Coco Loco | NoDa Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
89
very good
51 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Coco LocoCoco Loco
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thagr81us on 10-29-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
471
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
28.22%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
74
For Trade:
4
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 471
Photo of sendsilk
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery with a few BA's while I was visiting from out of town.

I had heard good things about this beer and was really excited to try it! It has a very nice dark roasty porter appearance. It smells a little 'soft' on the coconut aspect.

Drinking this beer, it's not bad at all. It just doesn't really stand out. It's a very solid porter, but I really don't get too much at all, in the coconut department. With the name Coco Loco, I really expect more (or some, at least) coconut forward presence. It's also a bit strong on the char/roast aspect. A little too much to make it very drinkable. At 6% I should be able to drink 3 or 4 of this quite easily while at the brewery. 1 was enough for the night.

 712 characters

Photo of common_dissent
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Porters can be tough to meet everyones expectations . Some are too thick, some are too watery. NoDa nails color, smell, and mouth feel. Good for them! This is a standard setting porter, however I don't think it's very tasty. A little too bitter for my porter taste... Lots of bitter chocolate and bitter roastiness. Less bitter and lil sweeter and it would be close to a Founders' brew!

 386 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery which claimed: 6.3%ABV 43 IBU 32 SRM
Pour is nearly black; opaque with a durable tan head that leaves the glass rather thoroughly coated with sticky lacing. Deep, dark mahogany highlights at the edge reveal a clear beer.
Aroma: excellent but rather simple, featuring lots of dark roasted malts and a bit of sweet coconut; certainly not as much as the "Coco Loco" name implies.

T: Loads of very dark roasted malts with a trace of smoke. IBU seems much higher than the 43 reported. Marred by on overly bitter taste and too much burnt flavor from the malt. Very rich but not very complex.

M: near full body with soft. Low carbonation.

O: Surprisingly bitter, charred [and rich] version of the style. Suspect the brewer over-compensated for any sweetness coming from the coconut. An extreme robust porter, I conclude, as I move on to the Imperial variant …

 883 characters

Photo of EJ6759
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a nice dark tan frothy head. There is good amount of lacing in this beer. The smell was better than average fairly rich. The taste was really pretty good with a subtle coconut and a hoppiness that came through. The mouthfeel was good and it was well carbonated.

 316 characters

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by kubrick215.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting rig.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chooclate and toasted coconut.  Slightly smokey with hits of dark and milk chocolate, lactic cream, toffee and coffee bean.  The toasted coconut character really stands out nicely complimenting the subtle roast and chocolate notes.  

Medium bodied with a strong dry roasted malt presence that never becomes overpowering or acrid.  Deeply roasted with dark chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast and coconut.  Falls off a bit toward the finish and could use a bit more chocolate flavor/sweetness.

 751 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ NoDa Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a touch of ruby coming out along the bottom, topped with a ½ finger of light mocha head. This maintains some sudsy richness around the edges, leaving back swathes of foamy lacing which slowly drip down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, green citrus, and some burnt roast. I did get some coconut here out of the aroma but that may have been tainted by the fact that they were actually brewing this beer during our visit and the entire tasting room smelled of it.

The taste is much hoppier than the nose was, with a firm green bitterness that has some aggressiveness to it. Cocoa, a touch of vanilla, and coconut fill out the middle portion of profile before this finishes with a roasted backend that leaves this bitter and burnt feeling in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that is coming off as a bit too lively and sharp feeling at times.

I liked what I got from the sweetness and coconut flavors here but man; this really came on a bit too strong at time with hops, roast, and all around sharp feel of the body. If they could dial the assertiveness of this down a little, it would be a much more accessible and tasty beer.

 1,289 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

 1,093 characters

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 519 characters

Photo of n2185
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa and chocolate along with some vanilla and coconut. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. There is a light charred flavor and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable but has a lingering stickiness.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but tasty with nice coconut and chocolate flavors/aromas.

 573 characters

Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ NoDa

Lovely deep brown color below a super creamy cap of a head that leaves crazy lacing behind. Primarily chocolate roast in the nose along with a bit of nuttiness, coffee, and cream. Dark roasted chocolate malt, layered sweetness, and a light bitterness. Some char and earthiness, but not much coconut to speak. Sweet through the finish, but not necessarily what I would call "rich". Creamy, medium-plus body. I would have liked the coconut to come through more, but it's enjoyable regardless. Actually, I didn't find this to be especially porter-y...almost more of a sweet stout.

