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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

404 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.93%
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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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26%

03-12-2013 22:31:46 | More by mmsimmons
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-07-2013 00:26:24 | More by Pensfan0782
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some copper hue. Thick brown head with decent retention and chunks of lacing.

Roasted malts and some cocoa on the nose. Perhaps a bit of caramel and chocolate too.

Lots of roasty malt in the flavor. Some cocoa and coffee flavor as well. Upfront flavors are good, but finishes a bit metallic.

Thin for a porter with carbonation a touch high.

More than I was expecting out of this. Flavors are actually half decent. The only thing that really brings it down is mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 19:12:42 | More by jmarsh123
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zachgroves

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-04-2013 03:33:31 | More by zachgroves
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-03-2013 18:07:11 | More by OregonGrown7
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DrkNite12

New York

2/5  rDev -40.8%

03-03-2013 15:54:17 | More by DrkNite12
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archero

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-03-2013 06:38:21 | More by archero
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-03-2013 04:03:42 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-02-2013 22:44:24 | More by muskiesman
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, while it AIN'T a gutter-ball Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was so unoffensive that I had to actually GOOGLE up "Porter vs. Stout" to refresh myself of what characteristics that I am SUPPOSE to be looking for in the Porter style. Turns out that it is right up the middle...for a SPLIT; it fits so safely in the Porter style that it is nothing more than...a Porter.

Color = pass (dark brown)
Head = pass (thin but lasting)
Smell = pass (sweet maltiness)
Mouthfeel = accurate (medium body)

I've come to expect any beer advertising "Winter" to generally be noticeably-to-sharply smoked in flavor which is NOT a characteristic I care for in beverages - which is why it doubly surprised me for it's overall unoffensiveness.

I would offer this to guests as an introduction to the base Porter style (the rule) and then follow with Porters that push the style to the four corners of its boundaries (bending but not breaking the rules). The "Winter" part however, escapes me - and thankfully in this case...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 05:03:35 | More by GoldHorde
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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MystikCelt

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

02-19-2013 07:10:50 | More by MystikCelt
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canders0927

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.3%

02-18-2013 00:27:18 | More by canders0927
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, cola highlights. Thin tan head.
smell: Hmmm, not much cocoa or honey. This has a "different" nose, hard to put a finger on...reminds me of cola a bit.
taste: Again, a little different. Tasty enough. Nothing stands out. Pleasant, if mundane.
overall: The cocoa powder, honey thing sounds a lot better than the results but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:56:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard 16oz Pint Glass
A - Dark brown amber color, thick head with decent lacing of a tan, caramel color
S - Roasted malts, cocoa, minimal chocolate, hint of smokiness, caramels, and maybe even some maple syrup?
T - The roasted malt flavor is abundant here, with traces of cocoa popping up, a mild sweetness, and a coffee type quality to it. Aftertaste is a little more on the sour side of a roasted quality
M - To me this feels a lot more like a black lager, very very thin for a porter, and overcarbonated
O - Total meh, got this on the discount shelf at my bottle shop, and for good reason - Its not good, there's barely any robust cocoa quality to it, you get a little smell, a little hint of it in taste, but there's definitely no great porter qualities either.

Tommyknocker, you have yet to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:24:06 | More by Omnium
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-08-2013 05:50:30 | More by BrownAleMale
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-03-2013 21:44:50 | More by rodlavers
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-02-2013 23:21:08 | More by matjack85
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TheChrisMaguire


2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

02-01-2013 00:04:53 | More by TheChrisMaguire
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Matt73

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-19-2013 23:56:03 | More by Matt73
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jeddis1

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -40.8%

01-16-2013 22:52:20 | More by jeddis1
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-13-2013 22:10:01 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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stoney1031

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-12-2013 18:48:41 | More by stoney1031
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Milkysunshine

New York

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

01-12-2013 00:58:38 | More by Milkysunshine
Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.