madvike (3292) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Can from Brigadier...thanks Nathan! - Pours black with a thin foamy tan head. Big roasty nose with brown sugar and molasses. Cooked oatmeal and lingers. Ends up being a kind of weird mix. Tastes better, with the big slick mouthfeel lending itself well to the more noticeable coconut flavor set on the backdrop of lightly charred roasty malt. It blends together pretty well and isn’t too sweet. It also doesn’t put off a soy sauce not like some of the other coconut beers I’ve had. All in all pretty unique and tasty. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Can from secret santa. Awesome. Nose is big and roasty with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate and very faint coconut. Dark brown/black pour, big tan head that settles but has staying power. The flavor is mostly roasty and one dimensional. Definitely dark roasted malts, maybe patent malt even. Light underlying base sweetness and a nice subtle coconut hint in the finish. Long lingering dryness in the finish. A nice porter, and in a can! Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
16 ounce can
mcox90 (2119) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Good things do come in cans and this is an example. I wasn’t sure what to expect not knowing Great Crescent’s reputation. After this I look forward to trying some more of their beers. Indiana has no shortage of good breweries but another doesn’t hurt.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid black liquid seeps from the can like dirty oily rain water. Nimble and lively it moves easily around the glass. A thin dusty ring of head sits on top as if forgotten for a few months. Coconut shavings, coffee, and sweet textures combine into a nice tropical feeling.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy and dusty the mouthfeel bubbles across the palate. Coconuts, iced coffee, and a dash of anise push this towards the beaches. Light in feel the result is a solid porter. it isn’t going to change anyone’s interpretation of the style but at the same time it has enough going for it that I am glad I kept a second can.
16 oz can courtesy of Wnoble. Pours dark brown with a 1 finger beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee bean, with a subtle hint of coconut. Flavor has a nice base of roasted malt with thin layers of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and lastly, coconut. Just enough in my humble opinion. Smooth, easy drinking palate. Carbonation is to the low side. Very nice. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours black with a medium dark brown head that fades. Nose is dark roasted chocolate, coffee beans, sweetness, and coconut aroma is faint. The taste lends fair amount of coconut throughout the finish. Sweet but has enough hop bitterness and roast bitterness to balance. Palate is full and somewhat creamy. Pretty nice, more of a stout than a porter in my opinion but a pretty good use of coconut-it’s subtle but much more and it could be too much.
shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Can. Toasted coconut and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown-black color with small head. Light toasted coconut and chocolate malt flavor. Mild bitter herbal finish. Excellent. bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2011
16 ounce can purchased from Keg Liquors. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt and some chocolate, but I don’t pick up any coconut at all. Also, the aroma isn’t very strong. The brew tastes like roasted malt and some chocolate and coffee, along with a little bit of coconut. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit thin but it’s smooth, a bit slick and easy to drink. It’s not a bad overall brew, but I was disappointed that I didn’t notice much coconut in this beer. I still think it’s a decent porter. One of these days I’ll have to stop by the brewpub and try the rest of their beers the next time I’m in the area. rondphoto (4489) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours dark brown (typical Porter color), little head, no lacing. Taste is of bitter malt all the way through a light bittering at the finish. A one note beer, but nice to drink. Coconut is lost on me....never could discern it in the taste. chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Poured from a growler purchased directly at the brewery into a pint glass.
Very dark brown, nearly black with a nice foamy head. Lots of impressive lacing left behind as you drink the beer. Big aroma of chocolate and coffee notes pleasantly overwhelm my senses. One of the nicest smelling beers I’ve had the pleasure. Poured cold, lots of roasted malt flavors come out but not so much coconut. As the beer warms, it takes on different flavor profile -- there was a sweet bitter taste that lingers in the mouth which I think was the coconut coming out, but I never would have guessed coconut had I not known the name of the beer. I actually preferred this cold as it tasted like an excellent traditional porter, but it definitely had more complexity as it warmed up. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel -- this felt wonderful to savor in the mouth with a nice roasted malts aftertaste. Certainly not watery or light bodied, yet this beer went down very easily. Definitely a nice session beer, easy to drink, smooth with lots of flavor that never gets boring. It went fabulous with a plate of Buffalo Chicken Wings I was eating at the time. thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of vinous and brown malt. An OK brew just nothing special.