Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

BA SCORE
77
okay
458 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
458
Reviews:
223
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
18.98%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of TastyTaste
2.32/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy dark brown body, moderate tan head fades fast.

Smell: Sour fruit and a little cocoa. Maybe infected?

Taste: Cocoa is there, but the beer overall is tart and sour. Bottle is within freshness date, so I am not sure if this is intentional or not. Pretty funky and off tasting, this is not my favorite beer.

Drinkability: A big pass as is, I don't know if it was bad or not, though.

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Photo of sholland119
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-A murky brown with a bit of off white head, no lacing. Odd, and not altogether appealing.

S-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Way way too sweet.

T-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Seriously, like a melted frozen chocolate confection. This is beer?

M-Medium bodied and rather fizzy.

D-Uh, nope. Sorry...

HV

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Photo of dmamiano
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours good enough, although very little head. No lacing at all to speak of.
Nose is kinda nondescript with no notes of cocoa or anything else worth describing.
The mouthfeel was average at best and the taste, well, very dissapointing. Slight maltiness with almost a cocoa powder like taste. Not real pleasant at all.
I guess, its worth a try out of sheer curiosity alone. Otherwise, its best left alone.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of treyrab
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jac5084 for giving me this drain-pour. It was a great way to end the evening suffering through this brew. Poured into my snifter at ~50F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy ruby brown with actually a pretty decent sized head. Bone/khaki head that is frothy and keeps its retention for a while at least.

S: Smell is very dry cocoa powder, extremely sweet honey and caramel, and way too sweet chocolate.

T: Yeah. This one didn't work out. It was so incredibly sweet and the honey did not mix with the cocoa powder at all. It was like mixing ketchup and pickle juice. Just didn't work. Chocolate came through as well, but the abstract honey flavor shit all over it.

Overall, I would not recommend this one unless it is for a joke.

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Photo of Sweasty
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Deep dark mahogany brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very light aroma. Cocoa dominates, with a bit roast in the background.

Taste - Where to begin. There is a dominate artificial chocolate flavor with hints of roast. Also strong lactic and metallic flavors abound. Very little discernible malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery.

Overall this is a big fat disappointment. I have generally like Tommyknockers offerings, but this was a dud. The lactic and metallic flavors don't work with the chocolate flavor at all. This was the first drain pour in a while for me.

*Edit*

Looking over some notes from a retasting - the initial bottle I bought must have been from a bad batch. The last bottle didn't have the lactic/metalic taste. Artificial faux chocolate flavors still abound. This is still a dud, just not as bad as initially thought.

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Photo of kingmaker
2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by April 28, 2013. Today is 12/13/12.

A - Dark, dark brown. This beer embodies a lovely lady with what appears to be black hair telling you its brown. When held to the light, it looks like an eclipse, dark in the middle with a corona of light stemming from the borders. Slight tan head that fades quickly but leaves fascinating lacing along the glass. The good news ends here.

S - I do get a good deal of cocoa but it smells like it went...bad. I'm not sure if there's malt creeping under the chocolate but it smells like the cocoa was less than average when it went into the brew. I'm not saying this bottle is infected, but it smells off.

T- Thankfully, no rotten taste. It holds its own as chocolate porter, but only just. The chocolate is forward along with a little bitterness. A malt profile follows softly on the aftertaste that was otherwise absent.

M- Thin. Just thin and watery. It reminds me of a homebrew I made off the second runnings from an imperial stout. Weak.

O- This beer had a lot going for it. I was coming off an extremely stressful week, it looked spectacular as far as I'm concerned, but wow was it a let down. The smell was terrible, taste barely decent, and a mouth presence that left me wanting. This is refreshing enough to shun it from the winter warmer category. Thankfully it was a gift so I spent no money on it, but I would still avoid this beer.

