Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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 tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Bighuge
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Bung
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Darkish brown pour, some light tan head.
Aroma, Smells of the mentioned cocoa.

Taste, Quite a bit of cocoa, but not enough sweetness or maltiness to balance so it was a bit sour. Pretty clean finish.

Tad thin. Drinks ok, buy I didn't care for the sour note. Not terrible, but I think they could have done better.

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Photo of claspada
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dead-on for Ovaltine malt cocoa powder. Rich and malty and chocolately with some lesser honey notes. Very sweet and simple yet full aroma.

The taste is quite similar to the smell, very sweet chocolate taste, with balance of honey on the finish; some mild roasted grain flavor follows soon after. Flashes of maltiness and honey sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness is very mild. Finishes with a dry, semi-burnt, biscuit flavor.

Overall this is quite drinkable and smooth. Not quite as bubbly as I'd like, but still fairly carbonated. A decent offering but not at all a Winter Warmer as the name describes. It's like a sweet/milk stout hybrid with a brown ale body. Alright and not too expensive, wouldn't want a 6 pack but it's worth a taste.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of ZAP
1.54/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beers like this always intrigue me but this one is pretty bad. The score should be worse than the total probably but I had to rate the appearance fairly and it "looks" good in the's just the rest of the experience that is disappointing.

A-Dark brown...vanilla white head on top

S-A lot of the green apple aroma..a small scent of coca perhaps..

T-The predominant impression is a sour green apple puckering flavor. Cocoa powder and honey might be in this but it is so overriden by the sour flavor it is completely secondary...As it warms some of the cocoa emerges a little (enough to move it up from a 1.0 to a 1.5)

M-On the light side of medium bodied...not big winter warmer by any means.

D-Not for me. One of the worst beers I've had in awhile

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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 twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown color with a thin light tan colored head that fades rapidly and does not leave much lacing.

Smells like a freshly opened can of Hershey's baking cocoa, beautiful nose. Not much else here though, maybe a twinge of earthy hops and milky lactose.

Taste is straight up like a hot cocoa vanilla half-caf mocha cream latte porter with miniature marshmallows floating half melted on the top...uh, yea. Very yummy, but it is pretty thin and even a bit one-dimensional, but the shit is uber-tasty. A great offering from the boyz in Idaho Springs, IMO.

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Photo of gtermi
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown, almost back. There really isnt much head to this beer at all.

S: It has a pretty good cocoa smell and some coffee and malt mized in there.

T: The beer is has a black pepper taste. It also has a bad tobacco taste with a little roasted malt. Pretty bad.

M: The beer is decently smooth, but nothing special.

O: Man I was hoping for this beer to be better than it really was. The taste is just not good and this is a total let down.

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Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown brew just barely allows any light to shine through at the edges. The light brown head sits just under a finger tall and recedes somewhat quickly to a foam that drops plentiful spotty lacing.
The aroma is light but nice, showcasing a gently roasted malts character with bittersweet cocoa pulling through under a barley grains backbone. It's not complex, and a little light, but the cocoa is placed in the foreground nicely. A gentle added sweetness of toffee and a light nuttiness add a bit more.
Chocolaty in the flavor as well with more nuttiness coming though, it's close to the aroma except that what comes out the strongest on the tongue is a sort of tanginess. I think the bittersweet edge of the cocoa is mingling with a lightly astringent character in the grains. It gets less as I work it out, but it's constant.
This is a good porter mouthfeel, medium in body with light carbonation and a good smoothness up front.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer a couple weeks ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. Most of the Tommyknocker brews I have had have been pretty good so I decided to give their Cocoa Porter a try and see how it stacks up to the other chocolate beers I have tried, so let's see how it goes. It had a best buy date of April 9th 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks OK, it's nothing special to look at but it least it isn't full of a bunch of poorly drawn elves. It poured a very dark brown color that was pretty close to being black and it had a nice ruby red hue when held to the light. It half a half a fingers worth of thin off white head that quickly faded to a very thin ring.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty chocolaty. It starts off with a medium roasted malt aroma that is quickly overpowered by cocoa powder, it smells very similar to powdered hot chocolate. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. Cocoa powder is what the aroma of this beer is all about.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty similar to the aroma. It starts of with those medium roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them with a nice dark and roasty malt flavor. Next comes the cocoa, which tastes a little like bitter dark chocolate but the honey quickly comes in and adds some sweetness so the chocolate isn't really that bitter. The finish was smooth with no hops whatsoever and a roasted malty aftertaste.

