Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery
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2.08/5 rDev -38.5%
Dull, turbid, reddish brown with reddish orange edges. The head looks much better than the beer. It's three full fingers in size, golden sandstone in color and richly creamy in texture. A thin blanket of lace covers most of the available glass. The appearance score will have to be a compromise of cap and crown.
Something seems seriously off-kilter with respect to the nose. Cocoa Porter doesn't smell like cocoa or a porter. I can't come up with any sort of coherent description, it just doesn't smell very good. I can't believe that the brewers intended to give this beer this nose, so something must have gone wrong with the batch.
Not good. Not good at all. Sour and metallic are the first off-flavors to make it from taste buds to brain. Tommyknocker can't be serious calling this beer a cocoa porter. Again, like the nose, it tastes like neither. Perhaps it's the honey that's screwing things up, but I doubt it. Honey doesn't taste like this... unless it's rancid.
If I didn't see the 'bottled on' date of November '06 on the label, I would have suspected that I got ahold of an old bottle. That's because it tastes like a beer that's way past its prime. The more I drink, the more I'm sure that this beer never had a prime. There's very little malt present and I'm even struggling to appreciate any of the added cocoa powder.
The mouthfeel is thin, thinner, thinnest. That, as much as anything, tells me that something is amiss here. A few more bubbles would have resulted in more life in terms of the mouthfeel, but even that couldn't have come close to bringing things up to average.
Cocoa Porter is Tommyknocker's worst beer by a country mile. I've been somewhat impressed with most of their offerings, even if they aren't world beaters. This one, though, needs to go back to the drawing board. I'd like something bold and colorful next time, rather than the faint, smeary outline of a beer that I've been struggling to finish for the past 30 minutes.
01-13-2007 15:01:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.28/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a modest head that rings the liquid without leaving muchbehind
Smell: Chocolate milk
Taste: Chocolate milk, up front, with a sour lactic character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate milk character returns and lingers in the finish, though the sour tones persist underneath
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: If you like chocolate milk, you just might like this one; not terrible, but not terribly complex, either
05-06-2010 22:36:53 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
A very smooth, but sweeter Porter that reminds me of a more timid but chocolaty Milk Stout.
Pouring a deep brown color with a moderate haze, the beer forms a lightly tanned head that retains for about half the session. No real lacing is evident.
Rich aromas of chocolate dominate, with a background roundness of toffee, coffee, and walnuts. Somewhat muted in intensity, the beer seems light on complexity... at least to the nose.
Flavors closely mimick the aromas with a bold start of chocolate but with caramel malts, brown/chocolate malts, and moderate coffee giving a variety to the chocolate flavor. After initial flavors, other notes of walnuts and grain weigh in as I expect a bittering finish.
Creamy and smooth early, the beer holds this mouthfeel going very deep into the finish, and without worrying about the transition to hop crispness or dryness in the finish. Where these attributes could have made for a more complex transition, it would have hurt the overall succulent experience of flavor.
I rather like this beer for it's chocolately smoothness, but the timid nature of flavor, moderate weight, and one-dimensional focus keeps it from scoring higher.
01-13-2011 16:40:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev +3.6%
hazelnut brown color with a small tan colored head that faded almost immdiatly and was replaced by a thin layer of lace on top. Hardly any side glass presentation.
somewhat nutty and full of caramel. Light though and it did not have the depth I had hoped for. Some slight coffee notes in the backround.dark chocolate and caramel and some slight notes of metallic taste throughout. A bit of a bitter dry finish and a good follow through till the next sip though.Decently smooth, and a nice medium bodied ale. I did not detect much in the way of thinness or a watery feel. Good carbonation left a great impression.
Pretty sesionable to be honest
08-08-2011 00:03:16 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
12-26-2011 23:43:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.18/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
07-24-2010 17:54:18 | More by TMoney2591
3.4/5 rDev +0.6%
A - Poured out a black color with hints of brown. It had a small, off-white head that left no lace.
S - It smelled of cocoa. It really reminded me of hot chocolate.
T - It tasted very chocolatey and sweet. The cocoa flavor was quite good. It was also malty and there was no hop bitterness.
M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good beer. I love chocolate and this delivered it in a good way.
02-24-2008 18:56:31 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +12.4%
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
11-09-2006 23:08:13 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +10.9%
one of the better tommyknockers ive had. pours dark dark brown, with a small tan head. smells bitter like cocoa powder and espresso. flavor is more balanced, with a touch of sweetness from the honey to level off the bitter cocoa. almost tastes like a milk stout, but more complex than most. decent mouthfeel, but could stand a bit more carbonation. i really enjoyed the flavor of this porter, works well for the early winter season, and the complexity and lower to medium abv make it an fun session beer.
11-28-2011 15:31:13 | More by StonedTrippin
2.2/5 rDev -34.9%
Another subpar beer from this brewery... This is the 7th I tried and still nothing good.. I wonder how they stay in business.
This beer suffers from a total lack of carbonation, it is just way too flat, even for a porter. There is little to no cocoa taste in there, making the title of this beer a bi of a misnomer. It feels all out of whack and isn't very enjoyable... skip this one, and the rest of Tommy Knocker's offerings aren't too great either.
11-15-2008 22:47:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-07-2009 23:50:48 | More by tempest
3.65/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-14-2012 01:14:38 | More by Billolick
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
3.18/5 rDev -5.9%
Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.
A clear brown colored beer with a thin tan head, decidedly looks more like a brown ale than a porter.
Smells like Italian Espresso flavored soda. Little sweet with a seltzer and Espresso aroma. Doesn't smell bad it just needs more complexity and layers.
Taste is a little sweet with a big Nestle quick chocolate flavor up front at the beginning. Very much a chocolate flavored beer with a much lesser taste of coffee in it. Main problem here is that this tastes like Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda. I happen to like that soda myself but it doesn't taste like beer.
Mouthfeel is very much soda.
A Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda version of beer. If you like that soda you will like this, if you don't you will hate this.
12-16-2006 04:45:00 | More by Zorro
3.68/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
07-03-2013 04:01:17 | More by superspak
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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