Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

434 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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:
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(Beer added by: russpowell on 11-09-2006)
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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 sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Bighuge
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy brown body. Thin light brown head. Lace is spotty. The aroma is pretty nice. There's definitely cocoa powder there. But it also smells like coffee grounds. And a little of that burnt malt character. The more I smell it, the more I like the smell. While the aroma is intense, the flavor is not so intense. I wouldn't say lifeless, but definitely on the watery side. The cocoa flavor is there, but it seems a little artificial. And it's seems like there is an acetic acid like tanginess on the aftertaste. Just a little. Not one of my favorites here.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a very small head. Smell is of cocoa, some coffee notes. Taste is also cocoa up front, some mild malts, a touch of coffee. Feels rather light in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dead-on for Ovaltine malt cocoa powder. Rich and malty and chocolately with some lesser honey notes. Very sweet and simple yet full aroma.

The taste is quite similar to the smell, very sweet chocolate taste, with balance of honey on the finish; some 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, semi-burnt, biscuit flavor.

Overall this is quite drinkable and smooth. Not quite as bubbly as I'd like, but still fairly carbonated. A decent offering but not at all a Winter Warmer as the name describes. It's like a sweet/milk stout hybrid with a brown ale body. Alright and not too expensive, wouldn't want a 6 pack but it's worth a taste.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown color with ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Slighty bitter chocolate/cocoa and vanilla. Lightest hint of bitter hops

T: Toasted malt flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet beginnings turn bitterness midway and to the finish. Odd, but interesting.

M: Surprisingly light body. Low carbonation. Smooth even though seemed carbonation a bit too much for the body - oh well, I still liked it

D: A solid beer that was frankly kinda interesting. I acutally got a 6 pack to go.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half-inch tan head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. The cocoa aroma is very strong, it smells like a cup of hot chocolate. It tastes mostly like hot chocolate does, well, except that the beer is a lot colder. There's also a milky/chalky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. Because of the sweetness, at the most I think I could only drink 2-3 of these at a time. It's more of a dessert beer than a session beer. Overall I think it's pretty decent, but I can see how people wouldn't like the sweetness in this beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Photo of Duff27
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By: May 07 12
"Ale brewed with cocoa and honey"

A- Thin tan head on a black beer. Poor head retention but very nice lacing, hmm.

S- Sweet cocoa aroma...borderline artificial but not quite.

T- Follows the smell, semi-sweet cocoa. Low level of roastiness for a porter. Touch of vanilla perhaps.

M- Medium to medium-thin. Good carbonation.

D/O- Very average porter. Easy drinking at first but got worse as it warmed. Nothing off-putting per se, but nothing that stands out either...nothing that would want to make me buy/try it again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +32%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 26th, 2007: The beer is a dark chestnut color with a medium thin and rather fizzy light brown head that dissipates right away. Thin and spotty lacing. Cocoa aroma similar to opening a can of the powdered mix. Not much else to the aroma. Medium-bodied and lightly roasty with cocoa dominating the flavor as well. The finish is sweet cocoa and is chalky at times. Pretty much a one-trick pony.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brownish black color with an off white head. In the aroma, cocoa and a sweet roasty malt. In the taste, cocoa, roasty malt, dry honey, yet a bit watery. A small bite and medium to small body mouthfeel, with a dry cocoa aftertaste. Almost like a thin porter with some coca powder dropped in it. OK, but thought it was kind of thin.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque chocolaty brown with an OK tan head. Rich aroma is of roast coffee and chocolate and is slightly sweet. Smoky flavor has coffee and chocolate tones as well as a hint of brown sugar. Milk-smooth texture is cola fizzy and leaves a tingly and slightly sweet finish.

Photo of ZAP
1.53/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beers like this always intrigue me but this one is pretty bad. The score should be worse than the total probably but I had to rate the appearance fairly and it "looks" good in the glass...it's just the rest of the experience that is disappointing.

A-Dark brown...vanilla white head on top

S-A lot of the green apple aroma..a small scent of coca perhaps..

T-The predominant impression is a sour green apple puckering flavor. Cocoa powder and honey might be in this but it is so overriden by the sour flavor it is completely secondary...As it warms some of the cocoa emerges a little (enough to move it up from a 1.0 to a 1.5)

M-On the light side of medium bodied...not big winter warmer by any means.

D-Not for me. One of the worst beers I've had in awhile

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left in patches.
S: Some nice roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. Though an annoying metallic and chemical aroma is present.
T: Follows the nose. A good roastyness of chocolate and coffee. Again, a metallic and chemical taste.
M/D: A medium body that is a tad over carbonated for my tastes. this is smooth and easy to drink. I can quaff some pretty easily.

Not a bad porter at all. I will have no problem finishing off the six pack, but the metallic character detracts a little to much for this to be in the upper tier of porters for me.

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 clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-copper with a one finger head that sticks around a little bit. Some cocoa malts are in the smell along with some bread and light hops, but the smell isn't as strong in the cocoa department as I thought it would be. Medium-bodied although a little watery, there is some stickiness and hints of caramel malt, but it seems for the most part to be very minimal in the cocoa department. Not a particularly strong or complex porter. Finishes slightly dry from minimal hops and has a little syrupiness to it, but for the most part is just a twinge of sweet malts and a little spice. Not really worth one's time seeking out.

Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

felt like getting a little juiced before my first bus-metro excursion, bottle taken from the communal fridge

a: pours a low khaki head that recedes to a thin ring and layer, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: smells first and foremost of cakey chocolate donuts and ho-hos, creamy bakers chocolate, hot cocoa, very light hops, that's really about it, reminiscent of Shenandoah Chocolate Donut, could use some aromatic diversity but it's actually nice in a very dessert-y way, don't get much of anything from the honey addition

m: low carbonation and medium-full body, dead on the tongue

t: tastes like a $0.25 chocolate cake snack you'd get at a gas station, lacks the depth found in the aroma, very much like the aforementioned Shenandoah, a touch of roast comes out in the finish, moderate-high grain sweetness, turns a touch metallic at the very end

d: finishing one is tough

note: turned much better after allowing it to warm

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, hardly translucent. No head but a rim of lacing.

S - Huge bouquet of bitter cocoa and semi bitter chocolate shavings. Very aromatic and appealing. Hints of dry coffee beans floating around. Pumpernickel bread and dark grains.

T - Big chocolate flavor, first and foremost. Cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate syrup. Java in the background with a bit of dark sugar and malt. Pretty one dimensional here. Dark flavors with prominent chocolate character. No real detection of any honey flavors.

M - Light and wet, with fizzy carbonation and an easy ride.

O - Not bad, but lacks depth and complexity. Definitely contains a chocolatey character but lacks richness and balance.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice medium brown with an average head.

S: Nice roasted malt with with hints of roasted malt and sweetened cocoa.

T: Not bad actually. Big sweet cocoa taste with a hint of vanilla. There is also a lactic quality about this one. It has a definite milky quality. Hot cocoa lovers will enjoy it.

M: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation.

D: Once bottle and done for me.

Overall: This would make a great dessert beer on a nice cool night. The chocolate taste is from additives opposed to malt but it is rather nice. I think this would be a beer that would be a nice gateway for someone expanding into darker brews, women included.

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