Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 385
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of VetsPackage
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up a little to let the coconut come through. Borders on brown ale but the cocoa addition pulls it back to porter territory. Husky roasted grains, coconut, dark chocolate on the nose. Taste follows suit with a more subtle coconut character on the palate. Real easy drinking at 6.2%, nothing particularly remarkable but a solid offering. (353 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can bought at brewery two months ago:
Pours dark brown, but as the the beer gets lower in the glass, the clarito os evident. Head builds up nicely on a vigorous pour. Decent lacing.

Nose is nutty, fairly powerfully so, with an underneath hint of chocolate.

Taste starts with a little coffee bean and a bit of pumpernickel, then turns toward the nutty side. The transition gives an impression of coconut that slowly fades. The mid to end taste bring on some peanut butter notes to me.

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery. Seems to me a bit like a dark brown ale more than a porter, as the bitterness isn't much (does come on late), and the taste is a bit nutty (coconut grows with warmth). Very tasty. (706 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,382 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of cardsfan
4.87/5  rDev +20%
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 (157 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (922 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of hornsup
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of loverofthecraft
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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! (280 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from Mark Rodda as an unexpected and very kind gift/beer mail. Poured into a chalice.

Do you like coconut? A very good porter. Rich and deep. Not as intense but this beer might make you think you are having a mounds bar in a can. 4.5

A – Pours the color of a cola (clear brown amber), but opaque in the glass, with a one-finger rocky tan head. Very nice Belgian-like lacing (+). 4.75

S – Coconut, faint chocolate, brown bread. 4

T – Rich, roasty, brown bread sweetness, faint coconut, bitter lasting finish. 4.25

MF – Medium bodied. Good carbonation gives this beer some sharpness on the palate but still a creamy beer. 4.25 (647 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this on 2014-08-23 at the brewery

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger head and great lace.

S - Rich milk chocolate, coconut and coffee. Very appealing.

T - Dark roasted grain with some char. Dark chocolate and lots of it. Mild coconut. Dry, toasty finish with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Mildly creamy.

O - A very nice porter. (376 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of common_dissent
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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! (386 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a tall weizen glass at the Charlotte airport on a layover. Good stop.

A: The beer is a solid brown color with some light coming in around the edges but not in the middle. Head was 2 fingers thick and light tan.

S: Smell is mostly roasty with lots of coffee and a smooth touch of creamy chocolate faintly.

T: Strong roasted coffee bitterness. A touch of sweetness in the middle that is light and creamy... Have to dig a bit to identify as coconut, as the roasted and even smoky flavor overwhelms it immediately. A bit of irish cream/Bailey's near the end. Finishes big on the coffee.

Coco Loco seems to be cacao/coffee rather than coconut or even cocoa/chocolate, which is what I initially expected. Solid beer, and would gladly drink again. (771 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown. Little head.

S-Not sure if its coconut. Maybe some roasty coconut husk. The coconut really doesn't jump out but there are hints of the elusive fruit. There are some tantalizing chocolate notes. A bit chalky and definitely milky with clear coffee.

T-I get some coconut here. Like burnt coffee with coconut syrup but that syrup is faint. The beer's base is pretty tasty and I like the subtle playfulness between the milk chocolate and the soft coconut.

M-Creamy but the carbonation seems to disagree with said creaminess. Its fun to sip.

O/D-Much better than Maui's CoCoNut Porter according to my tastebuds. I'm still waiting for that one Porter that taste like a damn coconut macaroon. This one ain't it but it delivers much more coconut that most advertising the same. (787 characters)

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Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
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