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Chocolate Cherry Porter | The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

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Chocolate Cherry PorterChocolate Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BDTyre on 03-03-2008

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sathanas
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of findango
3/5  rDev -12.3%

- sour cherry smell
- light cherry start, chocolate finish, burnt chocolate aftertaste
- thin mouthfeel

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ZachT
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was pretty good. As a winter seasonal, I didn't have the chance to get it while in Penticton in the summer, but the brewer Jeff gave me a nostalgic poster advertising a chocolate cherry porter sundae and I threw it into my beer room. I got this from a local liquor store and tossed it into the fridge for my brother-in-law and I to enjoy during his visit this past weekend. Being that we're both stout and porter guys and pretty big fans of the fruit known as cherry, we had high hopes. It poured a jet black with minimal head and it was a tad on the fizzy side. I could pick up chocolate and coffee on the nose, with a tad bit of sour cherry lurking somewhere. We both agreed we didn't get a lot of cherry on the palate and upon reading other reviews, I would have expected more. It was a pretty drinkable flavoured porter and I can see enjoying a couple by a fireplace apre-ski. Noble effort Tin Whistle!

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Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of bubbly mocha/tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, cocoa, hint of cherry, roasted malts.

Taste - Chocolate and roasted notes come in first, followed with a hint of cherry. Flavour trails off by the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I was hoping for more cherry flavour to balance with the chocolate and roasted malt flavours. Would also like the flavour to carry out well into the finish. Besides that, a solid base for a porter - just needs a bit of a kickstart on the cherry flavour.

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Bryn
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LampertLand
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tin Whistle's "Chocolate Cherry Porter" @ 5.5% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a dark ruby almost black with a decent beige head leaving spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-dark chocolate with a hint of cherry
T-mild roasted malt followed by a bitter chocolate/sour cherry finish
MF-smooth but a bit thin needs a lot more body , mild carbonation
Ov-bit dissapointing , won't be seeking this beer again

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Syr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very deep chestnut color, with just the slightest bit of burgundy hue. The head is a tan color and starts off thick, but it is fizzy and quickly settles to a much denser layer. Lacing is for all intents and purposes, non existent at first, which is unfortunate but as time goes on during the drink it shows up modestly. Slightly better than average looking overall.

S- Interesting aromas of rich dark cocoa, stiff black coffee, and a dry, bittering cherry pit smell more so than the sweet dark cherry flesh that I was expecting. The dryness carries on into the finish by some modest hop aroma that I'm sure is contributing to the dry fruitiness.

T- Well this is interesting as well! The chocolate is more noticeable and is a fair bit sweeter than the aroma lets on. This is closely followed by rich dark BC cherries that make this brew quite tart I have to say. That coffee character is also present on the palate, although not to the same degree. Overall, the flavors remind me of a black forest cake....sweet yet tart.

M- A little on the lite side for my liking in this style and a good adjective to use here, in agreeance with other reviewers, is acidic. The carbonation is quite high as well for a porter....at least in finesse that is. A little disappointing in this area.

D- Not a bad brew, just not quite what I thought it would be. I'm more than satisfied after one of these 650ml bottles
but that's not to say it wouldn't be actually quite refreshing out on the patio on a hot day. I could see this complimenting a black forest cake recipe or possibly as a marinade for a tough cut of beef...could be a unique cooking experience.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle last year in Vancouver, and have had it in my cellar since then. Cracked it open tonight with some Valentine's Day desserts. Poured into Brooklyn Brewery tulips. Dark brown color, with a bubbly head that faded away quickly. No lacing left at all on the glass. Lack of carbonation leads me to believe it might be a bit old. Smell was tart and fruity. Taste was nothing like I expected. With a chocolate porter, I was thinking sweet cherry flavor. Instead, this beer is right up front with a sour kriek lambic flavor that dominated the overall flavor. I didn't taste much chocolate at all. Very Belgian like beer. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for a porter, and somewhat acidic on the palate. Drinkability was just average for me, based on the surprising flavors, thin body, and lack of carbonation. Fresh may be the way to go with this beer, but alas it's been retired, so I'll never know.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark brown, light head left respectable lacing
S - cherry is prominent but more synthetic than real cherry, smooth chocolate, and some other sweet fruits
T - a sour fruit taste dominates with some cherry, but again more the synthetic cherry sugar drink kind, light milky chocolate and some roasted malt
M - generally light smooth taste that a porter should have, with just a hint of dryness
D - the sour aspect of the flavours takes away from the potential here, still enjoyable but it could have been so much more

