King Coconut Porter | Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Coconut PorterKing Coconut Porter

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 124
Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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 hargettf
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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 homersimpson
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a light beige lace.
Sweet coffee nose with a bit of smoke
Smooth and burnt up front, definately coffee, maybe a hint of peat. Moves to malt with a light tinge of coconut. Finish is long and expresso-like.
Very reminiscent of a good scottish beer, with the burnt undertones. Not as coconut as I expected, but a great brew.

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Photo of kflack
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, room temp pint glass.
Can't remember the last time I ate coconut so this should be interesting...
Pours deep brown, small head with decent lacing.
Coconut all over the nose. Minor. Coco nibs also.
Light bittersweet sweetness to it, mild hop note. Strong roasted malt with a nice mild touch of coconut.
Great mouthfeel, hangs for just a bit in the back of your mouth.
Overall very it out! Nice to see a porter for a summer seasonal.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown, borderline black. A fluffy brown-tinged head sits atop the darkness, hanging out for quite awhile. As the beer recedes a nice crystalline lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The smell floats up with a nice toasty smell, chocolate and roasted malt with hints of coconut. The taste follows suit with a nice roastiness, the coconut is not as present when cold but creeps in on the back end as the beer warms. Overall it's a great beer, an amazing take on the style. I think a little more malt and coconut in this would push it to greatness.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at Barley's.. Hey me too. What a great place.

The liquid is a translucent dark reddish brown with good carbonation. The head was poured easy to about one finger off white and just a bit of lace.

The smell was surprisingly good. Wow Coconut was in there but the toastiness was tremendous. They could also call this toasted coconut ale.

The taste.. I was very impressed with the small taste offered by my Bartender and ordered a full pint of this over 50 other offerings. This is a wonderfully crafted brew. I would buy it by the case. The coconut is up front and works good, but the second taste rush is the toasted part. Shazzam... It had me there. What a great and unique tasting beer.

The mouthfeel was that of a good porter. Thinnish medium body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is great. I would get more if I could. Prosit, MK

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Photo of wcudwight
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a weird milkshake coloring mixed in. Medium sized tan head that actually fades pretty fast. Sparse spotty lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and faint coconut.
This is a yummy beer and an interesting take on a porter. Very rich roasted flavors. Sweet bakers chocolate add kind of bitter sweetness to it. The coconut plays kind of complimentary role but is noticable through-out. The richness and depth of the flavors are more stout like than a porter. This is one of the best porters in the area, right there with Foothills People's Porter.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but has a nice lingering bitterness that last until the glass is empty.
This is the type of beer that you order on every visit but have just one, b/c of the richness and complexity of the flavor. If you are ever at CVBC get your growler filled with this one.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Enola
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Parkside

What a unique brew. The beer was a deep red. A fair amount of light shows through. There was a small head. The smell was somewhat of coconuts. The taste was unmistakable. This beer was exploding with coconut flavor. I don't even like coconut and this beer won me over. There would be no doubt as to what was in this brew. I usually don't give 5's but in the taste I think this one deserves it. It tastes just exactly as advertised. The mouthfeel was a nice. Kind of like those sugar coconut bars you find in the grocery store. I will drink this beer again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap back in late july in Morganton Brewery Tap

Poured a murky ruddy reddish brown with 1.5" tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & little iron, no coconut

T: Chocolate, iron & coconut dryness/toasyness up front. More of the same in the middle with a dry, roasty malt finish

MF: Rich body, medium carbonation & slight silkyness

Drank pretty good coconut doesn't overpower, but compliments the standard porter flavors. This & Uber ale were the 2 best I had of the 6 I tried at the tap

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 cackalacky
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to like this beer a WHOLE lot. It has all the constituent parts I'm looking for! In the end, however, it didn't quite live up to my expectations...though maybe they were too high to begin with. It's a solid porter, but the coconut wasn't as pronounced as I'd had hoped. Still, for the money, it's a very good beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 NCMatt
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed one from the can directly and poured one from can to snifter style glass.

It's pretty dark, but rightfully so, this is a porter after all. Coconut was faint in the smell, but fairly pronounced on the palate. Could be more coconut forward, but is pretty delicious as is. Mild but present bitterness don't let the coconut overly sweeten the beer. Well balanced as a whole. It was a bit heavy on carbonation for my tastes, but overall was quite enjoyable!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this out of a can poured into a pint glass. Light head dissipated quickly. Low carbonation. Dark but a little cloudy looking where the light shines through on the edges. Faint smell of coconut. Tasted like a decent porter with a hint of coconut. It has nice feel that leans toward the lighter side. Nice beer but I wish the coconut was a bit more pronounced.

Update 7/15/16 - Tried this again. This is way better than the original version I had. This thing is thick and creamy and full of coconut with a nice bitter finish. My ratings have been adjusted.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with coconut flakes floating in the beer. Very cool. Thin white head

S - Chocolate, coffee, and coconut

T - sweet, lots of cocoa and chocolate, and awesome coconut aftertaste.

