Chelsea Porter
Moylan's Brewery

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #968
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #39,865
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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Reviews by RoyalT:
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RoyalT from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a nice medium-brown in color with a good, light brown head that rose slowly out of the bottle when I popped the cap and left a seemingly permanent ring on top of the liquid.

Smell - You really have to let this one warm to build the aroma, but once there you'll be rewarded with some raw espresso bean, a hint of vanilla, a nice cocoa smell, and a decent amount of raw sugar.

Taste - The beer kind of changed its tune at the taste. I was able to get some light chocolate notes and a bit of roasted grain but the wonderful espresso from the nose was AWOL and there was an insidious citrus flavor that hit me the wrong way.

Mouthfeel - This is barely medium-bodied with some light but unpleasant carbonation but a short dryness at the end that I somewhat enjoyed.

Drinkability - This one started off well but couldn't hold up. Generally I'm a fan of this brewery but they have thrown in a few stinkers over the years and I guess this is somewhere in between the solid gold hits and the disappointments.

Oct 01, 2010
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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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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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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's Chelsea Moylan's Porter

Bomber poured into a Moylan's branded pint glass.

Solid brown body, roasty tan head, large and in charge, thick, proud, and slow to settle. Nice look.

Aroma: espresso and cinnamon, soft suggestions of cocoa, cream, light bitterness, slightly sweet, very nice.

Taste: mellow chocolate flavor, mild bitterness, muted sweetness, coffee and cocoa sustains throughout. Full bodied, major presence in the mouth. Long flavor, finish.

Again, smooth and creamy, mighty mellow, rich and flavorful. Nice balance between bitter and sweet. Great drinkability. Perfectly sessionable. Really nice porter.

Jun 23, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 24, 2013
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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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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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bashiba from Iowa

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

Poured a nice dark black with some light mahogany highlights and a bit of light tan head.

The smell is light with a bit chocolate and roasted barley.

The flavor is very mild, a light bit of chocolate and a light green fresh hop with a bit of pine balance well, but overall a bit to tame.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and very light.

I could see this being very sessionable with its light balanced profile, but lacks the amount of flavor I look for in a good porter most of the time.

Jun 14, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.55 at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body (straight up black if in a poorly lit area) with a finger's worth of buff-hued head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Darkly toasted bread, espresso powder, and a good portion of cocoa. Hint of activated charcoal and dark fruits as well.

Taste: Malty tastes of roasty-toned coffee and bittersweet chocolate morsels binded with unsweetened chocolate and a touch of fire-charred bread crust and powderized licorice. Low level of sweetness. A bit of tannic prune skin. Earthy undertones. Moderately bitter. Chalky, minerally quality to it. Lightly acidic. Roasty, mineral-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad. A smooth, relatively engaging robust porter.

Mar 21, 2011
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Springdale, AR

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Some head retention & decent lacing

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, iron & some faint brown sugar

T: Follows the nose, dryness, a touch of iron up front, also a touch of coffee. Powdery cocoa, slight coffee notes & just a touch of plum & chocolate covered cherry as this warms. Finishes with slight coffee ground flavor, a touch of vanilla & some woody hop flourish at the very end

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth, thins out as this warms

Drank too easy, not a perfect porter (RIP Bert Grant), but very nice IMO

Feb 16, 2011
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Blakaeris from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, cola highlights with a slight off white head.

Aroma is smokey dark drain and hints of coffee up front, with a charred bitterness underneath.

Taste is exactly what the nose described. Smokey, with mild coffee bitterness and sweet chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable, if uninspiring mild porter. A good session brew.

Jun 14, 2010
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black color, veeery dark. Tan foam is firm and shows decent lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is really interesting: peat, moss, cocoa and funky earth. Kinda like a granola bar. Unique smelling brew for sure.

Slightly smoky, peaty malts lend an earthy tone. Touch of sweetness is met with ferocity by an acidic, tart fruitiness. Not something I typically enjoy, but in this case it works very well. Funky, earthy and fruity porter. I imagine this might be close to what was served in inns a few centuries back. The best Moylan's I have had yet, I really like it.

Nov 06, 2010
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5, 5%ABV. Dark, dark brown, almost black. Smells a little roasty, nothing special. The flavor is actually not half-bad, some coffee, some roast, good stuff and extremely easy to drink. I think I finished the bottle in less than an hour....

Apr 04, 2010
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largadeer from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Nov 28, 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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grumpygerman from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Nov 16, 2012
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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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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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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color with a finger-thick cream colored head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S: Not much on the nose. Roasty, with some mocha and coffee. Hops are present in the backround, but very faint.

T: Roasty bitterness is most dominant, with hints of espresso and chocolate. There is some dark fruit character as well. Hops dry out the finish, but don't really add any flavor components.

M: A full bodied porter, this beer is rather silky and smooth. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable.

D: This beer was pretty average. It's worth trying, but I was slightly upset, being that I have always enjoyed the other beers from Moylan's. Better luck next time.

Apr 07, 2010
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KAF from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Jul 23, 2014
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Halcyondays from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a light white head, solid retention.

S: Dark chocolate, with a hint of sweetness, charcoal.

T: Classic porter. Dark chocolate with a note of dark fruit. Hint of mocha.

M: Creamy, smooth, light/medium bodied for me.

D: A solid porter, nothing great, but better than a lot of the stuff that's out there.

Apr 04, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam recedes to a ring, and leaves some spotty lace behind.
S: Burnt toast and acidic coffee up front. Week hops linger with an odd mineral and metallic aroma.
T: Thin, pale malts with a bitter and acidic coffee flavor. I get a big mineral flavor as well. Not good.
M/D: A medium body, but very thin and watery. The acidic and bitter coffee makes this a chore to drink. I will not be finishing the bomber.

Nothing comes together well at all here. Acidic coffee all over the place. On top of that a thin and week beer. Not something I would recommend.

May 30, 2010
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rbrefbeerman from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Jan 20, 2013
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tbeq00 from California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 100 ratings