Hangar 24 Chocolate Bomber
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #344
Ranked #37,781
3.68 | pDev: 12.5%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Hangar 24 Chocolate BomberHangar 24 Chocolate Bomber
Notes: Formerly Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter
Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 332 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of bluesteven
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a refrigerated can into a tulip glass. Rich dark color, coffee looking with a light brown foam. Earthy chocolate coffee aroma and not overbearing. Smooth taste with slight hint of chocolate and vanilla. I would not call it sweet, but a flavor I would expect from a porter. I like this beer and it has become my local favorite. I've tasted many beers over the years starting in West Germany circa 1971. I'm certainly not an expert, but I know what I like. This is an excellent Porter and I find it refreshing, flavor rich with a smooth drinking experience. Highly recommended for Porter enthusiasts.

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Photo of wmartin
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight out of the fridge, this was kind of ordinary. Warming to 55F or so and it becomes very nice. A very good porter with some chocolate and subtle vanilla. Would not have guessed vanilla, actually, but it is there if you think about it. Enjoyed this very much, and would get again.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Oberon Glass. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Clear ruby with particulate. Finger width tan head with good retention.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, grainy malt.

T: Alcohol, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar.

F: Light body, mild carbonation, semi-dry.

O: Meh.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber from Vons, since Dragonstooth and Old Rasputin were both missing and I wanted a stout, I figured this porter would do nicely. Into a goblet:

L: Translucent black body like a really dark cola or root beer. Greyish beige head that dissipates a little quickly leaving next to no lacing. Visibly noticeable lack of carbonation. Starting to see the reason for the lower rating.

S: I get faint dark chocolate, peat and dark roast coffee. Not finding any vanilla here; kinda smells mostly of malt liquor. No detectable hops.

T: Yeah I'm gonna go out on a limb and say there's probably not much hops in this beer. Despite this, it does a decent job of hitting the spot. Carmel, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, then milk chocolate which gets darker and roastier until it transforms into mocha and then dark roast coffee with just a bit of cream and sugar. Finish is exceptionally bland: nothing but the dark roast flavor to speak of. I think it needs hops.

F: It's visibly thin, so I didn't expect much. Has about the consistency of a Flat Tire, but more syrupy. A little frothy despite the poor carbonation.

O: Not getting it again. That said, I'd happily drink it over most non-craft beer.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan colored head, slight lacing, no head retention, looks a little thin.

A: Lots of coffee and espresso, very nutty, touch of chocolate sweetness at the end, roasted malts.

T: Follows the nose with coffee, espresso, nuttiness, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has a touch of dark chocolate sweetness and roasted malts, semi-dry finish with nuttiness, light dark fruits and coffee lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a semi-dry finish and good amount of carbonation.

O: Fairly enjoyable, could use some more mouthfeel, but really enjoyed the aroma and taste, leans towards a dark chocolate and dark coffee profile with a very light body.

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Photo of gshak
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber at refrigerator temperature into my dollar-store tulip glass. No bottled on date observed.
A = Translucent red with crimson hue. A vigorous pour yielded about 3 fingers'width of off-white head, with tight and medium bubbles.
S = Very muted, likely due to the coldness of the beer. Notes of light chocolate, dark fruits and mellow roast observed.
T = Ample malt on the palate, with generic bitterness; like a 3 month-old great-when-fresh-but-quickly-falls-off-the-cliff red ale. Straddles that border between a stale red ale, and a hoppy brown ale; not quite in the porter category for me. If the brewers used chocolate and vanilla, this bottle sure didn't get any of it. Phenolic notes observed from start to finish, very unusual for a porter. Checked the side of the bottle, sure enough, 8% ABV which to me puts this beer in the imperial category.
F = I have no further interest in this beer. Let's just say 3.75 and get on with life.
O = Hmm...go drink another porter.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent mahogany body with a touch of crimson. Malty, nutty, earthy, brown bread aroma. Chocolate presence isn’t especially assertive. Dry finish. Light-medium body. Pretty good.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/12/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown; almost black. Lots of roasted malts, burnt malts, peanuts, toasted malts,a nd bitter dark chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing too special. A decent porter with more bitter chocolate than sweet or milk chocolate.