F - medium rich body

O - yes, this is like a craft candy bar beer. Damn good!

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark brown in color with a low head that shows good lace

s: toasty, nutty nose with glimpses of caramel tending towards the center of the sweet-dry divide, the coconut influence is mild and mostly on the toasted side, mild earthy hop aroma

m: medium carbonation and a light-medium body

t: toasted and malts dominant with a light caramel accompaniment, coconut present only on the side as a nutty flavor that turns a touch creamy towards the finish, earthy hops on the light side

d: drinkability is on the high side, and this is a nice porter, but while the brewers opted to go easy on the coconut, I would have preferred a richer base and meatier coconut character

standard pint at Barley's before heading into the Pisgah wilds for a few days, cell phone notes from a couple weeks ago

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark blackish brown with a medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt with pleasant accenting notes of toasted coconut. toffee and turbinado. All of this is present but somewhat light.

T-Nice blast of toasted coconut, roasted malt and hints of milk chocolate and toffee. If it weren't for the raosted malt/earthy hop bitterness this would be very much like a liquified candi bar.

M-Medium bodied, semi-rich and smooth. Quite a bit of earthy bitterness lingers on the palate.

D-Solid stuff well combined with plenty of flavour. This is a tasty treat of a brew.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled about 8 oz. at the Music City Brewer's Fest yesterday.

This was a dark beer but more like a chestnut compared to other porters. When held to the light some garnet shines through.

The aroma is good--a mild coffee with the sweet hint of the coconut.

Taste is great, creamy, coffee body with the coconut trails. It's never too much, not like pina colada can be. Just an unique take on the style.

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Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical porter color, no surprise there. Medium intensity coconut flavor. In check levels of roasty bitterness. A solid B+, balanced take on the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.2%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.

From the CAN: "King Coconut Porter is sometimes called a [CAN]dy bar in a [CAN], but we like to think of it as a slice of paradise. During brewing, the sweetness of delicious chocolate, roasted, and caramelized malt is balanced with a touch of British hops bitterness. The King is then aged on oven-toasted coconut for several weeks to build its tropical character! Take a sip, sniff the aroma, and let your mind drift to the islands."

"I'm taking over now. King Woody! The Invincible! Hey, Deb (#TheOldLady), watch this! [Woody opens the CAN and is vaporized by the CANtents.] Oh my. What a shame." - Those are classic lines from one of my all-time favorite movies. First person to identify the movie gets a CAN of beer!

Good (?) news! I was not vaporized after all! The Crack! was nice and loud and I was able to avoid any problems on its release. It was a brimful CAN and so I CANducted an inverted Glug only to watch the fizzy two-plus fingers dissipate almost as quickly as the pseudo-cascade ended. Soda pop! Color was Black-Opaque (SRM = 44) and I could barely see Dark Brown highlights at the edges. Nose held more of a roasted malt smokiness than the labeling had led me to expect. Where was the coconut? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, thin for a Porter. The taste was VERY evocative of a Mounds bar - dark chocolate and coconut. Hee hee. It leads me to wonder how it would work as a panty peeler. Finish was sweet. The chocolate and coconut were unrelenting. It was really more of a dessert beer or an after-dinner beer, certainly not one with which to load up the cooler. I applaud their innovation and I would keep it in mind for those cirCANstances where it might come in handy, but for me, personally, it was a one-and-done. YMMV.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The man Mikesgroove sent me a growler of this one.

A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown hue with a nice creamy head. Pretty nice retention with some spotty lace.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and toasted coconut.

T: Tasty little beer. Lots of roast, with nutty toffee, and a subtle toasted coconut middle. Hints of rich milk chocolate, and a touch of mineral in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation from the growler.

D: Damn good. I took it to the weekly tasting but found myself pouring pint after pint.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 rodrot
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a half inch head. Aroma was of coffee and coconuts. It sort of reminded me of the smell that comes from a bottle of sun tan oil. Taste was quite strong of coconuts with a little bit of roasted malt and espresso coming through. This beer was medium bodied and fairly smooth. I couldn't have more than one of these at a sitting though . The coconut flavoring is too overwhelming for my taste. Normally, I'm not a big fan of flavored beers but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into shaker pint glass from the can.

A: Deep, rich brown pour with a finger of dark brown head that fades quickly leaving no lacing behind.
S: Chocolate, roasted barely, and a subtle sweetness and nuttiness.
T: Lots of roast, some smokiness, light chocolate and underlying sweet coconut. Coconut is very subtle and blends with the nuttiness and malt well.
M: Well carbonated, maybe a tad high. Smooth mouth feel with some lingering sweetness.
O: Very good representation of a style that I'd like to see more of. Could use a bit more coconut, but I'd rather it be subtle than overdone and cloying. This is a very palatable beer and I am glad I was able to pick up a 6er.

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King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
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