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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter - Terrapin Beer Company

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very good

347 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 52
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerSox on 12-27-2008

Side Project #4
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Ratings: 347 | Reviews: 146
Photo of Onenote81
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours a deep black with just hints of ruby on the edges. Very small tan head on top. No retention and very little lacing. Smells of cocoa beans, espresso, bread, and slight fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but a little wet. This is slicker than I expected it to be. Flavor is of muted chocolate flavors that are not as pronounced as I thought. There's also a sour note on the finish. This is just a little too watery. I've held this bottle for a bit, and my expectations were high. This was a little disappointing. Still though, it's not bad, just not that great.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle makes me think of Ninja Turtles.

Black/dark brown. Modest beige head that is quick to skim and recede to collar.

Smells like cocoa beans and mocha gas station light roast coffee. Burnt gingerbread cookies. There's a wayward milky sour in there too.

Tastes like roast malt with mild mocha hints underneath an unpleasant sour char. Sour diminishes as it warms and the beer tastes like watery hot chocolate. Mouthfeel is "wet" like a good brown ale.

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

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. Quite sessionable at 5.8% too. Nice beer.

Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice rich deep black hue with a creamy one finger tan head. Little retention with nice solid line lace.

S: Lots of rich roasted grain. VERY subtle chocolate, and lots of coffee.

T: Roasted grain up front, lactose sugar, weak coffee, and a touch of chocolate malt. For something that calls itself Dos Cocoas I would expect some real chocolate flavor. Fail!

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D: Not too bad. If this was a standard porter I would say it is a good beer. To be a limited release, notch above type beer it falls short. Sorry Terrapin. I still love ya!

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

Acquired in a trade with the super BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark blackish brown color with a 2" light tan creamy head. The head took a long time to settle and eventually formed a 1/8" creamy cap that retained all the way and left some streaky lace behind.

S= The aroma was all malty sweetness, chocolate, ovaltine, and a very faint roasted grain note.

T= Lovely light toast/roast on the grains gave this a hint of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness which balanced nicely with the sweet malt and sugary/milky creaminess. Really nice in the taste department! Esters were minimal and the hops were faint and earthy. Finish was even and dried out just a bit. Aftertaste was sublime in a chocolate sort of way.

MF= Medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Carbonation was mostly on the soft side lending a slickness in the back of the mouth.

D= Extremely enjoyable and very drinkable. If Terrapin has not made this a year round offering yet, they bloody well should. Highly recommended.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Charlotte Flying Saucer served a dark opaque black with a thin tan diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of cocoa and brown malts, but not as profound as from the bottle. The taste was the same, good, but not as great as it is from the bottle. The beer is medium bodied with a nice smoothness. I have to say, I did not enjoy this one as much as the bottle I had a month ago, but it was still enjoyable.

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

Decided to drink this, to make room in my mini fridge for an '09 Three Floyds Dark Lord I picked up at DLD last weekend. I love porters and chocolate so I looked forward to trying this Terrapin brew which I received in a recent trade with fsvan. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, the beer is pitch black with a nice frothy head that dissipates as it sits. Even though it's a different style from Three Floyds Moloko Plus (a sweet stout), both share similar smell, taste and mouthful, which is impressive, considering I gave Moloko Plus 5s across the board. Terrapin's offering is very nice -- just too bad I only have one of these to enjoy. Like Moloko Plus, I plan to let this sit a bit, so the beer warms up and the carbonation evens out. I started out as a big fan of IPAs, but I'm beginning to like porters (bell's, founders), stouts (three floyds) and nut brown ales (flossmoor station) a lot more. This one doesn't disappoint as the richness of the flavors really comes out if allowed to sit and warm to room temperature. Thanks Terrapin for a very nice beer.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

"The Terrapin Dos Cocoas" gets its name from the deep history of chocolate and the two forms of Ecuadorian cocoa we use in this exceptional beer. Brewed with 100% cocoa powder, and aged on a bed of pure cocoa nibs, the chocolate flavor in this beer is so mouth watering; it will even make Wonka jealous."

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges milky black with a touch of chocolate highlights. Topped with aan average sized, cold steel colored head.

