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Chief BlackHawk Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

Chief BlackHawk PorterChief BlackHawk Porter

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very good

260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine serviceable porter thanks to jpm30 as a hitchhiker. Black, some light coloured head. No outstanding aroma, drinkable porter taste, mid to a tad thin mouthfeel. Some chocolateness, a bit of coffee grind, appreciate the sessionable ABV so I can have another something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 06:47:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest mahogany that falls within a whisker of complete opacity, but doesn't achieve it because of the bright morning sunshine slanting through my front window. That same sunlight brings out, not so much highlights, as a gorgeous crimson 'inner glow'. Dim bars and pubs are fine, but there's nothing like bright sun to make one marvel at the myriad colors, shades and accents in good beer.

The light brown head has some substance to it, ultimately falls to a thick, humped one finger disk and leaves a nice amount of glass garnish behind. The nose isn't as assertive as it could be and is a roughly equal mix of chocolate and java. There isn't much in the way of hops or any other accessory aromas that would elevate the nose to very good.

The Chief is a good, but not a great porter. The body/mouthfeel helps considerably; it's more full than most beer of this style. It isn't overly creamy, but is on the upper end of medium from start to finish. The flavor profile consists of the usual roasted maltiness with elements of bittersweet chocolate and (less so) black coffee. I didn't appreciate any vanilla or coffee-with-cream flavors that I sometimes find enjoyable. Hops, hidden in the nose, are much more evident on the palate. There's also a sourness that is different, but isn't altogether bad.

Chief Blackhawk Porter is another good one from Tyranena. My 'great porter' requirements are pretty specific though and it doesn't hit enough of them to win my enthusiastic approval. Thanks to Skidz for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 14:03:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,

Overall while not the most complex thing in the world, this does have a lot going for it. Very rich and smooth and very well done

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:50:52 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate with ruby highlights; the tannish head fades rather quickly but leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Coffee, plenty of roast and a bit of licorice

Taste: Coffee and licorice, up front, with a growing bitter chocolate flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter elements tend to dominate but their is an underlying bitter tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice porter indeed; I like the complexity added by the sweet and tart flavors

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:01:34 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Porter with a lot of depth and character, without flirting with Stout proportions or robustness. Starts off with a powerful, yet silky aroma of rich coffee (not quite espresso), bitter-sweet cocoa, and fruity / yeasty esters. Looks decidedly dark brown, nearly opaque, with a mild haze. A thin-standing foam never impressed, but did last as a trace throughout. Great flavors of the coffee intensity, and the cocoa complexity, that were found in the nose, transcribe directly into the taste. Spiced up with bittering and flavoring hops. Plumb, grapes, and apples give the brew a lot of depth and variety. Mild alcohols come through late. The body delivers a nice level of drinkability, despite the intensity of flavor. A mild roasted-grain astringency was detected late, but did little to deter fromt he overall quality. Very nice Porter; well worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 17:46:13 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, beige head.

