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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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398 Ratings

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.93%

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 blackie


3.48/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:55:50 | More by blackie
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:07:41 | More by chinchill
Photo of tpd975


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 21:54:52 | More by tpd975
Photo of Brenden


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 15:43:10 | More by Brenden
Photo of clayrock81


3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:49:46 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Vancer


3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown greets me with the pour, just a small cap of ivory, not much lacing either.

A hint of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma and the quaff. Toasted malts, and a hint of biscuit. Sweet start and same in the finish, this seems almost a dessert type brew. A good drinker in the colder weather, hot temps would murder any chance for this brew.

It's called a winter warmer - but where the hell is some label info to support this claim?

Not a winter warmer at any angle.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:06:30 | More by Vancer
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2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

2.5 A: Pretty much black. One finger of creamy/frothy light brown head that falls quickly and doesn't stick much. There's also some nonuniformly sized crap floating throughout. Not a looker.

4.0 S: Smells a lot like cocoa powder and grainy porter. Roasted barley, toaasted malt, and nuts to a lesser extent. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Lactose-like sweetness sticks out on the first sip. Next, I notice that the cocoa powder has a raw, earthy taste to it as opposed to silky milk chocolate. Honey is noticeable if you already know it is there. The underlying porter isn't half bad. Mild roastiness, toasty, and nutty. Borderline 4.0

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Particularly creamy for a beer without a rich body and quite smooth.

4.0 D: I don't know why the rating on this brew is so low. Maybe this used to suck years ago, but it's pretty good now. I would definitely like another one of these anytime. Good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:15:31 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Deuane


3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark clear brown with a medium tan head

S-Roasted malt with faint sweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strange sourness. As it warms more cocoa becomes more prevelant.

T-Much like the smell. I wish it had more of a cocoa kick and less of that odd lactic sourness...is this suppose to be this way? It is not bad or unpleasant, simply odd and not what I expected.

M-Somewhat thin without much of a malt backbone...kinda disappointing.

D-Not a bad beer but not a good one either...it is mediocre plain and simple. It is a brew that wants me more of everything good that it "promises" but doesnt have.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 08:40:32 | More by Deuane
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 16:54:21 | More by tigg924
Photo of argock


3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on back label.

A: Dark ruby-brown with short, 1/2 finger tan head with little retention or lace

S: The aromas of chocolate and vanilla are obvious with additional burned malt and licorice

T: The flavors are enjoyable enough but are not robust or lengthy by any means. Dark malts flavors are met with chocolate and vanilla flavors (not really bitter like cocoa) although there is some acrid bitterness through the middle and end.

M: A little too flat and thin. Otherwise is pretty smooth.

D: Again, nothing offensive in this TK offering, but they have other better beers, and there are of course plenty of better porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 05:20:36 | More by argock
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 15:07:19 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Mitchster


3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. On the front it says "roasted with cocoa powder and honey". On the back it says it's brewed with roasted cocoa beans, so I dunno what they actually used...powder or beans. Anywhoo, pours out to a limpid clear dark brown, with an odd greenish tint. Barely eeks ot a head which is quickly receding and leaves nary a wisp of lace. The aroma is rich with cocoa, and smells more like roasted cocoa nibs than cocoa powder. Kinda smells like a really funky Count Chocula cereal...that imitation cocoa character. The mouthfeel is slightly acidic and lightly chalky with a medium body. Taste begins with a strong cocoa flavor, then melds into a nicely balanced sweetness, vanilla, some light herbaceous bitterness, and some chalk in the finish. Touch of sawdust and fruity hand soap in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't perceptable.

Hrmmm, I was surprised with this one. I like it, but wouldn't want to drink more than one or two at a sitting. Quite rich, yet quite interesting. I might buy one of these again, or at least tell my friends about it. Reminds me in many ways of the experimental Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

(Re-review 11/16/11)
$1.99 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, munich, 75 crystal, chocolate rye, chocolate malt. Hopped with mt. hood, sterling.
18 IBU, 5.7% ABV.

Pours out to a near black, forming a thin light tan head. Light sediment. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is pretty good...nice cocoa note, peculiar soapiness (maybe from the rye), delicate distant hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly sweet, and a touch of chalk in the finish. The taste is quite good. Very easy to drink, with a nice balance of cocoa against the malt, and sweetness against the herbal hops and roasted malt flavors. Medium-light bodied. Hints of vanilla and black walnut.

I think this is pretty dang good. Easy to drink, not too heavy, with enough cocoa to stand out of the crowd. I would buy it again. L=3.5, A=4, T=4, MF=4, D=4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 22:51:15 | More by Mitchster
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:41:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of thecheapies


3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with cocoa and honey. Pint glass set to receive. Best by Apr 29 13.

Pours dark brown. The head gargled with a heightened drip. Doesn't want to sit, though. Wouldn't even have populated these bubbles on top if it weren't for an elevated hand. Some glass-glazing.

Spot on. Smells of chocolate and honey. The chocolate is dark, but not as dusty as I'd perceive cocoa to be. Sweetness attached to the honey and really serves the dark malts well. Light caramel. Notes of heated treacle.

Eh, then I taste it. A little watery. Roasty, but held back a bit. Dry cocoa, nuttiness, a dry honey tone, attenuated malts, very light cardboard note that backs away enough to not count too harshly against it. Has a funny aftertaste, like stale earthy hops.

Drinks at a decent pace. Body is medium, but not stout-y. Carbonation has a late sting to it; there's a little more than enough of it.

These seasonal beers are still fun to me, thank goodness. Otherwise, there's a lot of them that leave you a little flat. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it just falls short all over the place. A nearly respectable porter; a terribly average craft offering. Yet, sadly, one of my favorite Tommyknocker beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:26:06 | More by thecheapies
Photo of prototypic


3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:10:57 | More by prototypic
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 00:30:52 | More by claspada
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2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy dark brown body, moderate tan head fades fast.

Smell: Sour fruit and a little cocoa. Maybe infected?

Taste: Cocoa is there, but the beer overall is tart and sour. Bottle is within freshness date, so I am not sure if this is intentional or not. Pretty funky and off tasting, this is not my favorite beer.

Drinkability: A big pass as is, I don't know if it was bad or not, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:06:54 | More by TastyTaste
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2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 20:01:17 | More by Pegasus
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Darkish brown pour, some light tan head.
Aroma, Smells of the mentioned cocoa.

Taste, Quite a bit of cocoa, but not enough sweetness or maltiness to balance so it was a bit sour. Pretty clean finish.

Tad thin. Drinks ok, buy I didn't care for the sour note. Not terrible, but I think they could have done better.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:21:01 | More by Bung
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3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:55:47 | More by Beaver13
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District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:28:05 | More by yourefragile
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2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:12:16 | More by JDV
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2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Deep brown hue with ruby and amber hues at the bottom of the mug. The head is light tan, and doesn't amount to much.

The cocoa is the dominant flavor, and the overall smell is like a watery cup of hot chocolate.

It's like bitter flavorless chocolate meets sweet flavorful but watered down chocolate. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. The feel of this one isn't what's off. The finish is actually pretty good, with sweet chocolate flavors, but it isn't enough to revive this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:57:45 | More by BeerSox
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.