BackDraft Chocolate Porter | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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BackDraft Chocolate PorterBackDraft Chocolate Porter

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 12-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. This brewery closed in November 2009. I sampled this leftover on January 17, 2010. The pour is a dark mahogany brown with a thin, short lived fizzy beige head. There's a bit of sediment floating around. The aroma has a nice chocolate malt scent to it and it is also rather sweet. The mouthfeel is rather thin but not watery. The taste starts off with a nice roasted bitterness and nice raisiny esters but then chasing it down my throat is a dose of chocolate. It is a shame that this place closed because I enjoyed many of their brews and this one is no exception.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium brown color with some red highlights. Thin, quickly dissipating head. Cocoa and faint roasted malt aroma. Taste also on the faint side, cocoa and coffee. Thin and a bit watery in the mouth. I know there are better porters out there. I don't think I'll try this one again.

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Photo of far333
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a three finger head of sizzling orangey brown foam that settles out to a fine cap of even bubbles.

Very low aroma of cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavor of semisweet malt, some roasty notes, mild bitterness, but the chocolate seems to be missing. Not very complex at all, I'm trying hard to pick out flavors. This is more like a mild or brown ale. Finishes metallic and a bit yeasty, perhaps some Ringwood?

Mouthfeel feels thin for a porter, somewhat slick, finishes a bit tannic.

Low drinkability, this is just not that great. I'm pouring out the rest and salvaging the experience by using the bottle for homebrews.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is dark brown, roastie chestnuts with a red-hue in the middle, thick frothy head, wicked retention. Lookin' good.

The nose has...Rollo's candies, spicey chocolate and a big rootbeer scent.

The flavor is a sweet chocolate, earthy herbal balance from the malt and just like in the aroma tons of Rootbeer flavor which is unique and strange.

The feel is actually a light, zippy medium bodied feel with high carbonation and a slightly smooth finish.

The rootbeer effect was strange but not unpleasant, complexity could be higher as well.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured in pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some thinness to it. Fizzy head that disappears quickly. Not what I expect from a porter.

S: Not much smell to this. Not bad just not much to it.

T: Here we go. A hint of choclate with some other malty notes. Pretty good, but a bit thin.

M: Thin is really the operative word with this beer. Just does not look or feel like a porter. Watery.

D: The taste is good, but this just does not do it for me. If this was classified as something else, then maybe I would be satisfied. Probably will not seek this out again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I somehow recieved two of these in the last week after never having any of them before! Go figure. Opened one up tonight to give it a try. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/10/2009.

A very dark brown color poured out of the glass with a nice chocolate covered head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down into a thin cap that had some nice side glass lacing. Nice peat aroma, light chcoclate touches but I found it to be dominated by a smokey, roasted malt note. Flavor was very, very close as well. Light chocolate touches that come and go wrapped up in a very smokey body. Hints of light woody notes, some dark fruit bitterness in the finish but it is dominated totally by the total smoke flavor. Nice medium feel and smooth, rich body led to a nice sipper on a fall night.

Overall it was pretty solid. A bit one dimensional with the ton of smoke flavor, but I really think it came together pretty well. I would have no issue in trying this one again.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought directly from the brewery. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark brown, and was slightly transulcent. Had a small milky white brown head of bubbles. Smell was of hershey kisses or a hershey bar, but nothing overwhelming with a small touch of wheat bread in there for good measure. Flavor reminded me a slightly watered down chocolate milk. Nice an chocolately, not overly sweet or strong, just enough to tell you what it is. Was a little thin and watery in the mouth. Very easy to drink, pleasant going down. Solid beer.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with hints of red at the bottom. Some light gets through. It has a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that fades nicely down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some chocolate, hints of roasted barley and hops at the end.
T: Tastes of a very nice mix of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Very smooth, light feeling, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. Nice mix of flavors and didn't taste/feel like it had a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok, i bought this beer because its a hometown brew...lets commence with the tasting!

Appearance--very dark but light head, not much more exceptional looking than any other porter, chocolate or no.

smell--actually quite below average. I could not smell either beer OR chocolate.

