Hop Cocoa
Wicked Weed Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #638
Ranked #24,713
3.81 | pDev: 8.92%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: We crafted Hop Cocoa Brown to be a smooth porter that packs a potent chocolate punch into every sip. Authentic Dutch cocoa powder combines with robust, dark cocoa nibs from our neighbors at French Broad Chocolate Lounge to create a silky smooth balance with our heavy handed hopping process. This dark beauty is comforting companion at the end, or beginning, of any day!

*Marshmallows not included
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Photo of EnderFett11
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter glass, giving a finger of head that slowly faded to heavy lacing. Smells like slightly hoppy/bitter malt. Taste is a slightly bitter malt background with hints of chocolate. Not the best chocolate, but definitely not too sweet. Light/medium mouthfeel and moderate/high carbonation. Solid chocolate porter.

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

5 oz pour on tap. Appearance is dark brown, nearly black, with a small-to-moderate tan head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles. Aroma and flavor are dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, pine, and citrus. Complex and flavorful. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall very solid.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak and Stone. Pours a coca-cola brown. Clever layering of hops on top of the usual cocoa and roasted males flavors you would expect. I'd order it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date bottled November 7th 2016 so I will be as kind as I can.

Pours black with an inch of off white foam.

The smell has good notes of dark chocolate and cocoa. Some sweetness but mostly bitterness.

Taste really suffers from the aging. Bitter chocolate, whatever is left of the hops comes across as astringent. No sweetness that I mentioned in the smell. Old and tired is how I would describe the whole experience.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning and "enjoy by" dates printed on the bottom. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: The thick, two finger head stays around for a very long time and dissolves into a half finger foam layer that stays around until the end. It leaves behind a lot of lacing in rings and sheets that covers the entire glass. It's a deep, dark brown color with some reddish amber hues showing through on the edges.

Smell: It's a very faint, sweet scent of malt, vanilla and milk chocolate.

Taste: It's mostly bitter with some cocoa, roasted malt, earthy hops and a slight hint of coffee. There's also some milk chocolate and malt sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: It's medium to heavier bodied and slightly creamy at the begging but it finishes with a crisp, high carbonation bite that keeps it from getting cloying.

Overall: The chocolate notes are there but they're not as pronounced as the rest of the elements on the scent and palate. There's a lot of chances for this beer to get cloying, so it's nice that the crisp texture balances everything out. So even though it feels like a mish-mash of elements at first, everything comes together nicely in the end.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 roasted malts, smoke, hints of chocolate. Taste is identical to the aroma, light hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it ain't bad, but with cocoa prominent in the title, it seemed little more than an afterthought in this beer. I would liked to have seen more of it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good porter!!! Poured from a 12 0z can into a pint glass. Dense dark brown color with some reddish/yellow light coming through. Big light tan foamy head with excellent retention. Thick foamy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pleasant and a bit mild. Some cocoa and a bit less coffee. Taste is malty, with the chocolate the strongest flavor. Some coffee and bitterness in the finish....tasty!!! Mouthfeel is the best aspect. This beer is smooth and creamy like a milk stout with a mild bitterness kick in the finish. Didn't think Wicked Weed would do well with a Porter, but I'm glad they did. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

-Drink by 02.23.19. Consumed 1.01.19.

A: A nice coffee pour, is a roasty dark blend in the vessel accompanied by a healthy and firm holding tan head of 2 fingers.Minimal lacing. Wasn't to impressed by the sight and pour, a bit of a let down.

S: Soft cocoa, some powdery sweetness, along with some fresh chocolate. A soft roastiness as well some dry pine brush of a very light level. Again a bit of a let down from the tempting and pleasing artwork of the can.

T: The flavor was sweet chocolate milk roast, some rich chocolate and cocoa. Mid level awareness factor some coffee roast, basic flavor and continues to underwhelm.

M: Creamy and milky base malts gives some fullness and a first glimpse of promise. Medium body with a low carbonation and soft and easy feel.

O: Overall sweet upfront with a bit of roastiness coffee backend bitterness, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good cocoa presence, some astingency oily bitter roast if you hold. Certainly not the best I have had from this brewery, and one that can be easily overlooked.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with drink by date of 2/28/19, poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm.

L: Dark black. Light tan 1F head with good retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Lots of the bitter hoppiness you expect with porters, not finding much chocolate or cocoa.

T: Sadly, follows nose. There is very little chocolate or cocoa in evidence no matter how long this sits. The base porter is pretty good, though. Roastiness and citrus hops lead to a slightly bitter finish. The cocoa appears to have gone south for the winter.

