Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Coco LocoCoco Loco

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 374
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 54 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-29-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 374 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by APBT91:
More User Reviews:
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the grand opening. Served from tap into NoDa shaker. Poured massively dark red brown with a one and a half finger cream colored head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, and and very subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, and very subtle coffee. It had a medium feel on a palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty solid brew. The nibs on this one were quite overpowering which was quite nice. The cream aspect added a nice touch to balance the nibs bitterness. A solid brew for the style. Definite must try if you have the opportunity. Tick.

Photo of EJ6759
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a nice dark tan frothy head. There is good amount of lacing in this beer. The smell was better than average fairly rich. The taste was really pretty good with a subtle coconut and a hoppiness that came through. The mouthfeel was good and it was well carbonated.

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 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 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 chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery which claimed: 6.3%ABV 43 IBU 32 SRM
Pour is nearly black; opaque with a durable tan head that leaves the glass rather thoroughly coated with sticky lacing. Deep, dark mahogany highlights at the edge reveal a clear beer.
Aroma: excellent but rather simple, featuring lots of dark roasted malts and a bit of sweet coconut; certainly not as much as the "Coco Loco" name implies.

T: Loads of very dark roasted malts with a trace of smoke. IBU seems much higher than the 43 reported. Marred by on overly bitter taste and too much burnt flavor from the malt. Very rich but not very complex.

M: near full body with soft. Low carbonation.

O: Surprisingly bitter, charred [and rich] version of the style. Suspect the brewer over-compensated for any sweetness coming from the coconut. An extreme robust porter, I conclude, as I move on to the Imperial variant …

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the brewery

appearance: served in a shaker pint - dark brown body, thick and creamy tan cap

smell: chocolate, sweet roasted malt, vanilla bean

taste: Really nice porter - velvety, chocolate cake, vanilla bean, residual sweetness presumably from the coconut, some dry roasted malt. Impressed - not usually one to reach for a porter, but this is quality stuff

mouthfeel: creamy, rich, quaffable

overall: solid

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ NoDa Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a touch of ruby coming out along the bottom, topped with a ½ finger of light mocha head. This maintains some sudsy richness around the edges, leaving back swathes of foamy lacing which slowly drip down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, green citrus, and some burnt roast. I did get some coconut here out of the aroma but that may have been tainted by the fact that they were actually brewing this beer during our visit and the entire tasting room smelled of it.

The taste is much hoppier than the nose was, with a firm green bitterness that has some aggressiveness to it. Cocoa, a touch of vanilla, and coconut fill out the middle portion of profile before this finishes with a roasted backend that leaves this bitter and burnt feeling in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that is coming off as a bit too lively and sharp feeling at times.

I liked what I got from the sweetness and coconut flavors here but man; this really came on a bit too strong at time with hops, roast, and all around sharp feel of the body. If they could dial the assertiveness of this down a little, it would be a much more accessible and tasty beer.

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

Not enough coconut for my taste

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap Duckworths Balantine. Very dark brown not quite black. Just a ring of white.

Aroma, fair amount of roast, dark chocolate. Some coconut shell.

Taste, large amount of earthy roast malt, coffee, some peat. Accenting coconut. Roast and cocoa linger.

Just to the light side of medium, but coats ok. Pretty roasty and dry, if you like that it will be no problem to drink.

Pretty solid regular lineup brew.

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 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 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 wedge
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ NoDa

Lovely deep brown color below a super creamy cap of a head that leaves crazy lacing behind. Primarily chocolate roast in the nose along with a bit of nuttiness, coffee, and cream. Dark roasted chocolate malt, layered sweetness, and a light bitterness. Some char and earthiness, but not much coconut to speak. Sweet through the finish, but not necessarily what I would call "rich". Creamy, medium-plus body. I would have liked the coconut to come through more, but it's enjoyable regardless. Actually, I didn't find this to be especially porter-y...almost more of a sweet stout.

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Thirsty Monk Asheville Biltmore Park. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky opaque medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Big coffee on the nose with some milk chocolate in there as well.

T- Follows the nose closely with more coffee and chocolate. Not really getting any coconut, just some dark roast and the like. Flavor is strong initially but quickly turns tame. Strange aftertaste I can't put my finger on.

M- Thick and slick, almost creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Starts out nice but becomes a bit one-dimensional as things wear on. Also smells better than it tastes. Plus the lack of coconut is disappointing.

Edit: Had in a can later and there was a bit more coconut and was better tasting overall.

Photo of CBlack85
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass

Beer pours dark brown with deep red/ruby highlights, with aobut 2 fingers worth of dense dark tan head. The head slowly recedes leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts, caramel, adn chocolate with hints of vanilla. I never did get any of the coconut in the aroma.

Slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malts are featured, with bits of vanilla, coffee, and just the slightest bit of coconut. Really, the coconut seems like an afterthought, just enough to make the beer interesting but not enough to overpower the beer. I had tasted this beer when it was still being brewed on their small batch system, before the big equipment came in, and I seem to remember the coconut being much more pronounced. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the toungue and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great beer. Very well crafted, a great offering from the NoDa crew.

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 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 BeatBama
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer may set the standard for a coconut Porter.

Appearance: A dark, rich pour. I could not see light through my glass, though I was in a darker area of the restaurant. Nice lacing was present as the beer disappeared. Little head...1/16" or so.

Aroma: Not much of the coconut, but a wonderful chocolate malt

Mouthfeel: A solid mouthfeel, not thick, not thin, just a well-rounded presence

Taste: Wow, really good. The addition of coconut was noticed, but the chocolate came over the top.

Coco Loco is one fine porter, and an excellent beer for a cool evening.

Photo of sendsilk
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery with a few BA's while I was visiting from out of town.

I had heard good things about this beer and was really excited to try it! It has a very nice dark roasty porter appearance. It smells a little 'soft' on the coconut aspect.

Drinking this beer, it's not bad at all. It just doesn't really stand out. It's a very solid porter, but I really don't get too much at all, in the coconut department. With the name Coco Loco, I really expect more (or some, at least) coconut forward presence. It's also a bit strong on the char/roast aspect. A little too much to make it very drinkable. At 6% I should be able to drink 3 or 4 of this quite easily while at the brewery. 1 was enough for the night.

Photo of Daktah
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at brewery on 10/24/2012. Had sampled before and wasn't impressed, but I'll blame that experience on having tasted too many beers in a sitting.

This time, definitely worth a full glass. Dark, coffee brown color with a small head that quickly dissipated. Smelled mostly like chocolate, a little bit of a roasted malt smell and a general sweetness; no real coconut at this point and not a lot of coffee or other expected smells. The taste brings in some hops and a touch of the coconut. Fairly dry with a reasonably hefty mouthfeel, which was great - definitely enough body for the style. The coconut was actually most pronounced after taking a break between sips. The sweetness kind of lingered and reminded you that there actually is coconut in this beer.

Overall a really solid beer and one that I am extremely happy to find in town. NoDa is putting out some quality beers.

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 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 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

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.