Aroma is somewhat lacking. A touch of bakers chocolate but mostly a fruity/earthy aroma with a touch of an alkaline type aroma. No roastiness.

Flavor is a let down as well. Kind of watered down. A touch of chocolate malt with no "real chocolate" flavor.

This one has no body; very watery, dry finish, and no oomph. Mouthfeel of water with cocoa powder. Drinks like water.

Not sure what is going on here. Not much chocolate and the porter aspects are very subdued and "English". With all of the chocolate hype going on with this beer, I was expecting chocolate. Not to say it isnt a decent porter (although lacking body), but not what the beer claims to be as per the label. Really thin and unremarkable. Another disappointment in the series. Thank god it looked good...

Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Loki for this in trade!

Pours very dark brown, nice billowey tan head, sticky lacing, but nice foam left around the glass. Standard appearance. Smell is mostly chocolate, sort of roasty. A bit of boozey edge that doesn't at all carry to the taste.

Tastes like a softer chocolate than the usual semi-sweet baker's chocolate you normally get from a stout or porter. Far less roasty, although you have the same slightly sweet, yet slightly bitter normally associated with porter. The mellow chocolate flavor works well for me, but it's kind of thin all the way through. No big presence, no lingering taste, a bit watery. Extremely drinkable though, no aftertaste, or any other debilitating flavors. A nice little session, if nothing groundbreaking.

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

22oz. bomber shared at the Austin BA tasting in April. Thanks to cfhamm for the trade!

Pours a dark, mahogany-brown body nearing opacity. Head is small, but retains well as a thin, wispy ring of khaki bubbles. Pleasing chocolate notes in the aroma after the head settles. Light wafts of mocha coffee and earthen hops balance the cocoa.

Lightly roasted chocolate malts and nuttiness abound in the taste. Like most of Terrapin's Side Project series, Dos Cocoas is on the milder side and could stand to have the flavor dialed up a few notches. Still, it's damn tasty with a good finish of hops and cocoa powder. Very light-bodied mouthfeel with a solid carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Overall, this beer fits nicely within both the SP series and the American Porter style.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a black with red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. There is a briefly lived mocha color head. There is just a tiny ring of bubbles left after the majority of bubbles disappear. No lacing at all.

S: Mainly roasted malt aroma. There is a hint of chocolate but it is much more faint than I would have expected. Nothing really interesting in the aroma but it does smell better than an average beer.

T: Once again surprised here. There is no real big chocolate flavor in this one at all. Maybe I held onto the bottle for too long? Dark roasted malt flavor. Its roasted to the point of being slightly bitter. I assume the bitter profile is all due to that since I am not picking up any hop character. Its a decent beer, but overall it just seems kind of bland.

M: The mouthfeel is amazingly prickly for a beer with such a lack of head. I prefer my porters to be more smooth and creamy. It also feels a bit thin for the style as well.

D: There really aren't any qualities that are redeeming in this one for me. The combination of them making it a bit of a struggle for me to get through.

I really love most of the Terrapin brews, but I have not found anything special with the Side Project brews so far. With that said, I will continue giving them a try.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep and intense ruby mahogany. nice mild brown head. decent retention rate. mild lacing.

S: big porter notes. roasted malts, some very earthy chocolate notes...cocoa powder.

T: good roasted malts. tons of cocoa nibs. great flavors. chocolate...big chocolate aftertaste.

M: medium bodied for the style. good carbonation level. very smooth.

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

Thanks to jophish17 for the trade.

Pours a dark brown color with 2 fingers of light tan head into a snifter. OK retention but some nice lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and light coffee notes. Tastes of bitter baker's chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Finishes with some earthy hops, light coffee, and mocha. In places it seems medium-full in body, but in other places a bit watery and thin. Carbonation is a little too heavy. Bitter and roasty but with a creamy finish. Drinkable, and worth trying, but not one of my favorites from Terrapin.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ahatcher78 for providing me with this one, courtesy of his recent LIF.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that lasts for a good while and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells strongly of chocolate and roasted malt. Also some light coffee notes.

