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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

444 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 222
Photo of microbrewlover
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours almost black but shows some brownish-red when held up to the light. There is a 1.5 finger off white head, some of which lasts on top until the end. Medium lacing.

The smell is musty, dank and boozy. Chocolate, sweet and slightly roasted malts are present.

The taste follows the nose with light chocolate and roasted malts dominating. There are some sweet malts and a boozy flavor that comes in near the end. No detectable hops.

Overall this brew is boozy and kind of flat. Not very exciting to drink.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

August 15, 2014

12 oz bottle; nonic pint

A – Pours very dark brown with an inch of light tan foam. Head lingers for a while, about a cm of retention.

S – Very mild profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee, burnt notes. Sweetness on the finish.

T – Very sweet, get a lot of the honey, mild chocolate. Coffee, charred flavors perceptible only on the finish.

M – Medium carbonation, not enough to balance the sweetness. Definitely not a dry beer.

O – I like what this beer is trying to do, but there’s just not enough to get me there. Everything about it is mild, so it could be a very nice introduction to someone who’s never had a porter or a chocolate beer before. Other than the sweetness, nothing is really striking about it.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, fairly lustrous body with a light, one-finger caramel head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Some light cocoa and maltiness on the nose.

Taste: As some others have mentioned, I didn't notice any honey. There's plenty of malt, along with some sweetness from the cocoa. It's a decent Porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth on the tongue. A good balance with the malts.

Overall: I thought this was a pretty good brew, not the best in the world, but solid. It's good to have around in the winter weather. Outside it's sleeting right now, so I guess the atmosphere is right to be drinking this.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a 12 ounce bottle, with many thanks to Jon. On to the beer:

The beer is nearly black and leaves some spots of lacing on the glass. It has a pleasant dry cocoa powder aroma, mixed with a kiss of brownie mix. Luckily, the flavor isn't too sweet. Tomoyknocker delivers an easy drinking cocoa porter which leaves notes of brownie mix, brownie batter, and a dash of citrus hops. It's a light bodied beer, and I feel it's more than just a beer to snuggle with during the winter. I personally would happy to drink this as dessert during the summer.

Photo of noro
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Strong cocoa taste

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

This is my favorite Tommyknocker beer. You must get some around the holidays. Tastes like beer-flavored hot chocolate, and that's a very good thing when it's below zero outside. It's got a good porter base, but the chocolate addition really gives it a great flavor without being bitter or heavy. Light alcohol content helps too. One of my very favorite winter seasonals.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Sweetened cocoa powder in the nose, darker chocolate but not at all bitter. Taste matches the nose, with a touch of honey on the tongue in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and and rather slick. Nothing about this suggests a winter warmer - just a simple, straightforward English porter tweaked to taste like a cup of cocoa. Needs a better-defined body and malt foundation.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz into nonic pint
BBD 05/14
A- Typical dark brown with a lighter brown glimmer. Very little tan head. No lacing whatsoever.
S- A hint of chocolate, some roasted malt. Slight coffee.
T- follows the nose somewhat. Slight sweetness from the honey.
M- Light to medium mf, fairly smooth going down.
O- Decent offering from Tommyknocker. Maybe a little more honey presence would've sweetened it up a bit. Otherwise, pretty average porter.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - best by May 5, 2014

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter changed my [clear] pint glass into dark brown producing a 1-finger tan head. The nose is dominated by light roasted coca malt with just a hint of sweetness from honey. The taste is also dominated by light cocoa/chocolate malt along with light coffee flavors. Where did the honey go? - hardly if at all noticeable. There is a mild bitterness to help balance the malt with a light burnt and dry finish. The mouth feel is the Achilles heel of this Ale. A little thin - almost watery.

For the style Cocoa Porter is lighter making it not filling and easy to drink. However, I prefer my porters a little heavier.

Photo of BWED
2.54/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into craft pint.

A- Deep brown. Some red hues. Light tan head retains at a ring.

S- slight roast and sweet chocolate, but a strange smell of iron. I can't describe it better than the smell of an "old person." Something is way off.

T- Subtle roast. Just a faint cocoa. A bit metallic, too.

M- Too light, near watery.

O- There wasn't really anything good about this. At all.

Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

To be fair best by June 17 2013 but considering its a porter it should be fine. Sadly our local distributor is not fine as they just started caring Tommyknocker's guess they got a deal.

