CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut PorterCHP - Chocolate 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.

Added by mentor on 10-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
261
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
64
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by jj139:
Photo of jj139
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On Tap @ Brewery in a 4 oz tasting glass.

A - Dark, dark brown with a tan/mocha 1/4 inch head. Lacing is present but not very thick or heavy.

S - Heavy Roasted Malt, chocolate, dark caramel, and toasted hazelnuts.

T - Coffee, chocolate and hazelnuts are the forward trio here, followed by some toasted malts.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. A creamy , nutty finish.

O - While I really enjoyed Heretic's Porter, this one, while good, didn't "wow" me the way the others did. Don't misunderstand, it is good beer but I am not sure if I would pick some up to enjoy very often.

Having said that this was a last minute taste after spending some time at my most recent visit to the brewery ... palate fatigue perhaps?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a dark brown black. There's a slight hazelnut aroma Metallic finish thin bodied doesn't deliver. Somewhat of a disappointment that a larger malt backing could easily remedy.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Marius
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottled 10 Nov. 2014.

A: Pours near black with a short light brown head. Poor head retention soon left only a ring but there was some spotty lacing.

S: Rich chocolate initially followed by a stronger nutty hazelnut note with a hint of peanuts. Black bread in the background. Exceptionally pleasant mix of well balanced aromatics.

Taste: the dark and sweet chocolate is more evident here compared to the roasted nut flavors. The hazelnut does linger on in the aftertaste. Lightly and appropriately sweet. Dark roasted grains with a faint smokiness become more apparent as the ale warms.

Feel: Medium bodied; very smooth; medium carbonation.

O: A solid porter with restrained and well balanced contributions from chocolate and hazelnut. The blend overall slightly favors the hazelnuts, but even together these are scream FLAVORED beer.

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Photo of Brewcycler
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head puffs up to a rocky 3 fingers in width and shows great retention before settling to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - The aroma is amazing! Notes of roasted peanut and hazelnut with milk chocolate and traces of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose, though less cohesive. Fair notes of roasted peanut and hazelnut, while a lightly supportive milk chocolate character rides beneath. Touches of earth. Kinda light; takes a big gulp to get the full flavor, which is amazing when done.

Mouthfeel - Closer to light than medium in body with soft carbonation. A little too soft; could use just a hair more carbonation. Really smooth, though.

Overall - It's delicious, but doesn't quite have the potency in flavor to reach that World Class status. When gulped it felt like I was drinking one of the best porters I've ever had, but when drank within normal "sipping ranges" (whatever that means) it was good to decent. So... I don't know. This one's got me a tad perplexed. Definitely one to try again.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dougieboy
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of dertyd
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Uzarnayme
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma has lots of hazelnut and chocolate right up front.
The taste starts with mild chocolate bitterness, then roasted malt sweet and carries through to a tapered sweet ending.
The texture is smooth with low carbonation.
Excellent balance for a decadent beer.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ironchefkook
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hoppy91
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Beerandwhiskey63
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome and definitely a beer i'd get again. Super sweet but has that porter taste you want. Just like they said when I read the description before I got it, dessert in a glass.

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Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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