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

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Brewer's Reserve Chocolate PorterBrewer's Reserve Chocolate Porter

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

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

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 57
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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

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

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 -5.1%
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 epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 socon67
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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 HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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 +10.4%
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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Photo of Crackblind
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap when I had a half hour to kill. Pours nearly black though you can see a little red in it when you hold it up to the light. Strong chocolate scent on the nose, though not cloying or overwhelming. Lacing follows the entire pint down the glass. A malty chocolate flavor with just enough bitterness to add both balance and some complexity. A very nice surprise and a fine way to kill some waiting time. Would have had a second if I was sticking around.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the Cloverleaf up in Caldwell. Almost felt like a Stout because of how smooth it was, as the roasted, burnt notes really weren't able to be felt. This still had enough body to it that it didn't feel light and reminded me of Guinness with a bit more alcohol and sweetness to it. For this time of the year, this was a good precursor to Saint Patrick's Day!

Nice pour to this with a dark brown hue, tan head, and a good amount of lacing on the back of my pint glass after my first few sips. Bitter and burnt chocolate in the nose, which was reinforced with a somewhat burnt tone once I took a sip of this. Smooth and creamy (for a Porter), the vanilla came through in the taste and assisted in the relative easy and creaminess of the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation to this as none of the flavors lingered for long and everything was scrubbed away in a timely manner after each sip went down.

There was alcohol here but I didn't taste it and I could only feel a hint of it once I made my way through my pint. Even though I had this on tap, I would have loved to have this with a nitro pour. While certainly a Porter, this could have easily been mistaken for a Cream Stout, a Dry Irish Stout, or even chocolate milk with something else mixed in for good measure. Certainly one of the better offerings from River Horse and perfect for another night where the snow just won't stop falling...

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pacific Standard, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is almost jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose along with some hints of cream.
T: The overall taste is quite chocolaty and these flavors somewhat resemble something you would put on an ice cream sundae (like Hershey’s syrup). No bitterness is perceptible and no other flavors (like roasted malts) are noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, goes down easy and is quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Damn tasty porter right here. Kind of reminiscent of last year's batch of Voodoo Cowbell. Dark brown-black pour into a chalice, moderate tan head that sank to a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. No ABV listed. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa and chocolate...I pretty much knew this was going to be a good one from the scent alone. Taste of creamy chocolate milk, with moderate roastiness that is slightly dominated by sweetness; a bit of earthy hops in the finish. This was definitely served too cold, so I let it warm up a bit for the flavors and body to come out more. Smooth mouthfeel, not quite full-bodied--definitely a porter and not a stout--very solid and drinkable overall. Quite a surprise from River Horse, I must say. They should definitely continue making this one, and offer it on nitro.

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