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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

417 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.58%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a modest head that rings the liquid without leaving muchbehind

Smell: Chocolate milk

Taste: Chocolate milk, up front, with a sour lactic character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate milk character returns and lingers in the finish, though the sour tones persist underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like chocolate milk, you just might like this one; not terrible, but not terribly complex, either

brentk56, May 06, 2010
Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually disagree with the reviewers in the other direction, but I'm on the opposite side of the fence on this one, I like the TommyKnocer Cocoa Porter. Granted, there isn't a ton of cocoa in the this beer, and it is a tad thin, but what's not to like. The beer pours a nice brown color with particulates in the beer, a creamy, albeit small off white head, that doesn't retain long. There is no lacing going on here. The nose is quite pleasant. It isn't particularly assertive but there are plenty of chocolate and roasted notes to keep this respectable.

The taste is quite good. I like the slightly roasted, charred, and malty underneath to the beer. It does have a slightly over processed metallic tinge to it, but the beer is still malty and good. There is a molasses like thickness and sweetness to the beer, more than any cocoa flavors that really define this one. It has a sweet chocolatey flavor, maybe a bit too sweet to be taken seriously, and perhaps that is why it was panned on BA. Nevertheless, I like the sweet caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted qualities of this beer. I would have another.

albern, Apr 24, 2010
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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/28/2010 (Bottle dated 0 9 N 09):

Pours a very dark brown color body, with an average-small off-white head, mostly lasting. Strong coffee aroma, dusty, cocoa, some sweet honey notes too. Not super strong a smell. Some roasted notes. Sweet honey taste, cocoa aftertaste. Roasted cocoa taste. Very strong taste. Not bad, tasty.

jujubeast6000, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black leaving little to no head.

Aroma pretty much consisted of chocolate and roasted malt

Taste was similar to smell with the chocolate and roasted malts, but I also picked up quite a bit of unexpected hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was along the consistency of water.

I didn't really care for this beer a whole lot. The cocoa was there, but I wasn't really feeling the beer overall. The mouthfeel was lacking as well. The other issue I find is that if it's a "winter warmer" I'd expect it to have a little higher abv.

pwoody11, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice; dark brown around the edges when held to a lamp. One finger khaki coloured head hangs around for around a minute or so before fading away. Smell was much nicer than I expected with the cocoa right up front; other softer malty nuances linger in the back. Big chocolate straight away. This actually *does* smell and taste a bit like Hershy's cocoa powder. Hop presence is very mild and only detectable if you're looking for it. Mouthfeel, too, was more solid that I was expecting. This beer really outperformed what I thought it was going to do. I'm rather impressed, all things considered.

SilentSabre, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was a brown color with a small beige head that evaporated to nothing.

The aroma was strong cocoa and very good.

The taste was sweetened cocoa and a little cola, not bad; I like Coke and Hershey's.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was good, moderate ABV plus decent flavor.

My impression of Cocoa Porter was that it is a little on the gimmicky side, going heavily with the cocoa and little else. However simple, it was not a bad beer, well worth sampling, but not at a premium price.

kegger22, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gives you about a half finger of creamy tan head, very even surface, swift to dissipate with little left either across the liquid or as lacing. Deep brown color, touch of mahogany, cloudy enough to achieve opacity. The cocoa to milk chocolate is overpowering in the nose, close second are the plum, prune, raisin, black cherry fruit scents, honeyed oat cereal, coffee ice cream, there's really not much room for much but that cocoa. Full-bodied, the carbonation adds a slight tickle or prickle but, otherwise, it's a carbon copy of the nose. Cocoa, cocoa, cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. Oats, bran, granola. The honey slightly lower here. No bitterness, nothing jumps out at you as "hoppy." Maybe it's the drying texture but less thrust in the plum, prune, raisin, date fruit. Cocoa certainly does linger through the finish. Guess you could say a good example of "truth in advertising."

farrago, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of teetotaler
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into the trusty brandy snifter.

A- opaque brunette with a red sparkle from the glass stem.

S- dried cat food with a touch of cocoa. sorry, not impressed.

T- cocoa coming through. it took a few sips to get past the initial aroma offense. hop bitterness is minimal, if not an afterthought. after swishing and swallowing, the cocoa nose rises from the throat like a forgotten lover.
upon rest, the bitterness of the raw cocoa lingers; not offensive, just unusual.