 585 characters

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark brown coloring with a filmy, cream colored head. Nose of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted notes. Heavy, bitter coffee and roast flavors, like spent coffee grounds. Thin, dry bodied, with a bitter roast aftertaste. Dry, clean finish. This is a balanced, solid beer, heavy on the coffee notes. Easy drinker with a robust palate.

 414 characters

Photo of Daktah
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at brewery on 10/24/2012. Had sampled before and wasn't impressed, but I'll blame that experience on having tasted too many beers in a sitting.

This time, definitely worth a full glass. Dark, coffee brown color with a small head that quickly dissipated. Smelled mostly like chocolate, a little bit of a roasted malt smell and a general sweetness; no real coconut at this point and not a lot of coffee or other expected smells. The taste brings in some hops and a touch of the coconut. Fairly dry with a reasonably hefty mouthfeel, which was great - definitely enough body for the style. The coconut was actually most pronounced after taking a break between sips. The sweetness kind of lingered and reminded you that there actually is coconut in this beer.

Overall a really solid beer and one that I am extremely happy to find in town. NoDa is putting out some quality beers.

 882 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

 1,072 characters

Photo of hornsup
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/18

Solid porter. Little light, a bit bitter on the aftertaste for me which hides the coconut sweetness. Would definitely drink again though. Love the pint cans.

 173 characters

Photo of Dopen993
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

 350 characters

Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a porter glass

A- a very dark brown, some translucence on the edges with some ruby hues. A think light tan head with little lacing.

S- Big on bittersweet chocolate, with some coffee, and brown malt notes. A hint of coconut.

T- Very forward on the bittersweet chocolate and brown malts. A significant coffee bitterness. You need to search for the coconut, but it's there mid sip through the end. The dark chocolate/coffee bitterness unfortunately drowns the coconut a bit.

M- rather thick for a porter, and light to medium carbonation.

O- It's quite good, I'd like to have the coffee/chocolate bitterness backed of a bit to let the coconut shine through a bit more.
M

 703 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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!!

 271 characters

Photo of BIN29
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 697 characters

Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

 175 characters

Photo of Nctide
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a frothy head that hangs around. The look is deep brown with some slight red coloring around the edges. The label mentions chocolate and brown malts and both are definitely present. The coconut aroma is there on every sip but isn't overpowering. The flavor is a bit on the bittersweet chocolate side similar to a dark chocolate bar. Toasted coconut offsets this bitterness nicely and makes for a pleasant finish. Overall this is an interesting porter that is well balanced enough to avoid coming off as gimmicky as the concept might sound.

 572 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear extremely dark brown in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a moderate amount of garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy very dark tan in color that slowly reduces to a mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and very light hints of vanilla + coconut.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with moderate flavors of cocoa nibs/dark chocolate without a lot of associated sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of vanilla and coconut (again without being sweet). Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers well beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Very enjoyable - nice coconut, cocoa nib, and roasty malt flavors though I wish a little more of the coconut came through in the aroma (and flavor). Easy to drink and definitely a great beer to grab if you come across it.

 1,141 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

 197 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Thirsty Monk Asheville Biltmore Park. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky opaque medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Big coffee on the nose with some milk chocolate in there as well.

T- Follows the nose closely with more coffee and chocolate. Not really getting any coconut, just some dark roast and the like. Flavor is strong initially but quickly turns tame. Strange aftertaste I can't put my finger on.

M- Thick and slick, almost creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Starts out nice but becomes a bit one-dimensional as things wear on. Also smells better than it tastes. Plus the lack of coconut is disappointing.

Edit: Had in a can later and there was a bit more coconut and was better tasting overall.

 923 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color capped by a half an inch of foam; not much lacing, either

Smell: Toasty bread and chocolate; not picking up any of the coconut

Taste: Though the coconut was not discernable on the nose it does arrive, though vaguely, at mid-palate on the tongue, complementing the chocolate elements that are up front; a little chalky in the finish but nice and dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very approachable chocolate stout; would like to see the coconut play a more prominant role

 549 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Coco Loco from NoDa Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe