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

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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk StoutThe Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by nrbw23 on 02-09-2012

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Photo of kemoarps
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dusted black body with a minimal veil of brown stretched over the top. No lacing.

Nose is faint, but primarily the nuttiness of coconut husk. Light cocoa and milk sugar produce no surprises. Pleasant notes, but just not very forthcoming with their existence.

Thankfully the flavours come forth somewhat better on the tongue. Toasted coconut comes wrapped in a nutty husk dusted with dry cocoa and finally accented by the bite of milk sugars that tie together the other components nicely. As it warms, all of these components continue to bulge and blend, like lumps rising under a carpet.

This is not a big bold brew, nor is it likely to start flying up the whalez lists, but if it were local, it would probably make fairly routine appearances in my fridge. Thank you Corey for including this in your NBS BIF #3 box! @WesMantooth ftw again.

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Photo of priceisalright
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is so incredibly smooth. It is very creamy while still being very light in it's flavor, with very little bitterness. It has none of the oakey/smokey flavor that's common in many dark beers, which really appeals to me but I know others will miss. The chocolate flavor isn't overbearing or too sweet like I've experienced with other stouts. The coconut flavor is very present at the end of the drink, but is really well balanced. Overall, it is a very enjoyable easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottos poured into a pint glass.

Dark color-no head.

Smells is coconut and sweet chocolate. Slight bitterness on the finish

Taste mimics the nose. Mounds bars. Actually pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Borders watery.

This is a decent beer but could be so much better. Look is average and the mouthfeel is not good for the style. It does smell and taste good so I imagine I would have again.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and coconut/chocolate notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, toasted coconut, cocoa, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and coconut/chocolate flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding coconut milk stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and coconut/chocolate flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a roasted coconut and sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is notes of roasted coconut, chocolate, and a milky sweetness, The flavor dies off pretty quick and leaves you with a mild bitter chocolate aftertaste. Overall this is a nice beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

This one pours an inky dark black, with a small off-white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like an Almond Joy bar, really, so much sweet creamy coconut, vanilla, and chocolate.

A milk stout definitely seems like the best addition for coconut, because the lactose just makes the coconut feel pretty creamy and nougaty, like an Almond Joy. This doesn't exactly win as a "beer" per se, but it does hit on every flavor advertised. It's very sweet- it would be hard to drink a ton of this.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. It's slightly thin, but not super detrimentally so.

Definitely a cool beer, but hard to get thru a ton of.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TominGermany
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 madelfonatree
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 98green
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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 WesMantooth
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Blueribbon666
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell! This beer is everything you want it to be when looking at the label. DESTROYS OB's Death by Coco and people should really be trying to get their hands on this. Slightly sweet, tons of choc and coconut, rolls around beautifully on your tongue and leaves you craving more! I do agree w/ others and think it's slightly thin but all I have to say is, "Yes, I'll have another."

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev -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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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 RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tedvr
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -3.4%
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 Chris33
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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 jasonpeckins32
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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