My wife had a chocolate beer at Disneyworld and the experience for her never left. She kept talking about it from time to time. We were in World Market and she picked up a local brewery chocolate stout, Bayhawk, to try out. I noticed that Hanger 24 also offered a chocolate stout and we decided to do a taste test. Here is the results of that test.
Date of test: August 17, 2014
Bayhawk Chocolate Porter
- Update: Irvine-based Bayhawk Ales Inc. will rebrand itself as Evans Brewing Co. two years after losing a proxy fight that handed its management over to the founders of Evans.
- Evans Brewing Company
- Chocolate flavor: The chocolate flavor was subtle but recognizable enough. As the glass became warmer the chocolate flavor seemed to become more pronounced.
- Beer flavor: one almost had to remember that we were drinking a beer beverage. The flavor was way more subtle in total. The beer flavor was there but you had to remember to look for it.
- Harshness: way less harsh than Hanger.
- Smoothness: way smoother than Hanger
- Strength: lower strength than Hanger.
Summary: refine, subtle, smooth and enjoyable. This would be a better choice for a women, refined gentleman, or a person with a sensitive palate.
Hanger 24 Chocolate Porter
- Chocolate flavor: seemed to be louder than Bayhawk and this might be party due to other beer factors seeming to make its flavor project or speak more loudly.
- Beer flavor: The chocolate was more pronounced and so was the beer flavor. You definitely knew you were drinking a chocolate beer.
- Harshness: much more harsh can Bayhawk
- Smoothness: not smooth.
- Strength: way more strong than Bayhawk. This beer was like experiencing a louder color while the Bayhawk was a pastel.
Summary: Hanger came across as being a crud, brash, and masculine type of flavor. It seemed to shout while the Bayhawk spoke with a more normal voice. This is truck driver’s choice.
Updated: June 18, 2019 with prior Bayhawk link broken.