said, if you are a hazelnut lover, you might enjoy this beer. Chocolate tones but hazelnut pervades. I prefer stout so can't blame porter too much for not having much of a head. It is a smooth beer. Desserty as mentioned in other posts. Love roasted hazelnuts? Try it!

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Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 11/1/14

A: opaque black, 2plus fingers very light tan colored head, decent retention and lots of lacing 4.25

S: roasty, cream, semi sweet chocolate, subtle nuttiness although I can't really saw hazelnut 3.75

T: roasty, herbaceous, artificial chocolate sweetness , again hazelnut is very subtle 3.5

M/D: medium body, on the thinner side, carbonation fairly high, drinkabilityza is average 3.5

O: it's ok, worth a drink but not something I'd likely purchase again 3.5

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Photo of jj139
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On Tap @ Brewery in a 4 oz tasting glass.

A - Dark, dark brown with a tan/mocha 1/4 inch head. Lacing is present but not very thick or heavy.

S - Heavy Roasted Malt, chocolate, dark caramel, and toasted hazelnuts.

T - Coffee, chocolate and hazelnuts are the forward trio here, followed by some toasted malts.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. A creamy , nutty finish.

O - While I really enjoyed Heretic's Porter, this one, while good, didn't "wow" me the way the others did. Don't misunderstand, it is good beer but I am not sure if I would pick some up to enjoy very often.

Having said that this was a last minute taste after spending some time at my most recent visit to the brewery ... palate fatigue perhaps?

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a wine glass.

a - brew pours a deep black with a finger plus of foamy off tan colored head.

s - nose is chocolate chat and nuts. Some crisp fizzy vanilla.

t/m/o - comes to life on the first sip. Really nice chocolate, milk chocolate with some porter char. The hazelnut is a great compliment. A bit fizzy buy mire along the meatier side if the spectrum. Very nice, great crossover porter for the stout fans.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/13/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, toasted hazelnut, and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, hazelnut, vanilla, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black under a creamy beige head that sticks well to the surface. Aroma is thick with chocolate, toffee, hazelnut and nougat. Sweet nutty, milk chocolaty flavor - as expected. Still has a nice porter quality to it with lingering cocoa and raisin bread. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, finishing a touch bitter. Plenty flavorful...good for a dessert beer.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

excited to give this beer a try, poured into a snifter from 22oz bottle.
Appearance dark with beautiful tan head
Smell roasted coffee and nuts
Taste clean flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, subtle hint of hazlenuts would have like a little more
Mouthfeel is light without feeling thin
Overall nice beer would try again

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Photo of mac31
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big nutty flavor seeps in to every crevice of the palate as you sip this brew down. Accompanying this nutty flavor are quaffs of nice, soft chocolate. The chocolate is the backbone, while the (hazel) nut is on full display. There is some dark roast coffee notes in the finish. Gentle hoppy spice is present in the finish as well. The carbonation seems a little high, but I think it's the thin body that accentuates the sensation on the palate. The beer finishes clean, it tidies up before the next sip. A little too nutty for me, but still easy to get down. A nice beer.

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Photo of ccg
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

Look: Looks stouty. Pretty much jet black and opaque, with a dense, foamy head that coats the side of the glass when tilted, and the head settles into a long-lasting thin layer of tiny bubbles. One of the best-looking porters I've seen. 4.25

Smell: It delivers chocolate and nuttiness. To me, hazelnut beers and peanut-butter beers smells very similar and are difficult to distinguish. This one has a strong note of that general sweet nuttiness. Not a whole lot of malt or hops present on the nose. 4.0

Taste: Similar to the smell, but less bold. Sweet with a hint of chocolate and some general nuttiness. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, mild carbonation, decent body for a porter. 3.75

Overall: An enjoyable dessert beer. 3.75

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Photo of Mike-Harms
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass mug, there was a strong thick lingering head formed, which took a few minutes to subside. It's lighter in the mouth than you'd think for the profile, and the chocolate and especially the hazelnut are muted somewhat in all that carbonation. We'll see how it warms up.

Yep, as expected, it stayed smooth to the end, and as usual the carbonation's effect on the mouthfeel was dramatically lessened. A good dark beer should always open up as it gets warm, and this one did. I would buy it again, but I would probably not seek it out.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The hazelnut and chocolate is absolutely apparent. It is very good as a desert beer, but I couldn't have this regularly. Worth the experience. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. Paid a pretty reasonable $8ish for the bottle... Finally got around to enjoying it tonight.. Pours a standard black.. 2 finger dark tan head.. nice reverse leopard lacing...

Aromas are pretty proper... perfectly put together chocolate/hazelnut cups.. judicious hand with the porter/dark maltiness to really marry the chocolate and nutty components... The nose is fantastic.

Flavor has all the same notes with a richer porter/malty note.. hazelnut element becomes a little bit artificial/extract after a while, but perhaps could be balanced out by a slightly larger residual maltiness that would "catch" that nutty extract note.

The body is surprisingly smooth for a 7% porter... decent bubble and a medium/lite-medium body.. Nicely done.

I rarely drink porters any more... but I will probably seek this one out a time or three more... and certainly recommend it to friends... especially folks who think they don't like beer.

Well done.

4/4/4/3.75/3.75

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Photo of TH28
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 4/6/15 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown/black and opaque, with a creamy brown head. Aroma: Dark chocolate, roast, and a distinct nuttiness. Smells like dessert. Taste: Rich roast and toasty malt sweetness, with underlying chocolate and nuttiness throughout the palate. Mouthfeel: Medium body with slight creaminess, and low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Slight lingering roast and nuttiness. Hint of bitterness. Overall: A rich, toasty and roasted Porter, with a nuttiness that would make it the perfect complement to a German chocolate cake.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a big fan of The Brewing Network, so I've been dying to try some of Heretic's beers, and now they are finally coming to MA so I can. Bottled 2/05/16,

Pours a big darker fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly, big soapy lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose explodes with hazelnuts, nutty in general, some dark chocolate cocoa, toasted nuts, toasted cocoa beans, a little lush creamy chocolate, a little caramel and toffee sweetness, an earthiness as well.

Taste brings more toasted hazelnuts but not as dominant, roasted nuts in general as well, with some creamy milk chocolate and toasted cocoa, a little biscuity malt and toffee, caramel sweet note, an almost lactose creamy milk chocolate, lush chocolate, and a touch of bitterness. Finish is drier but sticky, lingering toasted hazelnuts and lots of creamy milk chocolate.

Mouth is med bod but creamy lush, decent carb.

Overall not bad, delivers what it promises, plenty of creamy milk chocolate, toasted roasted hazelnuts, some beer aspects left but gets a little too much into the flavorings.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hazelnuts!! Big nose of them with some nice chocolate and a bit of roasty malt. Nutella comes to mind, for sure. Sweet, lotst of vanilla, chocolate, hazlenut, and nice roasty dark malts which help dry out the finish ...maybe some hop bitterness in with that roast.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of drunkensloth, thanks a lot buddy. Dark black color, huge off-white head, looks quite nice. Aroma is strong hazelnuts, almost like nutella. Very nice aroma. Flavor is more hazelnut and only the slightest touch of chocolate. I would like to see the chocolate play a bigger part but the hazelnut aspect was very well done. This was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a brownish black with hazelnut highlights and a foamy, light, filmy, light tan head. Aromas of rich hazelnut coffee, bittersweet baker's chocolate, creme highlights, subtle smoke, and roasted overtones. Flavors are bitter and richly sweet forward, with chocolate and coffee forward, tangy hazelnut and caramel, hints of vanilla and campfire, and earthy undertones. The richly sweet and smoky carry through into the aftertaste on a dry and robust body. The finish is dry and smooth, with a decent smoky sweet and slightly bitter linger. Very balanced and tasty beer.

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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