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Chelsea Porter - Moylan's Brewery

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 01-12-2010

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 47
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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some amber highlights when held to some light,a half finger beige head atop.Deep espresso roast and sharp bitter chocolate in the nose,very earthy and old school.Dry and heavily roasted on the palate,underlying unsweetened chocolate with very mild molasses-like sweetness,again the roast and dryness is the main component of the beer.I think this beer rocks,it's old school and that's cool,I would love to have this on a nitro pour.

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice medium-brown in color with a good, light brown head that rose slowly out of the bottle when I popped the cap and left a seemingly permanent ring on top of the liquid.

Smell - You really have to let this one warm to build the aroma, but once there you'll be rewarded with some raw espresso bean, a hint of vanilla, a nice cocoa smell, and a decent amount of raw sugar.

Taste - The beer kind of changed its tune at the taste. I was able to get some light chocolate notes and a bit of roasted grain but the wonderful espresso from the nose was AWOL and there was an insidious citrus flavor that hit me the wrong way.

Mouthfeel - This is barely medium-bodied with some light but unpleasant carbonation but a short dryness at the end that I somewhat enjoyed.

Drinkability - This one started off well but couldn't hold up. Generally I'm a fan of this brewery but they have thrown in a few stinkers over the years and I guess this is somewhere in between the solid gold hits and the disappointments.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate with some roasted malt and astringency. The flavor is roasted malt with some bitter chocolate. There are also some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is a little too thin and watery. Medium carbonation. A decent porter, but nothing more.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Curious what exactly the inspiration was that Chelsea Moylan provided.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent spooky webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa, somewhat sour milk (though that could be my own shirt after looking after the wee one solo for the past six hours or so), roasted bready caramel malt, a bit of dry toffee, bitter ground coffee, and mild earthy, musty hops. The taste is more of the same - medium baker's chocolate, toasty caramel malt, milky sourdough, a gritty nuttiness, cold coffee, and weak earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are a little peppy, and playful beyond their standard duties, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, the roast kind of cutting in a tad here. It finishes off-dry, the milky and grainy sweetness settling in, while the char and hops mill about, hoping to capture a few more hearts and minds.

An enjoyable (dare I say?) London Porter, despite the American aspirations stated on the label. The Irish were certainly informed by their English brewing neighbors, and that has filtered down, all the way across an ocean and continent alike. And if these perky Irish-Americans want to make it their own - it's the hops, dummy.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a 10oz middy glass. Thanks to sinkas for the trade.

Pours black with a brown tinge around the edges. Has a large beige head of small beady foam that fails to lace.

Smell is impressive, a mix of baking chocolate, chocolate cookies, cocoa and coffee. Always something there that was good and interesting.

Taste is a little more circumspect than the smell, but still more cocoa, chocolate and baking chocolate. Some coffee to start and finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied, maybe a touch smaller than that. The finish lacks the coffee bite that toys expect from the other party of this beer.

A pretty solid porter with a very nice chocolate and cocoa smell being the highlight. Perhaps lacks the drinkability to be a star in the category, but worthwhile having.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Springdale, AR

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Some head retention & decent lacing

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, iron & some faint brown sugar

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a touch of iron up front, also a touch of coffee. Powdery cocoa, slight coffee notes & just a touch of plum & chocolate covered cherry as this warms. Finishes with slight coffee ground flavor, a touch of vanilla & some woody hop flourish at the very end

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth, thins out as this warms

Drank too easy, not a perfect porter (RIP Bert Grant), but very nice IMO

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

Poured a nice dark black with some light mahogany highlights and a bit of light tan head.

The smell is light with a bit chocolate and roasted barley.

The flavor is very mild, a light bit of chocolate and a light green fresh hop with a bit of pine balance well, but overall a bit to tame.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and very light.

I could see this being very sessionable with its light balanced profile, but lacks the amount of flavor I look for in a good porter most of the time.

Photo of WOTO97
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying this for the first time the other night, I may have found a new go-to porter. A very rich cappuccino head floats above a chocolate brown body with pretty dense fingers of lace. Lots of bitter chocolate and roasted malt on the nose balance against great fennel notes along with a fresh dough in the background. The malt is center stage here while not overpowering the other components. Very pleasant mocha character with more emphasis on the coffee than chocolate component. A faint kiss of hop bite and cocoa on the finish. Impressive round and creamy mouthfeel for the ABV that maintains a relatively dense palate and finish. Very nice example of a straight forward porter.

