Chocolate Porter | Bayhawk Ales

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

Brewed by:
Bayhawk Ales
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
2.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A soft, almost grey head with some nice lacing. As black in color as you'd expect.

Nose: Dark chocolate powder, a flash of licorice,

Taste: Cola taste all the way through. A bit watery for my taste.

Notes: Totally tastes like a "house beer". I was not impressed. However, if someone were in need of an introduction to dark beers, this could be a nice first step.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was nice and dark with no real head to speak of.

Smell – The malts here are light and there's an off sweetness that isn't any type of sugar or chocolate.

Taste – There's some chocolate and some porter flavors here along with a weird sweetness. It's nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel – This is very light, almost light-bodied, with little carbonation.

Sinkability – I just can't find a reason to keep drinking this.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

A bit more cleaning up and this would be a winner. The distractions take away from it, though it ends up being a decent sip. Don’t be tricked by the name as the chocolate character is pretty light. A decent Baltic Porter at best.

STYLE: Baltic Porter
ABV: 7.9%

LOOK: Dark brown, ruddy highlights

SMELL: Toffee, chocolate, mild roastiness, ripe figs, Brazil nuts, yeasty

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body; slight chocolate edge, burnt sugar, coffee grounds, yeast, mineral, walnut skin; warming, semidry finish

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Photo of Dmann
1.66/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is one of the worst porters I've ever had the displeasure of drinking. It poured a decent dark brown color with a small off white head that faded quicky and left little to no lace. The smell was allmost non-existant but for a very slight coffee scent. The taste is downright bad with a very weak flavor of coffee in your mouth and one of the most nasty sour finishes I've had in a long time. Definantly save your dough and get any porter out there other than this.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Coming out of the bottle, this looks great. Pours dark mahogany with a brown ring of bubbles. Too bad the nose and taste are all downhill from here. Nestle Quik aroma with burnt malt. Watered-down coffee and cocoa mixed with a touch of hops. Weak. This single beer has prevented me from trying any other of Bayhawk's products.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin brown presence in the bottle, beige head, could be thicker looking. Aroma did impart chocolate, so it delivered in that arena. Wasn't pungent or whatnot, but it was standard.

A little bit of chocolate in the taste, but really, this is a brown ale dressed up as a porter with some chocolate malt. Mild, super mild roast notes. They skimped. They skimped on the amount of malt. They skimped on the chocolate. They skimped on roasting. I've had some homebrews that claimed to be stouts, porters, black ales that were simply brown ale variations. This was reminiscient of those.

Cheap for a reason. Cheap in, cheap out.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark auburn brown. It has a creamy tan head. It fades quiclky leaving few laces. It smells of chocolate, but not as strongly as I was expecting. It also smells mildly malty. It has a light chocolate taste to it. I am a little dissapointed by the lack of chocolate flavor. I have had beers that didnt call themselves chocolate beers, with more chocolate flavor. This beer is carbonated about right. It leaves a malty aftertaste on the palate. It is medium bodied and not too aggressive. This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the taste is not too strong. If you get the chance, and you dont have any better beers to buy, you should try this beer. It is about average.

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Photo of Blackwolf
2.33/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber to pint glass.

A- dark burgundy body, khaki head that settled quickly, very little lacing.

S- The aroma opened up more as the beer settled. Dark roasted malt, some light fruit. Kinda has a "guinnessy" smell honestly.

T- Light roasted malt and copper. Really not enjoying it too much. Some bittersweet finish, almost catch some coffee in it, but that metallic taste just consumes you! =/

MF- Too light bodied for a porter. Slick and bottoms out fast.

O- I couldn't wait to finish it just to get to my next review. I don't really enjoy much of anything about this beer, especially for the style. They could maybe get away with making a dark lager perhaps, but this is a very poorly crafted porter. Makes me very sad to say so.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.85/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why this is so underrated.

Nose features roasted cocoa powder and toasted almond.

