Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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3.89/5
Very Good
Chocolate Hazelnut PorterChocolate Hazelnut Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, or CHP as we call it, is a dessert in a glass. It is a rich, robust porter bursting with luscious chocolate and hazelnut. Notes of coffee and caramel round out this delicious treat.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,997
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
322
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
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17
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 322
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

really cool beer, one of the better nut beers ive had of late, pronounced enough but not forced, fake, or sweet. neat that they are canning it too. the pour is pretty, light luster black in the glass with a real creamy frothy grayish brown head on it and some fish food looking sediment towards the bottom of it, but not too bad there. aroma is big porter first, roasty with a coffee layer, and with some obvious charry sort of bitterness there, but the cocoa and the hazelnut are there too, natural, more adult and earthy than candy sweet or anything, maybe a nut flour was used, it almost has that texture when i get it in my mouth. the flavor is really balanced, not dominated by the additives, which immediately makes it more appealing to me, more natural, more drinkable. the hazelnut is cool, so nice with the dark malts and i definitely get a dark chocolate note here too, a perfect match. the chocolate element isnt sweet at all which is cool, and its all so well integrated, they really do have a great recipe here, whether you like this sort of thing or not. smooth and lathery feel without it being too heavy, i like the moderate abv for what it is, and think this doesnt just have to be for dessert. i havent had a ton of beer from heretic yet, but each time i have one, i have been impressed. they seem to be putting out some really high quality beer across a huge range of styles. this is among the better nut beers i have had.

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Photo of SANDSTORM
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: 3.75 Very dark amber, clear, very very thick head, three finger mocha colour, wide variation in bubble size
S: 3.5 heavily roasted malt, light on the dark chocolate, hazelnut enters late, but pleasant
T: 3.5 not especially even. heavy on the dark roasted malt up front, then the chocolate kicks in, but only half-assing it, hazelnut then follows as an afterthought, finishing with the bitter heat of a mid-priced bourbon
F: 4.0 overall, she’s thicc. thin on the front end, strong in the middle, and fades out quickly. you have to eat through the head before you get to the body, and then it’s like a light meal from then on. all the carbonation lives on top, and feels dense in the middle and thin at the bottom.
O: 3.75

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a charcoal mahogany color with a tan head that fades to mahogany on the edges. The nose is filled with chocolate and hazelnut aromas, and there’s some stone fruit, too.

The chocolate and hazelnut flavors dominate the taste, but the stone fruit is the anchor, IMHO. This is the definition of an easy drinking dessert beer with load of flavor.

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Photo of Amendm
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a pint can(canned on 01/02/19) yields a finger of beige froth, short lived with ridges and spots of lacing. Opaque deep dark brown, almost flat black in color.
Smells of powdered chocolate mix, toasted caramel(Bulls Eyes candy), and faint coffee.
Semi-sweet and mildly bitter taste, the chocolate has a smooth feel and a candy sweetness leads to a mixture of toasted flavors; malt, chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee and faint hops.
Roasted flavors, increased bitterness, and a slight alcohol astringency during the aftertaste.
Medium-rich body, average carbonation. Malty rich and smooth feel. Almost session-able.
I was put off by the smell and looks at 1st, the taste and malty richness redeems this beer.

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Photo of kflorence
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful on the pour with a thick, frothy off-white head. Dissipates with lacing as you drink. Smells of roasty chocolate, nuts, sweet, dark fruit and some floral/spicy hoppiness. Taste is pretty much identical to the nose; bitter, roasty chocolate up front, climaxing to a sweet, floral hoppiness on the swallow and finishing crisp with lingering chocolate maltiness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some chewiness, but comes off a bit thin. Overall a solid porter that delivers on the characteristics of its name, if a bit simplistic or one-dimensional.

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Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge head production. Fair retention leaving behind clumps of frothy lacing.

Nose is robust and roasty. Hazelnut and chocolate are present but restrained.