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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany, almost opaque, thin finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sour cherries, dark cocoa and sour lemon citrus hops on the finish.

T - The sour and bitter cherries come off the top, and the dark cocoa comes through on the finish. The bitterness is a little too much for me, and it would be a lot better if it had some sweetness in it.

M - A lighter mouthfeel that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - A tasty offering, though I did find it a little bitter and sour. I much prefer Wild Rose's Cherry Porter over this ones, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Derek
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Almost black with a tan head, thin ring of retention,

S: Brown sugar/treacle, dark chocolate & cherries, hints of coffee-like roast.

T: Dark chocolate & cherries with a light roast, balanced bitterness, a little biscuit and brown sugar.

M: Moderate body has a light acidity, carbonation is a little high for my taste.

D: Very approachable, but not very enticing.

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Photo of prosper
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a black colour with a tan head. Smells lightly fruity, with some notes of roasted malts. Taste is disappointing - it's tart and acidic, with no balancing maltiness. Any chocolate that's in there gets buried under the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonic.

not a beer I'd buy again

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Photo of OskarL
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A black/redish color with a brown one finger head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, cocoa and some coffee.

Tastes sour cherries and some milk chocolate. Though much less of these than I expected

A bit thin with a medium body on the lighter side with medium carbonation.

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Photo of 833R
2.49/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the opening sent and presence was nice aromatic vibrancy. high end sweetness with a warm coco malty sent. the first sip left me waning more in a very unsatisfied way the malt, were is the malt. it tasted thin. nice in the chocolate, but water and almost popish in the cherry end no middle ground is my main complaint. the notes are there but no body.

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Photo of bobsy
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially this appears to be a very dark beer with a light tan head, but holding up to the light reveals a beautiful ruby. Great retention and lace curtains. Aroma is a bit muted even when warm - some cherry and lots of milk chocolate with a bit of roasty malt. Not bad, but lacking. Underwhelming, but solid flavour profile relies heavily on milk chocolate flavours, with a kiss of cherry, and a brush of bitterness from lightly roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is well-matched to the smoothness of the flavours.

This is a decent enough beer, but wouldn't be a repeat buy for me. It just seems a little average, and the flavour doesn't pull me in like some other examples - I'm thinking Wild Rose.

Thanks to Shadman for the bomber.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Had this a few times before, so I guess now is the time to put my impressions into 'print'.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, and near-abyssal, um, hue, with prominent red cola tinges at the edges, under light, natch, with a couple fingers of weakly foamy, thinly creamy, and mostly soapy beige head, which leaves a solid pattern of streaky cumulonimbus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, more sweet than bitter grocery aisle chocolate, and a slightly sour cherry and prune fruitiness. The taste starts with some pithy mild baker's chocolate, followed by a sour cherry pie essence, and some late to the party caramel malt sweetness. Little in the way of hops makes any sort of case for itself.

The carbonation is quite perky and invasive at first, but settles to a pleasantly frothy trill soon enough, the body a heady medium-full weight, and quite fruity in its generic smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, cherry, and caramel malt sweetness presiding.

A decent enough chocolate porter, though any sort of London, or even American for that matter, character is frankly and duly lost in the fruit and cocoa fray, i.e. no real sour or hop essences here, my friends. So, a tasty, and at the same time undermining example of the style, wherein I must restrict my barbed tongue, just a little, if only to preserve the feelings of old friends (re: drinking buddies) and such.

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Chocolate Cherry Porter from The Tin Whistle Brewing Company
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