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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterTerrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter

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very good

303 Ratings

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Side Project #4

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 12-27-2008)
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Photo of Jacurdy60


3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had the 2013 version

A-Poured a dark black color, but not completely impermeable. The edges were slightly brown with a creamy white head that retained well and left thick lacing.

S-Raw cacao powder and...? Really nothing else. I was kind of disappointed

T-Again with the raw cacao powder. It's a distinct flavor; not sweet, not bitter, just a unique flavor that I don't really like. I got my expectations too high for this one

MF-Creamy and rich on the fornt of the palate but finishes dry and carbonated

O-Did I get a bad bottle? I hope so

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:47:10 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of ThickNStout


2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 7.99. No date but this is the July 2013 re-release. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a thin darkish brown with about one and a half finger of sandy hued head. Head fades quickly, leaving some chunky clusters of lace.

Smells of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar and roasty malts.

Tastes like soft chocolate, roast malts, burnt caramel and dark cocoa. All nice but the flavors seem rather subdued.

Creamy but thin body with moderate carbonation. More cocoa and mild roastyness in the finish.

Tasty enough, particularly given what a small beer it is. But there just isn't much here. All of the fantastic one-offs that Terrapin has brewed over the years and this is what the most people voted for them to make again? I really love Terrapin but this is futher evidence that it's a terrible idea to give the masses voting privs...

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 03:16:18 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, with a little head, but it dissipates and does not leave any lace on the glass

S - Coco beans and very malty. Even though its low abv, its a little boozy on the smell.

T - Sweet, powdered cocoa at the end.

M - Very smooth, low carbonation.

O - A good side project, but not as chocolately as I was hoping (maybe because mine is a few years old and brought out of the cellar). Anyways, enjoyable. A precursor to the Moo Hoo

Updating this review based on the 2013 Re-release:

It is much better and much more chocolate and cocoa tasting drinking fresh, verse 3 years old when I had it in 2011. Chocolate aftertaste is outstanding! Goes down tasting like cocoa. Not boozy at all. Enjoyable as hell!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:04:23 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass at Kickbacks in Jacksonville Florida.

Appearance: Black body with a medium tan head. A small cap of foam on top of the beer. Moderate lacing. You can get about a one finger of head from aggitating the beer by swirling.

Smell: Bakers Cocoa and a premium dark chocolate candy bar.

Taste: This one has a really nice chocolate flavor. Tasting like a dark chocolate bar and it finishes with some bittersweet chocolate. Not really a whole lot of complexity, but this is great for people who love chocolate foward beers. I really enjoy it!

Mouthfeel: It is decent mouthfeel on this porter considering it age. Not as heavy as I would have liked, but it was still pretty decent. I am going to say medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: This is a really old beer. At least 3 years, according to the first review of this beer on this site. I was really excited to get a chance to try such a rare beer, its number 4 out of 15 of the Terrapin Side Projects! I really liked it and probably will not get to have another bottle of this beer ever...but i would love to have one more bottle to share with my local beer friends. Excellent Chocolate Porter! Terrapin continues to impress!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:52:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of robwestcott


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks (i'm almost certain) to jyounger30 for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a founder's brewing company goblet a dark cola black with next to no head at all and a thin rim of tiny tan bubbles leaving a wee bit of lace after a tip or sip.

great big, rich milk chocolate aroma on this one, with a hint of tobacco in the wayback.

super mild brew, almost like a chocolate soda, without the dip of ice cream. indeed, it's all about the chocolate. hints of smoke and tobacco way in the back.

medium bodied, high carbonation (though no head ?), creamy smooth.

drinkable - yep - terrapin should add this to their brew schedule. another great terrapin brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 19:40:34 | More by robwestcott
Photo of BEERchitect


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 04:29:20 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Kadonny


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Maudite snifter.

A: A dark brown almost black color with a very thin light brown head. No glass lacing and very little carbonation in general.

S: Roasted malt nose with some caramel sweetness and some dried fruit. No hops on the nose.

T: The dark roasted flavor comes through up front and through the entirety of the beer. Chocolate porter? Where is the chocolate? I know this bottle has been sitting in my cellar for at least a year, so maybe this just doesn't age well. But I get almost no chocolate flavor at all, just the roasted flavor with maybe a hint of the dried fruit (raisin and date). No hops detected. One dimensional.

