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Chief BlackHawk Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Chief BlackHawk PorterChief BlackHawk Porter

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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 Wisconsin
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black body that comes with a nice thick foamy head that sticks around for a long time.

S - Roasted coffee, bitterness chocolate and some sweetness that standout.

T - Great flavor with a smooth creamy style. The bitter chocolate and coffee really standout well but are not overwhelming. As the beer gets warmer it is less bitter and much more smooth and creamy.

M - The beer is very smooth and easy to drink throughout. The bitterness is very faint as the beer first hits your mouth and finishes with a nice creamy smooth bite that makes this a great brew.

D - This is a great porter and fairly easy to drink. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Wisconsin, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours dark brown, quite a bit of reddish showing when held to the lights. Looks inviting, though the tan head is fizzy in cola-fashion, quickly receding to an uneven ring and soon thereafter gone completely. Pretty nice-looking.

A bit underwhelming on the nose though. A little bit of cocoa shows through, with a vague sweetness behind. Pretty light. Can't stick my nose too deep inside until the head subsides because of the aforementioned fizziness.

There's plenty of chocolate and light coffee in the tasty flavor. More roasty than I figured - where was it in the aroma? Body is nice and firm too, pretty full - there's more here than I initially thought. Very easy to drink; I'll have another please!

udubdawg, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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

russpowell, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sea Bass for this gem.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with an above average head. Good retention and some nice lace.

S: Nice bold roasted aromas with bitter chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Very similar to the nose. Burnt malt which is a bit sharp on the tongue. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke.

M: Medium in body, a bit sharp.

D: Pretty good, I enjoyed this one.

tpd975, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark, almost opaque brown. Medium tan head stays firm and leaves nice ringing lace.

S- Nutty, roasty with a touch of coffee and chocolate. Nothing powerful but certainly present.

T-Astringent roasted malt, a touch of bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee. A touch of spicy hops in the background. Nicely done, flavourful and easy to enjoy.

M-Medium bodied with a dry finish. Decent lasting bitter flavours of chocolate and coffee with a touch of hop spiciness.

D-A nice, roasty, easy drinking sessionable porter.
Nothing crazy about this one but it is solid enough to enjoy when you just "want a roasty, dark beer".

Deuane, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Porter. Not the best but by all means but not the worst I have ever had. Dark brown to almost black. Very Smooth. From Wisconsin, a great beer. Minnesota should take note. I wish this beer would finish like it started. Very strong upon opening but lacked something at the end. I just don't know what. Doesn't come close to what Bell's offers as far as their Porters. Overall, ok! Not the best from Tyranena. Average from a great Brewery.

schellsbeer, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Black like cola with a fast dissipating head that comes and goes very fizzy like cola as well. I figured for a porter, this would have a creamy look to it; not the case so far. Let's proceed.

S- Nutty, a little roasty from the malt. Just a touch of chocolate is added to make some complexity.

T- It is a little more smoky to the taste, lightly astringent, bitter chocolate, ashy and burnt.

M- Not so slick and creamy as most porters I have had. This one is a little bit oily feeling. Carbonation is quite high for the style too.

D- While I like to think of porters as a moderate session beer in the Fall/Winter months, this one just dont cut it for me. It lacks the creamy smoothness that I admire in porters and is the exact opposite. Just an average offering from a well respected American craft brewer; somewhat of a letdown.

MMAJYK, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Your basic not quite black porter color, minimal mocha head. Minimal burnt coffee aroma.

Taste is a boring burnt bitterness, pure black patent, not much complexity.

Mouthfeel is quite watery to me. Slides down nice, but not very satisfying.

Very drinkable, but just not enough complexity in this porter to get excited about.

Chugmonkey, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Nearly pitch black, just one shade lighter, not a lot of a tan head, but what is there lasts a long time, and a nice creamy lacing adorns the bottle on its way down.
Faint aroma, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.
Medium body, good carbonation, standard porter taste that does not have a lot of depth.
Decent porter; not bad, not great.

brdc, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep dark brown, bordering on black with ruby hues when held to the light. A light tan head forms on top and leaves patches of lacing. Aromas start out with roasted somewhat sweet malts and hints of ground coffee and chocolate. Robust and enticing.

First sip brings a crisp roasted, toasty malt upfront that carries a bit of sweetness. Ground coffee and light chocolate notes move in with caramel accents swirling throughout. The brew flows down with a kick of hops that brings in a clean bitterness on the end as it finishes slightly dry. Solid, flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down easily and pack a lot of flavor into each sip. Overall, this is just a damn good porter and one I would have no problem drinking all the time. Makes a great session beer. This ranks up there as one of my favorite midwest Porters.

orbitalr0x, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark mahogany, with a thick three finger head with a rocky creamy top. Very pretty beer.

Smell is of burnt malt and dark roasted coffee. Peaty smokey aromas that ride a nice hop hit.

Taste is smokey peaty malt, with a strange fusel undertone. Bitter coffee and roasted nuts. Hops are there and very fresh tasting. The alcohol hit is nice. While there is an intense dark roasted malt flavor there is also a real hop hit to balance the malt. Nicely done, I would definitely recommend.

wheatyweiss, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look black body with a tannish brown head that stuck around until the end.

Smell a little roast and some sweetness. Not a strong smell pretty mild.

Taste roasted malt then a little sweetness and a mild bitter end. A very well balance of flavors that kept me drinking for another taste.

Feel a medium body with carbonation that was just right. Smooth

Drink this is a very drinkable porter. Goes down easy and enough flavor that I wanted another and another.

Comments probably a little bias because I've liked everything I've tried from Tyranena a lot. Chief BlackHawk is no exception, a very good beer. Drinkable and tasty.

dbtoe, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is black in color with a light mocha head. Roasted chocolate malt nose. Fresh clean attack with pronounced coffee and smoke flavor and some smoke aftertaste. Clean from start to finish which enables you to enjoy all of the various strong flavors. By clean I mean that it transitions from one flavor to the next without a lingering sensation from the attack into the flavor or the flavor into the finish or the finish into the aftertaste. I would call it a C+ as its less "robust" than I prefer my porters to be. All of Tyranena's beers seem to have an underlying caramel character which I enjoy very much, however this is one of the beers in which it is least pronounced.

Ragingbull, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of shaebs99
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Genog for sending me this porter for my Powerball win

Pours almost completely opaque with a nice light brown head that leaves decent lacing throughout

aroma is mostly of roasted malt (coffee) and some sweetness

The taste goes right along with the nose. A good amount of coffee roastedness with a gentle sweet chocolaty-ness to back it up. It definitely hit the spot after a long day. This is probably a bit bigger in mouthfeel than most porters with a good balance of roasted and sweet taste. Safe to say that this is a touch sweeter than most of the porters I have had of late and it was quite delicious

I would gladly add this into my rotation...if only this were available to me.

shaebs99, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with mahogany highlights around the edges. Head is an inch of tan frothiness, the drops to a scant cover.

Smells of roasted barley, a little coffee and bittersweet chocolate too.

Roasted grains dominate the flavor, almost a smoky quality, and just a trace of the coffee notes come through. Very little sweetness, but maybe a bittersweetness, comes into play in the front as well. A small but noticeable hop presence rounds out this balanced porter. This is a good example of what roasted flavors should taste like.

Somewhat of a full mouthfeel, meaning not too thick, or too thin, and a medium dry finish, that invites another drink.

Drinkability is very high for me with this beer. I can, and often do drink 4-6 of these at a time. Is it the best porter in the world? Probably not, but it is very good, widely available in southern Wisconsin, and the price is reasonable. It doesn't have any hype to live up to, but it is a damn fine porter. Cheers!

dancinwillie, Aug 03, 2008
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee colored pour into a Stella glass produced a bubbly, tan 1/4" frothy head that quickly reduced to a filmy broken swirl. Light oily lacing.
The nose was inviting but muted with sweet malts, dark chocolate, raisins (?) & maybe a hint of black licorice(?).
Mouth was a little weaker than I expected or prefer. Lighter bodied. Short on carbonation & mildly dry... a bit watery.
The taste revealed creamy malts, woody, peppery spice, a touch of nutty smoke, coffee & bitter chocolate with a modest hop presence. Aftertaste is short lived but appealing....with a faint, oily resin on the lips & tongue.
Certainly easy to drink....there are better Porters out there to try.

TATTORSO, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks buckybeer, for the bottle in trade!
Pours black with a tan head. Smell is nicely roasty with a light coffee element. Taste is thinner than the smell with roastiness and a light coffee flavor again. Bit too watery with a light body and medium carbonation. Decent, but not great.

JDV, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thin, quick-dissapating head, gone by the end of the first sip. It's dark, not RIS, light-swallowing dark, but black enough. Smells good.

Tastes like a Tyranena beer, full-bodied & easy-drinking. Good solid malt backbone, nice foam in the mouth. Easy on the eyes & tongue & palate.

I've had it before & liked it, wanted to come back to it after several encounters with Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild! series. I'm happy to say it stands up well. If I was looking for a good, non-extreme porter right now, it would be Chief Blackhawk. Well made beer.

maximum12, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

largadeer, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dontcallmesurly for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a nice brown, semi-transparent, with a thick clumpy, creamy head that takes its time dying down and clings to the glass.

Smells reasonably roasty. The overall impression is a bit thing, but I'm optimistic.

Initial taste isn't all that impressive. A bit thin and superficial. About halfway through the taste, a nice flavor hits that's full of some relatively aggressive hops and a nice roasted maltiness. That was a nice surprise. And then it returns to that initial taste on the finish.

Overall: an interesting porter. Not fantastic, but this one gives you a little unique twist in the middle of the sip. Now tomorrow I've got to drink the Devil Over a Barrel and see how they compare!

bassmantin, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

JohnGalt1, May 27, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very dark almost black beer with a tight one-fingered head that has good retention. Heavy amounts of sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a slight burnt aroma.

Has a slightly burnt bitterness to it to go with the chocolate and a coffee aftertaste. A little hop bitterness on the finish.

Has a disappointing thin body. Even with the low carbonation it feels water downed.

A good porter and very enjoyable. I will revisit this beer again.

morimech, May 10, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Wasatch, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice coffee aroma that's not overpowering, rather blends well with the roasted character. Some light watery character to which takes away some, but overall good.
Very dark, but not quite black. Dark red highlights. Head flattens out fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing.
Body rather light, but the strong roast character adds the sense of heft to the feel. The finish holds long dry brunt bitterness which seems to last forever. Quite a bit of carbonation, which is more than I like for style and prevents as smooth a feel as I desire. Flavor starts light with some sweetness before moving towards the sweet coffee and roast flavors (with a touch of dark sweet fruit). Still a watery thinness sense.
I've been hard on this beer and I stand by the comments, but as a total package it's enjoyable.

garymuchow, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tyranena Chief Blackhawk Porter a good
inch of sand colored foam over a black
brew. The nose is dark fruit, bitter chocolate
and molasses. The flavor is baker's chocolate,
sweetish malts, with a little grassy bite of hop in
the finish. Mouthfeel starts round and full and
goes crisp and sharp. Not so sweet and mellow
as a more traditional porter- this one pushes
the comfort zone a bit- it's got a bit of appetising
bitterness. Like a lot of their other brews, it's named
for a figure in Wisconsin history.

shadow1961, Apr 17, 2008
Chief BlackHawk Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.