Hop Cocoa | Wicked Weed Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by kell50 on 06-23-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,636
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
130
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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0
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Trade:
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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Wrigfen
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaksurf
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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 hophugger
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 markallmon
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 DBosco
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cafequaid
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Keith27614
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jpb123
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hop Cocoa from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 130 ratings