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Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 412
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 27.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 62 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 412
Photo of sendsilk
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of common_dissent
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Porters can be tough to meet everyones expectations . Some are too thick, some are too watery. NoDa nails color, smell, and mouth feel. Good for them! This is a standard setting porter, however I don't think it's very tasty. A little too bitter for my porter taste... Lots of bitter chocolate and bitter roastiness. Less bitter and lil sweeter and it would be close to a Founders' brew!

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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 …

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Photo of EJ6759
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by kubrick215.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting rig.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chooclate and toasted coconut.  Slightly smokey with hits of dark and milk chocolate, lactic cream, toffee and coffee bean.  The toasted coconut character really stands out nicely complimenting the subtle roast and chocolate notes.  

Medium bodied with a strong dry roasted malt presence that never becomes overpowering or acrid.  Deeply roasted with dark chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast and coconut.  Falls off a bit toward the finish and could use a bit more chocolate flavor/sweetness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours jet black with thick off white head, fads slowly leaving tons of lace. Sweet chocolate aroma, maybe a little coconut there. Really like the up front taste, sweet chocolate and a little lactose, good roastiness. Was not too crazy about the back end which had a little too much earthy woodsy husk bitterness and smokiness. This became less intense as it warmed. Mouthfeel was full for a porter. Overall good brew, just would like a little sweeter balance on the back end.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark brown coloring with a filmy, cream colored head. Nose of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted notes. Heavy, bitter coffee and roast flavors, like spent coffee grounds. Thin, dry bodied, with a bitter roast aftertaste. Dry, clean finish. This is a balanced, solid beer, heavy on the coffee notes. Easy drinker with a robust palate.

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Photo of Daktah
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of hornsup
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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 jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a moderate creamy lacing ring.

S - Earthy chocolate, coffee, and cream.

T - Earthy, nutty chocolate, nice roasted malt presence. The chocolate roast lingers for a good long time.

M - Medium body.

O - VERY solid porter!!

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Photo of BIN29
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 16oz can in a large tulip glass. An extra from NC.

L: Dark brown with a medium-sized thick brown head. Wonderful lacing.

S: Nice combination of roasted coffee, chocolate malts and hint of coconut. I actually enjoyed the mastery subtleness of the coconut here. I wouldn't consider this a flavored porter at all.

T: Nutty, rich, dry and bitter. Very malty porter.

F: Medium-full body.

O: This is the second beer I try by NoDa after Hop, Drop 'n Roll. Both are great. I usually don't like big flavored porters as they tend to have an artificial flavors that I don't like. I love coconut and I wish there's more here, but I also enjoy subtle flavors and this one is masterfully made.

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had from pint can poured into faceted mug, and again poured into Colonial Williamsburg salt-glazed mug. BIf you like chocolate-flavored porters, you will love this beer.

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Photo of Nctide
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Coconuts, roasted malts, and some chocolatey sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied porter. Finishes with sweet toasted coconut.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color capped by a half an inch of foam; not much lacing, either

Smell: Toasty bread and chocolate; not picking up any of the coconut

Taste: Though the coconut was not discernable on the nose it does arrive, though vaguely, at mid-palate on the tongue, complementing the chocolate elements that are up front; a little chalky in the finish but nice and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very approachable chocolate stout; would like to see the coconut play a more prominant role

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

pours a pitch black with a small head. good aroma, this beers high point. chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. taste is pretty good, but nothing spectacular. good roasted malts. tad smoky. a bit heavier feel than a typical porter, but that is to my liking.

overall a solid porter. won't blow you away but you won't regret it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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