1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Coco Loco
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

206 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 206
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-29-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hrdqore:
Photo of Hrdqore
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hrdqore, Mar 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

standardcherry, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Roscoe1847
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Roscoe1847, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of juicebox
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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 …

chinchill, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Adkins1203, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of markmccoy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

markmccoy, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Beerontwowheels, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Sammy, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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

dirtylou, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of UTvolFAN16
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

UTvolFAN16, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mnmatthews
4/5  rDev +0.5%

mnmatthews, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

dailyminefield, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of tiamat8086
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tiamat8086, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of astahler
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

astahler, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

thagr81us, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +0.5%

mc4z, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of sonofliberty2
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

sonofliberty2, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of runwild99
4/5  rDev +0.5%

runwild99, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Bung, Nov 15, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.