F: Light to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Construction and balance are pretty good.

O: Call this just a porter and you're on solid ground. Unless the chocolate faded out or they forgot to put any in this batch, not what is advertised.

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Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom ring of the can: "CANNED: 09/13/18 11:25:42 226"

Appearance: It has a black body and a medium-sized khaki head with a creamy texture and good retention.

Aroma: It has a bit of a woody aroma with some charcoal.

Taste: There is a bit of a woody flavor with some earthy moss and more charcoal. Very acrid.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit chalky and thin, but it has a nice bitterness.

Overall: The beer states that this is a "PORTER BREWED WITH COCOA NIBS" but it never smells or tastes like cocoa at all. I've had brown porters made without any real chocolate, just chocolate malt, that have more chocolate flavor than this...which has none at all. There are better porters and there are much better chocolate beers out there. This one just falls flat.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, tinge of brown edge, with a light tan head that dissipates slowly to a film.

Smells of biscuit, oatmeal, cocoa and coffee. The coffee note is largely acidic.

Flavor is of cocoa, coffee, cereal and biscuit, and a hint of cinnamon and graham cracker. The aftertaste again trends acidic. Woody hop undertones.

Medium to light body, light fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Interesting, almost slightly sour porter with decent cocoa and biscuit flavors. Hops are pretty subdued. Decent porter, worth trying.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with a light tan head. The head is one finger, with some lacing on the glass.
The nose has chocolate notes and coffee notes as well.
Taste is a bit mellow up front. The chocolate kicks in on the backside. The chocolate lingers for a while.
Feel, I feel this beer for a bit after drinking. It sticks a bit. There is a carb feel to it also.
Nice chocolate taste, and a good beer to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned: 12/29/17

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, slight roastyness/cocoa/vanilla. The taste is nice, malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla/roastyness/cocoa. Medium body, ABV hidden nicely. Overall, a tasty brew. Thanks for the chance John.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of super creamy, off white, very long-lasting head. Alright lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of chocolate, hops, malt, and some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt, lots of hops (more than anything else), light chocolate (could have used more), citrus (orange, in particular), and a tinge of pine resin. Definitely an uneven flavor. The advertised cocoa is barely present, leaving the hops and citrus to take up the slack. Tastes more like a black ale than a porter.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't the worst beer ever, it certainly has its flaws. Still drinkable, though.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, brown head that lasts a little while.

Smells roasted malts, dark chocolate and earthy hops.

Tastes chocolate and roasted malt. Followed by earthy and Piney bitterness. Finish is semi dry with roast and hop bitterness. Lighter medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a light tan fizzy foam.

Smell is metallic roast, while the taste brings much the same, but adds a kind of vegetal and bitter element, with cocoa. It's kind of...yuck, and making me wonder if it's infected, but it's not quite hitting those tart or barfy attributes. It may just be the existence of too many hops and cocoa in the same beer.

Feel is really frothy, too much so.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottle was from 1/13 of this year. Heard a lot of good things about Wicked Weed and even though this beer wasn't outstanding, it was quite tasty, easy to drink, and more than enough to please this particular chocolate lover. Indeed, I should have brought a few marshmallows along for the experience!

The pour to this was decent as the beer poured a dark milk chocolate brown with tons of tan and bubbly head on top of it. That lasted for a while and stuck around as soapy rings of lacing along a good amount of my pint glass. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and nibs, and some blood orange juice could be detected in the scent with some subtle, earthy hops, molasses, and milk creamer in the taste on top of it. Chalky, bitter, and relatively easygoing, this beer had a lot going for it without feeling overly roasted like I expected from an American Porter. The body was moderate without a lot of carbonation and there was some citrus peel and a faint juiciness in the aftertaste to keep this from being too heavy.

The amount of alcohol in this was spot-on too as I could feel a bit of warming by the time I finished it off. Those looking for a true Porter may be a bit disappointed here but as a mild dessert beer, this would hit the spot. Worth a go once because of it's unoffensive and unassuming nature!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours jet black with a very light tan head. It smells very hoppy with the slightest hint of burnt bread. The taste is bitter from the hops and continues to be bitter all the way to the end, albeit with the dark malts taking over toward the end. Very complex and smooth on the mouth too. An immediate favorite!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Drew for sending this one to me! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a rich brown, like dark chocolate, and just barely translucent. A finger's worth of light tan head lasts at least until I sit back down. Average visible carbonation.

