Coco Loco | NoDa Brewing Company

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Coco LocoCoco Loco

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NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Enjoy the blend of chocolate and brown malts in this robust porter with crazy-rich color and ruby highlights. The subtle bitterness of chocolate is balanced by sweet, organic toasted coconut. Perfect to pair with food or just to enjoy alone. So go nuts, you'll be glad you did.

Added by thagr81us on 10-29-2011

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Photo of cardsfan
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was completely surprised by this beer! A great Porter with a great taste. Super chocolatey not a ton of coconut but I'm okay with that. Great feel great look

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Photo of VT9091
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think that this is NoDa' s best beer. Chocolate, coconut, bitter and sweet. Dark. Smokey? A real porter. Charlotte's porter. Not thin like several I've has lately. Going to the fridge now to get one. This beer gets me thinking of leaving work early to pick a four pack up.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coco Loco pours a black color with a nice large lacing head. There is creamy aroma with notes of chocolate and hints of coconut. The taste is big and creamy, nice hints of chocolate, and just hints of coconuts.

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Photo of BeatBama
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer may set the standard for a coconut Porter.

Appearance: A dark, rich pour. I could not see light through my glass, though I was in a darker area of the restaurant. Nice lacing was present as the beer disappeared. Little head...1/16" or so.

Aroma: Not much of the coconut, but a wonderful chocolate malt

Mouthfeel: A solid mouthfeel, not thick, not thin, just a well-rounded presence

Taste: Wow, really good. The addition of coconut was noticed, but the chocolate came over the top.

Coco Loco is one fine porter, and an excellent beer for a cool evening.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the newest canned beer from NoDa. I hope they keep expanding. Honestly this one is the best of the bunch so far. I know Hop Drop gets a lot of praise but this one does more for me.

Appearance: Chocolate colored some transparency, but not clear by any stretch. Decent amount of head remains as you progress through the glass.

Aroma: Not as much chocolate as you would expect or coconut for that matter. Sweet almost floral aroma dominates.

Taste: Tropical, the name is aptly named. You get chocolate malts but you also taste the mild yet pleasant amount of pina colada flavors. Coconut is right there, but it hits you on the back of the tongue. Very well done here.

Overall: The best coconut porter I have had. The only one I have actually tasted the coconut in the beer. Nice addition to the canned lineup for NoDa. Honestly I hope this becomes a mainstay, if not take away CAVU and make this one, a mainstay!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Thick light and fluffy head, almost styrofoam looking with a thick chunk of nearly four fingers, very light tan almost vanilla yellow in color with a big cascading formation while pouring. Sits on top with hardly a budge to move, and classic deep walnut brown and red highlight edges for the body color. Real decent looking porter.

Huge husky nose. Ripping dark grains, and thick chocolate and cocoa dark powder in them mix. Hints also just a little bit of coffee like bean, with a steamy heat and character that is real mouth watering. Big hits of dried cocoa all over, and just a faint sweetness that comes out more airy than water milky thick. Excellent aroma.

What an aftertaste on this beer. Mid palate fills with a sort of lactose mild sweet character, light in body with just enough roast to cut through the sweetness. The finish just explodes in ripping dark husky grains. Roast character just builds and builds on the swallow, hitting large notes of char, then tobacco, and then a large dry carbon bitterness. Mild sweetness comes in at first, and then builds a very controllable dark chocolate bitter seed angle real wonderfully. Some milky cream sweetness is just barely poking out, but getting nicely slammed down by this big roast character.

Excellent cocoa porter. Even without much of a coconut sensation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the brewery

appearance: served in a shaker pint - dark brown body, thick and creamy tan cap

smell: chocolate, sweet roasted malt, vanilla bean

taste: Really nice porter - velvety, chocolate cake, vanilla bean, residual sweetness presumably from the coconut, some dry roasted malt. Impressed - not usually one to reach for a porter, but this is quality stuff

mouthfeel: creamy, rich, quaffable

overall: solid

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Photo of samtallica
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NoDa pint glass at the grand opening of the tap room.

A: This porter pours black with ruby highlights and two fingers of mocha colored head. Lacing is exceptional.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose which is complemented with a subtle sweetness.

T: Roasty black coffee and earthy hops hit your palate first followed by sweet chocolate and toasted coconut in the finish. This is easily the best coconut porter I have ever had.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body with a silky smooth texture.

