Chocolate Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States | website

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
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
102
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 102
Photo of ocelot2500
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass the liquid id Black, with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is as advertised, COCOA, & Mocha.

The taste follow, This is a nice big bottle of chocolate mocha porter and quite pleasent to drink to.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is also very good. I will be buying more and even trading a few out to some good friends. Prosit MK

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Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque as all hell, black as night. I gave it a virgorous pour, so the head bubbled up nicely, though it faded quickly. Not as much lacing as I would've liked.

Smell: Toasted character of the malts, dark, bitter chocolate, slight bitter coffee, and a subtle sense of lingering hops. I was hoping for more cocoa, but alas it's still pretty good.

Taste: Starts slightly sweet with some dark chocolate, and, ah, now the cocoa, which makes is presence known quite well without being overdone or cloying. The balance of hops is really done quite well, as it's enough to calm down the malts, but at the finish the malty sweetness sits on the tongue, melding fantastically with the hops for a pleasant residual balance.

Mouthfeel: Due to what I think is the cocoa, maybe, the mouthfeel seems to be a bit chalky, but oddly enough it's fitting for my palate, and I think fitting for the beer. Medium body, slightly creamy. A bit odd, though welcoming to me, for a porter I think.

Drinkability: I heard Legend got a new brewmaster, and that may make sense, because the last few brews I've had have been very very good. Maybe it depends on the freshness too? Not sure, but either way this is good stuff, so if you're a porter fan and you can snag this in the area it's well worth checking out.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. with no freshness date - brewed with cocoa. It pours a fairly dark black with a dark beige finger of head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma consists of powdery cocoa (Godiva?) and a nutty quality (confectioner's peanut butter?) with a dash of otherwise sweet malts. On the palate it is dark chocolate and cocoa with tobacco, coffee, dark fruits, and piney/green hops that are overpowered by the malts and cocoa. The body is medium to light, drying, with a medium finish and overall it isn't too bad, but I feel if they tried a chocolate stout it would have been much better as I thought this could have been thicker and richer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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 teromous
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

There is no date code but the bottle is marked with 32114, if it's a julian date it could mean 17 NOV 2014.

Appearance: Black body with a short lived light tan head. Some lacing.

Aroma: Slight acrid and metallic scent mixed with a faint roasted coffee aroma. I'm not picking up any chocolate aroma.

Taste: There is a nice mellow roasted flavor to this beer. I should mention that I don't taste any chocolate at all. There isn't anything else to say about it.

Mouthfeel: It feels a little over-carbonated. The mouth is awash with bubbles at every sip. This also gives the beer a little more bite than it needs.

Overall: I was highly disappointed with this beer. There was no chocolate flavor or aroma in this beer at all. As a porter I would still consider it below average given the lack of flavor and the mouthfeel. I wouldn't recommend this beer based off of this experience.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque blackness. Massively thick tan-colored head quickly dies away to nothing. Sparse lacing (?dirty glass?). Tremendous amounts of butter noted in the aroma, to the point of being overwhelming. Only the tiniest amounts of cocoa powder can penetrate the stick of butter thrust up your nose. Flavor has a very, very raisin-like character. Certainly not what I expected in a chocolate porter. There is also a bit of chocolate and caramel sweetness, but they play only a minor cameo role. Finished much more "fizzy" than expected, with a hint of sourness. Not much chocolate in this porter, but sadly, I've come to not expect much from Legend's beers. Mouthfeel is OK, thought slightly on the thin side. Drinkability suffers from the massive diacetyl aromas and the strong sour-raisin flavors. I'd like to try this in a fresh bottle and see if it's different.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.5/5  rDev -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 oelergud
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black body with a brown head that dissipates much too quickly and leaves no head or lace.
Good chocolate scent with some alcohol present and faint coffee bean.
Taste is cocoa beans and some cofee beans, alcohol apparent and pretty much the taste is the same as the smell. Very little aftertaste.
Pretty thin for the style and very little coating.
Even with the good taste, the lack of body and head just ruins this brew and makes it boring after 1/2 a bottle.

-Oelergud

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Photo of warriorsoul
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black in color...over two fingers of tan head with no lacing as it recedes.
Mild aromas...some chocolate, vanilla, and a definite vineous quality.
The taste is not much chocolate...especially for being called a "chocolate" porter and the wine character is more sour as it sits on the pallet. Bitter coffee in the finish with no alcohol detected.
Thin mouthfeel and too much carbonation for my liking.
I am usually very impressed with Legend, but I will not look to come back to this one anytime soon.

