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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 57md


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:30:06 | More by 57md
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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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2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:44:47 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:33:40 | More by TownDunkel
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3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 12:41:13 | More by Merkur
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3.28/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:58:57 | More by samie85
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3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:15:32 | More by gkatsoris
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2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:05:54 | More by fatmcb1
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3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 02:34:19 | More by drtth
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4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:40:07 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, with some clear ruby edges when held to the light. A decent head to start with but it dies away quickly leaving moderate lace. The beer looked great initially but the quick dying head leaves the beer looking lifeless after a few minutes.

Cocoa, sweet medium roast coffee, and hints of vanilla, caramel and honey.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation. The flavor is cocoa powder and roasted malt right up front. There is some sweet chocolate, honey, and sweet roasted malt in the middle. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance things out in the end and allows the cocoa powder to once make a showing in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:03:50 | More by SuperSpy
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:48:51 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:42:36 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of TomAtoMusic


3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:02:40 | More by TomAtoMusic
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3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 01:07:15 | More by midworken
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3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:24:13 | More by TippySelenoid
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2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:47:42 | More by mjw06
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3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:41:31 | More by tone77
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4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:29:23 | More by AdamBear
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4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:43:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small and wispy off-white head dissapates down quickly to a patchy sheet on top of a dark brown beer with only a little light coming through. Not much lacing. An earthy cocoa powder aroma hits the nose first followed by a bit of coffee and cream. Roasty grains are prevelant in this aroma and are pleasantly aromatic.

A thinner body than I expected, but it remains refreshing that way. The roasty grains are there, but not as much as they were in the nose. There is definitely a dark chocolate influence in that it isn't very sweet or milky, and it seems to lead into a thin and watery mouthfeel. The honey contributes a sweet, almost juicy middle that seems a bit at odds with the chocolate and malts. A hint of coffee in the finish, as well as some very mild hops that contribute a touch of quickly disappearing bitterness.

Seems a bit light, even for a porter. Maybe would have benefitted from some more bold flavors in the malt department. Overall, not terrible though and it is a nice and refreshing beer. Just nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:54:11 | More by chodinheaven
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2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:27:20 | More by Duff27
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3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, worty dark malts.

Appearance: Pitch black even when held up to a bright light. Very thin, light brown head, which is never more than a thin layer around the edge of the glass.

Taste: Mild. Cocoa, coffee, very worty. Aftertaste is of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild to moderate carbonation, a bit above average for a porter. Syrupy feel, thinned out by the carbonation.

Overall: Very worty, just like their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. Works for me though. Nothing much more to savor than that unusual strong worty malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 17:50:55 | More by soulfly1492
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3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really dark. Opaque.
The smell has a strong chocolate presence.
The taste is nice and smooth. There's a perfect amount of chocolate, unlike Young's beer, which is touted just because it has chocolate in it.

The mouthfeel is actually light and even. I don't feel any specific shapes, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:43:20 | More by Vashtar
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2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown, almost back. There really isnt much head to this beer at all.

S: It has a pretty good cocoa smell and some coffee and malt mized in there.

T: The beer is has a black pepper taste. It also has a bad tobacco taste with a little roasted malt. Pretty bad.

M: The beer is decently smooth, but nothing special.

O: Man I was hoping for this beer to be better than it really was. The taste is just not good and this is a total let down.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 06:35:49 | More by gtermi
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.