Coconut Porter | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by soze47 on 11-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 9
Photo of Brez07
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Julio's on Sunday and consumed the same day. Served in a pint glass

A: Nice dark chocolate brown color. Initially leaves a 2+ finger fizzy head. Slowly fades over the course of drinking

S: Some roasted malt. Hint of chocolate. Not a big nose

T: Dark chocolate with a bit of smoke/charcoal. Also has flavors of cocoa and light roast. Some nuttiness. The coconut is hard to detect, but there's a subtle amount in the finish. Roasted malt and sweetness balance nicely

M: Full bodied. Starts sharp from carbonation, but smooths out. Good roasted malt aftertaste with a touch of bitterness

D: Pretty big porter, but drinks really easy. Would like a little more coconut but definitely good as is. Definitely a purchase I would make again

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light fizzy head 1 finger fades quickly over very dark molasses coke brown color.

Nose light creamy porter milk chocolate, very light hint of toasted coconut, light toasty and nutty.

Taste of creamy milk chocolate, light booze, light roast, light nutty and toasted coconut, little vanilla, light sweetnes, touch of fluffy earthy hops, finishes creamy and light chocolate, light coconut and bit of lingering toasted taste and fluffy grassy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly heaviery bodied, creamy, decent carb.

Drink is very god, touch of warming booze, creamy with a drier finish, nice tasty lingering flavors.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.08/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorry to rain on the parade here but I thought this was terrible.

Had this on cask (can't say I "enjoyed") at the Horseshoe Pub last night.

Pint came with little head and the beer was a dull dark brown color.

Aroma was malty with a total lack of coconut... (not saying it should have had some) A moment of tartness.

Flavor was slightly tart, sweet and malty with no interesting flavors. Again.. No coconut anywhere. WTF? I saw another review saying "more coconut than exoected" I can't agree. There were 4 people at the table and all of them tried it. The two wives both LOVE coconut and were excited to taste it. Both said it was terrible and lacked any coconut flavor.

Medium body, sweet, very mild carbonation.

Drinkable? Um... NO...
I ordered something else after ½ the glass.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night. Reviewed from some notes. Poured into a pint glass and shared with some friends. The beer pours very dark mahogany with a thin tan head that reduces to just a thin layer of foam quickly leaving runny lace. The aroma is right up front with big bitter chocolate and a sweet milky coconut aroma with toasty malts in the background. Really awesome smelling beer. Roasty flavor profile on this. Dark bitter chocolate finish that unfortunately kind of loses any coconut flavor. It's solid, but I'm not able to really pick out any coconut on the pallet, nor could any of my friends that I was drinking with last night. The mouthfeel is solid, smooth and creamy and full with good carbonation. Great drinking to, solid flavors but I would have liked to be able to notice the coconut a bit more. However, this one kicks back nice and easy.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler the only place you can, Julio's in Westborough.

A - Pour was a deep mahogany brown with less than half an inch of head that slowly faded to leave a nice light tan halo clinging to the sides of my pint glass.

S - Typical porter aromas here, with chocolate and roasty toasty malts. Not picking up any coconute at first, but as this warms there is a nice subtle coconute aroma. Would like a bit more though.

T - Now this is what I'm talking about! Along with that lovely porter flavours (vanilla, chocolate, malts) there is a wonderful roasty, nutty coconut flavor throughout. Little sweet, a little salty, a little roasty it just comes through big time. Really works woth the malt sweetness.

M - Typical porter here. Low carbonation works well with this. Not cloyingly thick or sweet, but a bit chewy.

D - Really very nice porter. Would like to see a the coconute a bit more assertive on the nose but other than that this is very delicious and worth it.

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Photo of Timmush
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my big bro RBOUTON for bringing me back a growler from Julios in MA.
The color is dark. Stout dark with very little carbonation.

The smell is of coconut.

Taste... way more coconut than expected. Tastes good but is missing something..
The mouthfeel is too thin.
I was thinking if this beer was mixed with a Brooklyn Black Chocolate, it would be perfect.

Overall worth trying.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a .5 finger fine light brown head with moderate retention. Head dissipates into a cluster of coarse bubbles atop a dark, almost opaque, deep amber. Lacing is patchy and frothy with decent stick.

S: Nose is sweet. Vanilla, cream, roasted malt, a hint of liquorice, and cane sugar. Coconut aroma is pushed into the background but detectable nonetheless... becomes more and more prominent as this one warms until a dominant coconut, milk chocolate, and almond nose dominates. Aromatic, pleasant, and appropriate overall.

T: Coconut sweet and slight saltiness is apparent right off the bat and complements the roasted malt, liquorice, and cocoa flavors in the background perfectly. Vanilla towards the middle sweetens this one slightly before roasted bitterness takes back over. Coconut flavor never fades though. A slight crescendo of spiciness right before the finish which is creamy and sweet. Aftertaste is coconut and roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied, moderatly carbonated, and smooth with a slight bit of roughness around the edges. Goes down silky and oily though. Finish is slightly messy with an aftertaste that lingers and coats the palate.

D: I've had coconut porters before but this one is in a class all by itself. Coconut is incredibly prominent and perfectly complements the other characteristics. Nose just gives an aromatic preview of what's to come. 64oz. is not enough. Seek this one out!

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Photo of mjn5036
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler of this from Julio's during my last visit. I unscrewed the top and poured into Piraat snifter. This one pours dark brown, used motor oil color. It seems fairly thin on the pour and reveals a small two finger coffee colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Looks good.

On the nose I get a lot of toasted grains, malts, sweet coconut, chocolate, coffee and almonds. This one smells really pleasant and not over the top, quite subtle. Great smell for the style - subtle with a nice coconut presence.

The taste on this one follows suit with the smell and is truly great. The coconut is all over the place in this beer and I am loving it. It is not the flavor associated with fake sugary coconut but rather true coconut shavings that have been toasted. It is really quite tasty and I don't even care for coconut all that much. The chocolate plays a heavy roll in the taste as well. I'd say it tastes like a really good, less sweet Almond Joy. The alcohol can be noticed on the end however.

Medium-light bodied with a light carbonation makes this one smooth on the palate and quite drinkable. I am not really concerned about drinking 64oz of it, and that is a good sign. It is rich and flavorful but not excessive by any means. Again, my only qualm with this evidence on alcohol at the very end - not a big deal but something that I wish was different considering the beer is not all that hot at 7% This is a perfect beer for a cool night such as this.

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Photo of soze47
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a new special edition brew exclusively available at Julio's Liquor. The label states the following:

"A toasted coconut porter with an original gravity of 17.81 degrees P. This robust porter starts with rich flavors of chocolate and coffee and is followed by full, sweet and nutty coconuts."

Here is my review:

Appearance: Nice deep brown with a nice light ruby highlights in the light. The light khaki head is chunky. The lacing on this is fun. Nice rings allow me to track my gulps as I enjoy.

Aroma: Coconut indeed. Milk Chocolate and a very faint hint of coffee is also present.

Taste: This tastes just like German Chocolate cake with coconut icing. The coconut flavor is lingering and dances over all the other flavors. The nice, milk chocolate combo is followed with an effectively balancing coffee tastes that bitters this one enough before it gives the drinker a cavity. Only toward the end of the glass to I detect any boozy heat, but that only serves to open up the palette even more to the already present flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a creamy beer for sure, but not too rich to have a couple glasses. I'd call this medium bodied, especially for the style.

Overall: A growler of this stuff during the incoming cool weather works perfectly. These flavors would have been too much for me a few months ago, but right now, they are real nice.

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Coconut Porter from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
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