FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the can (I love saying that) with a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a an almost black color, with perhaps just a hint of amber to it. It is opaque when held up to the light, but did show a clear, dark chocolate color as I was pouring it. The aroma is nicely roasted with touches of tart, burnt grain, some dark chocolate notes, sharp espresso aromatics, a light roasted nut note, some light vanilla like notes and a dark sweetness that likely comes from both the coconut and the beer. Not overtly expressive of coconut aromatics, instead it melds into the normal dark grain notes. The aroma is quite nice though and definitely worth exploring for a bit.
This has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it with a bit of viscous heft, but somehow remains light and quaffable at the same time. Dark milk chocolate flavors combine with flavors of mocha ice cream and a finish that is reminiscent of a lightly bitter shot of espresso (though still a sweetened one). The finish has a deeply toasted, nutty note that lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. The chocolate flavors in this brew are quite pronounced and quite nice, this is really accented by the low hop character here (both flavor and hop bitterness are really not all that perceptible). As the beer warms up quite a bit, a very slight, burnt vegetal note becomes noticeable.
If given this beer blind I would never have guessed I was getting a coconut flavored brew, having said that, I can see how it influences the flavor profile, but one could do the same thing by manipulating standards beer ingredients (with perhaps some toasted oak note thrown in). None of that keeps this from being quite a tasty tipple though. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer; soft and creamy yet still quite quaffable.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can from Padrefan98, thanks to the bestest trading partner ever!! Fantastic aroma of roasted chocolate malts with just the right amount of coconut added in for a truely memorable aroma. Pours a slightly thin looking deep black with a foamy light beige head. Palate on this one is average body with strong carbonation biting carbonation. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with chocolate, light coffee and more sweetness, I’m guessing from the coconut. Really glad I got a chance to try this one and it only gets better as it warms, must be great on the beaches of the 50th then.
Quevillon (2341) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière #2 au Mondial 08 (28/5/08), canette. Chocolat noisette, mince collet. Arome très chocolaté, malte torrifier sucré avec un peu de lactosse. Goût de coconut enrobé dans du chocolat, un peu sûrette et légèrement malté. Le plus doux porter que j’ai gouté à date!
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
A coconut-ridden jungle engulfs the lean caramel maltiness of this interesting, but unidimensional novelty Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brown-sleeved black.
-Goodness gracious, that’s a lot of coconut!
-Even though this is quite sweet, the body’s lightness makes the overall result rather drinkable (if you have a sweet tooth).
-I’m not nuts for coconut, so this coconutty concoction is not my cup of cocoa.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks so much to SQNfan! Pours a nice black with a tan colored head. Aroma is nice with coffee, coconut, caramel. Flavor is creamy and rich with a nice toasted coconut flavor. Very good mouthfeel. This is a great beer. When the beer gets a tad warmer the coconut really shines through.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser II. 12oz can. Pours a deep, clear black with minimal tan head. Nose is earthy, fresh coconut milk and coffee. Palate is coffee, cocoa, hazelnut and light coconut – almost like a coffee drink with flavored creamer. Medium slightly creamy mouth feel. Good stuff.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at HotShotz Indy tasting May 24, 2008 - Aroma is dark malts, oats, coconut and chocolate. Pours dark brown with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a nice coconut finish. Palate is creamy and smooth. Unique and tasty brew I would like to try again at home by myself.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at hellbillys hellraiser II.
Pours a fizzy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted barley, coconut, sugars and spices. Flavor is a good porter base with spices, brown sugar, coconut cream and nuts. Very interesting brew, quite enjoyable.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can pours a dark brown color with off white head. The aromas from this brew are sweet roasted cocount and chocolate. The taste follows the aroma and does not disappoint. This brew is amazing. From the choclate fudge coconut flavors to the medium mouthfeel to the smells is gives off as I drink it. I love it! I need more of this stuff. Yeah!
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Sweet chocolate coconut nose. Very fudgey with lots of coconut. It’s very prominent but does integrate well. I wouldn’t call it "my thing" though.