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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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
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by batt6343:
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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 JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 zillo043068
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 jjd315
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rlovitt
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Jamesbgood
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The chocolate is of a very rich dark 90% caco type. Has a velvety feel going down. Overall very nice

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Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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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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 DubC14
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 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 Wiffler27
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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