Yuengling / Hershey’s - Chocolate Porter
Yuengling Brewery

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American Porter
Ranked #189
Ranked #12,217
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a fresh take on Yuengling’s 200-year-old Dark Brewed Porter. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy, for a limited time only, America’s #1 craft brewery, Yuengling, come together with America’s most iconic chocolate brand, Hershey’s, for their first-ever collaboration — Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter.
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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft only offering.

Pours a dark cola brown color with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. There is an almost powdery like appearance to the beer.

Aroma is remarkable - rich notes of Hershey's chocolate waft across the palate with some dried cocoa notes. TO be clear, the aroma here is Hershey's chocolate which is different than regular chocolate. It even has that slight twang you get from Hershey's chocolate in the nose. Its remarkable how well they captured that here. Underneath that you get some light roasted malts.

Taste follows the nose by capturing Hershey's chocolate so well. Rich milk chocolate notes with some roasted malts come through. You do get that slight twangy acidity that is present in Hershey's chocolate here in the beer. Roasted malts are resent underneath the chocolate notes. Slight bittering hops are noted on the back end, but seem to just provide a slight balance to the sweetness of the beer. Its definitely sweet as you might expect but not cloying.

Feel is light, incredibly smooth with a slight powdery dryness that comes through. Moderate carbonation. Overall the feel is within the range of what you would expect for a porter.

This is a fantastically executed beer. The Hershey's chocolate is so well captured in a supremely drinkable porter. They hit a home run here with what they were going for. Really enjoyed this one, just sad that I will only get to have this one once.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jdells09
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manoshandsoffate
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark chocolate fudge, like an ice cream topping. Not much head retention. Leaves minimal lacing.

S: Pure chocolate ice cream. Like Turkey Hill Double Dunker. Enormously pleasant.

T: Just like the ice cream at first, becoming more warming and wine-like on the back of the tongue. A real Pennsylvania treat!

F: I'm tempted to call this the beer's only shortcoming, but it's not bad at all. It's just got a mild astringency that clings to the palate like wine. The carbonation is mild but noticeable.

O: An excellent holiday brew. Nothing wrong with this one. Drink heartily my friends!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 pints at Romas in Pottsville this evening.

Arrives at the table in a pint glass. A bit too cold, but it warms soon enough. Dk brown body with a small off white head which persists in lesser form most of the way through. A little lacing early on.

Smells like chocolate milk, pure and simple. No roasted malt aromas, but the smell is pretty delicious.

Upon tasting, it pretty much follows the nose. There is no roasted malt, so it's a sweet drink. Goes down extremely easy. Abv, not listed here, is 5.0.

Mouth between thin and medium, so it's a bit light. There is a faint metallic taste right at the end.

Overall, easily the best beer I've had from yuengling. I have a serious sweet tooth, and am a known chocoholic, so this is right up my alley.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(32 oz growler, sampled day after fill... shared between 2 14 oz mugs)

Shared this with my brother - he immediately suggested it simply tasted like Hershey's syrup was added, while I was on the fence about that, thinking it had more of a melted Hershey Kiss back note... the liquid was a murky black coffee (dark brown) color, decent amount of tan head rose on the pour(s)... faint essence of hot chocolate, muddled roasted grain... first sip definitely brought a firm burst of chocolate flavoring, not all that bad, not terribly sweet, with a subtle background tone of acrid roasted barley; the base flavor of the Yuengling beer most definitely obscured... mellow residual viscosity it seemed, but the added swell to its body suited the flavors (and perhaps supported the idea of a syrup addition)... going into it, I wondered if it might be similar to Samuel Smith's chocolate stout - while it had a similarity in the bold charge of chocolate flavor, this porter was a little more homebrew-like in its loose presentation... enjoyable for sure, and I will try a bottle when that's available, but this seems more like something that wouldn't be shamed or degraded by adding a scoop of vanilla hand-dipped; a novelty, nothing more (1591)

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of randelhall
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Too Sweet

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to taste this one, huge Hershey fan! We drove to Al's Pizza of Hampton just to get a taste before heading to dinner. It has a great aroma of Hershey chocolate and the first taste was delectable. However the finish was stony and just off. Not sure. A bit of a let down, but good try.

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a beige head.

Blending a PA chocolate with a PA porter that isn't half bad to start with is a great concept. However, the result was a pretty weak brew that was neither roasty enough nor chocolatey enough to satisfy.

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Photo of lccrunchy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griffin2
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 32 oz crowler into a willi becher pint glass.
L - Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head.
S - Smells of chocolate.
T - Tastes of bready malt with cocoa powder on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Decent chocolatey porter.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow this legit tastes like a liquified chocolate bar. So fucking good!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black, with not much head. Big sweet aroma rich chocolate. Flavor is thick, lots of chocolate syrup flavors. Good body and flavor. Overall, a really full flavored beer, with actually chocolate syrup flavors.

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Photo of cp45
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sjblanch1984
2.35/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP1356
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dresserinthecorn
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying I never expected this beer to stand up to the buzz being created on the lead up to release, and I'm happy to be wrong.

It pours a rich, literal chocolate brown, that does the job of stopping light from passing through. The nose starts with heavy, sweet chocolate and ends with an equally heavy dose of bitter chocolate. No real hop or malt notes show up in the aroma, just straight chocolate (if you've ever visited Chocolate World, you'll immediately recognize the smell).
The taste is just as chocolately as the nose. It's starts with a surprisingly heavy mouthfeel which brings with it a huge dose of hershey's dark chocolate. The dark chocolate fades into the unmistakable flavor of hershey's milk chocolate. The finish leaves those lingering chocolate flavors bouncing back and forth between dry and sweet long enough to make you excited for the next sip.

Overall, I say job well done by both parties on this collaboration. It's definitely more Hershey than Yuengling but I can't really say that's a bad thing.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Yuengling / Hershey’s - Chocolate Porter from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 82 ratings