Chief BlackHawk Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Chief BlackHawk PorterChief BlackHawk Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 350
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine serviceable porter thanks to jpm30 as a hitchhiker. Black, some light coloured head. No outstanding aroma, drinkable porter taste, mid to a tad thin mouthfeel. Some chocolateness, a bit of coffee grind, appreciate the sessionable ABV so I can have another something else.

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

Solid Porter with a lot of depth and character, without flirting with Stout proportions or robustness. Starts off with a powerful, yet silky aroma of rich coffee (not quite espresso), bitter-sweet cocoa, and fruity / yeasty esters. Looks decidedly dark brown, nearly opaque, with a mild haze. A thin-standing foam never impressed, but did last as a trace throughout. Great flavors of the coffee intensity, and the cocoa complexity, that were found in the nose, transcribe directly into the taste. Spiced up with bittering and flavoring hops. Plumb, grapes, and apples give the brew a lot of depth and variety. Mild alcohols come through late. The body delivers a nice level of drinkability, despite the intensity of flavor. A mild roasted-grain astringency was detected late, but did little to deter fromt he overall quality. Very nice Porter; well worth trying again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate with ruby highlights; the tannish head fades rather quickly but leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Coffee, plenty of roast and a bit of licorice

Taste: Coffee and licorice, up front, with a growing bitter chocolate flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter elements tend to dominate but their is an underlying bitter tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice porter indeed; I like the complexity added by the sweet and tart flavors

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, a finger of foam rises and settles to a skim. Thin ring of lacing. Aroma is not very strong, slight roasted malt is all I get.

Taste has an earthy roasted malt upfront, that stays and lingers through the finish. I don't pick up any chocolate or sweetness at all. Fairly thin, and balanced for what it is. Slight cereal grain in the finish. It's sessionable, but there are other porters out there worth seeking out first.

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

Appearance: Black with dark brown highlights, completely impenetrable by light. The tan head rises to a finger's height and then settles into a film, leaving behind a ring of lace.

Smell: Coffee and dark chocolate, very mocha-like.

Taste & mouthfeel: My first impression is that this is pretty chewy for a porter - it drinks a lot more like a dry stout. Coffee and unsweetened chocolate carry over from the nose, along with the overall impression of dryness; there's a touch of sweetness here but it's subtle. The bitter finish lingers on the palate like burnt bread.

Notes: Thanks to Homerbag for this one, it was a great extra.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric for this one.

Screw top really?

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over dark midnight black beer with no light coming through.

Nose adds creamy porter, light sweet malts, toasty malts, caramel, hint chocolate, aromatic malty aroma, hint of biscuit, and some lactose sugar.

Taste starts slight sweet malts but mostly dry, trial typical porter flavors but light feeling. Hint of bakers chocolate, caramel, biscuit and toasty malts, wants to get syrupy but doesn't quite. Then hops, a light earthy and spicy hop come through with a decent bitterness. A very light yeast flavor. In the background I get a hint if roasted malts and light acrid burnt flavor subsequently. Finish is dry still, a slight metallic mineral adrift burnt flavor lingering, more chocolate and roast, light syrupy malt. A hint more cocoa late.

Mouth is med to slightly richer bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, interesting porter, somewhat drinkable, a slight burnt acrid flavor, nice malts, hops come through nicely,

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep black body on this porter is almost completely opaque, and it reveals only a few ruby-mahogany highlights when held to the light. It's creamy dark tan head holds fairly well, but it leaves little lacing about the glass. In the nose, however, a deeply-roasted mocha aroma reaches out and grabs you! It's richly roasty like fresh black coffee, with a block of oily, dark milk chocolate slowly melting in the center. The body is medium and smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The flavor delivers a dark, bittersweet chocolate character backed by roastiness. It's not complex, but it's nice; and it's well-balanced by a solid bitterness that anchors it and leads to a dry, long lingering finish.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with 2 large fingers of mocha colored foam. Retains with a solid creamy 1/2 finger, leaving some big frothy lacing back that sticks. The aroma has plenty of roast and coffee notes, which fills the nostrils. A strong tinge of citric hops mixes with chocolate and caramel character to give this a sweet tangy pop in the nose. Very roasty overall here, with a real burnt toast thing going on.