S: I can smell the chocolate while I’m pouring this – cocao nibs, dark chocolate chips, Hershey’s dark syrup. There's roasted malts and its mild accompanying bitterness, and some grassy and resinous hops. Some coffee roast to the malt as well. Appealing enough, I guess.

T: Chocolate up front again – chocolate roasted malts, cacao nibs. Malt sweetness, and a fair amount of roast bitterness. There's hop bitterness as well, and while primarily grassy hops, there's mild herbal, resin, and some naked alpha bitterness. Nothing in the fruity hop profile here. Dry chocolate with modest bitterness in the hang.

M: For a porter, the body is average to maybe a little on the light side. Average carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: This was tasty enough, in that I’d be more than happy ordering this on tap somewhere. But it’s nothing crazy or different or exceptional. I think the chocolate would play better with a moderately heavier mouthfeel. The lack of the modern fruity hops was a nice touch I think, as it let the chocolate flavors shine. I could have done without the alpha bitterness, but it wasn’t obnoxious. A solid porter, though nothing to go far out of your way for.

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

despite the confusing name (this isnt at all hoppy), this is one of the better clean beers i have had from wicked weed in awhile. a nice chocolate heavy porter, smooth and flavorful. i really like it coming in so low in abv, finally a beer with this much dark malt and cocoa flavor that i can actually drink a bunch of! this fills a needed role for me in that regard. nice and heady from the tap, medium brown in color, lighter than many porters, but still bringing an element of that dark roasted barley to the mix. it goes back and forth between warming sweet chocolate and a more bitter raw cocoa flavor, but both are there, and there is some semblance of balance between the two from start to finish, no denying this is loaded with chocolate. the grain bill seems about right too, the chocolate is complimented well by nutty and toasted notes, in addition to the roast from the grain, a nice complexity. i expected this to be hoppy or something based on the name, but i am glad its not, this seems complete as it is. overall perhaps a little light on the body for all the chocolate flavors, but that gives it some seasonal appeal beyond just the cold weather months. i enjoyed this one quite a bit this afternoon!

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with some chill haze a medium brown with a tinge of amber a thinner well sustained lighter khaki colored head atop.Aromas are somewhat mild with light chocolate and pine resin coming thru.Bitter chocolate and some caramel sweetness upfront on the palate then a drying,roasty/earthy, pine resin-like element in the finish.A solid offering but not great,I like the concept of the beer though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I let this age a few months to temper a bit of the hop bite.

The first few whiffs of the aroma reveal plenty of resinous, piny hops - I'm so used to these new-school IPAs with low bitterness and plenty of tropical fruits these days that it takes a bit of time to adjust to a pine bomb. But I do, and allowing it to open up will reveal the chocolate additions nicely. Brown sugar, espresso, and molasses provide the canvas. The aroma is good, but nothing exceptional in terms of nuance and complexity - the taste is very similar. Opening flavors of lemon, pine, and grass create a pungent counter to the darker malts. In many ways, it's very espresso-like. Chocolate notes soften things up near the middle and end. While simple, it actually seems like it has a careful balance to it. On the other hand, it feels fuzzy and coarse going down the palate. Eventually it becomes creamier and more pleasant. Carbonation is zesty (typical for a porter), but falls off fast. It's an interesting hybrid between a robust porter and a sweet, chocolaty one. There isn't much in terms of subtlety or depth, but it's pretty good regardless.

3.42/5: Chocolate and hops do work to an extent

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 01/28/17 into pint glass. Pours a clear, dark ruby-brown with a generous light tan head. Initial impression is bitter baker's chocolate and pine hops. These flavors do not seem to complement one another, at least as far as my palate is concerned. Cocoa/chocolate becomes more noticeable as it warms. Mouthfeel is on the medium-thin side; carbonation is fairly light. Finish is consistent with roasted malts emerging, but again competing with, rather than enhancing, the cocoa. I can't say I'm a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 11.18.16

L - Dark brown, thin, not much head or lacing

S - Bitter hops and chocolate cocoa kind of clash

T - Very hoppy porter - more so than I was expecting. The citrus clashes and overwhelms the cocoa and chocolate

F - thin body and medium carbonation

O - Credit to WW for constantly experimenting and pushing boundaries, but this one doesn't work for me

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark brown color with a medium sized tannish colored head. The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and pine. The taste is cocoa , malt and pine hops. A very good porter.

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Hop Cocoa from Wicked Weed Brewing
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