Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
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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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Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

medium coco aroma. the coco aroma seems distinct from other chocolate malt aromas. somehow sweeter. low roaster malt aroma. no hop or ester aroma.

deep brown color. light brown head. head retention is not good. i suspect the honey would have hurt it a bit. at the end of the tasting the glass shows medium lacing.

upfront the flavor is slightly bitter. but that gives way to malty sweetness accentuated by cocoa. the flavors of the cocoa and roasted malts are about equal. and about no hop flavor or bitterness. there is a small amount of roasted bitterness in the finish, but overall it finishes sweet.

medium-thin mouthfeel. medium-low carbonation.

overall i think that they had a really good idea here, but i think there is room for improvement, namely, fill it out a bit. it seems a tad petite. i would not describe this beer as substantial.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark brn/black body, no head, no lacing

S: lots of honey, cocoa, hint of nuts

T: cocoa, big honey, light roasted semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, light smooth mouth
hint of semi-dry finish

O: Let me say, I love Porters! This is too
light, weak, and honey sweet for my taste.


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Photo of dorianmarley
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is deep black, with red at the bottom of the glass. Almost no head, with some lacing.

Nose is cocoa powder off the bat, with sweet coffee.

Taste is predominately honey, with some cocoa, and coffee aftertaste. The sweetness is too much; weighs down all flavors.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive. Not much carbonation, overly watery; just not much going on.

Overall, great idea, but they forgot this was a beer and not a cocoa/honey drink.

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Photo of Keffa
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Live review.

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle given to me by schwaeh, thanks again Steve.

Best by March 26, 2012.

A: Pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head, leaves tiny spotty lacing everywhere. Head settles to a very thin cap.

S: Meh, not enough here. Grassy/earthy hop, roast, slight chocolate, and very faint honey. Good, but just too damn weak, really have to inhale deep to get anything off it.

T: That's much better. Roast coffee, chocolate, dry toast, honey, slightly bitter hop in the background, a little more roast and chocolate, and finishes quickly and cleanly. No noticable alcohol. Good here.

M: Dammit, I hate porters like this. Light, watery body, slightly oily, and slick on the palate. Light carbonation almost disappears on the palate. Why do brewers think that a porter has to be watery so it's not confused with a stout? This would have been so much better with more body to it. Grrr.

O: Drinkable, good flavor, looks good, aroma is meh and mouthfeel needs work. I'd drink this one again, but you'd be hard pressed to get me to buy more.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, quite opaque. Decent 2 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Lots of cocoa, almost like a chocolate milk smell, or perhaps cocoa puffs. Hints of vanilla, a touch of fruit. It's actually a bit of a soured smell.

T - Lots of cocoa in the draw, sweet malt, a touch of roasted coffee in the aftertaste that lingers a bit.

M - It's actually a fairly light body, more watery than creamy. It's smooth, though.

Overall - It was pretty weak. Not bad, but just missing a lot. The body was too watery, the smell was a bit sour, and the taste was just weak on flavor.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent of cool cocoa puffs and Hersheys rolls over a dark chocolate body and a milk chocolate head. Mentioned in the nose, cocoa puffs cereal is what nails the tongue as well. Some sweet roasted malts are tasted throughout the creamy medium bodied liquid.

Winter warmers are usually a bit higher in alcohol and tend to be spiced in a special way. I guess the honey and cocoa was TK's answer to this. Good porter, more than I expected!

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, hardly translucent. No head but a rim of lacing.

S - Huge bouquet of bitter cocoa and semi bitter chocolate shavings. Very aromatic and appealing. Hints of dry coffee beans floating around. Pumpernickel bread and dark grains.

T - Big chocolate flavor, first and foremost. Cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate syrup. Java in the background with a bit of dark sugar and malt. Pretty one dimensional here. Dark flavors with prominent chocolate character. No real detection of any honey flavors.

M - Light and wet, with fizzy carbonation and an easy ride.

O - Not bad, but lacks depth and complexity. Definitely contains a chocolatey character but lacks richness and balance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazelnut brown color with a small tan colored head that faded almost immdiatly and was replaced by a thin layer of lace on top. Hardly any side glass presentation.

somewhat nutty and full of caramel. Light though and it did not have the depth I had hoped for. Some slight coffee notes in the backround.dark chocolate and caramel and some slight notes of metallic taste throughout. A bit of a bitter dry finish and a good follow through till the next sip though.Decently smooth, and a nice medium bodied ale. I did not detect much in the way of thinness or a watery feel. Good carbonation left a great impression.

