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:
105
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -3.3%
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 -9.9%
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 Sonofalime
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of warriorsoul
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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 +0.3%
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 Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zaphodchak
5/5  rDev +38.1%

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

Photo of arguemaniac
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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 +3.6%
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 joegard
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of glf60
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 3Hops
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of northstar23
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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 LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 -0.6%
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 +9.9%
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 -13.5%
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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Chocolate Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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