Chocolate Hazelnut Porter
Heretic Brewing Company

Chocolate Hazelnut PorterChocolate Hazelnut Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #212
Ranked #14,303
3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Chocolate Hazelnut PorterChocolate Hazelnut Porter
Notes: 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.
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Quadman from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well crafted porter. Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. The look, smell, taste and feel are spot oon with the BA notes. Very easy to drink. If you like porters then this brew is for you.

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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer off the tapper at Oak & Stone Restaurant in Naples, Florida. The beer poured a nearly opaque dark amber with very thin off white head that did not leave any ace. The scent had hazelnut and cocoa notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet chocolate malt base and hazelnut highlights. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a great beer!

Apr 03, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7%. Black colour, large to moderate tan head. Pleasant and unusual aroma of lightly roasted hazelnuts, hints of chocolate and mild coffee. Medium dry flavour of roast malts and roast nuts, surprisingly little chocolate, more distinct coffee and bittering hops (33 IBU). Smooth and pleasant to drink.

Mar 09, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of a can, pours Coca Cola black with a huuuge lacing head. Smells of chocolate, hazelnut, toffee. Taste follows, milk chocolate, mild coffee, spices, and a distinct hazelnutty bitterness. The ABV is hidden very well, which helps make it even smoother. In fact, the smoothness almost reminds me of a Guinness. As a single it’s a good beer, but on tap I think it’d be even better.

Jan 23, 2021
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REDAMI from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, not going with the Chimay goblet this time, but to save time... Straight from the 16oz silver can.

L: Look? Well, the can is simple and straightforward... When they make transparent cans, perhaps I'll revisit and update lol

S: Roasted grains and a peanut butter like note (undoubtably the hazelnut), inviting.

T: Bitter dark chocolate hits first and lingers a bit before the hazelnut flavors creep in with the other toasted grains.

F: It is rather smooth (the can wasn't lying about that) and if it is indeed 7% abv, its very well concealed... It's not as robust as many porters but the subtle chocolate and hazelnut flavors are welcoming and subtle.

O: If you enjoy smooth porters with a hint of that extra something, this is as advertised, rich and smooth and a very nice fall warmer.

Jan 16, 2021
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is chocolate, dark malts and big hazelnuts/nuts. The flavor is dark malts/grains,, chocolate, slight earthiness/yeast and a nutty/mild/medium sweet finish.

Jan 10, 2021
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hefty rocky head. Almost completely opaque. Slight bit of light shining through shows the color of nutella. There will be lots of comparisons to nutella given that this is a chocolate hazelnut beer.

S: Beautiful and rich. Definitely has the chocolate and hazelnut mix down. The hazelnut doesn't overpower, which is rare to see.

T: Nice smooth creaminess. Was expecting the chocolate or hazelnut to pop out at different points, but they both feel a bit washed out by some hop spiciness.

O: Easy to drink, but not quite what I hoped for. It is a porter first with some hints of chocolate hazelnut. The hop and carbonation feel off. Still, not bad.

Oct 20, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/30/2020. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas and flavors of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, roasted hazelnut, biscuit, toast, brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, dark fruit, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, peppery, piney, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, roasted hazelnut, biscuit, toast, brown bread/crust, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnuts, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnuts, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish; not overly bitter/roasty. Awesome complexity of rich malts, hazelnuts; with nice earthy hop presence and mild fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

Sep 08, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressions of this beer are pretty good kind of turned off by the fact that it has sediment in it lumps in my deep dark brown brew are kind of unsettling. that is nice with a half inch of mocha Froth that settles to an excellent ring. Smell is sublime hazelnuts my God straight up hazelnuts and chocolate never smelled a more hazelnut forward beer in my life. Taste is greeted by the same amount nuttiness with not as much sweet chocolate as I could smell in the aroma in fact kind of leads with that bitter dry Porter note that reminds me to take another sip. Body is excellent for 7% It goes down smooth and it's silky. Overall a really impressive hazelnut Porter that could definitely use more chocolate or sweetness but it's pretty decent the way it is.

Jul 28, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/2/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; nice creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of hazelnut, chocolate and peanut butter. Hints of vanilla. Malts do their thing. The flavors follow the nose. The hazelnut really comes through without completely dominating. The chocolate comes through. More hints of peanut butter. More subtle hints of vanilla. Subtle roasted characteristics. Moderate to low bitterness. It's not sweet. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very sharp, crisp, slightly fluffy and smooth.

This is a nice porter. The chocolate and hazelnut shine without being overwhelming. They deliver what you would expect. It's enjoyable stuff. I like it.

Mar 03, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped the top of the can, and the beer erupted. It created a beautiful mess. I will finish the night with a porter. Hopefully, this beer is one of the better ones I have tried tonight. The pour of beer produced a two-finger medium tan head. The retention of the beer's head is average. The beer had lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34, a dark brown. The porter appearance is typical for this style.

The initial aroma in the beer is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Cereal, oats, bread, earthiness, char, and molasses are the other aromas.

The first sip of the beer nutty, dark roasted, malts, bready, coffee, and chocolate. Next, I taste cereal, caramelized sugar, oats, molasses, char, a hint of Mailliard, earthy, and toffee.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and slightly dry.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The rich nutty aromas in the beer gave the beer depth. The chocolate is slightly bitter like bakers chocolate. I like the beer with the nuts. I could sip on a few of these beer.

Feb 08, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 3.52/ 16 oz can ($ 0.220/oz) at Chalet Party Shoppe, Middlebury, IN. Reviewed 9/20/19.
“CANNED 06/20/19 14:45” on bottom rim. On shelf at store. Stored at hotel reefer temperature and served at same temperature in a hand-washed and dried glass coffee cup.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque. A thin layer of tan precipitate forms on the bottom.
Head – Large (Maximum 7.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, average duration, diminishing to a 13 mm dense cap with lots of lacing remaining as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide three-dimensional bands of extremely tiny bubbles connected by many thin columns. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Chocolate with a light nuttiness.
Flavor – 3.75 – Begins with slightly bitter chocolate and just a hint of coffee. The filberts come in toward the end, but the slight bitterness makes me think of old nuts – would have been better slightly sweeter. No alcohol (7 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75. A decent beer but, IMHO, probably would have been better without the nuts, just as a straight porter.

Sep 20, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter.
Picked up a can while visiting PA recently, not an available beer in CT.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head of 2 cm. The foam fades quickly to a wispy surface layer.
Aroma is all malt with dark chocolate, some roasted notes, and a faint hit of nutella in the background.
There isnt any hop character here and the ABV is hidden too.
Wish the nose was a little more bold, but what it does show is nice.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with gentle rolling carbonation. Very appealing physical traits on this brew.
Flavor is what is advertised by the nose. But again less robust than I had hoped when purchasing the can.
I get some roasted hit and dark chocolate up front with some sweeter hot cocoa quality and finish with a bit of nutella hazelnut. No hops and the booze is hidden too. This is a good beer but could be great with a little more umph on the nose and flavor profile.
Worth buying but not chasing.

Jul 10, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

May 23, 2019
SANDSTORM from California

3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Apr 03, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Feb 25, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Feb 22, 2019
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kflorence from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Dec 28, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Dec 26, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Oct 13, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Mar 07, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Mar 04, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Feb 10, 2018
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NwMaltHead91 from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Nov 23, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 01, 2017
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