Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 55
Gots: 24 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerSox on 12-27-2008

Side Project #4
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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A decent sized head that drops quickly down to a ring of tan lace. Nice dark brown almost black color. Hint of chocolate graces the aroma and comes off more like a powdered cocoa or toasted cocoa nibs, a hint of fruitiness and charred grain are both in the nose as well. Smooth and a little slick, creamy and even a bit chewy in the mouth with a moderate sized body. Toasted and roasted grain mingle very well with the chocolate character which all land semi-dry. Modest hopping lets the chocolate be in the spotlight for most of the time. Pleasant finish with lingering chocolate and lightly charred grain.

A good session chocolate beer, nice to see as most are heavy with a big alcohol content. Still bold enough to through at the darkest of chocolates and even a spicy mole sauce as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a deep brown body with a small khaki head. Patchy lacing.

Aroma has roasty notes, accented by coffee and cocoa.

Body is on the light side for a porter. Medium carbonation.

Taste has roasted coffee, chocolate notes, and some earthy hops.

Comes off as a well done American porter, but I just don't find anything here to get excited about.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info..."one Time Release"...Pours molasses brown, dark khaki head, showing minor height development and moderate retention. Tiny bubble film and then respectable spots and blotches of lace left on the glass. My sensorary challenged nose picks up whiffs of chocolate and dusty cocoa. More chocolate, dark grains, ripe fruit and then chalky dryness late. Nice stuff, the only shortcoming here would be a bit of thinness/wateriness body wise. I enjoyed it, my favorite (so far) from Terrapin

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears nearly pitch black in hue with a nice sized creamy textured tan head lacing forms fine and evenly with each sip. Smell wise it stays in the chocolate realm rather nicely, bringing powdered cocoa and dry dark chocolate nearly burnt roasted malts together. Among the chocolate I can detect mild raisin sweetness with a creamy cereal edge that stands up well to and even complements the chocolate aging. Flavor really bursts with chocolate not in a Hershey's syrup style like Choklat, but with much finesse that brings out dark cocoa nibs and milk chocolate powder aspects into a solid stand up porter. It definitely retains it's porter characteristics which gives it more credibility as a true chocolate beer rather than some form of liquid diabetes. The semi sweet chocolate notes blend with dark roasted malts that border on coffee at times, large base of creamy mildly tart fruit characteristics come around as well creating a complex and welcoming experience. The chocolate and dark roasts gives it a good amount of acidity which may add to the almost lactic creamy character that becomes more and more evident with each sip, another factor in addition to the dark roasted malts that provides another flavor to offset the actual chocolate adjuncts. A medium bodied porter that manages to stay away from sticky drinks rather clean finishes somewhat dry but with enough sweetness as to not kill the palate with dark patent roasted malt. Carbonation is smooth and creamy, a gentle giant of a beer clocking in at a manageable alcohol volume which is quite a nice change up from the typical extreme beer offering. This one allows some sessionability without inducing total head rush, which makes me respect the brewers even more, thanks god Spike is a Steelers fan. I was just drinking Wake and Bake imperial pints and IBA aged on vanilla beans on cask at Piper's Pub in the Burgh. However, my bro who resides in Georgia recently brought this one along in his carry on, he got it cheaper than the average Pittsburgh price but after the travel expenses thanks for this expensive brew that will help me and my wife celebrate the birth of our new baby boy, Nico Angelo Rasicci.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a murky dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top and leaves spiderweb lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate and caramel. The chocolate was more understated than I was expecting.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malts start things off, then more unsweetened chocolate joins in, with the smallest hint of vanilla. Ends with a bitterness that's just right.

Mouthfeel is good. I would like if it were just a bit thicker, but it still goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It was very easy to finish off my half of the bomber, and I could have a few of these. It's so smooth with mild flavors that play off of each other very well.

Overall this is another solid beer from the SP series, and I look forward to seeing what's on deck.

Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a deepish murky brown. Not a ton of head with only a bit of retention and little lacing.

S: Milky chocolate, light Nesquik. slight ash. Rolos.

