Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Cocoa Porter Winter WarmerCocoa Porter Winter Warmer
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:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 462
Photo of mjw06
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked watered down on the pour with its light brown color and the way the glass was filled. Dark brown with translucency when hit with any light, not directly. Small head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is a little sweet and toasted bready, but fairly faint.

Taste confirms the appearance, watered down. Light browned-chocolate. But other than that, the taste is pretty disappointing and weak.

Way too weak and light-bodied for a porter. Not much of a "winter warmer" either. I'd avoid this beer. Plenty of chocolate/cocoa porters and stouts that are way better than this. It's barely sessionable, as the watered down burnt cocoa isn't all that appeasing to me.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a very small head. Smell is of cocoa, some coffee notes. Taste is also cocoa up front, some mild malts, a touch of coffee. Feels rather light in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

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

A-black with a thin tan head

S-thick scent of cocoa powder. good strength

T-comes in with a full flavor of cocoa powder. slightly creamy, very awesome. matching after-taste with some bitterness.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this one surprised me. last time i had tommyknocker, it really tasted like a subpar craft beer, so i'm glad i decided to give it another chance. this is a really decent porter that lacks any negative qualities. i could drink this one all night.

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

12 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best By: May 21, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a small-sized, beige head, despite an aggressive pour.

Smell: Coffee-accented roasted grain nose with some solid toast accents, ahead of any cocoa powder notes and, as it warms, some vague honey candy hints.

Taste: Moderately sweet blends of roasty coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, featuring the aforementioned toast accents, with a small hint of caramel leaking out as the roast, toast, and chocolate tapers off. Very low hop character, low bitterness, with the little bits of bitterness coming predominately from the cocoa powder and well-kilned grains. Goes from roasty-toasty to toasty-roasty as you near the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'd tried this when it was initially released a few years ago, and it was pretty damn icky (I'd have scored it squarely in the low-2's). Looks like they got things squared away, which is a good thing, though, that still leaves it, at best, a gentle porter given a small cocoa infusion.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small and wispy off-white head dissapates down quickly to a patchy sheet on top of a dark brown beer with only a little light coming through. Not much lacing. An earthy cocoa powder aroma hits the nose first followed by a bit of coffee and cream. Roasty grains are prevelant in this aroma and are pleasantly aromatic.

A thinner body than I expected, but it remains refreshing that way. The roasty grains are there, but not as much as they were in the nose. There is definitely a dark chocolate influence in that it isn't very sweet or milky, and it seems to lead into a thin and watery mouthfeel. The honey contributes a sweet, almost juicy middle that seems a bit at odds with the chocolate and malts. A hint of coffee in the finish, as well as some very mild hops that contribute a touch of quickly disappearing bitterness.

Seems a bit light, even for a porter. Maybe would have benefitted from some more bold flavors in the malt department. Overall, not terrible though and it is a nice and refreshing beer. Just nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Duff27
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best By: May 07 12
"Ale brewed with cocoa and honey"

A- Thin tan head on a black beer. Poor head retention but very nice lacing, hmm.

S- Sweet cocoa aroma...borderline artificial but not quite.

T- Follows the smell, semi-sweet cocoa. Low level of roastiness for a porter. Touch of vanilla perhaps.

M- Medium to medium-thin. Good carbonation.

D/O- Very average porter. Easy drinking at first but got worse as it warmed. Nothing off-putting per se, but nothing that stands out either...nothing that would want to make me buy/try it again.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, worty dark malts.

Appearance: Pitch black even when held up to a bright light. Very thin, light brown head, which is never more than a thin layer around the edge of the glass.

Taste: Mild. Cocoa, coffee, very worty. Aftertaste is of bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild to moderate carbonation, a bit above average for a porter. Syrupy feel, thinned out by the carbonation.

Overall: Very worty, just like their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. Works for me though. Nothing much more to savor than that unusual strong worty malt flavor.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is really dark. Opaque.
The smell has a strong chocolate presence.
The taste is nice and smooth. There's a perfect amount of chocolate, unlike Young's beer, which is touted just because it has chocolate in it.

The mouthfeel is actually light and even. I don't feel any specific shapes, though.

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

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown, almost back. There really isnt much head to this beer at all.

S: It has a pretty good cocoa smell and some coffee and malt mized in there.

T: The beer is has a black pepper taste. It also has a bad tobacco taste with a little roasted malt. Pretty bad.

M: The beer is decently smooth, but nothing special.

O: Man I was hoping for this beer to be better than it really was. The taste is just not good and this is a total let down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the better tommyknockers ive had. pours dark dark brown, with a small tan head. smells bitter like cocoa powder and espresso. flavor is more balanced, with a touch of sweetness from the honey to level off the bitter cocoa. almost tastes like a milk stout, but more complex than most. decent mouthfeel, but could stand a bit more carbonation. i really enjoyed the flavor of this porter, works well for the early winter season, and the complexity and lower to medium abv make it an fun session beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent excellent foam. Very frothy and the lacing is nice too. Dark brown with no light getting through.

