Brewer's Reserve Chocolate Porter | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Brewer's Reserve Chocolate PorterBrewer's Reserve Chocolate Porter
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60 Ratings
Brewer's Reserve Chocolate PorterBrewer's Reserve Chocolate Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
riverhorse.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We start with a brown porter brewed with dark roasted malts, and add one pound of chocolate per barrel. We then throw in some Madagascar Vanilla beans to accentuate the chocolate flavors, resulting in a decadent porter.

Added by Rifugium on 05-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Dark brown pour with a layer of light tan creamy foam.

S - Chocolate fudge aroma dominates the nose with some cocoa and vanilla.

T - Roasty chocolate, fudge brownies, light chocolate char, vanilla, and ends with a lingering bittersweet chocolate fudge that errs more towards the sweet side.

M - Full body, velvety, sugary and sticky on the lips.

O - This is an exceptional Chocolate Porter with a lot of flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid black , above average body,a little thick and creamy. Carbonation is just above average which takes away from the body a little. Aroma is all types of chocolate,milk,cocoa, dark, some cream,sugar and malt. Taste is very similar, milk chocolate, a small bit of espresso,cream and sweet malt. Overall a very decent porter

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Photo of mkh012
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with a tan head and lasting lacing.

The nose is dark chocolate chips, bakers chocolate, and faint wood/char. Like brownie batter as it warms.

The taste is dark and milk chocolate, marshmallow, and licorice. Very minor roast and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium.

Overally, pretty good. Chocolatey without being over the top. Like Sam Smith Chocolate Stout, kind of.

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Photo of Walleybeer
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JDW4195
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/2...pours dark black, very thin stretched layer of off-white/brown foam. Roasted coffee bitter nose. Subtle chocolate nose underneath. Chocolate filled flavor with a light grit and bitter back. Smooth, creamy, clean. Some milky taste mixed in. Mostly chocolate. Reminiscent of Sam Smith;s chocolate.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

**
03/01/2015
On tap at blend. Chocolaty goodness in the aroma. Dark brown, black, color. Creamy, white head. Taste is chocolate, light light barley. Tasty beer. Borders on too sweet, but i think its ok.
**

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mthomp081
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikerems
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a spieglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with amber highlights at the edges . Thick frothy tan/coffee head.

Lots of astringent chocolate malt. Smells thick if that makes sense.

Taste doesn't exactly live up to aroma. Body is a little thin and roast doesn't really come through.

Good beer, but doesn't deliver on potential.

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Photo of batt6343
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKasten988
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Mahongany with a 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Mucky looking yeast sediment is suspended throughout.

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, birch beer, licorice, and vanilla.

Taste
Roasted barley, cola, and birch beer. Lighter notes of black licorice and earthy hop flavors. Sprinkles of dusted cocoa.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and silky with a light bitterness.

Overall
It's easy drinking with a fair amount of chocolate flavor, but overall the flavor profile is pretty restrained.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinking, smooth chocolate porter with all the makings of a great version of the style. For the price I was a little disappointed that it was not as rich as several of the other available offerings, especially since the the ABV is higher at 6.5% than the chocolate stouts like the Penn Chocolate Meltdown which is only 5.5% and costs less.

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Photo of parkwood
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Deep black with red iridescence and a nice khaki head.
S: The smell on this one is awesome. Tons of fudge and dark chocolate; a tiny bit of vanilla.
T: Lots of chocolate, but a different type than in the nose...more of a baker's chocolate. Roasted malts. Bitter, but still somewhat sweet.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Meh.

O: The nose on this one is the star of the show. A little more viscosity would have made this one a standout, but I would happily purchase again.

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Photo of Vylo
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of socon67
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was really surprised at how good this was. Smooth feel, light body, and plenty of chocolate taste. Could easily have a few of these. Will keep this on my radar.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown, but with ruby highlights clearly visible; 2 finger medium tan head that receded to a thick cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: like an old fashioned chocolate malt milk shake;

T: follows the nose, with the addition of roasted grains; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: exactly as advertised; I would have liked a little more bitterness;

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this one. Chocolate heavy in both nose and taste but nothing overly sweet. Well made beer and deserves attention from chocolate/beer people.

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Brewer's Reserve Chocolate Porter from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 60 ratings