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

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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 146
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BeerSox
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at brewery tour in pint glass. Several 4oz pours. Keg tapped that day.

Pitch black with a thick one or two finger head depending on the pour. The head settles to a thick cap and leaves a strong lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts along with a little bit of coffee. The chocolate isn't so obvious.

The malts are burnt and slightly bitter balanced by the sweeter chocolate flavors. Very little hop bitterness. Full bodied. The finish is the lingering malts with a little bit of chocolate sticking around.

This is definitely one of the better chocolate beers I have had. The chocolate doesn't overtake the flavor, and the rest of the beer stands up well on its own. Extremely drinkable as well. I couldn't get enough at the brewery. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nanofreak
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review, so that should be considered.

A: It is a deep dark brew with a nice brown head that quickly fades.

S: Dark roasty malts with a slight undertone of chocolate. Not the amount of chocolate that was expected.

T: This is a great porter. In the initial taste, that is all you get. Just as you swallow a very nice pleasant amount of chocolate hits the pallet. This chocolate taste gets even greater as the beer warms.

M: One word, thin. I have to admit I was very close to giving it a 3.5 on the mouthfeel. It is almost surprising how much flavor was packed into this beer based on how watery it was.

D: Aaaand... here is the problem. It is way to drinkable to be seasonal. It goes down very smooth, very easy, no bite just a lot of flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a nonic pint glass, with a luscious 2 fingers of creamy light tan froth. Rays of red shine through the bottom.

Really pleasant, enticing aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. Very subtle yet fragrant chocolatey whiffs.

Light bodied allowing the chocolate flavor to shine. Subtle chocolate bitterness on the front end. Spicy chocolate on the back end. My palate is nicely dusted with such a nice chocolate flavor. As it warms, more of the hop flavor is starting to come out yet it plays second fiddle to the nice chocolate flavor. So smooth and balanced.

A joy to drink and such a unique offering by Terrapin. So glad they didn't load this up with hops and make this a mess to drink. An American Porter under 6% with all this flavor?! Very well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Fattmatt73
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start I'm not a huge fan of chocolate stouts or porters, this beer has a very nice appearance, nice head that retracts quickly with very nice lacing.

Aroma of rich chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is rich yet medium bodied.

Taste is of chocolate yet not sweet or bitter.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, great taste without being too sweet or rich.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to this release from Terrapin, and it doesn't let me down. Very nice beer, and although the chocolate flavor is there, and quite deep, its not one dimensional at all. Pours black with a pretty thin head and some very light lacing. Very nice roasty and chocolately aromas that are somewhat dark and nutty. The taste has a good deal of bitterness to it from deeply roasted grains and dark chocolate, and more of that nuttiness from the cocoa nibs. Not sweet at all, and really nice chocolate flavors from the high quality chocolate used. I have to say that this one of the better chocolate beers I have had. To me this seems calibers better than Southern Tiers Chokolat as far as the chocolate flavor goes. A bit of cocoa roundness and cream on the finish and the bitter chocolate and roasted flavors continue through to the finish. There is also a hint of chocolate liquor as it warms. Rich, dark, nutty, roasted, chocolatey deliciousness! The mouthfeel is deep and rich with a creamy finish. An absolute delight and to me at least, the best side project so far.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty new brew from Terrapin (4th in the Side Project series from Spike). It is a porter brewed with cocoa nibs and some other chocolate source (over 120 lbs of chocolate used in the brewing process).

I have had this on cask as well as from the fermenter but I am reviewing it from the keg at Trappeze as it was the cleanest taste and the only time I took notes.

The beer pours a nice rich brown with mahogany notes where the light peaks through. A frothy tan head sits on top but didn't last too long.

The smell is of bitter chocolate (unlike the YooHoo smell & taste from the cask) and rich roasty malt.

Flavor profile follows the smell nearly perfectly, with a bitter chocolate taste and some tasty burnt/roasted malt backing. Hops were unnoticeable for me.

The body was a bit thin but I think fit the beer quite well. The cask was way thinner and, I thought, noticeably inferior as a result.

I definitely intend to pick up a few of these bottles (maybe a case) to share with friends.

As a side note, I believe Trappeze purchased 8 kegs (4 of which they are cellaring) so it should be available off and on according to how they decide to run through the other 4.

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Photo of Samminator
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, no visible freshness date, purchased cold stock from Suwanee's Beverage Superstore.

Poured into a clean-rinsed pint glass. 2-finger head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

A: Cavernous brown, some ruby notes evident when held up to the light. Large clumps of lacing slowly sliding the side of the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma. Power-of-suggestion: the title "Dos Cocoas" makes me think I am smelling chocolate, but I don't think so.

T: This is an excellent example of what a Porter should be - danky sweet earth with a lovely bloom of cocoa bitterness centered at the extreme right-rear and left-rear of the tongue, near the back molars and the saliva ducts. Terrapin has nailed it here. The cocoa is subtle and refined - honestly, I think this same effect could have been achieved with malts alone, without the adjunct.

M: Smooth, slick, and creamy, leaving a pleasant sticky coat on the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable. Could easily knock back 6 pints of this stuff. At $6.50, though, this is more of a special treat for me. I also think of that hefty price as a means of supporting my local brewery and of encouraging creativity by voting a resounding "Yes!" to these types of projects.

