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Chocolate Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
83
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
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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zaphodchak

Virginia

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-17-2011 00:52:48 | More by zaphodchak
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 00:40:17 | More by auxiliary
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droomyster

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 03:16:56 | More by droomyster
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 03:24:34 | More by mralphabet
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Shilt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2011 22:46:08 | More by Shilt
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-12-2013 22:04:02 | More by Sonofalime
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 07:19:09 | More by arguemaniac
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, a translucent brown at the edges, with a large tan head that ultimately disappears. Smell starts clean with slight chocolate overtones. As the beer warms, a buttery odor (like Dominion Lager) kicks in. Taste is crispy up front, bitter cocoa, and some bittering hops. The cocoa flavor lingers for a bit too. The mouthfeel is thin for a porter. Easy to drink. Acceptable desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 23:55:42 | More by pentathlete
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.48/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 04:41:26 | More by Redwood21
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3Hops

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

08-02-2012 00:34:44 | More by 3Hops
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:22:30 | More by hoegaardenhero
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 02:21:15 | More by LuckySevens82
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joegard

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-08-2014 20:03:02 | More by joegard
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 03:54:43 | More by CharlieMopps
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 04:58:30 | More by FenwaySquid
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 00:34:41 | More by gpcollen1
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, no light passes through. The head keeps growing. As soon as I started to remove the cap foam started spilling out of the bottle and quickly filled two glasses.

The scent was very dark like heavily roasted malt and dark chocolate. There was also a faint scent of wood.

The taste was dark chocolate and a slight sour note. I always expect milk chocolate to come out of chocolate beers but keep getting reminded that CHOCOLATE is much darker than that. Not much else to pick out other than dark chocolate and rich, heavy malt character.

Feel was smooth and creamy as a result of the foam that develops. In the back the feel was a little less creamy and a bit dryer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 06:56:51 | More by Doppelbockulus
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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-29-2012 00:31:45 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 18:24:04 | More by tattooedtolley
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 02:45:55 | More by Px2GrafX
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raverjames

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 04:02:43 | More by raverjames
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nriech

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 16:52:57 | More by nriech
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 23:33:44 | More by Riverwarrior
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byrd

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was quite a disappointment. It just proves the point that appearances can be deceiving... Pours with a huge brown head that has quite a cascading effect for a non-nitro can brew. The head becomes rather rocky, and eventually turns into a sparce lace that lingers for the duration. Almost solid black in color. Not much at all can be seen through this one. Great looking brew, but it begins to fall apart as soon as I attempt to take in the aroma. Unfortunately, there's not much aroma there at all. Slight chocolate notes, but it's so faint, it's tough to tell. The mouthfeel is medium. Nothing to complain about, but noting to write home about either. The flavor profile is probably just about as one-dimensional as any beer I've ever had. Start to finish is almost completely overtaken by the chocolate notes that at the same time seem far too buttery. The chocolate also seem rather artificial, making me think that some sort of cheap chocolate flavoring (way too much of it for that matter) was just haphazardly tossed into rather bland porter in attempt to save it. After a few sips, the chocolate flavoring becomes quite cloying. There is a slight roastedness towards the end of the swallow that makes you think that this is, indeed, a porter... it's fleeting though so pay attention or you'll miss it. I've typically been rather pleased with Legend brews. Not this time. I bought 2 bottles of this. I'm not sure what I'll do with the second. Hopefully this was just a bad bottle, and the second will show a marked improvement.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 05:00:07 | More by byrd
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glf60

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-27-2014 22:01:58 | More by glf60
Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.