Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

BA SCORE
77
okay
458 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
458
Reviews:
223
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
18.98%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 12/16/10. Bottled on 10/13/10. Bottle, poured into a US Tumbler.

A: Pours about one finger of tan head which disappears very quickly. Very dark, almost black, but a reddish hue when held up to light. A little lacing, but overall not much carbonation.

S: Very wholesome, roasty chocolate and caramel, with the subtlest hints of alcohol. Very little hop aroma.

T: Definite porter. Again, a very wholesome roasty chocolate with the slightest hint of coffee and honey. Chocolate becomes even bolder as the beer warms. Very delicious!

M: Very smooth, goes down easy. The lower amount of carbonation works well with the wholesome chocolate and roasty malt sweetness.

D: Very easy to drink. Delicious porter for those that want a chocolatey beer to warm up with during the holidays. This would make a great dessert beer. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Served on the warmer side, 55-60F.

Pours thin brown with a tiny fizzy light brown head that fades very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is features a good dose of cocoa and chocolate, some roasted/burnt malts and a touch of dark fruit. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is quite sweet with chocolate and sugar, sugar, sugar. Can't taste anything beyond the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Aroma is pretty good but way too sweet on the tongue. Average at best. Couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
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 NStLincoln
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This has been one of my favorite winter beers in the past. Let's see how 2010's edition stacks up.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a dark tan head that is gone in about 15 seconds.

Still has some of the tootsie roll smell I liked so much in previous years but something is different. There's a cocoa powder smell which is great but it almost seems sugary now. Like cocoa powder mixed with generic maple syrup. The end of the aroma is a little muddy, too.

Tastes like cocoa and deeply toasted malts. Something in the cocoa tastes off to me though.

A thinner beer than what I was expecting. Fits the style but the carbonation is a tad light.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint...

A: pours a hazy brown with a ceamy tan head

S: cocoa is noticeable along with aromas of roasted malts, maple syrup. also, some cocoa puffs

T: sweet and syrupy up front with the cocoa puff flavors coming in again. joined by roasted malt. finishes with hot chocolate flavors

M: medium-full body with a creaminess that goes great with the flavors, finishes chalky and dry. reminds me of hot cocoa

Overall, can't believe the poor reviews on this ne. This is a great beer for the season. Wish I would've picked up more than one.

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Photo of jrsully77
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark color from the pour.

Dark and Milk chocolate smells

SWEET, almost like a milkshake...too much sweet...it overcomes all the other flavors

Creamy feel that is thick but not heavy

It was difficult to finish this beer because of how sweet it was. It you prefer more bitter beers skip this one.

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Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Extremely dark brown, head fades to tan rim of foam.
S- The smell has a roasty malt aroma and dsrk unsweetened cocoa powder.
T- The flavor starts with a bit of swetness and then ends with that unsweetened cocoa flavor.
MD- There is a watery feel/taste before the cocoa taste kicks in. This isn't a bad beer, but I really don't think I would look for again. thanks to Tom D for this bottle.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown, with a finger and a half khaki head with light lacing. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla and old wood. The palate pretty much follows the nose on this brew with the cocoa taking a dominate lead as it should. While this medium bodied brew was a different path less followed by this tester. I found it most enjoyable.

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Photo of TheAdventurella
4.62/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is not a good winter warmer, but it is a very good beer. It does feel a little thin in your mouth, but it smells exactly what it's name says: a cocoa porter. The beer tastes like chocolate milk made with Nesquick or Ovalteen or anything other chocolate powder brand with a mild, beer after-taste. Overall I give it an A.

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Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +5.4%
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 +26.2%
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 +14.2%
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 +13%
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 -0.6%
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 +19.6%
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 +19%
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 -3.6%
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 -3%
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 +10.5%
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 +12.7%
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 +6.6%
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 -18.7%
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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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.32 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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