Coconut Porter | Great Crescent Brewery

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Coconut PorterCoconut Porter

Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Great Crescent Coconut Porter is brewed as a traditional English Style Porter. Organic Coconut is added during the brewing process to give this beer a nutty flavor and a little touch of sweetness that blends perfectly with the style. A hop blend of English East Kent Goldings and Fuggle give this beer an authentic flavor.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-20-2010

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of revolt914
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this beer at a little brewpub in Lawrenceburg, IN called Bourbons. The beer selection was lacking and I saw this Great Crescent beer there and I had to try it.

As I received this beer I noticed it's dark brown color and it's head color was a whitish brown and retention was fairly long but not over the top with length and thickness.

Smell was it's only downfall, I expected to really smell the coconut but really it was hard to smell it, it did have a very nice and appealing sweet smell to it.

Taste was fantastic, it didn't have an artificial coconut taste it had a real coconut taste that I really could embrace on the after taste of the beer. Over all great porter and really loved and enjoyed it.

Feel of the beer is thin but with strong flavor notes, truly impressed by this beer. Alcohol content wasn't to strong and slightly above for a session beer but over all delicious beer, had multiple while at the restaurant.

As noted, very drinkable, very delicious, very comfortable beer. I enjoyed this very much and if you're in the south eastern Indiana area or around Cincinnati, definitely take an adventure down to The Great Crescent Brewery and try some of there beers.

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Photo of chaz01
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler purchased directly at the brewery into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a nice foamy head. Lots of impressive lacing left behind as you drink the beer.

S: Big aroma of chocolate and coffee notes pleasantly overwhelm my senses. One of the nicest smelling beers I've had the pleasure.

T: Poured cold, lots of roasted malt flavors come out but not so much coconut. As the beer warms, it takes on different flavor profile -- there was a sweet bitter taste that lingers in the mouth which I think was the coconut coming out, but I never would have guessed coconut had I not known the name of the beer. I actually preferred this cold as it tasted like an excellent traditional porter, but it definitely had more complexity as it warmed up.

M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel -- this felt wonderful to savor in the mouth with a nice roasted malts aftertaste. Certainly not watery or light bodied, yet this beer went down very easily

D: Definitely a nice session beer, easy to drink, smooth with lots of flavor that never gets boring. It went fabulous with a plate of Buffalo Chicken Wings I was eating at the time.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the chance to stop in the brewery and chat with Dan, the brewery's greeter. Nice guy. He introduced me to Dan, who runs the beer samples area as well as the schwag sales area. I sampled three or four and chatted with Dan, the head brewer. I asked if I could see the brewing area and operation, so Dan, the tour guide showed me around and Dan, the renovator, explained how Great Crescent has big plans for expansion up and coming. Without further delay, I bought two growlers and a tee from Dan the cashier and headed out. I think his wife helps with the books... :-D


Appearance - the pour is nice and dark, I can just barely see through the edges with a good backlight. Ample head of mocha foam, fading back and holding at a thin cover and fairly solid collar. At length it goes bare, but it takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

Aroma - nice strong aroma of roasted malts. Not sure if any of the coconut scents are there though. On the second glass, while the head was freshest, I did indeed catch the scent. Give this a chance to warm a bit if you want to smell the tropics...

Taste - very solid roasted grain base. Delicious with hints of dark chocolate and black coffee. Perhaps my allergen-affected sniffer has me unable to pick up the coconut, or maybe it will come out with warming, but I still can't find it. Despite, this is one stand up porter. The swallow maintains the nice roastiness and dries out just a little on the aftertaste and finish. As with the smell, I did pick up some coconut on the second glass, likely to due to sufficient warming to allow the coconut to be expressed.

Mouthfeel - smooth down the hatch. It's easy to take bigger sips of this because it just glides on down. Tempered carbonation allows me to savor the flavor.

Drinkability - an excellent first experience with Great Crescent. They don't distribute outside Aurora, so if you're in the vicinity, it's worth the trip. Maybe Dan the Pilot Batch coordinator can do an imperial Coconut Porter one-off, kind of get the Mounds Bar thing going on...Mmmm....

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and sleek black, with no head or lace, from the growler.

I don't get much coconut in the aroma, but its an appealing mix nonetheless. A little chocolate, some woodsy qualities, kinda roasty.

This is thin-bodied (for a porter), but the taste is superb. Not as cocoa or coffee-oriented as some porters, this one's got a distinctive wood-smoke character. Fans of German rauchbier (smoke beer) may find this particularly attractive and enjoyable.

I say, a fine and well-done porter, with a lot of flavor and a unique palate. Superb, and congrats to Great Crescent for another memorable, top-tier brew!

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Photo of Pete0714
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a about a 1/2 to an inch head of tan foam. Certainly meets expectations of a porter

S: noticed sweet caramel and roasted coffe, and of course, even a bit of coconut, which seems to come through more as it warms.

T: tates match with the coffee and caramel smells, though can't quite get the coconut over the other tastes

M: A bit smooth and lighter than I was expecting, a bit sticky, very drinkable.

O: In my opinion, Another well rounded variety from this small local brewery. Definitely would go for it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indianapolis today. It pours a very smooth dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger very creamy light khaki head. I don't get any coconut in the nose but it smells great for a porter. It's smooth with little bitterness, features a nice amount of roasted malts and chocolate. The flavors too, very smooth. It tastes of chocolate, coffee, features little bitterness and ends with a slightly sweet malty flavor. It's just nice overall for porter. It drinks really smoothly and medium in body. I'm rather impressed by this one, despite not getting much coconut from it. This beer is highly sessionable and built perfectly for a can.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—the slightest trace of red of visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of coconuts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts and hints of coconuts, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because it is relatively light-bodied. It was a disappointing that the coconut aromas and flavors couldn’t be a little stronger.

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Photo of lisomiso
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Urbancaver for this one - awesome!

It's a perfectly drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is great, if a little over-carbonated, and though the malt profile is a bit boring, it's tasty. Sadly, though, there is not much coconut discernible anywhere.

Actually, as it warmed and as I swirled it in the glass, it blossomed into something quite delicious. What a pleasure.

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