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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterTerrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

318 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 47
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that looks completely black without holding it up to light. Head is one finger of tan foam into a crown.

Smells similar to terrapins sublime wake and bake. Surprisingly low on the chocolate, more roasted Malts.

Taste is also surprisingly low on chocolate. It makes for a damn good porter but someone expecting choklat will be let down. Cream, coffee, roasted flavors are prominent with little to no alcohol or hop presence. Taste and body similar to a milk stout.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. I'd love to see a thicker and flatter version of this.

Very good drink but really misleading. A damn solid porter but not worth the special release status and price.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:07:24 | More by sonicdescent
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 18:08:33 | More by brentk56
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 21:03:10 | More by UGADawgGuy
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

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

Pours a heavy brown, near black. Small tan head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is heavy with raw chocolate from the cocoa nibs and anise - the most chocolate I have ever experienced in the aroma of a beer. The chocolate is really allowed to shine in the taste as well. Not sweet like milk chocolate, but in a raw slightly bittersweet form that is more on the bitter side - a bit of tartness. Anise here as well, along with roasted grain. Everything comes together well to create a very robust chocolate brew. Oddly, there are times when the taste gets a bit watery. Slick, but full and a bit chewy. Slightly more carbonation than ideal, but not enough to make things unpleasant. The reasonable ABV is nice.

Part of my breakfast with some bacon and eggs in a basket - an absolutely superb pairing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 18:36:28 | More by NCBeernut
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:16:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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cjgator3

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 06:35:14 | More by cjgator3
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:37:07 | More by Jason
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a scant 1/4" head that quickly falls to a ring of wispy lace.
Smells of chocolate but not as strong as I was expecting.
The chocolate flavors are not as pronounced or strong as I expected they would be. This I believe is a good thing. Nice mixture of nuttiness, chocolate and roasted flavors. Kind of reminds me of a Powerbar type flavor.
Mouthfeel in nice. Creamy smooth, a bit thin.
It's good to see a flavorful session porter that still keeps the abv under 6%. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:56:49 | More by wcudwight
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of gford217 - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown with ruby highlights around the edges, not too thick-looking, with a relatively fast-fading light tan head. The sheen leaves a little to be desired, and the collar is thin, though persistent. The lacing on the sides of the glass is infrequent, erratic, and mostly runny but occasionally sticky.

Aroma: Very - surprise! - chocolate heavy, surprisingly sweet, a little milky. There's a very solid, roasted foundation for the chocolate assault, too, hints of toast, minerals, faint smoke. Solid.

Taste: A very nice, balanced flavor profile. All your traditional porter notes - faint coffee, toast, a very light, dry, grassy hop note and a dash of bitterness - enhanced by a very authentic chocolate presence. It's not bitter, nor is it sweet, but I'm hesitant to use bittersweet, too, for some reasons. A few dutch process-esque notes, minerally, and a few light fruity notes too. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Big-bubbled, a little too much so, perhaps - I like my porters (and my chocolate beers) to be a little creamier and milkier than this. It's even nonetheless, and though it improves slightly as it warms, it does so only slightly.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, about as good as most of the Side Project offerings I've had the pleasure of trying (#2 withstanding ...). It's well made, flavorful, balanced, and though it definitely has its flaws, it's reasonably low in abv% and very drinkable. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:49:14 | More by CrellMoset
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a nonic pint glass, with a luscious 2 fingers of creamy light tan froth. Rays of red shine through the bottom.

Really pleasant, enticing aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. Very subtle yet fragrant chocolatey whiffs.

Light bodied allowing the chocolate flavor to shine. Subtle chocolate bitterness on the front end. Spicy chocolate on the back end. My palate is nicely dusted with such a nice chocolate flavor. As it warms, more of the hop flavor is starting to come out yet it plays second fiddle to the nice chocolate flavor. So smooth and balanced.

A joy to drink and such a unique offering by Terrapin. So glad they didn't load this up with hops and make this a mess to drink. An American Porter under 6% with all this flavor?! Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:52:14 | More by RustyDiamond
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 19:01:37 | More by PhillyStyle
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mullenite

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Nose is a dark chocolate that was burnt. Compared to other chocolate beers (Young's, Brooklyn, Bison), I'd expect a stronger chocolate scent.

Pretty much all chocolate in the taste, very dark chocolate. Bittersweet to start, very bitter dark chocolate to finish. Tastes like the 80-whatever percent Lindt Chocolate.

Moderately heavy mouthfeel as expected for the style. Thin but sharp carbonation.

Very easily drinkable; makes me want chocolate chip cookies to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 12:40:15 | More by mullenite
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Making itself at home in my Terrapin pint glass, "Dos Cocoas" Chocolate Porter is the color of oil-stained ebony and is trimmed with mahogany-tinted garnet highlights at the periphery. A grainy-bubbled cap of soft khaki foam relaxes quickly into a soapy sheet too soft to leave more than token freckling of lacing on the glass.

The smell is dark and chocolatey, with mild, smoky, near-burnt caramel and a lightly acrid whiff of charred grain. A tang of fruity, cocoa-dusted malt becomes stronger as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is mild and milky with a touch of sweetly-bland roasted gourdfruit, dilute unsweetened hot cocoa mix, and a dusting of bakers' chocolate. The mild lactic sweetness is nicely accented in the finish by mellow, coffee-like bitterness, and a silky note of cream-heavy mocha drizzled in dark caramel lingers in the aftertaste. Earthy, powdery-dry cocoa becomes much more prominent as the drink progresses.

