Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter
Terrapin Beer Company

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Porter - American
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterDos Cocoas Chocolate Porter
Notes: Side Project #4
Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 353 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnQVD from New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Looks and smells fantastic. Dark, with a thick, light tan head that dies back fairly quickly and leaves big chunks of lacing on the glass. Smell is loads of chocolate. The feel is lighter than I expected, with too much carbonation, though that fades over time as it sits in the glass. Overall, very good, especially once it warms up a little and the carbonation fades.

Jan 06, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but closer inspection reveals that it is actually clear garnet in color when held up to a bright light. No carbonation is visible. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has lots of chocolately flavors and bits of sweetness from the cocoa nibs. It almost tastes like a watered down version of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really enjoyable porter that has the magnitude of chocolate aromas and flavors that you would expect from a stout but has the drinkability afforded by that of a porter.

May 31, 2014
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, pours a dark brown almost black with a nice tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: malty and chocolate, heavy on cocoa, dark chocolate, light coffee, melted chocolate

T: cocoa nib flavor heavy up front, not super sweet, bittersweet chocolate mixes with very dark chocolate flavors, mild malt

M: thinner with lower carbonation

O: nice cocoa flavor in an easily drinkable form

May 18, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy light-tan colored head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- roasted cocao nibs, ash tray, faint chocolate malt, metallic aroma, milk chocolate

T- sweet cocoa flavor up front with a hint of dark fruit mid-palate, sweet toffee on the finsih

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth-yet-dry-finish

O- good chocolate porter, would like to see a little more prominent flavors for chocolate/cocoa though, once was enough for me

May 09, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, this thing produces a ton of head. Just cracking the bottle releases a rising foam tower that barely gives you time to get to your glass before it starts climbing out. Pours a very dark, rich, brown-to-black color with mahogany highlights and a tall, frothy, foamy, light tan head. Eventually, the head settles into a nice, low profile surface coat, and this is a good looking porter. Aromas are heavily roasted, with a solid dose of bitter, too. Dark chocolate and cocoa nibs are notable throughout the nose, with constant hints of smoke and roast. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a solid bitter forward tone. Cocoa nibs, subtle smoke and roast, with a blend of bittersweet baker's chocolate and hints of milk chocolate. Smooth and rich, with a lean to the bitter side. The body is light and dry, giving it a slightly crisp, clean finish. The aftertaste is more of the bitter and roasted notes, and there is a bittersweet baker's chocolate linger in the finish.

Mar 27, 2014
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tmm313 from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Darkest possible brown with a big khaki colored, creamy head. Kind of on the soapy side. Good lacing.

S- I love the smell. Cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, slightest touch of coffee, caramel.

T- Sweet malts up front, followed by a slight touch of sweet dark fruit that morphs into dark chocolate and smoked malts. Almost a cracker like breadiness as well. I love the aftertaste more than anything. Its like you just ate a bag of dark chocolate chips.

M- Super light on the tongue. Good carbonation with intense drying.

O- This was pretty good. I keep wanting to say it was confusing. The smell and mouthfeel were awesome. The taste was rather plain until the aftertaste started to develop, and it was super thin on the tongue. True mix of great and not so great.

Mar 13, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a few years ago, another one that should have been cracked fresher,but oh well. Thanks to vicanncam for this one, shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.

Very little head, very dark brown color.

Nose chocolate water, little thin, cocoa, little dark syrupy but very aged malt, caramel, brown sugar molasses

Taste semi sweet but lots of choc, creamy milk choc mostly, little caramel and chewy creamy, little lactose, mild bitterness, choc milk. Finish is more light milk choc, dusty cocoa, little caramel.

Mouth med bod mild syrupy, decent carb.

Overall bit of a letdown.

Dec 23, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

A - Poured into a glass a nice chat dark brown with as thin light mocha head.

S - Aromas of faint chocolate, light porter notes.

T - Taste is old porter, faint chocolate, tired and faint.

M - Mouthfeel is still rather drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was past it's prime. Chocolate was there but old.

Dec 21, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes taken a couple months back. While on vacation in the south, I learned about this brew but missed out on bottles as someone had cleaned out every store in the area. Surprised to find it weeks later on tap at Als. The brew pours brown in color with a light tan cap that holds well leaving patchy lace.