Taste...kind of well, unique. where ST choklat smacks you right in the face with chocolate and makes you taste it for hours....this one sneaks up on you. You really dont taste much....until it rolls back up on your pallate after your done sipping. Id have to say, i like this sneaky chocolate taste much more than burping up chocolate all night.

Mouthfeel--very silky smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability--i could driink this chocolate all night long. Not just for dessert.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up from jaspers, happy to try something new from a brewer I enjoy!

A - nice mahogany colored brew with a solid tan head.
S - roasted notes, cocoa, coffe and caramel.
T - taste follows thenose with a hint of bitterness but light on what I consider a traditional porter characteristic.
M - medium bodied, smooth creamy mouthfeel.
D - smooth, savory, easy to drink. paired this up with a burgundy wine marinated bbq dinner and was quite happy with the results!

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Photo of cleeze
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a jet black with a small tan head with little to no lacing.

Not much for a smell, I was expecting loads of chocolate. Only dark malts were the aromas i picked up on.

Taste was kind of plain. Again, only a little bit of chocolate.

It was very smooth though. Kinda thin mouthfeel. Expecially for a porter.

drinkability was great. I finished my bomber very quickly. Went down really smooth

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22-oz. bottle back from the brewery for me!

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with ruby highlights. A light brown head is rich to begin with, though descends pretty quickly. It stays on as a lasting cover.

The smell is of milk chocolate with light roast. A porter-styled chocolate/coffee maltiness backs it up, along with an earthy note. Nice to have a solid porter aroma mixed in with a chocolate - not cocoa powder - aroma. Pretty robust, too - as I caught the smell upon pouring.

The taste is chocolate, more mild than in aroma, but certainly there. Again, it is milk chocolate-y, not as bitter or cocoa-powderish as some examples of the style. There is a bitterness, but it comes from English hops - earthy, slightly lemony. As it warms to the upper end of the recommended serving temp (and beyond) (50 F), it becomes even better. A light smoky/roasty touch finishes it off in the semi-dry finish.

The body is silky smooth, on the lighter end of the porter spectrum, but still appropriate for the style. (It wouldn't be confused with a stout body, but shouldn't, as it is a porter).

Drinks super easily. Very well-balanced. Not overly chocolatey - but, that's something that I could really appreciate, as it allows a well-balanced, and tasty porter to come through, mixing in well. It comes down to being a very nice porter with a chocolate character.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly smoky. Taste starts lightly sweet, goes choco in the middle, then sweetens back a bit towards the close. Not as much depth of flavor as I would expect. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but seems thin for the style, cutting the bitter some, with good drinkability. Torn between expectations and experience, but still a good brew.

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Photo of cookester
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Has a nice half inch head that takes a few minutes to dissapate. A nice soft, slightly roasted taste with the chocolate flavor comming in at the after taste. I like this one! I coulld easily knock back another 22oz. The color is a deep chestnut brown. I think I'll get a few more of these. Another nice beer from Pennichuck.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from a (semi) recent CouchSurfer. sh Head was a finger of deep with great retention. Color was a deep, dark brown ot "without a lot of light penetration. Nose had a smoky, sultry sweetness. I cannot say that it was fire smoky, but I would have it on a Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em Night. Mouthfeel was medium with caramel flavor with a good bit of smokiness on the tongue. Finish had a good bit of chocolate-caramel sweetness. This would be an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another split beer with Stopper.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a cola brown color and produces minimal beige head that fades to an edge layer fairly quickly. Aroma is mild with chocolate malt and a bit of brown sugar, very mild nose overall.
First sip reveals an average body with silky texture and fine fizzy carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and sweet but finishes with a bit of lingering roast malt. No hop presence to speak of in this beer, and no hints of ABV either. Very drinkable brew. Well crafted.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger, light tan head fades slowly leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Very deep mahogany, almost black color. Flavor is roasted coffee/chocolate and some soapiness. Disappointing porter. $5.75 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverages Dover, NH.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Was actually excited to try this brew.