Taste is more subtle than a lot of chocolate beers, but that could be because it's a porter and not a stout. You do get the bitter crisp feeling from the porter and not the creaminess of a stout. Dark cocoa powder and burnt mocha flavors dominate. I like that's it's not in your face but definitely is still chocolatey. Maybe I'm a sucker for a chocolate beer or maybe the eaters have fallen victim to the appeal to average bias. I say try this one if you like coco, bro.

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Photo of Chanfles
3.51/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed it. Especially considering the price of the bottle.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate amber...almost a black with a fine craggy head of tan foam that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is purely chocolate and toasted malt.
Taste is a sweet toasted malt that gets followed by a light hoppiness and then bitter chocolate on the swallow.
Aftertaste is mostly of the chocolate or cocoa powder.
Mouthfeel is thin, but then remembering that this is a porter and not a stout I think it does the style well. The flavors are NOT as rich nor diverse as in some wonderful chocolate stouts out there. They are not supposed to be. It's a porter. The mouthfeel is NOT as rich, thick and chewy as a stout.'s not supposed to be.
Nice lighter change from a chocolate stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark and near black in color with cola brown edging. Head maxes at about half a finger and fizzes out within seconds, leaving a barren surface outside a few random bubble clusters. Lacing is small and spotty, with virtually zero stick.

Smell - Notes of earth, slightly smokey and a subtle chocolate undertone.

Taste - Big notes of earth and an acrid bite. Smokey undertone. Stale coffee and baker's chocolate. Metallic twang in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Low carbonation; a bit flat. Watery on the finish.

Overall - Hmm... not a big fan. Even as a Baltic porter, the flavor comes across as too stale, and the mouthfeel too flat. I'll have no problem finishing this bomber, but ultimately I wouldn't care to have this again.

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Photo of big2112
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bayhawk's Chocolate Porter delivers a slightly hazy, deep-mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy light-tan foam that holds well and leaves some nice lacing at the outset of the glass. The nose reveals some acetic notes and a touch of cocoa, but little more. In the mouth it's thinner than might be expected (medium bodied); but with a fine, slightly restrained carbonation that gently tingles the palate. The flavor, disappointingly, is as the nose suggests. It's acidic up-front over a minor amount of dark malt - although there's not much malt there at all - and the chocolate character only appears for a brief moment at the swallow. Unimpressive to say the least.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a big foamy two and half fingers of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt.
The taste starts out with chocolate sweetness, then turns to a sour middle and finish.
The texture is crisp.
I'm not sure if it's supposed to have the sour flavor, but it shouldn't.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.51/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This chocolate porter poured a beautiful opaque brownish-black from the tap with a creamy light tan head. Exactly like what you think a porter should look like. The smell contained rich roasted malts. The taste was at first, somewhat sour, ending with a very chocolate and coffee finish. Maybe it was a little cold at the start... as it warmed up it lost the sourness and became pretty roasty with bittersweet chocolate. Not too bad at that point. It seemed like a fairly good porter... I enjoyed it... Just a tad more rich than your normal porter, and that was good.

The aroma here containted much less roasted malt and much more powdered bittersweet cocoa. The mouthfeel was very light bodied and the taste was still somewhat sour but also roasty with a bit of chocolate evident.

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Photo of russpowell
2.52/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber pours chestnut with 4+ fingers of tan colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Cola-like scents& iron, plus just a little chocolate & coffee at the end

T: Roasted grain, weak coffee, sourness & a bit of cocoa up front. Coffee, a bit of cherries & sourness is all I'm getting as this warms. Finishes with more sourness, coffee & iron. Where the hell is the chocolate???

MF: Thinnish, with some prickliness

Don't know if I got a bad beer here or what (ordered from liquor max with 2 misses of FEDEX deliveries) Not recommended

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Photo of Pagzzz
2.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a nice tan head, deep brown color. Appropriate to style.

Aroma is vaguely off coffee and chocolate, but not very intense. Slightly sour aroma.

Taste is sour, overpowering VERY subtle porter notes of coffee and very light chocolate. Combines with thin mouthfeel to create a decidedly un-porterlike experience. Vinegar taste lingers on the palate.

