Black Powder Stout | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mitchster on 06-14-2003

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Vancer:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Itap, this was a nice session type beer to sandwich around a hammerhead RIS, as the 5.6% was easy drinking and enjoyable.

Full shaker pint glass of this black brew, got a stadium pour with no room for any head - no biggie as the subtle malts and chocolate still gently wafted out and enticed me. Quaff was pleasing as the powered (get it?) chocolate and hints of coffee mingled.

Finished dry, no real aftertastes as the light body slid down quickly. I'll have no problem picking up a sixer of this fine winter drinking brew.

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Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of RDW
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro at Mahaffey's in Baltimore with Todd1. Black stout with a thick head. Medium mouthfeel.A sweet stout, without the roast, nor chocolate, nor coffee distinguishing itself. Maybe it would be more tasty on cask. But a decent drinker in any event.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of the many Tommyknocker beers I sampled and poured at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Not my favorite of all of them, but a nice quality stout. As it warms to room temperature, the flavors of chocolate and caramel really come out (though who waits that long with a 3 oz. sample). Very dark with a off tan head, easy to drink and share with friends.

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Photo of ElbowJeph
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Through a viewpoint monocle ~ black resting cloak on wine-red study love seat and snapped charred bark***
Through an honest shnaz ~ Nostrils quiver with intoxicating cocoa breakfast and southern coffee beans lay content***
Family Tongue ~ Sweet chocolate maltiness with obvious coffee undertones. Fuhking around on the milky side of the hills, whilst plums vacate into a bubbling cauldron of rum. The morality of a Guinness body.***

Would suffice as a good lamb batter mixture.

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Photo of Basoos1
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler straight from the brewery. Thanks Dave, greatly appreciated.

A-Deep dark black with a nice frothy head that reduced to a skim but left nice lacing.

S- Roasted barley with a nice chocolate sweetness.

T- Lighter than your average stout in body but has a real nice sweet chocolate and caramel backbone with a slight hint of raisins and a a roasted bitterness. Not overpowering but still has a lot of flavor in good balance.

M- Almost like a porter in terms of viscosity, a bit short on gas, however I had it in a growler so it most likely lost a bit of CO2.

D- Because of the light body, this is a bang on fit for a session stout. Lots of good flavor and not going to bloat after two beers.

I think Tommyknocker has gotten a bad rap based on one or two beers. They make some damn good beers. I have been lucky enough to get some hard to find brews straight from the brewery. I had a preconceived notion of the quality of beers tommyknocker made, maybe because of one bad experience, maybe because of the marketing. Either way I was wrong. I just wish this brew was in six packs because it would be a regular in my beer fridge right next to the Butt Head bock.

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Photo of amadeom
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Max’s in Baltimore.

Pours a dark brown with ample plumb highlights with a dark, sandy, tan head that left a light lace.

Smells of light and dry chocolate with hints of woody citrus.

Tastes of huge sweet cocoa that fades into a sweet and smoky barley. There’s also a woody hop that rounds this one out. The transition here from sweet malts to their more roasted character is perfect for a stout lover with a sweet tooth.

Feels medium bodied and dense and exceedingly clean, especially considering how sweet it is.

A tasty beer to be sure, but I’m not sure how many I could drink of these.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati last week. Poured very pretty and nare perfect, with an ink black color and dark, thick tan head. Nice retention and lacing, with minimal carbonation on the sides of the glass.
Aroma of dark molasses and roasted malts.
These same come through in the flavor. This one is essentially a one trick pony. A hefty dark roasted malt bomb with a harsh bitter finish of espresso grind leftovers. Went down smooth and creamy.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After my friend Passow (imaguitargod) ranted and raved about this beer I had to try it and did so recently at La Cav Du Vin. I can see why he gave it such high praise. Drawn out of the nitro-tap into a pint glass. This beer is a dark brown/black color. The creamy looking, tan head was about 2/3-3/4 inch thick and settles to 1/4 inch and has great retention. Very nice lace here. Has strong, roasted malt chocolate aromas with a bit of coffee. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt and barley upfront, followed by hops. Very good balance overall. Has a crisp, smooth, creamy, and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer are like a nice, smooth milkshake. Perfect drinkability.


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Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of MrHolden
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of atone315
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: what a great looking stout. Deep brown color with an extremly silkey 1/2" head that slowly disipates into lacing

s: roasted malt

t: grain sweet ness and roasted malts

m&D: mouth feel was medium and dry. Not an extremely drinkable beer but it sure was tasty

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal, and black malts. It's rich and earthy with a coffee like tone. The taste is average. It has a dry, almost oatmeal type flavor, that boasts of sweet caramel malts. It's awfully syrupy. The mouthfeel is decent. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average stout. It's dry and syrupy with too much caramel malt flavor.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A-Pours a deep dark brown, nearly opaque, with a creamy brown head.

S- The scent is quite muted, some coffee and licorice.

T- Some strong chocolate overtones, with some licorice flavors, finishes on the dry side.

M- On nitro this beer pours quite well, rather smooth, medium body, not overly carbonated.

D- A somewhat drinkable stout, rather inviting.

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Photo of parkwood
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: Dark brown to black body with a thick tan head.

s: The aroma is cocoa powder, not much else.

t: Like the smell, the flavor is a one-sided affair with cocoa powder being the center of attention. Some roasty/smoky flavors emerge as it warms.

m: A little thin, but smooth.

d: Meh...not much to this one. Granted, I only had a 3-4 oz sample pour, but this seems like a run of the mill stout to me.

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Photo of Domingo
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Idaho Springs location.
Why don't they bottle this, anyway?
Arrives a black'ish brown with a big creamy head on the top.
The smell's muted as it's served a bit too cold by default, but as it warms up a little you can get some semisweet chocolate & coffee on the nose. Pretty muted either way.
The flavor, like many of their other beers, it really sweet and malty...along the lines of a sweet/milk stout. Milk chocolate, raisins, and a little bit of a rum flavor stand out. Honestly, it isn't too bad. Simplistic, sure, but still drinkable.
I like the texture. It doesn't seem to be a nitro tap, but it has the same sort of creaminess naturally.
I only had one, but it's just because I was full at the time. This is probably growler worthy and I'm still curious why they bottle weird items like the cocoa porter, but not this.
Not a bad stout at all. I'd guess it's a sweet/milk stout although that could just be the natural tendency for Tommyknocker to make everything extra sweet.

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Black Powder Stout from Tommyknocker Brewery
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