Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
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222 Reviews
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Reviews: 222
Hads: 446
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Photo of mwalters
4.65/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very fun beer. Upon the opening there was a major aroma of chocolate. Very nice, different.
Tha taste was very pleasent. This was a fun beer to drink because it was so different. This is a seasonla release and would make a great addition to a hliday party. I also had this on draft was also equally pleased.
I reccomend this beer! (344 characters)

Photo of TheAdventurella
4.62/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is not a good winter warmer, but it is a very good beer. It does feel a little thin in your mouth, but it smells exactly what it's name says: a cocoa porter. The beer tastes like chocolate milk made with Nesquick or Ovalteen or anything other chocolate powder brand with a mild, beer after-taste. Overall I give it an A. (330 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.58/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a 1/4 inch tan head. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is completely dominated by the cocoa! While most will hate this, I love it!! Not at all complex, but very delicious aroma. The taste is very much the same. Roasted malts up front, and then completely overtaken by the cocoa flavor. Once again, probably hated by sophisticated beer drinkers, with the exception of me. Smooth medium mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer. Overall, I loved this beer. I just think that this beer is set apart from the other seasonal ales based on its flavor. IMO, the flavor of cocoa and the season thats its released just brings up memories of hot cocoa during Christmas time. Just a good beer to drink, and sit back, remembering Christmas' of old. Highly recommended!!! (846 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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. (375 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.47/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewpub poured into a big, heavy Big Horn Brewing pint glass.

Appearance: It's black with no light shining through. Nice 2 finger head settles down to a thin coating which lasts down to the last sip.

Smell: Cocoa, cocoa, and more cocoa with brown malt too.

Taste: Chocolate malt creamy goodness with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Silky and light/medium body with light carbonation.

A tasty offering from the most picturesque Brewery location on the planet. Similar to a milk stout. (503 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown color with a thin light tan colored head that fades rapidly and does not leave much lacing.

Smells like a freshly opened can of Hershey's baking cocoa, beautiful nose. Not much else here though, maybe a twinge of earthy hops and milky lactose.

Taste is straight up like a hot cocoa vanilla half-caf mocha cream latte porter with miniature marshmallows floating half melted on the top...uh, yea. Very yummy, but it is pretty thin and even a bit one-dimensional, but the shit is uber-tasty. A great offering from the boyz in Idaho Springs, IMO. (570 characters)

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.32/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a notable cloudy brown with an off white head that faded quickly to a ring around the edge that produced minimal lacing. The first thing that caught my eye was the lighter color and even that the body looked lighter.

S: Cocoa. Not chocolate but cocoa. I waited until it got to temperature and smelled again. There is a little sweetness back there - almost honey like but this is still very cocoa. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but if you don't really like cocoa then don't try this.

T: It doesn't stray from the nose at all. No surprises from the nose to taste. I like chocolate beers and it's nice to taste something a little different.

M: Thin to medium body, good carbonation, smooth, no alcohol burn. You almost get a... dusty sensation from the level of cocoa.

D: I like it. As stated above I like chocolate beers and I can enjoy and appreciate this as something along the same lines but different. With the alcohol content I could enjoy more than one of these a night.

-Blessed be the Brew! (1,017 characters)

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.32/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice dark brown with a small head that was carmel colored and laced nicely.
The aroma was of coffee mocha.
Tasted mildly sweet chocolate with some alcohol notes but not much, and left little after taste in the mouth.
This was low carbonation, medium bodied and finished quickly.
Overall This was a very easy drinker and was more flavorfull after it sat in the tulip glass for over 1/2 hour and the temp was around 60-65 F. This one should be visited again in the winter, as it warmed you from the alcohol. Seems to have delivered everything it said it was on the bottle (582 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately I drank this right out of the bottle outside the beer store (Lena's in Mentor Oh.) So my friend would know if he should buy a sixer or not, after 1 sip, we both agreed this was well worth the buy. So he went in and came out empty handed, I got the Last sixer-HAHAHAHA!! So it was creamy and a nice cocoa powder taste to start,not a lot of body and a sweet "Honey" taste on the finish, and when this warmed up a little, it sort of tasted like a milkshake, but not overly sweet like some people think, they should try Southern Tier's Choklat or Creme Brulee if they want to try SWEET. This is a very drinkable porter....yet not your typical porter, so once at christmas time I think I could handle just fine....and my friend that didn't get any, I traded him 2 for 1 bottle of Goose Island and 1 bottle of Left Hand Fade to Black Stout. I think we both made out pretty good. (886 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this porter in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is puffy and swells to about a finger of maple syrup colored foam. The retention is not that great and leaves just enough film behind to cover the lid.

