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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:
#42,738
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
458
pDev:
18.69%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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10
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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a very small head. Smell is of cocoa, some coffee notes. Taste is also cocoa up front, some mild malts, a touch of coffee. Feels rather light in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer a month or so ago. I can certainly see why this is a winter beer. It's essentially a cool, carbonated chocolate drink. The aroma is close to chocolate milk and the flavor takes that with only the addition of a little honey. This is a pretty simple beer, but if you want a beery chocolate drink, here's your beer.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a 12 ounce bottle, with many thanks to Jon. On to the beer:

The beer is nearly black and leaves some spots of lacing on the glass. It has a pleasant dry cocoa powder aroma, mixed with a kiss of brownie mix. Luckily, the flavor isn't too sweet. Tomoyknocker delivers an easy drinking cocoa porter which leaves notes of brownie mix, brownie batter, and a dash of citrus hops. It's a light bodied beer, and I feel it's more than just a beer to snuggle with during the winter. I personally would happy to drink this as dessert during the summer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-copper with a one finger head that sticks around a little bit. Some cocoa malts are in the smell along with some bread and light hops, but the smell isn't as strong in the cocoa department as I thought it would be. Medium-bodied although a little watery, there is some stickiness and hints of caramel malt, but it seems for the most part to be very minimal in the cocoa department. Not a particularly strong or complex porter. Finishes slightly dry from minimal hops and has a little syrupiness to it, but for the most part is just a twinge of sweet malts and a little spice. Not really worth one's time seeking out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

A clear brown colored beer with a thin tan head, decidedly looks more like a brown ale than a porter.

Smells like Italian Espresso flavored soda. Little sweet with a seltzer and Espresso aroma. Doesn't smell bad it just needs more complexity and layers.

Taste is a little sweet with a big Nestle quick chocolate flavor up front at the beginning. Very much a chocolate flavored beer with a much lesser taste of coffee in it. Main problem here is that this tastes like Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda. I happen to like that soda myself but it doesn't taste like beer.

Mouthfeel is very much soda.

A Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda version of beer. If you like that soda you will like this, if you don't you will hate this.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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 Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown color with ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Slighty bitter chocolate/cocoa and vanilla. Lightest hint of bitter hops

T: Toasted malt flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet beginnings turn bitterness midway and to the finish. Odd, but interesting.

M: Surprisingly light body. Low carbonation. Smooth even though seemed carbonation a bit too much for the body - oh well, I still liked it

D: A solid beer that was frankly kinda interesting. I acutally got a 6 pack to go.

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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 beerthulhu
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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 IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -19%
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 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 DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark muddy brown with a light tan frothy blanket.

Dry baker's cocoa is there right up front on the nose, with some roasted malt following shortly after, and even some astringent hopping.

Taste is tangy with a little hop sting at first, but it sweetens up quickly and brings in that cocoa and roasted malt and maybe a hint of orange peel and honey, with a little raisin.

Finish is fairly dry.

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Photo of whatname
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Bighuge
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy brown body. Thin light brown head. Lace is spotty. The aroma is pretty nice. There's definitely cocoa powder there. But it also smells like coffee grounds. And a little of that burnt malt character. The more I smell it, the more I like the smell. While the aroma is intense, the flavor is not so intense. I wouldn't say lifeless, but definitely on the watery side. The cocoa flavor is there, but it seems a little artificial. And it's seems like there is an acetic acid like tanginess on the aftertaste. Just a little. Not one of my favorites here.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left in patches.
S: Some nice roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. Though an annoying metallic and chemical aroma is present.
T: Follows the nose. A good roastyness of chocolate and coffee. Again, a metallic and chemical taste.
M/D: A medium body that is a tad over carbonated for my tastes. this is smooth and easy to drink. I can quaff some pretty easily.

Not a bad porter at all. I will have no problem finishing off the six pack, but the metallic character detracts a little to much for this to be in the upper tier of porters for me.

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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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