O: As mentioned above, this is the best coconut porter I have ever had. It doesn't dominate the flavor of the beer but you know it's there and it balances perfectly with the chocolate and roasted flavors.

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Photo of farrago
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dimpled head of a little over a finger, peppered with larger bubbles which create the uneven surface, however retention is very good and the lacing forms an intricate and full weave around the glass sides. Black and fully opaque liquid, some yellow to a dilute orange at the glass bottom and rims, populated with a horde of microcosmic bubbles loosely floating upwards. Very steady roast to the nose without pushing into acrid or bitter territory, dark chocolate powder, coffee, peanut brittle, the coconut almost gets lost in the shuffle, the hops punch throw decisively, pretzel dough, salt, grasses and more sour grain notes, appears to want correct posture and plenty of zip in your nostrils over sweetly soaking in. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is energetic yet fine, lends creaminess to the overall texture. Dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla powder and butterscotch come to the fore before any coconut, here the roast is dialed back, cutting down on coffee accents. Some raw, uncooked nuttiness. You get mixed dark fruits in trade off for the citric element. The hops less obtrusive here and just add pep and lift to the finish as well as inner mouth perfume. While dry, keeps you sipping.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Really wonderful toasted coconut flavored with a nice chocolate coffee presence. Man I thought this would be good, but the is awesome. Really tasty brew.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from Mark Rodda as an unexpected and very kind gift/beer mail. Poured into a chalice.

Do you like coconut? A very good porter. Rich and deep. Not as intense but this beer might make you think you are having a mounds bar in a can. 4.5

A – Pours the color of a cola (clear brown amber), but opaque in the glass, with a one-finger rocky tan head. Very nice Belgian-like lacing (+). 4.75

S – Coconut, faint chocolate, brown bread. 4

T – Rich, roasty, brown bread sweetness, faint coconut, bitter lasting finish. 4.25

MF – Medium bodied. Good carbonation gives this beer some sharpness on the palate but still a creamy beer. 4.25

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Photo of loverofthecraft
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

For a non-BA porter this is awesome. Dark beer. Decent tan colored head. Smell is slightly smoky chocolate. Medium body. Lots of chocolate, upfront hops with a little coconut. Ends with a dark roasted malt. Snappy, pretty cleansing, finish of pleasant bitterness. I like this one!

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Photo of Brackh
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a normal porter, dark but not super dark. Smells awesome. Rich coco smell. The taste follows the nose. It is a bit thin though. I love the flavor and wish there was more of it. I didn't pick up the coconut. I really like the beer. Said I only picked up a single.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would pour this on my cocoa krispies any day of the week! Seriously though, this beer was very well blended. The coffee and cocoa wasn't overpowering but meshed well. I'm not sure if it was my can, but it poured sort of flat without any head. I usually enjoy a good finger of foam with this style of beer. I also couldn't pick up the coconut flavor ... perhaps the
coffee overshadowed this for me. The feel was a little thin, but it was refreshing after a long day of work. Fun beer! Definitely recommend people try this one, and thanks to beersude88 for throwing this in with the trade! Very cool extra!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with one finger of tan foam that gives way to foamy film and plenty of lacing.
S: Charred roasty malts with chocolate and a hint of vanilla
T: Upfront there is a some coffee like bitterness, roasted malts and some chocolate. The finish has a vanilla and a touch of coconut.
M: Full bodied for a Porter, great mouthfeel and a nice lingering on the tongue.
O: An excellent Porter with a great profile. The subtle vanilla and coconut flavors offset the bitterness nicely.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light transparent brown. No head.

Smells like a coffee heavy porter. Decent body, lots of roasted malt.

Kind of tastes like chocolate wafers. Crisp malt. Dark chocolate is the main flavor. Coffee accentS as well cinnamon.

Body is heavy for a porter, but not too much.

Very well done.

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

A-Dark brown. Little head.

S-Not sure if its coconut. Maybe some roasty coconut husk. The coconut really doesn't jump out but there are hints of the elusive fruit. There are some tantalizing chocolate notes. A bit chalky and definitely milky with clear coffee.

T-I get some coconut here. Like burnt coffee with coconut syrup but that syrup is faint. The beer's base is pretty tasty and I like the subtle playfulness between the milk chocolate and the soft coconut.

M-Creamy but the carbonation seems to disagree with said creaminess. Its fun to sip.

