Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter | Terrapin Beer Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
353 Ratings
Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate PorterTerrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #4

Added by BeerSox on 12-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
353
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
24
For Trade:
3
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

C / AVERAGE

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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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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Terrapin Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter from Terrapin Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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