M: Thin, very thin for a porter and one that is supposed to have chocolate. No lingering flavor in the mouth at all.

D: Meh. That's how to sum it up. Can you drink it? Sure, but where is the excitement. Boring beer.

Overall I'm very disappointed in this beer. The coffee oatmeal stout was excellent but this one falls way short. For a limited release I feel Terrapin could have done way more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 13:14:49 | More by Kadonny
Photo of billab914


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. The head all but faded away, and left little for lacing.

The aroma has a sweet malty, milk chocolaty flavor to it. It isn't overly complex but isn't a bad aroma at all. Pretty decent chocolaty porter aroma overall.

The taste is not surprisingly chocolate forward. It has a good amount of cocoa and chocolate coming through from beginning to end. It starts with a milk chocolaty flavor and the finish shows a bit more of a bitter sweet chocolaty flavor. There is just a hint of some roasty and burnt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some pretty nice chocolaty flavors. if you like chocolate in beer this would be a good beer for you. It was a bit one dimensional with the chocolate flavor, but that seemed like the point of the beer. Overall a pretty good chocolate flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:24:54 | More by billab914
Photo of ckeegan04


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

From some old review notes I found sitting around. Consumed in May 2009.

A - Very dark brown, verging on black. Faint ruby highlights shine around the edge of the glass when held up to the light. SOlid two fingers of espresso like foam. Slowly fades to a one finger cap with excellent retention. Thin lines of lace left behind on the glass.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. As the beer warms chcocolate becomes more noticeable, especially roasted cocoa beans.

T - Bittersweet chocolate up front. As the beer warms a more milk chocolate taste becomes noticeable. Light fruity hoppiness lingers underneath mixed with roasted malts. An excellent porter.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little rough in the mouth. Carbonation helps smooth it out a bit as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:50:08 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour barely yields any head, as in like nada, naturally can't be much lacing. Offers the standard jet black color, wow, how impressive is it to make a beer entirely colorless? Milky, creamy quality to the chocolate in the nose let's it spread slowly and gently, smooth maltiness, raisin, plum, cherry scents obvious, no citrus, pine nor grassiness, maybe a pinch of dried flowers, stronger lactose notes present as it warms. Medium-bodied, flat as if the carbonation has evaporated some. The chocolate, cocoa flavoring is not oppressive, always there yet not a blunt instrument to the head. If anything, the caramel, toffee notes seem an echo. Very light hoppy tingle, granola and cereal. Blackberry, raisin, plum fruit a subtle undercurrent. Trails off at the end as if it forgot it was talking to you. Suspect it's just tired and saw better days in its past.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:46:19 | More by farrago
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 17:48:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of mwa423


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a very thin head that didn't last much past the first sip.

S - HELLOOO Chocolate. Beyond that, lots of malty sweetness fills out the flavor.

T - Taste is far less than I expected. Hint of chocolate, but otherwise just a weak porter flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is weak, close to Guinness. Drinkability is ok. I could easily drink these when I was in the mood, but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:17:47 | More by mwa423
Photo of degerbah


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:07:59 | More by degerbah
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Black body with two finger mocha head, fairly creamy with little retention.

S: Huge cocoa powder aroma, faint fruitiness akin to figs, roasted malt. Nothing too complex, but lots of chocolate.

T: Follows the nose with added chocolate if you can believe it. Tastes like I am drinking cocoa powder with just a hint of fruit and char....not bad, not great. It really needs more body and weight to carry this much chocolate though. Needs more malt and a touch of hop to really round it out.

M: Medium body, active carbonation, ever so slightly watery unfortunately. Wish it had more body and viscosity.

D: Pretty drinkable save for the intense chocolate that gets a bit overwhelming toward the finish. Overall this is a good beer. Not great, but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:33:26 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of Lerxst


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that faded fast and left little lacing. Smells like the name says-Cocoa powder. Some roasted malt is also there. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of Swiss Miss Cocoa, minus the sugar with some figs and plums added in. Its pretty good. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, also has a harsh carb bite I'm not liking too much. Drinkability is just not there for me. The chocolate powder coating on my tongue and the harsh carbonation makes it really difficult to do more than one.