Flavor is a touch thin, but features the same notes as the nose. Chocolate is very light, coming through mostly on the back half. Hazelnut is nice but not particularly strong. Roasted malt is really the primary tone, with notes of coffee, caramel, and red grapes.

Smooth, lively, and right on point for a 7% brew.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped as '08/14/18'.
Cola brown colored body. Light tan colored, creamy head, with a good prescence of bubbles. Leaves behind a thin film of lacing.
Aroma is chocolate and oily hazel nuts.
Taste is dark roasted malts with milk chocolate and a nut like flavor, favoring hazelnuts.
Medium mouth feel, with some creaminess. Good carbonation.
Very smooth drinking porter. The chocolate flavor is rather familiar but not so with the hazelnuts. A little sweet but not overly so, and a porter without a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 650mL bottle into 20oz tulip glass. Bottling date is 12/08/17, so not the freshest.

Look: Pours medium to dark brown. Not sure why, but resembles cola. Half in head formed that is off-white, which dissipated rather quickly. Prominent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Hazelnut up front, then the fusion of chocolate and malt. Pretty solid smell.

Taste: follows the nose, with hazelnut and malt being the dominant forces within the taste. Not getting too much chocolate. There is an off-putting metallic taste in this beer, perhaps due to the age. It is strong enough to where I am not really enjoying it.

Feel: Feel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Wish there was more body to this beer.

Overall: I was really looking forward to trying this beer, but I think mine was a little too old. The metallic taste and thin body made it not all that desirable. I will have to try fresher and re-review.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a thick beige head; nice retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate forward with the hazelnut and vanilla flavors developing; hints of roast appear in the middle, checking the sweetness and providing balance to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice adjunct beer that impresses with balance

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Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served into a goblet at Boundary brewhouse.

Pours a brown body with a two finger brown head.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate and roasty coffee and caramel, a little nutty but not getting much hazelnut. Thin mouthfeel low carbonation.

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Photo of NwMaltHead91
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a strong hazelnut flavor, with little complexity in the malt. Bitterness is well balanced. Nice tan head, with nutty nose. Pretty decent

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with a one inch rocky top. Taste is baker's and milk chocolate and nutella. Medium bodied, sweet with low carbonation. Wish there was more hazelnut but makes for a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly tasty, just wish there was a little more substance to it. Look is jet black but thin and somewhat pedestrian with just a thin white head and no lacing. Smell and taste take things to another level. Wonderful aromas of bakers chocolate, toasted malt, baked oats, dank earth, and nuttiness. Flavors of milk chocolate, hazelnut, iced coffee, dirty malt, and toasted wheat. Wonderfully sippable and flavorful. But very thin and un-robust in terms of feel and viscosity. You put the aromas and flavors of this beer into a heartier body and you have a world-class porter. As is it is just above-average.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a thick dark brown color close to black. An off white one finger head dissipates into a messy sticky stringy lacing. The smell started off with the chocolate, pretty thick and as it warmed, a gentle hazelnut makes its presence to assist in the balance. The taste started sweet through the chocolate and once again as it warmed, light hazelnut broadens the taste. The aftertaste definitely had a long milk chocolate leading into a wet chocolate finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. Its actually more of a sipper to be honest. Carbonation felt right as a porter and the chocolate and hazelnut helped to smooth things out nicely. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty nice chocolate hazelnut porter, hits all the right spots. Would probably even be better on a chilly Autumn evening.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a very deep brown to black in color and tops with thick fluffy tan head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass wall.

Very nutty and sweet in a nose, it is led by hazelnut at first. There comes chocolate, coffee, and caramel just slightly thereafter the nuttiness. There are also notes of vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, fudge, and roasted participating. Some smokiness appears when it starts to warm.

The taste is still dominated all over by big sweetness of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, fudge, but much bolder with roasted profile comparing to the aroma making it not too cloying. There is slight bitterness at the end mostly from roasted malt.

The body is rather light to medium and crisp with smooth mouthfeel and moderate to quite lively carbonation through the palate. The feeling is light and just right with a dry finish.