M- creamy, full, not chewy. this is where it is most reminiscent of a cup of cocoa.

D- this is a beer for those who wish to experience more than your domestic choices, but still don't stray far from the path.
i'd buy it for a party with girls,
that's it.

teetotaler, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with mahoganny hi-lites when held up to the light. Moderate head that recedes quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown that retained exceptionally well - lasted the duration. No lacing.

Nose is loaded with cocoa. You sniff this blindfolded and you'll think you're sniffing a cup of hot cocoa. Really wonderful. The taste brings the cocoa again, but it's slightly more subdued than the nose - lots of malt, and sweet. Unfortunately, the taste regressses some as the beer warms, and the cocoa seemed to fade a bit - leaving me with simply a sweet, malty beer. It wasn't bad, but it took a noticeable step down from the initial sip, in my opinion. Never offensive, but not a thriller either. Tastes borderline macro-ish by the end.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I like, but it's not a stout, so it's not entirely fair to expect more. Fairly smooth and maybe a bit creamy. Decent drinkability...medium body makes it easy to drink.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but it's far from being a great beer.

Mavajo, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ImusBeer
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came a deep black hazy brown with no head.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate start you out and then the taste continues that along with some sweetness with more chocolate than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout starts very sweet and ends the same way. It's lighter on tongue with a good chocolate sweetness.

ImusBeer, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy deep walnut brown in color. A fizzy cream head struggles to form and vanishes quickly. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Smells like a dark chocolate bar, and not much else.

T: The taste of dark chocolate is balanced by a slightly burnt bitterness. Outside of that, there's maybe a hint of licorice. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: The medium-light body is dry and quite fizzy.

D: This beer was too one dimensional for me to truly enjoy it. The carbonated liquid chocolate theme just didn't work for me.

Rayek, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately I drank this right out of the bottle outside the beer store (Lena's in Mentor Oh.) So my friend would know if he should buy a sixer or not, after 1 sip, we both agreed this was well worth the buy. So he went in and came out empty handed, I got the Last sixer-HAHAHAHA!! So it was creamy and a nice cocoa powder taste to start,not a lot of body and a sweet "Honey" taste on the finish, and when this warmed up a little, it sort of tasted like a milkshake, but not overly sweet like some people think, they should try Southern Tier's Choklat or Creme Brulee if they want to try SWEET. This is a very drinkable porter....yet not your typical porter, so once at christmas time I think I could handle just fine....and my friend that didn't get any, I traded him 2 for 1 bottle of Goose Island and 1 bottle of Left Hand Fade to Black Stout. I think we both made out pretty good.

beergod1, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Opaque brown with a bare wisp of head.

Smell & Taste - Cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, toffee, and a touch of honey. Just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from dominating the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with medium carbonation.

Notes - A well named porter, it really does taste like cocoa. I haven't been impressed with Tommyknocker beers before, but this one is pretty good. I'm surprised at the low rating it gets on this site.

Fnord, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours black with crimson edges, small ivory cream head is built with easy pour. Mostly milk chocolate and cocoa nibs in the nose, weak character present. The taste is hurt by the feel, very chocolaty, not much beer flavor but more like a dark chocolate soda. The mouthfeel was more like a soda pop, it could have been much better with a crisper feel and drier finish.

natelocc787, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

tigg924, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of towersfall
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a pretty cream colored head that can't hold retention whatsoever and leaves no evidence of it's existence at all.

Smell: Sweet cocoa, honey and brown sugar. Smells like someone spiked the hot cocoa at Waffle House.

Taste: Extremely malty with what feels like straight cocoa powder poured in. Not bad tasting whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet and full bodied which leaves a delicious aftertaste.

Drinkability: Feels more like a cup of cold cocoa if you ask me. It's not bad, but I only feel I could have one and I had to share it to get rid of it. It's not bad, but I don't see myself drinking this, but instead finding other brews by this company.

towersfall, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...lots of fizzing. Small ½ finger, off-white head. Moderate legs. The body is a deep chestnut brown color...dark, but not opaque.

Strong cocoa aroma...like opening a packet of Swiss Miss. Hints of vanilla beans and honey are also present.

