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Chocolate Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 63 | Hads: 99
Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, fine tan head.

Smell: Butter-cocoa aroma. Ugh, not another Legend Butter Bomb.

Taste: The extreme butter taste reigns over the chocolate. There's some sweetness, even some roast hiding in there, but the HIGH amount of diacetyl spoils it. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Legend, oh Legend, won't you ever escape the diacetyl problem?

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Photo of Kegatron
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 2+ fingers of rich chocolate brown head. This doesn't stick around much at all, leaving just some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up cocoa powder in the nostrils, with some underlying notes of roast, coffee, and some floral character. Kind of one dimensional.

The taste is once again very rich with that creamy chocolate and cocoa powder mix, with coffee mixing in to give this some light mocha accents. Dry roast and some spicy hop bitterness round out the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair bit of sharpness to the carbonation but there is also an underlying chalkiness to the body that is a little off-putting.

Well there was no shortage of chocolate in this Porter but this just came off as too pervasive and artificial tasting to really get fully behind it. Not one of Legend's better efforts here I'm afraid.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown decent sized caramel tan head leaves minimal lacing as it dwindles. Aroma: Mix of caramel, chocolate, and a touch of rich peanut butter with a coffee edge. Taste: Tart in the forefron with coffee notes and dark chocolate hints pretty sweet but a tart offness in the finish makes me wonder how this classifies as a chocolate porter. Mouthfeel: Medium body decent carbonation, nice brew. Drinkability: Not bad lacks true chocolate presence and I notice some flaws like the arbitrary tart character.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light fruit. Tastes of both sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate.

t - Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and bakers chocolate. Tastes a little too sweet to me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice chocolate porter but the taste was a bit too sweet for me. Would have again but it can be a bit tough to get through a full pint.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Opened the bottle to find a gushing chocolate foam spilling out. I managed to get it in a glass where it continued to foam for a while. I've never actually seen a beer increase in head after it's been in the glass for a few minutes but somehow this one kept rising and I had to keep sipping to prevent a spill.

When the foam started turning into beer it was a dark brown, almost black in color. Very nice head retention through drinking it though.

The aroma has a bit of a cocoa and milk chocolaty flavor to it overall. It seems to have more of a buttery and fruity, apple like flavor to it that seems to overpower the chocolate for me though unfortunately. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting at all in a chocolate porter.

The taste shows some sweeter cocoa flavor to it with more of a milk chocolaty flavor to it overall. It seems to have a bit of a buttery, almost fruity or apple like flavor to it in the finish that I wasn't expecting at all.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Carbonation definitely feels too high for the style. Drinkability isn't bad, but it's probably average at best for the style. The buttery, fruity, apple like flavors I got just didn't fit with the chocolate and the high carbonation didn't help either. Not a bad beer but not a great one either. Just not one of my favorites from Legend.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, immediate punch of cocoa powder aroma hits as you pop the cap. This will be my first Legend beer.

Pours out like smooth chocolate milk, little carbonation and a quickly fading frothy deep tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, very artificial and one dimensional. Flavor isn't as sweet as expected, but it still isn't good, very little presence from whatever the base porter was, primarily a slightly bitter powdery flavor. Seriously, I feel like I need to stir this to mix it better. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Doesn't seem very well made, plenty of other porters that have a nice chocolate character (whether or not chocolate was directly added) to drink this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a mug with a blackish body and a two-finger tan head that was a little rocky and left a lace ring around the mug. The chocolate and roasted malts seem a little subdued. and there seem to be hints of caramel and butter along with minor hops. Smooth and creamy, cocoa and roasted malt (maybe a coffee bean or two got in there) with a fuller-body that is thick, a tad syrupy, fluffy and bready. Don't know if they used bitter or sweet chocolate; I am a sweets fan and this was more of a sharp, drying bitter chocolate taste. Not bad, not my preference though. At less than 6% ABV I was little surprised at the really dry, tad alcohol burn on the backend. A good beer but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, baaart

appearance: boring design, poured into tyranena pint...very dark body, creamy mocha foam with light retention.

smell: cocoa powder, tobacco - kind of an unusual aroma. dry and smoky

taste: not a great porter - wish it were a lot creamier. cocoa powder, leather, tobacco, caramel. Theres some nice flavor in there somewhere but this one misses the mark.

mouthfeel: kind of a spicy dry finish

drinkability: eh

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a big billowy tan head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell- The aroma is quite heavy of roasted malt and a semi sweet chocolate smell. Mixed with these aromas are some sweeter caramel and vanilla aromas as well as the lightest touch of a nutty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and cocoa flavor. As the flavor moves on it sweetens more as flavors of a caramel sweetness and vanilla enter the taste. These bring a more milk chocolate like flavor to the tongue. Toward the end however, the chocolate flavors of the brew grow even stronger bringing back a more cocoa and less milk chocolate flavor to the tongue. In the end, with a light hop flavor of a earthy nature and a light nutty flavor coming to the tongue, a lightly bittered semi-sweet chocolate flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is slightly on the lower side. The lower carbonation accentuates the dark roasted flavors as well as the chocolate flavors rather nicely, although a slightly thicker body may have enhanced these even more.

Overall- A rather tasty and sweeter chocolate porter. While not the most potent or flavorful overall it is rather easy to drink and quite satisfying. Not bad.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with moderate tan head. It smelled like semi-sweet chocolate with dry roasted coffee and some earthy barley and cocoa powder. It tasted like cocoa powder with some roasted coffee and burnt barley and copper hops. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly simple beer, but still had a nice enough taste and good body. It was very easy to drink, although not too exciting. Somewhat reminiscent of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock, although a lot less expensive. Curious if a bit of age would help this? (It did for the Choc Bock.)