T/M: Milk chocolate with spritzy carbonation. Maybe a touch of lactose. Rolos, again. Sweet malts. body is medium with strong carbonation.

D: Low ABV but not too tasty.

Photo of degerbah
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick looking, completely opaque black with almost no head at all. The only aroma that I can detect is the strong smell of choclate which is over-powering. The taste is only vaguely choclatey, nothing likea Young's. There is much more of a roasted malt flavor. It doesn't have the slightly sour flavor I associatte with a more traditional porter. It's not one of Terrapin's better side projects. A pedestrian porter at best.

Photo of azorie
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, black chocolate goodness. Pored into a mug, some slight lacing. not much head there at all.

S: Coffee and toasted and big chocolate presence. no hops detected

T: toasty malt and chocolate, with some dark coffee almost burnt flavor, but the big dark chocolate dominated this brew. No hops in this beer taste.

M: creamy, medium body, smooth.

D: Easy to drink a bomber or two.

This is like my 12 bottle of this stuff and its hard to find now, but it was great while it lasted.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought in Brendon, Florida. A porter, with significant cocoa presence. Pours dark. A bit of the cocoa in the aroma.A bit of roast. Easy mouthfeel, medium consistency. Reasonably drinkable.Appropriate, though above average carbonation.ABove average porter.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Along with several bottles of Gamma Ray, I spotted some Dos Cocoas lingering at the Cumming location of Jax and decided to pick up a bottle. These Terrapin Side Project bottles seem larger than the 1 pint, 6 ounces listed on the labels!

Appearance: Dos Cocoas is a nice-looking beer. It pours a deep, dark cola brown. Once in the glass, it's nearly pitch-black, with more of that deep brown visible around the edges when held up to direct light. Head is minimal, and takes the form of a fleeting, half-finger, khaki cap. No trace of cap lingers during drinking, but that's okay. Lacing is equally non-existent.

Smell: Mild chocolate, floating in a river of watery coffee. A faint roastiness is detectable, but overall, the smell is quite uinderstated. I can't really identify anything other than a bit of chocolate, a lot of weak coffee, and a little non-coffee roastiness.

Taste: Not bad, but watered down. I'd like to try this if Terrapin turned it into a stout -- I think that might serve the chocolate better. As it is, there's a mild chocolatiness, a healthy dose of coffee, some lingering roasted/burnt notes, a very faint hint of lemon juice-like sourness, and a good bit of water. Possibly thanks to that watery characteristic, the beer is more refreshing than expected, but not as hearty.

Mouthfeel: This is Dos Cocoas' clear weak point. Man, I wish it was beefier. Mild carbonation carries this watery brew as far as it can, but it ultimately fails to lift the beer's flavors beyond "faint." I've noticed the same problem in some other bottled Sweetwater beers, and I wonder if maybe they're bottled that way on purpose. At any rate, this beer is very watery, and the mouthfeel is thin and weak.

Drinkability: Both in spite and because of the wateriness, this beer is very refreshing -- more so than probably any other porter I've tried. It's got a relatively low ABV of 5.80%, which also helps the cause. I can't say it's sessionable, though, because the watery feel and weak flavors aren't rewarding enough to encourage drinking more than one bottle. As it is, I wish the bottle were only 12 ounces. Until Terrapin figures out this "wateriness" thing in their bottled beers, I'm afraid I'll continue to be underwhelmed.

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownisih black color with a light tan colored head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass that does leave a good amount of lacing.

S- The smell is a very nice cocoa filled aroma with dark roasted malts. The aroma is very solid, the cocoa adds a nice dimension to the beer.

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some cocoa flavors. The roasted malt picks up shortly after, creating a mild roasted bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, but it does have a nice texture and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Dos Cocoas is a pretty good in terms of drinkability, it is a lighter bodied porter that is pretty easy to drink.

Overall, Terrapin Dos Cocoas is another really solid beer from this great brewery. I consider Side Project #4 a success, can't wait to try #5. Recommended!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers Cafe. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice cream head. Two fingers on a 10 oz. pour. Lasts for quite a while.

