Chocolate Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter
BA SCORE
47.1%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 104 ratings
Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Porter by standard description is a rich, sweet ale that is not easily seen through. Porter by Legend standards exceeds these parameters slightly. Legend Chocolate Porter takes on a new level of Porterness. We were generous in our additions of dark malts for this brew. These include Caramel and Chocolate malts, as well as our standard “Porter malts”. The addition of natural cocoa extract at filtering time gives this brew a strong choco-nose and a deep lingering Wonkaesque finish. German Tettenang hops are used for a clean balancing bitterness. Expect a dark black beer with a rich and sweet aromatic presence. The flavor is of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and more dark chocolate.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,828
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
104
Liked:
49
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
14.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of ncaudle
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into pint glass at brewery.

poured a dark brown, borderline black with a small dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing behind.

milk chocolate is pretty much the only thing on the nose and roasted malts compliments on the tounge. not a very complex brew...

light in body with maybe too much carbonation.

it's a good casual drinker, almost sessionable.

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Photo of billab914
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Opened the bottle to find a gushing chocolate foam spilling out. I managed to get it in a glass where it continued to foam for a while. I've never actually seen a beer increase in head after it's been in the glass for a few minutes but somehow this one kept rising and I had to keep sipping to prevent a spill.

When the foam started turning into beer it was a dark brown, almost black in color. Very nice head retention through drinking it though.

The aroma has a bit of a cocoa and milk chocolaty flavor to it overall. It seems to have more of a buttery and fruity, apple like flavor to it that seems to overpower the chocolate for me though unfortunately. It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting at all in a chocolate porter.

The taste shows some sweeter cocoa flavor to it with more of a milk chocolaty flavor to it overall. It seems to have a bit of a buttery, almost fruity or apple like flavor to it in the finish that I wasn't expecting at all.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Carbonation definitely feels too high for the style. Drinkability isn't bad, but it's probably average at best for the style. The buttery, fruity, apple like flavors I got just didn't fit with the chocolate and the high carbonation didn't help either. Not a bad beer but not a great one either. Just not one of my favorites from Legend.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date is evident. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Nearly black with extra-thick, big-bubbled mocha head which has good retention but leaves only a few spots of lace.

S: Very light with mild cocoa, herbal hops, and black coffee but a tartness that overrides most other aromas

T: Significant dark chocolate flavors with a lot of bitterness. Roasted malts are in there too and it's finished with some herbal hops. Tartness of a good brown ale or porter is there too. There is some mild butteriness that doesn't really belong.

M: Medium body with very dry, somewhat chalky finish. Aftertaste is cocoa and balck coffee.

D: A decent brew although there isn't much smoothness to suggest it for another try anytime soon. Their regular porter is a little better. Several of their other brews are more enjoyable, but htis one is worth a try.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, immediate punch of cocoa powder aroma hits as you pop the cap. This will be my first Legend beer.

Pours out like smooth chocolate milk, little carbonation and a quickly fading frothy deep tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, very artificial and one dimensional. Flavor isn't as sweet as expected, but it still isn't good, very little presence from whatever the base porter was, primarily a slightly bitter powdery flavor. Seriously, I feel like I need to stir this to mix it better. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Doesn't seem very well made, plenty of other porters that have a nice chocolate character (whether or not chocolate was directly added) to drink this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 2+ fingers of rich chocolate brown head. This doesn't stick around much at all, leaving just some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up cocoa powder in the nostrils, with some underlying notes of roast, coffee, and some floral character. Kind of one dimensional.

The taste is once again very rich with that creamy chocolate and cocoa powder mix, with coffee mixing in to give this some light mocha accents. Dry roast and some spicy hop bitterness round out the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair bit of sharpness to the carbonation but there is also an underlying chalkiness to the body that is a little off-putting.

Well there was no shortage of chocolate in this Porter but this just came off as too pervasive and artificial tasting to really get fully behind it. Not one of Legend's better efforts here I'm afraid.

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

I poured this black as tar beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was opaque and had a falling tan dark head. The beer was certainly chocolate tasting for sure. But it had a nutty taste like pecans or something. I liked it though it was a sipping beer for sure. I will buy again.

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

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with moderate tan head. It smelled like semi-sweet chocolate with dry roasted coffee and some earthy barley and cocoa powder. It tasted like cocoa powder with some roasted coffee and burnt barley and copper hops. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly simple beer, but still had a nice enough taste and good body. It was very easy to drink, although not too exciting. Somewhat reminiscent of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock, although a lot less expensive. Curious if a bit of age would help this? (It did for the Choc Bock.)

