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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer

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407 Ratings

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of sholland119


2.38/5  rDev -29.6%

A-A murky brown with a bit of off white head, no lacing. Odd, and not altogether appealing.

S-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Way way too sweet.

T-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Seriously, like a melted frozen chocolate confection. This is beer?

M-Medium bodied and rather fizzy.

D-Uh, nope. Sorry...


10-12-2009 01:35:59 | More by sholland119
Photo of treyrab


2.38/5  rDev -29.6%

Thanks to jac5084 for giving me this drain-pour. It was a great way to end the evening suffering through this brew. Poured into my snifter at ~50F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy ruby brown with actually a pretty decent sized head. Bone/khaki head that is frothy and keeps its retention for a while at least.

S: Smell is very dry cocoa powder, extremely sweet honey and caramel, and way too sweet chocolate.

T: Yeah. This one didn't work out. It was so incredibly sweet and the honey did not mix with the cocoa powder at all. It was like mixing ketchup and pickle juice. Just didn't work. Chocolate came through as well, but the abstract honey flavor shit all over it.

Overall, I would not recommend this one unless it is for a joke.

02-20-2009 19:11:33 | More by treyrab
Photo of Sweasty


2.4/5  rDev -29%

Appearance - Deep dark mahogany brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very light aroma. Cocoa dominates, with a bit roast in the background.

Taste - Where to begin. There is a dominate artificial chocolate flavor with hints of roast. Also strong lactic and metallic flavors abound. Very little discernible malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery.

Overall this is a big fat disappointment. I have generally like Tommyknockers offerings, but this was a dud. The lactic and metallic flavors don't work with the chocolate flavor at all. This was the first drain pour in a while for me.


Looking over some notes from a retasting - the initial bottle I bought must have been from a bad batch. The last bottle didn't have the lactic/metalic taste. Artificial faux chocolate flavors still abound. This is still a dud, just not as bad as initially thought.

12-12-2007 22:21:54 | More by Sweasty
Photo of Pegasus


2.42/5  rDev -28.4%

Appearance: Deep amber brown, almost impenetrable to light, with a small white head, which retains well, and thin, finely-beaded lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits vie with bitter cocoa for supremacy, with notes of vanilla as well.

Taste: Mild chocolate at the open, a bit like NesQuik, or Chocolate Soldier. Midway through the taste a green apple sourness appears, which lingers to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with soda-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The pronounced sourness is suggestive of infection, but I wonder as a number of other reviewers have noted it as well. Perhaps this is simply poorly made.

12-25-2006 20:01:17 | More by Pegasus
Photo of jbierling


2.43/5  rDev -28.1%

Coriander and pine (gin). Little coffee and no cocoa. Slightly bitter. Aged 1 yr past best by date. Older label?

Coriander and pine (gin). Little coffee and no cocoa. Slightly bitter. Aged 1 yr past best by date.

Older label?

Wish I was more wordy?

05-01-2012 04:24:06 | More by jbierling
Photo of tgbljb


2.45/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with massive tannish head.
Smell is loaded with chocolate, way too much chocolate.
Taste is also loaded with disgustingly sweet chocolate tastes. I thought their maple beer was too sweet and this is just as bad.
Sweet at the finish, too sweet.
I had a tough time finisjing this one.

12-08-2007 23:34:22 | More by tgbljb
Photo of kingmaker


2.45/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

12-13-2012 05:21:21 | More by kingmaker
Photo of JDV


2.48/5  rDev -26.6%

Black with transluscent, ruby edged with a medium beige head. Smell is cocoa, cardboard and metallic. Taste is cocoa at first, but soon after a stale cardboard like flavor kicks in with a metallic finish and aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but not overly, and although it doesn't taste terrible, there are some slight off flavors that detract. Drinkable, and not as bad as I expected.

03-24-2008 21:12:16 | More by JDV
Photo of Bigben0328


2.5/5  rDev -26%

04-24-2013 03:32:46 | More by Bigben0328
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.5/5  rDev -26%

12-12-2013 21:22:10 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of wembly13

West Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -26%

12-26-2012 00:44:52 | More by wembly13
Photo of sendbeer


2.5/5  rDev -26%

01-05-2013 05:52:55 | More by sendbeer
Photo of mmsimmons


2.5/5  rDev -26%

03-12-2013 22:31:46 | More by mmsimmons
Photo of NCSUdo


2.5/5  rDev -26%

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a smallish off white head. Some retention, no lacing.

S: Sweet malt and cocoa powder. Reminds me of Cocoa Krispies, which I like, but don't have a desire to drink as a beer. Maybe a slight hint of roasted malt.

T: Some slight sweet and toasted malt and sour. Some cocoa character but not the rich chocolate one would expect. Slightest cardboard tone.

M/D: Not much carbonation to speak of and the body is medium but a thinner than desired in a porter. Drinkability isn't bad, as I could probably drink a few more, but I don't know that I would choose to drink much more than the 1 left in my fridge. This beer is a decent taste profile and a buffed up body away from being a semi-solid brew.

