Chelsea Porter | Moylan's Brewery

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Chelsea PorterChelsea Porter

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 98
Photo of biglite351
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - minor touch of light through the center of glass. Tight off-white head that falls quickly.

S - smells off. Some malt and chocolate but no coffee. Instead, there is a strong wet bar-rag smell.

T - bitter chocolate, malts and a touch of coffee. Luckily the wet-rag bit did not translate to the flavor.

M - medium coating with a tingle over entire tongue.

D - maybe one as the scent is quite off putting.

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Photo of jocosa
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH glass. $5.99. Tan head diminishes fast; leaves a fair, but spotty lace. Great roasty aroma, good roasted grain taste with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Hop bitterness only enough to offset malts. Overall good porter experience, very easy drinking, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
2.07/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I am going to leave this post up, but I believe my bottle was infected or spoiled or mishandled and am curious to see how many others run into this situation.

A - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights into my pint glass. Nice two fingers of tan head, good retention and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter sweet cocoa, spoiled cream and subtle espresso notes.

T - Mostly just bitter and milky(kind of spoiled and astringent), roasted malts, cocoa and coffee come out a little as it washes off the palate.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

D - This was not a good one for me. Maybe my bottle is bad or something. I just don't get this beer nor do I really enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.63/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a super darker brown color almost black. One finger drak brown head shows good retention and leaves ringy lacing with some webbing lace on the sides of my glass.

S- This beer I was afraid of might just be infected. There is some light chocoalte notes pairing off with some roasted malts. The biggest part of the aroma is a strong lactic aroma which is very off smells like sour milk.

T- One taste of this and I can tell it's infected. The lactic acid in the beer is horrible. All you can taste is soured milk with hints of roasted malts. Not good at all.

M- Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation was alright for the beer. The sour milk flavor stuck on the palate and long into the aftertaste. The flavor was off (of course) and the rest of the beer followed suit. Medium drying on the palate but maybe not all from the alcohol itself.

D- This beer was a couple sips and then drain poured. Will review when I get another bottle.

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Photo of BBP
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown/black with good carbonation. The head quickly receeded into a film that lasted for the duration of the drink. Laced fairly nicely.

S- A ton of dark malts as well as some hop bitterness. Slight coffee and chocolate aromas.

T- This one's taste reminded me a lot of Great Lake's Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. That being said, It was really good. It has a bit more coffee flavor to it though, and seems ever so slightly less intense. Like everything I've had so far from Moylans, the hops are done well and bring a good level of bitterness, and they make a good foundation for the drink. I'm pretty impressed with the amount of flavor that they got into this 5.0% beer. I'd expect it to be about 6.5%, although there's no alcohol to be found in it. As it warmed up the biggest difference was that the vanilla was quite a bit more noticable.

M- Medium body, and a bit of a dry finish to it that accentuates the hop bitterness, chocolate, and coffee. The carbonation seemed a bit higher than needed, but never subtracted from the drinking experience.

D- A great porter, and quite underrated IMO with only a "B" rating (as of now), and it had a lot of things going for it. I love how much flavor they crammed into this for a 5% offering. I'd definitely purchase it again, and considering it's a bomber, it's pretty cheap. I'd recommend it for anybody who loves a good porter.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's Chelsea Porter
On draft at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops and coffee maltiness.

Taste: hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight coffee.

Mouthfeel: medium.

It is a flavorful porter, but a tad on the weaker side. The flavors are well balanced. You could use it as a session brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at cellar temp.

The Moylan's Chelsea Porter pours a dark brown in the glass with a thick, creamy, light tan froth, great retention, & fantastic clarity. On the nose are aromas of roasted malts, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, subtle smoke, espresso, caramel, & subtle baking spices that follow through on the palate. On the palate, the beer is smooth & dry. In all honesty, this beer doesn't taste like a 5% abv beer at all. The body is a little light, but the flavor is definitely there. Great aroma, great flavor, & highly recommended!

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Photo of WOTO97
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying this for the first time the other night, I may have found a new go-to porter. A very rich cappuccino head floats above a chocolate brown body with pretty dense fingers of lace. Lots of bitter chocolate and roasted malt on the nose balance against great fennel notes along with a fresh dough in the background. The malt is center stage here while not overpowering the other components. Very pleasant mocha character with more emphasis on the coffee than chocolate component. A faint kiss of hop bite and cocoa on the finish. Impressive round and creamy mouthfeel for the ABV that maintains a relatively dense palate and finish. Very nice example of a straight forward porter.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate with some roasted malt and astringency. The flavor is roasted malt with some bitter chocolate. There are also some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is a little too thin and watery. Medium carbonation. A decent porter, but nothing more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Swalden28
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roast and chocolate. Flavor of dark roasted grain, some semi-sweet chocolate, nice small dark roast bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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Photo of pastradul
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meanign to try this brew so I picked it up for my BBS I had.

Poured into a duvel tulip.

Pours a dark brown with a light mocha head about 1" high. The brown isn't super dark. A decent amount of light makes its way through, with light coffee brown around the edges.

The smell is lightly roasted malt with a tad of light coffee.

The mouthfeel is kind of the same, medium body with a good amount of carb in it... as the carb escapes the mouthfeel becomes better, for a medium body beer like this one the carb just cuts it a bit to much.

The taste is a good reliable porter, medium on everything. The roasted malt, coffee notes and alcohol.

I nice session porter if I do say so.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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....

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft/CO2 (N2 option also available)

Smell: Strong coffee, quite oaky/woody, and some chocolate. Quite pleasant but not too complex.

Taste: Smooth and roasty. Sweetness is nicely held in check by bitterness - very well balanced. Mostly coffee with some syrup and very nice burnt tobacco flavor. Very viscous mouthfeel. Finish is a touch dry with coffee bean bitterness and wood.

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