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Coconut Porter - Great Crescent Brewery

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Coconut PorterCoconut Porter

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-20-2010)
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Photo of revolt914


4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this beer at a little brewpub in Lawrenceburg, IN called Bourbons. The beer selection was lacking and I saw this Great Crescent beer there and I had to try it.

As I received this beer I noticed it's dark brown color and it's head color was a whitish brown and retention was fairly long but not over the top with length and thickness.

Smell was it's only downfall, I expected to really smell the coconut but really it was hard to smell it, it did have a very nice and appealing sweet smell to it.

Taste was fantastic, it didn't have an artificial coconut taste it had a real coconut taste that I really could embrace on the after taste of the beer. Over all great porter and really loved and enjoyed it.

Feel of the beer is thin but with strong flavor notes, truly impressed by this beer. Alcohol content wasn't to strong and slightly above for a session beer but over all delicious beer, had multiple while at the restaurant.

As noted, very drinkable, very delicious, very comfortable beer. I enjoyed this very much and if you're in the south eastern Indiana area or around Cincinnati, definitely take an adventure down to The Great Crescent Brewery and try some of there beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 00:58:05 | More by revolt914
Photo of chaz01


4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler purchased directly at the brewery into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a nice foamy head. Lots of impressive lacing left behind as you drink the beer.

S: Big aroma of chocolate and coffee notes pleasantly overwhelm my senses. One of the nicest smelling beers I've had the pleasure.

T: Poured cold, lots of roasted malt flavors come out but not so much coconut. As the beer warms, it takes on different flavor profile -- there was a sweet bitter taste that lingers in the mouth which I think was the coconut coming out, but I never would have guessed coconut had I not known the name of the beer. I actually preferred this cold as it tasted like an excellent traditional porter, but it definitely had more complexity as it warmed up.

M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel -- this felt wonderful to savor in the mouth with a nice roasted malts aftertaste. Certainly not watery or light bodied, yet this beer went down very easily

D: Definitely a nice session beer, easy to drink, smooth with lots of flavor that never gets boring. It went fabulous with a plate of Buffalo Chicken Wings I was eating at the time.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2010 04:35:05 | More by chaz01
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to stop in the brewery and chat with Dan, the brewery's greeter. Nice guy. He introduced me to Dan, who runs the beer samples area as well as the schwag sales area. I sampled three or four and chatted with Dan, the head brewer. I asked if I could see the brewing area and operation, so Dan, the tour guide showed me around and Dan, the renovator, explained how Great Crescent has big plans for expansion up and coming. Without further delay, I bought two growlers and a tee from Dan the cashier and headed out. I think his wife helps with the books... :-D


Appearance - the pour is nice and dark, I can just barely see through the edges with a good backlight. Ample head of mocha foam, fading back and holding at a thin cover and fairly solid collar. At length it goes bare, but it takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

Aroma - nice strong aroma of roasted malts. Not sure if any of the coconut scents are there though. On the second glass, while the head was freshest, I did indeed catch the scent. Give this a chance to warm a bit if you want to smell the tropics...

Taste - very solid roasted grain base. Delicious with hints of dark chocolate and black coffee. Perhaps my allergen-affected sniffer has me unable to pick up the coconut, or maybe it will come out with warming, but I still can't find it. Despite, this is one stand up porter. The swallow maintains the nice roastiness and dries out just a little on the aftertaste and finish. As with the smell, I did pick up some coconut on the second glass, likely to due to sufficient warming to allow the coconut to be expressed.

Mouthfeel - smooth down the hatch. It's easy to take bigger sips of this because it just glides on down. Tempered carbonation allows me to savor the flavor.

Drinkability - an excellent first experience with Great Crescent. They don't distribute outside Aurora, so if you're in the vicinity, it's worth the trip. Maybe Dan the Pilot Batch coordinator can do an imperial Coconut Porter one-off, kind of get the Mounds Bar thing going on...Mmmm....

Serving type: growler

05-20-2010 04:02:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-28-2014 13:46:57 | More by MSandahl23
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

06-29-2014 16:51:12 | More by ToddGingerich
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

12-26-2012 21:19:32 | More by Lukass
Photo of secondtooth


4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and sleek black, with no head or lace, from the growler.

I don't get much coconut in the aroma, but its an appealing mix nonetheless. A little chocolate, some woodsy qualities, kinda roasty.

