King Coconut Porter - Catawba Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +4%
Growler shared by Robert – thanks!
Pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of toasted coconut and lighter amounts of dark chocolate.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Mildly roasted malts up front are joined quickly by smooth roasted coconut, highlighted by a light milky flavor with hints of nuttiness. Midway through light baker’s chocolate comes into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.
Overall this is easily one of the better coconut-infused stouts I’ve come across. Very easy to drink and well worth a shot.
07-17-2011 15:10:26 | More by glid02
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Had this on tap back in late july in Morganton Brewery Tap
Poured a murky ruddy reddish brown with 1.5" tan head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Roasted malt & little iron, no coconut
T: Chocolate, iron & coconut dryness/toasyness up front. More of the same in the middle with a dry, roasty malt finish
MF: Rich body, medium carbonation & slight silkyness
Drank pretty good coconut doesn't overpower, but compliments the standard porter flavors. This & Uber ale were the 2 best I had of the 6 I tried at the tap
10-05-2007 19:48:22 | More by russpowell
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Tried this on-tap at Barley's.. Hey me too. What a great place.
The liquid is a translucent dark reddish brown with good carbonation. The head was poured easy to about one finger off white and just a bit of lace.
The smell was surprisingly good. Wow Coconut was in there but the toastiness was tremendous. They could also call this toasted coconut ale.
The taste.. I was very impressed with the small taste offered by my Bartender and ordered a full pint of this over 50 other offerings. This is a wonderfully crafted brew. I would buy it by the case. The coconut is up front and works good, but the second taste rush is the toasted part. Shazzam... It had me there. What a great and unique tasting beer.
The mouthfeel was that of a good porter. Thinnish medium body and nice carbonation.
The drinkability is great. I would get more if I could. Prosit, MK
05-21-2007 08:31:44 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Barley's Taproom Asheville NC. A solid looking near black pour, adequate light tan head. Aroma has a nice blend of roast malt, chocolate, light coconut and "earth". Taste has good roast malt and coffee, some chocolate and vanilla that is probably present from the coconut. The coconut is really just barely present throughout. Finish with a nice bitterness. Solid medium body. Pretty darn good. Better than the Pisgah porter, but not quite as good as the Foothills People's porter I had in the same sitting.
11-08-2009 19:21:22 | More by Bung
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
Had the distinct pleasure of trying this one on tap at Barley's last night. I had heard about it several times, but kept missing it whenever it was on tap. Needless to say when I got in there last night and saw it on the special list, I was all over this one. Served with dinner in a pint glass.
Appearance - The pour was very nice, with a rich chestnut colored brown with a ton of reddish hints to it being placed before me. A really nice full looking porter. A good sized, perhaps two fingers high of tannish head then rose up over the top of it and took a good while to settle down. Once it did it left behind a nice pillow on top that got a touch rocky and stayed through till the very end. Nice side glass lace as well on this one.
Smell - The aroma was very full. Lots of roasted malts, and that classic toasted smell, really very well put together I have to say. Followed up with a very nice touch of coconut, that was just very slight and just enough to really accent it. Good notes of sweet lactose sugars rumbling throughout as well. This was a very nicely put together porter.
Taste - The flavor was just remarkable, and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed here. It started out with a nice rush of roasted malts, thick with a decent dose of milk sugar through in. Hints of some vanilla hints, and a good swath of coconut riddled throughout, the coconut flavor was more of an accent, but boy was it ever effective. This was just so smooth and delicious, with a remarkably good balance and depth to it. The finish had a touch of light hops to it; just enough to dry it out a bit and really push that lasting flavor of toasted malts and coconut up through the tongue.
Mouthfeel - This was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Bordering on a full bodied ale, this was definitely a treat to behold. I was thoroughly impressed with how well this came off and really just a solid carbonation and overall just about the most perfect consistency in a porter you could ask for.
Drinkability - As for being drinkable, it was exceptional. The profile was so rich and smooth, the carbonation perfect and the ABV low, I could have had this for lunch any day of the week. Drank a little bit fuller then a normal porter, but that only added to it.
Overall this was outstanding, and truly a top notch offering as far as I am concerned. I would not hesitate to try this one again any day. It was seriously just that good. If you get a chance go out and try this, you will definitely not be disappointed!
06-07-2008 12:46:08 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
Dark brown in color with a weird milkshake coloring mixed in. Medium sized tan head that actually fades pretty fast. Sparse spotty lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and faint coconut.
This is a yummy beer and an interesting take on a porter. Very rich roasted flavors. Sweet bakers chocolate add kind of bitter sweetness to it. The coconut plays kind of complimentary role but is noticable through-out. The richness and depth of the flavors are more stout like than a porter. This is one of the best porters in the area, right there with Foothills People's Porter.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a nice lingering bitterness that last until the glass is empty.
This is the type of beer that you order on every visit but have just one, b/c of the richness and complexity of the flavor. If you are ever at CVBC get your growler filled with this one.
04-02-2010 01:13:06 | More by wcudwight
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
a: dark brown in color with a low head that shows good lace
s: toasty, nutty nose with glimpses of caramel tending towards the center of the sweet-dry divide, the coconut influence is mild and mostly on the toasted side, mild earthy hop aroma
m: medium carbonation and a light-medium body
t: toasted and malts dominant with a light caramel accompaniment, coconut present only on the side as a nutty flavor that turns a touch creamy towards the finish, earthy hops on the light side
d: drinkability is on the high side, and this is a nice porter, but while the brewers opted to go easy on the coconut, I would have preferred a richer base and meatier coconut character
standard pint at Barley's before heading into the Pisgah wilds for a few days, cell phone notes from a couple weeks ago
06-30-2009 01:28:00 | More by blackie
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
On-tap at Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of coconuts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla and coconuts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and flavorful. I really liked it and would have no problem drinking several of them in one sitting.
05-30-2013 20:12:13 | More by metter98
3.35/5 rDev -17.1%
A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge only when held to the light, and a 3 finger creamy dark chocolate head that fades fast leaving no trace of lace.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, mocha. Not getting the coconut.
T: Dark chocolate, coffee, coconut comes in several times, the first like coconut water, after a brief pause like fresh green coconut, the kind you only get in Thailand or some tropical destination. Slight metallic note. Not getting the coconut on the second sip.
M: Medium body, little to no carbonation.
O: A decent porter lacking carbonation, lacking coconut taste in my opinion, but a great label on the can and appealing idea. At moments I really get the coconut, and other moments I search for it and don’t find it.
06-30-2014 02:17:58 | More by patre_tim
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Pint at Parkside
What a unique brew. The beer was a deep red. A fair amount of light shows through. There was a small head. The smell was somewhat of coconuts. The taste was unmistakable. This beer was exploding with coconut flavor. I don't even like coconut and this beer won me over. There would be no doubt as to what was in this brew. I usually don't give 5's but in the taste I think this one deserves it. It tastes just exactly as advertised. The mouthfeel was a nice. Kind of like those sugar coconut bars you find in the grocery store. I will drink this beer again.
05-05-2006 02:49:04 | More by Enola
King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.