#4 is by far the best "Side Project" for Terrapin this year.

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4.44/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ruckzuck
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown that turns kind of chocolaty shockingly enough when held up to light. Fairly thin khaki head which dissipated somewhat fast

S - there's some roasted malt at work here (again, who would've thought) along with a nice hint of dark chocolate (the best kind of chocolate if you were wondering). Maybe a bit of nuttiness? Nice

T - the taste is similar to the smell initially, but the chocolate is much more pronounced here IMO. Really hits throughout the beer, especially in the finish and aftertaste a lot, but the roasted malt is still in the house. The chocolate flavor is fairly dark and delicious, and as such kicks rich amounts of ass (it's also rich, which kicks rich amounts of ass). I love this bitter chocolate aftertaste/finish. Did I say that already? Really, I mean it this time

M - fairly nice body, and this bad boy goes down smoothly and delightfully as it dances across the tongue

D - oh man, do I want another one of these? Hell yes I do. My girlfriend is currently not in the room, and I'm tempted to pour her glass into mine. I mean, I'm not going to because that would make me a bad boyfriend, but you (probably) know how it is. Delicious. Glad I have 3 more. Would totally pick up another one next time I'm at Green's (if there are any left) or have one at Brick Store Pub, the #1 beer bar (disclaimer: BSP is only #1 in my heart and is actually #2 on BA as somehow some other place is #1). This is probably the best Side Project yet. Terrapin is an awesome, awesome brewery, and I hope they keep doing rad stuff like this. Good work, dudes

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep sable, opaque and almost black, with a nice tan head. Aroma is not strong but appetizing, like a fine mocha with some malty hints. Flavor is strong, like quality roast coffee with a chocolaty undertone and nutty and caramel hints, as well as a touch of sweetness. Texture is very smooth and not at all watery.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy, brown head that sticks around a while.

S - As the namesake suggests, the flavor is full of cocoa goodness, there's a teeny bit of malt coming through, and maybe a hint of hop, but without a doubt the cocoa is notably dominant.

T - Cocoa, chocolate syrup, coffee, toasty malt.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

Notes - Really delicious. Not a lot more to say than that.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich walnut brown with a little purple around the edges. A one-finger head settles to a filmy of foam that lingers all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is very chocolate-y, even through my stuffy nose. Other than that, I am picking up a bit of brown sugar, some peaty malt, and maybe a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is of powdery cocoa, just as advertised, with some smokey malts, raisin, caramel, and earth. Some bittersweet chocolate and coffee in there, as well. Hop flavor seems limited to some grassy, hay-like notes and a bit of citrusy tang. The tang may also come from the yeast. Bitterness is subdued but is more than adequate to counter the malts, which are pleasantly dry and toasty.

Solid body--smooth and mouth-coating, with a gentle carbonation. Very pleasing mouthfeel from beginning to end with a dry, peaty finish. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms, but I would be surprised if it were more 7 percent.

Fantastic, easy-drinking porter in the English tradition. I could drink it all day. This is one of my favorite styles and this version satisfies all my requirements for a porter--smokey, rich, a hint of dried dark fruit, and a dry, tangy finish. Well done and highly recommended.

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

Pours a dark brown that looks completely black without holding it up to light. Head is one finger of tan foam into a crown.

Smells similar to terrapins sublime wake and bake. Surprisingly low on the chocolate, more roasted Malts.

Taste is also surprisingly low on chocolate. It makes for a damn good porter but someone expecting choklat will be let down. Cream, coffee, roasted flavors are prominent with little to no alcohol or hop presence. Taste and body similar to a milk stout.

Mouth is medium in body and carbonation. I'd love to see a thicker and flatter version of this.

Very good drink but really misleading. A damn solid porter but not worth the special release status and price.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with the super BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Fuller's pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark blackish brown color with a 2" light tan creamy head. The head took a long time to settle and eventually formed a 1/8" creamy cap that retained all the way and left some streaky lace behind.

S= The aroma was all malty sweetness, chocolate, ovaltine, and a very faint roasted grain note.

T= Lovely light toast/roast on the grains gave this a hint of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness which balanced nicely with the sweet malt and sugary/milky creaminess. Really nice in the taste department! Esters were minimal and the hops were faint and earthy. Finish was even and dried out just a bit. Aftertaste was sublime in a chocolate sort of way.

MF= Medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Carbonation was mostly on the soft side lending a slickness in the back of the mouth.

D= Extremely enjoyable and very drinkable. If Terrapin has not made this a year round offering yet, they bloody well should. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mullenite
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Nose is a dark chocolate that was burnt. Compared to other chocolate beers (Young's, Brooklyn, Bison), I'd expect a stronger chocolate scent.

Pretty much all chocolate in the taste, very dark chocolate. Bittersweet to start, very bitter dark chocolate to finish. Tastes like the 80-whatever percent Lindt Chocolate.

Moderately heavy mouthfeel as expected for the style. Thin but sharp carbonation.

Very easily drinkable; makes me want chocolate chip cookies to go with it.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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