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Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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 auxiliary
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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 mralphabet
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
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 arguemaniac
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily, opaque black with deep copper highlights. The creamy brown head features fair retention and leaves a generous, sprawling lace. Massive cocoa aroma with a little toffee and caramel too. Huge cocoa character in the flavor as well, but there is also roasted coffee bitterness, subtle caramel, and some burnt fruit character. While the brew’s maltiness overwhelms any hop bite, the bitterness of the burnt/cocoa flavors establish a decent balance. Extra creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps the best porter I’ve ever had, it certainly has the most robust cocoa flavor I’ve ever encountered in this style of beer. An exceptional beer from a consistently outstanding brewery. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, a translucent brown at the edges, with a large tan head that ultimately disappears. Smell starts clean with slight chocolate overtones. As the beer warms, a buttery odor (like Dominion Lager) kicks in. Taste is crispy up front, bitter cocoa, and some bittering hops. The cocoa flavor lingers for a bit too. The mouthfeel is thin for a porter. Easy to drink. Acceptable desert beer.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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 hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber
Pours a deep brown with slightly translucent edges. Head is thick, tan and short-lived. Lacing, however, is quite nice. A neat tan collar surrounds the liquid in the glass.
Smell is chocolate, slightly buttery, and just a bit acidic. Slight hop aroma, and a bit musty.
Taste is a bit bitter, but not so much from the hops as it is bitter chocolate. A slight bit buttery, some caramel, and there's still that nagging bit of acidity that I'm not really liking so much, but that's more of a mouthfeel issue. A pretty decent flavor profile for a porter, slightly roasty... Chocolate aftertaste is nice as well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and is kind of overwhelmed by the afformentioned acidity.
That being said, this is still a good beer. I would definitely be able to have more than one in a session.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A thick syrupy pour, and jet black body with two fingers of frothy tan head. Decent retention.

S: A somewhat alcoholic and chocolate scent with a dark fruit undertone as well. Some hints of roasted malt.

T: Laidback chocolate flavor, espresso notes. Somewhat malty backbone, but kind of weak in that department it seemed.

M: Generous carbonation to it and a crisp texture, but still, something felt missing when it came to having a full-bodied feel.

D: Easy drinking, but overall the taste didn't quite meet my expectation from the aromas, it was a little deceiving. Who knows, they may end up improving this batch in the future, but until then, you'd be alright going with this one.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown, almost black but not quite. The head formed a decent 1-2 fingers thick, creamy tan, fading relatively quickly into a thin layyer with some lacing.

Aroma: Dark chololate.

Taste: Dark chocolate to start, slightly sweet at first but turning more bitter in the middle. the finish is a mix of dark chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter and lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, fairly crisp. The carbonation was lively, and fit nicely.

Overall: I found this to be quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try if you like chocolatey beers.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a wonderful dark chocolate inot my Troubadour tulip yielding a one inch frothy cocoa head. The head quickly subsides with little lace. Aromas of cocoa and light molasses. Even at drinking temp nothing really jumps out of the glass.

Taste hits the tongue running with rivers of light cocoa and dark raw sugars. Quickly moves to an odd mouthfeel with the carbonation kind of fizzing on the tongue and the finish almost sour and astringent. Not much more I can say about this one.

Thought this one would be a winner but it is merely average and odd to an extent. Thanks for the opportunity Phisig137!

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, no light passes through. The head keeps growing. As soon as I started to remove the cap foam started spilling out of the bottle and quickly filled two glasses.

The scent was very dark like heavily roasted malt and dark chocolate. There was also a faint scent of wood.

The taste was dark chocolate and a slight sour note. I always expect milk chocolate to come out of chocolate beers but keep getting reminded that CHOCOLATE is much darker than that. Not much else to pick out other than dark chocolate and rich, heavy malt character.

Feel was smooth and creamy as a result of the foam that develops. In the back the feel was a little less creamy and a bit dryer.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts a bit of coffee

Taste – Chocolate and roasted malty goodness with some hops to even it all out. Fairly sweet up front with a bit of bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not quite as solid as I expected which makes the beer much easier to finish.

Drinkability: Not super thick so this bomber went donw with ease and left me wanting another.

Overall I like this beer very much. It is made in the capital city of my state and right down the road form a good friend of mine. I would never turn one of these down.

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Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
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