The aroma includes plenty of raw cocoa nibs and vanilla. It is somewhat earthen, roasty and herbal with a trace mineral aspect that I dont totally dig. Other than that, it smells pretty much as expected.

The flavor includes plenty of raw cocoa nib somewhat earthy and nearly vegetative that blends to grassy and herbal. Some hints of vanilla and a long lingering cocoa aftertaste with mild alcohol warmth. As it warms, it gets a touch of dark fruity alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Terrapin has done better with chocolate porters/stouts. This one is surprisingly unimpressive. It reads well on the label but im glad I didnt have 22oz to force through.

Dec 16, 2013
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cwguy5 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown with very, very foamy head. aroma was dominated by chocolate powder. chocolate also dominated the palate with a surprising weak malt backbone. the body was on the thin side with very little linger or aftertaste.

sounds like i hated it but i didn't. i enjoyed it very much. it is somewhat thin for a porter but this is an almost sessionable chocolate beer. it was light but full of chocolate flavor. wished the choc flavor had been a bit darker though. would drink again. good beer for people that don't like beer kinda beer.

Dec 07, 2013
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Pencible from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some dry cocoa powder and earthy barley.
T: It tasted like dry cocoa powder and roasted coffee, with some earthy barley. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of carbonation. Fairly fizzy.
D: This was a decent chocolate stout, but didn't blow me away. The scent and taste were good not great, and the body seemed a little off for the style. The finish was smooth, so at least it was easy to drink. Nice enough brew, but not something I would seek out or try again.

Oct 20, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. shaker.

black, opaque in color. slight head. smell is extremely chocolatey and malty...impressive! taste remains true with chocolate dominating the palate. the mouthfeel is very light though, but what do you expect from a porter! mild body, low carbonation.

overall very chocolatey and sweet. recommended.

Oct 17, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Very, very dark brown to black. A finger of tan head forms but fades quickly. No visible carbonation, but that may be due to the darkness and opacity.

S: Dark cacao, roasted chocolate malts, some thin brown malt aroma, and a bit of sweet mocha.

T: Big cacao, milk chocolate, brown malt sweetness…and that's about it. Not terribly complex to say the least. It's sweet but with a mouth-drying flavor, like licking baker's chocolate.

M: Thin body for a porter. Lots of carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: Again, it's not complex at all. That and the relatively thin body are my biggest complaints. But this still remains a fairly enjoyable beer overall.

Oct 13, 2013
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid itself comes out a deep, dark brown that's actually pretty close to black. Very little in the way of highlights, just slightly lighter brown where the liquid portion isn't quite as deep. There's a big off-white/cream colored head with various sized bubbles that erupt after an aggressive pour. Head eventually whistles away to a ring that clings to the edge of the glass, but there's decent lacing to it.

Smell is pretty much what you'd expect from a beer named "Dos COcoas," it smells chocolatey. Bottle indicates that it's aged over cocoa nibs and shells. Makes sense, the dominant feature in the smell is a natural sweet chocolate, or cocoa, smell. Not much else going on here though a few sweet malts and a slight nose tickle from the hop portion.

Taste is good, but takes a slight step back from the smell. More normal porter characteristics in the flavor than the smell, but the overall flavor isn't quite as full as I expected. Almost tastes more like a quality porter with strong roasted and charred coffee/chocolate flavors, but then it's just got a decent milk chocolate syrup added to it. So overall both flavors almost taste a little watered down. Not horrible, but lacks the greatness I've come to expect from Terrapin.

Mouthfeel is decent, but not great. Flavors don't linger long, probably a light medium body on it. Somewhat smooth, but thinner and more watered down than I'd expect and could be a little more carbonated. Starts sweet and has a slight earthy finish. Pretty drinkable and with how chocolatey it is, it's not too sweet.

A decent beer overall, glad to have tried it. Thanks Paschal!

Oct 01, 2013
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Vec2267 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown to black, ample tan head that persists well, nice lacing

S - cocoa powder and roast, no discernable coffee

T - bittersweet chocolate, very dry, a subtle roast/acrid backend

M - a silky and creamy

O - Big chocolate flavor without being sweet, not much of a porter presence, this is single note beer, the chocolate is done well, but there aren't enough complementary flavors. There is nothing objectionable about this beer, there just isn't that much compelling about it either.