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, baaart

appearance: boring design, poured into tyranena pint...very dark body, creamy mocha foam with light retention.

smell: cocoa powder, tobacco - kind of an unusual aroma. dry and smoky

taste: not a great porter - wish it were a lot creamier. cocoa powder, leather, tobacco, caramel. Theres some nice flavor in there somewhere but this one misses the mark.

mouthfeel: kind of a spicy dry finish

drinkability: eh

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Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An extremely dark almost pitch black beer, given the slow speed of the bubbles rising to the top this beer appears to have some serious body, the head is thick and creamy and with some staying power - 4.25, S: The cocoa mentioned on the label dominates the nose, the chocolate reminds me of a powered chocolate milk mix with no disrespect intended, other aromas include some charred grains, plums and possibly some cherry - 4.25, T: Like the nose - chocolate is the dominate taste, it reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry, a hint of coffee also makes an appearance - 4.00, M: Quick thick mouth-feel with a degree of creaminess - 4.25, D: Porter is not generally my style but this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer, kudos to Legend for this nice representation - 4.00

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Photo of Seanibus
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is good - it captures that kind of flat, bittersweet character of the cocoa perfectly.

Pours deep black with a slight offwhite head. The aroma is flat and chocolatey, with that deep woody character that a good bittersweet or even unsweetened bakers chocolate will give. The flavor has a nice stab of roasted malt, followed by a long, smooth chocolate finish. The finish is like the hangover of a long day of baking with chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little prickle of carbonation.

I like this beer, though I think too much of it might be cloying.

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Photo of raverjames
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 release.
A: Black, dark, with a 2 finger light head.
S: A bit of cocoa. Not much roast. Lots of caramel malts.
T: Hershey cocoa, milk chocolate, and caramel.
M: A little sweet but not very thick. Good carbonation.
D: Great drinkability due to lower alcohol content and less viscous body.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Toasted-marshmallow brown/tan head on top of a chocolaty dark-brown, which might as well be called flat old black. Some lacing, although not much stick, and it disappears pretty quickly. That gorgeous head sticks around a good while (addendum: the whole time!).

Expecting a whole lotta roast (it's a porter!) and chocolate in the nose, I got something a little different. It's not the richest chocolate smell, it's almost like white chocolate, which is tough to describe but easy to detect. Quite sweet, a little graham cracker, and damn, can't get that white-chocolate comparison out of my head (or my nose). I like it, but boy, it's unusual. Can't say I've ever smelled a beer like it.

Cocoa/chocolate is quite strong in the flavor. It mingles well with the burnt/roast malt, and you get a porter that is neither overly sweet nor overly roasty. Hops do their part in offsetting the sweetness and there's a cool undertow of grape juice. Burnt chocolate in the finish, emphasis on the "burnt." Finish takes on a kind of plastic-y essence after awhile too.

Has much less body than expected, considering the style and the whole chocolate thing, but that's not to say it's watery. Just on the thinner side, very slick, and very buoyant. Not very sticky either, which is good, as that would've probably kept the burnt finish rolling a little to long.

I like trying a new Legend beer now and then, they seem to offer something a little different with each attempt, yet they're not so innovative or downright amazing to compete with the U.S. craft giants. This isn't mindblowing, but as with all their other stuff, this chocolate porter is certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Wonderfully deep dark and brown... almost black. Just a little head, tan colored, leaving a little ring throughout. Little to no lacing.

A: Dark chocolate, straight up.

T: Smell and taste are dead on....Dark chocolate right in your face... there is a sweetness there but a chocolate bitterness following right after. The bitterness in the aftertaste overpowers the sweetness at the start. The is also a great deal of coffee running throughout. The slight bitterness lingers nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied. Creamy yet crisp. The carbonation was pretty lively, I think this adds to the crispness. Exciting yet smooth.

D: It is not a session beer by any means.... enjoy over a period of time... it gets better as it warms... Take you time and enjoy the ride.

I look forward the this brew Thanksgiving... a must have for the holidays.

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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice chocolate brown. Big dark creamy head. Little retention. Faint lacing.

Nose is all about bittersweet chocolate. Picking up a little roasted malt but not much else.

Hits sweet and stays sweet. A little too sweet for my taste. Mouth is nice and chewy, though. Lot of malt body in this beer.

One and done on this one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this "bomber" back for me from Virginia!

Pours black (very dark brown when held to the light) with a rich brown head that is foamy and slowly descends. Traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of chocolate/cocoa powder - plenty of it with a roasted smokiness.

The taste is of cocoa/chocolate - more bitter than sweet - like baker's chocolate. There is a roast character that gives it a smoky character as well. Bitterish cocoa repeats.

It has a silky medium body.

The first half drank well, though the second became chocolate/cocoa and roasty/smoky to the point that although enjoyable, it slowed a bit. The roast/smoke gives it a unique touch, and the bitterish chocolate is certainly prominent.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep black with brown head that fades leaving light lace; quite attractive

s: chocolate; some bitter nibs; cocoa powder; tobacco;

t: amazingly chocolatey; like hersheys chocolate syrup; light dry malts but other than that just like chocolate syrup in terms of beer

m: smooth with light carb and light cloy; medium body

d: very chocolatey; a great desert beer but not one that you could really drink in any substantial way

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = I didn't detect a lot in the nose other than some cocoa powder and a little malt sweetness.

