Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 462
Reviews by StoutHunter:
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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer a couple weeks ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. Most of the Tommyknocker brews I have had have been pretty good so I decided to give their Cocoa Porter a try and see how it stacks up to the other chocolate beers I have tried, so let's see how it goes. It had a best buy date of April 9th 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks OK, it's nothing special to look at but it least it isn't full of a bunch of poorly drawn elves. It poured a very dark brown color that was pretty close to being black and it had a nice ruby red hue when held to the light. It half a half a fingers worth of thin off white head that quickly faded to a very thin ring.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty chocolaty. It starts off with a medium roasted malt aroma that is quickly overpowered by cocoa powder, it smells very similar to powdered hot chocolate. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. Cocoa powder is what the aroma of this beer is all about.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty similar to the aroma. It starts of with those medium roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them with a nice dark and roasty malt flavor. Next comes the cocoa, which tastes a little like bitter dark chocolate but the honey quickly comes in and adds some sweetness so the chocolate isn't really that bitter. The finish was smooth with no hops whatsoever and a roasted malty aftertaste.

M- Smooth, on the light side of being medium bodied, and the carbonation was pretty light. Both the body and the carbonation needs to be kicked up a couple notches to better suit this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good Cocoa Porter, it had a nice roasty malt profile that wasn't completely taken over by the cocoa powder and honey. The Coco powder was the most evident and was slightly bitter but it was balanced out by the sweet honey, that added just the right amount of sweetness to this beer, it would make a good winter dessert beer. This beer had pretty average drinkability, I might be able to drink another one, but the Cocoa powder and the sweetness might start to wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor, they were pretty similar and were both pretty good and lived true to the name of the beer. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little too thin and under carbonated for my liking. I would buy a bottle of this again but I don't think I would want a six pack of this, it is worth a try if you are a fan of chocolate beers. This was a pretty solid chocolate beer, but it wasn't mind blowing, another solid beer from Tommyknocker, I am down to see what else they have to offer. I like it better then Chocolate Bock, but I am sure there are better ones out there.

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Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Mpenders
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The clearly marked “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “May 14 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color looks black but I think it is very dark brown; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. A pathetic pour (my fault) yielded a pathetic, one-finger of lightly tanned head, which dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Cocoa — surprise, surprise. Caramel, dark chocolate, and dark malts keep it from being too hot chocolaty and there are hints of roasted malts. The label says honey is added but I do not smell it.

Taste: The flavors are muted and the mouthfeel is watery. The taste, though, mostly mirrors the smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark malts. The roasted malts, however, play a much more prominent role. They do not dominate, but the roasted quality is much more pronounced in the taste.

Drinkability: This is pretty lackluster beer. It is porter with training wheels.

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Photo of A-Sox
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pants678
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of cocoa powder.

More spice than cocoa and comes into itself toward the middle, instead of dissipating after the top. Even then, it doesn't exactly make it's mark. The tinges of nuts here and there, overlying honey bring it up a bit, but still bland.

The carbonation is right, but the brew simply is not thick. I'd call it medium body and far from robust.

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Photo of wellsnb
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in pint glass. Two inches of tan head. Brown body with ruby highlights.

S - The cocoa smell was immediate upon pouring. Also got some roasted malt.

T - Cocoa not as pronounced on the taste. It is there though. Roasty chocolate as well.

M - Thin and watery.

D - It goes down easy enough. I just wish it was a little thicker and more flavor.

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Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark brown color with an 1/8 inch of light brown hump.

Smells of huge notes of cocoa with some dark chocolate and earthy hops.

Big cocoa that fades into some dark chocolate with light bitterness on the finish.

Rich at first with medium body and low carbonation that finishes thin and a little dry.

This started out promisingly enough but has kind of a weird aftertaste that lingers in the throat.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoldHorde
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, while it AIN'T a gutter-ball Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was so unoffensive that I had to actually GOOGLE up "Porter vs. Stout" to refresh myself of what characteristics that I am SUPPOSE to be looking for in the Porter style. Turns out that it is right up the middle...for a SPLIT; it fits so safely in the Porter style that it is nothing more than...a Porter.

Color = pass (dark brown)
Head = pass (thin but lasting)
Smell = pass (sweet maltiness)
Mouthfeel = accurate (medium body)

I've come to expect any beer advertising "Winter" to generally be noticeably-to-sharply smoked in flavor which is NOT a characteristic I care for in beverages - which is why it doubly surprised me for it's overall unoffensiveness.

I would offer this to guests as an introduction to the base Porter style (the rule) and then follow with Porters that push the style to the four corners of its boundaries (bending but not breaking the rules). The "Winter" part however, escapes me - and thankfully in this case...

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of natelocc787
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours black with crimson edges, small ivory cream head is built with easy pour. Mostly milk chocolate and cocoa nibs in the nose, weak character present. The taste is hurt by the feel, very chocolaty, not much beer flavor but more like a dark chocolate soda. The mouthfeel was more like a soda pop, it could have been much better with a crisper feel and drier finish.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ImusBeer
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came a deep black hazy brown with no head.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate start you out and then the taste continues that along with some sweetness with more chocolate than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout starts very sweet and ends the same way. It's lighter on tongue with a good chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

August 15, 2014

12 oz bottle; nonic pint

A – Pours very dark brown with an inch of light tan foam. Head lingers for a while, about a cm of retention.

S – Very mild profile. Lots of chocolate and coffee, burnt notes. Sweetness on the finish.

T – Very sweet, get a lot of the honey, mild chocolate. Coffee, charred flavors perceptible only on the finish.

M – Medium carbonation, not enough to balance the sweetness. Definitely not a dry beer.

O – I like what this beer is trying to do, but there’s just not enough to get me there. Everything about it is mild, so it could be a very nice introduction to someone who’s never had a porter or a chocolate beer before. Other than the sweetness, nothing is really striking about it.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of renzbeer03
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of storksonm
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this beer in the singles section at the store for awhile and finally jumped at the chance. It didn't have much of a head to it but nice color. The main thing that stands out about this beer is the cocoa flavor and the slight vanilla tastes that are present.
It's worth the buy especially if you're someone who likes chocolate and who doesn't like chocolate? It's a nice porter, and is only what it advertises. The gnomes are pretty sweet too.

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Photo of Beer_4_brains
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of dasunder
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Found on a clearance shelf: Three bucks for a sixer? Get some! It pours a barely translucent ruby-brown, topped by a half-finger of tan foam, filled with a strange precipitate. The nose is a pleasant blast o' cocoa, with some maple syrup, molasses, honey, and some toasted biscuits. But the cocoa, as one might expect, dizzominates. Sweet. The taste also finds itself dominated by cocoa, but some molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, and brown sugar notes also set up shop. It's pretty sweet, but not cloyingly or annoyingly. The body is a stark medium, with a light carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a major deal at the price I got it at, and one I'm glad I'll be able to enjoy for a while longer.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
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