Chocolate Porter | Amherst Brewing

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Amherst Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ppoitras on 04-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second beer on a recent visit to ABC. The beer arrives chilled in an 8 oz mug. Brew is a dark cola brown with some subdued ruby highlights. A creamy tan head rests across the surface .3 cm deep.
Aroma is some roasted grain and some cocoa powder, almost sweet chocolate milk. First sip reveals a silky smooth beer with very fine gentle carbonation almost non-existent. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and some brown sugar, then moves to strong roast notes with almost coffee bite. Finish is lingering roast with no hops to be found anywhere. A tasty beer for sure, thought it would be sweeter going in, but was not disappointed in the roastiness.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a rugged dark brown close to black color with a thin cap of an off white foamy head. Gentle dissipation and a tickle of lace slides around the glass on into the body. The aroma carried some cocoa and roastiness to play with a touch of bitterness to form out at the ends. The flavor leans to the sweet side popping in some subtle roastiness. Mostly balanced aftertaste between sweet and roast with the same finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionably smooth Porter-like body. Good carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty good chocolate porter worthy of having again if I could get it.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another drink sampled at the ABC. The beer had a very dark appearance with a brown head which lasted a long time on the beverage. The aromas were much more oak-like than chocolate leading to a good taste but a bit disappointment in expected flavor. The taste was a bit frappe-like, however, making it a desert beer. However, the beverage did have a bitter aftertaste. The porter had a medium body with some fizzy carbonation when drank. In general, it was not as desert like as I hoped, but it was a good porter.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 3 finger head into my ginormous 32 oz. mug.
Black in color with insane retention.

Smell: chocolate malts with some caramel and pale that are very faint in the back. A little bit of a sour blend. As the beer warms, choclate comes out more and more.

Taste is very nice. This is a real porter, there is a nice caramel malting balanced nice chocolateiness that creates a sort of minty undertone.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonted. It clings well but lacks creaminess that I expect from porters. Has a slight wateriness on the palate while being crisp.
2Thanks to ppoitras for the sample. A nice beer for the 35 degree weather here.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body poured into a pint glass. Small light mocha head with decent retention. Lace coats the whole glass.

S- Cocoa porter for sure. Rich chocolate, nutty and caramel malt. Not the strongest overall aroma, faint.

T- Cocoa forward porter. Caramel malt, dark chocolate, nutty, dark fruit and grainy notes.

MF- Lighter body with a slight watery feel. Moderate carbonation and a cocoa bitterness.

Solid porter with a definite cocoa aspect to it.

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Photo of JohannesRaatz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Presented in a pint glass.

Dense 3/4" head above this opaque dark brown/black brew. Laces well, with an aroma dominated by dark grains, and defined by the sweet chocolate tinges, even in the nose. Taste puts on display a range of dark malts, with chocolate sweetness dominant, but coffee roastiness and even some light smoke making cameo appearances. Smooth mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, even for the heartiness of the brew.

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Photo of currysage1
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a cask pour at the brewery, beautiful pint of Porter. Pillowy two finger beige head with dark brown swirling. Stuck around most of the way down, lacing was good and all the way down the glass.

Smell was of a good Porter, bitter cold coffee, somewhat acrid, slight chocolate.

Taste was a surprise, I love Porters but this was very bitter. Much more so than normal, also no real chocolate taste to be had, if it was there it mingled with the dark coffee flavors so much it got overwhelmed. I still enjoyed it but it honestly was just an average Porter in my book.

Mouthfeel was nice though, good carbonation on the tongue, very easy drinking, just the right thinness to it.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jkeefe1800
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown, hoever it poured an extremely dark brown. No light penetrated. Thick, creamy head on top. Aroma was burnt toast, dark chocolate, and coffee. An explosion of flavor was similar to the nose. But if this is the chocolate beer, the smoked porter must be SMOKEY! The flavor was more smokey than choclate. But very, very nice. Brought the taste buds to life. Body was very full. More than two of these would deaden the taste buds for a bit, but those first couple would be very drinkable.

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Photo of tberry1693
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Chocolate Porter from Amherst Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 13 ratings