T = Wow! The taste definitely took center stage on this one. A big cocoa powder flavor upfront with a little roasted malts near the end. The finish was a very nice semi-sweet roasted cocoa flavor that lingered. Only a hint of hop bitterness, which was more like a quality coffee bitterness.

MF = Body was medium and carbonation was between low and moderate. Finished a little dry, but very creamy.

Overall, this was a real winner for me. I passed on this one last year, but I'm stocking up after tasting this little gem. Legend has done an outstanding job.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Black with purple magenta highlights. Large and frothy and dense cappuccino colored head. VEry creamy and smooth looking.

Aroma is really chocolatey. Smells just like hot chocolate, except cold. One weird aroma I detect is almost like a piece of steak or beef jerky. Certainly doesnt deter me but makes this one interesting. Fresh cocoa powder.

Cocoa and hazelnut in the flavor profile. I actually taste a little more of a nutty flavor than the chocolate. Big cocoa in the aftertaste.

Becomes less drinkable as the beer warms. A bit thin on the palate. Interesting to say the least. Some weird nutty, beefy, cocoa flavors going on but they all seem to work.

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Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When they named this guy a chocolate porter they we're joking. Cocoa leaps out of the bottle from the moment you pop the top. Perhaps a better name would have "Chocolate Fever." Pours a beautiful dark brown with a big, frothy, mocha head. Smells like chocolate soy milk, with a charred bitterness in the background. Taste is good but lacking in dimensions. The cocoa, chocolate nibs and burnt wood come through loud and clear -- I do like it but I wish that there was more to it. Body is well-crafted but could be fuller. A good beer but a bit too literal about its chocolatiness.

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Photo of jsp2
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours dark black into a pint glass with a creamy light brown foam that holds up well.

Smells intensely of chocolate with a little bit of background fruit and a hint of alcohol, a little earthy.

Tastes of fruity chocolate, followed by maltiness and a dry bitterness with a lovely aftertaste. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and there is an acidic component to the fruitiness that blends with the cocoa into an interesting flavor like a raspberry truffle or something. Pretty wild.

Rich and somewhat carbonated, this one kind of lacks the sweetness of some dessert beers perhaps, but makes up for it with character. I think they snuck some raspberries in here or something. The malts get lost a little behind the cocoa and raspberry fruitiness. Some might say more sweetness could do more for this combination of flavors but personally I think it's fine.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color with a nice tan head that didn't stick around. No lace on this, but it looked real good when i poured it.

smell - Toasted malts and some chocolate. It does come all the way through, but you can pick it out.

taste - I would say it taste just like semisweet dark chocolate. Some toasted malts, but pretty much all chocolate.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I will say when it says chocolate, its chocolate. Most beers I try do not have much of a chocolate taste, but more of a cocoa taste, this was pretty good.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the White Dog in Richmond, VA over Thanksgiving break. We don't get there too much but it's good to see the place and they remember us from sheeeit...7 years ago? Anyway...

Solid, espresso-dark body topped with a pretty thin ginger-maple head - I'm cheap when it comes to draft - I'll sacrifice head for an honest pour, so I got no beef here.

The chocolate is great on the nose - a blend of milk and dark chocolate with ample roasted chocolate malt tones. Minimal hops and even a little cream in here.

Taste brings about no surprises from the nose - what you smell is what you get - good chocolate quotient with a little milk and mild hop grass.

This one drinks like velvety cream. Finish is very soft with good chocolate and roasted chocolate malt tones...maybe a tinge of butter (diacetyl (?)) in there but nothing offensive...

Sip this one softly and enjoy it. Used to be a standard at the Hill Cafe up on Church Hill back in the day if memory serves me right. Good to see this one back on tap. Fine local concoction.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: i love the ink black color and brown tan head on this beer

S: ok this is the downfall. overly chocolaty. almost like burnt hot chocolate, its overpowering and in your face. makes it hard to drink.

T: when colder its less aggressive. which i like better, for this beer. it is definitely a smack of chocolate and as it warms you get more and more of it. this would not be so bad if it was not so overpowering. i think if it was dialed back a bit it would be very manageable but as it stands its too thick on that regard. its still not bad and i see where its going but its not my favorite, i like a chocolate beer with a hint, not a face punch.

M/D: ok so the aroma makes it harder to drink. this is not at all a drain poor or anything but with a little tweaking this could be an amazing brew

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: The chocolate hits your nose the second it leaves the bottle, then you get some of the roasted malt and coffee.

T: A tasty combination of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee. Not as sweet and cloying as you might think.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made beer. The chocolate adds a good dimension to it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black brown with a 1 and a 1/2 finger mocha head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells like baker's chocolate and coffee.

Taste follows the nose. Starts with a semi-sweet chocolate taste that leads into a roasted coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Not a lot of carbonation which is to be expected.

Drinkability in a session is low since it is a pretty heavy beer. But I would have no problem making this a go to porter.

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Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 47.1% out of 100 with 104 ratings
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