Chelsea Porter - Moylan's Brewery

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Chelsea PorterChelsea Porter

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 01-12-2010)
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Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bwyu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.85/5  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.

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of 2neardead
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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 codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 rattletrap968
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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 silentjay
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gfreed
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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 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.

Photo of biglite351
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - minor touch of light through the center of glass. Tight off-white head that falls quickly.

S - smells off. Some malt and chocolate but no coffee. Instead, there is a strong wet bar-rag smell.

T - bitter chocolate, malts and a touch of coffee. Luckily the wet-rag bit did not translate to the flavor.

M - medium coating with a tingle over entire tongue.

D - maybe one as the scent is quite off putting.

Photo of jocosa
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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 russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 StoneBrewFanatic
2.05/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I am going to leave this post up, but I believe my bottle was infected or spoiled or mishandled and am curious to see how many others run into this situation.

A - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights into my pint glass. Nice two fingers of tan head, good retention and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter sweet cocoa, spoiled cream and subtle espresso notes.

T - Mostly just bitter and milky(kind of spoiled and astringent), roasted malts, cocoa and coffee come out a little as it washes off the palate.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - This was not a good one for me. Maybe my bottle is bad or something. I just don't get this beer nor do I really enjoy drinking it.

Photo of alleykatking
1.6/5  rDev -56%
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 BBP
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Chelsea Porter from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.