Coco Loco | NoDa Brewing Company

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Coco LocoCoco Loco

Brewed by:
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.

Added by thagr81us on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer. The smell started off with a sharp roasty to bitter coffee leaning towards a nice cocoa. As it warmed, a little bit of coconut rolls in to balance. The taste was mainly roasty and bitter and sweet through a nice combination between the coffee and cocoa. Once again, the coconut is subtle, still sweet. A quick roasty sweet aftertaste leads into a dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability to sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Bitterness is there to impart a nice dryness rolling over my tongue. Overall, wow, what a wonderful American Porter. I didn’t mind that the coconut is milder than expected. Still, I would definitely have again.

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Photo of tommy5
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, light brown head that fades fast to a ring.

Smells chocolate, roasted malts, hints of nut and Light coconut.

Tastes dark chocolate, earthy, light nuttiness and roasted malt. Followed by light coconut and some dark chocolate bitterness. Finish is dry with an earthy and nutty linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bluebird4
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tharper178
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: My friend, Jay
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 10, 2017
Consumed: March 11, 2017
Reviewed as: American Porter
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 29, 2016

Thanks, Jay!

Was lucky enough to receive this as part of a 10-beer package sent by Jay. Had one NoDa about three years ago and thought it was a decent session. I believe they were still a fairly new brewery at the time. Had semi-followed them afar since and was glad to get one of these in the package. A porter brewed with cocoa nibs and coconut? Right up my alley.

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Rather serene setting underneath. Good spotty lacing. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Could not pick out a specific smell in the initial whiff. Was kind of a muddled affair. Later got cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits - plum, purple grape, raspberry and mixed berries - rye, caramel, toffee and some coconut cream late. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a bit different than the nose. In order got cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, toasted bread, plum, spoiled dark fruits, rye, vanilla, black raspberry, toffee, hints of coconut flakes and roasty nutty malts. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Good, but not great. Was hoping for more with the description. Would have it again though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.80 | 86 | B+

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -15.7%
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 Noooddle
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KenC
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ryanuncle9
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -4.5%
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 Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Josbor11
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 498 ratings.
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