Smell: A fine, earthy aroma displaying an array of notes: roasted malts, smoke, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and herbs.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness leads to a mild sweetness and a decidedly chocolatey mocha-like flavor. Pinch of anise. Herbal hop flavor with an earthy, spicy bitterness. Lightly roasty finish with a further hint or two of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's definitely tasty. BlackHawk carries us all down a Trail of Beers to a really wonderful place.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 22:03:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Picked up a bottle o' this brew during the aftermath of my DLD trip to Hoosierland. It pours an almost opaque black-brown with more than a finger of light khaki froth on top. The smell is straightforward, but very appealing: molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and maple syrup. It's unidirectional, but effective nonetheless. The taste is very similar, featuring chocolate, molasses, and a bit of mild coffee. The body is a heavy medium, with moderate carbonation and a very slight coating effect. Now, normally, I'd end with something crappily corny, like "All hail the Chief", but not this time...I'm feeling too classy for that sort of thing today. You're welcome.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 04:05:44 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep black body on this porter is almost completely opaque, and it reveals only a few ruby-mahogany highlights when held to the light. It's creamy dark tan head holds fairly well, but it leaves little lacing about the glass. In the nose, however, a deeply-roasted mocha aroma reaches out and grabs you! It's richly roasty like fresh black coffee, with a block of oily, dark milk chocolate slowly melting in the center. The body is medium and smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The flavor delivers a dark, bittersweet chocolate character backed by roastiness. It's not complex, but it's nice; and it's well-balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it and leads to a dry, long lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 22:03:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep, fully black color, with a huge, lush, creamy tan head. Nose is all cocoa and cream, notes of coffee, and bits of bitterness. Lovely.
Bitterness continues through the palate, but mildly. Malt is thick, mouthfeel lush, smooth, relaxed, but still hearty as any porter ought to be.
Well-rounded as can be, this is my idea of a session beer, full of character and flavor, easy to down, but rewarding with flavor.
Good, good stuff, this! It'd earn a permanent place in my fridge, if it only crossed the border into MN.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 19:14:51 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of emerge077


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, a finger of foam rises and settles to a skim. Thin ring of lacing. Aroma is not very strong, slight roasted malt is all I get.

Taste has an earthy roasted malt upfront, that stays and lingers through the finish. I don't pick up any chocolate or sweetness at all. Fairly thin, and balanced for what it is. Slight cereal grain in the finish. It's sessionable, but there are other porters out there worth seeking out first.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 23:12:52 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint! I love beers with historical tie-ins,

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of tan/brown head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, not much else

T: Coffee, baker's chocolate, roasted grain & a bit of vanilla up front. More chocolate & roasted grain as this warms. Finishes dry & roasty with a bit of chocolate

MF: Pretty smooth, low carbonation with medium body & nice balance

A nice sessionable porter going down nicely on a cold, windy December evening

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:12:29 | More by russpowell
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric for this one.

Screw top really?

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over dark midnight black beer with no light coming through.

Nose adds creamy porter, light sweet malts, toasty malts, caramel, hint chocolate, aromatic malty aroma, hint of biscuit, and some lactose sugar.

Taste starts slight sweet malts but mostly dry, trial typical porter flavors but light feeling. Hint of bakers chocolate, caramel, biscuit and toasty malts, wants to get syrupy but doesn't quite. Then hops, a light earthy and spicy hop come through with a decent bitterness. A very light yeast flavor. In the background I get a hint if roasted malts and light acrid burnt flavor subsequently. Finish is dry still, a slight metallic mineral adrift burnt flavor lingering, more chocolate and roast, light syrupy malt. A hint more cocoa late.

Mouth is med to slightly richer bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, interesting porter, somewhat drinkable, a slight burnt acrid flavor, nice malts, hops come through nicely,

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:14:22 | More by jlindros
Photo of jwc215


3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a tan head that soon becomes patchy. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, chicory. Pretty robust!

The taste is of deep roasted coffee, charcoal, chicory, hint of anise and some chocolate. Roasted finish.

Medium body with lingering roast and touch of alcohol.

Overall, it's a nice, roasty, fairly robust, porter!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:59:42 | More by jwc215
Photo of akorsak


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerbeagle for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is black, a color that resembles Hershey's chocolate syrup. A small head on pour never amounted to much, just a thin pool atop the beer.

S: The porter has a big nose, deep and layered. Coffee notes come first, bold and bitter. They are followed by bitter chocolate and lactic sweetness.

T: Coffee is strong in this one. Sweet java notes are rich, mildly bitter, with a lactic sugar sweetness. Chocolate and smoke follw the coffee and add to the depth of dark flavors. An ale that took me by surprise.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter and roasted with the coffee and lactic elements steering the entire drink.

