Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - Tommyknocker Brewery

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434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of onlyliberty
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of seanballs
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Merkur
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Sagehawk
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jpd7374
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of SellaBro1
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of redliner8
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of gkatsoris
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of fatmcb1
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of syndelee
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Ruger44
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Otisimaas
3/5  rDev -11%

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.

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.

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.

Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.