Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

BA SCORE
77
okay
458 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
Read the review
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown color with ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Slighty bitter chocolate/cocoa and vanilla. Lightest hint of bitter hops

T: Toasted malt flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet beginnings turn bitterness midway and to the finish. Odd, but interesting.

M: Surprisingly light body. Low carbonation. Smooth even though seemed carbonation a bit too much for the body - oh well, I still liked it

D: A solid beer that was frankly kinda interesting. I acutally got a 6 pack to go.

 563 characters

Photo of prodgerm
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thin light tan head and a pronounced cocoa smell. Taste was more like hot cocoa than a porter - thick mouth feel with some sweetness; maybe from the honey but without honey taste. I would consider this porter as a novelty dessert beer and have only one to sip after a meal.
I had this after an imperial stout and it may have suffered by comparison - try one at a pub before buying a 6er or a case.

 411 characters

Photo of TexIndy
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label had notches for date, month and year bottled (Nov 08). It was a dark brown color with some carb and no lacing. It had a very small fizzy light brown head that was gone by the time I finished pouring.

The aroma was very weak - almost non-existent. Some cooca powder and sweet malt but mostly nothing. The taste was better but not great. Biscuity and sweet malt. Smooth but bland. Better than a BMC so maybe a good conversion beer. Mouthfeel was OK.

Overall, just an OK beer from a brewery that usually does much better. Don't recommend. For me, one and done since too much better beer out there.

 647 characters

Photo of treyrab
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jac5084 for giving me this drain-pour. It was a great way to end the evening suffering through this brew. Poured into my snifter at ~50F.

A: Pours a dark, hazy ruby brown with actually a pretty decent sized head. Bone/khaki head that is frothy and keeps its retention for a while at least.

S: Smell is very dry cocoa powder, extremely sweet honey and caramel, and way too sweet chocolate.

T: Yeah. This one didn't work out. It was so incredibly sweet and the honey did not mix with the cocoa powder at all. It was like mixing ketchup and pickle juice. Just didn't work. Chocolate came through as well, but the abstract honey flavor shit all over it.

Overall, I would not recommend this one unless it is for a joke.

 729 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany brown greets me with the pour, just a small cap of ivory, not much lacing either.

A hint of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma and the quaff. Toasted malts, and a hint of biscuit. Sweet start and same in the finish, this seems almost a dessert type brew. A good drinker in the colder weather, hot temps would murder any chance for this brew.

It's called a winter warmer - but where the hell is some label info to support this claim?

Not a winter warmer at any angle.

 482 characters

Photo of matty
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored beer with a creamy head.Aroma you can clearly smell the cocoa.Taste is chocolate and just a faint drip of honey.Smooth and creamy and overall just plain good.A must for fans of porters.I will be buying this again sometime in the near future!!

 261 characters

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left in patches.
S: Some nice roasted malt with chocolate and coffee. Though an annoying metallic and chemical aroma is present.
T: Follows the nose. A good roastyness of chocolate and coffee. Again, a metallic and chemical taste.
M/D: A medium body that is a tad over carbonated for my tastes. this is smooth and easy to drink. I can quaff some pretty easily.

Not a bad porter at all. I will have no problem finishing off the six pack, but the metallic character detracts a little to much for this to be in the upper tier of porters for me.

 677 characters

Photo of kimcgolf
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a dark brown with thin off-white head that lingered shortly and dissipated, with a little lacing. Aroma was a pleasant chocolatey coffee, but this was the best of it for this beer. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the flavor never did quite live up to the promise of the nose. Finish was short, again due to watery nature, and the lack of any alcohol presnece. Not a terrible beer, just not a real good winter warmer

 427 characters

Photo of hosehead83
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured ino pint glass--Dark brown and thin, almost cola-like

Aroma--Definite cocoa- like smelling a just-opened Swiss Miss packet

Taste- Cocoa/ chocolate, slight honey in the finish--Warms to a mostly chocolately flavor

Overall, nice aroma and initial flavor, but a bit thin- could use a heavier dose of everything to buck up the overall mouthfeel and flavor
Good but not great-Worth a try

 393 characters

Photo of mralphabet
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Very dark brown.... little to no head, a little lacing throughout.

S: You smell the chocolate right up front.... a little malty and a touch of coffee.

T: Very nice... chocolatey and sweet. The chocolate flavor very nice. There is some maltyness here and nice thing is there is no hop bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy, yet a little light and watered down at the same time. So I'd say light to medium-bodied beer.

D: I like this one.... I could drop a few of these at a time.... The Chocolate is very nice.. not to over bearing but just right.

My first from TommyKnockers.. Left me craving more.

 638 characters

Photo of sprucetip
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into pint glass.

Medium brown with thin off white head, very little retention and minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of cocoa, malty sweetness and roasted malt. Not very complex, but pleasant.

Pretty much like the nose, a bit of roasted grain with malty sweetness and cocoa. I like it, but it is not complex or especially interesting.

Modest carbonation and fiz, some creaminess, and a bit on the thin side.

I can drink this one, no problem. Abv is a mystery, but it feels and drinks like it is low to moderate. Pretty one dimensional with the chocolate. If you don't like chocolate, you won't like this. And there are definitely better chocolate beers. I thought maybe I would rate this higher, having had it before and liking it, but judging it critically, it falls short of being a really good or great beer. My brother loves it, but he can't stand anything with any bitterness, and this is one he can enjoy, as there is no bitterness to speak of. Not bad, but really nothing special.

 998 characters

Photo of TheBear11D
2.21/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark bark brown chocolate color with a small, short-lived tan head.

Cocoa, chocolate with a stong sweet scent backed by a very faint spice.

