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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Short tan colored head. Deep cola-black in color with a little red around the edges.

S: Clean cocoa aroma.

T: Like Yoo-hoo. Big cocoa dominates and is backed up by a bold malt backbone and slight bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, nice feel overall.

D: As a winter warmer, I could have a bunch. As a porter, decent. As chocolatey goodness, delicious. Sometimes I don't know why people drink/review beers that have words like "cocoa" in the name, then bash it for tasting like it. Maybe this isn't on the level of say, a Rogue Chocolate Stout, but it is really nice and different.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head.

Has a strong chocolate smell that is slightly burnt, with a healthy amount of caramel malt.

Taste is thinner than expected, fairly bready, and with very mild chocolate malt taste and no bitterness. Smell is more flavorful than the taste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected as well, with the feel of this beer fading quickly.

This is an inoffensive beer, but frankly doesn't have much going for it other than a nice smell.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just a weird tasting beer..

A: Almost can see throw this beer, head goes away instantly and minimal lacing..

S: A dark fruit honey smell and some of the cocoa as well

T: Got a ton of coffee cocoa flavor and some of the honey, it's not a great taste by any means but its okay

M: Leaves a funky taste in your mouth but its not overwhelming

D: Very drinkable beer!

Overall after this single I won't be buying this beer again

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Photo of tgorgz
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: It comes out dark brown/almost black, with virtually no head. You can see the bubbles that linger, and lacing that hangs on for a bit. Looks appetizing, but nothing particularly unique.

S: Lots of cocoa hits the nose right off, and it's followed by some malt and quite a bit of coffee. I'm a coffee and a porter fan, so I don't mind.

T: Perhaps it's the amount of carbonation in here, but I'm not a huge fan of this one. It tastes a little like you combined a cola a finish of coffee. However, I have had a porter before that tasted like flat soda and day-old coffee, so it could be much, much worse. However, I'm not particularly impressed.

M: It generally "feels" like a porter- a little thin and fizzy. However, the excess of carbonation tends to cause it to fizz up a little too much for my taste when swished around in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, but remarkably like a soda.

Overall, I've seen better and I've seen worse. I think this one could do with a little less carbonation.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a very dark brown with a head that took quite awhile to diminish.

Smell - Not very pleasant. A watery chocolate smell. That's about it.

Taste - Purely watered down cocoa powder. A little skunky and sour. But not a pleasant kind of sour. Just very average and boring. A little bit of a rotten taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Just as unpleasant as the taste. Bland and rotten tasting. This was my first Tommyknocker offering and I will be hesitant before picking up another one.

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

My wife picked this up at Lake Mills Locker Liquor here in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a very very dark brown. Not too much head on it. Definitely pick up a lot of coffee on the nose with a hint of chocolate. Taste is same as the smell and about what you'd expect, cocoa and coffee. Not much aftertaste, not bitter at all. Smooth drinking beer, not too heavy though. Fairly drinkable. I would say a person could put down several of these although it's not really for me.

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Photo of timobkg
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a good head, which faded away after a bit. There were some cloudy participates, like tiny flakes, that detracted from the appearance of the beer.

The smell is of cocoa powder. Not chocolate, but specifically cocoa powder.

The taste is like a light roast coffee, lightly sweetened with honey, and with hints of cocoa. It's very light. There's no bitterness at all.

Overall, drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a good light-roast coffee. There's no bitterness at all, so this beer is perfect for those who dislike bitterness. Personally, I found it too light for my tastes, and would have preferred it to have more body and stronger roast flavour.

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

Poured from the bottle into an oversized pilsner glass.

A- Poured a cloudy, milk/dark chocolate brown with about 2 inches of tan, bubbly head that dissipated slowly.

S- Hello, cocoa! That's the first thing I noticed when I held it up to my nose. A slight hint of roasted malts was also present, but that could also be because the cocoa was roasted before it was added to the mix. I can detect a bit of the honey they used during the brewing up front.

T- Dark chocolate is the most prominent flavor here. The roasted malts are super subtle and don't have much depth to them. The honey mentioned on the label is almost nonexistent. It may have increased the sweetness, but I don't suspect it added much to the beer.

M- I was really disappointed here. I expected a thick, creamy and smooth texture from the way it poured. In reality, the beer has medium carbonation and is too light and watery for me. I believe porters should pack a little more punch, and this one was barely a slap.

D- A letdown, overall. Once you get beyond the initial cocoa taste on your tongue, there's not much left to say about this beer. It was an attempt that, in my opinion, missed the mark almost entirely. I wouldn't drink this again, and would go for something heavier to satisfy the expectations I had for this brew.

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Photo of bamadog
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I haven't really given many beers from the brewery a shot, so I figured, what the heck. Review is from notes taken on 1/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Interestingly enough, the label talks about how they add maple syrup to each barrel of the Maple Nut Brown Ale, but that has nothing to do with this beer. Pour is a dark, cola brown; starts with a 1/4 finger loose and light tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a faint skim and a couple patches of milky looking bubbles; body is dark and nearly opaque, but does show a couple of very dark mahogany highlights when held up to the light; a few spots of tan lacing are left holding on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wow, smells like chocolate malt, Whoppers and Ovaltine -- really not too bad overall, but it could be just a tad more robust and possibly have a bit of roastiness to it to possibly balance out all the sweet scents.

