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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut PorterCHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter
BEER INFO

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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Barley Mow, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a glass shared with tenderbranson69

The color is black opaque with pale tan head with fine bead and moderately good head retention, but no real lace. The smell is interesting lots of cocoa and nutty hazelnut but not an intensely sweet smell more creamy with almost vanilla and light earthy scent with subtle malt in the back with cocoa and hazelnut combination almost like nutella. The feel is great with toasted and moderately high carbonation with light bitterness and moderate sweetness in the middle with low alcohol and mostly dry malt texture in the finish.

The flavor is great with malt base that has roasted and caramel with lots of hazelnut and cocoa in the taste and although the flavors are delivered not quite dessert-like but definitely has the porter style nailed which I appreciate. There is a faintly earthy cocoa and delicious hazelnut nutty flavor with slight caramel toward the end with an almost candy-bar/nutella combination. I like how the cocoa flavor feels fresh and augments the malt instead of overwhelming the base beer as can be the case sometimes. This is a creamy quaffable brew -not standard in any way -very worthy. An excellent adjunct beer that doesn't overdue it on the adjuncts, Cheers Heretic!

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottled 10 Nov. 2014.

A: Pours near black with a short light brown head. Poor head retention soon left only a ring but there was some spotty lacing.

S: Rich chocolate initially followed by a stronger nutty hazelnut note with a hint of peanuts. Black bread in the background. Exceptionally pleasant mix of well balanced aromatics.

Taste: the dark and sweet chocolate is more evident here compared to the roasted nut flavors. The hazelnut does linger on in the aftertaste. Lightly and appropriately sweet. Dark roasted grains with a faint smokiness become more apparent as the ale warms.

Feel: Medium bodied; very smooth; medium carbonation.

O: A solid porter with restrained and well balanced contributions from chocolate and hazelnut. The blend overall slightly favors the hazelnuts, but even together these are scream FLAVORED beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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 dgilks
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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 ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours black with a fading tan head.
Nose shows chocolate and hazelnut, mainly hazelnut. Pretty much ferrero rocher in a glass. Awesome. Some bready malt too.
Flavours include more of the same, but with more of a bitter cocoa note and a fair bit of roasted malt.
Body could be a bit richer/creamier.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma has lots of hazelnut and chocolate right up front.
The taste starts with mild chocolate bitterness, then roasted malt sweet and carries through to a tapered sweet ending.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Excellent balance for a decadent beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10.27.14.

A: Pours black with a tall, effervescent medium brown head. Good head retention but no real sign of any lacing.

S: Really nice sweet chocolate initially. A little swirl and the hazelnuts kick in. Not overpowering but still a nice rich addition.

T: Taste follows the aroma. Huge amount of delicious rich, sweet chocolate. There is a decadent hazelnut that just pokes through. Chocolate sweetness fades a little and becomes slightly bittersweet as the hazelnuts shows up even stronger, into the finish. It really reminds me of dark chocolate covered hazelnuts that I love (from Taza). Clean, crisp finish with just a bit of lingering chocolate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty simple beer, chocolate and hazelnut (duh). It does exactly what it says and it does it well. Sweet dessert beer for sure with decadent flavors. Smooth viscous body for only 7% ABV which makes it go down even nicer. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doopie on beer night. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a two finger, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Black body and higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Hazelnut for sure, with chocolate aromas and sweet vanilla cream. The milk chocolate is nice but the nuts really steal the show here. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Hazelnuts, vanilla cream and some dark malts up front. A nice finish with more nuts, milk chocolate, sweet cream and light notes of smoke lingering on the palate. Interesting, flavorful, and the nuts work really nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: This was really good. I'm pretty sure this is the same base porter as Shallow Grave, but it's not labeled as such. In any case, this is certainly a quality porter, as is Shallow Grave, and the adjunct additions work really well. Loved the nuts and the chocolate played a nice role as well. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Quality stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
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 wedge
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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 TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head puffs up to a rocky 3 fingers in width and shows great retention before settling to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - The aroma is amazing! Notes of roasted peanut and hazelnut with milk chocolate and traces of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose, though less cohesive. Fair notes of roasted peanut and hazelnut, while a lightly supportive milk chocolate character rides beneath. Touches of earth. Kinda light; takes a big gulp to get the full flavor, which is amazing when done.

Mouthfeel - Closer to light than medium in body with soft carbonation. A little too soft; could use just a hair more carbonation. Really smooth, though.

Overall - It's delicious, but doesn't quite have the potency in flavor to reach that World Class status. When gulped it felt like I was drinking one of the best porters I've ever had, but when drank within normal "sipping ranges" (whatever that means) it was good to decent. So... I don't know. This one's got me a tad perplexed. Definitely one to try again.

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Photo of mentor
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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 zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. Bottled on 05/04/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: opaque black. Poured with thin head.
S: Definitely chocolate! The label does not lie. Some malts aroma as well. Made it smells like chocolate waffle.
T: Cocoa milk. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: fairly good porter if you love chocolate.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing runs around the glass.
The smell has a ton of hazelnut flavoring over big sweet chocolate malts, combines very nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet through the chocolate and hazelnut. A rich sweet combined chocolate hazelnut aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionable to sipping quality. Carbonation runs light to allow a subtle creaminess running over my tongue.
Overall, this was a stellar porter hitting the chocolate and hazelnut. I'd have this again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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