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

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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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Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The clearly marked “BEST BY” date printed on the label is “May 14 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color looks black but I think it is very dark brown; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. A pathetic pour (my fault) yielded a pathetic, one-finger of lightly tanned head, which dissipated quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Cocoa — surprise, surprise. Caramel, dark chocolate, and dark malts keep it from being too hot chocolaty and there are hints of roasted malts. The label says honey is added but I do not smell it.

Taste: The flavors are muted and the mouthfeel is watery. The taste, though, mostly mirrors the smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark malts. The roasted malts, however, play a much more prominent role. They do not dominate, but the roasted quality is much more pronounced in the taste.

Drinkability: This is pretty lackluster beer. It is porter with training wheels.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer - I have been meaning to try tommyknocker beer for awhile, and I figured this is a good one to try out.

Appearance - A medium brown that looks decepitvely too light to be a porter. Good frothy head that forms when opened.

Smell - A more subtle smell than I would have expected. It has hints of coffee, hops, and bits of hazelnuts.

Taste - This is where the beer impressed me. The inital taste is that of most porters, but the tastes mellow out and leave a great chocolate taste.

Moutfeel - A very satisfying after drinking experience. Enough carbonation and taste to leave me smiling.

Overall - A good daily drinker for winter time. I think this beer would be out of season quickly for a 70 degree day though.

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Photo of Merkur
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice dark brown, almost pitch black color with a half fingers worth of white foamy head.

Beer smells very sweetly of cocoa and malts.

Beer tastes very strongly of super sweet chocolate. However, the taste feels like it was added and is not very balanced with the rest of the beer. Beer has a matly finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick.

Overall, a bit too sweet and unbalanced

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Photo of samie85
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark brown color with an 1/8 inch of light brown hump.

Smells of huge notes of cocoa with some dark chocolate and earthy hops.

Big cocoa that fades into some dark chocolate with light bitterness on the finish.

Rich at first with medium body and low carbonation that finishes thin and a little dry.

This started out promisingly enough but has kind of a weird aftertaste that lingers in the throat.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very very very dark brown. Very ver very dark amber. No head at all.

S: Stale brownie. Wood. Vanilla. Coco Puffs, Coco Krispies; very much like chocolatey breakfast cereals.

T: Wood. Unsweetened chocolate. Bitter dark unsweetened chocolate. If the chocolately breakfast cereals were served in water; yeah.

M: A little too thin. No coat on the tongue, and no lingering flavors left in the mouth. There is, however, a coaco flavor left in the nose.

O: If only it was as good as the smell led me to believe.

Thanks redliner8!

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Photo of fatmcb1
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Russian River glass

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that struggles make much of an appearance. A bit fizzy.

Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Pretty basic.

Chocolate, cocoa powder overpowers the coffee and other flavors. Very sweet, no malt backbone. The honey is hardly noticeable.

Light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich dark brown color with some reddish/orange highlights and a 1/8” light tan head that recedes slowly. The beer leaves a bit of lacing. Sipping leaves small patches of lacing for a bout a ¼ of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a bit one-dimensional and is mostly light cocoa. It is pleasant and worth taking a sniff periodically but isn’t particularly complex.

Taste: The flavors are both cocoa and a bit of malt with some traces of bittering that break up the sweetness. There seems to be some dark caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. The carbonation is light and persistent. The finish is medium long with some transition from the cocoa and sweetness to dry bitterness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a reasonably good beer that I’ve enjoyed sipping. That said I had this at the same place where I tried the Firestone Walker Reserve and given a choice between the two in the future I’d take the Firestone Walker. This is a good workmanlike beer that is not particularly outstanding in any way but is worth a try and can serve to as something to have with food or during a long chat with friends. However, there are better porters in the world.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this porter in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is puffy and swells to about a finger of maple syrup colored foam. The retention is not that great and leaves just enough film behind to cover the lid.

The body is a dark brown with ruby highlights. It is pretty impressive.

Smell- There is a ton of milk chocolate in the nose. There is a little bit of earthiness under the cocoa that must be the roasted malt. This is a nice nose.

Taste- The cocoa mingles at the front of the drink with the roasted malt. The chocolate is not nearly as strong as the nose, but it is not disappointing. As the drink progresses, there is a little more roasted malt and a sweet malt character.

The finish is loaded with the cocoa powder and a slight earthiness. Perhaps the honey is the sweet note I am picking up about mid way through the drink. A nice combo of flavor profiles all in all.

Mouth feel- Decent medium body and a pretty smooth drink, it is not really that watery either.

Overall- This porter tastes great with the addition of the cocoa powder, which comes through powerfully. The honey would have also been a great touch but was a little too subdued.

The feel also makes it a beer that is hard to stop sipping. If you ever come across this one give it a go. By far my favorite Tommyknocker offering yet.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, with some clear ruby edges when held to the light. A decent head to start with but it dies away quickly leaving moderate lace. The beer looked great initially but the quick dying head leaves the beer looking lifeless after a few minutes.

Cocoa, sweet medium roast coffee, and hints of vanilla, caramel and honey.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation. The flavor is cocoa powder and roasted malt right up front. There is some sweet chocolate, honey, and sweet roasted malt in the middle. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance things out in the end and allows the cocoa powder to once make a showing in the finish.

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