Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Chocolate Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

63 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 63 | Hads: 99
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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 SaCkErZ9
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.

 709 characters

Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When they named this guy a chocolate porter they we're joking. Cocoa leaps out of the bottle from the moment you pop the top. Perhaps a better name would have "Chocolate Fever." Pours a beautiful dark brown with a big, frothy, mocha head. Smells like chocolate soy milk, with a charred bitterness in the background. Taste is good but lacking in dimensions. The cocoa, chocolate nibs and burnt wood come through loud and clear -- I do like it but I wish that there was more to it. Body is well-crafted but could be fuller. A good beer but a bit too literal about its chocolatiness.

 580 characters

Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Redwood21
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: i love the ink black color and brown tan head on this beer

S: ok this is the downfall. overly chocolaty. almost like burnt hot chocolate, its overpowering and in your face. makes it hard to drink.

T: when colder its less aggressive. which i like better, for this beer. it is definitely a smack of chocolate and as it warms you get more and more of it. this would not be so bad if it was not so overpowering. i think if it was dialed back a bit it would be very manageable but as it stands its too thick on that regard. its still not bad and i see where its going but its not my favorite, i like a chocolate beer with a hint, not a face punch.

M/D: ok so the aroma makes it harder to drink. this is not at all a drain poor or anything but with a little tweaking this could be an amazing brew

 797 characters

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.

 565 characters

Photo of ocelot2500
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black brown with a 1 and a 1/2 finger mocha head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells like baker's chocolate and coffee.

Taste follows the nose. Starts with a semi-sweet chocolate taste that leads into a roasted coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not a lot of carbonation which is to be expected.

Drinkability in a session is low since it is a pretty heavy beer. But I would have no problem making this a go to porter.

 457 characters

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.

 708 characters

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

 1,183 characters

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.

 1,398 characters

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.

 549 characters

Photo of edmedina
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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?

 449 characters

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

Pours pure black with thick dark beige head that drops fast. Aroma is strong cocoa, expresso and some faint raisons. Basically smells like a chocolate cake. The taste is dark chocolate, expresso with a light hop spiceness. No sweetness. Aftertaste leaves you with the flavor of bitter chocolate. Highly carbonated. Okay, but I grew tired of the taste by the end of the glass.

 375 characters

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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

 490 characters

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 gpcollen1
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a wonderful dark chocolate inot my Troubadour tulip yielding a one inch frothy cocoa head. The head quickly subsides with little lace. Aromas of cocoa and light molasses. Even at drinking temp nothing really jumps out of the glass.

Taste hits the tongue running with rivers of light cocoa and dark raw sugars. Quickly moves to an odd mouthfeel with the carbonation kind of fizzing on the tongue and the finish almost sour and astringent. Not much more I can say about this one.

Thought this one would be a winner but it is merely average and odd to an extent. Thanks for the opportunity Phisig137!

 609 characters

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A thick syrupy pour, and jet black body with two fingers of frothy tan head. Decent retention.

S: A somewhat alcoholic and chocolate scent with a dark fruit undertone as well. Some hints of roasted malt.

T: Laidback chocolate flavor, espresso notes. Somewhat malty backbone, but kind of weak in that department it seemed.

M: Generous carbonation to it and a crisp texture, but still, something felt missing when it came to having a full-bodied feel.

D: Easy drinking, but overall the taste didn't quite meet my expectation from the aromas, it was a little deceiving. Who knows, they may end up improving this batch in the future, but until then, you'd be alright going with this one.

 699 characters

Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. with no freshness date - brewed with cocoa. It pours a fairly dark black with a dark beige finger of head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma consists of powdery cocoa (Godiva?) and a nutty quality (confectioner's peanut butter?) with a dash of otherwise sweet malts. On the palate it is dark chocolate and cocoa with tobacco, coffee, dark fruits, and piney/green hops that are overpowered by the malts and cocoa. The body is medium to light, drying, with a medium finish and overall it isn't too bad, but I feel if they tried a chocolate stout it would have been much better as I thought this could have been thicker and richer.

 637 characters

Photo of nriech
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Px2GrafX
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark, dark brown; almost black. light tan head drops quickly, but laces decently. aroma is candied dark fruits. raisins or prunes and of course, chocolate. taste: first off, let me say this one's been sitting in the fridge for a little while. i've had this very fresh and the chocolate flavor was absolutely delicious. however, in this sampling, the chocolate is fairly subdued compared to what i remember. very porter-esque. the chocolate is there, but mostly sweet dark fruits and grapes with a slight touch of alcohol. some lightly bitter coffee. finishes sweet and a little metallic. mouthfeel is a porter light with a little too much carbonation. overall, this isn't a bad beer at all. definitely a decent porter. i think it gets some unjust bad reviews, however, i poured this beer wanting chocolate. didn't get it this time, but i have before. i'll try it again fresh hoping it's as good as i remember.

 909 characters

Photo of warriorsoul
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black in color...over two fingers of tan head with no lacing as it recedes.
Mild aromas...some chocolate, vanilla, and a definite vineous quality.
The taste is not much chocolate...especially for being called a "chocolate" porter and the wine character is more sour as it sits on the pallet. Bitter coffee in the finish with no alcohol detected.
Thin mouthfeel and too much carbonation for my liking.
I am usually very impressed with Legend, but I will not look to come back to this one anytime soon.

 504 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.