D: The moderate alcohol level coupled with strong coffee presence really ups the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 02:10:05 | More by akorsak
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, very nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tannish head, with some nice thick sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty big time, nice tones of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first then the big malt flavor arrives, with some toffee/coffee/caramel tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:17:08 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the barely translucent dark mahogany brew. Laced well. Aroma is lightly of dark malts. Taste is sweetly of choclate malts, with hardly any coffee bitterness noticeable. Also a slight tart component which adds a crispness to the brew. Mouthfeel is good, although I'd expect a bit more heartiness from a porter, but I have to admit this is very pleasing over the tongue. Drinkability is high, and wouldn't mind having the opportunity to try a session of these, just to make sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 18:11:58 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with 2 large fingers of mocha colored foam. Retains with a solid creamy 1/2 finger, leaving some big frothy lacing back that sticks. The aroma has plenty of roast and coffee notes, which fills the nostrils. A strong tinge of citric hops mixes with chocolate and caramel character to give this a sweet tangy pop in the nose. Very roasty overall here, with a real burnt toast thing going on.

The taste is very dark in the mouth, with bitter roast, coffee, and hops. Sweeter notes of cocoa, caramel, and citrus gives the profile a chewy balancing nature. Finishes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a bubbly creaminess to the carbonation and then a flatter feeling silkiness underneath that moves that bigger sweetness along. Despite the richness here, this stays very easy and nicely drinkable.

All around solid American Porter here, with a deeply roasted and bitter (but still balanced) character that I really dug. I would get into this one often if it was local to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 13:12:45 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Bighuge


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark shade of ruby. Beautiful creamy brown head that retains nicely. Very nice bittersweet chocolate tones on the nose. This is one great tasting porter. Huge notes of bittersweet chocolate. Great roasted and burnt malt tones. Coffee bean seems present to a small degree. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Very easy drinking porter. This is one of the elite porters in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2002 20:40:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz received in trade from Wasatch.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass while listening to Prodigy Dirt Chamber Sessions.

2 Finger lite brown head looks like the top of a cappuccino .. brew is very dark brown and very clear.. polished walnut.

Smells of dark chocolate and lite brewed coffee.. not much in the way of hops.. but a little background of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is light but very tasty.. roasted malts and dark chocolate.. with just enough nuttiness and coffee.. not getting much in the way of hops with only slight fruity esters.

Viscosity is light.. and very very drinkable.. I like this one alot.. If I had access to it, it would be a goto anytime I wanted a brew with a little darkness in the bite.

Another good brew from a great trader.. Thanks John.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 08:29:54 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a great solid dark, leathery brownish black color with slivers of dark, ruby red highlights. A finger high head was produced of creamy, tannish foam that faded slowly leaving a thin haze on top with slight patchy lace. Smell is quite nice, although its a bit faint, but whats there is a sweetish, coffeeish aroma with some hop notes near the back. Taste is a mild, lightly earthy and deep, slightly burnt roasted malt in flavor with a hint of coffee and cocoa, and is sweetly smooth the whole way through with caramel notes lingering. Nothing really stands out to much in the flavors, its solid mildness is quite nice though with a solid medium, nearly heavy body and has a nice, slightly bittering tangyness, that gets carefully dry in the finish. Leaves a weird cottonmouth effect, which I actually find appealing. Another fine brew by Tyranena!

thanks jeffboo

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 06:15:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with dark brown highlights, completely impenetrable by light. The tan head rises to a finger's height and then settles into a film, leaving behind a ring of lace.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate, very mocha-like.

Taste & mouthfeel: My first impression is that this is pretty chewy for a porter - it drinks a lot more like a dry stout. Coffee and unsweetened chocolate carry over from the nose, along with the overall impression of dryness; there's a touch of sweetness here but it's subtle. The bitter finish lingers on the palate like burnt bread.

Notes: Thanks to Homerbag for this one, it was a great extra.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:04:43 | More by largadeer
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Bottled on 17APR08. Yes. 08. This should be good...

Thanks to the old fart Beerwolf77 for this old beer!

A - A tall, quiet pour reveals the beer is clear despite becoming opaque black in the glass. A small light-tan head comes up right away to drop back down to a thin sheet of foam and a ring with small bits of lacing.