Smell - Some chocolate, but more of a caramel malt. Like a chocolate brown ale.

Taste - Really chocolatey. Great chocolate flavor really. Drops off a bit with some roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - The richness of the chocolate makes me wish the beer were heavier. Medium carbonation. Medium body, objectively, but it still feels medium light.

Overall - It is what it is. A weak porter, but some great chocolate flavors.

Photo of sjones5045
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour dark brown with a very nice head. Looks almost like a nitro head. The smell is tons of chocolate and coco. Very nice to the nose. The taste initially is a bitter chocolate than is very enjoyable. The more I drank though the more I felt like there was something annoyed me. I finally put my finger on it and it was really the feel. More on the fla side of feel and near the second half of the bottle it was more watery than chocolate. Overall, I liked it but the finishing warmer end of the bottle it started to fall apart. This should be a six pack 12oz bottles and not a bomber.

Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, being topped with a little over a finger of rich, yet smooth, dark mocha head. This retains with more of a thin filmy look but still still leaves some moderately frothy patches of lacing back. Cocoa and roast pretty much dominate the aroma, giving this a smokey and tangy feel in the nose. This almost smells like molasses instead of chocolate at some points. A bit of green citric notes add even more of fruity tang and sweetness to this.

Sweet chocolate malts load up the front of the taste profile, with a very dark and toasty feeling backgrond giving this roasty balance. A fairly assertive hop profile gives this a firm bitterness, leaving things dry, spicy, and very roasty on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a creamy and bubbly feel up front that then gets much sharper towards the back of the swallow, nicely working with all of that lingering bitterness.

This was a little heavy on the roast and hops at times, which helped cut down on the drinkibility some, but there was enough gooey chocolate character to keep this tasty and as advertised.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Opaque and the the color is the darkest shade of brown you can imagine. Head is tan, loose, and has decent retention.

S. To me, most Porters smell like cola, this one is no exception. The chocolate pokes it's head through in the middle and offers up a rich and sweet aroma that is quite unique.

T. You get the traditional Porter qualities in the beginning, then followed up by creamy chocolate and cocoa. The chocolate is quite a nice addition to a solid brew which could stant on it's own. (hint, hint, Terrapin)

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation. To me, it lacks a little body.

D. This beer is a treat. Thanks, Terrapin, for doing something a little different and giving us a great drinking beer for the rest of the winter.

Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy light-tan colored head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- roasted cocao nibs, ash tray, faint chocolate malt, metallic aroma, milk chocolate

T- sweet cocoa flavor up front with a hint of dark fruit mid-palate, sweet toffee on the finsih

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth-yet-dry-finish

O- good chocolate porter, would like to see a little more prominent flavors for chocolate/cocoa though, once was enough for me

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle:

A - The beer poured a dark deep black with a dark tan or mocha colored head that was not well retained, but some was retained throughout.

S - The aroma was light, mild malt aroma, some alcohol as it warmed up. Hints of chocolate, but definitely in the background, expected more chocolate.

T - It had a very nice roasted malt flavor with the chocolate near the back, but expected it to be more chocolate than it was. Well balanced.

M/D - Very smooth, very drinkable. Alcohol was not noticeable; carbonation was good as some head could be conjured up throughout the drink. Bitter aftertaste, probably due to the cocoa.

One of the better side projects that I have had to date.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, nearly black. Tiny little light brown head. Quite a bit of dark or bakers chocolate in the aroma, not sweet at all. Good earthy tones as well. Pretty carbonated mouthfeel, but not overly so. Flavor is very much cocoa or a chocolate with little to no sugar added. A little light bodied. I was actually glad to see this was not a huge abv. Very drinkable, flavorful porter. More of an English porter though. Nothing "extreame" by anymeans, but a good session porter. If it was more available and less pricey, this would be a worth while regular drinker.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with an average foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of soft chocolate powder with some light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by light cocoa powder notes with some very subtle roasted malt notes as well. I was expecting more chocolate to come through based on the description on the label. Body is somewhat thin with some medium carbonation. OK though not something I would wish to have very often.

