Chocolate Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 98
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003

Porter by standard description is a rich, sweet ale that is not easily seen through. Porter by Legend standards exceeds these parameters slightly. Legend Chocolate Porter takes on a new level of Porterness. We were generous in our additions of dark malts for this brew. These include Caramel and Chocolate malts, as well as our standard “Porter malts”. The addition of natural cocoa extract at filtering time gives this brew a strong choco-nose and a deep lingering Wonkaesque finish. German Tettenang hops are used for a clean balancing bitterness. Expect a dark black beer with a rich and sweet aromatic presence. The flavor is of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and more dark chocolate.
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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 98
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = I didn't detect a lot in the nose other than some cocoa powder and a little malt sweetness.

T = Wow! The taste definitely took center stage on this one. A big cocoa powder flavor upfront with a little roasted malts near the end. The finish was a very nice semi-sweet roasted cocoa flavor that lingered. Only a hint of hop bitterness, which was more like a quality coffee bitterness.

MF = Body was medium and carbonation was between low and moderate. Finished a little dry, but very creamy.

Overall, this was a real winner for me. I passed on this one last year, but I'm stocking up after tasting this little gem. Legend has done an outstanding job. (656 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color with a nice tan head that didn't stick around. No lace on this, but it looked real good when i poured it.

smell - Toasted malts and some chocolate. It does come all the way through, but you can pick it out.

taste - I would say it taste just like semisweet dark chocolate. Some toasted malts, but pretty much all chocolate.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I will say when it says chocolate, its chocolate. Most beers I try do not have much of a chocolate taste, but more of a cocoa taste, this was pretty good. (549 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass the liquid id Black, with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is as advertised, COCOA, & Mocha.

The taste follow, This is a nice big bottle of chocolate mocha porter and quite pleasent to drink to.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is also very good. I will be buying more and even trading a few out to some good friends. Prosit MK (472 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily, opaque black with deep copper highlights. The creamy brown head features fair retention and leaves a generous, sprawling lace. Massive cocoa aroma with a little toffee and caramel too. Huge cocoa character in the flavor as well, but there is also roasted coffee bitterness, subtle caramel, and some burnt fruit character. While the brew’s maltiness overwhelms any hop bite, the bitterness of the burnt/cocoa flavors establish a decent balance. Extra creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps the best porter I’ve ever had, it certainly has the most robust cocoa flavor I’ve ever encountered in this style of beer. An exceptional beer from a consistently outstanding brewery. Highly, highly recommended. (734 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: The chocolate hits your nose the second it leaves the bottle, then you get some of the roasted malt and coffee.

T: A tasty combination of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee. Not as sweet and cloying as you might think.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made beer. The chocolate adds a good dimension to it. (565 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Wonderfully deep dark and brown... almost black. Just a little head, tan colored, leaving a little ring throughout. Little to no lacing.

A: Dark chocolate, straight up.

T: Smell and taste are dead on....Dark chocolate right in your face... there is a sweetness there but a chocolate bitterness following right after. The bitterness in the aftertaste overpowers the sweetness at the start. The is also a great deal of coffee running throughout. The slight bitterness lingers nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied. Creamy yet crisp. The carbonation was pretty lively, I think this adds to the crispness. Exciting yet smooth.

D: It is not a session beer by any means.... enjoy over a period of time... it gets better as it warms... Take you time and enjoy the ride.

I look forward the this brew Thanksgiving... a must have for the holidays. (867 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque as all hell, black as night. I gave it a virgorous pour, so the head bubbled up nicely, though it faded quickly. Not as much lacing as I would've liked.

Smell: Toasted character of the malts, dark, bitter chocolate, slight bitter coffee, and a subtle sense of lingering hops. I was hoping for more cocoa, but alas it's still pretty good.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with some dark chocolate, and, ah, now the cocoa, which makes is presence known quite well without being overdone or cloying. The balance of hops is really done quite well, as it's enough to calm down the malts, but at the finish the malty sweetness sits on the tongue, melding fantastically with the hops for a pleasant residual balance.