Sweetness of chocolate and milk in the start with maybe some caramel and other sweet flavors all smashed together. The tastes come across rather fake.

Fairly thin and watery and the carbonation is similar to soda.

Drinks okay, but not something I will be seeking again.

 415 characters

Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate resonate through on the nose. Smells very nice. Not much head retention, pours an opaque color. Taste is good, with nice cinnamon and cocoa. Not sure if this is a winter warmer, but it works well for the season. A bit thin on the body, but very drinkable. Nice session beer and something that should be revisited. A bit pricey.

 367 characters

Photo of argock
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on back label.

A: Dark ruby-brown with short, 1/2 finger tan head with little retention or lace

S: The aromas of chocolate and vanilla are obvious with additional burned malt and licorice

T: The flavors are enjoyable enough but are not robust or lengthy by any means. Dark malts flavors are met with chocolate and vanilla flavors (not really bitter like cocoa) although there is some acrid bitterness through the middle and end.

M: A little too flat and thin. Otherwise is pretty smooth.

D: Again, nothing offensive in this TK offering, but they have other better beers, and there are of course plenty of better porters out there.

 705 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brownish black color with an off white head. In the aroma, cocoa and a sweet roasty malt. In the taste, cocoa, roasty malt, dry honey, yet a bit watery. A small bite and medium to small body mouthfeel, with a dry cocoa aftertaste. Almost like a thin porter with some coca powder dropped in it. OK, but thought it was kind of thin.

 352 characters

Photo of JDK
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with virtually no head.
Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is OK, I just wish the flavor stuck around for a little while longer on the back of my tongue.
Carbonation is good, helps make it a more refreshing beer
Tastes of chocolate cocoa and dark roasted malts. Very nice blend for this porter.
At least worth a try in a single

 372 characters

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark cocoa brown resembles a darker coke color and in texture. It could have used a thicker head that didn't disappear with a quickness. This beer looks flat and unappealing to me.

S: The smell is of course chocolatey that compliments the porter espresso aromas.

T: The brew has a mild coffee taste with a slight chocolate aftertaste. The flavors are all very mild and diminish quickly not leaving you with a savory aftertaste.

M/D: The brew was flat and syrupy with very little carbonation. Of course with a taste like this and poor showing in the feel department I would have to say the drinkability is rather low.

 623 characters

Photo of Drufus
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown with a tiny bit of brown foam on the edges of the pour.

Smelled strongly of chocolate. Little carbonation, and very watery. Seriously watery, it overwhelmed the whole thing. That said it was drinkable due to this.

Tasted was chocolately, but not very complex or strong.

I had this since a friend brought it for a beer and poker night.

Nothing offensive in this beer, but nothing to recommend either.

 422 characters

Photo of MeanGene
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from the bottle into a wide-mouth pint glass in mid November, 2008. The first Tommyknocker brew I've had a chance to taste and I was thoroughly impressed.

Lots of chocolate/cocoa taste up front with a clean, hearty finish. Quite surprised at the mediocre rating this beer has gotten thus far.

 307 characters

Photo of DoctorDog
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz / 355ml bottle into a mug. Bottle is notched at Oct. 13, 08, which I presume is a production date....

A- Dark brown and nearly opaque in appearance. Pours with only a 1/2 finger of white head, which fades rapidly to essentially nothing, leaving no lacing.

S- A short burst of cocoa, subsequently followed by...nothing. Odor is so feint that I can barely detect there is anything at all in my mug based solely on smell....

T- Mildly sweet and creamy cocoa, and not much else. Essentially no bitterness.

M- Fairly thin and a bit watery.

D- Decent. Nothing to offend or weigh you down here, so I can imagine that you could "knocker" a few of these back without much problem.

Future outlook: Wasn't terrible, but I can't see any reason to go back to the well once this six'er is polished off.

 815 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another subpar beer from this brewery... This is the 7th I tried and still nothing good.. I wonder how they stay in business.

This beer suffers from a total lack of carbonation, it is just way too flat, even for a porter. There is little to no cocoa taste in there, making the title of this beer a bi of a misnomer. It feels all out of whack and isn't very enjoyable... skip this one, and the rest of Tommy Knocker's offerings aren't too great either.

 452 characters

Photo of kirok1999
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild black/brown with just a bit of head on the edges of the glass.
Mild smells of chocolate and malt sweetness. Nothing outstanding.
Weird herbal, funky, artifical taste. Not at all like a porter but it is smooth. The chocolate taste is not natural, or at least it doesn't come through that way. The honey comes through nicely though. Might have been better without the chocolate or with a better quality.
Feels slippery and smooth.
Easy enough to drink just not that flavorful to make it buyable.

 506 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small head.
Smell is malty, peaty, vanilla with caramel and a very light smoke note.
Taste is malty, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cocoa/chocolate.
Silky smooth, creamy with a light effervescence. A very good beer indeed, well worth looking for.

 272 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-copper with a one finger head that sticks around a little bit. Some cocoa malts are in the smell along with some bread and light hops, but the smell isn't as strong in the cocoa department as I thought it would be. Medium-bodied although a little watery, there is some stickiness and hints of caramel malt, but it seems for the most part to be very minimal in the cocoa department. Not a particularly strong or complex porter. Finishes slightly dry from minimal hops and has a little syrupiness to it, but for the most part is just a twinge of sweet malts and a little spice. Not really worth one's time seeking out.

 631 characters

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark brown with good carbonation. The head is smallish tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is ok not too much to lead to the taste, chocolate aroma and a very mild hopping.

The taste is good chocolaty for sure, also some sweet molasses.

The mouthfeel is about right for your average craft porter thinner than a stout but nice, mild carbonation.

The drinkability is good, I do like this brew. Prosit, MK

 465 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe