Paddys Chocolate Porter | Paddy's Pub And Brewery

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Paddy's Pub And Brewery

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 06-18-2004

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by tobeerornottobe:
Photo of tobeerornottobe
2.88/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Head OK for a porter, although ultimately it would be good if it were thicker. Reddish tinge to the colour.

N: I'm getting equal amounts of coffee and chocolate on the nose, fine but maybe should be re-classified as a coffee-chocolate porter?

T: Definitely coffee, or maybe very bitter chocolate. Nice mild malts through mid and back palates.

M: Great for a porter, smooth and clean.

This improves as one drinks it, it's definitely a lighter porter but maybe the recipe needs more malt and hops.

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Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty nice, but never over the top. Chocolatey and sweet at the start, some light acidity and bitterness towards the end, will have to visit the brewery to resample from the source. (Tap-Brisbane Festival of beers). I also had this later at the brewpub, and my thoughts were much the same.

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Photo of vancurly
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes I really like this style, with its occasional fleshy, charry, warming character. Other times, I think I'm just drinking Tooheys Old...

This ale is more like the latter, although you can taste some finer ingredients, the end result is a bit ho-hum.

a) Deep, dark chocolate brown, with mahogany edges. Tan head.
s) Charry, roasted malt. Fairly one-dimensional
f) As above, but its the aftertaste that stands out.... a throwback to my smoking days. Like I'd had a cigarette ten minutes earlier. Ash... and a very late hint of soy sauce. Weird & confusing...
m) Slight astringency, not a problem. Quite light for style, if not dry.
d) Tooheys Old drinkers (who smoke) may find this appealing. It's not for me though..

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively pale gingery-brown, quite murky with cream-coloured head. Dense on top and retains very well with a slight wobble to it. Slow bead; looks alright, could be darker though.

Smell is quite chocolatey and fairly sweet. A good earthy cocoa doesn't quite offset the slight milky sweetness. Overall has more a caramel aroma than chocolate. Fairly nice though, appealing.

Taste is fairly sweet on front, caramel malt with creamy sweetness gets a slight sourness midway with cocoa and slight medicinal flavour; weak but noticeable. Unsweetened chocolate floats to the surface at the end, providing a decent aftertaste although the less enjoyable sourness continues to the end. Could use more roasted malt; has a slight grain grist character to it and more bold roastiness would cover it a bit better. The sourness seems more a result of inadequate bitterness mixed with sweet. Not unpleasant though, just could be better.

Quite a foamy body with a slight sizzle on the tongue from carbonation - not so desirable for the style.

Yeah, the flavour is not quite delicious but it's acceptable. Paddys shouldn't be afraid to darken up their beer a bit. I'd find it more drinkable if they did.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, opaque orange-brown-black. Carbonation isn't visible through the body, but the head is a thick and gooey mocha of fine light brown. Mix of small and large bubbles coalescing on the head. Looks great.

Nose has a very malty, brewday kind of fragrance to it. Very rich, pretty sweet, and even a bit of peaty, smoky character as well. Nice.

The palate is a little bit of a let down, with a dominant smoky, charred character being the leading player. Not nearly any hint of chocolate or even much malt sweetness. It's rich, but not very balanced. Too charred on the front, and the mild smooth character on the back palate comes in too late to save it, and really needs a bit more sweetness.

It is drinkable enough, but it's too dominated by the charred smoky character. If it had just a bit more balance it would be a much tastier beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish brown colour with a thick, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Moderate chocolate and coffee aromas with a slightly earthy note. Decent.

Rounded, dry dark malt flavour with mild chocolate notes. Dry.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and too fizzy.

A fair example of a porter but it's a little bit too mild and obviously designed to appeal to mainstream tastes.

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Paddys Chocolate Porter from Paddy's Pub And Brewery
3.12 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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