Coconut Joy Porter
New England Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #75
Ranked #7,357
4.12 | pDev: 7.28%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Notes: Porter brewed with Toasted Coconut, Vanilla and Cocoa Nibs.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 42
Photo of ScaryEd
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, dark brown color with a finger of khaki head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma brings tons of dark malts, vanilla, and roasted chocolate. Barely any coconut can be detected.

The vanilla just takes over the flavor. There's some chocolate and maybe a slight hint of toasted coconut, but it's all drowning in a vat of pure vanilla. Way too sweet.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, but a bit watery.

Overall, an overly sweet porter that just doesn't do much for me. If you like extremely decadent beer with a ton of vanilla you'll love this.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks Matt!

A: Black body, clear brown highlights. A straight, steady pour easily produces a two-finger head of dense khaki foam that resides slowly and leaves abundant lace. Gorgeous.

S: Delicate. Cocoa powder, vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of earthiness. Not much coconut presence at all, unfortunately, but a very nice aroma for a session porter.

T: Opens with light roast - a bit of coffee, solid dark chocolate. Midway through it gets a bit sweeter, with vanilla and cocoa giving it a bit of a malted chocolate milkshake flavor. The finish is clean and crisp, with some light bitterness and a lingering (and delicious) vanilla overtone. I'm still not seeing the coconut, but I'm loving everything else about this beer.

M: Soft medium-light body. Appropriate for the style.

O: I was disappointed not to find the particular flavor promised by the name, but once I stopped fixating on the coconut and started enjoying it more simply as a well-crafted porter I was hooked. This is both drinkable and flavorful, exactly what I look for in a dark low-ABV brew. Always a pleasure to try a new NEBCO offering!


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Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at the brewery hours ago. Pours a black color with dark brown hues and a half inch of light brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is chocolatey with hints of toasted coconut. Touch of espresso. The taste is more of the dark chocolate and cocoa. Light notes of coconut with more of the vanilla flavor coming out towards the end. Cocoa and espresso finish. Very drinkable but I am still shocked this is under 5%. Light mouthfeel. Overall, a flavorful and easy drinking Porter I would grab again.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at the brewery yesterday, pours a very dark color, near black, with a fluffy tan head that fades to a ring. Nice sweet aroma, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Taste errs on the side of a sweet Porter. Big chocolate notes from the nose are here, some dark malts play around. Vanilla isn't too detectable. Finishes sweet with hints of coconut. Overall a delightful beer, great concept and execution, not too heavy on the coconut. Kind of like a candy bar, well done.

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Photo of emount91
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not a porter or stout guy, but this one impressed! perfect name for this brew because it really tastes like an almond joy/mounds candy bar (without the sugar of course). pours deep black with a brown head, decent retention but i didnt get an impressive head on the pour because it was a small sample. smell is very malty and chocolatey as i would expect. taste follows the smell but more: first you get the roasty toasty malts, then the chocolate, then the vanilla smooths it out all right before the coconut flavor shows itself on the back end. the coconut flavor is what I really enjoyed because it was not overbearing but definitely apparent in the taste. also didn't have that "artificial" coconut flavor/aroma (think sunscreen). mouth feel is good too, because it is very thin and session-like: good for me because I don't enjoy those thick chewable beers. good brew, like I said I'm a "hoppy" guy so for this to impress me is out of the ordinary!

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a session porter. So much flavor for such a low ABV brew. New England Brewery never disappoints. You can taste the coconut and the chocolate from the cocoa nibs. I highly recommend!

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Photo of CayseyW
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black body with a crema- colored head. When poured hard the head creates a creamy head similar to an ice cream float.
S: Chocolate malts dominate the nose, the coconut doesn't really show up in the aroma until the beer warms up.
T: Wow! This sort of beer isn't typically my thing but holy @#!* this is tasty! The toasted coconut is so on point. It's really impressive how well the flavors are balanced.
F: Very decent body, silky with an appropriate carb.
O: I wasn't overly excited to try this beer, and only picked it up because my wife was really digging it at the brewery. Bad call, because this is a fantastic beer. I love when a beer surprises me like this!

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Coconut Joy Porter from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 42 ratings