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Chief BlackHawk Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002)
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Photo of Hammer35
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black color with tan head and small beading. Decent head retention, but beautiful lacing.

Smell: Big, bold notes of coffee with subtle hints of cinnamon. I wish there was more than a hint of cinnamon.

Taste: Coffee. Black, roasted coffee. The cinnamon (and any other flavor) disappears against the huge coffee flavor. Bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Not thin, but lighter than I expected. Heavily carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad porter, but it seemed to me to be nothing but bitter, dark coffee flavors. I would have appreciated more depth of flavor. The mouthfeel was also a bit of a throw-off, being lighter and much more carbonated than expected.

Hammer35, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DbbC, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

mkfuzzles, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CesarLopes, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

BrownAleMale, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ethanmc12, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Vlaminck
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Vlaminck, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sweffin, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

csmartin6, Oct 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Cris4545, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gagnonsux, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

larbush, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

billab914, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BeStoutMyHeart, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

KellyScottMad, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jayhass
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is almost dark black with a little amber light coming through the edge. Tan head is thick but fades to a spotted lace.
Smell- Roasted character stands out with light bitter chocolate and charcoal. Some light grain and bread from the malt.
Taste- Light sweet bitter chocolate with roasted malt giving a good coffee note. Light ash charcoal and tobacco. Some bitterness from hops but roasted malt dominates.

jayhass, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +4.7%

rayj212, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark black pour with some lighter red hues around the edges. Even though it's very dark, it's got a clearishness to it, despite being completely opaque. The head is just over a finger thick, full of camel-colored bubbles. Very foamy looking head. Gives the premonition it's going to be creamy. Decent retention and a thin lace.

Very malty, particularly chocolate and caramel malts. Chocolate is always there, but the caramel comes wafting up from the glass as the beer warms. Little hop presence in the nose.

A bit of chocolate in the taste and the caramel malts are noticeable. While I've never had cold coffee, this taste is what I imagine it tastes like. Very caramelly, like a soda.

The mouthfeel lacks the creamy smoothness I expected from the look and smell. It starts off sweet before bitterness starts to take over, but it's never too bitter, just enough to balance the malt bomb. Slight watery feel with a fairly carbonated, cleansing finish.

Another good beer from Tyranena. Not sure I've had a bad one yet and this is a good one. ABV is shown as 5.75% on their website, so it's almost a session beer. Feel free and don't worry about needing to sip, just go at it.

RickS95, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -21.5%

fredmugs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +4.7%

psmith161, Jul 12, 2013
Chief BlackHawk Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.