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 MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
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

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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

felt like getting a little juiced before my first bus-metro excursion, bottle taken from the communal fridge

a: pours a low khaki head that recedes to a thin ring and layer, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: smells first and foremost of cakey chocolate donuts and ho-hos, creamy bakers chocolate, hot cocoa, very light hops, that's really about it, reminiscent of Shenandoah Chocolate Donut, could use some aromatic diversity but it's actually nice in a very dessert-y way, don't get much of anything from the honey addition

m: low carbonation and medium-full body, dead on the tongue

t: tastes like a $0.25 chocolate cake snack you'd get at a gas station, lacks the depth found in the aroma, very much like the aforementioned Shenandoah, a touch of roast comes out in the finish, moderate-high grain sweetness, turns a touch metallic at the very end

d: finishing one is tough

note: turned much better after allowing it to warm

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Photo of orcasteve
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

lots of cloudy flakes floating in this one, not sure if that is normal. this has a good flavor, nice cocoa at furst and hops at the end, i would love this one during the winter. this one is well worth haveing one. the only thing i would have done difrent would make it darker

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Cocoa Porter

A- Deep milk chocolate brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Very light sweet milk chocolate, nothing else.
T- Buttery shortbread malt with a dusting of milk chocolate.
M- Sweet and buttery up front, light sweet chocolate center, deflating in the finish. Watery throughout.

Overall- Actually not that bad, just too simple. Needs more bold flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear deep amber tone with no carbonation and a faint lacey head.

The bouquet is heavy on sweet chocolate and malts. There is a toffee part that adds to the front nose. I kind of get this cherry and hops thing on the backnose, but that could be a conditioned response.

The taste is heavy on the chocolate. The first sips are reaaly sweet, but have a bitter finish as the tasting goes on. The beer cloys quickly, so the taste buds are left with the unmistakeable taste of Entemann's brownie bar

The body is not heavy and works well for the style. The mouthfeel does get bogged down with the cloying. All and all, a good beer for a cold night in the Poconos or a few days before Christmas. I enjoyed this beer as a taster and would welcome one when the temps are cooler.

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Photo of number1bum
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mymrnngjkt for this one.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, dark enough to not have much clarity, with about two fingers of creamy and bubbly light tan head. Head retention is pretty decent, with a good lace but a minimal amount of stick.

Smell has a lot of sweetness to it, with the cocoa powder definitely present, along with some caramel and toffee like sweetness. Very pleasant.

Taste is weird and not much like the smell. There is a caramel sort of sweetness that pervades, but it's a little funky and just not quite right. I think the honey is contributing, too, but it doesn't work all that well. Cocoa flavor is there but it's subtle, not as good as the nose. Some coffee, too. Odd, really.

Mouthfeel is too thin. It's barely a medium body, and definitely somewhat watery.

Man I really thought I was going to like this a lot more based on the smell. It's just not quite there, though. Something is missing, something isn't quite right. Decent, and it's not a drain pour by any means, but it seems like it could be so much better.

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Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with transluscent, ruby edged with a medium beige head. Smell is cocoa, cardboard and metallic. Taste is cocoa at first, but soon after a stale cardboard like flavor kicks in with a metallic finish and aftertaste. Body is a bit thin, but not overly, and although it doesn't taste terrible, there are some slight off flavors that detract. Drinkable, and not as bad as I expected.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Strong cocoa smell.

T = There was a strong cocoa taste with a faint hop bitterness near the end. The bitterness didn't linger which left a mildly sweet cocoa finish.

MF = Moderate carbonation and creamy smooth. I felt it was a little thin.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This would make a nice session.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a thin looking what appears to be black liquid but against light is a very clear, deep mahogany. Light tan head that is very frothy with large bubbles, soda like. Ok retention, not much lacing.
S: Pretty bland, smells like cocoa powder, slight chocolate, not much else.
T: Ugh. That was my first thought after tasting. Beer is very thin, but leaves a thick feeling in the mouth from its creaminess. Very little carbonation. The flavor is slight cocoa and chocolate, but has a slight sickening medicinal taste with very little hops or bitterness. I struggled to finish one bottle of this, just not very impressed. Doesn't really resemble a porter and just not enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a black color with hints of brown. It had a small, off-white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of cocoa. It really reminded me of hot chocolate.

T - It tasted very chocolatey and sweet. The cocoa flavor was quite good. It was also malty and there was no hop bitterness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I love chocolate and this delivered it in a good way.

