Coconut Porter | Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery

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Coconut PorterCoconut Porter

Brewed by:
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BDTyre on 05-13-2009

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of souvenirs
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Silva Bay Liquor Store while visiting Gabriola Island.

A: cola coloured, lingering tan head
S: roasted malt, coconut
T: not as much coconut flavour as I would expect, but it is there.
F: smooth and creamy.

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Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CWVegas
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Swan's Brewpub 'Coconut Porter' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is a light cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small beige head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
T-crisp & clean tasting porter with a whole lotta coconut on the swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-if you like coconut this beer is for you
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Beergyrl
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of papat444
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, freshest by 7-2013.

Appearance: Cola colored body, reserved 2 finger head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Roasted coconut blended with a strong malt aroma reminiscent of wood a bit.

Taste: Toasted coconut, bit of smoke, tinge of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, tad too low? Easy going feel though, nice and creamy.

Overall: Good porter, maybe looks and feel good be higher though. Drink at room temp for best appreciation.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" offwhite head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Toasted malt, yeast and dark chocolate.

T: Toasted malt, dark chocolate and a coconut taste that lingers. Very nice.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and fairly sweet coconut porter that is a great nightcap.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black/brown with creamy 1 inch tan head evaporating to a thin film and rim around the glass. Drinking partner says it reminds him of cola without the fizz.

S: Sweet scent of malts and honey. Smells creamy like a coconut chocolate dessert might. The coconut scent reminds me of the best part of suntan oil from the 80's.

T: Sweet and toasted malts and wonderful smooth coconut flavour.
Hints of cocoa and smooth coffee. As a lover of all things coconut, this manages to reference the taste and smell without taking away from the porter. However, others who do not enjoy coconut as much as I do may find the flavours less distinguishable.

M: Low carbonation and medium bodied, excellent for enjoying the smooth flavours.

O: Enjoyable and easily drinkable, would make a fantastic night cap drink with or without dessert. Would definitely pair with with coconut pineapple dessert.

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Photo of MikeeeHo
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Rich, deep brown with a finger of tan head that fades pretty quick.

Smell. Roasty caramel malt, some raw coconut and a hint of herbal hops.

Smell. Lightly toasted coconut, sweet caramel malt, a little vanilla and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied, slightly oily with medium-light carbonation. A little alcohol presence.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this beauty last night in the presence of a couple of good friends.

Pours a very dark brown (bordering on black) with a generous tan head. Nice lacing and good retention. The nose has a good roasted malt bill, with coffee and chocolate, though its the sweet coconut that makes you sit up and take notice. The flavour is slightly heavier on the coconut and lighter on the malts. However, there's just about enough chocolate and coffee there to provide sufficient depth, and it provides a great partner for the coconut. The base itself is pretty decent, but the coconut really elevates it to the next level. Body is perhaps the one less thanexcellent area, as its a little too light and I would have preferred something heavier and slicker (more like the maui offering).

As a disclaimer, I have to admit that I love coconut, but that aside I think its almost perfectly integrated into this beer and that anyone could recognise the quality of this brew.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black with very dark reddish brown hues. Small deep beige head with little retention or lace.

Aroma: Coconut, chocolate, hint of coffee. Sweet, milky.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee malt, sweet but gentle coconut. Some dark fruit. Complex and nicely balanced. The coconut never takes over, it just adds complexity. This 2010 brew seems a little less sweet than the previous year.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, carbonated but fairly full bodied.

Drinkability: A decent and interesting beer that has no particular flaws other than its lack of head.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Want some beer with that coconut? This was one of the strongest flavored adjunct beers I have ever tasted. I just glanced over previous reviews and was surprised to see that the coconut was restrained at other times. What I had certainly must be a new recipe.

Typical almost black brown porter look in a 20oz pint glass with very little head that leaves no foam.

You can smell the coconut from across the table. Just a lot of it, especially early on when the beer is cold. As it warms, more roasted charred malts are noticeable, but the coconut rules.

Again, one-dimensional coconut flavor at first. With some warmth the dark roasted malts come into play. Not as sweet as I expected, and sneakily bitter hops at the end. The intensity is good enough to give this a 4, just for the novelty of it.

Body is fairly thin, and possibly too much bittering leaves with a slightly off finish. I might also detect a bit of the sourness that the previous reviewer also noted.

Not too versatile pairing it with food, more expensive than I'm used to paying in the states. Swans is a good stop, but I probably wouldn't order this one again, especially because they have a good selection of their own brews. More balance, sweetness and body could make this a really good beer, but it has a way to go.

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Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They didn't have any at Swans, so I picked this up at Viti. Best before 08 2009.

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Roasted grain, slight sourness, floral, chocolate and coconut.

T: Plenty of roasted malt for a porter, chocolate, coffee, hints of coconut, balanced bitterness, underlying grainy astringency.

M: Light to moderate body has a little roasted acidity.

D: Interesting, but I'm not a fan of the slight sour grainyness.

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Photo of shivtim
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently brewed once in February 2009. Glad to have a chance to try it!

Color is rich chocolate mahogany. Deep and nice. Lasting mocha head.

Nose is coconut flakes and campfire malts. Nice touches of sweet and earthy.

Taste is a toasty malt backbone, with sweet creamy lingering coconut. Vaguely like sunscreen, but in a good way. Heavily roasted malts come out on warming. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is the weakpoint of the beer, but still ok. Very nice overall!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz split with a buddy, pours a dark (but not jet black) with a nice tan head.

Nose is roasted malts, hints of espresso, light background sweetness.

Entry gives an initial impression of coconut that slowlt melds into just a general sweetness which melds into the rest of the beer as the glass disapears. The rest is a really solid, roasty porter which is extremely drinkable. Nothing bold - the flavors jive together, tango together, waltz together. Dead on carbonation, light but not too much so body.

Really a solid offering that you don't really notice the coconut in (not sure if that's good or bad). Would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but I never really got the coconut taste in the finish( I have to compare it to Maui Brewings Cocomut Porter which really tastes of cocomut) However the beer is quite complex once it warms up and the finish is accented by the almsot sharp chocolate taste that develops. A very strong contender in the best BC porter stakes and a welcome addition to the lineup ( though a seasonal)

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Photo of BDTyre
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, I've heard rumours that the Swan's brewpub has closed and maybe this is true but the brewery is still open as this Coconut Porter is a new concoction. Generally, I really like Swans/Buckerfield's beers, but I think this is a new high for them.

Great ruby-black colour with a khaki head. Quintessential porter look. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a dry coconut tone. The warmer it gets and the deeper I inhale the greater a sense of chocolate and coconut I get.

The flavour is roasted malt and chocolate and after the first split second of sipping it, the coconut hits. At first it is just coconut, but then it ends up tasting like toasted coconut and marshmellow, like those confections you can get. Slight coffee and caramel flavours.

Good mild carbonation, and very pleasing to drink. I'm heading to Victoria in the next few months and I'm not sure what prompted the people at Buckerfield's to brew this, but I'm thinking of going in and demanding this be brewed regularly.

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Coconut Porter from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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