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Photo of lebeau
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice lighter porter with a good nose...lingering sugar and carmal with a little vanilla. Very decent 4 finger head....Nice brew for cheep porter....would buy again if imbibing alone without beer snobs...

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Photo of Tonedef
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the mixed reviews on this beer I have no issues with it..had a bomber last nite and I thought was yummy..smells like dark chocolate and roasted malts and the taste follows the nose nice chocolate notes and a touch of coffee,alcohol was well hidden a better mouthfeel and it would be excellent...not the greatest chocolate porter but not disappointing B+ verging on A- in my book

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: on tap at the brewery

Pours a deep crimson brown with off white bubbles. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a small hint of vanilla, with a pleasant earthy scent. Taste reflects the smell. Heavier dark chocolate, roasted coffee, more vanilla I the finish, with a nice toasted or charred flavor throughout. Feel is a bit of a let down, thinner mouthfeel with ample carbonation makes this feel very light which doesn't fit with the chocolate and roasted notes very well (at least in my opinion). Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with great chocolate notes that drinks deceptively easy for 8%.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and some alcohol
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, initially fizzy then becoming frothy, diminishing to irregular 4-12 mm ring and frothy layer.
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor nondescript – no chocolate, just a hint of roasted malt with some alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of colforbin73
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is REALLY solid and enjoyable, this is currently way underrated.

the pour is ok, it does not look as rich as it drinks. the aroma is fine - warm brown bread and candy sweetness.

the drink is excellent. deep rich malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate astringency that balances any cloying sweetness from the malts. it is really rich and drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden.

this is a delectable Imperial Porter that drinks very smooth. would definitely buy again. PLEASANTLY SURPRISED.

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Photo of Mattygross44
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Doesn't tatse like 8% very smooth almost to smooth pours dark 1/4inch head nothing special or flavors that stand out a good beer at a decent price. Id drink it again but wont buy it...i will stick to my Quads

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Photo of ccrida
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber in Palm Springs and consumed same night with a cigar over a few hours. Appearance is pale for a porter.
Cocoa nose, sugar and vanilla.
Taste more caramel. Sweet alcohol. Lingering heat, fusels.
Mouthfeel is off-dry, with a light body.
Drinkability isn't too good. Overall, it's an entirely forgettable beer.

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Photo of Radome
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Deep, dark brown, almost black. Clear. Tan head is thick. It persists as a thin sheet and thick lacing.

S - Aroma is of roasted grain, almost burnt. Some smoke and chocolate. Grain husk in the end. Some earthy hops. Not very complex.

T - Husky graininess at first, followed by chocolate and coffee with just a hint of burnt grain and light smoke. Moderate grassy hops. Dry, clean finish.

F - Medium body. Medium, smooth carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - Overall, this is a well-made beer, very clean and crisp. I'd like to see it have less graininess and burnt character and more chocolate/coffee for a porter, especially one that calls itself a chocolate porter.

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer was really good with my dinner. However, the thin taste made for a flat tasting beer. Good for deserts and sipping. No match for my IPA's though.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eureka Burger

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Pretty straight forward, semi sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt up front, a nice hit of chocolate, maybe even a little light coffee in there, and a some faint pine and spice notes. It holds it's alcohol well, never would have guessed it's 8%.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth and creamy.

O: Maybe not the best example I've had of the style, but not bad.

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Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Picked up a bomber from BevMo at the end of May for $4.89. No freshness date.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light chocolate .

Taste is light chocolate and vanilla. Hopping keeps the sweetness at bay. Finish is dry and the alcohol is too warming with every sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but pretty smooth.

Overall this is a decent winter dessert beer but nothing special.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown bottle purchased from Barny's in Alexandria, Sydney.

Pours a cola-brown hue, with a coarse-crackling head of beige that last only about as long as the head on Coke would, settling out very quickly to a mesh that looks like dragonfruit flesh, flacked with tiny dots. Body is extremely light for 8% ABV.

