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Coconut Porter - Great Crescent Brewery

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Coconut PorterCoconut Porter

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48 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-20-2010)
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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

02-17-2013 04:03:17 | More by Cincy_Joe
Photo of Thorpe429


1.93/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Chris. Odd roast and a touch of coconut. Very odd and dry. Acrid. Not a fan of this one at all; couldn't really find anything that I liked.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 03:10:06 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of headyhopzhead


2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

09-08-2012 23:27:10 | More by headyhopzhead
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-16-2013 00:03:29 | More by dalepryor
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

10-21-2012 06:38:19 | More by bzach
Photo of BEERchitect


2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The chocolate taste of porters with the creamy addition of coconut- sounds more like desert than your standard drinking session.

The dark ale pours with a bark-brown color and mild haze that's difficult to descern beyond the dense color. Silky smooth appearances portray the proportions of rich chocolate milk instead of beer. Unfortunately the light carbonation doesn't allow for much foam character as a thin but creamy head to rise and then quickly fall, likely from the oils of the coconut.

Rich chocolate aromas, roasted grain, and dark roast coffees take center stage just before the beer introduces toffee-rich notes, nutty, and yes coconut scents to prevail. Light on hop character, the light spice and citrus character lurks in the background and is careful not to overpower the delicate coconut character. There is however a musty-malt and slightly vegetal aroma that detracts from the otherwise clean and rich nose.

Roasty flavors with coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, and woody-nutty interplay seems somewhat of oily walnuts but also early-sweet coconut. Earthy flavors grow to almost mushroom-like pungency that extends beyond pleasantries and into distraction at mid palate. This may be a result of coconut and chlorophenolic hop matter or slight infection of the can. Very dry flavors of malt and growing spice of hops finish the beer with an extended aftertaste of musty malt and thin coffee.

Medium creaminess to start, the beer's light carbonation proves fleeting early on and leaves the beer a little watery and this even before mid palate. This leaves a long draw where the beer simply seems empty before the awkward finish of semi-dryness and grain conclude the session.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 18:58:33 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of spamages


2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, nearly opaque with a beige head

S: Fruity, very slight roast, vague hint of coconut

T: Not very porter like. Tart, hint of cherry, very slight roast. Much more fruity than I would like. Lingering sweetness.

M: Thin, highly carbonated.

O: I really expected more coconut in a coconut porter.

Serving type: can

06-16-2012 07:14:29 | More by spamages
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3/5  rDev -15%

10-27-2013 05:50:51 | More by ohiobeer29
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

05-02-2013 02:15:15 | More by NastyNate11
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3/5  rDev -15%

07-19-2014 00:46:18 | More by osuskin
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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this random growler!

I do so love me the randomness. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises blackened pretzels, light roasted malts, sweet milk, and some grass in the background. The taste holds notes of greens, grass, flowers, soil, light roasted malts, and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly watery feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I was not a fan of this too much, especially considering the seeming lack of coconuttiness.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2011 03:20:17 | More by TMoney2591
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-01-2012 15:46:11 | More by sendbeer
Photo of auroracrisis


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass.

Black with rose highlights, a khaki colored head with spotty lacing.

Highlights of chalk, dark chocolate, and roast on the nose. Hints at vanilla and some coconut.

More coconut on the tongue but still overpowering with porter qualities. Light coffee, strong roast, dark chocolate.

Thin medium with low carbonation. A little bit of drying.

Okay roast with some hints of coconut, but I am pretty sure this can is old. Would love to try it fresh.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 10:09:47 | More by auroracrisis
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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 16 oz. can, no date. The beer has the darkest of brown bodies with a rich tan, irregular head. The foam faded to nothing fairly quick.

The smell was of molasses, metal, and fresh brown bread. It almost had a sassafras quality to it. The coconut was not evident in the aroma until it warmed substantially.

The taste was of roasted, but not charred malts. The flavor was bright, but creamy-rich on the palate with a light sweetness from the coconut. There was a gentle bitterness and smooth texture, although the body was thin to medium in density. Overall it was a very tasty and drinkable porter.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 20:33:23 | More by Cresant
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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can purchased from Keg Liquors. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt and some chocolate, but I don't pick up any coconut at all. Also, the aroma isn't very strong. The brew tastes like roasted malt and some chocolate and coffee, along with a little bit of coconut. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit thin but it's smooth, a bit slick and easy to drink. It's not a bad overall brew, but I was disappointed that I didn't notice much coconut in this beer. I still think it's a decent porter. One of these days I'll have to stop by the brewpub and try the rest of their beers the next time I'm in the area.

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 23:40:25 | More by bluejacket74
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-07-2014 22:10:26 | More by Viperman1316
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-01-2012 23:58:17 | More by mcorwin
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark as pitch with no light able to squeeze through. A rich, thick coffee-colored head lays on top that collapses into itself leaving just a ring and some faint lacing.

Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, fudge, molasses, cherries, vanilla and malted milk balls. I also pick up what I can only describe as the aroma of burnt marshmallows. Go figure.

Taste - a rich, malty, roasty porter that has some milky, earthy notes along with a creamy texture and a bit of a mineral-y aftertaste. Hard to pick up a lot of coconut from this one while its cold but give it the chance to warm in the glass for a bit and you'll get a lot more. I let this warm up for about 15 minutes and some of those subtle nutty and creamy flavors are certainly present. This reminds me a bit of a local coffee-roaster's coconut coffee as it has a lot of coffee-like notes and more of a subdued coconut flavor going on.

Overall - great tasting beer but I wish the coconut flavor was a little more pronounced. I get the feeling that achieving a good balance and decent amount of coconut flavor is not easy to do in the brewing process - not without overdoing it anyways. Regardless, this is a solid porter and as it warms more of those subtle coconut flavors do come out.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 17:27:10 | More by indiapaleale
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-16-2014 20:28:15 | More by Promauto
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-25-2012 14:08:52 | More by CummingsK21
Photo of Vdubb86


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks to boxcar01 for this growler

This beer pours a dark brown color with ecru head. The aromatics of this beer are very subtle. I get some cocoa on the nose, but I must say there is a lack of coconut. The flavor has some roast to it, but overall it's rather bland. There is no coconut in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I would expect for the mouthfeel, but it's not too bad. There should be a more robust flavor to this porter than there was. It drank pretty well, but I've had many better porters.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2011 05:45:08 | More by Vdubb86
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler
From notes 12-29-10

A - Served in tumbler. Dark brown body with amber highlights. Two inches of tan head.

S - I got light roasted malt and cocoa. No coconut?

T - I got some faint roasted malt and again no coconut. disappointing.

M - Moderate and creamy

D - I'm disappointed in the lack of coconut. It was a real easy drinking beer though.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2010 21:39:52 | More by buschbeer
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3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a foamy one inch burnt caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing.

Tar, cola, roast malt, and chocolate form the initial aroma. Unfortunately there's a pretty strong metallic character that's overpowering. Nutty notes emerge. As it warms, coconut sweetness becomes evident.

Flavor is overpowered by that tangy character. I've been told their beer is not pasteurized, so it should never be out of refrigeration. This was purchased and stored integrated, so I'll score based on other elements.

Chocolate, tar, and lightly roasted malt form the backbone of flavor, with coconut hitting mid palate, carrying into a slightly dry, toasted finish.

Body is a touch watery, with carbonation tending to the high side.

Coconut is less prevalent than I expected. Good representation of chocolate character, and not overly bitter at the finish.

Serving type: can

03-26-2013 00:52:42 | More by barczar
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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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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
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Coconut Porter from Great Crescent Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.