A year ago, two famous Pennsylvania companies – Yuengling and Hershey’s Chocolate announced a one of a kind beer collaboration – Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter. Much to the chagrin of fans of either, it was limited to draft-only, in a handful of locations.
Because 2020 needed good news, this month Yuengling unveiled bottles, destined for wide distribution.
The base beer is Yuengling’s nearly 200-year-old Porter recipe, plus “the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate. Sadly, much like last year, our questions to the brewery have gone unanswered about the process, but this year – we tasted it.
Immediately upon opening a bottle of Hershey’s Porter, you’re hit with the undeniable smell of Hershey’s chocolate. If you’ve ever toured the factory, or in my case, grew up going to Hershey Park on band trips, you’ll never forget that sweet and unique smell.
The flavor is equally as real and rich as the smell. The roasty flavor of Yuengling’s porter (one of the two beers first introduced by the brewery in 1829) blends beautifully with Hershey’s flavor. The success of this beer in the undeniable burst of Hershey’s aroma and flavor. Chocolate beers in the beer industry are abundant, but this one truly leaves an impression. Straight up and down this is Yuengling meets Hershey’s Chocolate. For that reason, to us it’s a brewing achievement.
Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a limited release in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Porter (w/ Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Mid October 2019
Bottling: October 2020
Image: Beer Street Journal