Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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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.

Added by mentor on 10-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,812
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
291
pDev:
11.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/13/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, toasted hazelnut, and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, hazelnut, vanilla, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam guessing this is the "Shallow Grave" Chocolate Hazelnut Porter even though the label does not say so.Pours nearly jet black except for some ruddy brown when held to the light,a creamy beige head atop.Dark chocolate,rum,and roasted hazelnuts in the nose with the alcohol winning out.Buttery and chocolaty on the palate with a slick mouthfeel,not overly roasted.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Khyber.

Served in a tulip. Black in color--or at least it appeared that way in the dim light of the bar--with a thin head; not much in retention or lacing. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, light nuttiness. Similar in the taste, dark malts, moderate roast, caramel and hazelnut sweetness that wasn't overbearing. Body was medium, about right for an average porter. Decent overall, but not something I'd reach for again.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 291 ratings