Chocolate Porter - Bayhawk Ales
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Reviews by Floydster:
3.83/5 rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pitcher shared with two friends at Luigi's in Mission Beach next to the rollercoaster, this place was great by the way, 23 taps of all local craft brews
Poured into a pint glass with a dark brown color and 1/2 inch tan head that did not really go anywhere the whole way
Smell was full of chocolate malt, a little bit of coffee too
Taste was very sweet at first, but then faded into a dry porter full of roasted cocoa
Could drink a few of these, but not that much, pretty drinkable for a porter nevertheless
Serving type: on-tap
09-30-2007 05:53:25 | More by Floydster
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3.48/5 rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle into my Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes taken from 02/08/14
A: Dark cola color with a thinning browned edge. Dark and glossy look with a meek retaining beige film on top. Light splotches and dots mark the glass after each sip.
S: The nose brings forth a nice mixture of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolates. There is a slight charred malt presence with some soft sugary sweetness and a dash of earthy minerals there as well. Nice and roasty aromas all together.
T: Flavors affirm much of the nose with more roasted coffee bean than chocolate per se. Slightly watered down and bittersweet. Mild dark fruits noted with some brown sugar sweetness. There is a moderate amount of perceived bitterness to the beer and some nice earthy hop presence. No actual chocolate additions it seems only malt derived flavors. Alcohol is well masked throughout the drink. The balance is fair and the roast flavors are hitting the spot I will say.
M: Medium body with a frothy light feel from the carbonation. Finishes with a soft drying. Touch watery thin most of the time.
D: This was actually an okay Porter with decent roast malt flavors. A little lackluster with the chocolate and hits a bit watered down but still satisfying. Did not pick up on any major flaws or signs of infection as others have. Hmm maybe they have tweaked the recipe or picked up on QC at Bayhawk?
For the price I would grab again.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 23:18:03 | More by Nugganooch
3.09/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance - Pours dark and near black in color with cola brown edging. Head maxes at about half a finger and fizzes out within seconds, leaving a barren surface outside a few random bubble clusters. Lacing is small and spotty, with virtually zero stick.
Smell - Notes of earth, slightly smokey and a subtle chocolate undertone.
Taste - Big notes of earth and an acrid bite. Smokey undertone. Stale coffee and baker's chocolate. Metallic twang in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Low carbonation; a bit flat. Watery on the finish.
Overall - Hmm... not a big fan. Even as a Baltic porter, the flavor comes across as too stale, and the mouthfeel too flat. I'll have no problem finishing this bomber, but ultimately I wouldn't care to have this again.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 21:54:03 | More by TheSixthRing
3/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a modest tan head, which retains only slightly, and scattered patchy lacing.
Aroma: Moderate aromas of milk chocolate and cold coffee. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma.
Taste: Opens with moderate notes of cocoa and coffee. As the taste progresses, the cocoa and coffee intensify a bit. The high ABV remains undetectable. Finishes with a lingering, mild note of bitter cocoa.
Mouth feel: A bit thin, with mild carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: A decent, though unremarkable example of the style.
Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 17:23:05 | More by Pegasus
Chocolate Porter from Bayhawk Ales
66 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.