Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company
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3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-03-2009 02:31:39 | More by Sammy
3.91/5 rDev +2.9%
A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but closer inspection reveals that it is actually clear garnet in color when held up to a bright light. No carbonation is visible. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has lots of chocolately flavors and bits of sweetness from the cocoa nibs. It almost tastes like a watered down version of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really enjoyable porter that has the magnitude of chocolate aromas and flavors that you would expect from a stout but has the drinkability afforded by that of a porter.
05-31-2014 01:21:34 | More by metter98
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
"Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?"
Roasted coffee bean brown with meager sepia colored highlights along the edges. Opacity is usually a good sign in a 5.8% porter. Nearly three fingers of golden beige colored foam was produced on the pour. The cap looks to be in no hurry to depart, with very little lace being laid down so far... or in the end.
Dos Cocoas smells like a chocolate porter, I'll give it that. Adding cocoa powder and aging the beer on a bed of cocoa nibs will tend to do that. Unfortunately, the effect is too subtle and there isn't enough power overall. If it becomes bolder with warming, I'll be happy to go with the 4.0.
Terrapin is an excellent craft brewery because they don't usually do things halfway. They produce some of the hoppiest (and most delicious) beer around, so it's surprising that this offering is so weak. It tastes like 'porter lite' with a bit of chocolate extract added. This is something that I'd expect from The Matt Brewing Company (Saranac), not these guys.
More malt is the obvious place to start. The chocolate has no chance to taste deep and rich and chocolate-like without a more substantial barley base. Other than watery cocoa, we have watery coffee and... that's about it really. A wee blip of back end bitterness is unaccompanied by hop flavor, which is as it should be.
I was going to cut the mouthfeel some slack since the ABV is less than 6.0%, but no can do. It's too light and thin, with bubbles that are borderline harsh since there's nothing of substance for them to sink into. Mouthfeel is the most disappointing part of this most disappointing brew.
Here's hoping that the other Terrapin Side Project releases in my cellar are better than Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter. On the good side, the bar is set pathetically low. Boy, did Shirley Jackson ever know what the hell she was talking about. At least with regard to this beer anyway.
06-28-2009 15:05:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Appearance: Pours an almost opaque chocolate brown, but there are plenty of ruby highlights running through; the tannish head leaves a few dots and dashes around the pint glass
Smell: Roasty, almost smoky, aromatics; not as much chocolate as I was expecting but it is discernable underneath
Taste: Brown bread up front, with the hops actually making an appearance before the chocolate; after a swirl in the mouth, the flavor profile is joined by a rather bitter and smoky chocolate, almost Mexican in character; after the swallow, some sweeter, almost milk chocolate elements appear for a moment, but a hint of citrus keeps it from prominence; the only time the chocolate is clearly apparent is on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, but a bit watery
Drinkability: It's a decent beer, and I recognize we aren't in the Imperial category, but I would like to see more chocolate character and a fuller mouthfeel
03-14-2009 18:08:33 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev +10%
A delicate and delicious chocolate Porter. This may have been the most cocoa-rich beer that I have had, if I hadn't had Southern Tier's Choklat several times before.
The seriously dark brown pour looks much more like a Stout than a Porter. Completely opaque, the beer forms a part froathy/part fizzy head that fails to retain under the oils of cocoa nibs. A slight ring of foam persists arround the edges of the glass along with timid pockets of foam and mild lace.
Bittersweet cocoa aromas dominate the nose with a distant follow up of nutty coffees, mild caramel, and true barely malt. Fairly simple in its complexity, the beer makes up for in sheer intensity of cocoa.
Flavors fare the same way- cocoa and bittersweet chocolates take center stage with a mild supportive balance of caramel malts, vanilla, and coffee-ish bitterness in the finish. Herbal notes of tree bark or chicory give an earthy counterpart in the reduction of hops.
A creamy upstart illudes to smoothness, fullness, and a silky smooth, velvety finish. But the beer's bitterness (part from cocoa, coffee, and hops) carries a harsher minerally feel instead. These don't completely undermine the beer but makes it unable to live up to the lofty expectations.
A very succulent, savory, and seductive beer, especially in the aroma and initial taste. The harsher second half detracts a bit from the promising up start.
