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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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 353
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 drumrboy22
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Pullen. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Maredsous chalice. Beer was dark brown in color, with a very small, one-finger, toffee head. Very little lacing and light carbonation.

Aroma was chocolate, coffee, malt and roasted grains.

Taste was light bakers chocolate, coffee, bread and roasted grains.

Overall, it's on the thin side. It just seems a bit watery. Not bad overall, but light in flavor with a slightly tart finish. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich brown color. Nice, smallish and tight cocoa colored head on top. Aroma is a moderate blend of chocolate and roasted malt. Decent cocoa flavor upfront. Nice graininess and malty flavors. Slight hint of espresso going on. Good solid mouthfeel. Has a silky presence like a Dove chocolate bar. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I like the mellow coffee notes against the chocolate.

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

Dos Cocoas pours a deep, rich, dark brown almost black color with a rather thin espresso colored head. Carbonation levels look fairly low.

The aroma is that of brown sugar, cold hot cocoa, caramel and chocolate candy bars. Lots of nice, warm, sweet smells.

The flavors that have melded together over time in this bottle are absolutely delicious. Lots of sweet malty goodness combines with the subtle, yet very present, cocoa flavor. This is a very solid porter that becomes even better with the chocolate addition. Simple yet awesome.

The mouthfeel of this beer is like silk, its so smooth and so easy to drink. Very, very enjoyable beer.

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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 cvfish
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer has the roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a bit of coffee

T - The taste of this beer is what you expect from a Chocolate Porter, a nice roasted malty flavor, sweet milk chocolate, and a milky coffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, lighter than I like my Porters, and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I would get this beer again, Terrapin is a great brewery and this is no question a great beer, I cannot wait to visit these guys

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

I liked it. Love chocolate beers and this was a solid selection. Wish they would have made it deeper and imperial though. Just a solid porter

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: wish I could have it again, but its limited.

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Photo of Deuane
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep, dark brown with lighter highlights along the edges. Thin tan head reduces to a veil and decent lace.

S-Light, dry, dark chocolate, a bit of roasted malt and a touch of sourness.Not overly aromatic but it all comes together and has a pleasant aroma.

T-Strong roasted malt a a hit of dry, bitter cocoa. A mild tartness in the dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and bit thin. A somewhat disappointing vehicle for the style, I would like a bit more robustness.

D-Decent cocoa and roasted flavours but never as robust as I would like them. The thin body also detracts as well. A decent beer that could be better with some tweaking.

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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 mikecharley
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle procured from Fatheads in Pgh on my birthday.

Poured a dark mahogany. Light tan head that falls very quickly. Not too much lacing left behind.

Nose of dark choc, some roasted barley, along with some dark, sweet malts.

The taste is good. Chocolate with some toastiness to it. Some very light hop bitterness lurks in the background. Very nice for the style.

The feel is a little thin for the style, and I wish it were a little bit thicker.

Drinkability is really high on this one, as the alc is lowish, and the flavors arent in your face. I would like more.

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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 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 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 chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jyounger30

22oz bomber with gold foil on top. poured into tulip. tasted in mid-april 2009.

nearly opaque brown/black. 1.5-finger, light tan head, fades to wisps and ring. some thin rings of splotchy lace, but often shrink away or slide back down.

aroma: dark, sweet chocolate, into roasted malt and earthy tones (hops?), with an almost cherry vanilla note. more cocoa in back, esp on strong inhales. some coffee hints too.

taste: roasted malt and gently earthy hop, with moderate bitterness, melding with dark chocolate and slight acidic note. ever so slightly watery, but that's forgivable given the modest gravity and ABV.

medium body, moments of thinness (again, forgivable because of the modest gravity), with some texture in the finish. lightly prickly carbonation can be creamy at times.

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

Light sneaks in around the edges. The collar is deep and foamy light tan and fades fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is a good semi-sweet malted cocoa powder, like a sweet NECCO wafer. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy. The Tootsie roll flavor is complimented well by the creamy texture. A real nice drinker. Many thanks out to drunkmonk for this one!!!

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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 azorie
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted in honor of the fine bottles that fell victim during my UPS tragedy this weekend. <sigh>

Appearance - no light getting through the pour, a conservative layer of mocha sits above. Laces well right away, putting wavy streaks around a Maudite Belgian glass.

Aroma - nice mix of roasty malt and a woody chocolate essence.

Taste - roasty grain, hardy and robust. Again, the chocolate has a woody flavor to it, going hand-in-hand with the grain, a nice one-two. Residual chocolate notes on the swallow, more roast returning on the aftertaste. At length, this really does come across like a cocoa porter. The chocolate flavor is earthy and mild but persistent; not at all sweet.

Mouthfeel - good body, fairly crisp with a note of smoothness.

Drinkability - impressive to have as much flavor and such a reasonable abv. Well done, Terrapin. A big thanks to bhalter8 for the bottle, very good stuff!

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Photo of tedpeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a large tan head that subsided to an eighth inch layer. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate is the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle followed by some roasted notes.

T - Roasted and then some sweetness. Chocolate finish.

M - Thin, Slick. Moderate carbonation.

D - This is ok. Could use the flavor boosted.

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

I got this brew as part of the Local Stuff BIF hosted by alleykatking (Josh) and sent to me by jyounger30, Thanks Jay!

Black color with a creamy tan head that did settle down but left lots of sticky lacing behind.
There's roasted coffee beans with some chocolate notes in the smell.
Sweet roasty taste upfront with a splash of cocoa/chocolate finish with a light bitter chocolate taste.
Medium bodied with a porter-like slickness.
Good drinkability.

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Photo of infestaxion
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Got this one from beeruser, my Terrapin hook-up.

A - Dark brown with ruby hues around the edges.

S - The first smell I get that unmistakable porter smell. I'm sure there's a better way to put that but porters have a very distinct smell to me. The cocoa is subtle but there.

T - The taste is kind of watery. Very subtle coffee and roasted malt. The cocoa is really hard to pick up and shows mainly in the finish.

M - Very thin. Even thinner than I would expect from your average porter.

D - Definitely easy to drink. No doubt about that.

Not the best porter I've ever had. And a far cry from the best chocolate beer I've ever had.

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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 Nickls
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Near jet black color, with a rich tan head.
Deep brown highlights around the edges.

S - Touch of malty bittersweetness; a little sour; and barely a touch of chocolate. Little roasty

T - Very mild roasted qualities; faint bittersweet chocolate; twinge of sourness toward the end. Kinda muted overall here

M - Thinner than what is expected for the style; friskier carbonation as well. OK, though

D - Just OK; interesting at some points but nearing on bland in others. The sour notes kinda detract in this dept.

Overall, just OK for the style, and would have wanted a more cocoa drive brew (hey, that's what they're selling). Worth a look, but don't knock yourself out to get it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep opaque brown with a very thin tan head and good lacing.

S-Malty with a bit of sourness in the background with maybe a whiff of chocolate. Smells good but not quite what I expected.

T-Nice malty roast but not really much cocoa character in evidence here.

M-A bit thin, even for the style, with medium carbonation.

D-Not bad but not one I'd go out of my way for.


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