Nose is certainly odd. There's a dry, dusty cocoa character to it, but also a lot of aridity—there's so little sweetness and it lends other characters a leg-up to put their weirdnesses on centre stage. I get some pepper characters, a little black olive and papadums. This is on top of the base beer, which has some oddly vinous tones to it. There's also a strange hint of chlorine in the mix. All up, it's a bit of a mess.

Taste is fairly similar. There's a thinness to the body that runs through from front to back, leaving very little room for much in the way of flavour or complexity—it just doesn't have much to work with. That being said, there is some mild cacao notes around the mid-palate, and a linger of powdery cocoa on the back—very dry, however, and lacking depth.

Feel is a bit empty—it feels like there's a little weight there, but some of the vinous characters seem to rip it back to its bare bones.

I don't get it. Is this bottle just clearly bad? I don't notice anything in it that would explain the insipidness of it all, but insipid it most certainly is. I'm really quite disappointed—I'd heard some reasonable things about Hangar 24, but my first exposure to them is certainly woefully awry.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a black body.
The aroma has some roasted malt and dark chocolate. It's a little on the faint side though.
The taste starts with some chocolate sweetness, then some mild bitterness, moves to roasted malt and bitter chocolate finish. Nice profile and well balanced.
The texture is pretty smooth with low carbonation.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a watery black color with not much light penetrating - 2 finger frothy tan head that marshmellows at the top

s: sweet baking chocolate and roasty toasty malts up front. there is a hint of sweet malt and figs and raisins in here as well. creamy with some oaky notes (might be from the roasted malts), and ends with some nice vanilla extract aromas at the end

t: this follows the nose quite well, however I'm a little surprised to be picking up as much alcohol in the flavor as i am. you're first hit with the roasted malts, which provide some initial bitterness, then its cut by that alcohol. there is definitely a hint of those sweet dark fruits in here as well. the chocolate, though, is not so present - only a hint of like powered chocolate. this ends with toasted malts, and a nice vanilla oaky flavor

m: medium - typical mouthfeel for a porter. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: disappointed that there is not more chocolate in here. its a nice robust beer, that does have some nice flavors - however, i would have like a little more chocolate, and a little less alcohol in the flavor. still enjoyable though

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a nearly opaque black with a big creamy off-white head that has good retention and eventually leaves some sticky lace behind

S- chocolaty malt with some fruity esters, candied sugar and cocoa

T- lightly roasted chocolate malt, some fruity flavors and a dry finish. Not really getting as much chocolate as I expected, due to the name of the beer

M- Medium body and carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- A middle of the pack porter that seems to be lacking the chocolate that it's name entails. Wouldn't pick it again

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Photo of busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness or bottle date.

Nice brownish black color. Thick, foamy 1/2" head, coffee colored. Leaves thick clingy lacing.

Aromas of mild roasted malt, semisweet chocolate chips, buttery shortbread. Smells kind of creamy. Nice but pretty faint.

Creamy and roasty taste with rich chocolate notes. Milk chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, with sweet vanilla on the end. Something like Cookie Crisp cereal. A little touch of molasses. The sweet chocolate and vanilla is balanced well with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Decadent but not heavy.

Medium bodied, smooth, a little syrupy. Kind of like chocolate milk. Compliments the taste well. Ends fairly clean.

I like it. A full, rich desserty beer without being too sweet or over the top.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 7.99. No bottling information apparent. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of thick tan head. A thin cap remains and leaves just a little lace.

Smells of bakers cocoa, chocolate malt, faint vanilla and a little sugar.

Plenty of chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and chocolate malts are most prevalent with hints of vanilla, powdered sugar, chalk, coffee, earthy and mildly metallic. Not a whole lot of depth but it delivers the chocolate for sure.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bittersweet, earthy cocoa and vanilla finish.

A one trick pony but overall a decent brew. Less roasty and a tad thinner than I'd prefer in a porter. I'm not disappointed that I grabbed the bottle but I won't be hunting for another.

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Hangar 24 Chocolate Bomber from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 332 ratings