Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterTerrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #4

Added by BeerSox on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 146
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 7.99. No date but this is the July 2013 re-release. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a thin darkish brown with about one and a half finger of sandy hued head. Head fades quickly, leaving some chunky clusters of lace.

Smells of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar and roasty malts.

Tastes like soft chocolate, roast malts, burnt caramel and dark cocoa. All nice but the flavors seem rather subdued.

Creamy but thin body with moderate carbonation. More cocoa and mild roastyness in the finish.

Tasty enough, particularly given what a small beer it is. But there just isn't much here. All of the fantastic one-offs that Terrapin has brewed over the years and this is what the most people voted for them to make again? I really love Terrapin but this is futher evidence that it's a terrible idea to give the masses voting privs...

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A decent sized head that drops quickly down to a ring of tan lace. Nice dark brown almost black color. Hint of chocolate graces the aroma and comes off more like a powdered cocoa or toasted cocoa nibs, a hint of fruitiness and charred grain are both in the nose as well. Smooth and a little slick, creamy and even a bit chewy in the mouth with a moderate sized body. Toasted and roasted grain mingle very well with the chocolate character which all land semi-dry. Modest hopping lets the chocolate be in the spotlight for most of the time. Pleasant finish with lingering chocolate and lightly charred grain.

A good session chocolate beer, nice to see as most are heavy with a big alcohol content. Still bold enough to through at the darkest of chocolates and even a spicy mole sauce as well.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a deep brown body with a small khaki head. Patchy lacing.

Aroma has roasty notes, accented by coffee and cocoa.

Body is on the light side for a porter. Medium carbonation.

Taste has roasted coffee, chocolate notes, and some earthy hops.

Comes off as a well done American porter, but I just don't find anything here to get excited about.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info..."one Time Release"...Pours molasses brown, dark khaki head, showing minor height development and moderate retention. Tiny bubble film and then respectable spots and blotches of lace left on the glass. My sensorary challenged nose picks up whiffs of chocolate and dusty cocoa. More chocolate, dark grains, ripe fruit and then chalky dryness late. Nice stuff, the only shortcoming here would be a bit of thinness/wateriness body wise. I enjoyed it, my favorite (so far) from Terrapin

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears nearly pitch black in hue with a nice sized creamy textured tan head lacing forms fine and evenly with each sip. Smell wise it stays in the chocolate realm rather nicely, bringing powdered cocoa and dry dark chocolate nearly burnt roasted malts together. Among the chocolate I can detect mild raisin sweetness with a creamy cereal edge that stands up well to and even complements the chocolate aging. Flavor really bursts with chocolate not in a Hershey's syrup style like Choklat, but with much finesse that brings out dark cocoa nibs and milk chocolate powder aspects into a solid stand up porter. It definitely retains it's porter characteristics which gives it more credibility as a true chocolate beer rather than some form of liquid diabetes. The semi sweet chocolate notes blend with dark roasted malts that border on coffee at times, large base of creamy mildly tart fruit characteristics come around as well creating a complex and welcoming experience. The chocolate and dark roasts gives it a good amount of acidity which may add to the almost lactic creamy character that becomes more and more evident with each sip, another factor in addition to the dark roasted malts that provides another flavor to offset the actual chocolate adjuncts. A medium bodied porter that manages to stay away from sticky drinks rather clean finishes somewhat dry but with enough sweetness as to not kill the palate with dark patent roasted malt. Carbonation is smooth and creamy, a gentle giant of a beer clocking in at a manageable alcohol volume which is quite a nice change up from the typical extreme beer offering. This one allows some sessionability without inducing total head rush, which makes me respect the brewers even more, thanks god Spike is a Steelers fan. I was just drinking Wake and Bake imperial pints and IBA aged on vanilla beans on cask at Piper's Pub in the Burgh. However, my bro who resides in Georgia recently brought this one along in his carry on, he got it cheaper than the average Pittsburgh price but after the travel expenses thanks for this expensive brew that will help me and my wife celebrate the birth of our new baby boy, Nico Angelo Rasicci.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a murky dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top and leaves spiderweb lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate and caramel. The chocolate was more understated than I was expecting.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malts start things off, then more unsweetened chocolate joins in, with the smallest hint of vanilla. Ends with a bitterness that's just right.

