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Coco Loco - NoDa Brewing Company

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48 Reviews
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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 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 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 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 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 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 smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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 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 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 VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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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 Bung
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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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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 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 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 Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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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 Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dimpled head of a little over a finger, peppered with larger bubbles which create the uneven surface, however retention is very good and the lacing forms an intricate and full weave around the glass sides. Black and fully opaque liquid, some yellow to a dilute orange at the glass bottom and rims, populated with a horde of microcosmic bubbles loosely floating upwards. Very steady roast to the nose without pushing into acrid or bitter territory, dark chocolate powder, coffee, peanut brittle, the coconut almost gets lost in the shuffle, the hops punch throw decisively, pretzel dough, salt, grasses and more sour grain notes, appears to want correct posture and plenty of zip in your nostrils over sweetly soaking in. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is energetic yet fine, lends creaminess to the overall texture. Dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla powder and butterscotch come to the fore before any coconut, here the roast is dialed back, cutting down on coffee accents. Some raw, uncooked nuttiness. You get mixed dark fruits in trade off for the citric element. The hops less obtrusive here and just add pep and lift to the finish as well as inner mouth perfume. While dry, keeps you sipping.

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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 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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Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.