Smell: Initially some cocoa powder then a lot of honey in the background. Very good!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste falls a bit flat compared to the rest of the beer. It's a bit too minerally, and that hides the cocoa, which is definitely present, but not as prominent as I'd like. There is some nice hot cocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is erratic. Starts very velvety and finishes smooth, but almost too smooth and watery.

Drinkability: A good winter warmer.

Overall: I'd like more chocolate, and the honey notes are great in the smell. I'd drink this again.

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

A dark brown brew just barely allows any light to shine through at the edges. The light brown head sits just under a finger tall and recedes somewhat quickly to a foam that drops plentiful spotty lacing.
The aroma is light but nice, showcasing a gently roasted malts character with bittersweet cocoa pulling through under a barley grains backbone. It's not complex, and a little light, but the cocoa is placed in the foreground nicely. A gentle added sweetness of toffee and a light nuttiness add a bit more.
Chocolaty in the flavor as well with more nuttiness coming though, it's close to the aroma except that what comes out the strongest on the tongue is a sort of tanginess. I think the bittersweet edge of the cocoa is mingling with a lightly astringent character in the grains. It gets less as I work it out, but it's constant.
This is a good porter mouthfeel, medium in body with light carbonation and a good smoothness up front.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Tommyknocker's Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer a couple weeks ago for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. Most of the Tommyknocker brews I have had have been pretty good so I decided to give their Cocoa Porter a try and see how it stacks up to the other chocolate beers I have tried, so let's see how it goes. It had a best buy date of April 9th 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks OK, it's nothing special to look at but it least it isn't full of a bunch of poorly drawn elves. It poured a very dark brown color that was pretty close to being black and it had a nice ruby red hue when held to the light. It half a half a fingers worth of thin off white head that quickly faded to a very thin ring.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty chocolaty. It starts off with a medium roasted malt aroma that is quickly overpowered by cocoa powder, it smells very similar to powdered hot chocolate. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. Cocoa powder is what the aroma of this beer is all about.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty similar to the aroma. It starts of with those medium roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them with a nice dark and roasty malt flavor. Next comes the cocoa, which tastes a little like bitter dark chocolate but the honey quickly comes in and adds some sweetness so the chocolate isn't really that bitter. The finish was smooth with no hops whatsoever and a roasted malty aftertaste.

M- Smooth, on the light side of being medium bodied, and the carbonation was pretty light. Both the body and the carbonation needs to be kicked up a couple notches to better suit this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good Cocoa Porter, it had a nice roasty malt profile that wasn't completely taken over by the cocoa powder and honey. The Coco powder was the most evident and was slightly bitter but it was balanced out by the sweet honey, that added just the right amount of sweetness to this beer, it would make a good winter dessert beer. This beer had pretty average drinkability, I might be able to drink another one, but the Cocoa powder and the sweetness might start to wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma and flavor, they were pretty similar and were both pretty good and lived true to the name of the beer. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little too thin and under carbonated for my liking. I would buy a bottle of this again but I don't think I would want a six pack of this, it is worth a try if you are a fan of chocolate beers. This was a pretty solid chocolate beer, but it wasn't mind blowing, another solid beer from Tommyknocker, I am down to see what else they have to offer. I like it better then Chocolate Bock, but I am sure there are better ones out there.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2nd Time Reviewing...Previous 2/5/5/4.5/5
A: deep, dark, reddish brown color. Sides reflect light through as deep auburn. Filtered. 1 finger tan head that cleared in less than 30 seconds. Lacing is spotty.

S: chocolate, milk, roastiness, subtle molasses.

T: chocolate milk with burnt and roasty notes at the end. subtle coffee bitterness in finish. Bittersweet chocolate and bakers chocolate.

M: sweet beer that's very thin. Alcohol not present. Carbonated on the lower scale maybe 2.0 volumes or less.

O: the taste shines as milk chocolate with a subtle roasty coffeeish finish. Easy drinker. Could chug with ease due to less carbonation. A bit thin though. Adding oats or lactose will help build body. The former adding only body the later giving sweetness too. Maybe develop into a sweet or cream stout with debittered black malt and fg higher to retain sweetness. Overall good but lacking body.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a thin white foam on top that disappears quickly. No significant lacing.

S - Smells like a packet of Swiss Miss cocoa. I kinda liked it. Slight malty scent behind it.

T- Flavor of cocoa and sweet malt. Finish is a bit chalky.

M - Good drinkability; a bit thin for a porter. Smooth finish.

O - Really a gateway porter. Surprisingly I enjoyed it though. I'd say its worth a try but don't expect to be blown away.

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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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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 462 ratings