The body is a dark brown with ruby highlights. It is pretty impressive.

Smell- There is a ton of milk chocolate in the nose. There is a little bit of earthiness under the cocoa that must be the roasted malt. This is a nice nose.

Taste- The cocoa mingles at the front of the drink with the roasted malt. The chocolate is not nearly as strong as the nose, but it is not disappointing. As the drink progresses, there is a little more roasted malt and a sweet malt character.

The finish is loaded with the cocoa powder and a slight earthiness. Perhaps the honey is the sweet note I am picking up about mid way through the drink. A nice combo of flavor profiles all in all.

Mouth feel- Decent medium body and a pretty smooth drink, it is not really that watery either.

Overall- This porter tastes great with the addition of the cocoa powder, which comes through powerfully. The honey would have also been a great touch but was a little too subdued.

The feel also makes it a beer that is hard to stop sipping. If you ever come across this one give it a go. By far my favorite Tommyknocker offering yet. (1,316 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Found on a clearance shelf: Three bucks for a sixer? Get some! It pours a barely translucent ruby-brown, topped by a half-finger of tan foam, filled with a strange precipitate. The nose is a pleasant blast o' cocoa, with some maple syrup, molasses, honey, and some toasted biscuits. But the cocoa, as one might expect, dizzominates. Sweet. The taste also finds itself dominated by cocoa, but some molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, and brown sugar notes also set up shop. It's pretty sweet, but not cloyingly or annoyingly. The body is a stark medium, with a light carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a major deal at the price I got it at, and one I'm glad I'll be able to enjoy for a while longer. (759 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark black with a brown hue coming through when held to the light. The light cream colored head dissipates quickly to wisp and bubbles. There's lots of sticky lacing. Smells of roasted malts and powdered cocoa. The taste is very well balanced with roasted malts and slight dry bitterness being coated with a sweet powdered cocoa taste. The mouthfeel is sort of watery with a powdery dry finish.

Overall, I love this concoction from Tommyknocker. It's a very easy drinking porter that doesn't go overboard on the cocoa taste,yet has just enough to remind you of what it is. (623 characters)

Photo of logmacschlog15
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 12/16/10. Bottled on 10/13/10. Bottle, poured into a US Tumbler.

A: Pours about one finger of tan head which disappears very quickly. Very dark, almost black, but a reddish hue when held up to light. A little lacing, but overall not much carbonation.

S: Very wholesome, roasty chocolate and caramel, with the subtlest hints of alcohol. Very little hop aroma.

T: Definite porter. Again, a very wholesome roasty chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee and honey. Chocolate becomes even bolder as the beer warms. Very delicious!

M: Very smooth, goes down easy. The lower amount of carbonation works well with the wholesome chocolate and roasty malt sweetness.

D: Very easy to drink. Delicious porter for those that want a chocolatey beer to warm up with during the holidays. This would make a great dessert beer. Would definitely drink this again. (863 characters)

Photo of MeanGene
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from the bottle into a wide-mouth pint glass in mid November, 2008. The first Tommyknocker brew I've had a chance to taste and I was thoroughly impressed.

Lots of chocolate/cocoa taste up front with a clean, hearty finish. Quite surprised at the mediocre rating this beer has gotten thus far. (307 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Short tan colored head. Deep cola-black in color with a little red around the edges.

S: Clean cocoa aroma.

T: Like Yoo-hoo. Big cocoa dominates and is backed up by a bold malt backbone and slight bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, nice feel overall.

D: As a winter warmer, I could have a bunch. As a porter, decent. As chocolatey goodness, delicious. Sometimes I don't know why people drink/review beers that have words like "cocoa" in the name, then bash it for tasting like it. Maybe this isn't on the level of say, a Rogue Chocolate Stout, but it is really nice and different. (614 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a thin tan head

S-thick scent of cocoa powder. good strength

T-comes in with a full flavor of cocoa powder. slightly creamy, very awesome. matching after-taste with some bitterness.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this one surprised me. last time i had tommyknocker, it really tasted like a subpar craft beer, so i'm glad i decided to give it another chance. this is a really decent porter that lacks any negative qualities. i could drink this one all night. (491 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad winter warmer except the warming part due to the low ABV

A - Dark amber hue with a nice foamy head. I mean good and foamy with some nice lace. Looks tasty.

