I was taking the road less traveled of craft beer when I stumbled upon this bottle of Chocolate Porter, brewed by a company that states they are Orange County’s oldest brewery. I had never heard of them but it was only $3.50, had to get one. I’m sure we’d all like to do this often, grab an unknown beer, but with craft beer being expensive and all, it makes the selection and shopping process a bit difficult; we all want to spend our hard earned money on something tasty and hopefully find new favorites.
Aromatically it was good, roasted malt and coffee, very pleasant on the nose but no chocolate. Taste of vanilla extract, roasted malt, and burnt cocoa beans. The beer had a weird acid/tangy type of thing going and I’m not sure if that has something to do with how long ago it had been brewed and bottled.
This beer has a very clean rinse on the tongue and I expect more from a chocolate porter. I expected something malty with dark notes and chocolate, especially if it’s in the name for crying out loud; some carbonation would be good too, something that will linger and coat the tongue. I’m not going to recommend you this beer, not even at $3.50 a bottle; ask the bartender to pour you something different or grab a bottle that’s next to this one. One Beer Cap for this poor chocolate porter.