Chelsea Porter
Moylan's Brewery

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #972
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #39,547
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 13.86%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
100
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Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  3
SCORE
84
Good
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Impetuous from Montana

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Body is deep dark brown with good head.

Flavors are mild cocoa, very light hops, and biscuits. Light carbonation makes this infinitely crushable.

Wonderful, really love this.

Jun 11, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, smokey, roasted malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and enjoyable beer.

Jun 12, 2017
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BierJager89 from California

4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Nice medium roast coffee, dark and milk chocolates in the nose.

T: Milk chocolate, and lots of it, some light coffee notes. Not super complex.

M: Medium full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not as roasty or robust as a typical porter, but definitely good. Nice and creamy. Definitely worth a try.

Feb 07, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Curious what exactly the inspiration was that Chelsea Moylan provided.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent spooky webbed lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa, somewhat sour milk (though that could be my own shirt after looking after the wee one solo for the past six hours or so), roasted bready caramel malt, a bit of dry toffee, bitter ground coffee, and mild earthy, musty hops. The taste is more of the same - medium baker's chocolate, toasty caramel malt, milky sourdough, a gritty nuttiness, cold coffee, and weak earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are a little peppy, and playful beyond their standard duties, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, the roast kind of cutting in a tad here. It finishes off-dry, the milky and grainy sweetness settling in, while the char and hops mill about, hoping to capture a few more hearts and minds.

An enjoyable (dare I say?) London Porter, despite the American aspirations stated on the label. The Irish were certainly informed by their English brewing neighbors, and that has filtered down, all the way across an ocean and continent alike. And if these perky Irish-Americans want to make it their own - it's the hops, dummy.

Dec 29, 2013
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Hopscat from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber had no bottled date. Looks opaque, dark brown/black. Small creamy head.
Smell is dark roast coffee and chocolate, nice.
Taste initially with the bitter chocolate , an off taste metallic. After first sip not noticeable.
Solid bill of roasted malt with a good bitterness in the background.
Mouthfeel is creamy with just right bite of carbonation.
My first Moylan and will seek this again.

Dec 14, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber with no date. found a dusty bottle on sale for only $2.99. here's hoping it's not skunked out or infected.

i got lucky: not infected, not skunky. beautiful black look with great tan head and retention. smell is lactose sugar and not much more. taste is milky and sweet, with roasted coffee grounds and chocolate. lighter than a stout, but still flavorful.

May 22, 2013
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GoldHorde from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's / Chelsea Moylan's Porter

I've enjoyed quite a few of the Moylan's beers...including THIS one. A very nice porter, in fact it is an exceptional porter. I was only able to enjoy HALF of the 22oz bottle because the other half was going into my authentic Texas Chili - which was a hit. The labeled promise of coffee and chocolate was not hyperbole. The coffee accent was not only forefront throughout including the aftertaste - but it even looked like a rich foam topped espresso.

HEAD/MOUTHFEEL: A two-three finger tan head predicted the creaminess - a very stout-ish porter!

POUR: an opaque dark brown with a distinct coffee aroma.

FLAVOR: Deep coffee and a sweet chocolate edge.

I definitely like porters that blur the stout style fence-line.

Mar 13, 2013
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste begins with an earthy, smokey flavor, followed by some sweetness, and finishing with an herbal, chocolaty finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall a good porter, the smoke is nice, but there are better examples out there.

Jan 31, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Jan 06, 2013
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ubenumber2 from Arkansas

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type is 22oz bottle put into what the box of beer glasses said was the right glass

Dark almost black pour with about a half finger head that is dark brown and dies off super fast and has very little lacing

The smell is outstanding , probally one of the best smelling beers Ive come across, very good roasted barley smell with chocolate and coffee overtones

The taste is ok , Im not a huge porter fan , but as far as porters go this one is on par for the course

Over all not a bad beer , if I was in the mood for a porter again I would purchase this for the price

Jan 02, 2013
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ouser31 from California

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Taste! Good Beer! Had at a local pub and it was good all around! I enjoy Moylans Beer! Also like the Kilt Lifter! Appearance and Taste where best about this beer... Got two free glasses out of it also... Many more to enjoy soon I hope also...! Thanks!

Nov 02, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some amber highlights when held to some light,a half finger beige head atop.Deep espresso roast and sharp bitter chocolate in the nose,very earthy and old school.Dry and heavily roasted on the palate,underlying unsweetened chocolate with very mild molasses-like sweetness,again the roast and dryness is the main component of the beer.I think this beer rocks,it's old school and that's cool,I would love to have this on a nitro pour.

Oct 16, 2012
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are bottles at Whole Foods Dedham left over from St. Pat's Day 2012 that are on sale for $4.99. Figured I'd give one a shot. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown body with a great head. Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor was a touch muted, probably due to age. There was an overly roasted flavor of coffee on my palate, but I did enjoy it. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and also that bitterness lingered for a while. Fairly drinkable though with a very nice ABV. For the price, I enjoyed it. I would like to try this fresh someday to compare.

Oct 11, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of splashy lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and marshmallow

Taste: Chocolate marshmallow, up front, with a charred tone that develops in the middle; almost a band-aid character that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Watery, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps this was an old bottle (I just bought it yesterday) but it really was not good

Oct 06, 2012
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jtd1969 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark with good amount of head

S - Coffee and chocolate

T - Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and lots or roastiness, Hops come thru nicely for this robust style porter

M - Low medium in body with good carbonation

O - Good porter, Really enjoyed the complexity and robustness. Smooth and delicious

Sep 23, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty glass lacing, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel coffee, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Nice balance of flavors; but a touch on the watery side and not as robust as some porters I have had in the past. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink; with no alcohol presence at all as expected for 5%. Overall this is a nice, enjoyable, and very drinkable porter.

