King Coconut Porter
Catawba Brewing Co.

King Coconut PorterKing Coconut Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #172
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,471
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
139
From:
Catawba Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
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Gots
  23
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by thehooksman:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of coconuts.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla and coconuts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and flavorful. I really liked it and would have no problem drinking several of them in one sitting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the distinct pleasure of trying this one on tap at Barley's last night. I had heard about it several times, but kept missing it whenever it was on tap. Needless to say when I got in there last night and saw it on the special list, I was all over this one. Served with dinner in a pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice, with a rich chestnut colored brown with a ton of reddish hints to it being placed before me. A really nice full looking porter. A good sized, perhaps two fingers high of tannish head then rose up over the top of it and took a good while to settle down. Once it did it left behind a nice pillow on top that got a touch rocky and stayed through till the very end. Nice side glass lace as well on this one.

Smell - The aroma was very full. Lots of roasted malts, and that classic toasted smell, really very well put together I have to say. Followed up with a very nice touch of coconut, that was just very slight and just enough to really accent it. Good notes of sweet lactose sugars rumbling throughout as well. This was a very nicely put together porter.

Taste - The flavor was just remarkable, and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed here. It started out with a nice rush of roasted malts, thick with a decent dose of milk sugar through in. Hints of some vanilla hints, and a good swath of coconut riddled throughout, the coconut flavor was more of an accent, but boy was it ever effective. This was just so smooth and delicious, with a remarkably good balance and depth to it. The finish had a touch of light hops to it; just enough to dry it out a bit and really push that lasting flavor of toasted malts and coconut up through the tongue.

Mouthfeel - This was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Bordering on a full bodied ale, this was definitely a treat to behold. I was thoroughly impressed with how well this came off and really just a solid carbonation and overall just about the most perfect consistency in a porter you could ask for.

Drinkability - As for being drinkable, it was exceptional. The profile was so rich and smooth, the carbonation perfect and the ABV low, I could have had this for lunch any day of the week. Drank a little bit fuller then a normal porter, but that only added to it.

Overall this was outstanding, and truly a top notch offering as far as I am concerned. I would not hesitate to try this one again any day. It was seriously just that good. If you get a chance go out and try this, you will definitely not be disappointed!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at Barley's. I'd have to say my favorite beer from CVBC. Pours slightly darker than the Brown Bear. The smell is unbelievable, as the coconuts come through clearly and arouse the taste buds. The taste doesn't upset, either. Not quite as much of an upfront coconut presence as the smell suggests, which in my opinion was a good thing. Another twist on a common beer that worked well for CVBC. Almost too tough to drink just one.

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Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of strohme2
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barley's Taproom Asheville NC. A solid looking near black pour, adequate light tan head. Aroma has a nice blend of roast malt, chocolate, light coconut and "earth". Taste has good roast malt and coffee, some chocolate and vanilla that is probably present from the coconut. The coconut is really just barely present throughout. Finish with a nice bitterness. Solid medium body. Pretty darn good. Better than the Pisgah porter, but not quite as good as the Foothills People's porter I had in the same sitting.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Robert – thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of toasted coconut and lighter amounts of dark chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Mildly roasted malts up front are joined quickly by smooth roasted coconut, highlighted by a light milky flavor with hints of nuttiness. Midway through light baker’s chocolate comes into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this is easily one of the better coconut-infused stouts I’ve come across. Very easy to drink and well worth a shot.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a Belgian snifter.

A: Dark brown to black with a brown fringe when held to the light. The decent size head quickly reduces to a tiny ring that leaves almost no lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts but no coconut.

Flavor: Dark and black bread, chocolate and faint coffee are soon joined by light coconut. Some sweetness, but mildly bitter overall. Some burnt grain flavor.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall: a fairly good porter with a light, conservative dose of roasted coconut.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of hargettf
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at vintners wine market in charlotte. amazingly awesome. cocnut all over it. tasted like a liquid mounds bar. black in color, you sould easily assume it is a stout. drinks smooth and way too quickly. I hope they make more of it last year than they did this year. My top new beer of 2010.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markallmon
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
2.21/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Someone extra'd me a can of this recently, but I apologize for forgetting who it was.

Pretty typical porter appearance, dark brown, with a small tan cap of head that dwindled to a thin layer; minimal lacing. Aroma was on the lighter side, standard notes of roasty dark malts, with hints of coconut and toffee. In the taste, there was, again, dark roasty malts with some expected bitterness, thin coconut water, quickly followed by a wave of acridity: metallic, sulfuric, chemical. Really bad. This was undrinkable.

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Photo of mbbransc
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpro
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The coconut aroma is pretty light, and the flavor of coconut does not overpower - which is nice. Some of these coconut beers are akin to drinking coppertone. The sweet, roasted malts and toasted coconut hints make this beer well rounded and delicious.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 139 ratings