11-02-2010 04:29:20 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
05-29-2009 02:13:13 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Finally got around to trying this one after forever! The one side project we never received in the state, I had to trade for it to be able to try it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/22/2009.
The pour was splendid. Rich dark brown in color with a huge tan head on top that just would not quit. Loads of lacing just all over this one, really just perfectly done. Settling left a nice cap on the top that stayed again throughout the session. Rich notes of cocoa dominate here. Lightly bitter around the edges with hints of vanilla beans and a touch of oak. Very smooth and quite nicely done. Each sip again getting richer, this was pure chocolate flavor with the light bitter notes to go along with it. Really a nice mix here I have to say. Nice smooth full bodied feel with great carbonation let it really just foam up on the palate and it sat down just really, really well. I could have easily polished off another glass after I finished this one, it was just that good.
Overall this was about as solid as they come. Highly charged little porter that was very rich and diverse. Glad I had a chance to try it and would never turn it down if offered.
10-23-2009 21:51:40 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear, near black body with some ruby-hued edges when held aloft and capped by an inch of frothy, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Dark malts with a touch of coffee and caramel. The chocolate component in the nose isn't overly effusive, with only a dull scent of a block of baker's chocolate. Very minor hint of fruit.
Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a thin caramel sweetness. This time, the chocolate presents itself in a more bittersweet chocolate bar quality. Light earthy bitterness. Faint pruneskin fruitiness. Slightly chalky on the dry finish with final flavors of chocolate and roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An enjoyable, flavorful porter. If you're expecting a palate clubber like Southern Tier Choklat, well, you're sorely mistaken. But, who knows, maybe there will be a Cuatro or even Cinco Cocoas further down the Side Project line for those seeking more imperialized brews.
01-17-2009 21:13:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours nearly completely black with a nice tan head that falls too quickly. Nose is coffee and chocolate powder. Flavor is cocoa powder. An odd cross between a genuine cocoa powder and one you'd add to milk. Regardless, I still can dig it. Feel on the liquid is about what I would expect. Carbonation bites just slightly. This is a decent porter. A bit overdone on the chocolate powder flavors, but still overall nice enough to be able to sip and enjoy.
Thanks to khiasmus for this extra!
03-25-2009 20:58:06 | More by RblWthACoz
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
A - Pours opaque black with one finger of medium brown head and ruby highlights. Head retention is reasonable and a little bit of lace clings to the glass in its wake.
S - Mild, coffee-like roastiness, a hint of cocoa powder, and nutty malt.
T - Toffee, chocolate and toasted, nutty malt. Stronger chocolate notes appear in the middle and a flavor of chalky, dark baker's chocolate with slightly smoky charcoal. Some malt bitterness asserts itself in the finish along with a hint of hops, but it is just enough to balance and the beer finishes smoothly with the chocolate notes lingering on the palate.
M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a fairly dry finish that leaves a strange waxy, fatty but not slick, sensation on the tongue that convincingly reminds me of brittle, dark chocolate.
D - It takes a while for this beer to open up and really display its character, but once it does it reveals a deep chocolatey goodness. The character of the chocolate comes out much better in the flavor than in the somewhat weak aroma. I have had other fine chocolate beers, but this one has an unusually convincing realism to the chocolate notes that comes, I think, not so much from the flavor as from a strange, chocolate like mouthfeel that I can hardly describe. A very nice beer overall; and one that I enjoyed more than I expected to.
02-20-2009 06:22:44 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-04-2009 03:37:07 | More by Jason
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-08-2009 04:16:34 | More by WVbeergeek
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-12-2010 17:48:31 | More by Kegatron
3.51/5 rDev -7.6%
From a few years ago, another one that should have been cracked fresher,but oh well. Thanks to vicanncam for this one, shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.
Very little head, very dark brown color.
Nose chocolate water, little thin, cocoa, little dark syrupy but very aged malt, caramel, brown sugar molasses
Taste semi sweet but lots of choc, creamy milk choc mostly, little caramel and chewy creamy, little lactose, mild bitterness, choc milk. Finish is more light milk choc, dusty cocoa, little caramel.
Mouth med bod mild syrupy, decent carb.
Overall bit of a letdown.
12-23-2013 03:33:29 | More by jlindros
Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
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