Pours a dark brown good burgundy highlights when held to the light. Small tan head falls to ring some light lace left behind.

Aroma is only lightly roasted malt with fruity notes, light coco and even lighter coffee. On the light side but not bad.

Taste is sadly lighter then the nose light roasted notes that seems watery in the middle. Light fruity notes with coco hints and light coffee. Finish is lingering fruit and light hops.

Mouthfeel is on light side for a porter. Carbonation is good lightly peppy.

Overall kind of average not really bad just not anything that stands out.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, honey, toast, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, light coffee, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Good balance of dark and roasted malt flavors with cocoa and honey additions; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice porter. Good balance and solid robustness of roasted/dark malt flavors with cocoa/honey; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Renamed and re-labeled as Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Seasonal Ale. Still 5.7% ABV and IBU = 18.
Slightly past May 2013 "best by" date stamp.
Pours clear but very dark reddish brown, with a small head that soon reduces to a partial film and ring.
The aroma has a substantial and appealing cocoa element that mixes nicely with the dark roasted malts. No obvious sign of hops here or in the flavor, yet only ever so slightly sweet. Plenty of chocolate in tasting too, along with a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel seems too thin for a brew with these other sensory characteristics. Medium carbonation. Good use of chocolate(?) malts.
O: great aroma but the flavor and feel fail to keep pace.

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium globe glass. Best by date May 2013. Pours a dark black with a hint of red/amber with a tiny bit of head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of cocoa powder, coffee, and licorice. Taste is full of roasted coffee with a cocoa finish. Faintly sweet. Lightly carbonated and a good clean mouthfeel with this beer in my opinion.

Photo of thecheapies
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with cocoa and honey. Pint glass set to receive. Best by Apr 29 13.

Pours dark brown. The head gargled with a heightened drip. Doesn't want to sit, though. Wouldn't even have populated these bubbles on top if it weren't for an elevated hand. Some glass-glazing.

Spot on. Smells of chocolate and honey. The chocolate is dark, but not as dusty as I'd perceive cocoa to be. Sweetness attached to the honey and really serves the dark malts well. Light caramel. Notes of heated treacle.

Eh, then I taste it. A little watery. Roasty, but held back a bit. Dry cocoa, nuttiness, a dry honey tone, attenuated malts, very light cardboard note that backs away enough to not count too harshly against it. Has a funny aftertaste, like stale earthy hops.

Drinks at a decent pace. Body is medium, but not stout-y. Carbonation has a late sting to it; there's a little more than enough of it.

These seasonal beers are still fun to me, thank goodness. Otherwise, there's a lot of them that leave you a little flat. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it just falls short all over the place. A nearly respectable porter; a terribly average craft offering. Yet, sadly, one of my favorite Tommyknocker beers.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some copper hue. Thick brown head with decent retention and chunks of lacing.

Roasted malts and some cocoa on the nose. Perhaps a bit of caramel and chocolate too.

Lots of roasty malt in the flavor. Some cocoa and coffee flavor as well. Upfront flavors are good, but finishes a bit metallic.

Thin for a porter with carbonation a touch high.

More than I was expecting out of this. Flavors are actually half decent. The only thing that really brings it down is mouthfeel.

Photo of GoldHorde
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, while it AIN'T a gutter-ball Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was so unoffensive that I had to actually GOOGLE up "Porter vs. Stout" to refresh myself of what characteristics that I am SUPPOSE to be looking for in the Porter style. Turns out that it is right up the middle...for a SPLIT; it fits so safely in the Porter style that it is nothing more than...a Porter.

Color = pass (dark brown)
Head = pass (thin but lasting)
Smell = pass (sweet maltiness)
Mouthfeel = accurate (medium body)

I've come to expect any beer advertising "Winter" to generally be noticeably-to-sharply smoked in flavor which is NOT a characteristic I care for in beverages - which is why it doubly surprised me for it's overall unoffensiveness.

I would offer this to guests as an introduction to the base Porter style (the rule) and then follow with Porters that push the style to the four corners of its boundaries (bending but not breaking the rules). The "Winter" part however, escapes me - and thankfully in this case...

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, cola highlights. Thin tan head.
smell: Hmmm, not much cocoa or honey. This has a "different" nose, hard to put a finger on...reminds me of cola a bit.
taste: Again, a little different. Tasty enough. Nothing stands out. Pleasant, if mundane.
overall: The cocoa powder, honey thing sounds a lot better than the results but not bad.

