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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
Reviews by Mayhem976:
Photo of Mayhem976
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark, passes light when I hold my glass up to the light has a reddish brown hue to it. Very thin head and hardly any presence of fingers.

S- Strong honey smell with small traces of chocolate.

T- Tastes like it smells, watered down honey flavor with small amount of chocolate tossed in. Not a single trace of hops on the palate.

M- Thin and watery, tastes flat as a matter of fact.

D- I guess if you're wanting to gulp down sweet beer quickly this stuff will do just the trick. Not my cup of tea but if you're a sweet beer lover that doesn't want to get blown away by strong alcohol content then this is your beer.

More User Reviews:
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
1.33/5  rDev -60.5%
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
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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 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 Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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 whoneeds8
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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 rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -19%
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
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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
1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
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 Brenden
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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 TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - I have been meaning to try tommyknocker beer for awhile, and I figured this is a good one to try out.

Appearance - A medium brown that looks decepitvely too light to be a porter. Good frothy head that forms when opened.

Smell - A more subtle smell than I would have expected. It has hints of coffee, hops, and bits of hazelnuts.

Taste - This is where the beer impressed me. The inital taste is that of most porters, but the tastes mellow out and leave a great chocolate taste.

Moutfeel - A very satisfying after drinking experience. Enough carbonation and taste to leave me smiling.

Overall - A good daily drinker for winter time. I think this beer would be out of season quickly for a 70 degree day though.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent of cool cocoa puffs and Hersheys rolls over a dark chocolate body and a milk chocolate head. Mentioned in the nose, cocoa puffs cereal is what nails the tongue as well. Some sweet roasted malts are tasted throughout the creamy medium bodied liquid.

Winter warmers are usually a bit higher in alcohol and tend to be spiced in a special way. I guess the honey and cocoa was TK's answer to this. Good porter, more than I expected!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent excellent foam. Very frothy and the lacing is nice too. Dark brown with no light getting through.

Smell: Initially some cocoa powder then a lot of honey in the background. Very good!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste falls a bit flat compared to the rest of the beer. It's a bit too minerally, and that hides the cocoa, which is definitely present, but not as prominent as I'd like. There is some nice hot cocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is erratic. Starts very velvety and finishes smooth, but almost too smooth and watery.

Drinkability: A good winter warmer.

Overall: I'd like more chocolate, and the honey notes are great in the smell. I'd drink this again.

Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a thin white foam on top that disappears quickly. No significant lacing.

S - Smells like a packet of Swiss Miss cocoa. I kinda liked it. Slight malty scent behind it.

T- Flavor of cocoa and sweet malt. Finish is a bit chalky.

M - Good drinkability; a bit thin for a porter. Smooth finish.

O - Really a gateway porter. Surprisingly I enjoyed it though. I'd say its worth a try but don't expect to be blown away.

Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's dark brown with a modest one finger, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were pretty average.

Smell: It's a little light on the nose. Primarily it smells of chocolate malts. Perhaps some roasted malts and toasted nut fragrances in there as well. Hops are not noticeable. Barley rounds it out.

Taste: Chocolate malts are sweet and certainly provide a cocoa flavor. It's a little overboard on the cocoa. Slightly creamy. Not very diverse and pretty bland.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's relatively smooth. Drinkability would be higher if I liked it more. Overall, it's very average.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer a month or so ago. I can certainly see why this is a winter beer. It's essentially a cool, carbonated chocolate drink. The aroma is close to chocolate milk and the flavor takes that with only the addition of a little honey. This is a pretty simple beer, but if you want a beery chocolate drink, here's your beer.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came a deep black hazy brown with no head.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate start you out and then the taste continues that along with some sweetness with more chocolate than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout starts very sweet and ends the same way. It's lighter on tongue with a good chocolate sweetness.

Photo of Mavajo
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with mahoganny hi-lites when held up to the light. Moderate head that recedes quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown that retained exceptionally well - lasted the duration. No lacing.

Nose is loaded with cocoa. You sniff this blindfolded and you'll think you're sniffing a cup of hot cocoa. Really wonderful. The taste brings the cocoa again, but it's slightly more subdued than the nose - lots of malt, and sweet. Unfortunately, the taste regressses some as the beer warms, and the cocoa seemed to fade a bit - leaving me with simply a sweet, malty beer. It wasn't bad, but it took a noticeable step down from the initial sip, in my opinion. Never offensive, but not a thriller either. Tastes borderline macro-ish by the end.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I like, but it's not a stout, so it's not entirely fair to expect more. Fairly smooth and maybe a bit creamy. Decent drinkability...medium body makes it easy to drink.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but it's far from being a great beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Born on/best consumed date of oct 14 06 (Best consumed within 4 months according to the label). Claims to be a winter warmer, but probably just taking liberties with the term. No where on the label does it say St. Nick& is completely different than the one displayed, shame i suck at computer stuff. Using my ignorant tastebuds, I'd ballpark this at about 5.6%abv

Pours deep chestnut/mahogany with a 1.5 finger of offwhite head. Some thin film & some spits of lacing on the glass

S: Bigtime cocoa up front, then a hint of roast grain. A little breadyness & a whisper of cinamon& just a little bit of alcohol burn on the finish

T: Choclate & some lactose notes up front, then a few hints of burnt grains & then some brown sugar. Some warming notes & breadyness come through as the ale warms. Dryness is the main that I get from the honey that's added. More cocoa, a hint of maple syrup & dryness in the finish

MF: Slight slickness & low-low carbonation . Skews a little sweet to me

Drinks really easy, not something to get lost in deep thought with, but still works with the cool weather. Miles better than say, breckenridge porter. Works as a nice change of pace. Not bad, liked their rye-porter better when I was at the BP

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