Dogbrick (14389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2015 Sample at M’kReam’s 40th Birthday Party on 08/01/2015. Dark brown color with a thick tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roast malt and mild coffee. Medium body with flavors of sweet chocolate, malt and coffee. The finish is roasty with a chocolatey aftertaste. Above average overall. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Horseheads Chocolate Porter is essentially a standard brown porter (BJCP style 12A) that has some chocolate in it rather than being a chocolate-first/porter-second kind of beer. Normally, that would annoy me to no end, but in this case the base brew is so enjoyable that the chocolate component does indeed work as a background feature.
jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black hue, with little to no translucency. Pours to a two-finger, brown, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Typical porter aroma with general notes of dark malt, some fruit, and a light chocolate scent.
Taste: The brewery’s website mentions that this beer is their “Valentine’s special,” which leads me to believe it’s a seasonal brew. Since there’s not freshness date I don’t know how old this bottle is. If it’s old, it’s stood the test of time quite well. It meets pretty much all the criteria of a standard porter with its sweet, dark malty taste. Perhaps a hint of cherry can be found in there, and I also detect slight cola notes. What I don’t get is any kind of coffee or burnt toast flavors of deeply roasted malt. Only minor bitterness through the middle with a sweet chocolate candy taste on the back end. It’s quite delectable, but doesn’t have the liquid dessert deliciousness found in some imperial chocolate brews. Still, the chocolate is still a major component of the palette and it’s quite enjoyable and for that I give it praise.
Drinkability: Oftentimes, chocolaty beers tend to be viscous, chewy, sticky and cloying. In the case of Horseheads Chocolate Porter it drinks like a pub-style porter with a calm body, medium mouthfeel, and relatively clean finish. I’d probably expect more complexity and body out of a 7% ABV brew, but its easy drinkability means a single bomber is essentially a single serving.
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of baker’s chocolate, light roast, light coffee and earthy malt. Medium body. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
A brown body with a fast fading tan head. Chocolate and coffee malts in the aroma. Flavor was similar but the coffee tasted astringent at times. Light on the palate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
kinda thin and forgettable, not something i would get out of my way for again.
wisdomsolo (472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Had this at a fantastic tasting and had such a great time with great people and great beers! This was a bit over carbonated and very difficult to determine any taste. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
22 oz. bottle purchased at Dave’s Bellport Cold Beer & Soda. Pours black with a fairly creamy thin-moderate light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate with notes of coffee and a bit of tobacco. The flavor seems to focus more on the tobacco aspect and the chocolate backs off a good bit compared to the aroma. Roasted malt is also present in the flavor. Mild roast bitterness lingers at the back of the palate after the swallow. Fairly silky mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied. ben4321 (6901) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Location: Sampled at TapNY, 4/26/14
j12601 (13473) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Aroma: The nose is sweet and chocolaty with plenty of roast notes as well
Appearance: The pour is a dark brown color with a lighter brown head and plus lacework
Flavor: The flavor is rather sweet, the roast balances out a bit, but it remains rather sweet
Palate: The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, chewy and pretty smooth, with a clean finish
I thought this was a pretty tasty beer, with a very enjoyable creaminess to it. Good stuff. Definitely something that is worth trying, and probably a standout if you like a sweet example of this style more than I do, because it is quite sweet.
Pouring at TAP-NY. Pours a clear deep brown with a thick beige to tan head. Big sweet cocoa and chocolate on the nose, lots of warm roasted malt. Chocolate, sweet and chewy. Lots of lovely cocoa throughout. Smooth and easy drinking, lovely stuff. coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 29, 2013
My first sample at TAPNY 2013. Finally someone is brewing a Slick easily drinking porter to my specific taste. Sweet and choco filled. Full, rich and not overpowering, this brew is to the point and solid in all aspects. The day is looking up.