beer30 (3) - SCS, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite a delicious brew! Deep brownish-black color with a tight head, giving way to slight effervescence. Rich hot-cocoa-like aromas coupled with a touch of honey creates a nicely balanced flavor. Very low hop presence, but good for this style. Slight alcohol flavor tames the sweetness nicely and essentially makes this brew quite quaffable! Would be an axcellent pairing to rich desserts, or possibly hearty meats in main courses, such as certain types of game. Other reviewers must have gotten infected bottles, because this tasted like liquid gold to me!!
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off, you people are retards. This beer is a great cold weather beer with sweet, sweet maltiness. I’m sorry it doesn’t meet the high bitterness that most people seem to hold so high. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would gladly drink it over and over again. The aroma is medium high with a nice hot chocolate scent. It is dark brown in color and has nice white lacing. The palate is smooth and the finish even smoother.
SPDickerman (1117) - Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Pours a rich, opaque dark brown with tan head. The aroma is strongly of the cocoa and faintly of honey. Tastes forwardly of cocoa and then lightly of honey sweetness, not much complexity, just pure, simple cocoa and honey. Light-bodied (for how dark it is) with a creamy texture and average mouth carbonation, Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter finishes lightly sweet with faint cocoa dryness that doesn’t last too long.
SturmWulf (65) - USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma of malt, chocolate, roated malt, touch of honey. Poured a mahogany with a small, thin head. Left light lacing. Flavor is a dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa with a light touch of honey. Light in body, thin texture, very light carbonation, a long bitter then sweet finish that is pleasant. This is a nice beer. Its enjoyable flavor is predominently cocoa. I like it, but it is very thin and light and I like a bit of a head on my beer with some carbonation, both of which lack in this. A nice beer, definitely worth a try. I like it, but would rather have a Mackeson’s. Will definitely have again.
Andrew196 (1326) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Excellent Porter! Reminded me a lot of Sam Smith's. Nice, frothy brown head. Aroma has a roasted chocolate quality which mimics the great flavor. Goes down very smooth for a porter. Medium-full bodied goodness.
Rerate: I tried this beer again and it was average at best. Im not going to change my rating because I feel like it was just a bad bottle. Based on what some of the others on here have said I would venture to guess that this beer is very inconsistent from bottle to bottle. It was borderline infected the second time around. My first attempt at this beer was excellent though.....I guess the beer has potential. And, why does this beer only have 5 ratings and 4 of the 5 have Austin ties? Its made in Colorado.
Beerbirder (5) - Miami Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa flavor was nice. Impulse buy during winter to celebrate some good birds, didn’t let us down! Definitely would buy again.
bpreo (2400) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter warmer? Oh well, it tastes great after mowing the lawn. Looks great, smells awesome, so toasty, like it should be steaming, and the taste is amazing. A great beer, well done you miners.
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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tsd08460 (706) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: cocoa, licorice, caramel
Appearance: clear brown, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, long finish,
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smelled great with rich baker’s chocolate aroma. Pours black with scant head. Tastes rich and warming with heavy chocolate accents and nutty finish. Surprised to see the lower ratings for this one; one of the better winter porters I’ve tried.