Sunday, April 29th 2012
Great Crescent Coconut Porter
(Great Crescent Brewery)
I'm a huge fan of brewers using unique ingredients in their beers, despite my own failures with them as a novice homebrewer. Coconut is an example of an ingredient that has a flavor profile that can be a great addition to a dark beer. So much so that many American breweries and brewpubs have come up with their own brews using this tropical fruit. A quick search of RateBeer's entries pulls up over a hundred examples from breweries all over the US. This year-round offering hails from Indiana's Great Crescent Brewery, far from the land of coconut, and is one of only two canned options available. We're pretty happy to have the chance to give this one a try. Cheers!
From the Great Crescent site:
"This beer is brewed as a traditional English Style Porter. We use the best malts and hops to create a distinctive American interpretation of this classic beer style. Our Porter stands on its own as a great beer, then we add one more ingredient to make it truly unique. Coconut is added during the boil to give this beer a nutty flavor that blends perfectly with the style."
Here we go...
Pour - dark as pitch with no light able to squeeze through. A rich, thick coffee-colored head lays on top that collapses into itself leaving just a ring and some faint lacing.
Aroma - fresh roasted coffee, fudge, molasses, cherries, vanilla and malted milk balls. I also pick up what I can only describe as the aroma of burnt marshmallows. Go figure.
Taste - a rich, malty, roasty porter that has some milky, earthy notes along with a creamy texture and a bit of a mineral-y aftertaste. Hard to pick up a lot of coconut from this one while its cold but give it the chance to warm in the glass for a bit and you'll get a lot more. I let this warm up for about 15 minutes and some of those subtle nutty and creamy flavors are certainly present. This reminds me a bit of a local coffee-roaster's coconut coffee as it has a lot of coffee-like notes and more of a subdued coconut flavor going on.
Overall - great tasting beer but I wish the coconut flavor was a little more pronounced. I get the feeling that achieving a good balance and decent amount of coconut flavor is not easy to do in the brewing process - not without overdoing it anyways. Regardless, this is a solid porter and as it warms more of those subtle coconut flavors do come out.
Note - Great Crescent cans every one of the beers that they brew, and are one of two American brewers to can a Coconut Porter. Hawai'i's Maui Brewing began canning their well known CoCoNut PoTeR in 2007 and is now one of their most popular year-round offerings. Two learn more about these two Coconut Porters beers click on the image below! Cheers! Mahalo!
Posted by Russ
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