Coconut Porter | Great Crescent Brewery

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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
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
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 BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Thorpe429
1.97/5  rDev -45.9%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of red highlights when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation right at the surface. The beer has a two finger tall dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a mottled extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some light hints of coconut and something akin to soap.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer is light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some very light notes of coconut and again that something akin to soap.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink due to the very light body in the mouthfeel and light pleasant flavors (though I really wish the coconut flavor was stronger). I wish I was not able to detect the soapiness in the smell and taste.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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 barczar
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a foamy one inch burnt caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing.

Tar, cola, roast malt, and chocolate form the initial aroma. Unfortunately there's a pretty strong metallic character that's overpowering. Nutty notes emerge. As it warms, coconut sweetness becomes evident.

Flavor is overpowered by that tangy character. I've been told their beer is not pasteurized, so it should never be out of refrigeration. This was purchased and stored integrated, so I'll score based on other elements.

Chocolate, tar, and lightly roasted malt form the backbone of flavor, with coconut hitting mid palate, carrying into a slightly dry, toasted finish.

Body is a touch watery, with carbonation tending to the high side.

Coconut is less prevalent than I expected. Good representation of chocolate character, and not overly bitter at the finish.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler
From notes 12-29-10

A - Served in tumbler. Dark brown body with amber highlights. Two inches of tan head.

S - I got light roasted malt and cocoa. No coconut?

T - I got some faint roasted malt and again no coconut. disappointing.

M - Moderate and creamy

D - I'm disappointed in the lack of coconut. It was a real easy drinking beer though.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Anyway...

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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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 seeswo
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of target88
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 bzach
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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