Sep 29, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing snifter

A The pour is black with maroon highlights. Two finger caramel colored head gives way to only a thin retention ring and some barely perceptible lacing.


T - Caramel malt base with a very dark chocolate finish and some roasted nut notes.

M - nice and thick, very chocolatey aftertaste.

O - Love this one from Terrapin. One of my favorite brewers in the Southeast.

Sep 21, 2013
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, with plenty of ruby highlights. Billowing five finger head, darkish tan, big and bubbly.

Deep rich chocolate aroma. Intoxicating.

Taste begins with a bit of coffee roast, but IRS a bit wimpy. Mild bitter nip. Big chocolate finish.

Rich smooth mouthfeel, with a prickly undercurrent.

Not an epic, but a tasty nitecap.

Sep 21, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers Cafe. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Black with a nice cream head. Two fingers on a 10 oz. pour. Lasts for quite a while.

Smell - Some chocolate, but more of a caramel malt. Like a chocolate brown ale.

Taste - Really chocolatey. Great chocolate flavor really. Drops off a bit with some roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - The richness of the chocolate makes me wish the beer were heavier. Medium carbonation. Medium body, objectively, but it still feels medium light.

Overall - It is what it is. A weak porter, but some great chocolate flavors.

Sep 13, 2013
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alucardswordlol from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this beer up at my first stop in town since I moved here : Brawley's Beverage :).

Anyway, poured into a regular pint glass with very little head retention as it is a porter. What colour there was in the head was a nice shade of mocha.

For me the aroma was the strong point of this beer: chocolate, vanilla, and coffee melding together to create a wonderful scent.

The mouthfeel was as good as it gets for a porter, nice and light with a wee bit of fizz at the back of the tongue. Very Drinkable.

Taste: Beer does exactly what it says on the tin, very mild flavours up front and then you are hit with a pleasant ratio of cocoa/vanilla at the end. One of the better porters out there.

Overall: A very drinkable chocolate beer that really brings out the best in the porter style. I look at this beer sort of akin to what session ales are to IPAs. A respectable (relatively) low alcohol alternative to beers such as Chokolat/Founders Breakfast Stout. If I find myself with another glass of this beer throughout the remainder of my life, I will consider myself fortunate.


Sep 07, 2013
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srhoadsy from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark, sable brown just shy of black. Half an inch of light brown head that quickly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Strong aromas of chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee.

Flavors follow through the aromas.

Mouthfeel was a bit light for the style with a sweet finish and mild aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer, but nothing really there that sets it apart from other representations of the style.

Sep 06, 2013
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Our fans voted, and Terrapin has delivered. In 2012, you elected the beer we should bring out of retirement. The winnter? From 2008, Side Project #4 - Dos Cocoas! By using the freshest cocoa shells and the choicest cocoa nibs from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company, this velvety smooth chocolate Porter drips with luxurious excellence. Sit back and melt into this lusciously brewed beverage and enjoy all the succulent flavor this beer has to offer." Brewed in the style of an American Porter with Chocolate from Olive & Sinclair, this is the not the first side project to be "resurrected", but the first to be brought back into a 22 oz. bottle for a limited time, again. Released in early July 2013.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin Snifter. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a light mocha foam head of a light creamy consistency over a dark brown, solid body with a mild viscosity. Lacing is light and streaked, retention is average. I'm not blown away by the appearance of this porter but it could have been far worse. 3.75