Mouthfeel is good. I would like if it were just a bit thicker, but it still goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It was very easy to finish off my half of the bomber, and I could have a few of these. It's so smooth with mild flavors that play off of each other very well.

Overall this is another solid beer from the SP series, and I look forward to seeing what's on deck.

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Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of degerbah
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick looking, completely opaque black with almost no head at all. The only aroma that I can detect is the strong smell of choclate which is over-powering. The taste is only vaguely choclatey, nothing likea Young's. There is much more of a roasted malt flavor. It doesn't have the slightly sour flavor I associatte with a more traditional porter. It's not one of Terrapin's better side projects. A pedestrian porter at best.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of azorie
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, black chocolate goodness. Pored into a mug, some slight lacing. not much head there at all.

S: Coffee and toasted and big chocolate presence. no hops detected

T: toasty malt and chocolate, with some dark coffee almost burnt flavor, but the big dark chocolate dominated this brew. No hops in this beer taste.

M: creamy, medium body, smooth.

D: Easy to drink a bomber or two.

This is like my 12 bottle of this stuff and its hard to find now, but it was great while it lasted.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought in Brendon, Florida. A porter, with significant cocoa presence. Pours dark. A bit of the cocoa in the aroma.A bit of roast. Easy mouthfeel, medium consistency. Reasonably drinkable.Appropriate, though above average carbonation.ABove average porter.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Along with several bottles of Gamma Ray, I spotted some Dos Cocoas lingering at the Cumming location of Jax and decided to pick up a bottle. These Terrapin Side Project bottles seem larger than the 1 pint, 6 ounces listed on the labels!

Appearance: Dos Cocoas is a nice-looking beer. It pours a deep, dark cola brown. Once in the glass, it's nearly pitch-black, with more of that deep brown visible around the edges when held up to direct light. Head is minimal, and takes the form of a fleeting, half-finger, khaki cap. No trace of cap lingers during drinking, but that's okay. Lacing is equally non-existent.

Smell: Mild chocolate, floating in a river of watery coffee. A faint roastiness is detectable, but overall, the smell is quite uinderstated. I can't really identify anything other than a bit of chocolate, a lot of weak coffee, and a little non-coffee roastiness.

Taste: Not bad, but watered down. I'd like to try this if Terrapin turned it into a stout -- I think that might serve the chocolate better. As it is, there's a mild chocolatiness, a healthy dose of coffee, some lingering roasted/burnt notes, a very faint hint of lemon juice-like sourness, and a good bit of water. Possibly thanks to that watery characteristic, the beer is more refreshing than expected, but not as hearty.

Mouthfeel: This is Dos Cocoas' clear weak point. Man, I wish it was beefier. Mild carbonation carries this watery brew as far as it can, but it ultimately fails to lift the beer's flavors beyond "faint." I've noticed the same problem in some other bottled Sweetwater beers, and I wonder if maybe they're bottled that way on purpose. At any rate, this beer is very watery, and the mouthfeel is thin and weak.

Drinkability: Both in spite and because of the wateriness, this beer is very refreshing -- more so than probably any other porter I've tried. It's got a relatively low ABV of 5.80%, which also helps the cause. I can't say it's sessionable, though, because the watery feel and weak flavors aren't rewarding enough to encourage drinking more than one bottle. As it is, I wish the bottle were only 12 ounces. Until Terrapin figures out this "wateriness" thing in their bottled beers, I'm afraid I'll continue to be underwhelmed.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownisih black color with a light tan colored head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass that does leave a good amount of lacing.

S- The smell is a very nice cocoa filled aroma with dark roasted malts. The aroma is very solid, the cocoa adds a nice dimension to the beer.

T- The taste starts out pretty smooth with some cocoa flavors. The roasted malt picks up shortly after, creating a mild roasted bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, but it does have a nice texture and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Dos Cocoas is a pretty good in terms of drinkability, it is a lighter bodied porter that is pretty easy to drink.

Overall, Terrapin Dos Cocoas is another really solid beer from this great brewery. I consider Side Project #4 a success, can't wait to try #5. Recommended!

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 353 ratings