Chocolate Porter | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 03-10-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
17.19%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 50
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I wasn't supposed to drink for a few days due to supposed to be getting a vasectomy tomorrow, however, due to circumstances, I canceled the appointment and decided to open this. Thanks to Cuzco for this extra.

Pours a rich looking black with a tan head. Smells sweet. Nice milk chocolate, and more than expected vanilla on the nose. Mmmm, vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Chocolate and vanilla. If this had a fuller mouthfeel, it would be outstanding, but it runs a bit thin. Still really good, and very smooth. This is going down way too fast. Overall, I'm really glad I was able to try this. I would drink it again in a heartbeat. Thanks Cuzco!

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DmanGTR for this one! Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a dark brown with a two finger tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Has a nice chocolate flavor with some dark fruit, a little espresso and coffee. There are some roasted malts as well. Has a bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit on the thicker side. Low carbonation, but creamy. Overall its pretty good besides the finish.

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Photo of Balderayne
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhillyB
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A favorite in my household (we can get it straight from the brewery), it is also served at several local restaurants and bars. Not as good from a bottle.

Look: Dark beer with a solid and creamy head.

Smell: Exactly as the name suggests. Chocolate. Also a slight malt/grain.

Taste: Same as the smell. Chocolate with a slight malt.

Feel: Creamy, but fades rather quickly.

Overall: A growler of this shows up at almost every party we attend. Either we bring it or somebody else does!

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Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rageagainst123 for the local! Thanks Ryan!

Black, and it's solid. Head was about a finger and a half, medium mocha in color.. Dissipates to a film; leaves some decent lace in it's wake.

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. More of a raw, bakers chocolate though. Theres a touch of coffee as well. Roasted malts, and a tinge of hops.

Taste is nicely roasty, with bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, and pleasant sweetness.

The feel is creamy, solid medium in body, low carbonation (though present for sure). Finish is clean.

Overall, a very nice choco-porter. Drinkability is good!

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of THE CPJ. Cheers!

Pours a fairly dark black with brown edges and a dense mocha head. Overcarbed like hell, needed to pour VERY slowly. Still lost a good chunk of the bottle to foam-over. Nice aromas of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Nice and chocolatey, and fairly authentic. Reminds me of a candy bar, definitely. Taste consists of more chocolate (of the darker variety this time, not as sweet as the nose suggested), dark malt, and some roasted nuts. Pretty nice, and the bitter chocolate finish is a good touch. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner and sharped then I like, wish this was a bit creamier. Dunno why this was so badly over-carbed, the temperature was low and I'm not getting any infection. I'd like to try a different bottle, but overall still a nice Porter.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample at the brewery.

Pours a cleark dark brown, almost black. One inch head, not much lacing.

Aroma include bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of vanilla.

Similar taste. Cocoa powder all over this, with some dark chocolate as well. Some vanilla-like creaminess, and a little bit of bitter hop flavor. A medium amount of roasty bitterness as well.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Horseheads is quietly a great brewery, and this is another example.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Murchmac
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lum for the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours a dark brown with a khaki head.

Smells of beer and chocolate. Some roast to it.

Kind of a one note beer. Not a lot of chocolate but its not going to throw out any off flavors or anything at ya. Not great but fine.

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Photo of tviz33
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Horseheads growler filled right from the brewery, served in to a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a nearly black body with one finger worth of light brown head and light lacing.

S- Smells so good I actually stuck my nose in it trying to get more. Lots of chocolate, roastiness, and a little coffee. It's everything you want on the nose.

T- Fairly sweet with a dark chocolate taste up front, but extremely balanced. Just the right amount of hops. This could go down all night.

M- A solid medium-bodied brew with a creamy mouthfeel that goes down so smooth. Adequate carbonation.

O- This is all that it is hyped up to be. Worthy of the 2012 TAP NY bronze medal.

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Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, no freshness info.

Appearance: 3 fingers of light tan head sit atop a completely black body, some lacing left behind and a fat creamy ring left.

Smell: Rich chocolate, brownies, nice but could have more intensity.

Taste: Mix of chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, creamy, some cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Initial sip is full but as soon as i swallow, no lingering feeling.

Overall: An average porter that does have chocolate but it`s one -dimensional and the feel could be fuller. Good but not great.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Byrne Dairy in Syracuse by the fairgrounds.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds status quo for a long time, with lasting lace. Aroma is smoky yet sweet chocolate.

Taste continues with the sweet chocolate, but gives a slight off tartness in the middle, then chills out through the close with dark malts and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. If that tart didn't rear it's ugly head, I'd be all over this.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cheesy out-of-focus chocolate bar depicted on the label to the plain silver crown atop the bottle, this brew is one of those that immediately makes me think (hope) that the brewer was focusing hard on the beer inside instead of wasting time and money on some frou-frou embellishments adorning the double-deuce recyclable glass delivery vehicle....

Presented chilled and allowed to temper a bit before the crown-cracking, Horseheads Chocolate Porter pours a rich, oily mahogany with a thick topping of grainy khaki foam atop. As the beer rests in a small tulip glass, the bubble-cap goes nowhere fast, retaining well, slumping like soft pudding against the sidewalls without sticking to the glass in any appreciable amount, save one fat ring and a few errant blobs that refuse to give up the ship.

The aroma is fruity and bitterly burnt-grainy, with notes of juicy plum, dried prunes, and golden raisins accenting a rich, dark, semisweet chocolate backbone sprinkled with fresh coffee grounds. The profile is luscious and more fruity than it is chocolatey, but as the drink warms, more warm malty sweetness in the guise of caramel and toffee joins the chorus, supplementing the dark candy aroma.

The taste is loaded with unsweetened chocolate and laced with tangy molasses, and is augmented by a bit of the same fruity juiciness that predominated the nose. Dark malts masquerading as burnt chocolate and black coffee provide mild, bittering balance and a touch of drying in the finish, but once again, it is the fruitiness that holds center stage. Notes of spicy licorice, fermenting apple, tangy plum, and juicy-sweet pear perfectly counter the mild blackened bitterness of the dark grain and softly-alkaline cocoa lingering in this brew.

The drink is medium-full in body with quite a bit of pleasantly-creamy carbonation, and is quite quaffable, for sure. Could drink these babies all day, any day, despite the inherent homeliness of the packaging. Thanks to my pal Lum for the opportunity!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased from the Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo, from what I understand one of the few places it can be purchased outside of the brewery/Horseheads, NY.

The pour is promising, pitch black, substantial tan head that recedes quickly to a persistent, thin ring.

Aroma is not strong. A little bit of roast, a little bit of caramel.

The taste follows suit. It is pleasant and mild. Some roasted malts with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Not particularly chocolatey.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium-full.

I've been impressed by most of the offerings at Horseheads, but this one, unfortunately, is not overly impressive. It's a perfectly serviceable, drinkable porter. Beyond that, it's not a standout beer. Worth drinking but not worth going out of the way for.

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