CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter | Heretic Brewing Company

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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut PorterCHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

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Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, with a thin, cocoa colored head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is hazelnut and dark chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and molasses, with a light nuttiness and caramel notes. There is a slight metallic bite in the aftertaste. Could be a bit smoother perhaps? Still a decent porter overall though.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold, roasted chocolate, hazelnut, malt, molasses, semi sweet, maybe a hint of tobacco. Deep nutty, malt and cocoa nose. Black, mostly opaque, with soft foam head and lattice of lace. Medium body if not full. Makes a good after dinner dessert ale. 33 IBUs

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ccg
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

Look: Looks stouty. Pretty much jet black and opaque, with a dense, foamy head that coats the side of the glass when tilted, and the head settles into a long-lasting thin layer of tiny bubbles. One of the best-looking porters I've seen. 4.25

Smell: It delivers chocolate and nuttiness. To me, hazelnut beers and peanut-butter beers smells very similar and are difficult to distinguish. This one has a strong note of that general sweet nuttiness. Not a whole lot of malt or hops present on the nose. 4.0

Taste: Similar to the smell, but less bold. Sweet with a hint of chocolate and some general nuttiness. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, mild carbonation, decent body for a porter. 3.75

Overall: An enjoyable dessert beer. 3.75

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

excited to give this beer a try, poured into a snifter from 22oz bottle.
Appearance dark with beautiful tan head
Smell roasted coffee and nuts
Taste clean flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, subtle hint of hazlenuts would have like a little more
Mouthfeel is light without feeling thin
Overall nice beer would try again

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and nuts. Scents of patent malt and char.

Starts out sweet and tasting strongly of chocolate and nuts. After taste of caramel. Faint coffee and charcoal flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a competent porter but nothing to rave about,

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The hazelnut and chocolate is absolutely apparent. It is very good as a desert beer, but I couldn't have this regularly. Worth the experience. Cheers!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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 ichorNet
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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 mac31
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big nutty flavor seeps in to every crevice of the palate as you sip this brew down. Accompanying this nutty flavor are quaffs of nice, soft chocolate. The chocolate is the backbone, while the (hazel) nut is on full display. There is some dark roast coffee notes in the finish. Gentle hoppy spice is present in the finish as well. The carbonation seems a little high, but I think it's the thin body that accentuates the sensation on the palate. The beer finishes clean, it tidies up before the next sip. A little too nutty for me, but still easy to get down. A nice beer.

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Photo of Benjo87
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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 EMH73
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 KDNellie
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge hazelnut fan, being overwhelmed by it in the majority of European chocolate. That said, if you are a hazelnut lover, you might enjoy this beer. Chocolate tones but hazelnut pervades. I prefer stout so can't blame porter too much for not having much of a head. It is a smooth beer. Desserty as mentioned in other posts. Love roasted hazelnuts? Try it!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JackieKu
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 TruePerception
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heretic's Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. 7% ABV.

A: Black in the glass. Slightly lighter black in the dimple, with a dark golden brown edge. Two fingers of cocoa brown head. Slightly thin lacing. Decent sheeting.

S: Mostly dark coffee, with a bit of char. Just a hint of chocolate hazelnut. Slight cigarette, indicating too much hopping. This doesn't have me overwhelmingly confident...

T/MF: Slightly creamy texture. Cigarette ash is more present on the palate. Again, just a touch of chocolate hazelnut. The coffee and char are much lighter here.

This is a huge disappointment! Hopefully it will improve as it warms up some more.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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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CHP - Chocolate Hazelnut Porter from Heretic Brewing Company
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