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Coconut Porter | Great Crescent Brewery

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3.52/5
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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
Ranking:
#38,039
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
56
pDev:
15.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bzach
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of headyhopzhead
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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%

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 CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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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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 tsauce2
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 16 fl oz can in to a snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Medium roast malt, chocolate, coffee, maybe some very light natural coconut.

T: Follows nose. Medium roast malt, coffee, dark and slightly bittered chocolate, light hops. Do not detect any coconut. Carbonation is a little flat. Aftertaste is malt, chocolate, coffee, hops.

M: Medium body. Malt, bittered chocolate, and hops all combine to give a bigger than expected feel with bit of the classic porter bite. Dry finish.

O: A good porter. Did not really pick up on any coconut in this beer. Otherwise this beer is very drinkable and a good example of a English Porter. I would by this again.

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4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Pete0714
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 lisomiso
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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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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 jkrich
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can with no freshness date: poured a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. The creamy, tan head lingers for a short while before dissipating and leaving some intricate lacing on the glass.

The weakest part of this porter: rather indistinct with some spiciness wafting through; just a hint of brown sugar in the aroma.

Now this is an easy-drinking porter. There is some roastiness and a hint of bitter chocolate, but no truly distinctive flavors are noticed. The coconut flavor lingers on the palate well after you have taken a sip.

The body is a little thin and I believe the carbonation is slightly too high. I does have a distinct flavor in the mouth - semi-sweet chocolate and faint coconut flavor.

I finished the pint rather quickly and enjoyed it from start to finish. Certainly not the most complex porter, it makes for a flavorful quaffer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Coconut Porter from Great Crescent Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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