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Chelsea Porter - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 3
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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 94
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of splashy lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and marshmallow

Taste: Chocolate marshmallow, up front, with a charred tone that develops in the middle; almost a band-aid character that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Watery, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps this was an old bottle (I just bought it yesterday) but it really was not good

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.55 at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body (straight up black if in a poorly lit area) with a finger's worth of buff-hued head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Darkly toasted bread, espresso powder, and a good portion of cocoa. Hint of activated charcoal and dark fruits as well.

Taste: Malty tastes of roasty-toned coffee and bittersweet chocolate morsels binded with unsweetened chocolate and a touch of fire-charred bread crust and powderized licorice. Low level of sweetness. A bit of tannic prune skin. Earthy undertones. Moderately bitter. Chalky, minerally quality to it. Lightly acidic. Roasty, mineral-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad. A smooth, relatively engaging robust porter.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a light white head, solid retention.

S: Dark chocolate, with a hint of sweetness, charcoal.

T: Classic porter. Dark chocolate with a note of dark fruit. Hint of mocha.

M: Creamy, smooth, light/medium bodied for me.

D: A solid porter, nothing great, but better than a lot of the stuff that's out there.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5, 5%ABV. Dark, dark brown, almost black. Smells a little roasty, nothing special. The flavor is actually not half-bad, some coffee, some roast, good stuff and extremely easy to drink. I think I finished the bottle in less than an hour....

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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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, cola highlights with a slight off white head.

Aroma is smokey dark drain and hints of coffee up front, with a charred bitterness underneath.

Taste is exactly what the nose described. Smokey, with mild coffee bitterness and sweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable, if uninspiring mild porter. A good session brew.

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Photo of silentjay
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

about what i would expect for an "American-Irish Style Porter" whatever that means. it pours a murky brown that is almost black with a khaki head that raises to two fingers in height, sticks around at one finger, yet leaves disappointing lacing.

lots of chocolate in the aroma, with some coffee, maybe espresso, vanilla, toffee, molasses.

a bit metallic, but chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts are there as well. a slight bit of charred malts. a surprising onslaught of hops comes at the finish and it doesn't quite mesh too well. not very strong flavored and with a bit of off-flavors, but decent flavors are there as well.

creamy almost medium bodied brew with subtle carbonation that leaves a velvety feel.

overall, its pretty good, and I'd drink it again, but there are many other porters I'd drink before this one.

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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.

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Chelsea Porter from Moylan's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.