S - Smell wise this beer is spot on. Instead of a chocolate though its a heavy cocoa smell like a Swiss Miss. A mild coffee malt in the nose as well.

T - The taste is creamy. Maybe someone thought it would be more bitter since its a porter? Regardless I found it quite in the level with Chocolate Indulgence Stout yet with less body since the ABV BTW. Taste is of cocoa powered, kind of gritty with a base of malt and creamy body. It doesn't seem to offend!

M - I thought it was kind of low/medium and drank great!

D - I seem to like this beer since it reminds me of another version of a stout or porter. While most offer a bittersweet or chocolate creaminess, this one offers a gritty chocolate, one you would find in a glass of warm cocoa. I think that reminds me of Christmas the most so I love this beer. Prost! (986 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...lots of fizzing. Small ½ finger, off-white head. Moderate legs. The body is a deep chestnut brown color...dark, but not opaque.

Strong cocoa aroma...like opening a packet of Swiss Miss. Hints of vanilla beans and honey are also present.

Good balances of chocolate and toffee flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with a slightly nutty bite. Could not detect any honey flavors until the finish.

Mouth feel is thin and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Could use a little more roasted flavor in my opinion. Makes a terrific campfire brew! (620 characters)

Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown, with a lighter tint. Lightly carbonated with slight retaining head.

S: Very chocolately with honey; Very sweet and simple yet full aroma.

T: Similar to smell, very sweet chocolate taste, with balance of honey on the finish. Fairly well done, I feel like this is pretty underrated.

M/D: Very, very drinkable and smooth. Not quite as bubbly as I'd like, but still fairly carbonated (392 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best By: May 21, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a small-sized, beige head, despite an aggressive pour.

Smell: Coffee-accented roasted grain nose with some solid toast accents, ahead of any cocoa powder notes and, as it warms, some vague honey candy hints.

Taste: Moderately sweet blends of roasty coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, featuring the aforementioned toast accents, with a small hint of caramel leaking out as the roast, toast, and chocolate tapers off. Very low hop character, low bitterness, with the little bits of bitterness coming predominately from the cocoa powder and well-kilned grains. Goes from roasty-toasty to toasty-roasty as you near the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'd tried this when it was initially released a few years ago, and it was pretty damn icky (I'd have scored it squarely in the low-2's). Looks like they got things squared away, which is a good thing, though, that still leaves it, at best, a gentle porter given a small cocoa infusion. (1,102 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark brown with good carbonation. The head is smallish tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is ok not too much to lead to the taste, chocolate aroma and a very mild hopping.

The taste is good chocolaty for sure, also some sweet molasses.

The mouthfeel is about right for your average craft porter thinner than a stout but nice, mild carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I do like this brew. Prosit, MK (465 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Less then a fingers worth of head calms down to very minimal lacing. Lingers with little clouds of lace and some all around the edge. Deep dark coffee coloring.

S: Cocoa is most noticeable of course, with some toasted dark chocolate and deep malts. Scents become stronger as it warms. Very nice.

T: Other then then the chocolate, it almost tastes like a big mouthful of chocolate malt balls. Transitions from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Maltyness is def noticeable towarss the end. Very nice flavors flowing around here.

M: Very mild carbonation, leaves almost a creaminess feeling in the mouth. Bit heavy but what are porters for?

O: Very enjoyable, they've done well here. Everything works together well and everything seems to amplify as it warms. (764 characters)

Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually disagree with the reviewers in the other direction, but I'm on the opposite side of the fence on this one, I like the TommyKnocer Cocoa Porter. Granted, there isn't a ton of cocoa in the this beer, and it is a tad thin, but what's not to like. The beer pours a nice brown color with particulates in the beer, a creamy, albeit small off white head, that doesn't retain long. There is no lacing going on here. The nose is quite pleasant. It isn't particularly assertive but there are plenty of chocolate and roasted notes to keep this respectable.

The taste is quite good. I like the slightly roasted, charred, and malty underneath to the beer. It does have a slightly over processed metallic tinge to it, but the beer is still malty and good. There is a molasses like thickness and sweetness to the beer, more than any cocoa flavors that really define this one. It has a sweet chocolatey flavor, maybe a bit too sweet to be taken seriously, and perhaps that is why it was panned on BA. Nevertheless, I like the sweet caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted qualities of this beer. I would have another. (1,114 characters)

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.