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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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Photo of Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
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 tgbljb
2.51/5  rDev -24.2%
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 -23.3%
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%
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 -22.7%
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 allengarvin
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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 -20.5%
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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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark cocoa brown resembles a darker coke color and in texture. It could have used a thicker head that didn't disappear with a quickness. This beer looks flat and unappealing to me.

S: The smell is of course chocolatey that compliments the porter espresso aromas.

T: The brew has a mild coffee taste with a slight chocolate aftertaste. The flavors are all very mild and diminish quickly not leaving you with a savory aftertaste.

M/D: The brew was flat and syrupy with very little carbonation. Of course with a taste like this and poor showing in the feel department I would have to say the drinkability is rather low.

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Photo of WolfDJ1
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a variety pack of TommyKnocker at the store. I decided to try this one next and as with most cocoa based beers I was disapointed. It isnt carbonated enough to make up for the mix of flavors. I think more carbonation could balance the beer.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a single bottle as part of a holiday mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a dark brown. My pour produces a rather thin 1/4 inch light brown head. As I look at the beer I do a double take. I pick up my glass for a closer examination. What the hell? There are some tiny whitish floaty things in my beer! I keep my glassware clean, handwashing them, I know there was nothing in there when I poured my beer. There was something in the beer.

Smell: Cocoa, as expected, along with some good roasted malt. Smells like a promising porter. I want to take a drink, but those dang floaties in there...

Taste: I let the beer sit for at least 8 minutes before taking a sip to let the floaties settle down a bit. I'm still a little nervous about drinking this though. Slowly sipping I get a taste of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. The bottle mentioned honey, I get nothing of that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in body, I guess the beer is at least medium bodied. Low carbonation with a dry finish. Halfway through I dump it.

Drinkability: I can not (will not) finish the beer. It's the floaties, I can't drink it. I had to put up this review thoough, just so others may know that there is some (at least one) bad bottles out there. If I get another mixed pack I may add another bottle, but burned once...

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Photo of teetotaler
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into the trusty brandy snifter.

A- opaque brunette with a red sparkle from the glass stem.

S- dried cat food with a touch of cocoa. sorry, not impressed.

T- cocoa coming through. it took a few sips to get past the initial aroma offense. hop bitterness is minimal, if not an afterthought. after swishing and swallowing, the cocoa nose rises from the throat like a forgotten lover.
upon rest, the bitterness of the raw cocoa lingers; not offensive, just unusual.

M- creamy, full, not chewy. this is where it is most reminiscent of a cup of cocoa.

D- this is a beer for those who wish to experience more than your domestic choices, but still don't stray far from the path.
i'd buy it for a party with girls,
that's it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark brn/black body, no head, no lacing

S: lots of honey, cocoa, hint of nuts

T: cocoa, big honey, light roasted semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, light smooth mouth
hint of semi-dry finish

O: Let me say, I love Porters! This is too
light, weak, and honey sweet for my taste.


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Photo of Dogbrick
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 26th, 2007: The beer is a dark chestnut color with a medium thin and rather fizzy light brown head that dissipates right away. Thin and spotty lacing. Cocoa aroma similar to opening a can of the powdered mix. Not much else to the aroma. Medium-bodied and lightly roasty with cocoa dominating the flavor as well. The finish is sweet cocoa and is chalky at times. Pretty much a one-trick pony.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
date on bottle Oct. 9 '07 (is that best before or bottled on date?)
A- This beer has a jet brown body that is dense with a thick creamy tan head on top that last for a good bit. There is a few strands of microcarbonation that can be seen trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The smell of watery chocolate has a note of instant cocoa and a slight sweetness and powdered milk to it.

T- There is a very light tartness to the beginning followed by a milk chocolate flavor and a tootsie roll flavor. The beer finishes with a light caramel malt sweetness that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This reminds me of what an Ovaltine beer would taste like. There is very little malt qualities and the odd cocoa flavors seem to dominate.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled as cocoa-porter winter warmer, technically an American porter.

A: Dirty reddish cola on the pour, dark plum with reddish highlights when backlighted. No head at all with a small visible amount of suspend material, bran colored yeast matter that floats about like plankton from the light carbonation factor.

S: Rich in cocoa powder of course, think nestle quick cocoa powder freshly opened. Deep chocolately malts smells more like a chocolate house then a beer.

T: The flavor is simply an overwhelming of the senses of cocoa-powder, chocolate and is very sweet, perhaps a overbearing sweet to the point where its like dumping 10 spoon fulls of cocoa powder into a 6oz serving of milk. The honey comes through and only adds to the sweetness and confusion of the style. Honestly its like drinking a honey beer loaded up on cocoa-powder. The finish is dry and powdery.

M: Light mouthful at first, but thickens up to a syrupy consistency. Good sense of carbonation at the start and leaves the tongue with a mixture of honey and cocoa-powder if that’s your sort of thing.

O: Really to sweet to enjoy in multiples. Had trouble convincing myself even to finish the single. Basically if you like honey beers dumped with loads of nestle quick then this may be the beer for you, if its an American porter your looking for turn away, this is a total confusion of what it wants to be and doesn’t seem like it wants to be judged in any one particular style.

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Photo of beveritt
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a downtown winter scene with horses pulling a wagon full of kegs. The back is notched with what looks like October 13, 2008, maybe a bottled on date?

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of medium tan, big bubbled head. This settles very quickly, down to just a thin, incomplete coating of foam. The beer itself is a medium-dark brown. Opaque in the middles, but easily seen through around the edges. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma, but sugary and flat, like a Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Strong cocoa flavor upfront, but just not right. Too sweet and artificial tasting, with a distinct metal sharpness to it. This is, unfortunately, the overwhelming flavor in the beer, with little behind it to salvage the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is thin.

Drinkability: Well, with the description of a porter with cocoa and honey added, I was excited. After a few sips, I am disappointed.

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Photo of roughsax
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap @ Capital Ale House Downtown. Served in a pint glass. Listed as 5.7%abv.

A- deep brown, cream white head w/ fast fade to some moderate lacing

S- sweet honey, cocoa/chocolate, dark malt

T- sweet honey dominates with cocoa powder underneath, tartness to finish

M- Light bodied, fair carbonation

D- A little too much honey. A definite powdery cocoa taste, as if you were making chocolate milk and didn't mix the powder all the way: a suspension instead of a solution. Sort of a mix between a winter warmer and a porter. Nothing special here.

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Photo of suspect
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown color. Aggressive 'glug glug' pour leads to a half finger off white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Decent toasted malts, some smokey notes as well.

T: Ok malt flavors with some toasted notes, some smoke...not much else.

M: Kills this beer. Absolutely awful thin mouth feel on top of being undercarbonated.

O: Yuck. I really wanted to like it - seeing as I like cocoa...and porter. AVOID.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Served on the warmer side, 55-60F.

Pours thin brown with a tiny fizzy light brown head that fades very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is features a good dose of cocoa and chocolate, some roasted/burnt malts and a touch of dark fruit. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is quite sweet with chocolate and sugar, sugar, sugar. Can't taste anything beyond the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Aroma is pretty good but way too sweet on the tongue. Average at best. Couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of Mayhem976
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark, passes light when I hold my glass up to the light has a reddish brown hue to it. Very thin head and hardly any presence of fingers.

S- Strong honey smell with small traces of chocolate.

T- Tastes like it smells, watered down honey flavor with small amount of chocolate tossed in. Not a single trace of hops on the palate.

M- Thin and watery, tastes flat as a matter of fact.

D- I guess if you're wanting to gulp down sweet beer quickly this stuff will do just the trick. Not my cup of tea but if you're a sweet beer lover that doesn't want to get blown away by strong alcohol content then this is your beer.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is dated 11/10/06.

This beer is different. It might be great for some and taste just awful to others. I think the blending of flavors is not done to perfection and at times the flavors actually clash. Cocoa and honey? Not the best combination to begin with if you ask me. Would you put honey in hot cocoa?

It pours a deep amber with a pretty decent head. You can really smell the cocoa and not much else. Maybe a hint of roasted malts. The taste is also of cocoa, with some hop bitterness. Truthfully the flavor combination could be mistaken for a sourness which I do not think is there. If you don't think of it as sour and think of it as what it is...all is well.

I would not recommend this beer. Unfortunately I bought a sixer. It's not going to go to waste but I won't be looking forward to the next 5.

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Photo of bjoyce12
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma and appearance are deceiving. Tasted very flat despite some a wispy foam head. Did notice light cocoa hints, but there is no supporting taste to carry them along. The taste dies out and nothing replaces it. There are so many better chocolate porters out there; Rogue(very very good) and Southern Tier(outstanding). Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of Duff27
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By: May 07 12
"Ale brewed with cocoa and honey"

A- Thin tan head on a black beer. Poor head retention but very nice lacing, hmm.

S- Sweet cocoa aroma...borderline artificial but not quite.

T- Follows the smell, semi-sweet cocoa. Low level of roastiness for a porter. Touch of vanilla perhaps.

M- Medium to medium-thin. Good carbonation.

D/O- Very average porter. Easy drinking at first but got worse as it warmed. Nothing off-putting per se, but nothing that stands out either...nothing that would want to make me buy/try it again.

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Photo of whoneeds8
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out black with a small off white head that goes by fast. No lacing. Smells really nice with strong cocoa scents. But the taste is very bland. The "porter" part of this beer is missing. It's not robust, and over carbonated. There's a sweetness to the beer, but it's evident it's from the honey and not from the malt. Overall, this is a one and done.

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Photo of dorianmarley
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is deep black, with red at the bottom of the glass. Almost no head, with some lacing.

Nose is cocoa powder off the bat, with sweet coffee.

Taste is predominately honey, with some cocoa, and coffee aftertaste. The sweetness is too much; weighs down all flavors.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive. Not much carbonation, overly watery; just not much going on.

Overall, great idea, but they forgot this was a beer and not a cocoa/honey drink.

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