Taste: Holy crap, tastes like a tall glass of cold Ovaltine and cocoa; there is just a very faint bit of a light roastiness and cola sweetness as well; it's a bit overly sweet and could use some earthy nuttiness or even some coffee-esque flavors to balance it out, but it's not bad after a big meal. I see that it doesn't get a lot of love from others on the site, but I certainly can't say that I hate it.

Mouthfeel: Definitely weak here and it could use some thickening up -- it comes across loose and water; carbonation is present, but fairly soft -- kind of reminds me of soda that's gone half-way flat; a thin and moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and it holds the Ovaltine flavors for quite some time.

Drinkability: Not awful, and I feel that if the body was thicker, it would be a much better drink; I do wish the flavors were a little more balanced, but again, not awful. Definitely worth a try, but not something to pick up regularly or even annually. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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

A very smooth, but sweeter Porter that reminds me of a more timid but chocolaty Milk Stout.

Pouring a deep brown color with a moderate haze, the beer forms a lightly tanned head that retains for about half the session. No real lacing is evident.

Rich aromas of chocolate dominate, with a background roundness of toffee, coffee, and walnuts. Somewhat muted in intensity, the beer seems light on complexity... at least to the nose.

Flavors closely mimick the aromas with a bold start of chocolate but with caramel malts, brown/chocolate malts, and moderate coffee giving a variety to the chocolate flavor. After initial flavors, other notes of walnuts and grain weigh in as I expect a bittering finish.

Creamy and smooth early, the beer holds this mouthfeel going very deep into the finish, and without worrying about the transition to hop crispness or dryness in the finish. Where these attributes could have made for a more complex transition, it would have hurt the overall succulent experience of flavor.

I rather like this beer for it's chocolately smoothness, but the timid nature of flavor, moderate weight, and one-dimensional focus keeps it from scoring higher.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark murky brown with a thin tan head. No lacing. Nose is mostly of cocoa with hints of burnt coffee. It has a very chocolaty smell. Taste is of bitter sweet chocolate. You get the sweet chocolate at first followed by a bitter cocoa taste that seems to linger till the finish. Finish is very coffee like. Overall the mouth feel is medium bodied. Its also very creamy and soft. Its also very well carbonated. This is a good beer, and a nice twist on the style. Knocking back a few of these again would be no problem at all.

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Photo of claspada
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dead-on for Ovaltine malt cocoa powder. Rich and malty and chocolately with some lesser honey notes. Very sweet and simple yet full aroma.

The taste is quite similar to the smell, very sweet chocolate taste, with balance of honey on the finish; some 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, semi-burnt, biscuit flavor.

Overall this is quite drinkable and smooth. Not quite as bubbly as I'd like, but still fairly carbonated. A decent offering but not at all a Winter Warmer as the name describes. It's like a sweet/milk stout hybrid with a brown ale body. Alright and not too expensive, wouldn't want a 6 pack but it's worth a taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad winter warmer except the warming part due to the low ABV

A - Dark amber hue with a nice foamy head. I mean good and foamy with some nice lace. Looks tasty.

S - Smell wise this beer is spot on. Instead of a chocolate though its a heavy cocoa smell like a Swiss Miss. A mild coffee malt in the nose as well.

T - The taste is creamy. Maybe someone thought it would be more bitter since its a porter? Regardless I found it quite in the level with Chocolate Indulgence Stout yet with less body since the ABV BTW. Taste is of cocoa powered, kind of gritty with a base of malt and creamy body. It doesn't seem to offend!

M - I thought it was kind of low/medium and drank great!

D - I seem to like this beer since it reminds me of another version of a stout or porter. While most offer a bittersweet or chocolate creaminess, this one offers a gritty chocolate, one you would find in a glass of warm cocoa. I think that reminds me of Christmas the most so I love this beer. Prost!

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Photo of pants678
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of cocoa powder.

More spice than cocoa and comes into itself toward the middle, instead of dissipating after the top. Even then, it doesn't exactly make it's mark. The tinges of nuts here and there, overlying honey bring it up a bit, but still bland.

The carbonation is right, but the brew simply is not thick. I'd call it medium body and far from robust.

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

Poured a dark ruby brown with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly into a slight ring with slight lacing.

Aroma was dominated with the cocoa, burnt malt and barley.

Taste was very sweet with honey followed by burnt sugar with a bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure that I would classify this beer as a winter warmer, it was too thin of a porter for me and the sweetness was very over powering.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
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 -17.2%
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 +3.9%
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 +17.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +16.6%
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 -14.5%
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 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 +4.7%
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 +9.2%
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 +37.1%
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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Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 462 ratings