Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
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:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 462
Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown, with a lighter tint. Lightly carbonated with slight retaining head.

S: Very chocolately with honey; Very sweet and simple yet full aroma.

T: Similar to smell, very sweet chocolate taste, with balance of honey on the finish. Fairly well done, I feel like this is pretty underrated.

M/D: Very, very drinkable and smooth. Not quite as bubbly as I'd like, but still fairly carbonated

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591, this is the last of the haul he provided me.

This beer pours a dark brown color, there isn't much head retention to be found. The largest problem I have is there is a serious amount of yeast particles or something like it suspended in the brew. The aroma is a nice smooth cocoa aroma and the sweet lactose that maybe part of the beer. The taste is seriously chocolaty. I honestly feel like I'm drinking a cold Swiss Miss here. It tastes pretty good, but there is an odd sourness. As if I had used past prime milk in my chocolate milk. The cocoa however is epically wonderful. The mouthfeel has particulates, which are displeasing to myself. The viscosity and carbonation are on point, but the particulates ruin it for me. This would be a really nice beer if I could get past the epic amount of floaties in my beer. If you feel like playing russian roulette and seeing if you get any, this might turn out to be a damn fine porter. I do love the chocolate. So if you really like chocolate, suck it up and have one. But buyer beware!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Found on a clearance shelf: Three bucks for a sixer? Get some! It pours a barely translucent ruby-brown, topped by a half-finger of tan foam, filled with a strange precipitate. The nose is a pleasant blast o' cocoa, with some maple syrup, molasses, honey, and some toasted biscuits. But the cocoa, as one might expect, dizzominates. Sweet. The taste also finds itself dominated by cocoa, but some molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, and brown sugar notes also set up shop. It's pretty sweet, but not cloyingly or annoyingly. The body is a stark medium, with a light carbonation and a silky feel. Overall, a major deal at the price I got it at, and one I'm glad I'll be able to enjoy for a while longer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a deep chocolate look to it with less than a finger head. It sticks to my weizen glass nicely though. Quite opaque.

S- a strong cocoa aroma. It is like sticking your head in the nestle quick powder container. Not much else though which is a slight disappointment.

T- cocoa and chocolate. Like drinking a beer with cocoa powder thrown right into it.

M- creamy and a medium bodied beer. It slides down the throat.

D- Overall, i like this beer, not love but like. I enjoy the cocoa type of porter. It can become overbearing. Too much of it can really get to your tastebuds.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark brown body with big bubbled head with poor retention.

S - The sweet aroma of cocoa is prevelent and inviting.

T - The flavor is consistent with the smell. There's a strong chocolate presence backed up by a nice malt.

M - The feel is smooth and soft for the most part. There's a slight coarseness in the middle but its nothing that takes away from the brew. For a porter the body is slightly light.

~ This is definitely something I would recommend to my friends, despite the lack-luster appearance. This is a unigue twist on the porter frame that I would certainly try again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a modest head that rings the liquid without leaving muchbehind

Smell: Chocolate milk

Taste: Chocolate milk, up front, with a sour lactic character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate milk character returns and lingers in the finish, though the sour tones persist underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like chocolate milk, you just might like this one; not terrible, but not terribly complex, either

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Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually disagree with the reviewers in the other direction, but I'm on the opposite side of the fence on this one, I like the TommyKnocer Cocoa Porter. Granted, there isn't a ton of cocoa in the this beer, and it is a tad thin, but what's not to like. The beer pours a nice brown color with particulates in the beer, a creamy, albeit small off white head, that doesn't retain long. There is no lacing going on here. The nose is quite pleasant. It isn't particularly assertive but there are plenty of chocolate and roasted notes to keep this respectable.

The taste is quite good. I like the slightly roasted, charred, and malty underneath to the beer. It does have a slightly over processed metallic tinge to it, but the beer is still malty and good. There is a molasses like thickness and sweetness to the beer, more than any cocoa flavors that really define this one. It has a sweet chocolatey flavor, maybe a bit too sweet to be taken seriously, and perhaps that is why it was panned on BA. Nevertheless, I like the sweet caramel, chocolate, molasses, and roasted qualities of this beer. I would have another.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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 jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/28/2010 (Bottle dated 0 9 N 09):

Pours a very dark brown color body, with an average-small off-white head, mostly lasting. Strong coffee aroma, dusty, cocoa, some sweet honey notes too. Not super strong a smell. Some roasted notes. Sweet honey taste, cocoa aftertaste. Roasted cocoa taste. Very strong taste. Not bad, tasty.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured pitch black leaving little to no head.

Aroma pretty much consisted of chocolate and roasted malt

Taste was similar to smell with the chocolate and roasted malts, but I also picked up quite a bit of unexpected hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was along the consistency of water.

I didn't really care for this beer a whole lot. The cocoa was there, but I wasn't really feeling the beer overall. The mouthfeel was lacking as well. The other issue I find is that if it's a "winter warmer" I'd expect it to have a little higher abv.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice; dark brown around the edges when held to a lamp. One finger khaki coloured head hangs around for around a minute or so before fading away. Smell was much nicer than I expected with the cocoa right up front; other softer malty nuances linger in the back. Big chocolate straight away. This actually *does* smell and taste a bit like Hershy's cocoa powder. Hop presence is very mild and only detectable if you're looking for it. Mouthfeel, too, was more solid that I was expecting. This beer really outperformed what I thought it was going to do. I'm rather impressed, all things considered.

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Photo of kegger22
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer was a brown color with a small beige head that evaporated to nothing.

The aroma was strong cocoa and very good.

The taste was sweetened cocoa and a little cola, not bad; I like Coke and Hershey's.

The mouth feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was good, moderate ABV plus decent flavor.

