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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicate and delicious chocolate Porter. This may have been the most cocoa-rich beer that I have had, if I hadn't had Southern Tier's Choklat several times before.

The seriously dark brown pour looks much more like a Stout than a Porter. Completely opaque, the beer forms a part froathy/part fizzy head that fails to retain under the oils of cocoa nibs. A slight ring of foam persists arround the edges of the glass along with timid pockets of foam and mild lace.

Bittersweet cocoa aromas dominate the nose with a distant follow up of nutty coffees, mild caramel, and true barely malt. Fairly simple in its complexity, the beer makes up for in sheer intensity of cocoa.

Flavors fare the same way- cocoa and bittersweet chocolates take center stage with a mild supportive balance of caramel malts, vanilla, and coffee-ish bitterness in the finish. Herbal notes of tree bark or chicory give an earthy counterpart in the reduction of hops.

A creamy upstart illudes to smoothness, fullness, and a silky smooth, velvety finish. But the beer's bitterness (part from cocoa, coffee, and hops) carries a harsher minerally feel instead. These don't completely undermine the beer but makes it unable to live up to the lofty expectations.

A very succulent, savory, and seductive beer, especially in the aroma and initial taste. The harsher second half detracts a bit from the promising up start.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque chocolate brown, but there are plenty of ruby highlights running through; the tannish head leaves a few dots and dashes around the pint glass

Smell: Roasty, almost smoky, aromatics; not as much chocolate as I was expecting but it is discernable underneath

Taste: Brown bread up front, with the hops actually making an appearance before the chocolate; after a swirl in the mouth, the flavor profile is joined by a rather bitter and smoky chocolate, almost Mexican in character; after the swallow, some sweeter, almost milk chocolate elements appear for a moment, but a hint of citrus keeps it from prominence; the only time the chocolate is clearly apparent is on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, but a bit watery

Drinkability: It's a decent beer, and I recognize we aren't in the Imperial category, but I would like to see more chocolate character and a fuller mouthfeel

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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 nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black with one finger of medium brown head and ruby highlights. Head retention is reasonable and a little bit of lace clings to the glass in its wake.

S - Mild, coffee-like roastiness, a hint of cocoa powder, and nutty malt.

T - Toffee, chocolate and toasted, nutty malt. Stronger chocolate notes appear in the middle and a flavor of chalky, dark baker's chocolate with slightly smoky charcoal. Some malt bitterness asserts itself in the finish along with a hint of hops, but it is just enough to balance and the beer finishes smoothly with the chocolate notes lingering on the palate.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a fairly dry finish that leaves a strange waxy, fatty but not slick, sensation on the tongue that convincingly reminds me of brittle, dark chocolate.

D - It takes a while for this beer to open up and really display its character, but once it does it reveals a deep chocolatey goodness. The character of the chocolate comes out much better in the flavor than in the somewhat weak aroma. I have had other fine chocolate beers, but this one has an unusually convincing realism to the chocolate notes that comes, I think, not so much from the flavor as from a strange, chocolate like mouthfeel that I can hardly describe. A very nice beer overall; and one that I enjoyed more than I expected to.

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, being topped with a little over a finger of rich, yet smooth, dark mocha head. This retains with more of a thin filmy look but still still leaves some moderately frothy patches of lacing back. Cocoa and roast pretty much dominate the aroma, giving this a smokey and tangy feel in the nose. This almost smells like molasses instead of chocolate at some points. A bit of green citric notes add even more of fruity tang and sweetness to this.

Sweet chocolate malts load up the front of the taste profile, with a very dark and toasty feeling backgrond giving this roasty balance. A fairly assertive hop profile gives this a firm bitterness, leaving things dry, spicy, and very roasty on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a creamy and bubbly feel up front that then gets much sharper towards the back of the swallow, nicely working with all of that lingering bitterness.

This was a little heavy on the roast and hops at times, which helped cut down on the drinkibility some, but there was enough gooey chocolate character to keep this tasty and as advertised.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, near black body with some ruby-hued edges when held aloft and capped by an inch of frothy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark malts with a touch of coffee and caramel. The chocolate component in the nose isn't overly effusive, with only a dull scent of a block of baker's chocolate. Very minor hint of fruit.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a thin caramel sweetness. This time, the chocolate presents itself in a more bittersweet chocolate bar quality. Light earthy bitterness. Faint pruneskin fruitiness. Slightly chalky on the dry finish with final flavors of chocolate and roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable, flavorful porter. If you're expecting a palate clubber like Southern Tier Choklat, well, you're sorely mistaken. But, who knows, maybe there will be a Cuatro or even Cinco Cocoas further down the Side Project line for those seeking more imperialized brews.

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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 billab914
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. The head all but faded away, and left little for lacing.

The aroma has a sweet malty, milk chocolaty flavor to it. It isn't overly complex but isn't a bad aroma at all. Pretty decent chocolaty porter aroma overall.

The taste is not surprisingly chocolate forward. It has a good amount of cocoa and chocolate coming through from beginning to end. It starts with a milk chocolaty flavor and the finish shows a bit more of a bitter sweet chocolaty flavor. There is just a hint of some roasty and burnt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some pretty nice chocolaty flavors. if you like chocolate in beer this would be a good beer for you. It was a bit one dimensional with the chocolate flavor, but that seemed like the point of the beer. Overall a pretty good chocolate flavored beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this one after forever! The one side project we never received in the state, I had to trade for it to be able to try it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 10/22/2009.
The pour was splendid. Rich dark brown in color with a huge tan head on top that just would not quit. Loads of lacing just all over this one, really just perfectly done. Settling left a nice cap on the top that stayed again throughout the session. Rich notes of cocoa dominate here. Lightly bitter around the edges with hints of vanilla beans and a touch of oak. Very smooth and quite nicely done. Each sip again getting richer, this was pure chocolate flavor with the light bitter notes to go along with it. Really a nice mix here I have to say. Nice smooth full bodied feel with great carbonation let it really just foam up on the palate and it sat down just really, really well. I could have easily polished off another glass after I finished this one, it was just that good.
Overall this was about as solid as they come. Highly charged little porter that was very rich and diverse. Glad I had a chance to try it and would never turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly completely black with a nice tan head that falls too quickly. Nose is coffee and chocolate powder. Flavor is cocoa powder. An odd cross between a genuine cocoa powder and one you'd add to milk. Regardless, I still can dig it. Feel on the liquid is about what I would expect. Carbonation bites just slightly. This is a decent porter. A bit overdone on the chocolate powder flavors, but still overall nice enough to be able to sip and enjoy.

Thanks to khiasmus for this extra!

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with nice chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, chocolate/toffee/coffee, slight vanilla. Medium body, this brew has a nice slight velvety body. Drinkable, another nice one from Terrapin, thanks Matt.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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 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 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 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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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
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