Mar 17, 2012
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 11 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large brown head, well carbonated. Nearly opaque very dark brown in color. Relatively light aroma, roasty coffee astringency, a touch of cocoa. Lots of coffee and dark roastiness. Light velvety body and mouthfeel. Moderate ethanol. Becomes chocolatey though the middle and finish with a bit of roastiness in the aftertaste.

Nicely done but not too strong or bold in flavor.

Jan 18, 2012
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MrKennedy from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a 10oz middy glass. Thanks to sinkas for the trade.

Pours black with a brown tinge around the edges. Has a large beige head of small beady foam that fails to lace.

Smell is impressive, a mix of baking chocolate, chocolate cookies, cocoa and coffee. Always something there that was good and interesting.

Taste is a little more circumspect than the smell, but still more cocoa, chocolate and baking chocolate. Some coffee to start and finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied, maybe a touch smaller than that. The finish lacks the coffee bite that toys expect from the other party of this beer.

A pretty solid porter with a very nice chocolate and cocoa smell being the highlight. Perhaps lacks the drinkability to be a star in the category, but worthwhile having.

Dec 24, 2011
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ADZA from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark kola hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of nice clingy lacing.

S-Dark cocoa,fruity coffee and dark plums.

T-Chocolate coated raisins,mulberries,dark fruits and finished with a light milky coffee bitterness.

M-A touch over light bodied and very sessionable.

O-A very pleasant AP which is very sessionable while still being true to the style and i would buy again cheers.

Dec 12, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, somehow haven't reviewed any Moylan's beers, just slipped through the cracks I guess. I've had the hopsickle, kilt lifter, and IPA quite a few times but never got a review out of them I guess. So here's my first, not my first pick to review from them, just a new beer I haven't had before and decided to do the review.

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head in the pint glass but fades fairly quickly at first keeping it from forming a good head, but maintains a nice creamy looking head covering for a while. The beer is a very dark color, pretty much black, except hints of ruby light sneaking through even the center when right up to the light.

Nose is almost like a dry irish stout but not quite there, kinda cross between irish stout and porter. Some dark malts with a bit of baker's chocolate, a touch of creamy powdered milk chocolate, a bit of oats, hint of caramel. Then light earthy hops, nothing big just enough to let you know. Touch of roasted but not burnt acrid of coffee roast, just a hint of a roasted malt like.

Taste is like a dry irish stout crossed with oatmeal stout crossed with porter, pretty tasty. Creamy porter like to start, a bit of powdered milk chocolate, and hint of baker's chocolate as well as oats. It's a dry chocolate like taste, and again hint of roast but barely. Light caramel mixes in there with more dark malt like flavors maybe heavy crystal malts. Also there hints of earthy hops that turn slightly bitter but not much, and even a little spicy on the finish. Very slight toasty malt flavor as well, with a nice malty flavor. Finishes dry, as expected, with more nice chocolate flavors, dark bitter baker's chocolate and some light earthy hops that get slightly more bitter than initially, nice oatmeal stout like dry finish without the toasty malts. The finish has a long lingering hop bitterness that seems to just stay forever, but not a big hop, just a nice memory of the beer.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, full and rich, with lower but decent for the style carbonation. Slight more carbonation would have brought this to 4.5.

Overall pretty nice, a nice cross between chocolate porter, dry irish stout, and oatmeal stout, nice malts, nice chocolate, light oats and earthy hops, decent bitterness, dry finish, tasty and extremely drinkable. I'm surprised this is rated as low as it is, almost a staple session porter that I could drink all day. Maybe it gets lower ratings since more Americans want a porter to be big, bold, in your face and loaded with hops. Oh well.

Dec 10, 2011
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows roasted malt, dark chocolate and big nutty notes. Also a faint savoury character. Pretty restrained.
Flavours are more on the hoppy side, with prominent piny notes accompanying bold roasted malt and coffee. Pretty flavoursome.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

Nov 22, 2011
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theghost3 from Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark brown with a 2-finger khaki head with moderate lacing.

The scent is coffee with some chocolate and bready malts. The flavor is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and charred malts. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied that's rather carbonate and there's a somewhat dry finish.

This is a drinkable porter. It doesn't stand out from others, but it is still solid for the style.

Oct 01, 2011
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silentjay from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

about what i would expect for an "American-Irish Style Porter" whatever that means. it pours a murky brown that is almost black with a khaki head that raises to two fingers in height, sticks around at one finger, yet leaves disappointing lacing.

lots of chocolate in the aroma, with some coffee, maybe espresso, vanilla, toffee, molasses.

a bit metallic, but chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts are there as well. a slight bit of charred malts. a surprising onslaught of hops comes at the finish and it doesn't quite mesh too well. not very strong flavored and with a bit of off-flavors, but decent flavors are there as well.

creamy almost medium bodied brew with subtle carbonation that leaves a velvety feel.

overall, its pretty good, and I'd drink it again, but there are many other porters I'd drink before this one.

Sep 27, 2011
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gfreed from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey DC. Dense aroma of burned ropes and hemp, raw mushrooms and vinyl. I had this on cask so it was practically room-temperature warm which may have been even too warm for this beer. The aroma was the best part of this one; the taste didn't stand a chance. Compared to the aroma it was d-u-l-l, unless you like mushrooms. Maybe pour this over pizza next time? Not bad; not great, either.

Jul 17, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, oily aroma fills the nose with molasses, sweet chocolate and nuts. (And I am nuts about porters - haw haw haw!) It pours a luscious sable that is opaque save at the very edges, and the frothy beige head is rather persistent. Flavor has firm coffee, nutty and sweet chocolate tones with just a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly smooth and leaves a soft but appreciable tingle on the lips and tongue. I recommend this to porter fans.

May 29, 2011
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