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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 | website

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
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
222
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
28.31%
 
 
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 222
Photo of Modish
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I don't care how much I spend on a beer I simply want something amazing this is the beer. Dark, smooth, complex but not too heavy bodied. One of my favorites.

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Photo of JMM0414
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dessert in liquid form, rich, robust porter with chocolate and hazelnut notes on the pallet. On the nose I get coffee and nutty hazelnut. Delicious beer!

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Photo of Beerandwhiskey63
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
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 dionito
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orgasmic!! That's the best way to describe this beer. I was at the brewery the other day and couldn't believe what I was tasting. If I had lived around I would have bought two kegs of it, or would have stolen them if they did not sell them to me. It's one of the best beers I've ever tasted with a perfect balance of roastiness, chocolate, and a hazelnut finish that makes everything glow and make you think you're in heaven. Can you see I did LOVE this beer? Get a plane to Fairfield, CA and try it. Or better yet, Jamil, ship it to WA!!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing runs around the glass.
The smell has a ton of hazelnut flavoring over big sweet chocolate malts, combines very nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet through the chocolate and hazelnut. A rich sweet combined chocolate hazelnut aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionable to sipping quality. Carbonation runs light to allow a subtle creaminess running over my tongue.
Overall, this was a stellar porter hitting the chocolate and hazelnut. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Jet black in a glass, quite a big head 3 1/2 fingers. Tan coloured head.

Smell - whoa! Smells amazing! Lots of nuttiness. Hazelnut coming through big time! Caramelised sugar. Malty. Picking up a touch of milk chocolate, but very faint.

Taste - Very good. Follows the nose really. Very malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Actually reminds me a lot of Rogues hazelnut brown ale. Not getting much chocolate. If I was blindfolded, I'd say it was a brown ale, but overall still very good.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heretic seems new to my area so I decided to pick up a bomber of this beer to drink tonight and enjoy my Friday evening.

Pours a thick, tar-black with intense head. Tannish-brown leaning and measuring about three fingers, it eventually settles to an everlasting single-finger, leaving some mild, spotted lacing as it disappears. Very nice looking beer with a murky appearance under the blackened depths.

Nose is beautifully decadent with mild vanilla, chocolate and lots of hazelnut. This is even more potent in that regard than Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar which is definitely very forward about that aspect as well. Slight caffè latte quality here as well with the roasty malts bringing some coffee notes and mixing with the creamy touch. My initial pour smelled exactly like Ferrero Rocher candies, so I'll stick with that as a nice summation.

Up-front coffee and slick, smooth nuttiness on the palate combined with creamy milk chocolate and a palate-coating dusty malt quality, almost like malted milk balls. Damn, this packs a lot into each sip. The flavors are very, very upfront as well, and you have to like that kind of thing. There's no beating around the bush here, this is a "dessert stout" if I've ever had one. I like chocolate-hazelnut as a flavor combo but I understand why some don't... if you don't, avoid this beer as there's likely nothing here for you.

Feel is well-carbed and smooth with a semi-thick and lightly-chewy body. Overall, it doesn't taste 7% and there's very little heat to speak of. No hops for balance, but this seems to entirely shy away from silly things like balance. You want a sweet, nutty, chocolate-y stout with coffee notes made with some of the most barebones flavors I've ever tasted in a stout? You've got it here. Great stuff, but your mileage may vary!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours black with a fading tan head.
Nose shows chocolate and hazelnut, mainly hazelnut. Pretty much ferrero rocher in a glass. Awesome. Some bready malt too.
Flavours include more of the same, but with more of a bitter cocoa note and a fair bit of roasted malt.
Body could be a bit richer/creamier.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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 JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. Bottled on 05/04/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: opaque black. Poured with thin head.
S: Definitely chocolate! The label does not lie. Some malts aroma as well. Made it smells like chocolate waffle.
T: Cocoa milk. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: fairly good porter if you love chocolate.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark brown. Cappuccino colored head. Deep brown.

S: smells like chocolate and peanut butter, and that is a rare smell to get from a beer, in my experience. Very rich smell.

T: nice creamy flavor, but, being a porter not a stout, it isn't uite as thick. The hazelnut is a little harder to read in the taste, but it is still nice.

M: extremely easy to drink, although I usually like beers to have a little more body.

O: I'm not usually a fan of porters/light stouts but this one has good flavor. It is something I'd get again.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow very rich awesome nice mouthfeel. The only thing I didn't like was the head it was pretty much non existent. The aroma was this beautiful chocolate flavor with this subtle pleasant roasty aroma. The taste was pretty much the same with some nice bitterness. Overall great beer everything tied together very well.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doopie on beer night. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a two finger, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Black body and higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Hazelnut for sure, with chocolate aromas and sweet vanilla cream. The milk chocolate is nice but the nuts really steal the show here. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Hazelnuts, vanilla cream and some dark malts up front. A nice finish with more nuts, milk chocolate, sweet cream and light notes of smoke lingering on the palate. Interesting, flavorful, and the nuts work really nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: This was really good. I'm pretty sure this is the same base porter as Shallow Grave, but it's not labeled as such. In any case, this is certainly a quality porter, as is Shallow Grave, and the adjunct additions work really well. Loved the nuts and the chocolate played a nice role as well. Well worth checking out if you get the chance. Quality stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Celtics17
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Porters are my least favorite, but this was a solid porter. I got enough of the hazelnut that wasn't over powering, but nice from start to finish. I got a lot enjoyment from this beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10.27.14.