(Smell) Initially, the aroma is perceived as rather mild in the porter department with an exceptionally pronounced herbal and earthy hop aroma. Aromas of mild cocoa nibs, mildly sweet with a touch of raw coconut and caramel, the chocolate grows on you in a short time, it's a pleasing chocolate character to smell and doesn't come off as artificial nor overbearing in intensity. Rather, it's a welcome compliment to a moderately-hopped medium-bodied porter. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) The flavor provide a great deal of raw cocoa potency despite a demonstrable lightness in the malt body otherwise. Semisweet cocoa nibs and a pinch of light caramel cream add some depth and sweetness to the simple body and the unfettered hop profile provides a moderate bitterness to boost. A sprig of cinnamon stick and nutmeg are also noted, adding some enjoyable diversity to the flavor profile, fondly reminiscent of mexican-style desserts. I found the body expectedly thin. Thus the chocolate, while not overdone nor overly sweet, was precariously centered in the midst of a beer with a shallow malt profile and depth that that just isn't substantial enough to adequately support this amount of malt additions. Thus, it's likely to be a hit-or-miss beer for many, depending on one's preference of balance-over-character. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and medium-thick with an understated creaminess. This beer has a moderate carbonation that comes off as slightly more crisp than creamy, but I blame a light body for that. Some mild earthy and herbal hop bitterness should be expected, balance is slightly bitter over sweet, with a tepid malt sweetness that bittersweet chocolate additions do not resolve much. Body is shy of medium for a porter, medium overall. Alcohol presence is very tame, nearly indiscernible. My greatest disappointment is perhaps in the mouthfeel, as I think that the viscosity of this beer could have been turned up a notch without any sacrifice to flavor, perhaps with a touch of lactose for thickness and sweetness this could be incredibly enjoyable, but in favor of a porter's expected lightness, this should be a muted frustration. 3.5

(Overall) While I wasn't expecting Dos Cocoas to ultimately become the resurrected beer that fans pursued, I'm not overly disappointed that it wound up being resurrected, as this is my first exposure to something I missed the first time around. Despite an undeniably potent chocolate presence that lies front-and-center, this beer remains a very light and drinkable ale with a modest, simple malt profile and a complimentary hop profile and spice to keep things interesting. Picking up one bottle shouldn't prove too disappointing to your porter connoisseur. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter

Aug 27, 2013
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1L growler into a pint glass

A- pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. Pretty standard, though the head is pretty foamy and not all that thick

S- slight aroma of milk chocolate coming through...really uninspiring and underwhelming though

T- some bitter chocolate, and that's about all. Very artificial tasting, not very complex at all

M- medium bodied on the thin side. Meh

O- for as much as Terrapin plays around with chocolate in beers, this one was a miss. Wake & Bake and Moo Hoo are much better

Aug 27, 2013
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argock from Virginia

2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (CHarlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with short cap of beige head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Very light semi-chemical chocolate aroma with some light roast coming through as well. There is a spent coffee ground component also.

T: This is the worst tasting beer I have had in a while, the chocolate component is very light and artificial tasting with an underwhelming backing porter character. The base porter is very weak and a little sour and doesn't carry the chocolate flavor well at all. THe spent coffee quality comes through unpleasantly in the flavor as well.

M: Too light in body, I thought it was a brown ale when I consumed it. Carbonation is low-medium.

O: Not Terrapin's best product here with a subpar porter layered with some artificial, chemical chocolate aroma and flavor. Easily the worst Terrapin beer I have tried and I have tried quite a few.

Aug 23, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark muddied brown with nearly 2 fingers of light chocolate colored, head, nice retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Tons of sweet cocoa, some bitter dark chocolates, and sweet lactose. Maybe some grainyness too.

T - Slightly bitter dark chocolates, lots of sweet cocoa, lactose, maybe a hint of dark fruit (cant pinpoint it).

M - Fairly light bodied, especially for the style. Smooth (lactose) yet decent carbonatoin, very drinkable. Could drink this on a hotter day.

O - Fairly tasty, very drinkable. Basically more drinkable than it is bold, still very enjoyable.

Aug 19, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dos Cocoas pours out very dark. Still has some color to it, but it's nearly black. Foam is light tan and crested on top with less retention that I had hoped.

Smells of chocolate liquor, cocoa, roasted grains, and seeming lactose wafts. One-directional, but darkly sweet.

More like a porter, but less like a hearty one. Dark cocoa and milk chocolate with a lingering lacto-mettalic tang in the finish. Roasted barley gives the slight flavor of malted milk powder. Lacking richness/layers. The first sip brings lactic sweetness and some roastiness followed by seeping dark chocolate, and finishing long.

Drinks very mellow. Weaker body and subdued carbonation. Doesn't really excite.

Not too bad, just doesn't offer enough roastiness to satisfy me.

Aug 14, 2013
Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 353 ratings