chinchill (4270) - 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 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (1084) - 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 (3144) - 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.
LiMuBai (222) - - APR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chocolate head, hints of cocoa, smooth finish with hints of bitterness. Tasty and good .
George2Tall (36) - - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable beer whose flavor does not overpower the rest of the meal. The cocoa flavor is mild, complimenting the porter base.
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boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours black with a small tan film. The aroma has some cocoa, a slight lactic quality. The taste is medium cocoa but not overly flavorful.
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A black color with a small tan head and a small amount of lacing. The aroma has a lot of cocoa and toasted malt. The flavor has the cocoa and toasted malt with the honey showing up in the aftertaste.
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
yikes, where did this one come from? don’t even remember getting this, so let’s call it ’aged’. Anyway, pours near black with a small tan head that settles into a ring very quickly - sediment-filled body. Aroma is, well, cocoa, chocolate and more cocoa - very sweet and almost Nestle Quik like - definitely one-dimensional, but the dimension is fun and pleasant. Flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma though - thin chocolate, hint of caramel malts - but its overall very shallow...blah. Palate is similarly thin and wimpy. Not a particularly good beer, though there really is nothing ’offensive’ in this brew either...