Photo of alleykatking
1.63/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a super darker brown color almost black. One finger drak brown head shows good retention and leaves ringy lacing with some webbing lace on the sides of my glass.

S- This beer I was afraid of might just be infected. There is some light chocoalte notes pairing off with some roasted malts. The biggest part of the aroma is a strong lactic aroma which is very off putting...it smells like sour milk.

T- One taste of this and I can tell it's infected. The lactic acid in the beer is horrible. All you can taste is soured milk with hints of roasted malts. Not good at all.

M- Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation was alright for the beer. The sour milk flavor stuck on the palate and long into the aftertaste. The flavor was off (of course) and the rest of the beer followed suit. Medium drying on the palate but maybe not all from the alcohol itself.

D- This beer was a couple sips and then drain poured. Will review when I get another bottle.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was dark brown but still translucent to see through, similar to root beer.
Smelled like a sweet balsamic vinegar. Vanilla-ish. Had a slight wood chip smell.

Taste was similar. It had a balsamic vinegar taste except without the acidity. A little thin towards the end. Had a vanilla taste mixed with coffee beans. I tasted the bitter sweet chocolate in the aftertaste every now and again.

It's not bad. A decent American take on the style. It comes on thin at cold temps but comes alive at warmer temps. Turns into a sipping porter. It was something different.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows roasted malt, dark chocolate and big nutty notes. Also a faint savoury character. Pretty restrained.
Flavours are more on the hoppy side, with prominent piny notes accompanying bold roasted malt and coffee. Pretty flavoursome.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

Photo of theghost3
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown with a 2-finger khaki head with moderate lacing.

The scent is coffee with some chocolate and bready malts. The flavor is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and charred malts. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied that's rather carbonate and there's a somewhat dry finish.

This is a drinkable porter. It doesn't stand out from others, but it is still solid for the style.

Photo of jocosa
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH glass. $5.99. Tan head diminishes fast; leaves a fair, but spotty lace. Great roasty aroma, good roasted grain taste with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Hop bitterness only enough to offset malts. Overall good porter experience, very easy drinking, I'd buy it again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black color, veeery dark. Tan foam is firm and shows decent lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is really interesting: peat, moss, cocoa and funky earth. Kinda like a granola bar. Unique smelling brew for sure.

Slightly smoky, peaty malts lend an earthy tone. Touch of sweetness is met with ferocity by an acidic, tart fruitiness. Not something I typically enjoy, but in this case it works very well. Funky, earthy and fruity porter. I imagine this might be close to what was served in inns a few centuries back. The best Moylan's I have had yet, I really like it.

Photo of megahurts4
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's Chelsea Porter
On draft at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops and coffee maltiness.

Taste: hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight coffee.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
It is a flavorful porter, but a tad on the weaker side. The flavors are well balanced. You could use it as a session brew.

Photo of Swalden28
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast and chocolate. Flavor of dark roasted grain, some semi-sweet chocolate, nice small dark roast bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable, easy drinking porter.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, somehow haven't reviewed any Moylan's beers, just slipped through the cracks I guess. I've had the hopsickle, kilt lifter, and IPA quite a few times but never got a review out of them I guess. So here's my first, not my first pick to review from them, just a new beer I haven't had before and decided to do the review.

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head in the pint glass but fades fairly quickly at first keeping it from forming a good head, but maintains a nice creamy looking head covering for a while. The beer is a very dark color, pretty much black, except hints of ruby light sneaking through even the center when right up to the light.

Nose is almost like a dry irish stout but not quite there, kinda cross between irish stout and porter. Some dark malts with a bit of baker's chocolate, a touch of creamy powdered milk chocolate, a bit of oats, hint of caramel. Then light earthy hops, nothing big just enough to let you know. Touch of roasted but not burnt acrid of coffee roast, just a hint of a roasted malt like.

Taste is like a dry irish stout crossed with oatmeal stout crossed with porter, pretty tasty. Creamy porter like to start, a bit of powdered milk chocolate, and hint of baker's chocolate as well as oats. It's a dry chocolate like taste, and again hint of roast but barely. Light caramel mixes in there with more dark malt like flavors maybe heavy crystal malts. Also there hints of earthy hops that turn slightly bitter but not much, and even a little spicy on the finish. Very slight toasty malt flavor as well, with a nice malty flavor. Finishes dry, as expected, with more nice chocolate flavors, dark bitter baker's chocolate and some light earthy hops that get slightly more bitter than initially, nice oatmeal stout like dry finish without the toasty malts. The finish has a long lingering hop bitterness that seems to just stay forever, but not a big hop, just a nice memory of the beer.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, full and rich, with lower but decent for the style carbonation. Slight more carbonation would have brought this to 4.5.