Could be a bad sample, but not recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
1.59/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that went away quickly. The aroma isn't good at all. Initially all I could smell was vinegar. I did let this sit a while, and later I was able to smell some chocolate and roasted malt. But even after waiting 5 minutes the vinegar smell was still overpowering everything else. Unfortunately the taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly vinegar, some sour taste I can't identify, and a little bit of chocolate and coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is thin and watery, not pleasing at all. Drinkability is bad too, especially because I don't like drinking vinegar. I hope this is a bad bottle, but I don't plan on trying this again anytime soon. I had to drain pour this, I could only stand a few drinks of this before I couldn't take it any more. And after reading some of the other reviews for this beer, I'm not the only one who couldn't finish a bottle of this.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a some red twinges and an ecru head.
Aroma are of roast nuts and a malted milk shake pop out on a bed of grapfruity hops. Just a hint of sour milk or lactose also present.
Flavors are some mild chocolatey tones vut with a powerful grapefruity bittering that just simply does not flow and work.
Mouthfeel is fuller size of medium bodied but the quirky flavor profile just makes no sense.
Drinkability is poor, this almost seems to be a clone between a porter and a NW IPA, very strange, almost undrinkable as it warmed.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into mug.

Dark brown appearance with a thick frothy head that holds well. Settles to a thin foamy cap. Spotty lacing.

Touches of dark roast, chocolate, and nutshell among some Elmer's Glue.

Dark and grainy malts provide a base for a little bit of bitter chocolate. The flavor doesn't seem to be full on, but instead a little watery. The finish has a little bit of a metallic flavor.

This one seemed to miss in every category. I probably won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
1.44/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Presented in a 22oz. brown bottle with a gold foiled cap and a gold sticker on the side proclaiming this beer to be the "World Beer Cup 2002 gold medal winner". If this was a gold medalist anywhere, it must have been the only one in the category.
Bay Hawk's offering looked okay, maybe a bit lighter colored (a brownish-ruby tone) than expected and had a rather short-lived fizzy tan head that vanished to a thin skim.
The smell was initially somewhat sweet. Couldn't find any chocolate aroma which I thought was the purpose to this beer. Then I noted a disturbing smell which can best be summed up as olive-like. Ouch!
Taste was even worse. Initially, and I mean for a real short time, there was a decent caramel and coffee flavor. Then came the sour, almost vermouth-like flavor. Conspicuously absent was any chocolate. WTF?!
Feel was light- to maybe medium-bodied, fizzy and thin.
Wow, what a disappointment. Actually, a near-total dud. This sad attempt at a style I usually like ended up cleaning the pipes in my kitchen sink. Don't get sucked into spending $2.50 for this brew when there are so many better beers out there.

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Photo of theopholis
2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Body is a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head was about 2 fingers of loose, tan foam that died down incredibly quickly. I don't think I've ever seen a head die this quickly. No lacing either.

Smell- Smells of dark bitter chocolate/coffee. A yeaty, wet diaper smell in the back-ground. Hope this stuff tastes better than it smells.

Taste- Nope. It's even worse. VERY harsh tasting. Acidic. Taste of burnt coffee. Bleh.

Mouthfeel- Mercifully thin, so there is no aftertaste. Normally, I would say the carboantion is to much, but the taste is so bad, who cares.

Drinkability- I dumped it down the sink.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.17/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Looks light for a porter, more amber highlights amongst dark brown color. Thin head, large bubbles.

Ugh, this beer reeks! Offinsive, fruity. Not sure if raisins can go bad, but if they did, that is what this beer smells like.

Tastes bad, like old apricots...not cool for a porter. No chocolate taste whatsoever. This is not drinkable at all. I am thinking I might have gotton a bad bottle, nappy and sour!

Drain pour, first one in a looong time!

Will not buy again, but might try just to see if my bottle was indeed skunked.

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Chocolate Porter from Bayhawk Ales
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 131 ratings