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King Coconut Porter - Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Coconut PorterKing Coconut Porter

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2004

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 24
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4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a growler of this from Asheville, picked up at Bruisin Ales. Poured into New Belgium globe...

A- Very dark brown/black with a two finger mocha crema head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass, but overall the head doesn't last very long.

S- Perfect. I try not to use that word when describing a beer, but seriously- perfect... There is just a TON of chocolate and coconut. The chocolate is supported by a nice roast that isn't overpowering; and the coconut is supported by the perfect hazelnut nuttiness to really balance all of the aromas into the best smelling porter I have ever had.

T/M- This beer is damn flipping good. I will say though, after the punch in the nose I got with the coconut smell, it does lack a little more in the flavor. I get a whole lot of dark chocolate and roastiness; similar to the aroma with the roast being more pronounced this time. The coconut really lingers on the back of the tongue as all the other flavors are washed away. Still a very very nicely done porter with a subtle coconute "happy ending". Body is on the heavy side of light/or maybe the light side of moderate? Carbonation is bubbly and refreshing on the palate. Could be just a touch more full bodied to support the intense dark porter flavors.

O- This beer is great. I would buy the shit out of this any chance I got if I lived in Asheville. Though the aroma was stellar, the taste could use a bit more coconut- especially with a name like "King Coconut". Giving the palate a more coconut-y experience and slightly more full bodied would make this beer as damn close to a 5 as possible!

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4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at vintners wine market in charlotte. amazingly awesome. cocnut all over it. tasted like a liquid mounds bar. black in color, you sould easily assume it is a stout. drinks smooth and way too quickly. I hope they make more of it last year than they did this year. My top new beer of 2010.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a light beige lace.
Sweet coffee nose with a bit of smoke
Smooth and burnt up front, definately coffee, maybe a hint of peat. Moves to malt with a light tinge of coconut. Finish is long and expresso-like.
Very reminiscent of a good scottish beer, with the burnt undertones. Not as coconut as I expected, but a great brew.

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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, room temp pint glass.
Can't remember the last time I ate coconut so this should be interesting...
Pours deep brown, small head with decent lacing.
Coconut all over the nose. Minor. Coco nibs also.
Light bittersweet sweetness to it, mild hop note. Strong roasted malt with a nice mild touch of coconut.
Great mouthfeel, hangs for just a bit in the back of your mouth.
Overall very interesting....seek it out! Nice to see a porter for a summer seasonal.

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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, borderline black. A fluffy brown-tinged head sits atop the darkness, hanging out for quite awhile. As the beer recedes a nice crystalline lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The smell floats up with a nice toasty smell, chocolate and roasted malt with hints of coconut. The taste follows suit with a nice roastiness, the coconut is not as present when cold but creeps in on the back end as the beer warms. Overall it's a great beer, an amazing take on the style. I think a little more malt and coconut in this would push it to greatness.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at Barley's. I'd have to say my favorite beer from CVBC. Pours slightly darker than the Brown Bear. The smell is unbelievable, as the coconuts come through clearly and arouse the taste buds. The taste doesn't upset, either. Not quite as much of an upfront coconut presence as the smell suggests, which in my opinion was a good thing. Another twist on a common beer that worked well for CVBC. Almost too tough to drink just one.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
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