Taste is bitter chocolate, though not quite as pronounced as in the aroma. Some roasted malt becomes evident especially in the aftertaste. Starts off a bit sweet but the subtle bitterness quickly kicks in making this one pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel was a little watery at first but after a while I didn't really notice it anymore so I guess I can give a pass on that. Based on the aroma, I thought this might be too sweet to drink a lot of, but it turned out to be very well balanced and made for a nice dessert beer. Thanks again Andy, we enjoyed this one a lot.

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 mbrasi
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brownish black out of bomber. Aroma is standard roast and chocolate, not the heaviest chocolate aroma out there but nice. A little watery in the mouthfeel. Aroma would suggest a thicker brew. Flavor is descent but a little light. I know it's only a Porter but I expect a little more. What chocolate is there, is nice. I do enjoy the carbonated feel to this, which makes it sessionable.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Small light brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a little bit of roastiness at the end. Taste is sweet, chocolaty, with a big hunk of roasted malts (that's what sticks around). Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but sticks around for a decent while. Overall, I would call it a good porter and another good beer from Terrapin. The only thing lacking is that it is a bit watery and I'd like to see a little more chocolate in the flavor personally.

Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle brought to the Belgian Beer Party by some anonymous gentleman, if you are out there, thanks for sharing, poured into my Chimay goblet, reviewed from notes on my phone

A-Not quite black, very dark brown, minimal 1/4 inch bubbly light tan head, went away almost immediately, no lacing or legs
S-Couple different kinds of chocolate and slightly, roasted malts, brown sugar, hint of coffee, and other sweetness
T-Bitter chocolate at the beginning and is a little light for a beer with pure nibs, roasted malts in the middle, more cocoa in the finish but not much to talk about, more dry and then sweet at first and then changed to the opposite once it warmed, some caramel and raisins came out later on
M-Roasty and sweet mouthfeel, thin body that is pretty watered down, overly carbonated for what it is
D-Could not drink more than a few sips of this, too rich and nothing else really going on, might as well have chocolate candy or a milkshake, same amount of cocoa and it will taste better, not smooth

Second experience with the new Side Project series from Terrapin, did not expect a lot from this one and did not get it, interesting concept but it did not really work for me, would not drink again, might be worth trying

Photo of Strix
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, some head that eventually fades.

Smells very nice, dark malts, cocoa and a hint of coffee.

Chocolate, cocoa and malts in the taste. Not very complex, but well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel struck me as a bit thin and flat.

Overall, this is was quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thin, but very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm really digging the side project series.

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

Poured most of a bomber into my not-quite-22-ounce Otter Creek glass. dark, dark brown, almost black. a bit of light comes through the pour, but it's opaque in the glass. A finger of tan head, but it doesn't last. Some lace on top.

Chocolatey, roasty malt nose. Faint coffee and smoke. Lots of chocolate.

A good, sturdy porter. Not overly chocolatey in flavor, and has some good bitterness to balance it. Roasty and sweet up front, bitter in the swallow, then a bit of lactose sweetness. Mocha.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side. It's ot quite motor oil, but it's definitely leaning that way. Carbonation is present but not prominent.

For a fairly low ABV beer, in a style I like, for some reason this isn't as overwhelmingly drinkable as I expected. I am enjoying it, but expect the bomber will be plenty.

Photo of Buebie
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtasy of gford217.

Poured from a gold tin wrapped brown bomber into a pint glass. The pour produces a smallish 1 finger tan frothy head. Very quickly receeding to a thin folm of retention and a colar around the edges. The lace is thin and filmy like the retention.
The color is black with no light penetration.

Aromas are strong with nibd, molasses and chocoalte grains.

The mouthfeel is mildly creamy with some carbonation, but overall kind of thin. Still good in that department as far as porters go.

First sip brings Mostly carbonation and a touch of sweetness. At the swallow changing over to roasty grains, some cocoa powder like bitter chocolate and a lingering bitter chocolate flavor with some nuttieness.
Chocolate grain flavors are pretty good here.

Overall its a ho-hum chocolate porter. Very much sessionable. Not much stuck out from the crowd for me though. I do however appreciate the bottle and am happy to have tried it.

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with MrChopin (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, a lttle earthy, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasty, and some caramel.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/25/09

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

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!

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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
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