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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Photo of bushbeer75
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - best by May 5, 2014

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter changed my [clear] pint glass into dark brown producing a 1-finger tan head. The nose is dominated by light roasted coca malt with just a hint of sweetness from honey. The taste is also dominated by light cocoa/chocolate malt along with light coffee flavors. Where did the honey go? - hardly if at all noticeable. There is a mild bitterness to help balance the malt with a light burnt and dry finish. The mouth feel is the Achilles heel of this Ale. A little thin - almost watery.

For the style Cocoa Porter is lighter making it not filling and easy to drink. However, I prefer my porters a little heavier.

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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 mntlover
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

To be fair best by June 17 2013 but considering its a porter it should be fine. Sadly our local distributor is not fine as they just started caring Tommyknocker's guess they got a deal.

Pours a dark brown good burgundy highlights when held to the light. Small tan head falls to ring some light lace left behind.

Aroma is only lightly roasted malt with fruity notes, light coco and even lighter coffee. On the light side but not bad.

Taste is sadly lighter then the nose light roasted notes that seems watery in the middle. Light fruity notes with coco hints and light coffee. Finish is lingering fruit and light hops.

Mouthfeel is on light side for a porter. Carbonation is good lightly peppy.

Overall kind of average not really bad just not anything that stands out.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, honey, toast, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, light coffee, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Good balance of dark and roasted malt flavors with cocoa and honey additions; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice porter. Good balance and solid robustness of roasted/dark malt flavors with cocoa/honey; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Renamed and re-labeled as Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Seasonal Ale. Still 5.7% ABV and IBU = 18.
Slightly past May 2013 "best by" date stamp.
Pours clear but very dark reddish brown, with a small head that soon reduces to a partial film and ring.
The aroma has a substantial and appealing cocoa element that mixes nicely with the dark roasted malts. No obvious sign of hops here or in the flavor, yet only ever so slightly sweet. Plenty of chocolate in tasting too, along with a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel seems too thin for a brew with these other sensory characteristics. Medium carbonation. Good use of chocolate(?) malts.
O: great aroma but the flavor and feel fail to keep pace.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium globe glass. Best by date May 2013. Pours a dark black with a hint of red/amber with a tiny bit of head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of cocoa powder, coffee, and licorice. Taste is full of roasted coffee with a cocoa finish. Faintly sweet. Lightly carbonated and a good clean mouthfeel with this beer in my opinion.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with cocoa and honey. Pint glass set to receive. Best by Apr 29 13.

Pours dark brown. The head gargled with a heightened drip. Doesn't want to sit, though. Wouldn't even have populated these bubbles on top if it weren't for an elevated hand. Some glass-glazing.

Spot on. Smells of chocolate and honey. The chocolate is dark, but not as dusty as I'd perceive cocoa to be. Sweetness attached to the honey and really serves the dark malts well. Light caramel. Notes of heated treacle.

Eh, then I taste it. A little watery. Roasty, but held back a bit. Dry cocoa, nuttiness, a dry honey tone, attenuated malts, very light cardboard note that backs away enough to not count too harshly against it. Has a funny aftertaste, like stale earthy hops.

Drinks at a decent pace. Body is medium, but not stout-y. Carbonation has a late sting to it; there's a little more than enough of it.

These seasonal beers are still fun to me, thank goodness. Otherwise, there's a lot of them that leave you a little flat. This isn't a bad beer by any means, it just falls short all over the place. A nearly respectable porter; a terribly average craft offering. Yet, sadly, one of my favorite Tommyknocker beers.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some copper hue. Thick brown head with decent retention and chunks of lacing.

Roasted malts and some cocoa on the nose. Perhaps a bit of caramel and chocolate too.

Lots of roasty malt in the flavor. Some cocoa and coffee flavor as well. Upfront flavors are good, but finishes a bit metallic.

Thin for a porter with carbonation a touch high.

More than I was expecting out of this. Flavors are actually half decent. The only thing that really brings it down is mouthfeel.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, while it AIN'T a gutter-ball Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was so unoffensive that I had to actually GOOGLE up "Porter vs. Stout" to refresh myself of what characteristics that I am SUPPOSE to be looking for in the Porter style. Turns out that it is right up the middle...for a SPLIT; it fits so safely in the Porter style that it is nothing more than...a Porter.

Color = pass (dark brown)
Head = pass (thin but lasting)
Smell = pass (sweet maltiness)
Mouthfeel = accurate (medium body)

I've come to expect any beer advertising "Winter" to generally be noticeably-to-sharply smoked in flavor which is NOT a characteristic I care for in beverages - which is why it doubly surprised me for it's overall unoffensiveness.

I would offer this to guests as an introduction to the base Porter style (the rule) and then follow with Porters that push the style to the four corners of its boundaries (bending but not breaking the rules). The "Winter" part however, escapes me - and thankfully in this case...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark brown, cola highlights. Thin tan head.
smell: Hmmm, not much cocoa or honey. This has a "different" nose, hard to put a finger on...reminds me of cola a bit.
taste: Again, a little different. Tasty enough. Nothing stands out. Pleasant, if mundane.
overall: The cocoa powder, honey thing sounds a lot better than the results but not bad.

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Photo of Omnium
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard 16oz Pint Glass
A - Dark brown amber color, thick head with decent lacing of a tan, caramel color
S - Roasted malts, cocoa, minimal chocolate, hint of smokiness, caramels, and maybe even some maple syrup?
T - The roasted malt flavor is abundant here, with traces of cocoa popping up, a mild sweetness, and a coffee type quality to it. Aftertaste is a little more on the sour side of a roasted quality
M - To me this feels a lot more like a black lager, very very thin for a porter, and overcarbonated
O - Total meh, got this on the discount shelf at my bottle shop, and for good reason - Its not good, there's barely any robust cocoa quality to it, you get a little smell, a little hint of it in taste, but there's definitely no great porter qualities either.

