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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 27.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nrbw23 on 02-09-2012

A traditional Milk Stout with additions of milk sugar for added sweetness. We then add cocoa powder and melted belgian chocolate in the boil and "dry spiced" with an organic coconut flakes after fermentation.

22 IBUs
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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 147
Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

On tap at the Tap House Grill in Kenwood.

A: Arrived in the glass almost pitch black, with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing was left on the glass.

S: I did not detect much of the chocolate or coconut promised by the name, but instead a mixture of roasty - yeasty malt and what seemed to be sweet mint. The combination smelled a bit like loam from a riverbank.

T: Again, not much in the way of chocolate or coconut. They were present, but mostly obscured by a single-note roasted malt profile and that mintiness. The beer opened with a club of dark roasted malt, with sweetness and mint joining in the middle to present a taste not unlike drinking a fish. Said fishy taste lingered on after the finish.

F: This is a full, chewy, heavy stout, exactly what one wants to feel.

O: Something of a disappointment to me, with the flavor profile. I won't be repeating.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.29/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a really dark brown maybe even black with a thin tannish brown head. Head has ok retention, becomes a thin layer of bubbles and very thin lacing behind.

S-Smell is fairly sweet. Milk chocolate, fairly light coconut, light roasted malts, touch of char and mint like.

T- Mint is every where here and dominants this brew. Coconut is fairly light. Every thing here seems muddled due to the mint.

M- Medium in body and fairly light in carbonation.

O- I couldn't finish this brew and passed it off to a friend for his White Rajah.

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Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


12oz. bottle at Lizardville Beer Store

A: Adequate enough. Thin.

S: Some coconut!

T: This is a travesty. Just a touch heavy on coconut extract maybe. Flashbacks to the beach and all them honey's rubbing Hawaiin Tropic lotion.... I'm surprised the bottle didn't slip out of my hand.

M: Pretty gross actually. Like lube / oil. SLICK.

O: The coconut overwhelms everything. BK may have outdone One Eyed Jack with this one.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, served in a snifter on tap @ Forage. Taste is of mild coconut & cocoa blended into a nice well bodied milk stout. Not sure I'd do more than one, a nice mild offering for dessert perhaps. Listed at 5.8% abv though higher listing on BA.

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Photo of 98green
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a 6 that was way over carbonated. One of them fizzed the cap on the drive home. Took 10 minutes to pour one. Can't say I gave it a fair eval after all that. Might be a good beer if properly delivered.

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Photo of Chris33
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about it. Has chocolate and coconut flavors throughout but its too thin; nothing to it. Would I drink it again... ya maybe but wouldn't search for it or spend 15$ on a 6pk. Luckily I snagged a single and had a pint at the super market for 3$ tonight

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brew Kettle has a unique brew here - a flavorful, uniquely coconutty, easy drinking stout. And did I mention that it is overpriced?

It looks typical in the glass, with a small head that dissipates and smallish bubbles. The aroma is mildly sweet and dominated by the coconut.

The taste is mostly of a mild stout with coconut. The chocolate is pretty low in the profile as are other flavors. It doesn't get better as you drink. I don't like coconut most of the time.

The mnouthfeel is thin. Overall this is disapointing - I found myself lowering the ratings as I drank. Not much of a sipper. Refreshing, but the coconut is too much (it reminds me of the overly coconut rums they have in the Caribbean). It is sessionable except for the price. Not recommended. Revision: it seems I was overcharged - now it's not over-priced. Still about the same - have to remember not to buy it.

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Photo of tedvr
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with little head. Smells of coconut and coffee. The taste is strong coconut, chocolate and burnt coffee. Very clean mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall the coconut taste is a little too much and makes the beer seem out of balance.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black pour, leading to a nice tan cap of foam.
Aroma-pleasant whiff of milk chocolate an coconut
Taste-Sweet toasted coconut, milk chocolate. Nice flavor, not overly sweet.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you like the taste of coconut with a hint of chocolate you will like this beer. I don't think I could drink a pint but the 4 oz sample was just right. Give it a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a fierce pop. Pours a dark brown color with a light off white head. Aroma of sweet malts with hints of cocoa and perhaps vanilla. Vanilla and cocoa in the flavor also, coconut and milk sugar lending towards vanilla element. Sweet, toasty, has good depth of flavor. Highly carbed and a bit too dry. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew needs less priming sugar though.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown; basically no head, lacing and retention. Aromas have lots of cocoa malts. Hints of hazelnut. Hints of black coffee. The coconut is subtle in the nose, but are alive in the flavor department. Lots of milk chocolate in the flavors. Tons of sweet coconut. More hazelnut in this mix. This beer is sweet, but definitely not cloying or anything. Mouthfeel is light, but not overly thin; active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smooth brew.

I like this. It makes a nice dessert beer. If you like coconut, this would definitely be up your alley.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich, roasty, cocoa in aroma. The toasted coconut pales a bit.

Flavor is decidedly coconut milk based, like a flashback to Bacardi on the beach. Cocoa is more subdued, in favor of the coconut rum flava, mon!

Very adjunct laden. The coconut overwhelms, giving the exaggerated impression of an extract. Definitely a guilty pleasure of a beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as milk/sweet stouts are concerned it's on it's game. Not real thick and you don't have to eat this one. Although it reminds me of a mounds bar. One and done for me but I liked it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A coconut chocolate milk stout (sounds great) poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. When I sniff the beer directly from the bottle (before pouring) the nose is strong with coconut and chocolate. It smells like a Mounds bar! In the glass the nose is not a strong and the chocolate is particularly muted, but I still get a nice coconut aroma with a hint of roastiness underneath. Nice (if you like coconut)! The pour itself is very dark (just shy of opaque) and sports a very thin head that retains quite poorly.

Medium body with a smooth feel and a nice mix of sweet and roasty flavors. I especially like the way the flavors develop across the palate. I get some cola and toasted malt up front, a hint of roast, then sweet cream, cocoa, coconut, and finally it finishes with a hint of coffee. The finish is slightly roasty, but doesn't linger all that long.

Call me crazy, but I really like this beer. It has a lot of flavor for a non-imperial stout and I think the coconut is well integrated. I can definitely see myself buying this again. It's a very tasty, very pleasant everyday stout.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Very thin tan head with an aggressive pour, therefore little lacing . Milky black body.

Smell - Burnt chocolate milk. Faint coconut.

Taste - I like coconut, I like chocolate, but this beer tastes artificial. I compare it to sun screen. With that said, it is not a bad taste.

Feel - Medium, milky feel. The carbonation is not explosive.

Overall - This is definitely a beer that many will like (as long as you like coconut). Solid, unique beer from Brew Kettle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger mocha-colored head that settles fairly quickly
S: Lots of coconut, some cocoa, vanilla, toffee and a hint of coffee
T: Coconut, cream, some cocoa; tasty though not as intense as the nose
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, somewhat sweet
O: Like a liquid Almond Joy. If you like coconut, give this a go. Tasty though the coconut trumps all other notes

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Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color. No light travels through when held to the light. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves some lacing.

I really have to get my nose in the glass to pick up much smell. It is not as aromatic as I expected. I pick up on the chocolate more easily than the coconut.

There's the coconut in the taste. It is like drinking a piece of German chocolate cake. The chocolate and coconut have a symbiotic relationship that is unparalleled.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a fine beverage. I am not a huge coconut fan, but I like what is going on here.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Seems to be a bit too much coconut in that it really sweetens the beer a bit more than it seems it should. Regarldess, it's an easy drinker for sure, and a pleasant one at that.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 oz bottle dumped into a pint glass.

Black with a thin, frothy, light tan head made up of almost microscopic sized bubbles. Looks like it will leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell is almost all coconut. There is chocolate there too, but it really drowns everything else out for the most part.

Initial taste is the same. It is like a spoon full of white, flaky coconut. Milk sugar follows and gives it a condensed milk sweetness and some cocoa powder chocolate flavor comes in behind it and gives it a touch of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The aftertaste is coconut and slightly roasted malt grain.

The body has a nice full feel, but is still easy drinking. Pretty solid for a low ABV. Carbonation is average.

This is a really well done milk stout. Be warned though. If you are on the fence, or not a fan of coconut, you probably are not going to enjoy it. I am not a huge fan. More indifferent than anything. I would probably dial it back just a hair if it were up to me as it gets more difficult to drink towards the end, but I will likely drink it again. It makes for a very nice treat. Besides, I can always chase it with a White Rajah!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, opaque, light tan head, lots of lacing.

S - Coconut. Really, I mean, wall to wall. A hint of creaminess.

T - Starts with roasty malts, toasted bread and chocolate, with the coconut starting in the background, but coming forward in the middle, and lingering into the close, which introduces a mild bitter note.

M - Good carbonation, a bit of drying. Silky element builds with heaviness that lays out on your tongue.

O - A unique beer, with bright coconut. It is extraordinary how much coconut nose comes through, and the middle delivers it in the flavor, too. I wish the malt and chocolate was dialed a bit forward, but still delicious.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of course there's some gimmickry going on with the additions of chocolate, coconut and milk sugars, but I don't think I care. My senses are completely underneath the spell of this "Mounds" tasting stout and I'm not about to make many apologies for it.

The Brew Kettle's "Kitka pours a dark bark brown color with a billowing arid head rising in the beer's wake. It's chocolaty upstart is that quintessential aroma of Belgian chocolate with faint molasses and Kailua. Its taste is not so chocolaty as caramel, toffee and nougat round out the sweeter complexities early on the palate.

What ensues is a wonderment of developing taste as the stout unfolds on the palate, going from bittersweet chocolate and towards tastes of coconut, vanilla, coffee and macadamia. Deeply saturating on the palate, the sweetness and complexity rivals that of dessert as the ale trends drier and sweeter as the late palate develops.

In much dessert-like fashion, the medium-full stout seems sensible and drinkable, lacking the booze and residual sweetness that's commonly associated with such after dinner beer, however the decadent taste, lavish texture and soft elegance in robust attitude makes the stout ideal in replace for dessert. Its long chocolate and coconut finish extends well into the next sip.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Tried it on tap a few nights ago then bought the first 6-pack I saw in a store. This is a tasty, TASTY beverage!

Thick, black in color. Little to no head retention. Smell is sweet with hints of coconut and maybe dark chocolate.

Flavor is high in milk chocolate, with some faint earthy stout tastes in the background. Big coconut flavor on and off, some sips you notice it and others you dont. A bit nutty. Someone else here mentioned a Mounds bar, and I'd say I agree with that.

If you are into this type of beer, then I am sure you will be fond of this one.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into shaker pint

A: very dark in appearance pretty decent creamy off white head good retention on the glass and lacing

S: This beer smells like dark chocolate and roast coffee has a little bit of an oatmeal taste too

T: Very chocolatey with coffee not as sweet as you expect slight off flavor at the end water maybe 

M: fairly thin but that's par for the course with a milk stout 

O: really liked the tastes on this one for a milk stout it was not bad it was a little thin but overall it was good and not too sweet on the finish. I'd drink this again if I ran across it

Updated: Bottle poured into glass 4-17-15
The coconut explodes in this wow and chocolate for miles as far as coconut this is the most coconut forward beer I've had

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH...

A: Pours a nice deep black with about a half finger of mocha colored head. There is a slight amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet. I get hints of chocolate, caramel, and lacto sugar. I don't get a whole lot of coconut in the nose, but I'm ok with that.

T: Really nice. It's sweet, creamy, and slightly roasty. I'm picking up a ton of chocolate, a little caramel, and a dash of coconut. This is an underlying roasty quality that mixes wonderfully with the over the top sweetness of this beer.

M: Full bodied beer. It's super creamy, and the flavors linger on the palate forever. It's one of those beers where the more you drink it, the more you want to keep drinking it.

O: This is a really wonderful beer. If you ever make it out to the Brew Kettle, and you see this on tap, it's a must buy. Color me impressed.

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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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