Chocolate Cherry Porter | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Edwin on 03-30-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Edwin:
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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bewed in limited quantity for the Hershey Food Show. Served on tap at Appalachian Brewing Company.

Appearance - A nice, black porter with a reddish hue when held up to light. A caramel/off-white head that disappears fast.

Smell - Smells of nuttiness and coffee, however, the chocolate and cherry scents come out in an almost cordial way, but not overbearing. Smells very balanced.

Taste - Very much a different flavor. A good mix of chocolate and cherry that is abundant, but not overly-so like so many other beers with fruits added. The nutty flavors from the porter come out more and more as you get to the bottom of the glass. Very nice and smooth tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Very silky smooth. Moreso due to the chocolatiness in it, I would imagine. Not a whole lot of carbonation to it, so it is less tangible on the tongue.

Drinkability - If this is your kind of mixture, this is very drinkable. Some may be turned off by some of the candy-like flavors in it, but I feel they are subdued enough that it doesn't become overly sweet.

Overall - It is a shame Appalachian doesn't go out on a limb like this more often and experiment with their brews. This was a tasty one, and I hope they make it again. Well worth a try!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at the ABC brewery. It was actuallyp art of the eight eight oz samplers that i received.

A- a very thick vicous dark coffee grain color. Very little head fromwhen it arrived at my table. It looked very frightening at first because of the darkness but i ventured into it anyways.

S- smells of coffee and faint cherry reach my nose and i was not overly impressed. It didnt catch my nose but it pushed me away.

T- a very thick moist coffee flavor with hints of cherry. The name doesnt really give youthe idea of what it tastes like. I could taste some malts but it wasdef overcome by the coffee flavor.

It lingered in my mouth for a good minute. It was a feeling in which i just wanted it tonotlinger and go down. It was very hard to put downthe old gullet. It is a thick dark beer and i thought it was alright butnot worth having again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extremely limited edition brew that they concoct annually around Valentine's Day. I do not know if I am actually allowed to let the cat out of the bag regarding its creation, but they imparted the secret to me and I am passing it on to you. It begins life as ABC's Pennypacker Porter, but then they add Hershey's (hey, it's a PA thing) chocolate syrup and an entire jar of maraschino cherries just before the bung is placed into the keg. Yow!
It was poured as a cloudy, light brown, viscous liquid with a light white/brown head. The chocolate is prevalent on the nose. My first sip brought me to my knees, thinking that I was glad that I am not diabetic. Sweet, sweet chocolate! Chocolate everywhere. The mouthfeel was thick, but probably due to the presence of the syrup. I noted the cherries on the finish, but only lightly. I was glad to have had the chance to try it, but as a lupulin lover, sweet is the other end of the spectrum from my choice in taste. Not a bad drink and it was easy to see why the ladies in attendance were lapping it up as quickly as it could be poured.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 2/18/11 at the Harrisburg ABC location. Described as a stout via their email notification, the tap handles/waitress referred to this as a porter. Regardless, inconsistency is nothing new to ABC and I'm not surprised. Stout or porter, it doesn't matter the abv gens up as does the chocolate/cherry description so on with it!

Poured into an oversized mug, this brew appears a very dark brown to black color with a fingers worth of creamy brown head. Fairly decent display of retention from the cap. Some spotty lace clings to the glass and forms a bit of a webbing as more swirls and sips are taken.

The smell of this brew is dark and roasty from the malt. The roast imparts some coffee scents and citrus hops are evident. There is chocolate throughout the nose smelling quite bold and is a leading characteristic of the smell of this brew. Some light fruity indications come out as this brew warms.

The taste is dark chocolate with a pleasant roasted quality to the malt. A light amount of citrus hops are evident producing some mild bitterness like a deep dark unsweetned chocolate. The only indication of cherry comes in the aftertaste, it is light and tart which is enjoyable. If the cherry inclusion was sweet instead of tart I probably wouldnt have liked it. The grain gets a bit musty as it warms and each sip creates a decent blend of semi-sweet chocolate and tart cherry. Not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking. The tart cherry aspect was a good call and pleasant component. As mentioned above the sweetness of a cherry inclusion could I've been clashing. There is seemingly no indication of the alcohol level, it is hidden quite well.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mocha colored body with light brown/tan head that quickly diminished and left no noticeable lacing.

S - Not much to speak of other than some light cherry and chocolate malt.

T - Quite malty up front with a light sour cherry finish with some mild chocolate sweetntess.

M - A little on the acidic side. Lively carbonation provided a prickly mouthfeel. Finish was lightly sour on the tongue.

D - I was expecting something more sweet and creamy. Not too bad though.

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Chocolate Cherry Porter from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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