King Coconut Porter | Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Coconut PorterKing Coconut Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
18
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev 0%

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 SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of AngusOg
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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King Coconut Porter from Catawba Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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