Chocolate Hazelnut Porter
Heretic Brewing Company

Chocolate Hazelnut PorterChocolate Hazelnut Porter
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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #198
Ranked #15,785
3.91 | pDev: 11%
Mar 25, 2022
Oct 17, 2013
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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4.2 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Mar 25, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Time for desert and a pour from a pint can into a clear Imperial pint glass. A good sign; chocolate and hazelnut are immediately picked up by the nose. The brew is black coffee brown, like just about every other porter, including the desert porters. Really not much of a head to describe. There is a nice sweet roasted malt backing to smell, but the chocolate and hazelnut are obvious. It drinks smoothly, but not richly. The flavors are there, but in a strange way, they're shallow and not ingrained fully into the overall taste. The sweetness level is at an enjoyable low level. It's not absent, it's just right for enjoying a porter with chocolate and hazelnut flavors. True to the description, there are also faint notes of coffee and caramel. Overall, it's a taste treat for those that like those added flavors in a malty brew. It has been done better.

Mar 12, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2022
3.94 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour- root beer brown with short khaki head and minimal lacing. Nose is sweet and nutty with hints of roasty malt. Taste follows with chocolate and coffee that linger on a light roasty finish.

Nov 24, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Having once lived in Fairfield and knowing that this brewery hooks it up for my high school alumni events, this beer was an easy one to take a chance on a single can.

Pours dark brown in one glass (long/skinny), black in the other (short, fat). Interesting. 1/2" lighter brown head. I think it looks good. The aroma stays true to the titular namesake of the beer, for both chocolate and hazelnut came across. Bonus points for some coffee and caramel notes at play.

Taste goes in the same direction, everything claimed exists and not in inconsequential esoteric ways, they are there, prominent yet in harmony with each other. Hint of dark fruit in the mouth feel moreso than the taste. Doesn't rely on sugary tricks to make the mouth feel smooth enough despite having a good roasted malt presence. Not overhopped or too bitter.

I think this was a pretty good beer at a pretty good price. Thanks for supporting WCW!

Nov 09, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

You know, this is one of those beers that I’ve walked by on the shelf for a long time without even considering to grab it. I’m not sure why since I love hazelnut, and I had a really great hazelnut stout at Long Live Beerworks a few years back. In any case, I went into the store the other day with an anything goes approach and ended up with this. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours very dark brown with 3 fingers of dark tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

You can really smell the authenticity of the nut character here, they feel fully roasted and used to their full potential. I'm picking up on aromas of creamy milk chocolate, roasted hazelnut, brown bready malt, toffee, a hint of earthy hops, and even a touch of black pepper for balance

Honestly all the same applies in taste, that roast comes through in the end to remind you this isn't supposed to be some over the top pastry porter. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting milk chocolate, light roast coffee, vanilla, light raisin, peppery hops, and light toffee. The swallow brings notes of roasted hazelnut, vanilla creme, toast, light roast coffee, cocoa powder, and a touch of charred malt

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a beer that walks the line between smooth and roasty. Finishes neutral but coats the mouth a bit

This is a nicely done nut porter. It's not overbearing, and it adds more to the roast than it does the sweetness. I'll get this again

Oct 17, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

A bit light in flavor and feel. The nuttiness and roastiness of it are well melded.

Oct 02, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beejay from Virginia

A: dark brown to black in color with a large creamy brown head

S: creamy chocolate, with some nuttiness. Smells smooth and creamy.

T: milk chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut. With slight coffee notes, and brown sugar.

M: medium thick, with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: this is my jam. Really enjoy it.

Sep 12, 2021
4.67 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jul 03, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by reknirdsuomynona from Massachusetts

Pint can poured into a pint mug

A - The beer is a very dark amber color. Rusty reds are visible where light can make it through. Pours with about one finger worth of tan head of which a thin coat sticks around on the surface. Lacing is minimal but present.

S - Chocolate and hazelnut dominate the nose. No hops that I can detect. Smells sweet, bordering on sickly sweet. Faint hints of the malt sometimes cut through.

T - Just what it says in the name. Chocolate and hazelnut are at the forefront. It's sweet but thankfully not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Almost like a Rocher chocolate without most of the sugar. Good balance, very smooth plus a nice soft earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Leaves a nice dark chocolatey aftertaste. No alcohol burn to be found.

M - Medium body and somewhat harsh carbonation. One pint is likely to fill you up pretty well. Would be hard to get through the whole can with a meal. Probably best to drink on its own.

Overall this is a solid flavored porter. It's smooth, balanced and not too sweet. Interesting concept and flavor profile. Wouldn't call it outstanding but I'd say it's worth a try for fans of chocolate beers.

May 31, 2021
3.75 by mblakesley from California on May 08, 2021
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Apr 26, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Quadman from Ohio

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.

Apr 21, 2021
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

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
4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Mar 31, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

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
4 by MGibbons from Maryland on Feb 02, 2021
4.9 by Mikeking99 from Florida on Jan 23, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Iamaskier from Idaho

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
4 by RMW66 from Australia on Jan 17, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REDAMI from Ohio

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
3.37 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 10, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jzlyo from Iowa

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
4.02 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Oct 24, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by penguinsgoboom from California

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
3.77 by grahuba from Connecticut on Sep 20, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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
4.12 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jun 14, 2020
3.9 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Mar 28, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

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
3.93 by travelguy from Ohio on Feb 26, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by terry33 from Virginia

I'm a hop head through and through but I found this porter to be excellent. I'm not sure what made me try it but I'm glad I did.

Feb 21, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

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
4.01 by williahd from Maine on Jan 12, 2020
4.4 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jan 02, 2020
4 by Irrationalist from California on Oct 31, 2019
3.92 by sirspins from Florida on Oct 21, 2019
Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 369 ratings