Chocolate Porter
River Horse Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #268
Ranked #15,886
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Mellow head swiftly falling off into the glass leaving some messy lace.
The aroma had some chocolate chip cookie, milky/creamy lactose, vanilla and sweet coffee portions.
The flavor briskly leads with a certain cookie sweetness then develops some balance of vanilla, mild roasty coffee and some toast. Not much aftertaste but seemed somewhat chocolatey.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Good carbonation and a mild finish of roast, chocolate and coffee sweetness.
Overall, really nice porter, I'd have again preferably in Winter.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep dark chocolate with light tan foam. On the nose notes of vanilla, coffee, almond and chocolate. Deep flavor notes of nutty chocolate and vanilla coffee. Nice porter with good balance of mild sweet malt topped with crisp hop to bring it close to a stout. 6.7% ABV & low IBU 15.9. Cheers!

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

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production informtation.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a one inch, tan head, relatively modest retention but copiuous lacing.
S: Aromas of mocha becoming increasingly cocoa, cookie, vanilla, and lactose are most striking.
T: Sweet and (Cadbury) chocolatey with rich maltiness and toffee. Bitterness enough to keep sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and creamy, but somewhat less viscous than I would have expected.
O: A richly designed, chocolatey porter, on the order of a milk stout. Flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice cola-brown coloring with a 2+ finger hazelnut foam capping. Lacing is thick and lustrious, sticking well to the vessel. Small micro-beads of carbonation are released relatively quickly. Beautiful capping and color, fit to style, along with structure gives this a nice bump visually.

S: Cocoa powder is fresh on the nose and sweet along with freshly grated chocolate of moderate strength. Milky roast and a small smoky burnt woodiness finishes.

T: Milky roast coffee flavor, is highlighted with sweet chocolate and cocoa powder giving a flavorful start. Medium rate of roast bitterness keeps things smooth and balanced. Sweet chocolate and earthy milky roast gives this a nice finish as it started.

M: Medium milky body, smooth finish off the tongue with a tiny carbonation texture.

O: Flavorful porter with rich, sweet chocolate and cocoa powder attributes gives this a nice drinkable approach. Good first impression with a milky roast after taste of good strength will keep you returning for more.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Opaque, dark brown. Thick medium brown head. Head fades quickly to a thin cap, but leaves good lacing.

S---Malty. Mostly chocolate with maybe a bit of molasses.

T---Very chocolatey. More milk than dark chocolate. Sweet, definitely a dessert beer, but not overwhelmingly so.

F---Much lighter than I expected. Still medium bodied, but I was expecting heavier from the smell & style.

O---For folks who like just the four ingredients, this might not be for you. I think it's an excellent offering by a quality brewery. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this. BTW, the wife gives it a five star rating.

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Photo of b11
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I look around for good chocolate stouts or porters, this is one of the best, and the one from Southern Tier would be another one. What I don't like much myself: too much vanilla, or too much chocolate. This one has a lighter body than Southern Tier's, and less bitterness. Lovely thick light brown foam. It is very slightly sweet, but not unpleasantly so.

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Photo of IronLover
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown in color. Poured with a moderate, dense, foamy beige foam with very good retention. Aromas of grainy and sweet dark malts and milk chocolate with hints of sweet cream. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and cream smooth feel through the middle. Dark malts and chocolate flavors up, medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed by light roasty notes. Finished with sweet dark malt and chocolate notes and a touch of roasted malt. Thia was pretty sweet. A little more hop character through the middle would have balanced the sweetness a little more. Nonetheless, pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a modest head, soon reducing to a ring and islands. Some coffee in the nose. Some coffee and roasted malt in the mouth.

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from Alex, Thank you very much. Poured into a pint glass around 45 degrees. A two finger light tan head with excellent retention. The head is creamy and foamy, leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown and opaque. No carbonation visible.
Chocolate like bittersweet, medium roasted coffee, molasses, earthy, roasted bready malt, toffee, and a touch of dark fruit.
Bittersweet/milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee, earthy, roasted bready malt, toffee, molasses, and some fruity notes.
Medium mouthfeel, carbonated, and body, with a full finish.
The chocolate flavor is pronounced and beautiful porter body. The beer is a touch sweet but, very well made.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Winter seasonal six pack. Brown porter with chocolate and vanilla beans.

L - deep brown almost black color, no light coming through, two finger head brown colored foam dome

S - dark roasted malt and chocolate cake notes. Chocolate is very prevalent and adds a sweetness to it

T - chocolate is really dominating the taste. Malts are quite light and the chocolate really mask them. Chocolate cake still comes to mind.

F - surprisingly light in body thanks to those German malts. Slight chocolate syrup feel but overall very drinkable

O - a solid porter on its own with the great taste of chocolate cake going through. Not your stiff robust porter but a delicious dessert beer. Always a great beer from River Horse! Cheers!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, tan finger of head
Chocolate syrupy, earthy, grains
Like somebody put chocolate syrup in a porter. Sweet chocolate, sugar, earthyness from hops
Sweet, very smooth, almost cloying but it doesnt stick around too long

A very sweet, almost artificial chocolate flavor but a good porter.

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Chocolate Porter from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings