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King Coconut Porter - Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Coconut PorterKing Coconut Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2004)
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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, May 30, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

mikesgroove, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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

russpowell, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
2.15/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Someone extra'd me a can of this recently, but I apologize for forgetting who it was.

Pretty typical porter appearance, dark brown, with a small tan cap of head that dwindled to a thin layer; minimal lacing. Aroma was on the lighter side, standard notes of roasty dark malts, with hints of coconut and toffee. In the taste, there was, again, dark roasty malts with some expected bitterness, thin coconut water, quickly followed by a wave of acridity: metallic, sulfuric, chemical. Really bad. This was undrinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -1%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.

From the CAN: "King Coconut Porter is sometimes called a [CAN]dy bar in a [CAN], but we like to think of it as a slice of paradise. During brewing, the sweetness of delicious chocolate, roasted, and caramelized malt is balanced with a touch of British hops bitterness. The King is then aged on oven-toasted coconut for several weeks to build its tropical character! Take a sip, sniff the aroma, and let your mind drift to the islands."

"I'm taking over now. King Woody! The Invincible! Hey, Deb (#TheOldLady), watch this! [Woody opens the CAN and is vaporized by the CANtents.] Oh my. What a shame." - Those are classic lines from one of my all-time favorite movies. First person to identify the movie gets a CAN of beer!

Good (?) news! I was not vaporized after all! The Crack! was nice and loud and I was able to avoid any problems on its release. It was a brimful CAN and so I CANducted an inverted Glug only to watch the fizzy two-plus fingers dissipate almost as quickly as the pseudo-cascade ended. Soda pop! Color was Black-Opaque (SRM = 44) and I could barely see Dark Brown highlights at the edges. Nose held more of a roasted malt smokiness than the labeling had led me to expect. Where was the coconut? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, thin for a Porter. The taste was VERY evocative of a Mounds bar - dark chocolate and coconut. Hee hee. It leads me to wonder how it would work as a panty peeler. Finish was sweet. The chocolate and coconut were unrelenting. It was really more of a dessert beer or an after-dinner beer, certainly not one with which to load up the cooler. I applaud their innovation and I would keep it in mind for those cirCANstances where it might come in handy, but for me, personally, it was a one-and-done. YMMV.

woodychandler, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%

dbrauneis, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1%

Georgiabeer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +23.8%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Cynic-ale, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

claspada, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

blackie, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The man Mikesgroove sent me a growler of this one.

A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Pretty nice retention with some spotty lace.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and toasted coconut.

T: Tasty little beer. Lots of roast, with nutty toffee, and a subtle toasted coconut middle. Hints of rich milk chocolate, and a touch of mineral in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation from the growler.

D: Damn good. I took it to the weekly tasting but found myself pouring pint after pint.

tpd975, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -1%

AngusOg, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark blackish brown with a medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt with pleasant accenting notes of toasted coconut. toffee and turbinado. All of this is present but somewhat light.

T-Nice blast of toasted coconut, roasted malt and hints of milk chocolate and toffee. If it weren't for the raosted malt/earthy hop bitterness this would be very much like a liquified candi bar.

M-Medium bodied, semi-rich and smooth. Quite a bit of earthy bitterness lingers on the palate.

D-Solid stuff well combined with plenty of flavour. This is a tasty treat of a brew.

Deuane, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bung, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

smithj4, May 30, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ncstateplaya, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Falcone, May 24, 2014
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Brew33, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Fettpopps, Jul 30, 2014
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King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.