LetsGoState (614) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is a deep brown with a small brown head. Aroma is mostly coffee. Taste is dominated by roasted coffee with a light feel. Overall pretty good, but not great.
ajnepple (2538) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount. Brown/black with a small head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Similar flavor, a little ashy. Lightly sweet and bitter with a lighter body and a lingering unpleasant finish.
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a solid brown color with a small bubbly head. Smells like cocoa mix and a bit of cappaccino. Taste is chocolately and somewhat sweet with an earthy quality. The taste is subtle and plain. Medium to light in body with a smooth creamy texture.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a short lived head. Aroma is dominated by cocoa and sweet malt. Flavor is smooth and rich with chocolate and roasted malt being dominant. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This certainly qualifies as a winter warmer.
superspak (2832) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, honey, toast, light coffee, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, light coffee, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, honey, light nuttiness, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Good balance of dark and roasted malt flavors with cocoa and honey additions; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice porter. Good balance and solid robustness of roasted/dark malt flavors with cocoa/honey; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Renamed and re-labeled as Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Seasonal Ale. Still 5.7% ABV and IBU = 18.
Slightly past May 2013 "best by" date stamp.
Pours clear but very dark reddish brown, with a small head that soon reduces to a partial film and ring.
The aroma has a substantial and appealing cocoa element that mixes nicely with the dark roasted malts. No obvious sign of hops here or in the flavor, yet only ever so slightly sweet. Plenty of chocolate in tasting too.
Mouthfeel seems too thin for a brew with these other sensory characteristics. Medium carbonation. Good use of chocolate(?) malts.
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An okay porter with a mild cocoa character. Thankfully, I suppose, the chocolate isn’t particularly strong since it has a slightly artificial quality to it.
mnmike (1038) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one in bottle last Christmas - cocoa is subtle but a good touch, the base porter is good enough to stand on its own in mediocrity.
Damico (2681) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Been sitting on this one for over a year. Pours dark coffee unclear with a big creamy cocoa colored head and a decent bit of sediment floating around. The aroma brings sweet bready malts, almost like a Belgian brew. The flavor brings the cocoa at first, and then some subtle honey, so both are delivered. The body is decently creamy and the beer goes down smooth, not much lingering on the end unfortunately.
jbierling (15) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Coriander and pine. Little coffee and no cocoa. Aged 1 yr past best by date.