Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter
Terrapin Beer Company

Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterDos Cocoas Chocolate Porter
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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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

Aug 09, 2013
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damienblack from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Loki for this in trade!

Pours very dark brown, nice billowey tan head, sticky lacing, but nice foam left around the glass. Standard appearance. Smell is mostly chocolate, sort of roasty. A bit of boozey edge that doesn't at all carry to the taste.

Tastes like a softer chocolate than the usual semi-sweet baker's chocolate you normally get from a stout or porter. Far less roasty, although you have the same slightly sweet, yet slightly bitter normally associated with porter. The mellow chocolate flavor works well for me, but it's kind of thin all the way through. No big presence, no lingering taste, a bit watery. Extremely drinkable though, no aftertaste, or any other debilitating flavors. A nice little session, if nothing groundbreaking.

Apr 22, 2009
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justinthegypo from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Mar 20, 2014
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NCBeernut from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy brown, near black. Small tan head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is heavy with raw chocolate from the cocoa nibs and anise - the most chocolate I have ever experienced in the aroma of a beer. The chocolate is really allowed to shine in the taste as well. Not sweet like milk chocolate, but in a raw slightly bittersweet form that is more on the bitter side - a bit of tartness. Anise here as well, along with roasted grain. Everything comes together well to create a very robust chocolate brew. Oddly, there are times when the taste gets a bit watery. Slick, but full and a bit chewy. Slightly more carbonation than ideal, but not enough to make things unpleasant. The reasonable ABV is nice.

Part of my breakfast with some bacon and eggs in a basket - an absolutely superb pairing.

Mar 08, 2009
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RavenForBeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Nov 05, 2014
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kell50 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jul 19, 2013
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DrunkyBuddha from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.9%

Dec 01, 2014
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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jyounger30

22oz bomber with gold foil on top. poured into tulip. tasted in mid-april 2009.

nearly opaque brown/black. 1.5-finger, light tan head, fades to wisps and ring. some thin rings of splotchy lace, but often shrink away or slide back down.

aroma: dark, sweet chocolate, into roasted malt and earthy tones (hops?), with an almost cherry vanilla note. more cocoa in back, esp on strong inhales. some coffee hints too.

taste: roasted malt and gently earthy hop, with moderate bitterness, melding with dark chocolate and slight acidic note. ever so slightly watery, but that's forgivable given the modest gravity and ABV.

medium body, moments of thinness (again, forgivable because of the modest gravity), with some texture in the finish. lightly prickly carbonation can be creamy at times.

Jun 20, 2009
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jul 28, 2014
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Vengeance526 from Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ahatcher78 for providing me with this one, courtesy of his recent LIF.

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that lasts for a good while and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells strongly of chocolate and roasted malt. Also some light coffee notes.

Taste is bitter chocolate, though not quite as pronounced as in the aroma. Some roasted malt becomes evident especially in the aftertaste. Starts off a bit sweet but the subtle bitterness quickly kicks in making this one pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel was a little watery at first but after a while I didn't really notice it anymore so I guess I can give a pass on that. Based on the aroma, I thought this might be too sweet to drink a lot of, but it turned out to be very well balanced and made for a nice dessert beer. Thanks again Andy, we enjoyed this one a lot.

Apr 12, 2009
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 02, 2014
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jul 14, 2014
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BeccaH from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sep 12, 2014
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sendsilk from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sep 18, 2013
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Fievel from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Nov 17, 2014
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Floydster from California

3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle brought to the Belgian Beer Party by some anonymous gentleman, if you are out there, thanks for sharing, poured into my Chimay goblet, reviewed from notes on my phone

A-Not quite black, very dark brown, minimal 1/4 inch bubbly light tan head, went away almost immediately, no lacing or legs
S-Couple different kinds of chocolate and slightly, roasted malts, brown sugar, hint of coffee, and other sweetness
T-Bitter chocolate at the beginning and is a little light for a beer with pure nibs, roasted malts in the middle, more cocoa in the finish but not much to talk about, more dry and then sweet at first and then changed to the opposite once it warmed, some caramel and raisins came out later on
M-Roasty and sweet mouthfeel, thin body that is pretty watered down, overly carbonated for what it is
D-Could not drink more than a few sips of this, too rich and nothing else really going on, might as well have chocolate candy or a milkshake, same amount of cocoa and it will taste better, not smooth