12-02-2007 23:34:57 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of jpd7374


2.5/5  rDev -26%

02-05-2012 14:00:34 | More by jpd7374
Photo of mrfrancis


2.5/5  rDev -26%

06-26-2013 20:39:02 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of BWED


2.56/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

01-21-2014 01:37:50 | More by BWED
Photo of allengarvin


2.6/5  rDev -23.1%

Into a 12-oz tumbler, this beer pours out a brownish-black color with a small but fading tan head. I don't get much cocoa in the nose: instead, it smells like the coffee my mom drinks... Folger's coffee... maybe with a very light touch of chocolate. Cocoa does come through in the flavor, but it's just...overpowering. Like they dumped too much cocoa concentrate in. Bleagh, can't finish a single glass. Very disappointing beer.

12-11-2007 03:25:45 | More by allengarvin
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -23.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a thin looking what appears to be black liquid but against light is a very clear, deep mahogany. Light tan head that is very frothy with large bubbles, soda like. Ok retention, not much lacing.
S: Pretty bland, smells like cocoa powder, slight chocolate, not much else.
T: Ugh. That was my first thought after tasting. Beer is very thin, but leaves a thick feeling in the mouth from its creaminess. Very little carbonation. The flavor is slight cocoa and chocolate, but has a slight sickening medicinal taste with very little hops or bitterness. I struggled to finish one bottle of this, just not very impressed. Doesn't really resemble a porter and just not enjoyable.

03-05-2008 21:28:05 | More by yourefragile
Photo of BeerBuckeye


2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, quite opaque. Decent 2 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Lots of cocoa, almost like a chocolate milk smell, or perhaps cocoa puffs. Hints of vanilla, a touch of fruit. It's actually a bit of a soured smell.

T - Lots of cocoa in the draw, sweet malt, a touch of roasted coffee in the aftertaste that lingers a bit.

M - It's actually a fairly light body, more watery than creamy. It's smooth, though.

Overall - It was pretty weak. Not bad, but just missing a lot. The body was too watery, the smell was a bit sour, and the taste was just weak on flavor.

10-23-2011 17:35:38 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of Kemmerlin


2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

A: Dark cocoa brown resembles a darker coke color and in texture. It could have used a thicker head that didn't disappear with a quickness. This beer looks flat and unappealing to me.

S: The smell is of course chocolatey that compliments the porter espresso aromas.

T: The brew has a mild coffee taste with a slight chocolate aftertaste. The flavors are all very mild and diminish quickly not leaving you with a savory aftertaste.

M/D: The brew was flat and syrupy with very little carbonation. Of course with a taste like this and poor showing in the feel department I would have to say the drinkability is rather low.

11-26-2008 23:20:16 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of BigRedN


2.65/5  rDev -21.6%

Purchased a single bottle as part of a holiday mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a dark brown. My pour produces a rather thin 1/4 inch light brown head. As I look at the beer I do a double take. I pick up my glass for a closer examination. What the hell? There are some tiny whitish floaty things in my beer! I keep my glassware clean, handwashing them, I know there was nothing in there when I poured my beer. There was something in the beer.

Smell: Cocoa, as expected, along with some good roasted malt. Smells like a promising porter. I want to take a drink, but those dang floaties in there...

Taste: I let the beer sit for at least 8 minutes before taking a sip to let the floaties settle down a bit. I'm still a little nervous about drinking this though. Slowly sipping I get a taste of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. The bottle mentioned honey, I get nothing of that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in body, I guess the beer is at least medium bodied. Low carbonation with a dry finish. Halfway through I dump it.

Drinkability: I can not (will not) finish the beer. It's the floaties, I can't drink it. I had to put up this review thoough, just so others may know that there is some (at least one) bad bottles out there. If I get another mixed pack I may add another bottle, but burned once...

01-25-2008 03:01:24 | More by BigRedN
Photo of BeerLover99


2.68/5  rDev -20.7%

A: dark brn/black body, no head, no lacing

S: lots of honey, cocoa, hint of nuts

T: cocoa, big honey, light roasted semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, light smooth mouth
hint of semi-dry finish

O: Let me say, I love Porters! This is too
light, weak, and honey sweet for my taste.


11-03-2011 17:42:43 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.7/5  rDev -20.1%

(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.

12-30-2007 15:55:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -20.1%

Labeled as cocoa-porter winter warmer, technically an American porter.

A: Dirty reddish cola on the pour, dark plum with reddish highlights when backlighted. No head at all with a small visible amount of suspend material, bran colored yeast matter that floats about like plankton from the light carbonation factor.

S: Rich in cocoa powder of course, think nestle quick cocoa powder freshly opened. Deep chocolately malts smells more like a chocolate house then a beer.

T: The flavor is simply an overwhelming of the senses of cocoa-powder, chocolate and is very sweet, perhaps a overbearing sweet to the point where its like dumping 10 spoon fulls of cocoa powder into a 6oz serving of milk. The honey comes through and only adds to the sweetness and confusion of the style. Honestly its like drinking a honey beer loaded up on cocoa-powder. The finish is dry and powdery.

M: Light mouthful at first, but thickens up to a syrupy consistency. Good sense of carbonation at the start and leaves the tongue with a mixture of honey and cocoa-powder if that’s your sort of thing.

O: Really to sweet to enjoy in multiples. Had trouble convincing myself even to finish the single. Basically if you like honey beers dumped with loads of nestle quick then this may be the beer for you, if its an American porter your looking for turn away, this is a total confusion of what it wants to be and doesn’t seem like it wants to be judged in any one particular style.

08-15-2011 22:50:24 | More by beerthulhu
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
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