The taste is very dark in the mouth, with bitter roast, coffee, and hops. Sweeter notes of cocoa, caramel, and citrus gives the profile a chewy balancing nature. Finishes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a bubbly creaminess to the carbonation and then a flatter feeling silkiness underneath that moves that bigger sweetness along. Despite the richness here, this stays very easy and nicely drinkable.

All around solid American Porter here, with a deeply roasted and bitter (but still balanced) character that I really dug. I would get into this one often if it was local to me.

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

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, beige head.

Smell: A fine, earthy aroma displaying an array of notes: roasted malts, smoke, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and herbs.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness leads to a mild sweetness and a decidedly chocolatey mocha-like flavor. Pinch of anise. Herbal hop flavor with an earthy, spicy bitterness. Lightly roasty finish with a further hint or two of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's definitely tasty. BlackHawk carries us all down a Trail of Beers to a really wonderful place.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest mahogany that falls within a whisker of complete opacity, but doesn't achieve it because of the bright morning sunshine slanting through my front window. That same sunlight brings out, not so much highlights, as a gorgeous crimson 'inner glow'. Dim bars and pubs are fine, but there's nothing like bright sun to make one marvel at the myriad colors, shades and accents in good beer.

The light brown head has some substance to it, ultimately falls to a thick, humped one finger disk and leaves a nice amount of glass garnish behind. The nose isn't as assertive as it could be and is a roughly equal mix of chocolate and java. There isn't much in the way of hops or any other accessory aromas that would elevate the nose to very good.

The Chief is a good, but not a great porter. The body/mouthfeel helps considerably; it's more full than most beer of this style. It isn't overly creamy, but is on the upper end of medium from start to finish. The flavor profile consists of the usual roasted maltiness with elements of bittersweet chocolate and (less so) black coffee. I didn't appreciate any vanilla or coffee-with-cream flavors that I sometimes find enjoyable. Hops, hidden in the nose, are much more evident on the palate. There's also a sourness that is different, but isn't altogether bad.

Chief Blackhawk Porter is another good one from Tyranena. My 'great porter' requirements are pretty specific though and it doesn't hit enough of them to win my enthusiastic approval. Thanks to Skidz for the bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint! I love beers with historical tie-ins,

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of tan/brown head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, not much else

T: Coffee, baker's chocolate, roasted grain & a bit of vanilla up front. More chocolate & roasted grain as this warms. Finishes dry & roasty with a bit of chocolate

MF: Pretty smooth, low carbonation with medium body & nice balance

A nice sessionable porter going down nicely on a cold, windy December evening

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,

Overall while not the most complex thing in the world, this does have a lot going for it. Very rich and smooth and very well done

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Picked up a bottle o' this brew during the aftermath of my DLD trip to Hoosierland. It pours an almost opaque black-brown with more than a finger of light khaki froth on top. The smell is straightforward, but very appealing: molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and maple syrup. It's unidirectional, but effective nonetheless. The taste is very similar, featuring chocolate, molasses, and a bit of mild coffee. The body is a heavy medium, with moderate carbonation and a very slight coating effect. Now, normally, I'd end with something crappily corny, like "All hail the Chief", but not this time...I'm feeling too classy for that sort of thing today. You're welcome.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI. What a great store.

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, nearly opaque with a small beige cap. Aromas include the expected roasted malt, chocolate. Light char and coffee notes in the flavor. The body is perhaps a tad thin. Overall, pretty good, but perhaps a little weak in body and potency.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a tan head that soon becomes patchy. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, chicory. Pretty robust!

The taste is of deep roasted coffee, charcoal, chicory, hint of anise and some chocolate. Roasted finish.

Medium body with lingering roast and touch of alcohol.

