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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.09/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra from dmunroe. Thanks Donald.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with a light tan head. Retention is fairly decent, and the 2" head leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Lots and lots of cocoa / dark chocolate, with roasted coffee behind it. It's fairly simple though.

T: Just a thin, watery mess of chocolate and coffee. Kind of a tart note to it (from hops?), but this was just so underwhelming. I split it at a tasting and I was still reluctant to finish my pour. Not a good flavor.

M: Distressingly thin for a porter, or even a beer. It was thinner than those "instant hot chocolate" packets that you mix into water. What went wrong here? Good carbonation for such a watery beer, but it's sort of wasted here.

D: No.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
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 SaCkErZ9
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

"The Terrapin Dos Cocoas" gets its name from the deep history of chocolate and the two forms of Ecuadorian cocoa we use in this exceptional beer. Brewed with 100% cocoa powder, and aged on a bed of pure cocoa nibs, the chocolate flavor in this beer is so mouth watering; it will even make Wonka jealous."

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges milky black with a touch of chocolate highlights. Topped with aan average sized, cold steel colored head.

Aroma is somewhat lacking. A touch of bakers chocolate but mostly a fruity/earthy aroma with a touch of an alkaline type aroma. No roastiness.

Flavor is a let down as well. Kind of watered down. A touch of chocolate malt with no "real chocolate" flavor.

This one has no body; very watery, dry finish, and no oomph. Mouthfeel of water with cocoa powder. Drinks like water.

Not sure what is going on here. Not much chocolate and the porter aspects are very subdued and "English". With all of the chocolate hype going on with this beer, I was expecting chocolate. Not to say it isnt a decent porter (although lacking body), but not what the beer claims to be as per the label. Really thin and unremarkable. Another disappointment in the series. Thank god it looked good...

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Photo of argock
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks mrkrispy! Appears dark brown with mahogany highlights. The light brown head is creamy with decent retention.

The aroma is of cocoa nibs, dark and milk chocolate with a bit of roast and coffee grinds.

The flavor is bland and nondescript. There are some light notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, but it's pretty flavorless and nothing stands out.

The beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a detrimentally thin, watery mouthfeel.

Skip this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with an average foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of soft chocolate powder with some light roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by light cocoa powder notes with some very subtle roasted malt notes as well. I was expecting more chocolate to come through based on the description on the label. Body is somewhat thin with some medium carbonation. OK though not something I would wish to have very often.

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Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
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

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade and was excited to try it. Drank this back in February but had misplaced my tasting notes.

Pours a deep black, huge foam that dissolved leaving lots of lace.

Aroma is a lot of burnt malt, some smoke? Burnt coffee notes. Not real nice smelling.

Immediate watery mouthfeel, very thin tasting for a porter. Lots of dark roast coffee. Not much chocolate complexity. Some dark chocolate bitterness, some cocoa powder flavor. No speakable sweetness or bitterness, fairly bland.

Unfortunately this beer disappointed on several levels. I am questioning whether the age damaged this beer. The thinness was certainly a detriment to the beer. It drank like an average porter with some very subdued chocolate flavors. Aroma very unmatched to the taste. If made again they need to step up the amounts of chocolate.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger, nicely browned, fully tan colored head that leaves some spotty lacing on the sides fo the glass. The beer has a dark black color that has a touch of concentrated brown to it. The aroma smells of thin cocoa / dark chocolate and finishes with some slightly acidic roast espresso notes. There is also some dark, sweet malt notes here, a nicely toasted dark whole grain bread.

The beer is a little thinner than I was expecting in the flavor, but it is in line with the nose. The beer finishes with a toasted malt note as well as a bit of a watery thinness and actually just sort of disappears with no real lingering presence. Some roasted, charcoal'esque flavors and burnt toast flavors are also in the finish. This is quite dry; with all of the burnt acidity and slight acrid notes one doesn't notice any malt sweetness. This has some bitter cocoa notes to it but it mostly has a sharpness from the roast acrid grain.

This is not overly harsh for a Porter, but it is thin enough that what is here leaves this beer unbalanced. Not bad, it just seems weak all around though and for that reason just isn't all that enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?"

--Shirley Jackson

Roasted coffee bean brown with meager sepia colored highlights along the edges. Opacity is usually a good sign in a 5.8% porter. Nearly three fingers of golden beige colored foam was produced on the pour. The cap looks to be in no hurry to depart, with very little lace being laid down so far... or in the end.

Dos Cocoas smells like a chocolate porter, I'll give it that. Adding cocoa powder and aging the beer on a bed of cocoa nibs will tend to do that. Unfortunately, the effect is too subtle and there isn't enough power overall. If it becomes bolder with warming, I'll be happy to go with the 4.0.

Terrapin is an excellent craft brewery because they don't usually do things halfway. They produce some of the hoppiest (and most delicious) beer around, so it's surprising that this offering is so weak. It tastes like 'porter lite' with a bit of chocolate extract added. This is something that I'd expect from The Matt Brewing Company (Saranac), not these guys.

