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Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 49
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with this pounder can. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a dark cola brown with khaki head a finger strong.

A strong milk chocolate nose with slight sweetness and contrasting roast, earth and minor herbal hops.

The taste is roasty with a lot of cocoa. Milk chocolate-like sweetness and somewhat nutty character with an earthy/herbal hop finish.

This is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it really delivers on the cocoa character and is not a bad brew.

Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Thick light and fluffy head, almost styrofoam looking with a thick chunk of nearly four fingers, very light tan almost vanilla yellow in color with a big cascading formation while pouring. Sits on top with hardly a budge to move, and classic deep walnut brown and red highlight edges for the body color. Real decent looking porter.

Huge husky nose. Ripping dark grains, and thick chocolate and cocoa dark powder in them mix. Hints also just a little bit of coffee like bean, with a steamy heat and character that is real mouth watering. Big hits of dried cocoa all over, and just a faint sweetness that comes out more airy than water milky thick. Excellent aroma.

What an aftertaste on this beer. Mid palate fills with a sort of lactose mild sweet character, light in body with just enough roast to cut through the sweetness. The finish just explodes in ripping dark husky grains. Roast character just builds and builds on the swallow, hitting large notes of char, then tobacco, and then a large dry carbon bitterness. Mild sweetness comes in at first, and then builds a very controllable dark chocolate bitter seed angle real wonderfully. Some milky cream sweetness is just barely poking out, but getting nicely slammed down by this big roast character.

Excellent cocoa porter. Even without much of a coconut sensation.

Photo of Kingfish1965
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good color, good feel. Hint of chocolate, bitter finish lingers a bit too long.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coco Loco pours a black color with a nice large lacing head. There is creamy aroma with notes of chocolate and hints of coconut. The taste is big and creamy, nice hints of chocolate, and just hints of coconuts.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and coconut. Poured from a tallboy into a Bruery snifter. The pour is very, very dark (nearly black, but with some ruby highlights) and sports a very impressive, lasting, frothy ivory-colored head. Really nice nose on this beer. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, crushed hazelnuts, and a slight whiff of hops.

Medium-full body with a classic porter flavor. A bit of dark chocolate up front, some toffee, then a nice satisfying roasted malt flavor balanced by a bit of hops. The cocoa nibs provide an extra little boost to the bitterness and I have to assume the coconut is intended to provide ample sweetness to compensate for this. Unfortunately, I don't get a lot of coconut in here. It is completely overwhelmed by the roastiness of the malt and the husky bitterness of the cocoa nibs. The finish is woody, roasty, and satisfying.

Overall, a very good porter that I might have to buy again the next time I'm in Western NC. Even with the coconut (which seems like a terrific idea), it could still use a bit more sweetness for balance.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with one finger of tan foam that gives way to foamy film and plenty of lacing.
S: Charred roasty malts with chocolate and a hint of vanilla
T: Upfront there is a some coffee like bitterness, roasted malts and some chocolate. The finish has a vanilla and a touch of coconut.
M: Full bodied for a Porter, great mouthfeel and a nice lingering on the tongue.
O: An excellent Porter with a great profile. The subtle vanilla and coconut flavors offset the bitterness nicely.

Photo of Brackh
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a normal porter, dark but not super dark. Smells awesome. Rich coco smell. The taste follows the nose. It is a bit thin though. I love the flavor and wish there was more of it. I didn't pick up the coconut. I really like the beer. Said I only picked up a single.

Photo of cardsfan
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was completely surprised by this beer! A great Porter with a great taste. Super chocolatey not a ton of coconut but I'm okay with that. Great feel great look

Photo of the_alec
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong coffee notes. Not as full bodied as I would have expected out of such a strong aroma.

Photo of WJones
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best everyday drinking porter in the Southeast!

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bitterness overpowers the beer. Hard to get the flavors through.

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enough coconut for my taste

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear extremely dark brown in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a moderate amount of garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy very dark tan in color that slowly reduces to a mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and very light hints of vanilla + coconut.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate flavors of cocoa nibs/dark chocolate without a lot of associated sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of vanilla and coconut (again without being sweet). Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers well beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Very enjoyable - nice coconut, cocoa nib, and roasty malt flavors though I wish a little more of the coconut came through in the aroma (and flavor). Easy to drink and definitely a great beer to grab if you come across it.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Minimal detection of coconut, a decent sweet porter but not much more

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

just wasn't there for me, wasn't what i expected

Photo of hopluvaboom
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good porter, well done.

Photo of humuloner22
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the newest canned beer from NoDa. I hope they keep expanding. Honestly this one is the best of the bunch so far. I know Hop Drop gets a lot of praise but this one does more for me.

Appearance: Chocolate colored some transparency, but not clear by any stretch. Decent amount of head remains as you progress through the glass.

Aroma: Not as much chocolate as you would expect or coconut for that matter. Sweet almost floral aroma dominates.

Taste: Tropical, the name is aptly named. You get chocolate malts but you also taste the mild yet pleasant amount of pina colada flavors. Coconut is right there, but it hits you on the back of the tongue. Very well done here.

Overall: The best coconut porter I have had. The only one I have actually tasted the coconut in the beer. Nice addition to the canned lineup for NoDa. Honestly I hope this becomes a mainstay, if not take away CAVU and make this one, a mainstay!

Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a porter glass

A- a very dark brown, some translucence on the edges with some ruby hues. A think light tan head with little lacing.

S- Big on bittersweet chocolate, with some coffee, and brown malt notes. A hint of coconut.

T- Very forward on the bittersweet chocolate and brown malts. A significant coffee bitterness. You need to search for the coconut, but it's there mid sip through the end. The dark chocolate/coffee bitterness unfortunately drowns the coconut a bit.

M- rather thick for a porter, and light to medium carbonation.

O- It's quite good, I'd like to have the coffee/chocolate bitterness backed of a bit to let the coconut shine through a bit more.
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Photo of Nctide
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a frothy head that hangs around. The look is deep brown with some slight red coloring around the edges. The label mentions chocolate and brown malts and both are definitely present. The coconut aroma is there on every sip but isn't overpowering. The flavor is a bit on the bittersweet chocolate side similar to a dark chocolate bar. Toasted coconut offsets this bitterness nicely and makes for a pleasant finish. Overall this is an interesting porter that is well balanced enough to avoid coming off as gimmicky as the concept might sound.

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Really wonderful toasted coconut flavored with a nice chocolate coffee presence. Man I thought this would be good, but the is awesome. Really tasty brew.

Photo of avitallo
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay. Not a fan of Noda; this beer is not well rounded in the sense that the finish is very dry and leaves the coconut flavor left to be desired.

Photo of hornsup
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/18

Solid porter. Little light, a bit bitter on the aftertaste for me which hides the coconut sweetness. Would definitely drink again though. Love the pint cans.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Solid brew coco nibs chocolate slight coconut flavor would drink it again

Photo of n2185
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa and chocolate along with some vanilla and coconut. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. There is a light charred flavor and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable but has a lingering stickiness.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but tasty with nice coconut and chocolate flavors/aromas.

Photo of loverofthecraft
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

For a non-BA porter this is awesome. Dark beer. Decent tan colored head. Smell is slightly smoky chocolate. Medium body. Lots of chocolate, upfront hops with a little coconut. Ends with a dark roasted malt. Snappy, pretty cleansing, finish of pleasant bitterness. I like this one!

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Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.