Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter
West Sixth Brewing Company

Pay It Forward Cocoa PorterPay It Forward Cocoa Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #330
Ranked #16,538
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Pay It Forward Cocoa PorterPay It Forward Cocoa Porter
Notes: This fourth beer offered year round in cans is a celebration of malt. Dark and rich with overtones of coffee and dark chocolate, it's chewy and yet smooth at the same time. Brewed at almost imperial porter strength, we add over 60 pounds of the best cacao nibs in each 40 barrel batch.

Malts: 2 row, Pale Chocolate Malt, Munich, Caramunich
Hops: Cascade
Yeast: House Ale
Additions: Organic, fair trade Taza cacao nibs
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 242 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Black-brown with an ample sudsy head.

S: Roasted malts. Obvious cocoa and espresso.

T: Chocolates, roast, coffee, grain.

F: Medium body, high-level tinny carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Would try a new option before repeating though.

Jan 01, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can dark almost black color with a café au lait 1/2” head and nice lacing. The dark chocolate aroma is immediately noticeable with coffee and a sort of earthy sweetness like brown sugar. The taste is malty, dark chocolate and coffee with an unexpected bitter but clean finish. I enjoyed this coco porter and will definitely pour another when the opportunity occurs.

Sep 21, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Dark brown. Thin wispy head.
Burnt bakelite aroma. Over roasted black coffee.
Taste shows some improvement with a muted version of the bouquet. Less bitter than expected.
Soft on the palate. Medium to full bodied.
I prefer other renditions.

Nov 04, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in body with a large tan head.

S: Roasted grains, and brown sugar with some chocolate in the back.

T: Brown sugar and burnt caramel, with a lingering dark chocolate finish.

M: Medium thick with very lively carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good, but I wish there was a little more of the chocolate.

Oct 17, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A quick bubble show produces two fingers of tan foam capping the translucent coffee colored liquid; good retention and quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and a hint of coffee

Taste: Chocolate forward, with caramel tones developing; hints of coffee, after the swallow, but the finish is chocolatey, with a touch of roast

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall; Really quite enjoyable; a bit lighter than many others in the genre but quite good

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

Apr 06, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown, approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with just shy of moderate amounts of milk chocolate sweetness and light amounts of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted malts and just a hint of charred malts with light to moderate flavors of caramel malts which contribute a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors cacao nibs which contribute chocolate flavors without any chocolate sweetness. There is a hint of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, approaching creamy upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish

O: Enjoyable with a pleasant amount of complexity to the flavors + aromas, nice cacao/chocolate presence, and enjoyable roasty bitterness. Easy to drink. Could easily have a couple of these in a session.

Mar 17, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark with ruby highlights. Average head of tan suds from can, and little to no lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with some fruit. Very good.

Taste: Very cocoa-forward, with deep, dark roasty chocolate here. I get a hint of wood and bittersweetness in here, too. Definitely enjoyable and a worthwhile cocoa porter.

Dec 25, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz pour into nonic pint

A: Black bodied leaning toward brown, with a khaki soapy looking head.

S: lots of chocolate, Roasted malts. Coffee.

T: chocolate, roasted malts, a light bit of coffee, some grain.

M: Light to medium

O: it's not bad but nothing to get excited about. It's a pretty good Porter but it isn't anything that will make you thrilled.

Nov 29, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought 2 of these in a West Sixth build-your-own six pack.

Pours very dark brown in color with good head and lots of lacing. The beer looks a tad thinner than I hoped it would, but overall looks pretty good in the glass.

Smells of roasted and toasted malts with lots of cocoa. A bit grainy behind the cocoa.

Roasted flavor with lots of cocoa and hints of coffee. It's pretty tasty, and crushable for it's style. I'd try this one again sometime.

Nov 16, 2016
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one @ Liquor Barn in Lexington Kentucky. The smell gets me right away with coffee and cocoa as the bold notes. Lots of lacing. Look is pitch black. Taste is big bold cocoa nibs with a hint of coffee. Bitter taste from the nibs with a charred n smokey flavor in the aftertaste. Overall it's a unique tasting Porter that does everything good. A great beer? No, a very good beer? Yes. Would buy again. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

May 24, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly translucent brown-black body, with a full light tan head that fades quickly, lots of lacing.

S - A lot of roast, toasty malt. A definite cocoa note.

T - Follows the nose. The cocoa is present, but the more prominent flavor is the traditional malt, roasted. Pretty fine.

M - Main knock. There is a gritty feel I dislike. The rest is decent, mildly slick, and a mild drying note on the close.

O - The grit mars an otherwise decent porter with good flavor. Maybe I got a bad can, so I'll have to give this one another try.

May 03, 2016
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Sixth Brewing Company - Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter. 7% ABV. 12oz can poured into standard pint glass. Canned on 5/28/15.

