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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Added by russpowell on 11-09-2006

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Photo of Mavajo
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -3%
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 -1.5%
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 +29.5%
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 +10.5%
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 -9%
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 +22%
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 0%
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 +20.8%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of endincolorado
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chestnut brown with a moderate amount of foamy, tan head. Moderate head retention and only a little lace.

Aromas of cocoa, roasted malt and something that reminds me of wood. (old wood).

Flavors of some light roast, cocoa powder, honey-sweetness and the faintest glimmer of hops. Overall reminiscent of hot chocolate (kind of).

Body is medium with a pretty satisfying texture and appropriate carbonation.

This beer is refreshing and the flavors work together well enough. That being said; it could have used a little more cocoa and maybe some richer malt. Though Cocoa Porter's probably my favorite beer by this brewery thus far, I still have yet to taste one that's actually impressing.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.32/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a notable cloudy brown with an off white head that faded quickly to a ring around the edge that produced minimal lacing. The first thing that caught my eye was the lighter color and even that the body looked lighter.

S: Cocoa. Not chocolate but cocoa. I waited until it got to temperature and smelled again. There is a little sweetness back there - almost honey like but this is still very cocoa. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but if you don't really like cocoa then don't try this.

T: It doesn't stray from the nose at all. No surprises from the nose to taste. I like chocolate beers and it's nice to taste something a little different.

M: Thin to medium body, good carbonation, smooth, no alcohol burn. You almost get a... dusty sensation from the level of cocoa.

D: I like it. As stated above I like chocolate beers and I can enjoy and appreciate this as something along the same lines but different. With the alcohol content I could enjoy more than one of these a night.

-Blessed be the Brew!

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Photo of sholland119
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-A murky brown with a bit of off white head, no lacing. Odd, and not altogether appealing.

S-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Way way too sweet.

T-Like a Fudgickle. Or is it Fudgesickle? Seriously, like a melted frozen chocolate confection. This is beer?

M-Medium bodied and rather fizzy.

D-Uh, nope. Sorry...


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Photo of runesead
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What makes this beer stand out, both positively and negatively, is the chocolate taste.

The highly malty taste complements the very potent chocolate taste. In brief, this tastes like a milkshake.

If you want a light cocoa taste in your beer, this is not for you. In fact, by the end of the bottle, I began to grow tired of the chocolaty taste.

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Photo of Mayhem976
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark, passes light when I hold my glass up to the light has a reddish brown hue to it. Very thin head and hardly any presence of fingers.

S- Strong honey smell with small traces of chocolate.

T- Tastes like it smells, watered down honey flavor with small amount of chocolate tossed in. Not a single trace of hops on the palate.

M- Thin and watery, tastes flat as a matter of fact.

D- I guess if you're wanting to gulp down sweet beer quickly this stuff will do just the trick. Not my cup of tea but if you're a sweet beer lover that doesn't want to get blown away by strong alcohol content then this is your beer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - Bottled Sept. 2 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with some light showing in around the edges. The head is off-white and short-lived with little retention. There is no lace.

Smell: Strong cocoa aroma overwhelms the nose. Roasted malt, and sweet brown sugar.

Taste: More sweet cocoa with a honey punch that makes the beer even sweeter. A very malty beer without much (if any) hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, sweet and nice in the mouth. No noticeable alcohol. Not much carbonation either.

Drinkability: Quite nice. I love the aroma and wish it translated into the taste a lot more. I will do this one again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer a month or so ago. I can certainly see why this is a winter beer. It's essentially a cool, carbonated chocolate drink. The aroma is close to chocolate milk and the flavor takes that with only the addition of a little honey. This is a pretty simple beer, but if you want a beery chocolate drink, here's your beer.

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Photo of storksonm
3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing this beer in the singles section at the store for awhile and finally jumped at the chance. It didn't have much of a head to it but nice color. The main thing that stands out about this beer is the cocoa flavor and the slight vanilla tastes that are present.
It's worth the buy especially if you're someone who likes chocolate and who doesn't like chocolate? It's a nice porter, and is only what it advertises. The gnomes are pretty sweet too.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this as part of a mixed sixer, decent call. A finger of mocha foam fades fast, leaving little lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Nice aromas of cocoa and coffee, with some caramel; strong and straightforward, as is the taste. Very malty, not surprisingly, and the coffee emerges more strongly than I expected. A bit of berry to offset the cocoa/coffee cabal wouldn't be a bad idea. Smooth, nicely effervescent, and very drinkable, it's a solid porter--fairly basic, but tasty.

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Photo of jackorain
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin watery dark brown with a light tan head that fell quickly to nothing.

Smells of fudgicle and cocoa powder. A slight roasted quality as well. A bit of coffee comes in the end.

Tastes just like it smells.

Nice light to medium body with a moderate to high level of fizzy carbonation

Not as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I can only have one.

Thnaks For Reading.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared and that left only minor lacing

S - strong smell of bitter chocolate and a hint of vanilla

T - toasted malt flavor up front with the bitter chocolate coming through strong in the finish

M/D - medium bodied and light carbonation, a bit syrupy to me but that just might be the chocolate. A nice one to try but I wouldn't really consider it something to have again and again.

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Photo of beveritt
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a downtown winter scene with horses pulling a wagon full of kegs. The back is notched with what looks like October 13, 2008, maybe a bottled on date?

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of medium tan, big bubbled head. This settles very quickly, down to just a thin, incomplete coating of foam. The beer itself is a medium-dark brown. Opaque in the middles, but easily seen through around the edges. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong chocolate aroma, but sugary and flat, like a Tootsie Roll.

Taste: Strong cocoa flavor upfront, but just not right. Too sweet and artificial tasting, with a distinct metal sharpness to it. This is, unfortunately, the overwhelming flavor in the beer, with little behind it to salvage the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is thin.

Drinkability: Well, with the description of a porter with cocoa and honey added, I was excited. After a few sips, I am disappointed.

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Photo of whoneeds8
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out black with a small off white head that goes by fast. No lacing. Smells really nice with strong cocoa scents. But the taste is very bland. The "porter" part of this beer is missing. It's not robust, and over carbonated. There's a sweetness to the beer, but it's evident it's from the honey and not from the malt. Overall, this is a one and done.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with ruby highlights. A thin finger coffee head that falls quickly. No lace.
Aroma is heavy cocoa, dark sweet malts, and slight roastiness.
Flavor is not as sweet as I expected from the nose. Heavy cocoa throughout. Bitter chocolate flavor that lingers far into the finish. Very lovely.
Medium light body, with moderate carbonation. I think I'd prefer it a little heavier in body and lighter in carbonation.

Not much porter, it's a vehicle for the clear presentation of cocoa. Not something I'll kill a sixer of, but a very fun and delicious winter treat. Much better than hot cocoa for Texas winters when it's still hitting 80.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown color with a thin light tan colored head that fades rapidly and does not leave much lacing.

Smells like a freshly opened can of Hershey's baking cocoa, beautiful nose. Not much else here though, maybe a twinge of earthy hops and milky lactose.

Taste is straight up like a hot cocoa vanilla half-caf mocha cream latte porter with miniature marshmallows floating half melted on the top...uh, yea. Very yummy, but it is pretty thin and even a bit one-dimensional, but the shit is uber-tasty. A great offering from the boyz in Idaho Springs, IMO.

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