Pretty sesionable to be honest

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice dark brown with a small head that was carmel colored and laced nicely.
The aroma was of coffee mocha.
Tasted mildly sweet chocolate with some alcohol notes but not much, and left little after taste in the mouth.
This was low carbonation, medium bodied and finished quickly.
Overall This was a very easy drinker and was more flavorfull after it sat in the tulip glass for over 1/2 hour and the temp was around 60-65 F. This one should be visited again in the winter, as it warmed you from the alcohol. Seems to have delivered everything it said it was on the bottle

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Short tan colored head. Deep cola-black in color with a little red around the edges.

S: Clean cocoa aroma.

T: Like Yoo-hoo. Big cocoa dominates and is backed up by a bold malt backbone and slight bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, nice feel overall.

D: As a winter warmer, I could have a bunch. As a porter, decent. As chocolatey goodness, delicious. Sometimes I don't know why people drink/review beers that have words like "cocoa" in the name, then bash it for tasting like it. Maybe this isn't on the level of say, a Rogue Chocolate Stout, but it is really nice and different.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head.

Has a strong chocolate smell that is slightly burnt, with a healthy amount of caramel malt.

Taste is thinner than expected, fairly bready, and with very mild chocolate malt taste and no bitterness. Smell is more flavorful than the taste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected as well, with the feel of this beer fading quickly.

This is an inoffensive beer, but frankly doesn't have much going for it other than a nice smell.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just a weird tasting beer..

A: Almost can see throw this beer, head goes away instantly and minimal lacing..

S: A dark fruit honey smell and some of the cocoa as well

T: Got a ton of coffee cocoa flavor and some of the honey, it's not a great taste by any means but its okay

M: Leaves a funky taste in your mouth but its not overwhelming

D: Very drinkable beer!

Overall after this single I won't be buying this beer again

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Photo of tgorgz
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: It comes out dark brown/almost black, with virtually no head. You can see the bubbles that linger, and lacing that hangs on for a bit. Looks appetizing, but nothing particularly unique.

S: Lots of cocoa hits the nose right off, and it's followed by some malt and quite a bit of coffee. I'm a coffee and a porter fan, so I don't mind.

T: Perhaps it's the amount of carbonation in here, but I'm not a huge fan of this one. It tastes a little like you combined a cola a finish of coffee. However, I have had a porter before that tasted like flat soda and day-old coffee, so it could be much, much worse. However, I'm not particularly impressed.

M: It generally "feels" like a porter- a little thin and fizzy. However, the excess of carbonation tends to cause it to fizz up a little too much for my taste when swished around in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, but remarkably like a soda.

Overall, I've seen better and I've seen worse. I think this one could do with a little less carbonation.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a very dark brown with a head that took quite awhile to diminish.

Smell - Not very pleasant. A watery chocolate smell. That's about it.

Taste - Purely watered down cocoa powder. A little skunky and sour. But not a pleasant kind of sour. Just very average and boring. A little bit of a rotten taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Just as unpleasant as the taste. Bland and rotten tasting. This was my first Tommyknocker offering and I will be hesitant before picking up another one.

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Photo of richkrull
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up at Lake Mills Locker Liquor here in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a very very dark brown. Not too much head on it. Definitely pick up a lot of coffee on the nose with a hint of chocolate. Taste is same as the smell and about what you'd expect, cocoa and coffee. Not much aftertaste, not bitter at all. Smooth drinking beer, not too heavy though. Fairly drinkable. I would say a person could put down several of these although it's not really for me.

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Photo of timobkg
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a good head, which faded away after a bit. There were some cloudy participates, like tiny flakes, that detracted from the appearance of the beer.

The smell is of cocoa powder. Not chocolate, but specifically cocoa powder.

The taste is like a light roast coffee, lightly sweetened with honey, and with hints of cocoa. It's very light. There's no bitterness at all.

Overall, drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a good light-roast coffee. There's no bitterness at all, so this beer is perfect for those who dislike bitterness. Personally, I found it too light for my tastes, and would have preferred it to have more body and stronger roast flavour.

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Photo of stephadelphia
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized pilsner glass.

A- Poured a cloudy, milk/dark chocolate brown with about 2 inches of tan, bubbly head that dissipated slowly.

S- Hello, cocoa! That's the first thing I noticed when I held it up to my nose. A slight hint of roasted malts was also present, but that could also be because the cocoa was roasted before it was added to the mix. I can detect a bit of the honey they used during the brewing up front.

