Chief BlackHawk Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
173
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank October 2014 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Hot chocolate head; strong lace.

Chocolate syrup & fresh earth nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & chocolate syrup up front with a mild hop bite on the finish; not overly memorable but a fine session porter.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/2015. Poured from bottle into tulip glass. It pours almost opaque black with dark walnut hues when held to the light, and two fingers of foamy khaki-colored head and lacing. The initial head quickly dissipated but the lacing had good retention. It smells of roasted malt, burnt coffee, graham cracker, and toffee. The taste is pleasant with burnt coffee grounds, nuts, baker's chocolate, vanilla, lactose, and some wood smoke. As the glass warmed, the sweetness was more evident. There is a touch of bitterness throughout but particularly at the finish. It features a nice mouth feel - fairly creamy for a porter, with mild carbonation. With a moderate ABV of 5.6% it is easy to drink. This is a well-crafted and tasty Porter - it's not at the same level as Founders, VAS or Edmund Fitzgerald but it's worth a try. The bottle I had was approximately a year old. It would be interesting to try Chief Black Hawk fresher and on draught.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark bean black, with a 1 finger frothy head of beige color. Lace is nice, with walls/soapy suds on the sides.

Some coffee, with lots and lots of bitter roast malts, light lactose.

Foldgers out front, followed by lots of lactose, roast malts, and cacao nibs. More lactose on the finish.

Feel is acidic, very acidic, and roasty. Semi-dry all the way through and to the finish. More acid, rusting away my teeth on the finish.

A touch better than other Wisconsin-local porters, but only marginally. I have no idea why they all smell like brown ales and taste like coffee and roasted malts. No sweetness, no balance.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have Had Tyranena several times times a year for several years. I like them. I like their sense of local history. And I like many of their beers.
And I always come back to Chief BlackHawk. One sip of this porter distinguishes itself. A second confirms that the first taste was true: this is a great porter.
A key test of a porter is how well it bitters the beer by blending (and toasting) the malts... without having to rely on hops.

BlackHark Porter uses malts splendidly; filling the mouth with coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
I rarely drink the same beer twice in an evening. If I had a second BlackHawk Porter, it would have disappeared tonight.

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

Photo of AuntBea
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date. There is no alcohol percentage listed on the bottle, but the company website lists it as 5.75%, not the 5.6% that BA gives it.

The beer poured a dark brown color, almost black, and made a 1-finger light brown head that lasted over 2 minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer had a heavy roasted malt aroma to it along with a yeatsy smell.

Lots of roasted malt and coffee flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness and a bit of chocolate. Hop bitterness was mild.

While not watery at all, the body was still on the thin side with medium carbonation.

I liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of Rcunning
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a pitch black color with ever so slight red coloring around parts of the edges of the glass. Head rises very quickly even with a slow, light pour. Head is tan in color and very frothy/foamy. Head reminds me of a milk froth made from skim milk. Head dissipates rather slowly. Light to moderate carbonation is visible around the edges of the glass with bubbles rising at a slow to moderate pace. 4.25/5

S - Aroma is very heavy on espresso, dark chocolate, and a very dark maltiness. Char and roasted malt are predominant as well. In terms of hops there seems to be herbal hops present but this acts as an undertone to the malt. 4/5

T - Sweet up front reminiscent of toffee. This leads to a caramelized malt along with a bit of roasted malt. There is a dark chocolatiness that makes up the middle of the tasting along with a bit of tobacco with this transitioning to a bitter espresso and herbal hops that make up the back end. Slight bitterness lingers on the palate upon swallowing. 4/5

M - Medium heavy body with a bit of a carbonation tickle but not a full burn. Somewhat drying during the 2nd half of the tasting with a slight lingering dryness but nothing unpleasant. Slight creaminess but dryness keeps this in check. 3.75/5

O - Versatile porter than can be a sipping beer or a food pairing beer due to the medium heavy body and slight dryness and sweetness. Well balanced between sweet and bitter. Very good porter offering here. 4/5

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Photo of ordybill
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black color with red highlights in the light with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with a little chocolate. The taste is roasted malt with coffee. An outstanding porter.

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Photo of Farral
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Warren2621
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermanben
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fubudu187
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kinggimp
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasted_Youth
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Chief BlackHawk Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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