Mouthfeel: Due to what I think is the cocoa, maybe, the mouthfeel seems to be a bit chalky, but oddly enough it's fitting for my palate, and I think fitting for the beer. Medium body, slightly creamy. A bit odd, though welcoming to me, for a porter I think.

Drinkability: I heard Legend got a new brewmaster, and that may make sense, because the last few brews I've had have been very very good. Maybe it depends on the freshness too? Not sure, but either way this is good stuff, so if you're a porter fan and you can snag this in the area it's well worth checking out. (1,345 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts a bit of coffee

Taste – Chocolate and roasted malty goodness with some hops to even it all out. Fairly sweet up front with a bit of bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not quite as solid as I expected which makes the beer much easier to finish.

Drinkability: Not super thick so this bomber went donw with ease and left me wanting another.

Overall I like this beer very much. It is made in the capital city of my state and right down the road form a good friend of mine. I would never turn one of these down. (611 characters)

Photo of emillner
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank a 23 oz. bottle given to me by a Stout-loving friend. Pours a dark black with a reasonable head that dissipates quickly. A little sweet up front with a nice chocolaty bitter bite at the end. The smoke and chocolate flavors are subdued. The mouthfeel is a little thin and the flavor, while good, is not outstanding. What is outstanding is the drinkability. This is a great session beer. A nice flavor that goes down easy and stays interesting. (448 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch of light brown head. Head recedes immediately leaving minimal to no lacing.

S: Nose is chocoalte, toffee and a healthy dose of hazelnut.

T: Taste - taste completely like a Skor bar in liquid form!! Chocolate at the forefront that blends nicely in to toffee. These two flavors hold through as a touch of nuttiness comes in. The flavors come in seperately but meld together in the finish with almost a peanut butter aftertaste in the finish. Delish!

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice variation of the style. This isn't a typical beer - you could have this as dessert! Seriously reminded me of a Skor bar... (793 characters)

Photo of nriech
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark brown, almost completely opaque. Little head quickly dissapating.

Smell: Dark fruits. raisins and prunes, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Much better this year than last. The chocolate is immediately apparent and very nice. Better than Youngs I would say. A little malty, really no hops. Kind of a fresher chocolate taste that blends well with the beer. The taste stays with you for a while and is really nice. Almost buttery. No alcohol presence detected.

Drinkability: Very good. I could really drink this all the time and would if it were available. Not too thick, and shouldnt be since its not a stout. Good representation of the style. Will drink anytime. (691 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

per the label, flavored with natural cocoa

a: pours an attractive 2-finger mocha head, above average retention, the beer is nearly black in color

s: a big dose of black cocoa and semisweet baker's chocolate over a moderately sweet malt body, much like a thick dark chocolate brownie, mostly smooth chocolate roasts but with some earthy dried coffee grounds, rich cocoa is by far the dominant aroma but without the heavy sweetness and thanks to the bitter nature it's not too much, moderate earthy hops, nice

m: carbonation on the light side of medium and delicate, medium-full body, cleans up well with just a little stickiness on the tongue

t: starts with semisweet chocolate, dusty cocoa, and various dark malts, moderate sweetness, turning drier and astringent soon after the swallow with some medium roast coffee, moderate bitterness cleans up the finish, puts chocolate at the front without overstepping good taste

d: surprisingly easy, but anything involving chocolate is likely limited to one serving

I'd been losing confidence in Legend and, contrary to my fears, this is much better than the standard porter, a very enjoyable beer

bomber from The Caboose, Ashland, VA (1,183 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the White Dog in Richmond, VA over Thanksgiving break. We don't get there too much but it's good to see the place and they remember us from sheeeit...7 years ago? Anyway...