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. I think this is from early 2010, but I'm not sure.

3.0 A: Looks like this has become severly overcarbonated. Not a gusher, but I only got about a half inch of liquid on the first pour with a big frothy head filling the rest. Several pours and more than several minutes later, I finally got a full glass. Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head with decent retention, but not much lacing.

3.0 S: Aroma is weaker than I prefer. Dry and "dusty" overall, but there is some caramel in there. The cacoa is there, but doesn't contribute a whole lot though it gains some strength as the beer warms. A light cidery component as well.

3.5 T: The taste is better than the nose. The cocoa comes through much stronger in the nose and it works well with the base beer. The underlying porter is musky, dusty, but not as dry as the nose. Caramel sweetness brings about some good balance with the roasty and char flavors. Again, there is a light cidery component.

3.0 M: I would have given this a 3.5 if it wasn't so overlycarbonated. I did swirl it down to an acceptable level, but that isn't something I should be required to do. Lighter medium body. Decently creamy for how light the body is. Would be smoother with appropriate carbonation.

3.0 D: This wasn't too bad, but it's not something I would buy. The taste was alright, but the cider component hints that the brewery isn't very consistent. The carbonation was a pain in the ass to deal with, but if the beer was better, I could have dealt with it.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date is evident. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Nearly black with extra-thick, big-bubbled mocha head which has good retention but leaves only a few spots of lace.

S: Very light with mild cocoa, herbal hops, and black coffee but a tartness that overrides most other aromas

T: Significant dark chocolate flavors with a lot of bitterness. Roasted malts are in there too and it's finished with some herbal hops. Tartness of a good brown ale or porter is there too. There is some mild butteriness that doesn't really belong.

M: Medium body with very dry, somewhat chalky finish. Aftertaste is cocoa and balck coffee.

D: A decent brew although there isn't much smoothness to suggest it for another try anytime soon. Their regular porter is a little better. Several of their other brews are more enjoyable, but htis one is worth a try.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Toasted-marshmallow brown/tan head on top of a chocolaty dark-brown, which might as well be called flat old black. Some lacing, although not much stick, and it disappears pretty quickly. That gorgeous head sticks around a good while (addendum: the whole time!).

Expecting a whole lotta roast (it's a porter!) and chocolate in the nose, I got something a little different. It's not the richest chocolate smell, it's almost like white chocolate, which is tough to describe but easy to detect. Quite sweet, a little graham cracker, and damn, can't get that white-chocolate comparison out of my head (or my nose). I like it, but boy, it's unusual. Can't say I've ever smelled a beer like it.

Cocoa/chocolate is quite strong in the flavor. It mingles well with the burnt/roast malt, and you get a porter that is neither overly sweet nor overly roasty. Hops do their part in offsetting the sweetness and there's a cool undertow of grape juice. Burnt chocolate in the finish, emphasis on the "burnt." Finish takes on a kind of plastic-y essence after awhile too.

Has much less body than expected, considering the style and the whole chocolate thing, but that's not to say it's watery. Just on the thinner side, very slick, and very buoyant. Not very sticky either, which is good, as that would've probably kept the burnt finish rolling a little to long.

I like trying a new Legend beer now and then, they seem to offer something a little different with each attempt, yet they're not so innovative or downright amazing to compete with the U.S. craft giants. This isn't mindblowing, but as with all their other stuff, this chocolate porter is certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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...

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ proteus93 - thanks! My portion poured into a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a black body w/ only hints of transparency around the periphery, a nice creamy, chocolate-colored one-finger head with average retention, and a few eruptions of lacing. A nice start.

Aroma: Spritzy and crisp, but largely neutral. There's some faint toasted malts that approach chocolate, but the chocolate doesn't come through here much at all. It's almost like essence of chocolate, really ... maybe, um, cocoa nibs, haha, but just not too chocolatey chocolatey.

Taste: Hershey's dark chocolate, semisweet, perhaps. A few other notes, too - some toasty breadiness, a few faint hop notes. But this one's mostly about the chocolate, and though it's definitely chocolatey, it's not an amazing, out-of-this-world chocolatey. More like a baker's baking square chocolate, as Sean notes.

Mouthfeel: Big-bubbled but even, a little spritzy, more towards the thick side, and though the carbonation deadens the impact of that a little, it also intensifies a lot of the unpleasant notes that are always associated with cocoa-nibbed beers. Less carbonation less time.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, and definitely worth a try. I've seen incorporations of actual chocolate go far, far worse. Alcohol is reasonable and entirely absent from the profile, and there are some good things here.

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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Black with purple magenta highlights. Large and frothy and dense cappuccino colored head. VEry creamy and smooth looking.

Aroma is really chocolatey. Smells just like hot chocolate, except cold. One weird aroma I detect is almost like a piece of steak or beef jerky. Certainly doesnt deter me but makes this one interesting. Fresh cocoa powder.

Cocoa and hazelnut in the flavor profile. I actually taste a little more of a nutty flavor than the chocolate. Big cocoa in the aftertaste.

Becomes less drinkable as the beer warms. A bit thin on the palate. Interesting to say the least. Some weird nutty, beefy, cocoa flavors going on but they all seem to work.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark pour with a great, creamy head... leaves behind plenty of stringy lace.

S: Soft malts, bakers chocolate. Not a whole lot of complexity, but decent.

T: The chocolate flavour is there, but it seems a little economy... like picking up the semi-sweet baking chocolate from the grocery store. Not offensive, but not fine or delicate by any means.

M + D: I would almost expect a little creamier, but got a bit overcarbonated and light. Has potential, and some balance is there, but not something I could see myself actively seeking out.

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Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.