Photo of Omnium
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard 16oz Pint Glass
A - Dark brown amber color, thick head with decent lacing of a tan, caramel color
S - Roasted malts, cocoa, minimal chocolate, hint of smokiness, caramels, and maybe even some maple syrup?
T - The roasted malt flavor is abundant here, with traces of cocoa popping up, a mild sweetness, and a coffee type quality to it. Aftertaste is a little more on the sour side of a roasted quality
M - To me this feels a lot more like a black lager, very very thin for a porter, and overcarbonated
O - Total meh, got this on the discount shelf at my bottle shop, and for good reason - Its not good, there's barely any robust cocoa quality to it, you get a little smell, a little hint of it in taste, but there's definitely no great porter qualities either.

Tommyknocker, you have yet to impress me.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

There's an interesting flavor here that works, and I think that counts the most.

Cocoa porter pours a dark, dark brown with a lumpy dirt-brown head. It fades, but never completely. And the lacings are decent, as well.

The smell is innocently sweet, like maple syrup and chocolate covered coffee beans.

Despite the rating, I actually enjoy the overall taste. It has a slick mouthfeel that feels both light and roasty at the same time, like a couple notches up from a black lager. There's some roast coffee and smoke here that's cradled between cocoa sweetness up front and a faint honey sweetness near the back.

I want to like this beer more than I do. I just wish there was more behind it. The body's a little too slick and light to support all of the flavors, and it all feels like it's over too soon. It's like listening to the Rolling Stones with the volume cranked to 2.

Photo of Ford
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is a very smooth and not very flavorful porter. I love porters and there are a lot of great ones out there... if someone doesn't like bitterness, then this is certainly one they might enjoy.

It isn't bad, just average. I doubt I'll be buying this again, with so many better porters out there. This one is just bland.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Written from notes from earlier. Was poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black, but yielded little to no head!

Smell: Slight chocolate smell, but mostly the honey that the bottle says was also added. Not exciting in the least bit, and certainly not as exciting as I usually figure a chocolate/cocoa beer would be.

Taste: The chocolate is there, barely. The honey seems to come out more. The actual porter may taste better without either addition. Still, not bad. A nice, sweeter porter. Don't think I'd go back to it though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin for a porter, and probably the breaking point for me on this.

Definitely disappointed in this one.

Photo of kingmaker
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by April 28, 2013. Today is 12/13/12.

A - Dark, dark brown. This beer embodies a lovely lady with what appears to be black hair telling you its brown. When held to the light, it looks like an eclipse, dark in the middle with a corona of light stemming from the borders. Slight tan head that fades quickly but leaves fascinating lacing along the glass. The good news ends here.

S - I do get a good deal of cocoa but it smells like it went...bad. I'm not sure if there's malt creeping under the chocolate but it smells like the cocoa was less than average when it went into the brew. I'm not saying this bottle is infected, but it smells off.

T- Thankfully, no rotten taste. It holds its own as chocolate porter, but only just. The chocolate is forward along with a little bitterness. A malt profile follows softly on the aftertaste that was otherwise absent.

M- Thin. Just thin and watery. It reminds me of a homebrew I made off the second runnings from an imperial stout. Weak.

O- This beer had a lot going for it. I was coming off an extremely stressful week, it looked spectacular as far as I'm concerned, but wow was it a let down. The smell was terrible, taste barely decent, and a mouth presence that left me wanting. This is refreshing enough to shun it from the winter warmer category. Thankfully it was a gift so I spent no money on it, but I would still avoid this beer.

Photo of Bills453
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark chocolates brown. When held up to light it looks about the color of a Hershey's bar.

Smell - chocolate and cocoa powder. Smells very good, something I feel I will enjoy drinking.

Taste - solid porter taste with a bit of an extra chocolate aftertaste than expected from most normal porters I have had. Not sure If this is a good or bad thing...

Mouthfeel - quality

Overall - a decent porter, but not my favorite. Still a very drinkable brew though.

Photo of suspect
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown color. Aggressive 'glug glug' pour leads to a half finger off white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Decent toasted malts, some smokey notes as well.

T: Ok malt flavors with some toasted notes, some smoke...not much else.

M: Kills this beer. Absolutely awful thin mouth feel on top of being undercarbonated.

O: Yuck. I really wanted to like it - seeing as I like cocoa...and porter. AVOID.

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.