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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 458
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

2.5 A: Pretty much black. One finger of creamy/frothy light brown head that falls quickly and doesn't stick much. There's also some nonuniformly sized crap floating throughout. Not a looker.

4.0 S: Smells a lot like cocoa powder and grainy porter. Roasted barley, toaasted malt, and nuts to a lesser extent. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Lactose-like sweetness sticks out on the first sip. Next, I notice that the cocoa powder has a raw, earthy taste to it as opposed to silky milk chocolate. Honey is noticeable if you already know it is there. The underlying porter isn't half bad. Mild roastiness, toasty, and nutty. Borderline 4.0

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Particularly creamy for a beer without a rich body and quite smooth.

4.0 D: I don't know why the rating on this brew is so low. Maybe this used to suck years ago, but it's pretty good now. I would definitely like another one of these anytime. Good aroma, good taste, great mouthfeel. Solid brew.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate resonate through on the nose. Smells very nice. Not much head retention, pours an opaque color. Taste is good, with nice cinnamon and cocoa. Not sure if this is a winter warmer, but it works well for the season. A bit thin on the body, but very drinkable. Nice session beer and something that should be revisited. A bit pricey.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really dark. Opaque.
The smell has a strong chocolate presence.
The taste is nice and smooth. There's a perfect amount of chocolate, unlike Young's beer, which is touted just because it has chocolate in it.

The mouthfeel is actually light and even. I don't feel any specific shapes, though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque chocolaty brown with an OK tan head. Rich aroma is of roast coffee and chocolate and is slightly sweet. Smoky flavor has coffee and chocolate tones as well as a hint of brown sugar. Milk-smooth texture is cola fizzy and leaves a tingly and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored beer with a creamy head.Aroma you can clearly smell the cocoa.Taste is chocolate and just a faint drip of honey.Smooth and creamy and overall just plain good.A must for fans of porters.I will be buying this again sometime in the near future!!

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint...

A: pours a hazy brown with a ceamy tan head

S: cocoa is noticeable along with aromas of roasted malts, maple syrup. also, some cocoa puffs

T: sweet and syrupy up front with the cocoa puff flavors coming in again. joined by roasted malt. finishes with hot chocolate flavors

M: medium-full body with a creaminess that goes great with the flavors, finishes chalky and dry. reminds me of hot cocoa

Overall, can't believe the poor reviews on this ne. This is a great beer for the season. Wish I would've picked up more than one.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

medium coco aroma. the coco aroma seems distinct from other chocolate malt aromas. somehow sweeter. low roaster malt aroma. no hop or ester aroma.

deep brown color. light brown head. head retention is not good. i suspect the honey would have hurt it a bit. at the end of the tasting the glass shows medium lacing.

upfront the flavor is slightly bitter. but that gives way to malty sweetness accentuated by cocoa. the flavors of the cocoa and roasted malts are about equal. and about no hop flavor or bitterness. there is a small amount of roasted bitterness in the finish, but overall it finishes sweet.

medium-thin mouthfeel. medium-low carbonation.

overall i think that they had a really good idea here, but i think there is room for improvement, namely, fill it out a bit. it seems a tad petite. i would not describe this beer as substantial.

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Photo of JDK
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with virtually no head.
Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is OK, I just wish the flavor stuck around for a little while longer on the back of my tongue.
Carbonation is good, helps make it a more refreshing beer
Tastes of chocolate cocoa and dark roasted malts. Very nice blend for this porter.
At least worth a try in a single

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent of cool cocoa puffs and Hersheys rolls over a dark chocolate body and a milk chocolate head. Mentioned in the nose, cocoa puffs cereal is what nails the tongue as well. Some sweet roasted malts are tasted throughout the creamy medium bodied liquid.

Winter warmers are usually a bit higher in alcohol and tend to be spiced in a special way. I guess the honey and cocoa was TK's answer to this. Good porter, more than I expected!

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Photo of briman
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sreved from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, but not opaque. Some pale ruby colors around the edges. Thin, tan head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal if any lace.

Aroma is mild roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

Flavor is slightly sweet cocoa, with some mild roasted malt and a touch of honey. Finishes with a dry cocoa characteristic, and maybe a little chalky. No bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good, and I agree with previous reviewers that the head and lacing could use some work. I originally had this in March on tap at the brewery, and if I had reviewed it then it would have gotten a much worse review....but this batch seems a lot better. Maybe it's just me, but it just seems to have more flavor and more of what I expected it to have the first time I tried it. Very pleasant, and certainly a good dessert beer. In any case, decent sessionable porter.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - I have been meaning to try tommyknocker beer for awhile, and I figured this is a good one to try out.

