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Toasted Coconut Porter | Roots Organic Brewery

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Roots Organic Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by RedDiamond on 10-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by freed:
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3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a thai restaurant the other night. Pint came with a lofty white head which settled after a few minutes. The body was a turbid brown that seemed a little thin but still in suspension.

The aroma was almost absent. Very little of anything but a simple brown and maybe slightly peated malt. I couldn't pick out any coconut.

The taste was really quite nice for a porter - a little on the thin side but very easy to drink and refreshing like a porter ought to be. Taste was slightly nutty and chocolately but again I couldn't pick out much in the way of coconut other than the normal toasty malt flavors.

The beer was an excellent compliment to thai food.

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3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been in Portland, OR for the past few days getting my hands on as many brews as I can since most will never make their way to Boston. I had this on tap today downtown at Henry's. Nice coloration, small tan head. The taste initially had a marshmallow quality to it before the coconut set in. The coconut was subtly and not too artificial. This is crisp, balanced and worked well. A nice light refreshing drinkable porter overall.

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Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Imperial pint at roots, the Toasted Coconut Porter poors a muddy chestnut color with a small, creamy, light tan head, that left lots of nice lace as it settled, making up for the nasty color (somewhat).

Smell is bitter and robust, like fresh coffee grinds.

Taste is softer, and more roasty then acrid. A fleeting taste of chocolate and toasted coconut differentiate this from a bland, basic porter. Pretty good I supose, but I could use more flavor, and integration of such.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side.

Drinkability is pretty good, because there is enough flavor to satisfy, but not overwhelm in the course of a session. Same for the body and ABV. Still, I wouldn't bother drinking many if there were better options available.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I regretted not getting a try of this one last fall. As coconut, especially when toasted, is among my favorite flavors, I couldn't let this one slip by this season. Tried a half-pint of it at Bailey's Taproom, Portland.

From Roots' website: "Toasted Coconut Porter - IBU 25 5.0% A.B.V.
A medium Bodied London style ale, with a slight hint of roast malt & backed by the subtle, sweet tropical, hand toasted Coconut Flakes."

A: Cola brown-colored, actually rather thin. Shines through with an attractive auburn-ruby, but sometimes too much clarity isn't a good thing; it just plain looks thin. A slim sudsy head, with a few huge bubbles that belong in a sink or tub rather than a beer glass. Virtually no lace.

S: Dark and toasty malt wafts gently from this one. A bit sweet and just a little earthy/peaty. Pleasant all-around, but never found any trace of coconut...

T: My quest for the 'coconut' is on...first sip, nothing. Second, still not there. Turn back to the paper to read some...wait, what's that? Is that...it may be...that's it! Well, not quite so revelatory was the experience, but I can say that given time, it will come. Subtle toasty coconut sweetness can be found later in the aftertaste of this modest porter. The rest of the brew is a decent yet mostly unremarkable brew. Dark and malty, lightly sweet. Just a little earthy and herbal with a faint flavor I can liken best to dry tea leaves or maybe raw tobacco.

M: Pretty thin and lacking carbonation. It's not quite 'watery', but is soft and slightly creamy. Body is medium-light. Finishes dry and without much aftertaste.

D: Flavors are pretty good, though - once again - I'm disappointed at the subtleness of that aforementioned Coconut. I want to give this a try again (as Geoff at Bailey's told me, he remembered this brew being tastier last year...). Still, pretty easy to drink - a reasonably good porter.

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2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on the day of its release – the autumn equinox – this clouded, UPS brown ale was brewed with some sort of coconut extract. Radical brewing? You bet. But don’t look for this in the winner’s circle. This beer is dilute for a porter of any measure, with marginal flavor all around. It is thin bodied and lacks head or lace. A vague thread of this beer’s namesake makes an appearance in the taste. But the toasted coconut flavor is a minor adornment and the would-be porter it rests upon is uninspired.

A worthy experiment, but that stout pouring from the adjacent tap is a vastly greater option.

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Toasted Coconut Porter from Roots Organic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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