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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002

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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jerktookmyname
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of codsmith
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice finger tall mocha cream head that laces the glass nicely.

S: Heavy malt aroma mixed with a nice mellow nut, coffee and roasted malt character.

T: Very malty character with a low touch of roasted grain character towards the end. Finishes with a nice bittersweet chocolate and hop touch.

M: medium-to-full body. Sits fairly heavy and very creamy and smooth. Goes down very easily. Carbonation is right on.

O: A very malty beer and sits rather heavy. Not sure if I would choose to drink more than 2 in a session because they are rather filling, but still has a good beer.

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Photo of dlello2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice medium-bodied dark brown (almost black) pour into a snifter. Finger of head leaves a soap bubble ring around the edges of the glass after 20 seconds.

S - Subtle smoky chocolate and espresso. Touch of sweetness/molasses.

T - Really smooth. Nice chocolaty finish is (oddly) the first thing that I notice. Maybe a touch of dark chocolate/espresso-bean bitterness in the middle of the tongue. Really well balanced!

M - Nice carbonation, and again, a nice smooth finish. Nice coating of the mouth and some dark fruit stickiness on my teeth.

O - While not overwhelmingly intricate, all of the pieces to this porter seem to fit really well! Definitely happy to have tried it (thanks Binny's new mix-a-six!)

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine porter...12 oz bottle into a tulip and it bubbles up reddish and black. Classic porter nose, slightly sour with some malt backbone sweetness. Smooth on the tongue. A little sweetness. Nice bite. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is excellent. Recommended. Price is reasonable too.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a very dark brown almost black with no light showing through

S-lots of coffee to start with followed by some cocoa and maybe a little smoke

T-much like the smell coffee and chocolate with some smoky finish

M-good carbonation and a little creaminess

O-This is a really good beer from Tyranena I might have to make another trip to Wisconsin to pick up some more of this beer,

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

Received in trade from the man himself ChugginOil. Thanks man! Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Deep dark root beer brown pour with tan one finger of head.

S – Dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and slightly sweet.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and coffee bitterness start it off. Vanilla comes along after leading it to a bit of a sweet taste. Has a nice roasty malt that finishes the flavor off. Touch of molasses.

M – Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Leaves a bit of a smoky sweet taste on your palate.

O – Pretty solid porter here. Has nice flavors and they balance well. Easy drinker and tasty.

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

Pours a dark cola color that is nearly opaque. Less than a fingers worth of tan head with little lacing. The nose is quite chocolatey with a roasty wrapper. The taste is also quite roasty with some chocolate and little tobacco. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but suites this beer just fine. Overall, a great session porter that isnt too filling and packs some great flavors.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle out of a recent sixer. drank from my samuel adams perect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a black body under a small beige colored head. the head sticks around for a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- roasted malts are the first things that i notice. after that i get chocolate and a hint of smoke. earthy and spicy hops along with coffee finish this off.

T- the taste starts off with the roasted malts that i could smell before moving onto some milk chocolate with just a hint of dark chocolate. a touch of smoke is picked up just after that. coffee, along with spicy and earthy hops move in at the end.

M- medium bodied with a nice and middle of the road carbonation level. smooth and easy to drink.

O- overall, this is a very solid porter and a pretty under rated year round offering from tyranena. this is something ill definitely pick up again in the future.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH glass

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger tan head. The head sticks around for a decent bit of time

S- crisp aromas of chocolate, coffee, and cola. Smells good

T- nice notes of cocoa, with a slight finish of cola. Tastes pretty solid, albeit not spectacular

M- it's actually a little thin, and pretty watery. Disappointing

O- this is a solid, inoffensive porter. Nothing wrong with this one

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Photo of JAYAR1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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Photo of PDXHops
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from jsilva poured into a shaker pint. Thar she blows; we've got a gusher here. After a delayed 2nd pour, I've got a nice rocky and dimply head formed of foamy, large bubbles. Looks a bit like a cola, except with excellent head retention. Thick patches of scattered lacing.

Cherry pie filling appears to be the dominant aroma; lighter notes of roast and chocolate in the background. The label proclaims this to be a 'sharply bittersweet' ale, and it certainly is. An interesting take on the porter style. Tart cherry and bittersweet chocolate give way to a clean, but not exactly dry, finish. Thickish but not clinging, with abundant carbonation. Tart cherry lingers.

Overall impression: Interesting, and worth a try.

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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 iDrinknewglarus
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with ruby red edges. Nice tan head that slowly dies down, but never disappears. and leaves some nice lasing.

S: Roasted malt. Sweet caramel notes. Some coffee. Pleasant smell.

T: Slight roasted taste with some bitter chocolate. A little bit of coffee as well. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

M: Light mouthfeel.

This beer started out with a nice solid taste, but as I progressed, it turned a little watery. This is a good beer, and would make a great session beer as it is very drinkable, but I prefer a slightly more robut porter. I preferred Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with a thick, tan head. Attractive lacing on the old ale glass.

Aroma is chocolate, with a little roastiness. Not bad.

Flavor is bitter chocolate, burnt with a bitter finish.

It's not too memorable or unique, but as a representative session porter, this one is well-balanced and tasty.

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

Poured a very dark brown, very nearly black color with quite a bit of dark beige head on it. Smell is very nice - roasted malt and coffee. Taste is good as well. Some coffee flavor, maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Taste is not overpowering, this is very smooth. Medium bodied mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, easy to drink, goes down easy, not too filling. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Mdog
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, ok head.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate.

Taste: Semi-sweet dark chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: Reminds me why I used to drink a lot of porters, nice mix of sweetness and bitterness.

Got a single of this as a gift. It's a good porter, nice chocolate flavor with some coffee. Tyranena makes a lot of good beers, maybe I should try more of their regular lineup.

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