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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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Reviews: 34
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 30.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 10-17-2013

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.
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Photo of elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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 EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an off white head. Flavor of intense chocolate and hazelnut, almost like Nutella in a glass although not overly sweet. A very distinct and unique beer that I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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 KDNellie
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Celtics17
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Porters are my least favorite, but this was a solid porter. I got enough of the hazelnut that wasn't over powering, but nice from start to finish. I got a lot enjoyment from this beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 TruePerception
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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 SitkaSteve
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 TH28
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Beerandwhiskey63
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome and definitely a beer i'd get again. Super sweet but has that porter taste you want. Just like they said when I read the description before I got it, dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Modish
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I don't care how much I spend on a beer I simply want something amazing this is the beer. Dark, smooth, complex but not too heavy bodied. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark brown. Cappuccino colored head. Deep brown.

S: smells like chocolate and peanut butter, and that is a rare smell to get from a beer, in my experience. Very rich smell.

T: nice creamy flavor, but, being a porter not a stout, it isn't uite as thick. The hazelnut is a little harder to read in the taste, but it is still nice.

M: extremely easy to drink, although I usually like beers to have a little more body.

O: I'm not usually a fan of porters/light stouts but this one has good flavor. It is something I'd get again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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 zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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 i4ourgot
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow very rich awesome nice mouthfeel. The only thing I didn't like was the head it was pretty much non existent. The aroma was this beautiful chocolate flavor with this subtle pleasant roasty aroma. The taste was pretty much the same with some nice bitterness. Overall great beer everything tied together very well.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 JMM0414
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dessert in liquid form, rich, robust porter with chocolate and hazelnut notes on the pallet. On the nose I get coffee and nutty hazelnut. Delicious beer!

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 wedge
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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 jj311
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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 cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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