Second experience with the new Side Project series from Terrapin, did not expect a lot from this one and did not get it, interesting concept but it did not really work for me, would not drink again, might be worth trying

Apr 03, 2009
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SP1_FLA from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Dec 09, 2014
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, some head that eventually fades.

Smells very nice, dark malts, cocoa and a hint of coffee.

Chocolate, cocoa and malts in the taste. Not very complex, but well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel struck me as a bit thin and flat.

Overall, this is was quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thin, but very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm really digging the side project series.

Apr 03, 2009
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sep 02, 2015
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Maudite snifter.

A: A dark brown almost black color with a very thin light brown head. No glass lacing and very little carbonation in general.

S: Roasted malt nose with some caramel sweetness and some dried fruit. No hops on the nose.

T: The dark roasted flavor comes through up front and through the entirety of the beer. Chocolate porter? Where is the chocolate? I know this bottle has been sitting in my cellar for at least a year, so maybe this just doesn't age well. But I get almost no chocolate flavor at all, just the roasted flavor with maybe a hint of the dried fruit (raisin and date). No hops detected. One dimensional.

M: Thin, very thin for a porter and one that is supposed to have chocolate. No lingering flavor in the mouth at all.

D: Meh. That's how to sum it up. Can you drink it? Sure, but where is the excitement. Boring beer.

Overall I'm very disappointed in this beer. The coffee oatmeal stout was excellent but this one falls way short. For a limited release I feel Terrapin could have done way more.

Oct 11, 2010
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bmeGT from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2015
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pwoods from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a deepish murky brown. Not a ton of head with only a bit of retention and little lacing.

S: Milky chocolate, light Nesquik. slight ash. Rolos.

T/M: Milk chocolate with spritzy carbonation. Maybe a touch of lactose. Rolos, again. Sweet malts. body is medium with strong carbonation.

D: Low ABV but not too tasty.

Nov 04, 2009
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TheBen5 from Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 06, 2016
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GatorBeerNerd from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a black with red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. There is a briefly lived mocha color head. There is just a tiny ring of bubbles left after the majority of bubbles disappear. No lacing at all.

S: Mainly roasted malt aroma. There is a hint of chocolate but it is much more faint than I would have expected. Nothing really interesting in the aroma but it does smell better than an average beer.

T: Once again surprised here. There is no real big chocolate flavor in this one at all. Maybe I held onto the bottle for too long? Dark roasted malt flavor. Its roasted to the point of being slightly bitter. I assume the bitter profile is all due to that since I am not picking up any hop character. Its a decent beer, but overall it just seems kind of bland.

M: The mouthfeel is amazingly prickly for a beer with such a lack of head. I prefer my porters to be more smooth and creamy. It also feels a bit thin for the style as well.

D: There really aren't any qualities that are redeeming in this one for me. The combination of them making it a bit of a struggle for me to get through.

I really love most of the Terrapin brews, but I have not found anything special with the Side Project brews so far. With that said, I will continue giving them a try.

Apr 14, 2009
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Nickls from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Near jet black color, with a rich tan head.
Deep brown highlights around the edges.

S - Touch of malty bittersweetness; a little sour; and barely a touch of chocolate. Little roasty

T - Very mild roasted qualities; faint bittersweet chocolate; twinge of sourness toward the end. Kinda muted overall here

M - Thinner than what is expected for the style; friskier carbonation as well. OK, though

D - Just OK; interesting at some points but nearing on bland in others. The sour notes kinda detract in this dept.

Overall, just OK for the style, and would have wanted a more cocoa drive brew (hey, that's what they're selling). Worth a look, but don't knock yourself out to get it.

May 24, 2009
Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 353 ratings