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Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

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Coco Loco
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89
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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)
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 01:47:08 | More by brentk56
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-02-2014 16:07:12 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-28-2013 05:33:40 | More by kylehay2004
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 19:02:05 | More by Kegatron
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-26-2013 02:08:15 | More by Rifugium
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-11-2013 01:17:40 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2013 01:14:11 | More by corby112
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-10-2013 22:24:50 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-03-2012 17:15:33 | More by PEIhop
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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 …

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 22:35:33 | More by chinchill
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 05:18:06 | More by dirtylou
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 00:11:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 19:53:09 | More by thagr81us
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-05-2013 23:48:28 | More by WOLFGANG
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 21:20:39 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-07-2013 01:18:41 | More by KevinGordon
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 02:10:29 | More by VelvetExtract
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Bung

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 01:37:42 | More by Bung
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-01-2014 12:44:49 | More by petermethot
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-15-2013 00:31:38 | More by buckyp
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wedge

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 19:20:07 | More by wedge
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-14-2012 04:55:44 | More by tclapper
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 21:26:55 | More by Immortale25
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-16-2013 01:57:10 | More by DonFrap
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-31-2012 14:50:08 | More by Falcone
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Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.