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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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The Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk StoutThe Brew Kettle Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional Milk Stout with additions of milk sugar for added sweetness. We then add cocoa powder and melted belgian chocolate in the boil and "dry spiced" with an organic coconut flakes after fermentation.

22 IBUs

Added by nrbw23 on 02-09-2012

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 196
Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.01/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

On tap at the Tap House Grill in Kenwood.

A: Arrived in the glass almost pitch black, with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing was left on the glass.

S: I did not detect much of the chocolate or coconut promised by the name, but instead a mixture of roasty - yeasty malt and what seemed to be sweet mint. The combination smelled a bit like loam from a riverbank.

T: Again, not much in the way of chocolate or coconut. They were present, but mostly obscured by a single-note roasted malt profile and that mintiness. The beer opened with a club of dark roasted malt, with sweetness and mint joining in the middle to present a taste not unlike drinking a fish. Said fishy taste lingered on after the finish.

F: This is a full, chewy, heavy stout, exactly what one wants to feel.

O: Something of a disappointment to me, with the flavor profile. I won't be repeating.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.29/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a really dark brown maybe even black with a thin tannish brown head. Head has ok retention, becomes a thin layer of bubbles and very thin lacing behind.

S-Smell is fairly sweet. Milk chocolate, fairly light coconut, light roasted malts, touch of char and mint like.

T- Mint is every where here and dominants this brew. Coconut is fairly light. Every thing here seems muddled due to the mint.

M- Medium in body and fairly light in carbonation.

O- I couldn't finish this brew and passed it off to a friend for his White Rajah.

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Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2.52/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


12oz. bottle at Lizardville Beer Store

A: Adequate enough. Thin.

S: Some coconut!

T: This is a travesty. Just a touch heavy on coconut extract maybe. Flashbacks to the beach and all them honey's rubbing Hawaiin Tropic lotion.... I'm surprised the bottle didn't slip out of my hand.

M: Pretty gross actually. Like lube / oil. SLICK.

O: The coconut overwhelms everything. BK may have outdone One Eyed Jack with this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown to black with a thin tan film.

Creamy coconut, but thin. Kitka is not too chocolatey and a bit thin for me, but I may need to retry it in a better format.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, served in a snifter on tap @ Forage. Taste is of mild coconut & cocoa blended into a nice well bodied milk stout. Not sure I'd do more than one, a nice mild offering for dessert perhaps. Listed at 5.8% abv though higher listing on BA.

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Photo of 98green
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a 6 that was way over carbonated. One of them fizzed the cap on the drive home. Took 10 minutes to pour one. Can't say I gave it a fair eval after all that. Might be a good beer if properly delivered.

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Photo of Chris33
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about it. Has chocolate and coconut flavors throughout but its too thin; nothing to it. Would I drink it again... ya maybe but wouldn't search for it or spend 15$ on a 6pk. Luckily I snagged a single and had a pint at the super market for 3$ tonight

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brew Kettle has a unique brew here - a flavorful, uniquely coconutty, easy drinking stout. And did I mention that it is overpriced?

It looks typical in the glass, with a small head that dissipates and smallish bubbles. The aroma is mildly sweet and dominated by the coconut.

The taste is mostly of a mild stout with coconut. The chocolate is pretty low in the profile as are other flavors. It doesn't get better as you drink. I don't like coconut most of the time.

The mnouthfeel is thin. Overall this is disapointing - I found myself lowering the ratings as I drank. Not much of a sipper. Refreshing, but the coconut is too much (it reminds me of the overly coconut rums they have in the Caribbean). It is sessionable except for the price. Not recommended. Revision: it seems I was overcharged - now it's not over-priced. Still about the same - have to remember not to buy it.

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Photo of tedvr
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with little head. Smells of coconut and coffee. The taste is strong coconut, chocolate and burnt coffee. Very clean mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall the coconut taste is a little too much and makes the beer seem out of balance.

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Photo of BB1313
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown; basically no head, lacing and retention. Aromas have lots of cocoa malts. Hints of hazelnut. Hints of black coffee. The coconut is subtle in the nose, but are alive in the flavor department. Lots of milk chocolate in the flavors. Tons of sweet coconut. More hazelnut in this mix. This beer is sweet, but definitely not cloying or anything. Mouthfeel is light, but not overly thin; active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smooth brew.

I like this. It makes a nice dessert beer. If you like coconut, this would definitely be up your alley.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black pour, leading to a nice tan cap of foam.
Aroma-pleasant whiff of milk chocolate an coconut
Taste-Sweet toasted coconut, milk chocolate. Nice flavor, not overly sweet.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you like the taste of coconut with a hint of chocolate you will like this beer. I don't think I could drink a pint but the 4 oz sample was just right. Give it a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a fierce pop. Pours a dark brown color with a light off white head. Aroma of sweet malts with hints of cocoa and perhaps vanilla. Vanilla and cocoa in the flavor also, coconut and milk sugar lending towards vanilla element. Sweet, toasty, has good depth of flavor. Highly carbed and a bit too dry. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew needs less priming sugar though.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich, roasty, cocoa in aroma. The toasted coconut pales a bit.