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Photo of beeragent
4.58/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a 1/4 inch tan head. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is completely dominated by the cocoa! While most will hate this, I love it!! Not at all complex, but very delicious aroma. The taste is very much the same. Roasted malts up front, and then completely overtaken by the cocoa flavor. Once again, probably hated by sophisticated beer drinkers, with the exception of me. Smooth medium mouthfeel. A highly drinkable beer. Overall, I loved this beer. I just think that this beer is set apart from the other seasonal ales based on its flavor. IMO, the flavor of cocoa and the season thats its released just brings up memories of hot cocoa during Christmas time. Just a good beer to drink, and sit back, remembering Christmas' of old. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of bjoyce12
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma and appearance are deceiving. Tasted very flat despite some a wispy foam head. Did notice light cocoa hints, but there is no supporting taste to carry them along. The taste dies out and nothing replaces it. There are so many better chocolate porters out there; Rogue(very very good) and Southern Tier(outstanding). Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's dark brown with a modest one finger, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were pretty average.

Smell: It's a little light on the nose. Primarily it smells of chocolate malts. Perhaps some roasted malts and toasted nut fragrances in there as well. Hops are not noticeable. Barley rounds it out.

Taste: Chocolate malts are sweet and certainly provide a cocoa flavor. It's a little overboard on the cocoa. Slightly creamy. Not very diverse and pretty bland.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's relatively smooth. Drinkability would be higher if I liked it more. Overall, it's very average.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a single bottle as part of a holiday mixed 6 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a dark brown. My pour produces a rather thin 1/4 inch light brown head. As I look at the beer I do a double take. I pick up my glass for a closer examination. What the hell? There are some tiny whitish floaty things in my beer! I keep my glassware clean, handwashing them, I know there was nothing in there when I poured my beer. There was something in the beer.

Smell: Cocoa, as expected, along with some good roasted malt. Smells like a promising porter. I want to take a drink, but those dang floaties in there...

Taste: I let the beer sit for at least 8 minutes before taking a sip to let the floaties settle down a bit. I'm still a little nervous about drinking this though. Slowly sipping I get a taste of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. The bottle mentioned honey, I get nothing of that.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in body, I guess the beer is at least medium bodied. Low carbonation with a dry finish. Halfway through I dump it.

Drinkability: I can not (will not) finish the beer. It's the floaties, I can't drink it. I had to put up this review thoough, just so others may know that there is some (at least one) bad bottles out there. If I get another mixed pack I may add another bottle, but burned once...

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Photo of BeerSox
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Deep brown hue with ruby and amber hues at the bottom of the mug. The head is light tan, and doesn't amount to much.

The cocoa is the dominant flavor, and the overall smell is like a watery cup of hot chocolate.

It's like bitter flavorless chocolate meets sweet flavorful but watered down chocolate. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. The feel of this one isn't what's off. The finish is actually pretty good, with sweet chocolate flavors, but it isn't enough to revive this one.

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

A-Deep, dark clear brown with a medium tan head

S-Roasted malt with faint sweetened cocoa. Finishes with a strange sourness. As it warms more cocoa becomes more prevelant.

T-Much like the smell. I wish it had more of a cocoa kick and less of that odd lactic this suppose to be this way? It is not bad or unpleasant, simply odd and not what I expected.

M-Somewhat thin without much of a malt backbone...kinda disappointing.

D-Not a bad beer but not a good one is mediocre plain and simple. It is a brew that wants me more of everything good that it "promises" but doesnt have.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Brew is dark brown and somewhat clear. Head is tan, foamy, and got to about 3 fingers but quickly dissipated and held for a while at one finger.

Smell: Nice thick aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. A bit of caramel comes through at the end here, but the hot cocoa chocolate malts are front and center.

Taste: Taste is nice and malty and heavy on the roasted and semisweet chocolate tastes. A hint of coffee comes in at the end with a somewhat buttery note. Nothing too special.

Mouthfeel: Disappointing from a porter with such nice malt notes. Thin and watery, with a medium body.

Notes: Good tasting, but not something that I could spend a whole night drinking. Disappointing and mediocre. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)
date on bottle Oct. 9 '07 (is that best before or bottled on date?)
A- This beer has a jet brown body that is dense with a thick creamy tan head on top that last for a good bit. There is a few strands of microcarbonation that can be seen trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The smell of watery chocolate has a note of instant cocoa and a slight sweetness and powdered milk to it.