Solid, espresso-dark body topped with a pretty thin ginger-maple head - I'm cheap when it comes to draft - I'll sacrifice head for an honest pour, so I got no beef here.

The chocolate is great on the nose - a blend of milk and dark chocolate with ample roasted chocolate malt tones. Minimal hops and even a little cream in here.

Taste brings about no surprises from the nose - what you smell is what you get - good chocolate quotient with a little milk and mild hop grass.

This one drinks like velvety cream. Finish is very soft with good chocolate and roasted chocolate malt tones...maybe a tinge of butter (diacetyl (?)) in there but nothing offensive...

Sip this one softly and enjoy it. Used to be a standard at the Hill Cafe up on Church Hill back in the day if memory serves me right. Good to see this one back on tap. Fine local concoction. (1,035 characters)

Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An extremely dark almost pitch black beer, given the slow speed of the bubbles rising to the top this beer appears to have some serious body, the head is thick and creamy and with some staying power - 4.25, S: The cocoa mentioned on the label dominates the nose, the chocolate reminds me of a powered chocolate milk mix with no disrespect intended, other aromas include some charred grains, plums and possibly some cherry - 4.25, T: Like the nose - chocolate is the dominate taste, it reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry, a hint of coffee also makes an appearance - 4.00, M: Quick thick mouth-feel with a degree of creaminess - 4.25, D: Porter is not generally my style but this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer, kudos to Legend for this nice representation - 4.00 (778 characters)

Photo of raverjames
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 release.
A: Black, dark, with a 2 finger light head.
S: A bit of cocoa. Not much roast. Lots of caramel malts.
T: Hershey cocoa, milk chocolate, and caramel.
M: A little sweet but not very thick. Good carbonation.
D: Great drinkability due to lower alcohol content and less viscous body. (292 characters)

Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours dark black into a pint glass with a creamy light brown foam that holds up well.

Smells intensely of chocolate with a little bit of background fruit and a hint of alcohol, a little earthy.

Tastes of fruity chocolate, followed by maltiness and a dry bitterness with a lovely aftertaste. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and there is an acidic component to the fruitiness that blends with the cocoa into an interesting flavor like a raspberry truffle or something. Pretty wild.

Rich and somewhat carbonated, this one kind of lacks the sweetness of some dessert beers perhaps, but makes up for it with character. I think they snuck some raspberries in here or something. The malts get lost a little behind the cocoa and raspberry fruitiness. Some might say more sweetness could do more for this combination of flavors but personally I think it's fine. (871 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown, almost black but not quite. The head formed a decent 1-2 fingers thick, creamy tan, fading relatively quickly into a thin layyer with some lacing.

Aroma: Dark chololate.

Taste: Dark chocolate to start, slightly sweet at first but turning more bitter in the middle. the finish is a mix of dark chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter and lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, fairly crisp. The carbonation was lively, and fit nicely.

Overall: I found this to be quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try if you like chocolatey beers. (686 characters)

Photo of altctrlsdelete
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid brew, nothing overly complex, but still quite enjoyable and flavorful. Pours a light-swallowing black, as dark as Storm King or Brooklyn BCS, with a smallish mocha colored head that doesn't stay around too long. A smell of burnt chocolate emanates from the glass, and taste follows suit. Malty and chocolatey with a nice, thick mouthfeel. More of everything and this beer would be extremely special; as it stands, I wouldn't turn it down, and could probably make a session of it. I'm proud to share a hometown with this brew. I know price shouldn't factor into a review, but If you want a beer with "Chocolate" in its name, you're a hell of a lot better off dropping the $3.75 for this than you are the $15 for a certain other specialty beer. (750 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber
Pours a deep brown with slightly translucent edges. Head is thick, tan and short-lived. Lacing, however, is quite nice. A neat tan collar surrounds the liquid in the glass.
Smell is chocolate, slightly buttery, and just a bit acidic. Slight hop aroma, and a bit musty.
Taste is a bit bitter, but not so much from the hops as it is bitter chocolate. A slight bit buttery, some caramel, and there's still that nagging bit of acidity that I'm not really liking so much, but that's more of a mouthfeel issue. A pretty decent flavor profile for a porter, slightly roasty... Chocolate aftertaste is nice as well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and is kind of overwhelmed by the afformentioned acidity.
That being said, this is still a good beer. I would definitely be able to have more than one in a session. (814 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a nice tan head that eventually declines to a ringlet but leaves splashy dots of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Dark chocolate aromatics with an odd charcoal aspect

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor up front that persists throughout the drinking experience; after the swallow, there is a bit of roasted coffee bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Like a melted chocolate bar on the tongue (490 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this "bomber" back for me from Virginia!

Pours black (very dark brown when held to the light) with a rich brown head that is foamy and slowly descends. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate/cocoa powder - plenty of it with a roasted smokiness.

The taste is of cocoa/chocolate - more bitter than sweet - like baker's chocolate. There is a roast character that gives it a smoky character as well. Bitterish cocoa repeats.

It has a silky medium body.

The first half drank well, though the second became chocolate/cocoa and roasty/smoky to the point that although enjoyable, it slowed a bit. The roast/smoke gives it a unique touch, and the bitterish chocolate is certainly prominent. (734 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on a whim... and poured it into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, with a really nice, silky head that looked like the center of a "Three Musketeer" bar.

S: Lots of chocolate on this one. Not necessarily cocoa, but more of the "Nestle's Quick" variety. It's so potent that it almost smells like it's in powdered form.

T: I got a slight bitter kick on the end to represent the char in the porter, but not enough to my mind. I did appreciate the savoriness of the chocolate though. This is a dessert through and through, and the decision to make this a porter was a great decision indeed; I've always thought the transparency of the style lends itself much more to these novelty-style brews than stouts (or any other styles). I got a bit of a "milky" quality after a few sips as well.

M: Creamy and rich, without being too. Actually, the carbonation level was perfect and the lacing minimal.

O: I've tried some damn fine beers from Legend in the past year, and this one certainly continues that trend. (1,030 characters)

Photo of edmedina
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet, you can really smell the cocoa in there.
Appearance. very dark, opaque. the head is brown and creamy. I would honestly say reminds me of a Guiness.
Flavor: Ever have some bakers chocolate by itself? That's what this tastes like. It's bitter and sweet. I get hints of roasted malt in there. I get another taste that I am not sure what it could be, molasses maybe?
Mouth feel: Low carbonation. Has some creamy tendencies there. I do almost get a alcoholy after taste but not over powering.
Overall impression: Wow, this is a pleasant surprise really. I wasn't sure what to expect. I like this one simply because it is a nice sipper. Legends has had several beers that are very much surprising and this would be one of them. (738 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into pint glass at brewery.

poured a dark brown, borderline black with a small dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing behind.

milk chocolate is pretty much the only thing on the nose and roasted malts compliments on the tounge. not a very complex brew...

light in body with maybe too much carbonation.

it's a good casual drinker, almost sessionable. (393 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. A totally dense dark color with no light getting through. Small dark tan head, poor retention and no lacing.

I poured it cold and the cold aroma is heavy duty milk chocolate. Very nice. As the beer warmed, subsequent pours yielded more roasted malts and a little vanilla.

Taste was similar to aroma. It was milk chocolate all the way at first. A little harsh and overpowering. When warmed up, the maltiness balanced the chocolate better and hints of vanilla and coffee appeared. This beer is much better a bit warm.

Mouthfeel smoothed out the longer I drank. Goes down nice and easy after a bit of harshness when cold.

Drinkability is ok. I can't do a lot of chocolate in my beer. This was fairly good, but I would rather have a Legend Barleywine or a fresher version of the 2009 Oktoberfest (841 characters)

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Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.