Coconut Porter
City Lights Brewing Co.

Coconut PorterCoconut Porter
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From:
City Lights Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #155
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,989
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
68
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 22, 2022
Added:
Aug 08, 2017
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  5
SCORE
88
Very Good
Coconut PorterCoconut Porter
Notes: This Coconut Porter’s bright, pleasing malt character is cradled in a soft, cushiony and smooth mouthfeel that easily glides down the throat with each swallow. Lip-smacking hints of coffee and chocolate readily move across the tongue as the dark body gives up its aromatic coconut roastedness. Northern Brewer and Willamette hops provide a mellow treat. Most fully enjoyed slowly from a City Lights goblet glass which allows the emerging and progressive nutty aspect of this coconut porter to take center-stage at mid-palate. Well-rounded and bursting with flavor, the flavor integrity is maintained until the very end as the exceptional smoothness finishes with a malty expresso finish. The hazy black body gives picturesque support to the ivory-colored foam. At about 5.3 ABV, City Lights Coconut Porter is a fine sessionable libation for any time of the year!
OCCASION
An untimely request by taproom patrons for a heavy porter right before the hot summer birthed this wonderful beer. In an effort to “summarize” a porter, we made this lighter in body and roast, and with a whole lot of coconut and vanilla beans. An easy dark drinking beer for the summertime.
FOOD PAIRING
Smoked and barbecue meats, blackened fish, chocolate cake and coconut macaroons. Candied bacon.
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Reviewed by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
I had it on tap. Not much foam. Definite coconut flavors on the first sip. Just the right amount of sweetness. Not bitter. A little thin but a good dessert beer.
Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing. Wow! the aroma was coconut - like a bottle of suntan lotion. Thankfully, the coconut taste was muted compared to the small. Good chocolate backbone.
Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Coconut porter
A: Pours a light brown, but looks black in the glass. 2 fingers of light brown khaki colored foam
S: smells great! A light roasted coffee notes with a subtle coconut sweetness. I cant quite put my finger on the other scent… maybe like a chocolate chip cookie/ brownie/ fudge or maybe cookies and cream sundae. Other notes consist of hazelnut and vanilla.
T: Though it smells sweet, it doesn’t taste nearly as sweet. Good coffee and roasty malt flavors. Hazelnut and coconut are pleasant and there is a prevailing chocolaty coconut sweetness underneath it all.
F: Medium carbonation and body, pleasant
Overall: I remember having this beer once before and I remember being underwhelmed, but this is fantastic. Great coffee notes, a lot of great flavors to balance each other out, and they all taste natural, no artificial flavors like some dark beers utilize. Definitely would buy again at $10 for a 6-pack
Jan 17, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very smooth sipper. Creamy mouthfeel with tastey notes of cocoa, coffee, and a little coconut.
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Toasted coconut flake cookies is what immediately came to mind when I opened the can and poured the almost opaque dark brown into the glass. Two fingers of toasted foam developed and slowly dissipated. Coconut cookies are still what I think of after the first sip. A little bitterness at the end doesn't really register against the coconut. Very smooth from tongue to throat. It feels stronger than ABV 5.3%, not that I mind on a Friday night. I'll definitely be looking this one up again.
Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Beech105 from Missouri

4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can. Very dark, pretty much black with a tan head. The smell is wonderful. A lot of coconut. Sweet. Taste is the same. This is a very good beer. Wish I had 2.
Jul 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Jul 06, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz can at Sofie's Whiskey and Wine Lounge on May 14, 2021.
May 17, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Coconut Porter pours black, with a large, tan lacing head. Aroma is sweet, filled with a nice coconut note. Flavor is sweet and dry, a mellow toasted coconut flavor, with a hint of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, very flavorful, with great sweetness and bitterness.
Apr 13, 2021
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Taste: sweet, toasted coconut, artificial vanilla a bit off, airy. Big coconut, nutty, slight stale coffee nose. Black/brown hue, mostly opaque, lacked head and lace. Medium light body. Maybe this aged to long in the store but if was flat and artificial in the flavoring. 35 IBUs
Jan 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.37 by npendres from Wisconsin

Dec 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.44 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Aug 20, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
good coconut smell and flavor not overpowering great porter
Jul 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jun 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by travelguy from Ohio

May 11, 2020
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BORN 04/01/20.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with an inch of light, tanned foam.

Smell: Toasty, nutty coconut adorned to a fudge-coated vanilla Voortman wafer.

Taste: Flavors are prominent though not aggressive. A pleasing mix of chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut and cookie. Modestly hopped, with the bitterness adhering to a little bit of lightly smokey roast and sustaining through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice coconut component and an overall tasty beer.
Apr 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by TooGood from Minnesota

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Dec 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by herman77 from Minnesota

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a very dark beer. Carbonation can not be detected by looking. This is probably some of the nicest looking two fingers of foam I have seen. A very pleasant looking dark tan that lasted a couple of minutes before giving way to just an eighth inch layer with a bit of lacing.
The aroma is very much so present, mostly a sweet chocolate malty presence. It smells like a very nice dessert.
The taste surprised me with a dry coffee flavor for starts a little bitter, but also a sweet cocoa flavor, the coconut is very subtle.
The feel leans toward the creamy side, low carbonation, with a dry dark chocolate finish.
This beer looks and smells so good, I like the flavor also even though it is a somewhat dry finish.
Aug 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.15 by gstan from Wisconsin

Jul 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ryancl from Minnesota

Jul 01, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz can from Woodman's in Onalaska, WI
Canned 02/07/19
Boiler snifter

Dark chocolate body with a finger and a half of beige head. Recedes to a thin ring with light lacing left behind.

Aroma is of peanut butter wafer, vanilla beans, and mounds bar. Slight roastiness.

Flavor brings heavy toasted coconut and slight milk chocolate with peanut butter wafer. Coffee roast and bitterness on the finish. Hop resins/roast lasts for awhile after it's down.

The beer has a creaminess resembling a beer on nitro, but the body could be a little thicker overall. Roasty finish.

Overall a super tasty porter that could use a boost in thickness, otherwise a damn fine coconut fix.
Jun 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by stortore from Illinois

Jun 20, 2019
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Rated by joeltorto from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Got a tall boy. I love coconut and I like porters. If you are into either of those I strongly recommend it.
Jun 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by cmsfish from Minnesota

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 2.71 by stanale from Illinois

May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by Scottors from Wisconsin

Apr 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.62 by Delirium_tremens67 from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by EdFed from Illinois

Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours black with a finger tan head. Good lacing, solid retention. Definitely picking up rich coconut and cream in the aroma. Unfortunately the taste isn't disappoints somewhat. Notes of toast, vanilla, the coconut though is slightly stronger than it would be in coconut water. Not a bad taste by any means, tasty even! Just very mild in terms of flavor, even understanding this was never meant to be an imperial bomb. Thin-ish mouthfeel, medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Overall it might be unfair that I'm not reviewing this in the warmer months (well, in Minnesota anyway), it'd probably be that elusive decent hot-day porter.
Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by pstam87 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Feb 14, 2019
Coconut Porter from City Lights Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 68 ratings