I do love me a good porter. And for some reason, Florida breweries brew them, but they just don’t get canned and distributed. They do get treated and experimented with a lot, such as Davie’s Mack House and their turn with Oaked Chocolate Coconut Porter (Porter, 5.5% ABV)
Much like Schweddy Balls, this beer started life as their in-my-opinion masterpiece Irish Stout. From there, cocoa nibs and a little bit of natural coconut is added, and the entire thing is allowed to sit in secondary fermentation in some nice, toasty oak barrels.
And it’s the oak that really shines through here. It’s nice and dark, with a well rounded maturity, and pairs exceptionally well with the stout. I will admit, the chocolate flavors from the roasted malts and the coconut flavors are a bit muted. I’m not expecting an Almond Joy or anything, but they can be a bit stronger.
As with Schweddy Balls, this was also one of their special March Sunday beer releases. The best thing you can do is to look them up on social media to find if and when this is coming back.
You’ll be glad you did.
Drink Florida Craft,