Photo of n2185
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with lots of sweet cocoa and creamy milk chocolate. Not much else going on--just super chocolaty.

T: roasted malts with semi-sweet chcolate and cocoa. The finish is slightly smokey.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a solid beer overall. Simple, but tasty and drinkable.

Photo of BeerSox
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at brewery tour in pint glass. Several 4oz pours. Keg tapped that day.

Pitch black with a thick one or two finger head depending on the pour. The head settles to a thick cap and leaves a strong lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts along with a little bit of coffee. The chocolate isn't so obvious.

The malts are burnt and slightly bitter balanced by the sweeter chocolate flavors. Very little hop bitterness. Full bodied. The finish is the lingering malts with a little bit of chocolate sticking around.

This is definitely one of the better chocolate beers I have had. The chocolate doesn't overtake the flavor, and the rest of the beer stands up well on its own. Extremely drinkable as well. I couldn't get enough at the brewery. Highly recommended.

Photo of Fattmatt73
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start I'm not a huge fan of chocolate stouts or porters, this beer has a very nice appearance, nice head that retracts quickly with very nice lacing.

Aroma of rich chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich yet medium bodied.

Taste is of chocolate yet not sweet or bitter.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, great taste without being too sweet or rich.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another "I'm broke" cellar selection.... Received this a while back from Onenote81.. thanks Jon! Poured into my Delirium goblet while chilling and listening to Son Volt.

Very nice 2 finger dark tan head.. the brew is of course dark brown with only bare bones highlites ... pretty descent lacing and a nice cap.

Aroma is more porter than chocolate.. maybe I waited too long? Light dark malts.. no char and not acrid.. doesn't seem to be enough other porter aromas to really bring out the cocoa... could use a bit of sweetness. As it warms, it reminds me more of an English porter.

Flavor has a nice chocolate essence.. punctuated by a bit of malty sweetness that pulls out the cocoa.. a little earthy... and some dark malt dried fruitiness helps too... some smoke comes out pretty prevalent mid palate..

I always have a harder time with more traditional porters.. I always want "more".. I have to tell myself that this is probably what the brewer was shooting for and remind myself, that I generally, don't really care for standard porters... This is a pretty descent take at a standard American Porter.. but the smoke is really pretty heavy.

Thanks again Jon.. a great trade and a great trader.


Photo of Samminator
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, no visible freshness date, purchased cold stock from Suwanee's Beverage Superstore.

Poured into a clean-rinsed pint glass. 2-finger head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

A: Cavernous brown, some ruby notes evident when held up to the light. Large clumps of lacing slowly sliding the side of the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma. Power-of-suggestion: the title "Dos Cocoas" makes me think I am smelling chocolate, but I don't think so.

T: This is an excellent example of what a Porter should be - danky sweet earth with a lovely bloom of cocoa bitterness centered at the extreme right-rear and left-rear of the tongue, near the back molars and the saliva ducts. Terrapin has nailed it here. The cocoa is subtle and refined - honestly, I think this same effect could have been achieved with malts alone, without the adjunct.

M: Smooth, slick, and creamy, leaving a pleasant sticky coat on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable. Could easily knock back 6 pints of this stuff. At $6.50, though, this is more of a special treat for me. I also think of that hefty price as a means of supporting my local brewery and of encouraging creativity by voting a resounding "Yes!" to these types of projects.

#4 is by far the best "Side Project" for Terrapin this year.

Photo of Vec2267
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown to black, ample tan head that persists well, nice lacing

S - cocoa powder and roast, no discernable coffee

T - bittersweet chocolate, very dry, a subtle roast/acrid backend

M - a silky and creamy

O - Big chocolate flavor without being sweet, not much of a porter presence, this is single note beer, the chocolate is done well, but there aren't enough complementary flavors. There is nothing objectionable about this beer, there just isn't that much compelling about it either.

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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
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