Chocolate Porter | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GClarkage on 03-15-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by williamjbauer:
Photo of williamjbauer
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap served in a pint glass.
Served in the brewhouse in Eureka, Ca.

A - Clear dark brown with little light on the edges streaming through. Good head retention, good lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a tiny amount of nutmeg spiciness.

T - Most of the action in the front palate, roasted barley backbone with chocolate, and less so coffee. Kind of weak and watery on the tongue. Minimal bitterness and a complete lack of hop balance.

M - Weak body and almost no carbonation.

O - Pretty average beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something new on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured from the tap a deep dark brown with some noticeable ruby tint a thinner but well formed almond colored head atop.Mild roastiness and bitter chocolate in the nose mainly,well rounded flavors with nothing hitting to hard everything seemed in blaance very roasted up front with a just as hefty earthiness that hits midway thru to the finish,the chocolate comes thru in lightly sweet traces even more so in the finish that lingers well.A solid porter the chocolate isnt overdone it lends just enough sweetness to balance the dry earthy tone,very nice.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's. Well chocolate is in and here is another one, it does bolden a regular porter taste. Sweet lighter side mouthfeel. Mocha head on dark brown. Bittersweet chocolate but sweet stoutish flavour, moderately acidic which does not get covered by all of the sweetness and chocolate.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Poured a dark dark brown but with the ability to shine light through on the corners. The beer was poured with no head, but it left ok lacing. Smell was nice and roasty and chocolatey, the taste was very tastey chocolate malt. Moutfeel was a bit light and maybe too carbonated but barely so. Drinkability was good as this was very tastey.

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Photo of Rutager
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osi
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown with decent lacing.

S - Dark malts, very sweet with slight hops. Hops were good and dank though.

T - Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, molasses with slight hops.

M - Medium to heavy with little carbonation.

D - Good to try, but I probably would not get again.

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

Black draft pour with ruby see through; thick off white head; very good lace. Roasted malt nose. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Slick tongue coating and light mouthfeel. Very good overall; I liked fact that chocolate was not sweet and there was a little bittersweet bite on the tip of my tongue.

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Photo of Jobin_24
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charlzm
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/23/09 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Pours very dark brown. From the tap, an enormous tan head formed (four fingers high or more). When the tulip glass was eventually filled and handed over with a more appropriately sized head (which in turn became a sticky circle of lacing by the bottom of the glass), the head was so dense with tiny bubbles that I suspected a nitro tap. However, I was told this was just a normal CO2 tap. Wow.

The aroma is mellow chocolate with a slight metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick (but not to the point of earning the adjective "chewy").

Not surprinsgly, there is a notable chocolate flavor to this beer. It is more akin to a Young's DCS than some more extreme beer. There is more coffee and roasted malt character than chocolate, however. A lightly sweet lactic note as well. Flavor is slightly on the thin side, which is how porters always strike me.

Took me a long time to finish this glass, as it just wasn't crave-worthy enough to activate the greedy gulper side of me.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one of these on tap at Papago. It's a dark brown with a little bit of head. Smells more of coffee than porter, but there's enough choco in there to make it worthwhile. it's a nice blend of flavors, but overall, the flavor is on the mild side. Nice amount of carbonation, and fairly drinkable. A middle of the road porter.

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the all mighty Billy Goat Tavern in Mt. Shasta.

Beer pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts and bitter chocolates.

Taste follows the aromas. Full porter flavors, dark roasted malts, slightly sweet creamy malts, and some slight coffee flavors. Chocolate notes are there, slightly sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice full feeling.

Drinkability is good. This is an interesting porter that is well worth trying.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

March 2005- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a standard pint glass from the tap.

Appearance- Nice black colored liquid, tight white firm head and average lacing.

Smell- Burnt malt and a light dark chocolate scent.

Taste- The chocolate was more subduded than I was expecting in this one. There was a bit of dark chocolate, but not a ton. I would say the malt and nutty aspects came through more than the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy and a bit higher than average carbonation I would like for a porter.

Drinkability- I just wish it had more of a chocolate background to it. I've had several regular porters that have had more chocolate taste than this one. Still, not a bad brew.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a nice tan foamy head. Clear brew, with some reddish highlights. The aroma is not acutely chocolatey, although the malts are dominant. Slightly sweet in this respect. The flavor brings out the cocoa notes a little more. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. The barley really just isn't a big flavor driver here, while the hops add very little. Very light mouthfeel, and very light in general. Not much of substance here.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Lucky Baldwin's March 2007
This beer sits with a frothy, brown tinged tan head that starts out about a half-finger in thickness. It sits atop a dark, chocolate brown, brilliantly clear beer. There is a faint chocolate nose to this brew, that really asks for a sip to get a sense of this beers character.

There is a fairly solid chocolate taste here; perhaps a hint of alcohol as well. The beer is quite dry initially, with a slightly bitter, cocoa driven finish that also has just a hint of roast coffee character to it. This beer is fairly light bodied and is definitely quite easy drinking. Sweet malty notes accentuate the chocolate character, which is akin to chocolate malt ball candies. This is interesting and tasty, but lacks the malt complexity and depth that I would want in a great beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Lucky Baldwin's.

Dark brown porter with an inch high biege head. Not much lacing on the glass at all.

Aroma was good, reminiscent of sweet malts; there is a distinct chocolate milk aroma.

The best way to describe the flavor is to take an average porter and cross it with nesquick (or some other powdered chocolate milk mix). Good flavor but a bit on the wimpy side for me.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and the flavor didn't really stick around and dance around on my toungue.

Easily drinkable porter but left a bit to be desired. A decent brew but I won't be going out of my way to get more (although I won't turn it down!).

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Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a very dark brown that showed some ruby highlights when held to light. There was a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was some brown malts and a hint of chocolate. The taste was a decent amount of sweet chocolate against a nice malt backbone with an interesting hop bitterness right behind. The beer was light and refreshing and quite enjoyable, this is one they need to consider bottling.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The Chocolate Porter pours a deep black, with a slight ruby color. Nice tan head on top that lingers for a whil and retains about and eighth of an inch. Very nice lacing. Very nice chocolate and coffee aromas, very faint sweetness. Some sweet breakfast malts. Nice mellow chocolate flavors, hints of coffee, and light on the hops as expected. Nice complement on the sweet malts that make this a nice porter. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a nice carbonation level. This is a very good flavored porter. I could drinks several of these.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Porter from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 20 ratings