M- Smooth, on the light side of being medium bodied, and the carbonation was pretty light. Both the body and the carbonation needs to be kicked up a couple notches to better suit this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good Cocoa Porter, it had a nice roasty malt profile that wasn't completely taken over by the cocoa powder and honey. The Coco powder was the most evident and was slightly bitter but it was balanced out by the sweet honey, that added just the right amount of sweetness to this beer, it would make a good winter dessert beer. This beer had pretty average drinkability, I might be able to drink another one, but the Cocoa powder and the sweetness might start to wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor, they were pretty similar and were both pretty good and lived true to the name of the beer. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little too thin and under carbonated for my liking. I would buy a bottle of this again but I don't think I would want a six pack of this, it is worth a try if you are a fan of chocolate beers. This was a pretty solid chocolate beer, but it wasn't mind blowing, another solid beer from Tommyknocker, I am down to see what else they have to offer. I like it better then Chocolate Bock, but I am sure there are better ones out there.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brownish black color with an off white head. In the aroma, cocoa and a sweet roasty malt. In the taste, cocoa, roasty malt, dry honey, yet a bit watery. A small bite and medium to small body mouthfeel, with a dry cocoa aftertaste. Almost like a thin porter with some coca powder dropped in it. OK, but thought it was kind of thin.

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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 argock
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on back label.

A: Dark ruby-brown with short, 1/2 finger tan head with little retention or lace

S: The aromas of chocolate and vanilla are obvious with additional burned malt and licorice

T: The flavors are enjoyable enough but are not robust or lengthy by any means. Dark malts flavors are met with chocolate and vanilla flavors (not really bitter like cocoa) although there is some acrid bitterness through the middle and end.

M: A little too flat and thin. Otherwise is pretty smooth.

D: Again, nothing offensive in this TK offering, but they have other better beers, and there are of course plenty of better porters out there.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Very dark amber-brown color that's just light enough to be able to see through when put up to the light. The head drops quickly to a thin, light tan lacing, and more or less struggles to stay around. The aroma jumps from cocoa powder to carob, hint of caramel to a faint honey. A moderate-sized, slick body holds a small but smooth carbonation. Cocoa powder heads off the taste profile, and a mild roasted grain flavor follows soon after. Flashes of maltiness and honey sweetness in the middle. Hop bitterness is very mild. Finishes with a dry, semiburnt, biscuit flavor.

This is what you call a mild extreme beer. A middle-of-the-road Porter that is flavored; not a quaffer, but still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

felt like getting a little juiced before my first bus-metro excursion, bottle taken from the communal fridge

a: pours a low khaki head that recedes to a thin ring and layer, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: smells first and foremost of cakey chocolate donuts and ho-hos, creamy bakers chocolate, hot cocoa, very light hops, that's really about it, reminiscent of Shenandoah Chocolate Donut, could use some aromatic diversity but it's actually nice in a very dessert-y way, don't get much of anything from the honey addition

m: low carbonation and medium-full body, dead on the tongue

t: tastes like a $0.25 chocolate cake snack you'd get at a gas station, lacks the depth found in the aroma, very much like the aforementioned Shenandoah, a touch of roast comes out in the finish, moderate-high grain sweetness, turns a touch metallic at the very end

d: finishing one is tough

note: turned much better after allowing it to warm

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Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's dark brown with a modest one finger, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were pretty average.

Smell: It's a little light on the nose. Primarily it smells of chocolate malts. Perhaps some roasted malts and toasted nut fragrances in there as well. Hops are not noticeable. Barley rounds it out.

Taste: Chocolate malts are sweet and certainly provide a cocoa flavor. It's a little overboard on the cocoa. Slightly creamy. Not very diverse and pretty bland.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's relatively smooth. Drinkability would be higher if I liked it more. Overall, it's very average.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Served in pint glass. Two inches of tan head. Brown body with ruby highlights.

S - The cocoa smell was immediate upon pouring. Also got some roasted malt.

T - Cocoa not as pronounced on the taste. It is there though. Roasty chocolate as well.

M - Thin and watery.

D - It goes down easy enough. I just wish it was a little thicker and more flavor.

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Photo of tpd975
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice medium brown with an average head.

S: Nice roasted malt with with hints of roasted malt and sweetened cocoa.

T: Not bad actually. Big sweet cocoa taste with a hint of vanilla. There is also a lactic quality about this one. It has a definite milky quality. Hot cocoa lovers will enjoy it.

M: Medium bodied with an above average carbonation.

D: Once bottle and done for me.

Overall: This would make a great dessert beer on a nice cool night. The chocolate taste is from additives opposed to malt but it is rather nice. I think this would be a beer that would be a nice gateway for someone expanding into darker brews, women included.

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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 Beaver13
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/13/06. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin and fizzy tan head that quickly diminishes to a collar.

The aroma is sweet, slightly roasted, chocolate (hot chocolate) and some coffee and honey.

The flavor is mostly just the sweet, slighlty roasted,chocolate. There's a little honey in there, and a sour coffee twang at the end. The mouthfeel is thinnish and watery with little carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer, albeit one dimensional. If you like sweetened chocolate, this may be for you. The sourness detracts from it a bit.

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Photo of Vancer
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown greets me with the pour, just a small cap of ivory, not much lacing either.

A hint of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma and the quaff. Toasted malts, and a hint of biscuit. Sweet start and same in the finish, this seems almost a dessert type brew. A good drinker in the colder weather, hot temps would murder any chance for this brew.

It's called a winter warmer - but where the hell is some label info to support this claim?

Not a winter warmer at any angle.

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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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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
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