Coconut Porter | Great Crescent Brewery

Coconut PorterCoconut Porter
BA SCORE
42.9%
Liked This Beer
3.52 w/ 56 ratings
Coconut PorterCoconut Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery
Indiana, United States
gcbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,923
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
56
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.52/5
pDev:
15.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.97/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Chris. Odd roast and a touch of coconut. Very odd and dry. Acrid. Not a fan of this one at all; couldn't really find anything that I liked.

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of dalepryor
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The chocolate taste of porters with the creamy addition of coconut- sounds more like desert than your standard drinking session.

The dark ale pours with a bark-brown color and mild haze that's difficult to descern beyond the dense color. Silky smooth appearances portray the proportions of rich chocolate milk instead of beer. Unfortunately the light carbonation doesn't allow for much foam character as a thin but creamy head to rise and then quickly fall, likely from the oils of the coconut.

Rich chocolate aromas, roasted grain, and dark roast coffees take center stage just before the beer introduces toffee-rich notes, nutty, and yes coconut scents to prevail. Light on hop character, the light spice and citrus character lurks in the background and is careful not to overpower the delicate coconut character. There is however a musty-malt and slightly vegetal aroma that detracts from the otherwise clean and rich nose.

Roasty flavors with coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, and woody-nutty interplay seems somewhat of oily walnuts but also early-sweet coconut. Earthy flavors grow to almost mushroom-like pungency that extends beyond pleasantries and into distraction at mid palate. This may be a result of coconut and chlorophenolic hop matter or slight infection of the can. Very dry flavors of malt and growing spice of hops finish the beer with an extended aftertaste of musty malt and thin coffee.

Medium creaminess to start, the beer's light carbonation proves fleeting early on and leaves the beer a little watery and this even before mid palate. This leaves a long draw where the beer simply seems empty before the awkward finish of semi-dryness and grain conclude the session.

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Photo of spamages
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, nearly opaque with a beige head

S: Fruity, very slight roast, vague hint of coconut

T: Not very porter like. Tart, hint of cherry, very slight roast. Much more fruity than I would like. Lingering sweetness.

M: Thin, highly carbonated.

O: I really expected more coconut in a coconut porter.

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Photo of zaximas
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of NastyNate11
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of osuskin
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TargaFlorio
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this random growler!

I do so love me the randomness. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises blackened pretzels, light roasted malts, sweet milk, and some grass in the background. The taste holds notes of greens, grass, flowers, soil, light roasted malts, and a touch of bitter dark chocolate. The body is a sleek medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly watery feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I was not a fan of this too much, especially considering the seeming lack of coconuttiness.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Flight317
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one was a tough one for me to rate. It really isn't as bad as my rating leads on. At the same time it really doesn't have anything special about it either. I guess I could see myself enjoying the entire 4 pack. Just not sure I'd come back to it with my next purchase. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass.

Black with rose highlights, a khaki colored head with spotty lacing.

Highlights of chalk, dark chocolate, and roast on the nose. Hints at vanilla and some coconut.

More coconut on the tongue but still overpowering with porter qualities. Light coffee, strong roast, dark chocolate.

Thin medium with low carbonation. A little bit of drying.

Okay roast with some hints of coconut, but I am pretty sure this can is old. Would love to try it fresh.

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Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 16 oz. can, no date. The beer has the darkest of brown bodies with a rich tan, irregular head. The foam faded to nothing fairly quick.

The smell was of molasses, metal, and fresh brown bread. It almost had a sassafras quality to it. The coconut was not evident in the aroma until it warmed substantially.

The taste was of roasted, but not charred malts. The flavor was bright, but creamy-rich on the palate with a light sweetness from the coconut. There was a gentle bitterness and smooth texture, although the body was thin to medium in density. Overall it was a very tasty and drinkable porter.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can purchased from Keg Liquors. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt and some chocolate, but I don't pick up any coconut at all. Also, the aroma isn't very strong. The brew tastes like roasted malt and some chocolate and coffee, along with a little bit of coconut. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit thin but it's smooth, a bit slick and easy to drink. It's not a bad overall brew, but I was disappointed that I didn't notice much coconut in this beer. I still think it's a decent porter. One of these days I'll have to stop by the brewpub and try the rest of their beers the next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of target88
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Viperman1316
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of 1jstafan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of mcorwin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark as pitch with no light able to squeeze through. A rich, thick coffee-colored head lays on top that collapses into itself leaving just a ring and some faint lacing.

Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, fudge, molasses, cherries, vanilla and malted milk balls. I also pick up what I can only describe as the aroma of burnt marshmallows. Go figure.

Taste - a rich, malty, roasty porter that has some milky, earthy notes along with a creamy texture and a bit of a mineral-y aftertaste. Hard to pick up a lot of coconut from this one while its cold but give it the chance to warm in the glass for a bit and you'll get a lot more. I let this warm up for about 15 minutes and some of those subtle nutty and creamy flavors are certainly present. This reminds me a bit of a local coffee-roaster's coconut coffee as it has a lot of coffee-like notes and more of a subdued coconut flavor going on.

Overall - great tasting beer but I wish the coconut flavor was a little more pronounced. I get the feeling that achieving a good balance and decent amount of coconut flavor is not easy to do in the brewing process - not without overdoing it anyways. Regardless, this is a solid porter and as it warms more of those subtle coconut flavors do come out.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Coconut Porter from Great Crescent Brewery
Beer rating: 42.9% out of 100 with 56 ratings
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