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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,704
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
458
pDev:
18.69%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice dark brown with a small head that was carmel colored and laced nicely.
The aroma was of coffee mocha.
Tasted mildly sweet chocolate with some alcohol notes but not much, and left little after taste in the mouth.
This was low carbonation, medium bodied and finished quickly.
Overall This was a very easy drinker and was more flavorfull after it sat in the tulip glass for over 1/2 hour and the temp was around 60-65 F. This one should be visited again in the winter, as it warmed you from the alcohol. Seems to have delivered everything it said it was on the bottle

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately I drank this right out of the bottle outside the beer store (Lena's in Mentor Oh.) So my friend would know if he should buy a sixer or not, after 1 sip, we both agreed this was well worth the buy. So he went in and came out empty handed, I got the Last sixer-HAHAHAHA!! So it was creamy and a nice cocoa powder taste to start,not a lot of body and a sweet "Honey" taste on the finish, and when this warmed up a little, it sort of tasted like a milkshake, but not overly sweet like some people think, they should try Southern Tier's Choklat or Creme Brulee if they want to try SWEET. This is a very drinkable porter....yet not your typical porter, so once at christmas time I think I could handle just fine....and my friend that didn't get any, I traded him 2 for 1 bottle of Goose Island and 1 bottle of Left Hand Fade to Black Stout. I think we both made out pretty good.

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Photo of jagada
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of ret3
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this porter in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is puffy and swells to about a finger of maple syrup colored foam. The retention is not that great and leaves just enough film behind to cover the lid.

The body is a dark brown with ruby highlights. It is pretty impressive.

Smell- There is a ton of milk chocolate in the nose. There is a little bit of earthiness under the cocoa that must be the roasted malt. This is a nice nose.

Taste- The cocoa mingles at the front of the drink with the roasted malt. The chocolate is not nearly as strong as the nose, but it is not disappointing. As the drink progresses, there is a little more roasted malt and a sweet malt character.

The finish is loaded with the cocoa powder and a slight earthiness. Perhaps the honey is the sweet note I am picking up about mid way through the drink. A nice combo of flavor profiles all in all.

Mouth feel- Decent medium body and a pretty smooth drink, it is not really that watery either.

Overall- This porter tastes great with the addition of the cocoa powder, which comes through powerfully. The honey would have also been a great touch but was a little too subdued.

The feel also makes it a beer that is hard to stop sipping. If you ever come across this one give it a go. By far my favorite Tommyknocker offering yet.

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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 JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark black with a brown hue coming through when held to the light. The light cream colored head dissipates quickly to wisp and bubbles. There's lots of sticky lacing. Smells of roasted malts and powdered cocoa. The taste is very well balanced with roasted malts and slight dry bitterness being coated with a sweet powdered cocoa taste. The mouthfeel is sort of watery with a powdery dry finish.

Overall, I love this concoction from Tommyknocker. It's a very easy drinking porter that doesn't go overboard on the cocoa taste,yet has just enough to remind you of what it is.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 12/16/10. Bottled on 10/13/10. Bottle, poured into a US Tumbler.

A: Pours about one finger of tan head which disappears very quickly. Very dark, almost black, but a reddish hue when held up to light. A little lacing, but overall not much carbonation.

S: Very wholesome, roasty chocolate and caramel, with the subtlest hints of alcohol. Very little hop aroma.

T: Definite porter. Again, a very wholesome roasty chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee and honey. Chocolate becomes even bolder as the beer warms. Very delicious!

M: Very smooth, goes down easy. The lower amount of carbonation works well with the wholesome chocolate and roasty malt sweetness.

D: Very easy to drink. Delicious porter for those that want a chocolatey beer to warm up with during the holidays. This would make a great dessert beer. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of MeanGene
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from the bottle into a wide-mouth pint glass in mid November, 2008. The first Tommyknocker brew I've had a chance to taste and I was thoroughly impressed.

Lots of chocolate/cocoa taste up front with a clean, hearty finish. Quite surprised at the mediocre rating this beer has gotten thus far.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Short tan colored head. Deep cola-black in color with a little red around the edges.

S: Clean cocoa aroma.

T: Like Yoo-hoo. Big cocoa dominates and is backed up by a bold malt backbone and slight bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, nice feel overall.

D: As a winter warmer, I could have a bunch. As a porter, decent. As chocolatey goodness, delicious. Sometimes I don't know why people drink/review beers that have words like "cocoa" in the name, then bash it for tasting like it. Maybe this isn't on the level of say, a Rogue Chocolate Stout, but it is really nice and different.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a thin tan head

S-thick scent of cocoa powder. good strength

T-comes in with a full flavor of cocoa powder. slightly creamy, very awesome. matching after-taste with some bitterness.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this one surprised me. last time i had tommyknocker, it really tasted like a subpar craft beer, so i'm glad i decided to give it another chance. this is a really decent porter that lacks any negative qualities. i could drink this one all night.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, and 1/4 inch head

Smell: cocoa and toasted malt

Taste: cocoa dominates. toasted malt, honey, and a small amount of nut

Mouthfeel: sweet, high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: I think this is a very good winter drink. To me this tastes like a good candy bar. I do like the sweet mix of cocoa and honey. I could session this and wish I could find this out east. You have to like both cocoa and sweeter beers to pick this up though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad winter warmer except the warming part due to the low ABV

A - Dark amber hue with a nice foamy head. I mean good and foamy with some nice lace. Looks tasty.

S - Smell wise this beer is spot on. Instead of a chocolate though its a heavy cocoa smell like a Swiss Miss. A mild coffee malt in the nose as well.

T - The taste is creamy. Maybe someone thought it would be more bitter since its a porter? Regardless I found it quite in the level with Chocolate Indulgence Stout yet with less body since the ABV BTW. Taste is of cocoa powered, kind of gritty with a base of malt and creamy body. It doesn't seem to offend!

M - I thought it was kind of low/medium and drank great!

D - I seem to like this beer since it reminds me of another version of a stout or porter. While most offer a bittersweet or chocolate creaminess, this one offers a gritty chocolate, one you would find in a glass of warm cocoa. I think that reminds me of Christmas the most so I love this beer. Prost!

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, fairly lustrous body with a light, one-finger caramel head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Some light cocoa and maltiness on the nose.

Taste: As some others have mentioned, I didn't notice any honey. There's plenty of malt, along with some sweetness from the cocoa. It's a decent Porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth on the tongue. A good balance with the malts.

Overall: I thought this was a pretty good brew, not the best in the world, but solid. It's good to have around in the winter weather. Outside it's sleeting right now, so I guess the atmosphere is right to be drinking this.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...lots of fizzing. Small ½ finger, off-white head. Moderate legs. The body is a deep chestnut brown color...dark, but not opaque.

Strong cocoa aroma...like opening a packet of Swiss Miss. Hints of vanilla beans and honey are also present.

Good balances of chocolate and toffee flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with a slightly nutty bite. Could not detect any honey flavors until the finish.

Mouth feel is thin and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Could use a little more roasted flavor in my opinion. Makes a terrific campfire brew!

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 458 ratings
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