This wasn't a bad beer, just nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 00:42:49 | More by Lerxst
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 09:17:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of maximum12


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for a bottle of this. The description on the label sounds delicious - let us see if this is one of those hmmm-yummm chocolate beers or one that tips right over into sickening Tootsie Roll land. Hoping for the former!

Pours black & pretty dead. Smell is good & strong, sweet malts doing the tango with the sweet chocolates. Mmmmm. Nice.

Dos Cocoas is chocolately as advertised. First impression is less about taste & more about the extreme coating of cocoa powder I feel on my tongue after the first taste. OK. There's a nice base porter here, & the chocolate, & an ever-so-slight bitterness that arrives as the train is leaving the station. As the cocoa would imply, this is a slippery, ice-smooth chip of a beer. The mouthfeel is just a wee bit thin to carry this much sweetness, though.

Good beer. The chocolate is balanced out & not overwhelming, but has that unique powdery quality that actually makes my tongue a bit rough. How'd they do that?

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:42:42 | More by maximum12
Photo of tmoneyba


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured dark brown color with an average brown creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet milk chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good sweet porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:47:17 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near black. Slight head fades quickly. No lacing.

Lots of chocolate in the nose. Roast malt and very faint anise. Very nice.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate on the tongue. Slight tartness in the finish, but overall has a nice sweetness to it.

Feel is appropriate for a porter, but a little thin for the nose.

Easy to drink and easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:12:56 | More by beer2day
Photo of Mistofminn


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle of the night that has been in my posession less than a day. Thanks to DeaconBluez for another beer to try! Thanks a ton, Chip!

Pours a deep black into my Darkness tulip. Light can only be seen at the extreme edges of the glass. A conservative pour produces a very nice brown sugar colored chunky head, but unfortunately it doesn't last long, which drops my score a little. After a little while, the head shrinks to a small layer and ring around the outside, but the color has changed. It's not light tan, closer to white. Strange. Despite the lack of head retention, it does leave a little bit of lacing.

The nose is *surprise* very chocolatey. Smooth, milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts, a light earthy bitterness and sweet malts. This is good smelling stuff. Very chocolatey.

The taste is more muted than the nose, but still good. Chocolatey and a light roasted malt character are really all that come out in the taste department, with a very subtle and light bitterness towards the end.

Maybe it's because I've had a lot of big stouts lately, but this one is very thin on the mouthfeel. For me, it takes away from the experience. Yes, I understand that Porters are Stouts little brothers, and I'm comparing this to the viscous Imperial Stouts I've had of late, but this is still a little more watery than what I would have hoped for, even coming from a Porter.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent treat. I can't imagine drinking a lot of this, only because the cocoa is so straight forward, but this is a great brew to have under the circumstances, possibly with dessert.

Overall, maybe my favorite brew from Terrapin that I've had yet. An excellent chocolate porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:35:12 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of pwoods


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:03:54 | More by pwoods
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:51:40 | More by mikesgroove
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Pullen. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Maredsous chalice. Beer was dark brown in color, with a very small, one-finger, toffee head. Very little lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate, coffee, malt and roasted grains.

Taste was light bakers chocolate, coffee, bread and roasted grains.

Overall, it's on the thin side. It just seems a bit watery. Not bad overall, but light in flavor with a slightly tart finish. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 07:34:33 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of Anthony1


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich brown color. Nice, smallish and tight cocoa colored head on top. Aroma is a moderate blend of chocolate and roasted malt. Decent cocoa flavor upfront. Nice graininess and malty flavors. Slight hint of espresso going on. Good solid mouthfeel. Has a silky presence like a Dove chocolate bar. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I like the mellow coffee notes against the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 16:59:56 | More by Anthony1
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dos Cocoas pours a deep, rich, dark brown almost black color with a rather thin espresso colored head. Carbonation levels look fairly low.

The aroma is that of brown sugar, cold hot cocoa, caramel and chocolate candy bars. Lots of nice, warm, sweet smells.

The flavors that have melded together over time in this bottle are absolutely delicious. Lots of sweet malty goodness combines with the subtle, yet very present, cocoa flavor. This is a very solid porter that becomes even better with the chocolate addition. Simple yet awesome.

The mouthfeel of this beer is like silk, its so smooth and so easy to drink. Very, very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 16:11:06 | More by indiapaleale
Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.