Chocolate Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
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8
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8
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Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. A totally dense dark color with no light getting through. Small dark tan head, poor retention and no lacing.

I poured it cold and the cold aroma is heavy duty milk chocolate. Very nice. As the beer warmed, subsequent pours yielded more roasted malts and a little vanilla.

Taste was similar to aroma. It was milk chocolate all the way at first. A little harsh and overpowering. When warmed up, the maltiness balanced the chocolate better and hints of vanilla and coffee appeared. This beer is much better a bit warm.

Mouthfeel smoothed out the longer I drank. Goes down nice and easy after a bit of harshness when cold.

Drinkability is ok. I can't do a lot of chocolate in my beer. This was fairly good, but I would rather have a Legend Barleywine or a fresher version of the 2009 Oktoberfest

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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 lillitnn92
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on a whim... and poured it into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, with a really nice, silky head that looked like the center of a "Three Musketeer" bar.

S: Lots of chocolate on this one. Not necessarily cocoa, but more of the "Nestle's Quick" variety. It's so potent that it almost smells like it's in powdered form.

T: I got a slight bitter kick on the end to represent the char in the porter, but not enough to my mind. I did appreciate the savoriness of the chocolate though. This is a dessert through and through, and the decision to make this a porter was a great decision indeed; I've always thought the transparency of the style lends itself much more to these novelty-style brews than stouts (or any other styles). I got a bit of a "milky" quality after a few sips as well.

M: Creamy and rich, without being too. Actually, the carbonation level was perfect and the lacing minimal.

O: I've tried some damn fine beers from Legend in the past year, and this one certainly continues that trend.

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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 Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch of light brown head. Head recedes immediately leaving minimal to no lacing.

S: Nose is chocoalte, toffee and a healthy dose of hazelnut.

T: Taste - taste completely like a Skor bar in liquid form!! Chocolate at the forefront that blends nicely in to toffee. These two flavors hold through as a touch of nuttiness comes in. The flavors come in seperately but meld together in the finish with almost a peanut butter aftertaste in the finish. Delish!

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice variation of the style. This isn't a typical beer - you could have this as dessert! Seriously reminded me of a Skor bar...

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ proteus93 - thanks! My portion poured into a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a black body w/ only hints of transparency around the periphery, a nice creamy, chocolate-colored one-finger head with average retention, and a few eruptions of lacing. A nice start.

Aroma: Spritzy and crisp, but largely neutral. There's some faint toasted malts that approach chocolate, but the chocolate doesn't come through here much at all. It's almost like essence of chocolate, really ... maybe, um, cocoa nibs, haha, but just not too chocolatey chocolatey.

Taste: Hershey's dark chocolate, semisweet, perhaps. A few other notes, too - some toasty breadiness, a few faint hop notes. But this one's mostly about the chocolate, and though it's definitely chocolatey, it's not an amazing, out-of-this-world chocolatey. More like a baker's baking square chocolate, as Sean notes.

Mouthfeel: Big-bubbled but even, a little spritzy, more towards the thick side, and though the carbonation deadens the impact of that a little, it also intensifies a lot of the unpleasant notes that are always associated with cocoa-nibbed beers. Less carbonation less time.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, and definitely worth a try. I've seen incorporations of actual chocolate go far, far worse. Alcohol is reasonable and entirely absent from the profile, and there are some good things here.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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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Photo of robebo44
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark pour with a great, creamy head... leaves behind plenty of stringy lace.

S: Soft malts, bakers chocolate. Not a whole lot of complexity, but decent.

T: The chocolate flavour is there, but it seems a little economy... like picking up the semi-sweet baking chocolate from the grocery store. Not offensive, but not fine or delicate by any means.

M + D: I would almost expect a little creamier, but got a bit overcarbonated and light. Has potential, and some balance is there, but not something I could see myself actively seeking out.

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Photo of teromous
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 +1.7%
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 +5.5%
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 PGVG
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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 Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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