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Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with transluscent, ruby edged with a medium beige head. Smell is cocoa, cardboard and metallic. Taste is cocoa at first, but soon after a stale cardboard like flavor kicks in with a metallic finish and aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but not overly, and although it doesn't taste terrible, there are some slight off flavors that detract. Drinkable, and not as bad as I expected.

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Photo of jbierling
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coriander and pine (gin). Little coffee and no cocoa. Slightly bitter. Aged 1 yr past best by date. Older label?

Coriander and pine (gin). Little coffee and no cocoa. Slightly bitter. Aged 1 yr past best by date.

Older label?

Wish I was more wordy?

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Photo of wellsnb
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Bigben0328
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Deep amber brown, almost impenetrable to light, with a small white head, which retains well, and thin, finely-beaded lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits vie with bitter cocoa for supremacy, with notes of vanilla as well.

Taste: Mild chocolate at the open, a bit like NesQuik, or Chocolate Soldier. Midway through the taste a green apple sourness appears, which lingers to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with soda-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The pronounced sourness is suggestive of infection, but I wonder as a number of other reviewers have noted it as well. Perhaps this is simply poorly made.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of wembly13
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of mmsimmons
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of jpd7374
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of tgbljb
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with massive tannish head.
Smell is loaded with chocolate, way too much chocolate.
Taste is also loaded with disgustingly sweet chocolate tastes. I thought their maple beer was too sweet and this is just as bad.
Sweet at the finish, too sweet.
I had a tough time finisjing this one.

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Photo of BWED
2.54/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into craft pint.

A- Deep brown. Some red hues. Light tan head retains at a ring.

S- slight roast and sweet chocolate, but a strange smell of iron. I can't describe it better than the smell of an "old person." Something is way off.

T- Subtle roast. Just a faint cocoa. A bit metallic, too.

M- Too light, near watery.

O- There wasn't really anything good about this. At all.

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a smallish off white head. Some retention, no lacing.

S: Sweet malt and cocoa powder. Reminds me of Cocoa Krispies, which I like, but don't have a desire to drink as a beer. Maybe a slight hint of roasted malt.

T: Some slight sweet and toasted malt and sour. Some cocoa character but not the rich chocolate one would expect. Slightest cardboard tone.

M/D: Not much carbonation to speak of and the body is medium but a thinner than desired in a porter. Drinkability isn't bad, as I could probably drink a few more, but I don't know that I would choose to drink much more than the 1 left in my fridge. This beer is a decent taste profile and a buffed up body away from being a semi-solid brew.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, quite opaque. Decent 2 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Lots of cocoa, almost like a chocolate milk smell, or perhaps cocoa puffs. Hints of vanilla, a touch of fruit. It's actually a bit of a soured smell.

T - Lots of cocoa in the draw, sweet malt, a touch of roasted coffee in the aftertaste that lingers a bit.

M - It's actually a fairly light body, more watery than creamy. It's smooth, though.

Overall - It was pretty weak. Not bad, but just missing a lot. The body was too watery, the smell was a bit sour, and the taste was just weak on flavor.

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Photo of Bdel34
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of allengarvin
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Into a 12-oz tumbler, this beer pours out a brownish-black color with a small but fading tan head. I don't get much cocoa in the nose: instead, it smells like the coffee my mom drinks... Folger's coffee... maybe with a very light touch of chocolate. Cocoa does come through in the flavor, but it's just...overpowering. Like they dumped too much cocoa concentrate in. Bleagh, can't finish a single glass. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a thin looking what appears to be black liquid but against light is a very clear, deep mahogany. Light tan head that is very frothy with large bubbles, soda like. Ok retention, not much lacing.
S: Pretty bland, smells like cocoa powder, slight chocolate, not much else.
T: Ugh. That was my first thought after tasting. Beer is very thin, but leaves a thick feeling in the mouth from its creaminess. Very little carbonation. The flavor is slight cocoa and chocolate, but has a slight sickening medicinal taste with very little hops or bitterness. I struggled to finish one bottle of this, just not very impressed. Doesn't really resemble a porter and just not enjoyable.

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