Appearance - A medium brown that looks decepitvely too light to be a porter. Good frothy head that forms when opened.

Smell - A more subtle smell than I would have expected. It has hints of coffee, hops, and bits of hazelnuts.

Taste - This is where the beer impressed me. The inital taste is that of most porters, but the tastes mellow out and leave a great chocolate taste.

Moutfeel - A very satisfying after drinking experience. Enough carbonation and taste to leave me smiling.

Overall - A good daily drinker for winter time. I think this beer would be out of season quickly for a 70 degree day though.

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Photo of storksonm
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
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 soulfly1492
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, worty dark malts.

Appearance: Pitch black even when held up to a bright light. Very thin, light brown head, which is never more than a thin layer around the edge of the glass.

Taste: Mild. Cocoa, coffee, very worty. Aftertaste is of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild to moderate carbonation, a bit above average for a porter. Syrupy feel, thinned out by the carbonation.

Overall: Very worty, just like their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. Works for me though. Nothing much more to savor than that unusual strong worty malt flavor.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. On the front it says "roasted with cocoa powder and honey". On the back it says it's brewed with roasted cocoa beans, so I dunno what they actually used...powder or beans. Anywhoo, pours out to a limpid clear dark brown, with an odd greenish tint. Barely eeks ot a head which is quickly receding and leaves nary a wisp of lace. The aroma is rich with cocoa, and smells more like roasted cocoa nibs than cocoa powder. Kinda smells like a really funky Count Chocula cereal...that imitation cocoa character. The mouthfeel is slightly acidic and lightly chalky with a medium body. Taste begins with a strong cocoa flavor, then melds into a nicely balanced sweetness, vanilla, some light herbaceous bitterness, and some chalk in the finish. Touch of sawdust and fruity hand soap in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't perceptable.

Hrmmm, I was surprised with this one. I like it, but wouldn't want to drink more than one or two at a sitting. Quite rich, yet quite interesting. I might buy one of these again, or at least tell my friends about it. Reminds me in many ways of the experimental Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

(Re-review 11/16/11)
$1.99 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, munich, 75 crystal, chocolate rye, chocolate malt. Hopped with mt. hood, sterling.
18 IBU, 5.7% ABV.

Pours out to a near black, forming a thin light tan head. Light sediment. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is pretty good...nice cocoa note, peculiar soapiness (maybe from the rye), delicate distant hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly sweet, and a touch of chalk in the finish. The taste is quite good. Very easy to drink, with a nice balance of cocoa against the malt, and sweetness against the herbal hops and roasted malt flavors. Medium-light bodied. Hints of vanilla and black walnut.

I think this is pretty dang good. Easy to drink, not too heavy, with enough cocoa to stand out of the crowd. I would buy it again. L=3.5, A=4, T=4, MF=4, D=4.5

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Photo of runesead
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What makes this beer stand out, both positively and negatively, is the chocolate taste.

The highly malty taste complements the very potent chocolate taste. In brief, this tastes like a milkshake.

If you want a light cocoa taste in your beer, this is not for you. In fact, by the end of the bottle, I began to grow tired of the chocolaty taste.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small head.
Smell is malty, peaty, vanilla with caramel and a very light smoke note.
Taste is malty, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cocoa/chocolate.
Silky smooth, creamy with a light effervescence. A very good beer indeed, well worth looking for.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent excellent foam. Very frothy and the lacing is nice too. Dark brown with no light getting through.

Smell: Initially some cocoa powder then a lot of honey in the background. Very good!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste falls a bit flat compared to the rest of the beer. It's a bit too minerally, and that hides the cocoa, which is definitely present, but not as prominent as I'd like. There is some nice hot cocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is erratic. Starts very velvety and finishes smooth, but almost too smooth and watery.

Drinkability: A good winter warmer.