Overall pretty nice, a nice cross between chocolate porter, dry irish stout, and oatmeal stout, nice malts, nice chocolate, light oats and earthy hops, decent bitterness, dry finish, tasty and extremely drinkable. I'm surprised this is rated as low as it is, almost a staple session porter that I could drink all day. Maybe it gets lower ratings since more Americans want a porter to be big, bold, in your face and loaded with hops. Oh well.

Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam recedes to a ring, and leaves some spotty lace behind.
S: Burnt toast and acidic coffee up front. Week hops linger with an odd mineral and metallic aroma.
T: Thin, pale malts with a bitter and acidic coffee flavor. I get a big mineral flavor as well. Not good.
M/D: A medium body, but very thin and watery. The acidic and bitter coffee makes this a chore to drink. I will not be finishing the bomber.

Nothing comes together well at all here. Acidic coffee all over the place. On top of that a thin and week beer. Not something I would recommend.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at cellar temp.

The Moylan's Chelsea Porter pours a dark brown in the glass with a thick, creamy, light tan froth, great retention, & fantastic clarity. On the nose are aromas of roasted malts, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, subtle smoke, espresso, caramel, & subtle baking spices that follow through on the palate. On the palate, the beer is smooth & dry. In all honesty, this beer doesn't taste like a 5% abv beer at all. The body is a little light, but the flavor is definitely there. Great aroma, great flavor, & highly recommended!

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty glass lacing, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel coffee, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Nice balance of flavors; but a touch on the watery side and not as robust as some porters I have had in the past. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink; with no alcohol presence at all as expected for 5%. Overall this is a nice, enjoyable, and very drinkable porter.

Photo of tronester
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste begins with an earthy, smokey flavor, followed by some sweetness, and finishing with an herbal, chocolaty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall a good porter, the smoke is nice, but there are better examples out there.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft/CO2 (N2 option also available)

Smell: Strong coffee, quite oaky/woody, and some chocolate. Quite pleasant but not too complex.

Taste: Smooth and roasty. Sweetness is nicely held in check by bitterness - very well balanced. Mostly coffee with some syrup and very nice burnt tobacco flavor. Very viscous mouthfeel. Finish is a touch dry with coffee bean bitterness and wood.

Photo of jimmah120
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber with no date. found a dusty bottle on sale for only $2.99. here's hoping it's not skunked out or infected.

i got lucky: not infected, not skunky. beautiful black look with great tan head and retention. smell is lactose sugar and not much more. taste is milky and sweet, with roasted coffee grounds and chocolate. lighter than a stout, but still flavorful.

Photo of BBP
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown/black with good carbonation. The head quickly receeded into a film that lasted for the duration of the drink. Laced fairly nicely.

S- A ton of dark malts as well as some hop bitterness. Slight coffee and chocolate aromas.

T- This one's taste reminded me a lot of Great Lake's Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. That being said, It was really good. It has a bit more coffee flavor to it though, and seems ever so slightly less intense. Like everything I've had so far from Moylans, the hops are done well and bring a good level of bitterness, and they make a good foundation for the drink. I'm pretty impressed with the amount of flavor that they got into this 5.0% beer. I'd expect it to be about 6.5%, although there's no alcohol to be found in it. As it warmed up the biggest difference was that the vanilla was quite a bit more noticable.

M- Medium body, and a bit of a dry finish to it that accentuates the hop bitterness, chocolate, and coffee. The carbonation seemed a bit higher than needed, but never subtracted from the drinking experience.

D- A great porter, and quite underrated IMO with only a "B" rating (as of now), and it had a lot of things going for it. I love how much flavor they crammed into this for a 5% offering. I'd definitely purchase it again, and considering it's a bomber, it's pretty cheap. I'd recommend it for anybody who loves a good porter.

Photo of gfreed
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey DC. Dense aroma of burned ropes and hemp, raw mushrooms and vinyl. I had this on cask so it was practically room-temperature warm which may have been even too warm for this beer. The aroma was the best part of this one; the taste didn't stand a chance. Compared to the aroma it was d-u-l-l, unless you like mushrooms. Maybe pour this over pizza next time? Not bad; not great, either.

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Chelsea Porter from Moylan's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.