Flavor is decidedly coconut milk based, like a flashback to Bacardi on the beach. Cocoa is more subdued, in favor of the coconut rum flava, mon!

Very adjunct laden. The coconut overwhelms, giving the exaggerated impression of an extract. Definitely a guilty pleasure of a beer.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottos poured into a pint glass.

Dark color-no head.

Smells is coconut and sweet chocolate. Slight bitterness on the finish

Taste mimics the nose. Mounds bars. Actually pretty good.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Borders watery.

This is a decent beer but could be so much better. Look is average and the mouthfeel is not good for the style. It does smell and taste good so I imagine I would have again.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dusted black body with a minimal veil of brown stretched over the top. No lacing.

Nose is faint, but primarily the nuttiness of coconut husk. Light cocoa and milk sugar produce no surprises. Pleasant notes, but just not very forthcoming with their existence.

Thankfully the flavours come forth somewhat better on the tongue. Toasted coconut comes wrapped in a nutty husk dusted with dry cocoa and finally accented by the bite of milk sugars that tie together the other components nicely. As it warms, all of these components continue to bulge and blend, like lumps rising under a carpet.

This is not a big bold brew, nor is it likely to start flying up the whalez lists, but if it were local, it would probably make fairly routine appearances in my fridge. Thank you Corey for including this in your NBS BIF #3 box! @WesMantooth ftw again.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a roasted coconut and sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is notes of roasted coconut, chocolate, and a milky sweetness, The flavor dies off pretty quick and leaves you with a mild bitter chocolate aftertaste. Overall this is a nice beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as milk/sweet stouts are concerned it's on it's game. Not real thick and you don't have to eat this one. Although it reminds me of a mounds bar. One and done for me but I liked it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A coconut chocolate milk stout (sounds great) poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. When I sniff the beer directly from the bottle (before pouring) the nose is strong with coconut and chocolate. It smells like a Mounds bar! In the glass the nose is not a strong and the chocolate is particularly muted, but I still get a nice coconut aroma with a hint of roastiness underneath. Nice (if you like coconut)! The pour itself is very dark (just shy of opaque) and sports a very thin head that retains quite poorly.

Medium body with a smooth feel and a nice mix of sweet and roasty flavors. I especially like the way the flavors develop across the palate. I get some cola and toasted malt up front, a hint of roast, then sweet cream, cocoa, coconut, and finally it finishes with a hint of coffee. The finish is slightly roasty, but doesn't linger all that long.

Call me crazy, but I really like this beer. It has a lot of flavor for a non-imperial stout and I think the coconut is well integrated. I can definitely see myself buying this again. It's a very tasty, very pleasant everyday stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

This one pours an inky dark black, with a small off-white head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like an Almond Joy bar, really, so much sweet creamy coconut, vanilla, and chocolate.

A milk stout definitely seems like the best addition for coconut, because the lactose just makes the coconut feel pretty creamy and nougaty, like an Almond Joy. This doesn't exactly win as a "beer" per se, but it does hit on every flavor advertised. It's very sweet- it would be hard to drink a ton of this.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. It's slightly thin, but not super detrimentally so.

Definitely a cool beer, but hard to get thru a ton of.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Very thin tan head with an aggressive pour, therefore little lacing . Milky black body.

Smell - Burnt chocolate milk. Faint coconut.

Taste - I like coconut, I like chocolate, but this beer tastes artificial. I compare it to sun screen. With that said, it is not a bad taste.

Feel - Medium, milky feel. The carbonation is not explosive.

Overall - This is definitely a beer that many will like (as long as you like coconut). Solid, unique beer from Brew Kettle.

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Photo of eskildow
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's dark black with a deep tan head that isn't going to stick around too long. There is a spicy smell, and the chocolate, with just a hint of anise, comes to the forefront. The taste is strongly coconut with chocolate playing backup. Overall enjoyable, though I might be slightly biased against a high score due to a personal dislike of coconut. It is certainly strong and toasty, and if you are a fan of that particular drupe, you should enjoy this.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger mocha-colored head that settles fairly quickly
S: Lots of coconut, some cocoa, vanilla, toffee and a hint of coffee
T: Coconut, cream, some cocoa; tasty though not as intense as the nose
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, somewhat sweet
O: Like a liquid Almond Joy. If you like coconut, give this a go. Tasty though the coconut trumps all other notes

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Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color. No light travels through when held to the light. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves some lacing.

I really have to get my nose in the glass to pick up much smell. It is not as aromatic as I expected. I pick up on the chocolate more easily than the coconut.

There's the coconut in the taste. It is like drinking a piece of German chocolate cake. The chocolate and coconut have a symbiotic relationship that is unparalleled.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a fine beverage. I am not a huge coconut fan, but I like what is going on here.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Seems to be a bit too much coconut in that it really sweetens the beer a bit more than it seems it should. Regarldess, it's an easy drinker for sure, and a pleasant one at that.

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