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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2004

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark brown with nice tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Strings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Lots of toasted coconut and milk chocolate along with roasted malts. There is also a hint of coffee.

Taste - There is not as much coconut in the taste as was in the nose. Mostly roasted malts and chocolate, again there seems to be some coffee there as well. I was hoping for more coconut.

Feel - Medium bodied carbonation is a touch high tingles the tongue. smooth and rich.

Overall - A pretty good coconut porter nice flavors easy drinking only complaint is I would like a little more coconut in the taste.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Black w/ some brown tones. Very thin head
Smell - Not as much coconut as I was hoping for. More roasted notes and chocolate then anything else.
Taste - Again, wasn't overly impressed w/ the coconut flavor...or lack there of I should say. That said, it's still tasty. Tons of chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee notes as well as slight hints of coconut
Feel - Medium, rich, smooth

Overall - Not a whole lot of coconut flavor in this one. But a really nice tasting porter none-the-less.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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 BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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 NCMatt
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 cackalacky
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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 FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottom of can says 140-15.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sheer spotty surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet aroma of chocolate and coconut plus some mild roasted malt.

T- Taste leans more toward coconut with some chocolate and roasty tones. Sweet aftertaste reminds me of a Mounds bar. Slight metallic flavor after multiple sips are taken.

M- This is where the beer falls flat. Even for a porter, the mouthfeel is thin, bubbly and uninviting.

O- It's no wonder Catawba's best offerings are the ones with tons of flavoring adjuncts dumped into them since it masks the subpar beer underneath.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured pitch black with a tan coloured head which quickly disappeared.

The smell is earthy, roasted coffee, dark chocolate.

The taste is dark chocolate, bitter coffee, earthy hops. Didn't get any coconut.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation.

A decent enough beer, if it had just a bit more body it would've been a big improvement. I didn't really get much coconut either.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev 0%

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 humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer was a bit thin for a porter, I did not detect all that much coconut and the touted candy bar in a can slogan was a bit over sold. It was a solid porter overall. I think the flavors are typical of the style. I do wish there was a bit more thickness to this beer and a bit less of the carbonation. I wonder how this one would taste as a nitro beer?

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Photo of Rifugium
2.21/5  rDev -44.8%
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 patre_tim
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge only when held to the light, and a 3 finger creamy dark chocolate head that fades fast leaving no trace of lace.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, mocha. Not getting the coconut.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, coconut comes in several times, the first like coconut water, after a brief pause like fresh green coconut, the kind you only get in Thailand or some tropical destination. Slight metallic note. Not getting the coconut on the second sip.

M: Medium body, little to no carbonation.

O: A decent porter lacking carbonation, lacking coconut taste in my opinion, but a great label on the can and appealing idea. At moments I really get the coconut, and other moments I search for it and don’t find it.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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 Nashvillain
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 kflack
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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 hargettf
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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 wcudwight
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Bung
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 tpd975
4/5  rDev 0%
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 blackie
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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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