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Chocolate Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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:
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 added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003)
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Photo of raverjames
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

raverjames, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Metalmonk, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

mralphabet, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice chocolate brown. Big dark creamy head. Little retention. Faint lacing.

Nose is all about bittersweet chocolate. Picking up a little roasted malt but not much else.

Hits sweet and stays sweet. A little too sweet for my taste. Mouth is nice and chewy, though. Lot of malt body in this beer.

One and done on this one.

beer2day, May 02, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

jwc215, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep black with brown head that fades leaving light lace; quite attractive

s: chocolate; some bitter nibs; cocoa powder; tobacco;

t: amazingly chocolatey; like hersheys chocolate syrup; light dry malts but other than that just like chocolate syrup in terms of beer

m: smooth with light carb and light cloy; medium body

d: very chocolatey; a great desert beer but not one that you could really drink in any substantial way

hoegaardenhero, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Riverwarrior, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

droomyster, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

jsp2, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

auxiliary, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

IBUnit63, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Redwood21, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

avalon07, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

ocelot2500, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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

blackie, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

CrellMoset, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Proteus93, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of edmedina
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

edmedina, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

davidt, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

FenwaySquid, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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

brentk56, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 12, 2007
Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.