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

Notes / Commercial Description:

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.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with hits of red in the body. Nose is malty with hints of chocolate and cocoa, along with the sweater hints of coconut. Dark fruits, not boozy. Taste is not the antithesis of the nose. Strong in the malts with a pungent cocoa. Excessively mild coconut polish. Very delicious and full body porter. Refreshing as well.

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Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who doesn’t lust after anything with coconut, chocolate, & alcohol in it? Soon, you won’t be able to call things beer without all of these ingredients. 16 oz. can.

The pour is porter dark. The nose is as advertised, but the ad buy was light. Sweet malts, mild coconut & chocolate. Gentle.

Coco Loco is veined with cocoa. The sweet porter is shot with cocoa - bitter, powdered cocoa mixed in until the clumps are gone. Mid-palate roast almost overwhelms the chocolate, but it certainly screens out anything else. No coconut; I believe DNA testing would prove it. A nice, relatively low ABV sipper.

Chocolate, roast, malt. ABC. Simple, clean, easy. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only slight traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, but never completely faded away, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with hints of coconuts.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, starting off with strong flavors of chocolate malts and having hints of cocoa nibs and toasted coconuts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice as a robust porter and is packed with aromas and flavors of chocolate malts. The coconut and cocoa nibs are rather subtle.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown, thin tan lacing head
S: roasted malts and some chocolate
T: lots of roastiness, not much coconut, chocolate for sure, and coffee
O: solid Porter, not much coconut or chocolate

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep dark brown nice thick tan head great lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, hint of coconut, dark chocolate, hazelnut little bit of dark coffee.

Taste - The smell was slightly sweeter than the taste, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, not much coconut at all, slightly nutty flavor. Roasted malts.

Feel - Heavier body nice coating feel

Overall - This is a solid porter but to sell it as a coconut porter I think it comes up a tad short, would like to have seen more coconut.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, rich and luxurious, the coconut and chocolate porter of NoDa Brewing sets a dessert-like stage but with a drinkability that's suitable for daily consumption. Exotic and luscious, the taste is something more so from the bakery than the brewery.

Rich chocolate, coffee and coconut swirl about the nose as a hint of macadamia and Mounds come to mind. Dark brown in color, the beer's rich aesthetics translate to rich taste- creamy and sweet with coffee and caramel, chocolate, dark-roast coffee, candied almond a tropical coconut and cream.

As the ale rolls across the middle palate, its rich texture relaxes slightly and allows the porter within to pull through. Toasted bread, roasting nuttiness, chicory and cocoa come across with with natural dark ale flavor; along with a broad bitterness that rounds the session out with a woodsy spice of hops.

Finishing full, rich and creamy, the beer's body remains marshmallow-like with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Vanilla and coconut return in aftertaste to once gain reinforce the taste of coconut & chocolate candy bars but with a kiss of kaluha.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

maybe a little overrated here i think. the coconut rage is rampant right now, and we may be hasty in exalting them as amazing. this is definitely really coconut forward, authentic and nice, but i am not so sure the base beer is all that good. it looks fantastic, tall lacy head that gets more intricate as it relaxes back into the chocolate brown base. it smells toasty, you really can appreciate the oven baked part of the coconut, and i like that a lot. however, the porter, as a porter, leaves a bit to be desired in my opinion. its thin for one, not much body here at all. it also lacks the depth of the darker roasted malts, im just not getting it here. more of a brown ale, with a milk chocolate complexion to it thats both sweet and one dimensional. it also has a little bit of a metallic tinge on the back end. the same preparation and inclusion of the coconut would really wail in a better base beer, but because that aspect is so well done, i end up liking the beer more than i should on the whole. coconut this good can cover up a lot of flaws, and it most certainly does that here.

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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 Dopen993
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into tulip glass.

L. Dark dark brown with a thick off white head that was about 2 fingers.
S. Getting a good amount of booze on the nose with light coconut and almonds, peanuts.
T. Getting a nice dry roasted malt and nut flavors. Not as much coconut as I was hoping for. Light chocolate sweetness.
F. Lighter mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a moderate creamy lacing ring.

S - Earthy chocolate, coffee, and cream.

T - Earthy, nutty chocolate, nice roasted malt presence. The chocolate roast lingers for a good long time.

M - Medium body.

O - VERY solid porter!!

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Photo of BIN29
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 16oz can in a large tulip glass. An extra from NC.

L: Dark brown with a medium-sized thick brown head. Wonderful lacing.

S: Nice combination of roasted coffee, chocolate malts and hint of coconut. I actually enjoyed the mastery subtleness of the coconut here. I wouldn't consider this a flavored porter at all.

T: Nutty, rich, dry and bitter. Very malty porter.

F: Medium-full body.

O: This is the second beer I try by NoDa after Hop, Drop 'n Roll. Both are great. I usually don't like big flavored porters as they tend to have an artificial flavors that I don't like. I love coconut and I wish there's more here, but I also enjoy subtle flavors and this one is masterfully made.

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had from pint can poured into faceted mug, and again poured into Colonial Williamsburg salt-glazed mug. BIf you like chocolate-flavored porters, you will love this beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours jet black with thick off white head, fads slowly leaving tons of lace. Sweet chocolate aroma, maybe a little coconut there. Really like the up front taste, sweet chocolate and a little lactose, good roastiness. Was not too crazy about the back end which had a little too much earthy woodsy husk bitterness and smokiness. This became less intense as it warmed. Mouthfeel was full for a porter. Overall good brew, just would like a little sweeter balance on the back end.

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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 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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Coconuts, roasted malts, and some chocolatey sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied porter. Finishes with sweet toasted coconut.

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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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with this pounder can. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a dark cola brown with khaki head a finger strong.

A strong milk chocolate nose with slight sweetness and contrasting roast, earth and minor herbal hops.

The taste is roasty with a lot of cocoa. Milk chocolate-like sweetness and somewhat nutty character with an earthy/herbal hop finish.

This is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it really delivers on the cocoa character and is not a bad brew.

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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 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 deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and coconut. Poured from a tallboy into a Bruery snifter. The pour is very, very dark (nearly black, but with some ruby highlights) and sports a very impressive, lasting, frothy ivory-colored head. Really nice nose on this beer. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, crushed hazelnuts, and a slight whiff of hops.

Medium-full body with a classic porter flavor. A bit of dark chocolate up front, some toffee, then a nice satisfying roasted malt flavor balanced by a bit of hops. The cocoa nibs provide an extra little boost to the bitterness and I have to assume the coconut is intended to provide ample sweetness to compensate for this. Unfortunately, I don't get a lot of coconut in here. It is completely overwhelmed by the roastiness of the malt and the husky bitterness of the cocoa nibs. The finish is woody, roasty, and satisfying.

Overall, a very good porter that I might have to buy again the next time I'm in Western NC. Even with the coconut (which seems like a terrific idea), it could still use a bit more sweetness for balance.

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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 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 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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