T- There is a very light tartness to the beginning followed by a milk chocolate flavor and a tootsie roll flavor. The beer finishes with a light caramel malt sweetness that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This reminds me of what an Ovaltine beer would taste like. There is very little malt qualities and the odd cocoa flavors seem to dominate.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up inky black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin cap.

S - Smells of chocolate with a roasted malt background

T - The roasty malt flavor actually fights with the chocolate flavor. There's an odd flavor that I assume to be the honey added to the fermenter. It's light and sweet.

M - It's slightly thick and creamy

D - This is a drinkable winter warmer, but maybe not more than two or three. It leaves a ring of sugar on my lips. That gets old after a while.

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Photo of pwoods
1.88/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Deep brown pour that resembles root beer. 2 fingers of light tan head that's a bit fizzy. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Light cola scent with plenty of cocoa powder. Lightly toasted coffee beans.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness from the cocoa but a weird sourness... like limeaid without sugar in it. Light body, medium carbonation.

D: I couldn't even finish it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half-inch tan head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. The cocoa aroma is very strong, it smells like a cup of hot chocolate. It tastes mostly like hot chocolate does, well, except that the beer is a lot colder. There's also a milky/chalky taste too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. Because of the sweetness, at the most I think I could only drink 2-3 of these at a time. It's more of a dessert beer than a session beer. Overall I think it's pretty decent, but I can see how people wouldn't like the sweetness in this beer.

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Photo of Sweasty
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Deep dark mahogany brown, with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very light aroma. Cocoa dominates, with a bit roast in the background.

Taste - Where to begin. There is a dominate artificial chocolate flavor with hints of roast. Also strong lactic and metallic flavors abound. Very little discernible malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery.

Overall this is a big fat disappointment. I have generally like Tommyknockers offerings, but this was a dud. The lactic and metallic flavors don't work with the chocolate flavor at all. This was the first drain pour in a while for me.


Looking over some notes from a retasting - the initial bottle I bought must have been from a bad batch. The last bottle didn't have the lactic/metalic taste. Artificial faux chocolate flavors still abound. This is still a dud, just not as bad as initially thought.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Into a 12-oz tumbler, this beer pours out a brownish-black color with a small but fading tan head. I don't get much cocoa in the nose: instead, it smells like the coffee my mom drinks... Folger's coffee... maybe with a very light touch of chocolate. Cocoa does come through in the flavor, but it's just...overpowering. Like they dumped too much cocoa concentrate in. Bleagh, can't finish a single glass. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with massive tannish head.
Smell is loaded with chocolate, way too much chocolate.
Taste is also loaded with disgustingly sweet chocolate tastes. I thought their maple beer was too sweet and this is just as bad.
Sweet at the finish, too sweet.
I had a tough time finisjing this one.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. On the front it says "roasted with cocoa powder and honey". On the back it says it's brewed with roasted cocoa beans, so I dunno what they actually used...powder or beans. Anywhoo, pours out to a limpid clear dark brown, with an odd greenish tint. Barely eeks ot a head which is quickly receding and leaves nary a wisp of lace. The aroma is rich with cocoa, and smells more like roasted cocoa nibs than cocoa powder. Kinda smells like a really funky Count Chocula cereal...that imitation cocoa character. The mouthfeel is slightly acidic and lightly chalky with a medium body. Taste begins with a strong cocoa flavor, then melds into a nicely balanced sweetness, vanilla, some light herbaceous bitterness, and some chalk in the finish. Touch of sawdust and fruity hand soap in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't perceptable.

Hrmmm, I was surprised with this one. I like it, but wouldn't want to drink more than one or two at a sitting. Quite rich, yet quite interesting. I might buy one of these again, or at least tell my friends about it. Reminds me in many ways of the experimental Sam Adams Chocolate Bock.

(Re-review 11/16/11)
$1.99 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, munich, 75 crystal, chocolate rye, chocolate malt. Hopped with mt. hood, sterling.
18 IBU, 5.7% ABV.

Pours out to a near black, forming a thin light tan head. Light sediment. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is pretty good...nice cocoa note, peculiar soapiness (maybe from the rye), delicate distant hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly sweet, and a touch of chalk in the finish. The taste is quite good. Very easy to drink, with a nice balance of cocoa against the malt, and sweetness against the herbal hops and roasted malt flavors. Medium-light bodied. Hints of vanilla and black walnut.

I think this is pretty dang good. Easy to drink, not too heavy, with enough cocoa to stand out of the crowd. I would buy it again. L=3.5, A=4, T=4, MF=4, D=4.5

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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 459 ratings