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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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440 Ratings

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 222
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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown to black with a ruby hue. There is only a thin head to this offering.

The faint smell of chocolate is a bit too subtle to be enticing. There is some chocolate upfront in the flavor profile, but it is not particularly bold. More important, it lacks the strong roasted character of a good porter.

There is some bitter cocoa in the finish, which is a nice way to end.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The clearly marked “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “May 14 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color looks black but I think it is very dark brown; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. A pathetic pour (my fault) yielded a pathetic, one-finger of lightly tanned head, which dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Cocoa — surprise, surprise. Caramel, dark chocolate, and dark malts keep it from being too hot chocolaty and there are hints of roasted malts. The label says honey is added but I do not smell it.

Taste: The flavors are muted and the mouthfeel is watery. The taste, though, mostly mirrors the smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark malts. The roasted malts, however, play a much more prominent role. They do not dominate, but the roasted quality is much more pronounced in the taste.

Drinkability: This is pretty lackluster beer. It is porter with training wheels.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - I have been meaning to try tommyknocker beer for awhile, and I figured this is a good one to try out.

Appearance - A medium brown that looks decepitvely too light to be a porter. Good frothy head that forms when opened.

Smell - A more subtle smell than I would have expected. It has hints of coffee, hops, and bits of hazelnuts.

Taste - This is where the beer impressed me. The inital taste is that of most porters, but the tastes mellow out and leave a great chocolate taste.

Moutfeel - A very satisfying after drinking experience. Enough carbonation and taste to leave me smiling.

Overall - A good daily drinker for winter time. I think this beer would be out of season quickly for a 70 degree day though.

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5/5  rDev +48.4%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Merkur
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice dark brown, almost pitch black color with a half fingers worth of white foamy head.

Beer smells very sweetly of cocoa and malts.

Beer tastes very strongly of super sweet chocolate. However, the taste feels like it was added and is not very balanced with the rest of the beer. Beer has a matly finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick.

Overall, a bit too sweet and unbalanced

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark brown color with an 1/8 inch of light brown hump.

Smells of huge notes of cocoa with some dark chocolate and earthy hops.

Big cocoa that fades into some dark chocolate with light bitterness on the finish.

Rich at first with medium body and low carbonation that finishes thin and a little dry.

This started out promisingly enough but has kind of a weird aftertaste that lingers in the throat.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -40.7%

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3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very very very dark brown. Very ver very dark amber. No head at all.

S: Stale brownie. Wood. Vanilla. Coco Puffs, Coco Krispies; very much like chocolatey breakfast cereals.

T: Wood. Unsweetened chocolate. Bitter dark unsweetened chocolate. If the chocolately breakfast cereals were served in water; yeah.

M: A little too thin. No coat on the tongue, and no lingering flavors left in the mouth. There is, however, a coaco flavor left in the nose.

O: If only it was as good as the smell led me to believe.

Thanks redliner8!

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of fatmcb1
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Russian River glass

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that struggles make much of an appearance. A bit fizzy.

Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Pretty basic.

Chocolate, cocoa powder overpowers the coffee and other flavors. Very sweet, no malt backbone. The honey is hardly noticeable.

Light body with medium carbonation.

Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich dark brown color with some reddish/orange highlights and a 1/8” light tan head that recedes slowly. The beer leaves a bit of lacing. Sipping leaves small patches of lacing for a bout a ¼ of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a bit one-dimensional and is mostly light cocoa. It is pleasant and worth taking a sniff periodically but isn’t particularly complex.

Taste: The flavors are both cocoa and a bit of malt with some traces of bittering that break up the sweetness. There seems to be some dark caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation is light and persistent. The finish is medium long with some transition from the cocoa and sweetness to dry bitterness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a reasonably good beer that I’ve enjoyed sipping. That said I had this at the same place where I tried the Firestone Walker Reserve and given a choice between the two in the future I’d take the Firestone Walker. This is a good workmanlike beer that is not particularly outstanding in any way but is worth a try and can serve to as something to have with food or during a long chat with friends. However, there are better porters in the world.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this porter in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is puffy and swells to about a finger of maple syrup colored foam. The retention is not that great and leaves just enough film behind to cover the lid.

The body is a dark brown with ruby highlights. It is pretty impressive.

Smell- There is a ton of milk chocolate in the nose. There is a little bit of earthiness under the cocoa that must be the roasted malt. This is a nice nose.

Taste- The cocoa mingles at the front of the drink with the roasted malt. The chocolate is not nearly as strong as the nose, but it is not disappointing. As the drink progresses, there is a little more roasted malt and a sweet malt character.

The finish is loaded with the cocoa powder and a slight earthiness. Perhaps the honey is the sweet note I am picking up about mid way through the drink. A nice combo of flavor profiles all in all.

Mouth feel- Decent medium body and a pretty smooth drink, it is not really that watery either.

Overall- This porter tastes great with the addition of the cocoa powder, which comes through powerfully. The honey would have also been a great touch but was a little too subdued.

The feel also makes it a beer that is hard to stop sipping. If you ever come across this one give it a go. By far my favorite Tommyknocker offering yet.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
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