Appearance: BackDraft Chocolate Porter looked a deep brown as it was poured from the bottle, but morphed into an almost black color in the glass. A hard pour resulted in about a finger and a half of creamy, tan colored head. Head settled rather quickly into a quarter inch thick gob of foam. Each sip left a thin ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: Heavy, roasted malt nose out front. Definitely a rich chocolate aroma as well. Thin notes of coffee linger in the background, along with a slight smokiness. A touch of hops are noticed but no booze.

Taste: Definitely a thick roasted malt backbone, slightly hoppy. Seems to be less chocolate in the flavor than the smell. No noticeable alcohol. Finishes dry, with a light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin in my opinion. Moderately carbonated. Has a bit of a creamy feel to it.

Drinkability: A rather drinkable brew in my opinion. A pretty decent offering from Pennichuck.

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Photo of bsend
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a large mug.

The beer poured a nice deep brown color into the mug, with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. The color was not completey opaque when held up to the light, but still proved to be a dark, rich looking beer.

The beer had a faint smell of chocolate (more like chocolate candy than roasted chcoclate), and a genuinely light aroma.

The beer's taste profile was interesting. It reminded me of Tootsie Roll candy, a sweet, but dull chocolate to compliment the porter taste. I would have preferred a more bitter baking chocolate to the light candy flavor, but never the less it provided a decent porter experience.

The beer was light, and left a decent texture on the mouth. Regarding drinkability, the 22 oz. bomber went down without any labor whatsoever.

Final Thoughts - This was my first brew from Pennichuck Brewing. The over all flavor and style was promising, and I hope to see more from this company. The taste of Tootsie Roll was not my first choice for chocolate, and the price of the bomber was a little expensive ($6.19), but never the less I enjoyed drinking this easy going porter and would not say no to another. Hopefully I can find this one on tap to get the whole experience.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Large creamy off white white head eventually recedes and sticks to everything. Smells of biscuit and caramel, some sweet grainy malt aromas as well. Taste is milk chocolate, caramel, sweet malts. Body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is creamy/oily, carbonation is low. Decent brew. Not my favorite porter.

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Photo of Deuane
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear dark mahogany brown with a thick, creamy tight nitro generated head. Thick caking foam left on the sides of the glass.

S-Notes of bitter dark chocolate and a bit of dark roasted coffee.

T-Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee mixes well with roasted malt and sharp eathy hops.

M-Super creamy thanks to the nitro pour with a nice lingering bitter roast flavour.

T-Tasty stuff...not an over the top, punch you in the mouth chocolate brew but it still has plenty of flavour. I like the dark chocolate bitterness, like a 75% cocoa bar.

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Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted malt scent with some subtle chocolate notes. It has a slight metallic aroma. The taste is average. It has a very dry, roasted and chocolate malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes thin with some metallic off-flavors. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average porter. The chocolate character is weak. I won't be searching for this one again.

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Photo of vikingstout
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first beer I've tried from Pennichuck Brewing Company, right out of nearby Milford, New Hampshire. One great thing about New shortage of quality, local breweries!

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2-finger thick head that quickly dissipates to a light brown foam. Short lived lacing on the glass.

S-A bit of fruit initially hits the nose which caught me by surprise. Not much in the way of chocolate but hints of roasted malt and coffee.

T-Again not much chocolate is showing up in this chocolate porter. Hints of roasted coffee show up, and a bit of a sour taste. Very little in the way of hops or overall complexity.

M-Slightly thin for the style. Not too far out of the realm of a dark ale.

D-goes down real smooth, even with the medium carbonation. A pretty easy to drink porter, but if you are looking for a true chocolate porter, this probably isn't the best place to look. Will probably pass on it again in the future.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thin off-white head that leave a nice swirl and ring. The smell is slightly musty with mostly chocolate and some mixed nuts and dried fruits. Like a liquid trail mix. The taste is mostly the same but the nuttiness takes the front with the chocolate and fruits blending in nicely. Definitely a mellow taste with a creamy silky mouthfeel that coats the throat much like a good chocolate truffle. Overall a good English Porter with an amazing chocolate profile.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a nice touch of chocolate/caramel, and slight toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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BackDraft Chocolate Porter from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 42 ratings