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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

434 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 11-09-2006)
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Reviews by Keffa:
Photo of Keffa
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Live review.

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle given to me by schwaeh, thanks again Steve.

Best by March 26, 2012.

A: Pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head, leaves tiny spotty lacing everywhere. Head settles to a very thin cap.

S: Meh, not enough here. Grassy/earthy hop, roast, slight chocolate, and very faint honey. Good, but just too damn weak, really have to inhale deep to get anything off it.

T: That's much better. Roast coffee, chocolate, dry toast, honey, slightly bitter hop in the background, a little more roast and chocolate, and finishes quickly and cleanly. No noticable alcohol. Good here.

M: Dammit, I hate porters like this. Light, watery body, slightly oily, and slick on the palate. Light carbonation almost disappears on the palate. Why do brewers think that a porter has to be watery so it's not confused with a stout? This would have been so much better with more body to it. Grrr.

O: Drinkable, good flavor, looks good, aroma is meh and mouthfeel needs work. I'd drink this one again, but you'd be hard pressed to get me to buy more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -11%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Very dark amber-brown color that's just light enough to be able to see through when put up to the light. The head drops quickly to a thin, light tan lacing, and more or less struggles to stay around. The aroma jumps from cocoa powder to carob, hint of caramel to a faint honey. A moderate-sized, slick body holds a small but smooth carbonation. Cocoa powder heads off the taste profile, and a mild roasted grain flavor follows soon after. Flashes of maltiness and honey sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness is very mild. Finishes with a dry, semiburnt, biscuit flavor.

This is what you call a mild extreme beer. A middle-of-the-road Porter that is flavored; not a quaffer, but still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.3/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My first impression is: this beer stinks! As in = it smells really really bad. For whatever reason, the scent is of moldy wet burnt carpet. Ick. On the bright side, it looks good. Very dark and the mocha head stays around. I think that's about the only positive thing I have to say about this one. The taste is bad. Its sweet and syrupy and kind of nauseating. Something just doesnt taste right. I dont know what happened here. I want to believe I got a bad bottle. I split this with my girlfriend and could barely finish my 6 ounces.

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/13/06. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin and fizzy tan head that quickly diminishes to a collar.

The aroma is sweet, slightly roasted, chocolate (hot chocolate) and some coffee and honey.

The flavor is mostly just the sweet, slighlty roasted,chocolate. There's a little honey in there, and a sour coffee twang at the end. The mouthfeel is thinnish and watery with little carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer, albeit one dimensional. If you like sweetened chocolate, this may be for you. The sourness detracts from it a bit.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 orm56
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with "Best by" dating of Jul 16, 2012.

Pours darn near black, under a whimpy darker tan head, that quikly goes to a fine film, slim colar and minimal fine lacing.

I pick up some chalky dark chocolate and cocoa in the nose.

Chocolaty porter, on the dry and chalky side. With a hint of cherry or something else sweet. Nothing terrible, but I'm not really lovin this one.

Would likely go well with some thing like a, suprise,chocolate dessert.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, and 1/4 inch head

Smell: cocoa and toasted malt

Taste: cocoa dominates. toasted malt, honey, and a small amount of nut

Mouthfeel: sweet, high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: I think this is a very good winter drink. To me this tastes like a good candy bar. I do like the sweet mix of cocoa and honey. I could session this and wish I could find this out east. You have to like both cocoa and sweeter beers to pick this up though.

Photo of Milkysunshine
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of whoneeds8
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out black with a small off white head that goes by fast. No lacing. Smells really nice with strong cocoa scents. But the taste is very bland. The "porter" part of this beer is missing. It's not robust, and over carbonated. There's a sweetness to the beer, but it's evident it's from the honey and not from the malt. Overall, this is a one and done.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
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 rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
date on bottle Oct. 9 '07 (is that best before or bottled on date?)
A- This beer has a jet brown body that is dense with a thick creamy tan head on top that last for a good bit. There is a few strands of microcarbonation that can be seen trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The smell of watery chocolate has a note of instant cocoa and a slight sweetness and powdered milk to it.

T- There is a very light tartness to the beginning followed by a milk chocolate flavor and a tootsie roll flavor. The beer finishes with a light caramel malt sweetness that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This reminds me of what an Ovaltine beer would taste like. There is very little malt qualities and the odd cocoa flavors seem to dominate.

Photo of richkrull
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up at Lake Mills Locker Liquor here in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a very very dark brown. Not too much head on it. Definitely pick up a lot of coffee on the nose with a hint of chocolate. Taste is same as the smell and about what you'd expect, cocoa and coffee. Not much aftertaste, not bitter at all. Smooth drinking beer, not too heavy though. Fairly drinkable. I would say a person could put down several of these although it's not really for me.

Photo of pwoods
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown pour that resembles root beer. 2 fingers of light tan head that's a bit fizzy. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Light cola scent with plenty of cocoa powder. Lightly toasted coffee beans.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness from the cocoa but a weird sourness... like limeaid without sugar in it. Light body, medium carbonation.

D: I couldn't even finish it.

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown brew just barely allows any light to shine through at the edges. The light brown head sits just under a finger tall and recedes somewhat quickly to a foam that drops plentiful spotty lacing.
The aroma is light but nice, showcasing a gently roasted malts character with bittersweet cocoa pulling through under a barley grains backbone. It's not complex, and a little light, but the cocoa is placed in the foreground nicely. A gentle added sweetness of toffee and a light nuttiness add a bit more.
Chocolaty in the flavor as well with more nuttiness coming though, it's close to the aroma except that what comes out the strongest on the tongue is a sort of tanginess. I think the bittersweet edge of the cocoa is mingling with a lightly astringent character in the grains. It gets less as I work it out, but it's constant.
This is a good porter mouthfeel, medium in body with light carbonation and a good smoothness up front.

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 NJpadreFan
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Cocoa Porter

A- Deep milk chocolate brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Very light sweet milk chocolate, nothing else.
T- Buttery shortbread malt with a dusting of milk chocolate.
M- Sweet and buttery up front, light sweet chocolate center, deflating in the finish. Watery throughout.

Overall- Actually not that bad, just too simple. Needs more bold flavors. Worth a try.

Photo of weasbri
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I'm not sure where all the bad vibes are coming from for this beer. While I am not a big chocolate guy, I found it to be pretty interesting.
The head is nice and solid, and the aroma has mainly cocoa, with a tinge of honey maybe.
I didn't get the sourness or bitterness many others got. Sure, there is a bit of bitterness from the cocoa, but since it is a side-effect of the cocoa flavor which predominates, it's not off-putting.
Don't get me wrong, the beer is not spectacular, but it's also not as bad as everyone else at BeerAdvocate has made it out to be..

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.