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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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413 Ratings

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.29%
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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3/5  rDev -11%

Otisimaas, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ScorpyX
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Has a thick, dark pour. Looks very rich with a thin, tan head quickly disintegrating.

S: Roasted chocolate dominates the smell. Very nice.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, but a lot more diluted that I'd expected. Sweetness and cocoa are obvious with bitterness emerging as the beer warms. Still, not as rich as I'd thought it would be.

M: Medium-bodied, too little presence if anything. Needs more there to be a truly high quality porter.

I'm a little disappointed with this one, particularly given that I've enjoyed so many of Tommyknocker's brews. I probably won't be seeking this one out in bottle form again, but if I visit their brewery, that might be a different story.

ScorpyX, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +24%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured dark black/brown and very opaque with about an inch of brownish/white head that dissipated quickly and left virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose had a chocolatey roasted malt scent that was very pleasant.

T: Definite chocolatey roasted malt flavor up front without a sweetness to it (much like cocoa powder eaten straight), with a hint of honey sweetness coming through in the finish. I enjoyed the coca flavor, though the sweetness I tasted in the finish was a bit off-putting and left a less than desirable taste lingering. Despite the finish, the flavor as a whole was not bad.

M: Did not feel as thick as was expected considering the appearance, and instead felt a little watered down (and the flavor supports this watered down feeling). I got little to no carbonation.

O: The dryness of the cocoa powder flavor mixed with the sweetness of the honey at the end left me wishing for a different pair of flavors. Not a terrible beer by any means, but it was lacking a cohesive element to tie the flavors together and would feel more enjoyable with a thicker body in my opinion.

TomAtoMusic, Jan 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of liveKarl
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

liveKarl, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of coronajm
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

coronajm, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of midworken
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.
Hardly any head despite a fairly vigorous pour. No lacing and minimal residue left on the sides of the glass.
Upfront aroma of roasted chocolate - definately the typical coffee/chocolate that you normally get. These flavors, however, quickly fade to an emptiness that could be filled to increase this brew's complexity. Despite the strong flavors, there really isn't nothing out of the ordinary here.
Taste here is of darkly roasted chocolate. Not too sweet, but the bitterness could be balanced a bit more effectively. Very light in the mouth with a not-so-pleasant aftertaste (can't put my finger on it).
Won't seek this one out... much better cocoa porters out on the market.

midworken, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

SWMeyer4141, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of dbell23
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

dbell23, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a dark brown with a cream colored head that leaves a nice lacing.

It's got a big malt nose. There is also a prevalent cocoa powder aroma.

Dark chocolate flavors. This is not a very sweet beer. There is a nice roasted, caramelly maltiness to it as well. Little hops in this one.

It's medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

Overall, this beer's pretty good. I don't care for the price tag, but I'll put one in a mix-a-six occasionally.

TippySelenoid, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mcorwin, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mjw06
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked watered down on the pour with its light brown color and the way the glass was filled. Dark brown with translucency when hit with any light, not directly. Small head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is a little sweet and toasted bready, but fairly faint.

Taste confirms the appearance, watered down. Light browned-chocolate. But other than that, the taste is pretty disappointing and weak.

Way too weak and light-bodied for a porter. Not much of a "winter warmer" either. I'd avoid this beer. Plenty of chocolate/cocoa porters and stouts that are way better than this. It's barely sessionable, as the watered down burnt cocoa isn't all that appeasing to me.

mjw06, Jan 01, 2012
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.

tone77, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

reeemer, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

AdamBear, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DBIII
4/5  rDev +18.7%

DBIII, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cooler4life, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

teyuders, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

jhenson1, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

mweso2000, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ebonrooster, Dec 23, 2011
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.