This is thin-bodied (for a porter), but the taste is superb. Not as cocoa or coffee-oriented as some porters, this one's got a distinctive wood-smoke character. Fans of German rauchbier (smoke beer) may find this particularly attractive and enjoyable.

I say, a fine and well-done porter, with a lot of flavor and a unique palate. Superb, and congrats to Great Crescent for another memorable, top-tier brew!

Serving type: growler

04-10-2011 02:33:53 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Pete0714


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a about a 1/2 to an inch head of tan foam. Certainly meets expectations of a porter

S: noticed sweet caramel and roasted coffe, and of course, even a bit of coconut, which seems to come through more as it warms.

T: tates match with the coffee and caramel smells, though can't quite get the coconut over the other tastes

M: A bit smooth and lighter than I was expecting, a bit sticky, very drinkable.

O: In my opinion, Another well rounded variety from this small local brewery. Definitely would go for it again.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 01:21:51 | More by Pete0714
Photo of aasher


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indianapolis today. It pours a very smooth dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger very creamy light khaki head. I don't get any coconut in the nose but it smells great for a porter. It's smooth with little bitterness, features a nice amount of roasted malts and chocolate. The flavors too, very smooth. It tastes of chocolate, coffee, features little bitterness and ends with a slightly sweet malty flavor. It's just nice overall for porter. It drinks really smoothly and medium in body. I'm rather impressed by this one, despite not getting much coconut from it. This beer is highly sessionable and built perfectly for a can.

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 20:56:00 | More by aasher
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New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-01-2012 00:40:44 | More by laxer8811
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—the slightest trace of red of visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of coconuts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts and hints of coconuts, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it is relatively light-bodied. It was a disappointing that the coconut aromas and flavors couldn’t be a little stronger.

Serving type: can

08-16-2012 14:44:36 | More by metter98
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-16-2013 21:18:51 | More by OhioBobcat
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-22-2013 01:53:04 | More by bkonk10
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-12-2013 23:59:40 | More by whendeathsleeps
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-03-2014 14:37:58 | More by Knoxrb12
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

03-20-2012 02:26:23 | More by seeswo
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can with no freshness date: poured a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. The creamy, tan head lingers for a short while before dissipating and leaving some intricate lacing on the glass.

The weakest part of this porter: rather indistinct with some spiciness wafting through; just a hint of brown sugar in the aroma.

Now this is an easy-drinking porter. There is some roastiness and a hint of bitter chocolate, but no truly distinctive flavors are noticed. The coconut flavor lingers on the palate well after you have taken a sip.

The body is a little thin and I believe the carbonation is slightly too high. I does have a distinct flavor in the mouth - semi-sweet chocolate and faint coconut flavor.

I finished the pint rather quickly and enjoyed it from start to finish. Certainly not the most complex porter, it makes for a flavorful quaffer.

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 23:34:15 | More by jkrich
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-22-2012 02:32:16 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-09-2012 02:37:16 | More by bsuedekum
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-30-2014 00:19:28 | More by 22Blue
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-15-2012 01:51:56 | More by smithj4
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-19-2014 20:20:57 | More by jfcaa193
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 16 fl oz can in to a snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Medium roast malt, chocolate, coffee, maybe some very light natural coconut.

T: Follows nose. Medium roast malt, coffee, dark and slightly bittered chocolate, light hops. Do not detect any coconut. Carbonation is a little flat. Aftertaste is malt, chocolate, coffee, hops.

M: Medium body. Malt, bittered chocolate, and hops all combine to give a bigger than expected feel with bit of the classic porter bite. Dry finish.

O: A good porter. Did not really pick up on any coconut in this beer. Otherwise this beer is very drinkable and a good example of a English Porter. I would by this again.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 12:45:45 | More by tsauce2
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Urbancaver for this one - awesome!

It's a perfectly drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is great, if a little over-carbonated, and though the malt profile is a bit boring, it's tasty. Sadly, though, there is not much coconut discernible anywhere.

Actually, as it warmed and as I swirled it in the glass, it blossomed into something quite delicious. What a pleasure.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 06:45:45 | More by lisomiso
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of red highlights when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation right at the surface. The beer has a two finger tall dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a mottled extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some light hints of coconut and something akin to soap.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some very light notes of coconut and again that something akin to soap.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink due to the very light body in the mouthfeel and light pleasant flavors (though I really wish the coconut flavor was stronger). I wish I was not able to detect the soapiness in the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

08-17-2012 00:23:56 | More by dbrauneis
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Coconut Porter from Great Crescent Brewery
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