Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While every brewery is trying to re-invent the wheel, Chatham Brewing tends to stick to classic styles brewed using traditional recipes. Their porter is a good example of this: a solid, to-spec, porter that has plenty of flavor and is easy to drink. That’s what I consider a good beer.
I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pitch black in color with just the faintest brownish/red highlights. Pours to a two-finger, brown, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Sweet dark malts with notes of toast, milk chocolate and dairy.
Taste: Porters aren’t intended to be exploding with flavor, they’re meant to be flavorful, easy-drinking beers, and that’s what you get with Chatham Porter. Up front there’s a sweetness derived from the dark malt; notes of milk chocolate, cherry, and a sweetness akin to lactose (though this is not brewed with lactose sugar as far as I know). It has almost a cola flavor, as well (Dr. Pepper to be exact). The roasted malt comes alive on the back end, while the hops lurk in the background throughout. An interesting, classic palette anyone can enjoy.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 6% ABV, Chatham Porter is a little heavy for the style. Though it’s in no way a thick, heavy beer per se. The mouthfeel is thinner than you’d think, with a silky texture and ridiculously smooth finish. There’s a mild dry aftertaste from the dark malt, though it’s easily tolerated. A versatile palette – this beer will pair with a savory meal or dessert (or as dessert).
BrewBoxer (2207) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at dive 75 NYC. Pours a dark black color with a malty easy drinking texture. Lighter them it looks. I enjoyed it
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a pretty dark black color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head faded down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely.
S - Aroma is a blend of roasted chocolate and coffee scents. A tiny bit of smoke and hop are also in noticeable in the background.
T - Starts off with some roasted malt flavor and some sweet chocolate. Through the middle some deeper and richer coffee and chocolate flavors come through. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops that lingers nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch creamy. Finish a touch dry and fairly clean which is very nice.
D - Very drinkable. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors throughout. Well balanced and just enough creaminess. Really nice lingering flavors after the finish.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Dive Bar. Poured a deep dark brown with a bug beige head. Nose is light with roasted malts and chocolate ringing through. A nice medium bodied porter. Nice chocolate notes with nice malt backbone. Solid and easy to drink. Had it right after an anchor porter and it really held up well. Nice brew
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells great - roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar, but it has a fairly light body for a porter. Taste fades away pretty quickly. Not bad, but not the best.
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Spotty Dog in Hudson. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized dense dark tan head. Nice light roast, hints of chocolate. Medium bodied, big heavy roast, malty. Long bitter roast finish.
jcwattsrugger (11279) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/coffee/chocolate. Tast is dark malt-coffee/roasty/anise, ashy, some astringency, earthy. Finishes a bit thin.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to Beastiefan2k. Poured a very deep brown color with a brown head. Roasty and smoky aroma with chocolate notes. Sweet with some mild ash and alcohol. Dark cocoa flavor with a bitter sweet chocolate finish. Medium bodied.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Goodbar. Black, no head. Nose is roasty malt, licorice, toffee, dark fruits. Flavor is bitter black malt, cocoa, a bit of herbs and licorice. Some sweet toffee comes out in the finish. Improves significantly as it warms.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is full of smoke, chocolate, burnt malts, and burnt coffee. Flavor is very smokey and burnt as well with a light touch of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. Finishes very dry.