CPWWThis week, I meant to write about Upslope Brewing Company’s Dunkelweizen. I was loving the Boulder brewery’s pale ale and IPA and wanted to try its fall seasonal. But after hitting various stores, and not finding my prized six-pack, I ended up at Argonaut, scouring the beer fridges for a good replacement.

Though my taste buds were set on the quirky Dunkelweizen, my affections strayed when I saw that Tommyknocker Brewery has a “winter warmer” beer called Cocoa Porter, “brewed with cocoa powder and honey.”

“Dessert,” I said out loud, and grabbed the six-pack.

I recommend pouring this beer into a pint glass. It’s a rich, dark brown, and the malt flavor has a light taste of toasted cocoa—reinforcing the dessert notion. But as rich as the flavor is on the front of your tongue, it doesn’t invade your nose, and the crisp flash of sweetness doesn’t linger.