River Horse Chocolate Porter

Posted: July 23, 2016 in American Porter, Reviews, River Horse Brewing Company

The other beer that I reviewed at the River Horse event was this one. There was only one station pouring this and it was hidden all the way in the back of the brewery. But, I managed to grab a pour of this and yet another pretzel.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: This beer started as part of their “Brewer’s Reserve Series” and was then changed to a seasonal that is available From February to March.

This beer poured with a half finger of thick, tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation visible, despite the color. The nose had a lot of milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It was quite sweet, like malted milk balls, but didn’t have the roast or smoke qualities that I can usually pick up with a porter. The taste had milk chocolate as well with lactose sweetness. What I missed was that there was very little roast characteristic to balance this out, so after a few sips, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospects of finishing an entire pint. It had an overly thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick, and again, very sweet and chocolate. This beer wasn’t a standout to me and needed some balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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