The drink is light-bodied and mildly carbonated and is really quite easy to drink. A nice, subtle beer that is very well-made and quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:45:25 | More by cvstrickland
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very, very dark brown, a little on the black side. Fizzy tan head, not much retention.

Smells of dark malts and coffee. Underwhelming hints of chocolate.

Taste is mostly of dark smokey roasted malts. Some caramel sweetness. There is some bittersweet dark chocolate in the taste, a bit more than in the nose. Finish is dry, mostly roast in the aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker. A little thin in the mouth. Smooth. A little lacking in the chocolate department, which is unfortunate, but a solid porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:39:11 | More by Gyle41386
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nickfl

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:22:44 | More by nickfl
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from on-tap at Fatheads, V-Day 09

Pours a black color with slight brown highlights. Small tan head with some nice lacing left behind. The smell is malty, with big chocolate and toffee notes. Slight coffee in there as well. The taste is pretty much the same malty, chocolaty, and some toffee and coffee. Medium body, this one has a big velvety body. Very smooth and creamy. Terrapin does it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 06:47:28 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dos Cocoas is a dark brown almost black body with ruby highlight shining through when held to the light. The tan head of almost microscopic bubbles settles somewhat quickly.

Aromas are mainly a roastiness with a coffee/dark chocolate thing going on.

The taste is black malt with a cocao bitterness of dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation.

Overall a good beer worthy of searching for. I am not sure the cocao really adds a ton to the brew, but for a side project why not try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 21:34:28 | More by rtratzlaff
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was about $7 in Chattanooga. Solid black, smells roasty but only the faintest hint of chocolate in the aroma which for all I know could be the power of suggestion based upon the label. The flavor is nice chocolate porter but not really sweet. It needs more chocolate. And alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:14:01 | More by ArrogantB
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with nice chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, chocolate/toffee/coffee, slight vanilla. Medium body, this brew has a nice slight velvety body. Drinkable, another nice one from Terrapin, thanks Matt.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 21:51:12 | More by Wasatch
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HeyItsChili

China

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy, brown head that sticks around a while.

S - As the namesake suggests, the flavor is full of cocoa goodness, there's a teeny bit of malt coming through, and maybe a hint of hop, but without a doubt the cocoa is notably dominant.

T - Cocoa, chocolate syrup, coffee, toasty malt.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

Notes - Really delicious. Not a lot more to say than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:18:34 | More by HeyItsChili
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a deep, dark brown that is served with a nice 1.5 finger or so foamy, powdery tan head. Leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Lots of chocolate comes through upfront. There is also a subtle presence of toasted malt. Pretty heavy smell for a porter.

T- All cocoa powder upfront. Flavor is very full and one-sided. A bit of toasted chocolate malt comes through for this finish but the dominating force of cocoa powder remains.

M- Medium carbonation and medium to heavy weight body. Not as heavy as a stout-which makes the thickness and heaviness of the cocoa powder come through.

D- Decent to pretty good beer overall. Definitely worth a try- but I'm glad I had this on-tap rather than paying for a bottle of it. Tastes a lot like a porter version of last year's batch of Choklat (Southern Tier).

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 14:18:26 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep sable, opaque and almost black, with a nice tan head. Aroma is not strong but appetizing, like a fine mocha with some malty hints. Flavor is strong, like quality roast coffee with a chocolaty undertone and nutty and caramel hints, as well as a touch of sweetness. Texture is very smooth and not at all watery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 02:50:03 | More by Cyberkedi
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bbothen

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown color with a small 1 finger deep tan colored head. Head quickly dissipates into a thin skim across the top with bubbles forming around glass.

Smell of chocolate, cocoa, toasted malt, malted milk, sweet caramel. All very subdued.

Roasted/toasted maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, faint coffee like notes, slight fruitiness, some sourness. I expected the chocolate to all "in your face", but this is nicely balanced.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, lush, sweet.

Drinks easy. The expected big chocolate flavors are not here, more of a well balanced porter with chocolate notes subdued.

Tasty. But nothing I'd seek out again. Was kinda dissapointed after the description of the brewing process.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 23:20:22 | More by bbothen
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this one certainly looks the part. Pours out a jet black with a nice fluffy head to it...looks delicious..

Sweet malty aroma with the faintest hint of cocoa... Not the chocolate bomb I was expecting...

Hmm... Your basic porter here....loads of dark roasted malts and the merest hint of chocolate..

Sort of disappointing... I was hoping for a chocolatey creaminess that just wasn't there...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 03:15:39 | More by Tilley4
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with RustyDiamond. Great trader!

Appearance: Pours a near black with hints of brown around the edges. Head is a light brown color, tight, and short-lived: decays to a sticky halo within a minute. Light lacing.

Smell: Chocolate malt, coffee, more chocolate, dairy, cocoa powder, and possibly almonds.

Taste: Chocolate malt and spice in the beginning and roasted malt with a touch of hops in the finish. As simple as that sounds, this is absolutely delicious! Chocolate and roasted aromas go together very well, and still leave room for a clean, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, full-bodied, milky, malty, and clean. I think that sums it up. Definitely heavier, and possibly spicier/hoppier, than your average porter.

Drinkability: Very tasty. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Spiciness can get a bit strong if you drink it too fast, so drink it slow. (Also, spiciness/carbonation die down if you wait long enough.) This allows the chocolate and roasted flavors to assert themselves a bit more as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:08:58 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.