T- Dark chocolate is the most prominent flavor here. The roasted malts are super subtle and don't have much depth to them. The honey mentioned on the label is almost nonexistent. It may have increased the sweetness, but I don't suspect it added much to the beer.

M- I was really disappointed here. I expected a thick, creamy and smooth texture from the way it poured. In reality, the beer has medium carbonation and is too light and watery for me. I believe porters should pack a little more punch, and this one was barely a slap.

D- A letdown, overall. Once you get beyond the initial cocoa taste on your tongue, there's not much left to say about this beer. It was an attempt that, in my opinion, missed the mark almost entirely. I wouldn't drink this again, and would go for something heavier to satisfy the expectations I had for this brew.

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Photo of bamadog
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I haven't really given many beers from the brewery a shot, so I figured, what the heck. Review is from notes taken on 1/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Interestingly enough, the label talks about how they add maple syrup to each barrel of the Maple Nut Brown Ale, but that has nothing to do with this beer. Pour is a dark, cola brown; starts with a 1/4 finger loose and light tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a faint skim and a couple patches of milky looking bubbles; body is dark and nearly opaque, but does show a couple of very dark mahogany highlights when held up to the light; a few spots of tan lacing are left holding on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wow, smells like chocolate malt, Whoppers and Ovaltine -- really not too bad overall, but it could be just a tad more robust and possibly have a bit of roastiness to it to possibly balance out all the sweet scents.

Taste: Holy crap, tastes like a tall glass of cold Ovaltine and cocoa; there is just a very faint bit of a light roastiness and cola sweetness as well; it's a bit overly sweet and could use some earthy nuttiness or even some coffee-esque flavors to balance it out, but it's not bad after a big meal. I see that it doesn't get a lot of love from others on the site, but I certainly can't say that I hate it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely weak here and it could use some thickening up -- it comes across loose and water; carbonation is present, but fairly soft -- kind of reminds me of soda that's gone half-way flat; a thin and moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and it holds the Ovaltine flavors for quite some time.

Drinkability: Not awful, and I feel that if the body was thicker, it would be a much better drink; I do wish the flavors were a little more balanced, but again, not awful. Definitely worth a try, but not something to pick up regularly or even annually. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very smooth, but sweeter Porter that reminds me of a more timid but chocolaty Milk Stout.

Pouring a deep brown color with a moderate haze, the beer forms a lightly tanned head that retains for about half the session. No real lacing is evident.

Rich aromas of chocolate dominate, with a background roundness of toffee, coffee, and walnuts. Somewhat muted in intensity, the beer seems light on complexity... at least to the nose.

Flavors closely mimick the aromas with a bold start of chocolate but with caramel malts, brown/chocolate malts, and moderate coffee giving a variety to the chocolate flavor. After initial flavors, other notes of walnuts and grain weigh in as I expect a bittering finish.

Creamy and smooth early, the beer holds this mouthfeel going very deep into the finish, and without worrying about the transition to hop crispness or dryness in the finish. Where these attributes could have made for a more complex transition, it would have hurt the overall succulent experience of flavor.

I rather like this beer for it's chocolately smoothness, but the timid nature of flavor, moderate weight, and one-dimensional focus keeps it from scoring higher.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark murky brown with a thin tan head. No lacing. Nose is mostly of cocoa with hints of burnt coffee. It has a very chocolaty smell. Taste is of bitter sweet chocolate. You get the sweet chocolate at first followed by a bitter cocoa taste that seems to linger till the finish. Finish is very coffee like. Overall the mouth feel is medium bodied. Its also very creamy and soft. Its also very well carbonated. This is a good beer, and a nice twist on the style. Knocking back a few of these again would be no problem at all.

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Photo of claspada
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 pants678
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of cocoa powder.

More spice than cocoa and comes into itself toward the middle, instead of dissipating after the top. Even then, it doesn't exactly make it's mark. The tinges of nuts here and there, overlying honey bring it up a bit, but still bland.

The carbonation is right, but the brew simply is not thick. I'd call it medium body and far from robust.

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Photo of dtivp
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby brown with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly into a slight ring with slight lacing.

Aroma was dominated with the cocoa, burnt malt and barley.

Taste was very sweet with honey followed by burnt sugar with a bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure that I would classify this beer as a winter warmer, it was too thin of a porter for me and the sweetness was very over powering.

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 28.2% out of 100 with 458 ratings
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