Chelsea Porter - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 93
Photo of GoldHorde
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's / Chelsea Moylan's Porter

I've enjoyed quite a few of the Moylan's beers...including THIS one. A very nice porter, in fact it is an exceptional porter. I was only able to enjoy HALF of the 22oz bottle because the other half was going into my authentic Texas Chili - which was a hit. The labeled promise of coffee and chocolate was not hyperbole. The coffee accent was not only forefront throughout including the aftertaste - but it even looked like a rich foam topped espresso.

HEAD/MOUTHFEEL: A two-three finger tan head predicted the creaminess - a very stout-ish porter!

POUR: an opaque dark brown with a distinct coffee aroma.

FLAVOR: Deep coffee and a sweet chocolate edge.

I definitely like porters that blur the stout style fence-line. (761 characters)

Photo of jocosa
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma fills the nose with molasses, sweet chocolate and nuts. (And I am nuts about porters - haw haw haw!) It pours a luscious sable that is opaque save at the very edges, and the frothy beige head is rather persistent. Flavor has firm coffee, nutty and sweet chocolate tones with just a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly smooth and leaves a soft but appreciable tingle on the lips and tongue. I recommend this to porter fans. (440 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (1,398 characters)

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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! (561 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Nice medium roast coffee, dark and milk chocolates in the nose.

T: Milk chocolate, and lots of it, some light coffee notes. Not super complex.

M: Medium full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not as roasty or robust as a typical porter, but definitely good. Nice and creamy. Definitely worth a try. (335 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's Chelsea Moylan's Porter

Bomber poured into a Moylan's branded pint glass.

Solid brown body, roasty tan head, large and in charge, thick, proud, and slow to settle. Nice look.

Aroma: espresso and cinnamon, soft suggestions of cocoa, cream, light bitterness, slightly sweet, very nice.

Taste: mellow chocolate flavor, mild bitterness, muted sweetness, coffee and cocoa sustains throughout. Full bodied, major presence in the mouth. Long flavor, finish.

Again, smooth and creamy, mighty mellow, rich and flavorful. Nice balance between bitter and sweet. Great drinkability. Perfectly sessionable. Really nice porter. (631 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (2,530 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark with good amount of head

S - Coffee and chocolate

T - Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and lots or roastiness, Hops come thru nicely for this robust style porter

M - Low medium in body with good carbonation

O - Good porter, Really enjoyed the complexity and robustness. Smooth and delicious (302 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,362 characters)

Photo of Swalden28
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of pastradul
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meanign to try this brew so I picked it up for my BBS I had.

Poured into a duvel tulip.

Pours a dark brown with a light mocha head about 1" high. The brown isn't super dark. A decent amount of light makes its way through, with light coffee brown around the edges.

The smell is lightly roasted malt with a tad of light coffee.

The mouthfeel is kind of the same, medium body with a good amount of carb in it... as the carb escapes the mouthfeel becomes better, for a medium body beer like this one the carb just cuts it a bit to much.

The taste is a good reliable porter, medium on everything. The roasted malt, coffee notes and alcohol.

I nice session porter if I do say so. (684 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink. (496 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark kola hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of nice clingy lacing.

S-Dark cocoa,fruity coffee and dark plums.

T-Chocolate coated raisins,mulberries,dark fruits and finished with a light milky coffee bitterness.

M-A touch over light bodied and very sessionable.

O-A very pleasant AP which is very sessionable while still being true to the style and i would buy again cheers. (420 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are bottles at Whole Foods Dedham left over from St. Pat's Day 2012 that are on sale for $4.99. Figured I'd give one a shot. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown body with a great head. Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor was a touch muted, probably due to age. There was an overly roasted flavor of coffee on my palate, but I did enjoy it. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and also that bitterness lingered for a while. Fairly drinkable though with a very nice ABV. For the price, I enjoyed it. I would like to try this fresh someday to compare. (570 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type is 22oz bottle put into what the box of beer glasses said was the right glass

Dark almost black pour with about a half finger head that is dark brown and dies off super fast and has very little lacing

The smell is outstanding , probally one of the best smelling beers Ive come across, very good roasted barley smell with chocolate and coffee overtones

The taste is ok , Im not a huge porter fan , but as far as porters go this one is on par for the course

Over all not a bad beer , if I was in the mood for a porter again I would purchase this for the price (578 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber had no bottled date. Looks opaque, dark brown/black. Small creamy head.
Smell is dark roast coffee and chocolate, nice.
Taste initially with the bitter chocolate , an off taste metallic. After first sip not noticeable.
Solid bill of roasted malt with a good bitterness in the background.
Mouthfeel is creamy with just right bite of carbonation.
My first Moylan and will seek this again. (396 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 11 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large brown head, well carbonated. Nearly opaque very dark brown in color. Relatively light aroma, roasty coffee astringency, a touch of cocoa. Lots of coffee and dark roastiness. Light velvety body and mouthfeel. Moderate ethanol. Becomes chocolatey though the middle and finish with a bit of roastiness in the aftertaste.

Nicely done but not too strong or bold in flavor. (446 characters)

Photo of LacquerHead
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (567 characters)

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