MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
We had this beer at the 2013 Tops of the Hops in Biloxi, MS. Tastes like a stout to me. The chocolate flavors didnít really come through for me.
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 20th, 2011 - The mere description of porter ale brewed with honey and cocoa makes my mouth water, and the prospect of fetching a six-pack of a cocoa porter on the way back from a bruising day at Arapahoe Basin is enough to make me push away the solar paradise I have at my feet here in San Diego if I could exchange it for some more time in Colorado. But the theory behind this kind of tantalizing recipe does not always translate to a delicious reality. One can never be sure without rigorous sensory based testing, and that is what I set out to do with Tommyknockerís Cocoa Porter. Isolated islands and swirls of foam dot the top of the beer, but the pour doesnít produce much in the way of a head. However, the thin shielding from the atmosphere makes it easy to smell the cocoa nib sweetness that gives this brew its signature namesake. Espresso and chocolate milk thread their way through the smell as well, distinguishing this beer from others in that it does not smell like a dark chocolate bar, but something deeper and more luxurious. The low and slow mellow richness of the aroma is picked up in the flavor, where a low carbonation emphasizes the sweet smoothness of the brew. Chocolate syrup and a rich, moderately roasted malt give this drink its backbone, but touches of smoke take the flavor off the dessert menu, and give it a measure more of complexity. Finally, the aftertaste caps the burlier flavors and lets the finesse of the chocolate trail off into a light, airy mousse like touch - a fitting denouement to a tasty treat.
ajtrupp (245) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 After reading the description it?s not as sweet or chocolatey as I expected... which is fine. It?s nicely rounded, but after the last couple of beers Iíve had I miss hops. Hops over malty.
Nsanders (498) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Smell is intense vanilla, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and a slight earthiness. Taste is abruptly sweet that quickly dissapates. Body is medium. The bottle has a new label, void of the old image replaced by a clean, plain design. I remembered this as being better in 2007 winter tour at old chicago...
reberiii (328) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick black from 12oz bottle. Little to no head. The aroma is wonderful with the notes of chocolate, but the palate is weak for a chocolate porter. Dark but thin.
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter brew. Smooth pour, dark brown/black and opaque. Requires a "hard pour" to get a head that does not lace well. Otherwise this is a great beer. Rich with cocoa notes, malty bittersweet chocolate taste, with a hint of spice and oak in the finish. One of my favorite seasonal brews from a great brewery.
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alobar (2776) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cola brown with no head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and bread. Cocoa flavor with roasted malt backbone and hint of coffee, bread, and nuts. Nice beer.
MadRobin (1932) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Approximately 2 oz. sample poured from bottle at beer class at Total Wine & More in Chantilly/Fairfax, VA.
Opaque, very dark brown with khaki head and good lacing.
Fairly complex, but mild aoma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, chocolate and raisins.
Understated taste of sweet roasted malt, raisins, nuts, chocolate, toffee, honey and caramel.
Medium/light body and low carbonation.
A holiday, chocolate/fruitcake porter is in there somewhere, but it is so understated that it just doesn't come across. This still might be a respectable porter if it had more carbonation and a more substantial body. Not bad, just disappointing.
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hockey9930 (89) - - NOV 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out dark brown with a very thin head that vanishes quickly. Smells like chocolate milk. Sweet dark cocoa taste. Palate feels thin and flat. Kind of watery. Being called "Winter Warmer", I expected this to be creamy and heavy so Iím a bit disappointed.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque brown-black with practically no head and minimal lacing and retention. Restrained aroma, but milk chocolate most prominent with roasted malts following behind. If the aroma is subtle, the taste is not. This beer is very flavorful with a roasted malts mingling with chocolate flavors. Problem is that this is all wrong. Itís as if someone took a perfectly fine porter and put cocoa in it it. It simply tastes artificial. Mouthfeel is okay.