More malt is the obvious place to start. The chocolate has no chance to taste deep and rich and chocolate-like without a more substantial barley base. Other than watery cocoa, we have watery coffee and... that's about it really. A wee blip of back end bitterness is unaccompanied by hop flavor, which is as it should be.

I was going to cut the mouthfeel some slack since the ABV is less than 6.0%, but no can do. It's too light and thin, with bubbles that are borderline harsh since there's nothing of substance for them to sink into. Mouthfeel is the most disappointing part of this most disappointing brew.

Here's hoping that the other Terrapin Side Project releases in my cellar are better than Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter. On the good side, the bar is set pathetically low. Boy, did Shirley Jackson ever know what the hell she was talking about. At least with regard to this beer anyway.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle makes me think of Ninja Turtles.

Black/dark brown. Modest beige head that is quick to skim and recede to collar.

Smells like cocoa beans and mocha gas station light roast coffee. Burnt gingerbread cookies. There's a wayward milky sour in there too.

Tastes like roast malt with mild mocha hints underneath an unpleasant sour char. Sour diminishes as it warms and the beer tastes like watery hot chocolate. Mouthfeel is "wet" like a good brown ale.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had the 2013 version

A-Poured a dark black color, but not completely impermeable. The edges were slightly brown with a creamy white head that retained well and left thick lacing.

S-Raw cacao powder and...? Really nothing else. I was kind of disappointed

T-Again with the raw cacao powder. It's a distinct flavor; not sweet, not bitter, just a unique flavor that I don't really like. I got my expectations too high for this one

MF-Creamy and rich on the fornt of the palate but finishes dry and carbonated

O-Did I get a bad bottle? I hope so

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Photo of rudzud
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another "I'm broke" cellar selection.... Received this a while back from Onenote81.. thanks Jon! Poured into my Delirium goblet while chilling and listening to Son Volt.

Very nice 2 finger dark tan head.. the brew is of course dark brown with only bare bones highlites ... pretty descent lacing and a nice cap.

Aroma is more porter than chocolate.. maybe I waited too long? Light dark malts.. no char and not acrid.. doesn't seem to be enough other porter aromas to really bring out the cocoa... could use a bit of sweetness. As it warms, it reminds me more of an English porter.

Flavor has a nice chocolate essence.. punctuated by a bit of malty sweetness that pulls out the cocoa.. a little earthy... and some dark malt dried fruitiness helps too... some smoke comes out pretty prevalent mid palate..

I always have a harder time with more traditional porters.. I always want "more".. I have to tell myself that this is probably what the brewer was shooting for and remind myself, that I generally, don't really care for standard porters... This is a pretty descent take at a standard American Porter.. but the smoke is really pretty heavy.

Thanks again Jon.. a great trade and a great trader.


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Photo of Onenote81
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours a deep black with just hints of ruby on the edges. Very small tan head on top. No retention and very little lacing. Smells of cocoa beans, espresso, bread, and slight fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but a little wet. This is slicker than I expected it to be. Flavor is of muted chocolate flavors that are not as pronounced as I thought. There's also a sour note on the finish. This is just a little too watery. I've held this bottle for a bit, and my expectations were high. This was a little disappointing. Still though, it's not bad, just not that great.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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 degerbah
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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 srhoadsy
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour barely yields any head, as in like nada, naturally can't be much lacing. Offers the standard jet black color, wow, how impressive is it to make a beer entirely colorless? Milky, creamy quality to the chocolate in the nose let's it spread slowly and gently, smooth maltiness, raisin, plum, cherry scents obvious, no citrus, pine nor grassiness, maybe a pinch of dried flowers, stronger lactose notes present as it warms. Medium-bodied, flat as if the carbonation has evaporated some. The chocolate, cocoa flavoring is not oppressive, always there yet not a blunt instrument to the head. If anything, the caramel, toffee notes seem an echo. Very light hoppy tingle, granola and cereal. Blackberry, raisin, plum fruit a subtle undercurrent. Trails off at the end as if it forgot it was talking to you. Suspect it's just tired and saw better days in its past.

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Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice rich deep black hue with a creamy one finger tan head. Little retention with nice solid line lace.

S: Lots of rich roasted grain. VERY subtle chocolate, and lots of coffee.

T: Roasted grain up front, lactose sugar, weak coffee, and a touch of chocolate malt. For something that calls itself Dos Cocoas I would expect some real chocolate flavor. Fail!

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D: Not too bad. If this was a standard porter I would say it is a good beer. To be a limited release, notch above type beer it falls short. Sorry Terrapin. I still love ya!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color. Very white head on the top, but not much. Only around the perimeter of the glass.
Smell is cocoa powder and a bit of lacto. Taste is more cocoa powder and some Nestle Quik. Some roasted malts as well. Pretty nice in the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. Rather uneventful, but solid. Nothing to write home about. I like the Side Project series that they've done. I've had some really good beers from it.

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Photo of mwa423
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a very thin head that didn't last much past the first sip.

S - HELLOOO Chocolate. Beyond that, lots of malty sweetness fills out the flavor.

T - Taste is far less than I expected. Hint of chocolate, but otherwise just a weak porter flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is weak, close to Guinness. Drinkability is ok. I could easily drink these when I was in the mood, but there are better.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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