Overall: I'd like more chocolate, and the honey notes are great in the smell. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half-inch tan head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. The cocoa aroma is very strong, it smells like a cup of hot chocolate. It tastes mostly like hot chocolate does, well, except that the beer is a lot colder. There's also a milky/chalky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. Because of the sweetness, at the most I think I could only drink 2-3 of these at a time. It's more of a dessert beer than a session beer. Overall I think it's pretty decent, but I can see how people wouldn't like the sweetness in this beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with ruby highlights. A thin finger coffee head that falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is heavy cocoa, dark sweet malts, and slight roastiness.
Flavor is not as sweet as I expected from the nose. Heavy cocoa throughout. Bitter chocolate flavor that lingers far into the finish. Very lovely.
Medium light body, with moderate carbonation. I think I'd prefer it a little heavier in body and lighter in carbonation.

Not much porter, it's a vehicle for the clear presentation of cocoa. Not something I'll kill a sixer of, but a very fun and delicious winter treat. Much better than hot cocoa for Texas winters when it's still hitting 80.

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Photo of Bills453
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark chocolates brown. When held up to light it looks about the color of a Hershey's bar.

Smell - chocolate and cocoa powder. Smells very good, something I feel I will enjoy drinking.

Taste - solid porter taste with a bit of an extra chocolate aftertaste than expected from most normal porters I have had. Not sure If this is a good or bad thing...

Mouthfeel - quality

Overall - a decent porter, but not my favorite. Still a very drinkable brew though.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with mahoganny hi-lites when held up to the light. Moderate head that recedes quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown that retained exceptionally well - lasted the duration. No lacing.

Nose is loaded with cocoa. You sniff this blindfolded and you'll think you're sniffing a cup of hot cocoa. Really wonderful. The taste brings the cocoa again, but it's slightly more subdued than the nose - lots of malt, and sweet. Unfortunately, the taste regressses some as the beer warms, and the cocoa seemed to fade a bit - leaving me with simply a sweet, malty beer. It wasn't bad, but it took a noticeable step down from the initial sip, in my opinion. Never offensive, but not a thriller either. Tastes borderline macro-ish by the end.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I like, but it's not a stout, so it's not entirely fair to expect more. Fairly smooth and maybe a bit creamy. Decent drinkability...medium body makes it easy to drink.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but it's far from being a great beer.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Strong cocoa smell.

T = There was a strong cocoa taste with a faint hop bitterness near the end. The bitterness didn't linger which left a mildly sweet cocoa finish.

MF = Moderate carbonation and creamy smooth. I felt it was a little thin.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This would make a nice session.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a deep chocolate look to it with less than a finger head. It sticks to my weizen glass nicely though. Quite opaque.

S- a strong cocoa aroma. It is like sticking your head in the nestle quick powder container. Not much else though which is a slight disappointment.

T- cocoa and chocolate. Like drinking a beer with cocoa powder thrown right into it.

M- creamy and a medium bodied beer. It slides down the throat.

D- Overall, i like this beer, not love but like. I enjoy the cocoa type of porter. It can become overbearing. Too much of it can really get to your tastebuds.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Born on/best consumed date of oct 14 06 (Best consumed within 4 months according to the label). Claims to be a winter warmer, but probably just taking liberties with the term. No where on the label does it say St. Nick& is completely different than the one displayed, shame i suck at computer stuff. Using my ignorant tastebuds, I'd ballpark this at about 5.6%abv

Pours deep chestnut/mahogany with a 1.5 finger of offwhite head. Some thin film & some spits of lacing on the glass

S: Bigtime cocoa up front, then a hint of roast grain. A little breadyness & a whisper of cinamon& just a little bit of alcohol burn on the finish

T: Choclate & some lactose notes up front, then a few hints of burnt grains & then some brown sugar. Some warming notes & breadyness come through as the ale warms. Dryness is the main that I get from the honey that's added. More cocoa, a hint of maple syrup & dryness in the finish

MF: Slight slickness & low-low carbonation . Skews a little sweet to me

Drinks really easy, not something to get lost in deep thought with, but still works with the cool weather. Miles better than say, breckenridge porter. Works as a nice change of pace. Not bad, liked their rye-porter better when I was at the BP

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark brown body with big bubbled head with poor retention.

S - The sweet aroma of cocoa is prevelent and inviting.

T - The flavor is consistent with the smell. There's a strong chocolate presence backed up by a nice malt.

M - The feel is smooth and soft for the most part. There's a slight coarseness in the middle but its nothing that takes away from the brew. For a porter the body is slightly light.

~ This is definitely something I would recommend to my friends, despite the lack-luster appearance. This is a unigue twist on the porter frame that I would certainly try again.

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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