Chocolate Bomber
Hangar 24 Brewing

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Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #233
Ranked #25,652
3.69 | pDev: 12.47%
Jul 03, 2021
Nov 24, 2010
Chocolate BomberChocolate Bomber
Notes: Formerly Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter
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4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by evanwoertz from California

it’s not trying too hard, which is refreshing. just a light porter with chocolate and vanilla.

Jul 03, 2021
3.88 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Apr 19, 2021
3.96 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 17, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

June 3rd, 2016 - A huge plume of cocoa hits the nose on the pour of this chocolate porter, and draws the drinker into the deep haze of dark chocolate. The flavor has a lovely, dark cacao touch, and has the richness and velvety softness of a molten chocolate cake. The palate is soft and light as well, cushioning the chocolate flavor on a light, satin pillow.

Oct 15, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Consumed June 12, 2016 at some hotel I can't discern from the picture of the bottle. Looks like at some point the name of this changed to "Chocolate Bomber" which I guess is fitting given the size format here. I'm going to keep the review here, since my bottle literally says "Chocolate Porter" on the label as the name. But these reviews should prolly be merged since it looks like the same beer by a slightly different name.

Pours a black/dark brown color with a much lighter shade of brown (beige) as the head color that props itself up and retains around the 1/2" mark. The aroma is mostly cocoa nibs. A little bit of roasted barley and vanilla behind that.

I didn't find it to be all that sweet or sugary, like the previous reviewer, I thought it leaned more to the bitter/metallic side that kept any notions of dIaBeEtUs away from a viable pejorative about the beer. The carbonation was on the nose, once the palate adjusted to a bit of the bitterness, the mouth feel took on more silky dimensions and had a respectable degree of not making the alcohol feel boozy or hot.

Its a decent beer at a decent price.

Jun 08, 2020
3.42 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Aug 02, 2019
3.48 by ronniebruner from Arizona on Jun 24, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bluesteven from California

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.

Jun 22, 2019
4.66 by JonBoy23 from California on May 24, 2018
4.15 by IRONRakkasan from California on Apr 14, 2018
3.25 by trytoketchup from Colorado on Feb 09, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
4.38 by Peter_M_Morris from California on Jan 01, 2018
3.75 by Marvicsin from California on Dec 31, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by wmartin from North Carolina

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.

Dec 06, 2017
3.75 by paulish from New York on Dec 02, 2017
3.5 by NeverSettle from Texas on Aug 22, 2017
3.5 by zbooks from Texas on Aug 22, 2017
3.5 by hopsonhopsonhops from Arizona on May 14, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

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.

Apr 25, 2017
3.85 by mrcraft from California on Mar 28, 2017
3.5 by rawfish from California on Feb 06, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Ahypercube from California

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.

Feb 01, 2017
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2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by pants678 from California

Brown, off white head.

Sweet malt.

Something slightly metallic screws with the candy sweetness. Seems like it's shooting for milk chocolate rather than dark, but maybe needs lactose to help out.

Medium bodied, feels a tad light, or maybe I'm so used to stouts.

Jan 22, 2017
3.87 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Dec 15, 2016
3.75 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Dec 11, 2016
3.77 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Dec 06, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Brolo75 from California

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.

Nov 25, 2016
3.6 by Keeling from California on Nov 11, 2016
4.64 by ez_duz_it from California on Sep 02, 2016
3.4 by dertyd from California on Aug 21, 2016
4.23 by Studfarm69 from California on Jul 12, 2016
3.86 by robbase9 from Arizona on Jun 03, 2016
3.99 by MasterPenguins from Indiana on May 28, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by gshak from Texas

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.

May 27, 2016
3.74 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 19, 2016
3 by kylemckinnis from Colorado on Apr 08, 2016
3.98 by johlac66 from California on Mar 23, 2016
3.5 by Skellbop from New York on Mar 07, 2016
Chocolate Bomber from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 342 ratings