A: Pours black with a tall, effervescent medium brown head. Good head retention but no real sign of any lacing.

S: Really nice sweet chocolate initially. A little swirl and the hazelnuts kick in. Not overpowering but still a nice rich addition.

T: Taste follows the aroma. Huge amount of delicious rich, sweet chocolate. There is a decadent hazelnut that just pokes through. Chocolate sweetness fades a little and becomes slightly bittersweet as the hazelnuts shows up even stronger, into the finish. It really reminds me of dark chocolate covered hazelnuts that I love (from Taza). Clean, crisp finish with just a bit of lingering chocolate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty simple beer, chocolate and hazelnut (duh). It does exactly what it says and it does it well. Sweet dessert beer for sure with decadent flavors. Smooth viscous body for only 7% ABV which makes it go down even nicer. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Barley Mow, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a glass shared with tenderbranson69

The color is black opaque with pale tan head with fine bead and moderately good head retention, but no real lace. The smell is interesting lots of cocoa and nutty hazelnut but not an intensely sweet smell more creamy with almost vanilla and light earthy scent with subtle malt in the back with cocoa and hazelnut combination almost like nutella. The feel is great with toasted and moderately high carbonation with light bitterness and moderate sweetness in the middle with low alcohol and mostly dry malt texture in the finish.

The flavor is great with malt base that has roasted and caramel with lots of hazelnut and cocoa in the taste and although the flavors are delivered not quite dessert-like but definitely has the porter style nailed which I appreciate. There is a faintly earthy cocoa and delicious hazelnut nutty flavor with slight caramel toward the end with an almost candy-bar/nutella combination. I like how the cocoa flavor feels fresh and augments the malt instead of overwhelming the base beer as can be the case sometimes. This is a creamy quaffable brew -not standard in any way -very worthy. An excellent adjunct beer that doesn't overdue it on the adjuncts, Cheers Heretic!

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Photo of EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an off white head. Flavor of intense chocolate and hazelnut, almost like Nutella in a glass although not overly sweet. A very distinct and unique beer that I will definitely buy again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a brownish black with hazelnut highlights and a foamy, light, filmy, light tan head. Aromas of rich hazelnut coffee, bittersweet baker's chocolate, creme highlights, subtle smoke, and roasted overtones. Flavors are bitter and richly sweet forward, with chocolate and coffee forward, tangy hazelnut and caramel, hints of vanilla and campfire, and earthy undertones. The richly sweet and smoky carry through into the aftertaste on a dry and robust body. The finish is dry and smooth, with a decent smoky sweet and slightly bitter linger. Very balanced and tasty beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy hazelnuts!! Big nose of them with some nice chocolate and a bit of roasty malt. Nutella comes to mind, for sure. Sweet, lotst of vanilla, chocolate, hazlenut, and nice roasty dark malts which help dry out the finish ...maybe some hop bitterness in with that roast.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of drunkensloth, thanks a lot buddy. Dark black color, huge off-white head, looks quite nice. Aroma is strong hazelnuts, almost like nutella. Very nice aroma. Flavor is more hazelnut and only the slightest touch of chocolate. I would like to see the chocolate play a bigger part but the hazelnut aspect was very well done. This was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a big fan of The Brewing Network, so I've been dying to try some of Heretic's beers, and now they are finally coming to MA so I can. Bottled 2/05/16,

Pours a big darker fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly, big soapy lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose explodes with hazelnuts, nutty in general, some dark chocolate cocoa, toasted nuts, toasted cocoa beans, a little lush creamy chocolate, a little caramel and toffee sweetness, an earthiness as well.

Taste brings more toasted hazelnuts but not as dominant, roasted nuts in general as well, with some creamy milk chocolate and toasted cocoa, a little biscuity malt and toffee, caramel sweet note, an almost lactose creamy milk chocolate, lush chocolate, and a touch of bitterness. Finish is drier but sticky, lingering toasted hazelnuts and lots of creamy milk chocolate.

Mouth is med bod but creamy lush, decent carb.

Overall not bad, delivers what it promises, plenty of creamy milk chocolate, toasted roasted hazelnuts, some beer aspects left but gets a little too much into the flavorings.

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Photo of TH28
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 4/6/15 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown/black and opaque, with a creamy brown head. Aroma: Dark chocolate, roast, and a distinct nuttiness. Smells like dessert. Taste: Rich roast and toasty malt sweetness, with underlying chocolate and nuttiness throughout the palate. Mouthfeel: Medium body with slight creaminess, and low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Slight lingering roast and nuttiness. Hint of bitterness. Overall: A rich, toasty and roasted Porter, with a nuttiness that would make it the perfect complement to a German chocolate cake.

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