Good balances of chocolate and toffee flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with a slightly nutty bite. Could not detect any honey flavors until the finish.

Mouth feel is thin and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Could use a little more roasted flavor in my opinion. Makes a terrific campfire brew!

mgbickel, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Josievan
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, but surprisingly transparent. Head is pretty weak, but some lacing mingles around here and there.

Smell: I mainly smell the cocoa, some roasted malt is there too.

Taste: Cocoa powder is present, but in an odd way. I was expecting this beer to be sweeter. Instead, there's a somewhat bitter aftertaste that doesn't mesh greatly with the cocoa taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin for a porter. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability: It took me awhile to get this down, but it wouldn't be too bad to have one of these at a time.

Notes: This beer looked exciting when I saw the tap: cocoa in a porter! It's a neat concept, but the beer just didn't execute for me. I'm a little disappointed, but that doesn't mean this isn't a decent enough winter seasonal to give a try.

Josievan, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chestnut brown with a moderate amount of foamy, tan head. Moderate head retention and only a little lace.

Aromas of cocoa, roasted malt and something that reminds me of wood. (old wood).

Flavors of some light roast, cocoa powder, honey-sweetness and the faintest glimmer of hops. Overall reminiscent of hot chocolate (kind of).

Body is medium with a pretty satisfying texture and appropriate carbonation.

This beer is refreshing and the flavors work together well enough. That being said; it could have used a little more cocoa and maybe some richer malt. Though Cocoa Porter's probably my favorite beer by this brewery thus far, I still have yet to taste one that's actually impressing.

endincolorado, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a notable cloudy brown with an off white head that faded quickly to a ring around the edge that produced minimal lacing. The first thing that caught my eye was the lighter color and even that the body looked lighter.

S: Cocoa. Not chocolate but cocoa. I waited until it got to temperature and smelled again. There is a little sweetness back there - almost honey like but this is still very cocoa. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but if you don't really like cocoa then don't try this.

T: It doesn't stray from the nose at all. No surprises from the nose to taste. I like chocolate beers and it's nice to taste something a little different.

M: Thin to medium body, good carbonation, smooth, no alcohol burn. You almost get a... dusty sensation from the level of cocoa.

D: I like it. As stated above I like chocolate beers and I can enjoy and appreciate this as something along the same lines but different. With the alcohol content I could enjoy more than one of these a night.

-Blessed be the Brew!

BobbyBeerman, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of sholland119
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-A murky brown with a bit of off white head, no lacing. Odd, and not altogether appealing.

S-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Way way too sweet.

T-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Seriously, like a melted frozen chocolate confection. This is beer?

M-Medium bodied and rather fizzy.

D-Uh, nope. Sorry...

HV

sholland119, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of runesead
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What makes this beer stand out, both positively and negatively, is the chocolate taste.

The highly malty taste complements the very potent chocolate taste. In brief, this tastes like a milkshake.

If you want a light cocoa taste in your beer, this is not for you. In fact, by the end of the bottle, I began to grow tired of the chocolaty taste.

runesead, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Mayhem976
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark, passes light when I hold my glass up to the light has a reddish brown hue to it. Very thin head and hardly any presence of fingers.

S- Strong honey smell with small traces of chocolate.

T- Tastes like it smells, watered down honey flavor with small amount of chocolate tossed in. Not a single trace of hops on the palate.

M- Thin and watery, tastes flat as a matter of fact.

D- I guess if you're wanting to gulp down sweet beer quickly this stuff will do just the trick. Not my cup of tea but if you're a sweet beer lover that doesn't want to get blown away by strong alcohol content then this is your beer.

Mayhem976, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - Bottled Sept. 2 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with some light showing in around the edges. The head is off-white and short-lived with little retention. There is no lace.

Smell: Strong cocoa aroma overwhelms the nose. Roasted malt, and sweet brown sugar.

Taste: More sweet cocoa with a honey punch that makes the beer even sweeter. A very malty beer without much (if any) hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, sweet and nice in the mouth. No noticeable alcohol. Not much carbonation either.

Drinkability: Quite nice. I love the aroma and wish it translated into the taste a lot more. I will do this one again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Risser09, Jun 11, 2009
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.