This is like a dessert in glass with lots of hazelnut, sweet vanilla, sugar, and caramel yet typical chocolate and coffee. A very easy drinkable Stout and proper especially for the sweet tooth. Alcohol is well hidden with just subtle touch when it is warm.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with minimal head Smells of chocolate malts taste of chocolate and just a little nutty. went down really smooth,. It is def. rich and bold in taste

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Photo of bwood06
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an after-dinner drink that I paired with dessert while my wife and I were out at a local restaurant with some friends of ours. It's very hard for me to pass up dark beers that incorporate hazelnuts, so this was a must have when I saw this on the menu.

This beer pours a pitch black hue with a creamy, tan head that is nice and persistent. Carbonation is not visible due to the opaque nature of the beer. 4.5/5 The aroma is heavy on coffee and bakers chocolate with some vanilla, smoke, charcoal, and a bit of a nutty undertone that works its way through as the beer warms. 4/5 The flavor profile is very much like the aroma with coffee, bakers chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and charcoal all playing a role. The vanilla is more pronounced here than in the aroma, plus the hazelnuts play a larger role and are more distinguishable here. The coffee note come across as cold brewed rather than espresso. Bitterness seems to be more coffee and chocolate based since there really is no hop profile to speak of. 4.5/5 This is a full bodied porter that is very heavy, but actually features a light carbonation burn to it. There is some drying and a light lingering dryness after swallowing. 4/5 This is a very flavorful porter that delivers on its namesake. It really is a dessert in a glass, just like the description, and pairs well with the sweet desserts that we had that night. 4.25/5

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, with a thin, cocoa colored head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is hazelnut and dark chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and molasses, with a light nuttiness and caramel notes. There is a slight metallic bite in the aftertaste. Could be a bit smoother perhaps? Still a decent porter overall though.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold, roasted chocolate, hazelnut, malt, molasses, semi sweet, maybe a hint of tobacco. Deep nutty, malt and cocoa nose. Black, mostly opaque, with soft foam head and lattice of lace. Medium body if not full. Makes a good after dinner dessert ale. 33 IBUs

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours black with a medium tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - roasted malts, dark chocolate, light nutty notes., caramel tones. Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate, light nut backnotes, roasted malts, light bitter finish. Well balanced porter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown color where light shines through the center. It appears to be clear. Lasting beige head with random minor spots throughout the glass for lace.

The smell is truly like chocolate and hazelnuts. Think Nutella flavored hot chocolate.

The taste starts like powdered cocoa with a dryness I wasn't expecting given the smell. Light cream initially. The swallow has a bit of a bitter bite but it is largely nondescript. I also get a metallic taste that is a bit distracting. The aftertaste is relatively short and is similar to the aftertaste of chocolate milk. Full bodied with a low level of carbonation.

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Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Clear dark mahogany pour with a tall tan head with decent retention. Notes of roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some oxidation and roasted hazelnuts. Medium body with a high carbonation and a roasty bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a black colour with a hint of cola at the bottom of the glass when held to the light, it has a good tan head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma chocolate, nuts, coffee, cocoa. Taste pretty much follows the nose.

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Photo of ccg
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

Look: Looks stouty. Pretty much jet black and opaque, with a dense, foamy head that coats the side of the glass when tilted, and the head settles into a long-lasting thin layer of tiny bubbles. One of the best-looking porters I've seen. 4.25

Smell: It delivers chocolate and nuttiness. To me, hazelnut beers and peanut-butter beers smells very similar and are difficult to distinguish. This one has a strong note of that general sweet nuttiness. Not a whole lot of malt or hops present on the nose. 4.0

Taste: Similar to the smell, but less bold. Sweet with a hint of chocolate and some general nuttiness. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, mild carbonation, decent body for a porter. 3.75

Overall: An enjoyable dessert beer. 3.75

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/24/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, hazelnuts and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 322 ratings