CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter - Heretic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 TH28
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Beerandwhiskey63
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of Modish
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 (507 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of JMM0414
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
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! (153 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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. (317 characters)

Photo of jj311
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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. (333 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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. (298 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Mike-Harms
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of ADZA
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of dionito
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orgasmic!! That's the best way to describe this beer. I was at the brewery the other day and couldn't believe what I was tasting. If I had lived around I would have bought two kegs of it, or would have stolen them if they did not sell them to me. It's one of the best beers I've ever tasted with a perfect balance of roastiness, chocolate, and a hazelnut finish that makes everything glow and make you think you're in heaven. Can you see I did LOVE this beer? Get a plane to Fairfield, CA and try it. Or better yet, Jamil, ship it to WA!! (538 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 (1,005 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of jj139
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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? (723 characters)

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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