S - A small bit of smoke surrounds the roasted malts quiet nicely. It contains a rich bready feel with a hint of molasses and cocoa. Very good smelling for it's age.

T - Again, despite its age, it's still as robust as ever! Rich and creamy roasted chocolate malts with a wisp of smoke and a dry, bitter finish. No hop flavor here.

M - Initially creamy and smooth with a medium-full body, the carbonation spike to it signals the change to a dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - A very all-around solid beer even with over one and a half years on it. Good drinkability but not excellent. Very enjoyable as an anytime beer even better with a chocolaty desert.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:08:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of ZAP


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

RE-RATE 4-7-04

Nice java like nose but soutish and thin....not very good....perhaps a bad bottle....as they expand their distribution I am finding more and more poor examples of their beers...
A very enjoyable, drinkable porter...black with a puffy tan head that settles to nearly nothing quickly...not much on the nose...some mild dark cocoa and that's about it...the body is on the thin side of medium...very, very creamy and smooth...nice burnt malts and dark bittersweet chocolate...I like the flavor, and I love the creaminess of this...Very good porter that is right up my alley..

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 21:18:01 | More by ZAP
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany that has light showing through only on the edges. There is a small and short-lived beige head that leaves a soapy film on top fed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of sweet dark chocolate malts and lightly roasted coffee. It's not the most powerful nose but it's definitely pleasant and well balanced.

The taste is much like the nose with a sweet chocolate malt backbone with some roasted coffee on top. The taste has a slightly bitter espresso character that lingers on the palate but it's definitely not overly bitter.

The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and on the fuller side of things for the style.

This is a very solid porter - well balanced with good flavors given the relatively low ABV. If you're looking for something exotic or extreme, then no need to try this one, but if you're looking for a solid, sessionable porter, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 04:32:43 | More by gford217
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat brown glass bottle. Neck label is generic in presentation and has a date of ‘15JAN0….something’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Chief BlackHawk Porter’ and has a picture of Indian Dude with a seriously hassled Mohican-like hairstyle. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Chief BlackHawk Porter is a robust black and sharply bittersweet ale. This style was traditionally the session beer consumed by the Porters in London”. No listed strength.

Appearance: After four of the Tyranena beers, the big, thick and creamy brown head that formed was no surprise. Lots of lovely sticky lacing and a nice bubble infested mattress of a head stays around for the duration. A very dark brown body in my poorly lit room at night-time makes for a brew that appears impervious to light. Decent levels of conditioning that have a nitrous look at times when the beer is swirled.

Nose: Sharp black roasted malts, almost acidic (?!) with some tingling bitterness on the nasal hairs when deeply inhaled.

Taste: A mild red-sourness introduces a lot of bittersweet dark roasted malts. Like a cross between a sharp sour stout and a lovely dark roasted Ale. I love the bitterness, Cocoa smoothness twixt aged sourness and the roasted flavors as well as the ensuing acidic sharp kick in the ending that transforms into a nice lingering bitter-sweet roasted skid-mark in the extended finish. Faithful Porter-style traits which are all nicely emulsified into this very quaffable package. I most certainly could manage a few of these before, during and after work that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice medium body but the touch of a slightly sour-acidic feel right at the death tends to lend a thin feeling to the beer a little. Pretty light in the mouth for a Porter, but you will get no complaints from me – because this is reflected in a higher Drinkability. This would indeed make a great Session beer.

Drinkability: The second of the night and a ‘very easy on the gullet beer’ that drinks so well that I went to top up my glass again, even after I remembered I had poured my last dregs from the bottle! It disappeared in double quick time!!

Overall: Another exceptionally tasty and drinkable brew from Tyranena Brewing. These guys are well worth checking out it seems, I have been quietly impresses up to now with their offerings that I have tried.

Chief BumoftheBeach gives free choice of his best Daughters to BigHuge-hewhoneverspeakwithforkedtongue for this one! Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 04:41:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Chief BlackHawk Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.