Look: Pitch black body, allowing no light to penetrate. Semi aggressive pour yielded a light tan one finger head; dissipates very slowly into thick lacing.

Smell: Most prominent is sweet chocolate, cocoa, and dark malts. Some faint coffee aromas backing it.

Feel: Medium bodied; a little on the thin side. Has a fair amount of carbonation.

Taste: Immediate taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, and dark malts. Some coffee flavors begin to seep into the palate on the back end, and into the aftertaste. Very prominent chocolate taste.

Overall: I had no idea West Sixth made any dark style of beers, and when I saw this, I figured I'd try it. It is reasonably good, but it seems to be lacking a little bit with the strength of the flavors; it just seemed a little watered down.

Nov 23, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This drinks with a great deal of ease and compliments an after dinner dessert very well. Strong chocolate malts, along with a milk chocolate and cocoa bean this is smooth with very low bitterness.

Aug 19, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light cocoa. Taste is roasted malts, a surprisingly good bit of hops, some mild cocoa as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but not really the flavor profile I was expecting.

Aug 06, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, canned 5/28/15, poured into a can glass

A- pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains for a while, eventually settling to a thin film on top, leaving some lacing behind

S- bold roasted dark malts gives aromas of coffee, cocoa powder, dark chocoloate & roasted almonds. There's a nice smoky, slightly charred aroma that closes it out

T- robust coffee, chocolate and cocoa powder up front eventually gives way to some charred dark malts, giving off a smokiness in the mid-palate. As is nears the finish, notes of roasted nuts, caramel malt and espresso close it out with a smoky linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate-low carbonation leads to creamy mouthfeel and finishes silky and smooth

O- an outstanding straight-up porter that is robust with plenty of cocoa, coffee and charred notes. Funny enough, this reminds me of HF Everett

Aug 04, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal porter, almost reminds me of a Baltic Porter in regards to the hop aroma and taste. Overall balances well to create a bittersweet brew with a hint of cocoa on the finish.

Jul 05, 2015
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured out of the can into a pint glass on a rainy day. The color was a dark, heavy brown with not a ton of head. Aroma and flavor were smoke, a touch of coffee, and cocoa. Pretty perfect mouthfeel for a porter, creamy but not too heavy. Good Kentucky brew.

Jul 03, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Roasty malt underlies sweet cocoa and nutty malt in the aroma. The nuttiness and chocolate dominate, giving an impression if sweetness.

Flavor reveals more coffee tones throughout, with lightly bitter, slightly charred malt lingering in the finish. Rich cocoa character is indulgent. Deeply toasted malt becomes evident in the aftertaste. Good balance of bitterness and chocolate. There's a touch of metallic character that surfaces late.

Jun 20, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 03/12/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some earthy hoppiness. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some molasses noticeable too. It seems hoppier than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. One of my friends gave me a can of this, I think I'm going to have to pick up a 6 pack the next time I see it!

May 23, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this from the brewery back on Wednesday, as my wife and I were in Lexington for a day. Poured from a 12 oz. can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a pretty dark brown color that seems to have no interest in letting in any light. Has a flurry looking, slightly tan head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a nice, foamy surface coating with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and very good lacing. Big aromas of cocoa nibs and chocolate notes are certainly present along with some nice roasted malts with hints of caramel and molasses. The taste pretty much follows suit, with roasted malts upfront with hints of caramel and molasses sweetness that gives way to a strong cocoa nib and some bitter dark chocolate goodness. Not really any discernible hop presence. Has a slightly crisp, and prickly, mainly smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good porter should be. A worthy effort here that is with a try if you get the chance to.


Apr 06, 2015
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4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is my favorite beer of all time. It's the beer I think of while at work, daydreaming of quitting time. 20 minutes after you drink it you can taste the cocoa changing on your palate. Its aroma and presentation on nice, and the body is not too thick, or syrupy. It is just a great great beer.

Mar 30, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Damn, that's a cocoa aroma and flavor. The smooth chocolate — reminds me of Rogue's Chocolate Stout — rolls into light caramel malts with deeper roasts popping up with a little espresso and ground coffee. Cool beer, check it out if you can. It's a touch big, so you might want to save it for dessert.

Mar 18, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice coffee beer, but the body is rather thin. Kind of a pointed caramel malt thing going on as well. Decent, but not the strong coffee beer around, by far.

Mar 10, 2015
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jBBratcher from Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Black amber color with an inch head. Jet black in a pint glass. Light lace.

S - Dark chocolate ,coffee, and almonds.

T - Rich mocha flavor all the way down. Sweetness from the malt stands out but not overpowering and is counterbalanced by the bitterness from the chocolate.

M - Medium bodied cream, almost syrupy.

O - Top notch Porter. Chocolate lovers indulge.

Jan 12, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pots super dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Huge chocolate and malt aroma. Sweet coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and faint hops. Creamy mouth with very little bitterness. A nice porter.

Dec 07, 2014
Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 242 ratings