“Bayhawk’s Chocolate Porter is a smooth, full-bodied beer. The Roasty, Coffee, Chocolate flavors are derived from malted grain. It will compliment anything from a sweet dessert to a ‘Porter House’ Steak. We believe you will not be disappointed…GRAB A BAYHAWK CHOCOLATE PORTER AND ENJOY LIFE…” 7.9% ABV
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my porter/stout glass. The body is solid black, with a brown, bubble head. Very minimal lacing is left on the glass. Little carbonation is visible.
Not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. I get sour lactose, nuttiness, dried dark fruits, faint bitter cocoa, as well as touches of pencil shavings and alcohol.
The mouthfeel begins moderately rich, before finishing relatively flat and nondescript. The flavor profile reminds me of some nut brown ales I’ve had; light generic nuttiness and dark fruit. I get little to no chocolate or coffee. The aftertaste is pretty bland, just some biscuity grains and the tiniest bit of bitter cocoa if I really search it out.
This would be a standard (but underwhelming) offering as a nut brown ale. Unfortunately, it is a chocolate porter. It doesn’t offer the robust chocolate, coffee, or roasted characteristics that really make beers in the style shine. It’s not a terrible or undrinkable beer, it just doesn’t represent what it is supposed to be. That is a recipe for “meh” score. 4/10.
Bayhawk Ales, Inc. – Irvine, California