Overall, it's a nice, roasty, fairly robust, porter!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep, fully black color, with a huge, lush, creamy tan head. Nose is all cocoa and cream, notes of coffee, and bits of bitterness. Lovely.
Bitterness continues through the palate, but mildly. Malt is thick, mouthfeel lush, smooth, relaxed, but still hearty as any porter ought to be.
Well-rounded as can be, this is my idea of a session beer, full of character and flavor, easy to down, but rewarding with flavor.
Good, good stuff, this! It'd earn a permanent place in my fridge, if it only crossed the border into MN.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark brown. 1/4 inch of a tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of a strong sweet malt, nuts, yeast, pale malt, slight hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of pine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and slight bitterness. Tastes of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, pine, yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good blend, aroma, body, and mouth feel.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin head. Solid lacing and average head retention.

S- Rich chocolate notes.

T- Dark maltyness/sweetness. More coffee notes than chocolate. Nutty. Very sweet aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy. Well carbonated.

D/O- I liked this one a lot...a porter without gimmicks (ie. smoked/coffee/etc). A good session porter from one of the best porter breweries around, Tyranena.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured very smoothly and a rich, dark coffee brown and had a slight khaki head. The smell was very rich and malty. Great roasted coffee bean aroma. The taste too was very rich and mimicked a fresh cup of coffee. Again very malty. Mouthfeel was fresh and crisp, medium. It was very drinkable and very tasty. It reminded me of the Espresso Porter from Palmetto out of South Carolina. Very good beer at a very good price.

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

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, very nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tannish head, with some nice thick sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty big time, nice tones of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first then the big malt flavor arrives, with some toffee/coffee/caramel tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Tyranena.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About 2 shades from black pour. A large foamed up head, off white climbed high, then settled to a ring. Swirls bring the head back.
Coffee is the dominant nose, with faint leather and chocolate whaffs.
Dark chocolate a coffee, slightly roasted, are the two main players in the flavor. A slight bite slinks out to a small pinch. It becomes a smoother beer in the end. Chocolate, dark bittersweet becomes more dominant. Soft finish. Solid porter.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich black colored brew with a small off-white head that settles slowly and some patchy lace. Aroma is typical porter stuff, but fairly assertive; roasted malt, bitter black coffee, a bit of char and a hint of chocolate.

Pretty tasty. Lots of roast, chewy malt, again, bitter coffee and chocolate. Fairly hoppy for the style, somewhat herbal and spicy, with lingering bitterness in the finish. Modest sweetness, very dry.

Medium-thin bodied, medium-high carbonation. A bit prickly and fizzy. I enjoy a somewhat smoother, creamier porter but this isn’t bad. Flavors and aroma are strong, falls on the bitter side of the style, still highly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz received in trade from Wasatch.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass while listening to Prodigy Dirt Chamber Sessions.

2 Finger lite brown head looks like the top of a cappuccino .. brew is very dark brown and very clear.. polished walnut.

Smells of dark chocolate and lite brewed coffee.. not much in the way of hops.. but a little background of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor is light but very tasty.. roasted malts and dark chocolate.. with just enough nuttiness and coffee.. not getting much in the way of hops with only slight fruity esters.

Viscosity is light.. and very very drinkable.. I like this one alot.. If I had access to it, it would be a goto anytime I wanted a brew with a little darkness in the bite.

Another good brew from a great trader.. Thanks John.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a dark, almost black brown color. Produced a quickly dissipating gray head.

(S)- Wow, lots of coffee grounds & molasses; creamy.

(T)- Nice molasses & coffee with hints of raisins & cream.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A light bitterness, yet a light creaminess too.

(D)- A no nonsense porter that delivers well. A solid example of the style. I could have a few of these.

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

Thanks to beerbeagle for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is black, a color that resembles Hershey's chocolate syrup. A small head on pour never amounted to much, just a thin pool atop the beer.

S: The porter has a big nose, deep and layered. Coffee notes come first, bold and bitter. They are followed by bitter chocolate and lactic sweetness.

T: Coffee is strong in this one. Sweet java notes are rich, mildly bitter, with a lactic sugar sweetness. Chocolate and smoke follw the coffee and add to the depth of dark flavors. An ale that took me by surprise.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter and roasted with the coffee and lactic elements steering the entire drink.

D: The moderate alcohol level coupled with strong coffee presence really ups the drinkability for me.

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Chief BlackHawk Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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