O/D-Much better than Maui's CoCoNut Porter according to my tastebuds. I'm still waiting for that one Porter that taste like a damn coconut macaroon. This one ain't it but it delivers much more coconut that most advertising the same.

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Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap Duckworths Balantine. Very dark brown not quite black. Just a ring of white.

Aroma, fair amount of roast, dark chocolate. Some coconut shell.

Taste, large amount of earthy roast malt, coffee, some peat. Accenting coconut. Roast and cocoa linger.

Just to the light side of medium, but coats ok. Pretty roasty and dry, if you like that it will be no problem to drink.

Pretty solid regular lineup brew.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass

Beer pours dark brown with deep red/ruby highlights, with aobut 2 fingers worth of dense dark tan head. The head slowly recedes leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts, caramel, adn chocolate with hints of vanilla. I never did get any of the coconut in the aroma.

Slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malts are featured, with bits of vanilla, coffee, and just the slightest bit of coconut. Really, the coconut seems like an afterthought, just enough to make the beer interesting but not enough to overpower the beer. I had tasted this beer when it was still being brewed on their small batch system, before the big equipment came in, and I seem to remember the coconut being much more pronounced. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the toungue and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great beer. Very well crafted, a great offering from the NoDa crew.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a tall weizen glass at the Charlotte airport on a layover. Good stop.

A: The beer is a solid brown color with some light coming in around the edges but not in the middle. Head was 2 fingers thick and light tan.

S: Smell is mostly roasty with lots of coffee and a smooth touch of creamy chocolate faintly.

T: Strong roasted coffee bitterness. A touch of sweetness in the middle that is light and creamy... Have to dig a bit to identify as coconut, as the roasted and even smoky flavor overwhelms it immediately. A bit of irish cream/Bailey's near the end. Finishes big on the coffee.

Coco Loco seems to be cacao/coffee rather than coconut or even cocoa/chocolate, which is what I initially expected. Solid beer, and would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-08-23 at the brewery. Had it again on 2015-05-13 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.. Still very good!

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger head and great lace.

S - Rich milk chocolate, coconut and coffee. Very appealing.

T - Dark roasted grain with some char. Dark chocolate and lots of it. Mild coconut. Dry, toasty finish with lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Mildly creamy.

O - A very nice porter.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up a little to let the coconut come through. Borders on brown ale but the cocoa addition pulls it back to porter territory. Husky roasted grains, coconut, dark chocolate on the nose. Taste follows suit with a more subtle coconut character on the palate. Real easy drinking at 6.2%, nothing particularly remarkable but a solid offering.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can bought at brewery two months ago:
Pours dark brown, but as the the beer gets lower in the glass, the clarito os evident. Head builds up nicely on a vigorous pour. Decent lacing.

Nose is nutty, fairly powerfully so, with an underneath hint of chocolate.

Taste starts with a little coffee bean and a bit of pumpernickel, then turns toward the nutty side. The transition gives an impression of coconut that slowly fades. The mid to end taste bring on some peanut butter notes to me.

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery. Seems to me a bit like a dark brown ale more than a porter, as the bitterness isn't much (does come on late), and the taste is a bit nutty (coconut grows with warmth). Very tasty.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a mahogany color coming out of the can, but ends up looking mainly black. There is a nice tan foam on top, but it does not hang around too long.

So far this one is living up to it's namesake. Tons of cocoa. Like sticking your face in a bag of cocoa powder. There is some charred grains, and just a hint of coconut. It has a creamy, milk stout like sweetness to it also.

The coconut seemed to be masked by everything else in the aroma, but it shows itself in the taste.
It still takes a back seat though. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Sort of smokey. The more it warms, the more I get a nutty taste from it too. Like roasted almonds and even a hint of peanut butter.

Body and carbonation typical for the style. A crisp, dry finish.

If you are looking for a more coconut forward beer, you will want to try Last Snow, Death by Coconut, or Kitka. This one is more of a compliment. A good one at that. Very nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the grand opening. Served from tap into NoDa shaker. Poured massively dark red brown with a one and a half finger cream colored head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, and and very subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, and very subtle coffee. It had a medium feel on a palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty solid brew. The nibs on this one were quite overpowering which was quite nice. The cream aspect added a nice touch to balance the nibs bitterness. A solid brew for the style. Definite must try if you have the opportunity. Tick.

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