My impression of Cocoa Porter was that it is a little on the gimmicky side, going heavily with the cocoa and little else. However simple, it was not a bad beer, well worth sampling, but not at a premium price.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gives you about a half finger of creamy tan head, very even surface, swift to dissipate with little left either across the liquid or as lacing. Deep brown color, touch of mahogany, cloudy enough to achieve opacity. The cocoa to milk chocolate is overpowering in the nose, close second are the plum, prune, raisin, black cherry fruit scents, honeyed oat cereal, coffee ice cream, there's really not much room for much but that cocoa. Full-bodied, the carbonation adds a slight tickle or prickle but, otherwise, it's a carbon copy of the nose. Cocoa, cocoa, cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. Oats, bran, granola. The honey slightly lower here. No bitterness, nothing jumps out at you as "hoppy." Maybe it's the drying texture but less thrust in the plum, prune, raisin, date fruit. Cocoa certainly does linger through the finish. Guess you could say a good example of "truth in advertising."

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Photo of teetotaler
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Mavajo
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with mahoganny hi-lites when held up to the light. Moderate head that recedes quickly, but eventually settles into a thick crown that retained exceptionally well - lasted the duration. No lacing.

Nose is loaded with cocoa. You sniff this blindfolded and you'll think you're sniffing a cup of hot cocoa. Really wonderful. The taste brings the cocoa again, but it's slightly more subdued than the nose - lots of malt, and sweet. Unfortunately, the taste regressses some as the beer warms, and the cocoa seemed to fade a bit - leaving me with simply a sweet, malty beer. It wasn't bad, but it took a noticeable step down from the initial sip, in my opinion. Never offensive, but not a thriller either. Tastes borderline macro-ish by the end.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I like, but it's not a stout, so it's not entirely fair to expect more. Fairly smooth and maybe a bit creamy. Decent drinkability...medium body makes it easy to drink.

All in all, I enjoyed it, but it's far from being a great beer.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came a deep black hazy brown with no head.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate start you out and then the taste continues that along with some sweetness with more chocolate than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout starts very sweet and ends the same way. It's lighter on tongue with a good chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of Rayek
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy deep walnut brown in color. A fizzy cream head struggles to form and vanishes quickly. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Smells like a dark chocolate bar, and not much else.

T: The taste of dark chocolate is balanced by a slightly burnt bitterness. Outside of that, there's maybe a hint of licorice. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: The medium-light body is dry and quite fizzy.

D: This beer was too one dimensional for me to truly enjoy it. The carbonated liquid chocolate theme just didn't work for me.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately I drank this right out of the bottle outside the beer store (Lena's in Mentor Oh.) So my friend would know if he should buy a sixer or not, after 1 sip, we both agreed this was well worth the buy. So he went in and came out empty handed, I got the Last sixer-HAHAHAHA!! So it was creamy and a nice cocoa powder taste to start,not a lot of body and a sweet "Honey" taste on the finish, and when this warmed up a little, it sort of tasted like a milkshake, but not overly sweet like some people think, they should try Southern Tier's Choklat or Creme Brulee if they want to try SWEET. This is a very drinkable porter....yet not your typical porter, so once at christmas time I think I could handle just fine....and my friend that didn't get any, I traded him 2 for 1 bottle of Goose Island and 1 bottle of Left Hand Fade to Black Stout. I think we both made out pretty good.

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Photo of Fnord
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Opaque brown with a bare wisp of head.

Smell & Taste - Cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, toffee, and a touch of honey. Just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from dominating the palate.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with medium carbonation.

Notes - A well named porter, it really does taste like cocoa. I haven't been impressed with Tommyknocker beers before, but this one is pretty good. I'm surprised at the low rating it gets on this site.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours black with crimson edges, small ivory cream head is built with easy pour. Mostly milk chocolate and cocoa nibs in the nose, weak character present. The taste is hurt by the feel, very chocolaty, not much beer flavor but more like a dark chocolate soda. The mouthfeel was more like a soda pop, it could have been much better with a crisper feel and drier finish.

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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 towersfall
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a pretty cream colored head that can't hold retention whatsoever and leaves no evidence of it's existence at all.

Smell: Sweet cocoa, honey and brown sugar. Smells like someone spiked the hot cocoa at Waffle House.

Taste: Extremely malty with what feels like straight cocoa powder poured in. Not bad tasting whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet and full bodied which leaves a delicious aftertaste.

Drinkability: Feels more like a cup of cold cocoa if you ask me. It's not bad, but I only feel I could have one and I had to share it to get rid of it. It's not bad, but I don't see myself drinking this, but instead finding other brews by this company.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...lots of fizzing. Small ½ finger, off-white head. Moderate legs. The body is a deep chestnut brown color...dark, but not opaque.

Strong cocoa opening a packet of Swiss Miss. Hints of vanilla beans and honey are also present.

Good balances of chocolate and toffee flavors dominate the palate. Finishes with a slightly nutty bite. Could not detect any honey flavors until the finish.

Mouth feel is thin and slightly creamy. Above average carbonation.

All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Could use a little more roasted flavor in my opinion. Makes a terrific campfire brew!

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Photo of Josievan
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, but surprisingly transparent. Head is pretty weak, but some lacing mingles around here and there.

Smell: I mainly smell the cocoa, some roasted malt is there too.

Taste: Cocoa powder is present, but in an odd way. I was expecting this beer to be sweeter. Instead, there's a somewhat bitter aftertaste that doesn't mesh greatly with the cocoa taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin for a porter. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability: It took me awhile to get this down, but it wouldn't be too bad to have one of these at a time.

Notes: This beer looked exciting when I saw the tap: cocoa in a porter! It's a neat concept, but the beer just didn't execute for me. I'm a little disappointed, but that doesn't mean this isn't a decent enough winter seasonal to give a try.

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 462 ratings