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Coconut Porter | Z Street Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Z Street Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by purplehops:
Photo of purplehops
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coconut Porter poured an opaque dark brown with a light brown head that left a pleasant lacing on the glass. The aroma was coffee and roasted grain with faint roasted coconut fragrance. Taste started with pleanty of black and roasted malt flavors up front and a wee bit of French Roast coffee flavor. It then progressed to more malty and carmel flavors and the first hints of coconut and some nutty notes. Perhaps almond? The finish was very dry with the roasted coconut starting to become more prominent. Aftertaste is dry with a pleasant blend of roasted coconut and malt. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a medium body and a dry finish.
Overall a very pleasant surprise. My first thought upon seeing coconut porter was a dark sweet Ovelteen mixture with Coconut Rum. This was very, very far from that mixture. A nice medium bodied roasty toasty porter with pleanty of roasted coconut flavor but at the same time not over bearing and not overly sweet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz bomber. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black coloured beer with a massive creamy foam coffee coloured head. Outstanding retention.

Smell: Real nutty, earthy and a bit musty.

Taste: Fairly smooth initially with an even medium body. Artifical tasting coconut flavours are pretty dominant in this brew, along with some slick oils, and it all seems to mask a lot of the expected black malt astringency associated with modern porters. It's there, but held back. There is an astringent peak with some sharpness that is amplified by a high carbonation level. Flavour is also quite nutty, with earthy notes, splash of fruitness, some burnt character, a touch of floral bitterness in the back and a subdued sweetness are also present. Finish is fairly clean, a tad dry with a medly of residual flavours all over the palate.

Notes: At first I didn't know what to expect, especially as I'm a bit skeptical of beers that have all sorts of non-beer ingredients in them. After a couple of glasses though, it started to grow on me a bit. As a porter, it's not what you'd expect. As a beer, it's rather interesting and unique ... and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones. Big foamy head, a mix of burnt malt and thick coconut in the aroma … very aromatic. Nice clash of burnt malt that strays to slightly to the acidic side and the mild sweetness of the toasted coconut. Hops are by the waist side and seem just to balance. Very interesting and yet another beer I wish I had with dessert though this would have been better with the sweet potato pie.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the AOBF 5/24/03.

Dark, deep black in appearance. Frothy coffee-colored head. Roasted coconut clearly evident in the aroma, as is a roasted caramel sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with a solid buttery-caramel foundation with a coating of toasted coconut flavor added in. Mouthfeel was smooth. Slight nutty flavor on the palate at the end. Very drinkable beer.

A beer that really had me wondering what it would taste like. Definitely different and certainly worth sampling.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? I like coconut, and the idea of a coconut beer really intrigued me. I must say I was not disappointed, and I look forward to this being available in bottles soon.

This porter poured a cloudy, chocolate brown with good tan foam. The smell was nicely malty with a pleasant coconut aroma. The taste was mildly coconutty (is that a word?) with a good caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel was smooth, crisp, and clean. The body was medium. I found this porter to be very drinkable. The coconut was subtle enough that I could imagine this as a session porter.

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Coconut Porter from Z Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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