COCO COCOA

BREWER: Thornbridge, Derbyshire

STYLE: Coconut Chocolate Porter

ABV: 5.5%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle

TWITTER: @thornbridge

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Now I’ve had a fair few Thornbridge brews over the last year or so and I have to say they have always delivered and I’ve not yet been disappointed… taste wise that is.

Packaging wise I’ve been disappointed Every. Single. Time.

The whole labelling concept looks flippin’ terrible. It’s not that it’s unappealing and not eye-catching, it’s just s#*t.

The only saving grace for Coco Cocoa’s look is that the pink label is very striking but with one teeny eye movement you’re back to the tacky, crappy and unnecessarily sparkly gold upper label.

Anyway, let’s get to the beer itself.. As I’ve already mentioned this Derbyshire brewery have yet to let me down. I’m especially looking forward to this as knowing that I’m a coconut super fan (if done correctly) and knowing that Thornbridge have never let me down, I could be in for a real treat.

Bottle cracked and poured, what’s the whiff like?

Average…

And so to the taste…

Now what I really wanted was a well brewed, soft velvet smooth porter with hints of chocolate and coconut.  And I have to say team Thornbridge nailed it!!

The only trouble is…. I didn’t like it.

I really thought the coconut flavour was going to work here as long as it was just a hint… and it was just a hint. But it didn’t work. For me anyway it tasted like a Piz Buin cocktail…and that’s that.

Jymi’s Rating: 50%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

It’s hard to judge whether or not Coco Cocoa fits the novelty bill. What’s not hard to judge is that it fits its name perfectly. From first opening, to last gulping, this is definitely a coconut infused stout.
The main part of the nose is exactly what you’d expect from a stout; it’s reassuringly earthy and malty. And there’s the sweet notes that give you a clear indication of where we are being led with Coco Cocoa.
In he drinking, it’s exactly as promised. It’s a stout with coconut and chocolates playing starring roles. To be fair, it’s a good combination and one that works in harmony. Imagine, if you will, stout mixed with a coconut based liquor. That taste thought will put you where this sits.
Many consumers will enjoy this. And boy does it fit the festive brief. For me, it’s too gimmicky and that means, no matter how well the flavours are matched, it just isn’t a stout worth revisiting. That’s not to say the stout isn’t well brewed because it is. It’s more that if you’re brewing a good stout leave it at that and don’t add other flavours to try and enhance it.

Sammy’s Rating: 58%

 

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 54%

 

MOB review next weekend: SIR TURNAROUND by UILTJE BREWING CO.

SIR TURN PRE

 MOB SAY, “HAPPY BREW YEAR” x 

 

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