Tommyknocker, you have yet to impress me.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

There's an interesting flavor here that works, and I think that counts the most.

Cocoa porter pours a dark, dark brown with a lumpy dirt-brown head. It fades, but never completely. And the lacings are decent, as well.

The smell is innocently sweet, like maple syrup and chocolate covered coffee beans.

Despite the rating, I actually enjoy the overall taste. It has a slick mouthfeel that feels both light and roasty at the same time, like a couple notches up from a black lager. There's some roast coffee and smoke here that's cradled between cocoa sweetness up front and a faint honey sweetness near the back.

I want to like this beer more than I do. I just wish there was more behind it. The body's a little too slick and light to support all of the flavors, and it all feels like it's over too soon. It's like listening to the Rolling Stones with the volume cranked to 2.

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Photo of Ford
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is a very smooth and not very flavorful porter. I love porters and there are a lot of great ones out there... if someone doesn't like bitterness, then this is certainly one they might enjoy.

It isn't bad, just average. I doubt I'll be buying this again, with so many better porters out there. This one is just bland.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Written from notes from earlier. Was poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black, but yielded little to no head!

Smell: Slight chocolate smell, but mostly the honey that the bottle says was also added. Not exciting in the least bit, and certainly not as exciting as I usually figure a chocolate/cocoa beer would be.

Taste: The chocolate is there, barely. The honey seems to come out more. The actual porter may taste better without either addition. Still, not bad. A nice, sweeter porter. Don't think I'd go back to it though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin for a porter, and probably the breaking point for me on this.

Definitely disappointed in this one.

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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 Bills453
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark chocolates brown. When held up to light it looks about the color of a Hershey's bar.

Smell - chocolate and cocoa powder. Smells very good, something I feel I will enjoy drinking.

Taste - solid porter taste with a bit of an extra chocolate aftertaste than expected from most normal porters I have had. Not sure If this is a good or bad thing...

Mouthfeel - quality

Overall - a decent porter, but not my favorite. Still a very drinkable brew though.

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Photo of suspect
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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 WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a very dark bown, but only with a single finger of fizzy head that receded back to almost nothing in less than a minute with minimal lacing left behind. The cocoa powder and honey are both in the aroma and in the flavor, but mainly as a garnish level on top of a standard toasted malt... body is smooth and the finish is slightly more dry than the rest of the sip. Not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a sludgy brown. Doesn't look as thick on the pour as I was hoping. The head dissipates quickly.
S: Not as much smell as I was expecting either. The chocolate doesn't really come through. There is some malt in there.
T: Tastes a little bitter and the flavors are less than complicated. Again not a lot of chocolate. Some malty notes but it about stops there.
M: Sits with a medium-light body. Not bad.

Overall a not so great beer. It wasn't terrible but the cocoa they are touting doesn't really come through. The bitterness of the cocoa powder really shows it's self. It was alright.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with "Best by" dating of Jul 16, 2012.

Pours darn near black, under a whimpy darker tan head, that quikly goes to a fine film, slim colar and minimal fine lacing.

I pick up some chalky dark chocolate and cocoa in the nose.

Chocolaty porter, on the dry and chalky side. With a hint of cherry or something else sweet. Nothing terrible, but I'm not really lovin this one.

Would likely go well with some thing like a, suprise,chocolate dessert.

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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 ChrisPratz
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Less then a fingers worth of head calms down to very minimal lacing. Lingers with little clouds of lace and some all around the edge. Deep dark coffee coloring.

S: Cocoa is most noticeable of course, with some toasted dark chocolate and deep malts. Scents become stronger as it warms. Very nice.

T: Other then then the chocolate, it almost tastes like a big mouthful of chocolate malt balls. Transitions from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Maltyness is def noticeable towarss the end. Very nice flavors flowing around here.

M: Very mild carbonation, leaves almost a creaminess feeling in the mouth. Bit heavy but what are porters for?

O: Very enjoyable, they've done well here. Everything works together well and everything seems to amplify as it warms.

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Photo of phishsihq
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter pours a deep, dark brown, opaque and nearly black, with a thin off-white head that leaves not much in the way of lacing. Dark roasty malts are predominant, with hints of cocoa, honey, and some sweetness filling out the aromas. Cocoa and chocolate are strong on the pallet, with some sweetness lingering on through the finish. Cocoa Porter features a big, bold body, and a medium-light amount of carbonation. These temps aren't supposed to be around for long, but it was a excuse to bust out a Winter warmer.


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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.47/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewpub poured into a big, heavy Big Horn Brewing pint glass.

Appearance: It's black with no light shining through. Nice 2 finger head settles down to a thin coating which lasts down to the last sip.

Smell: Cocoa, cocoa, and more cocoa with brown malt too.

Taste: Chocolate malt creamy goodness with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Silky and light/medium body with light carbonation.

A tasty offering from the most picturesque Brewery location on the planet. Similar to a milk stout.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown to black with a ruby hue. There is only a thin head to this offering.

The faint smell of chocolate is a bit too subtle to be enticing. There is some chocolate upfront in the flavor profile, but it is not particularly bold. More important, it lacks the strong roasted character of a good porter.

There is some bitter cocoa in the finish, which is a nice way to end.

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