Review: Beau's Ninho do Corvo

Beau's Ninho do Corvo is a Coconut Robust Porter described as: "Ninho do Corvo pours nearly opaque black with subtle garnet undertones and a tan foam. The aroma consists of pronounced toasted coconut with secondary impressions of cocoa and dark malt. The flavour is a rich tapestry of decadent coconut interwoven with cocoa and dark chocolate. The finish is dry with lingering dark roast coffee notes."

 Ninho do Corvo tops out at 5.6% ABV.

Appearance: Ninho do Corvo pours a rich, thick, dark-as-the-night dark dark dark brown with a moderate amount of burnt caramel head on top at the beginning. The head diminishes pretty quickly, leaving behind just a slim layer of cookie dough beige foam on top.

Aroma: Cocoa nibs are definitely the first thing I'm getting from this beer - it's sweet, chocolatey and fairly rich. There's also a bit of Nesquik chocolate powder aroma popping up in there - anybody remember that stuff?  Mild roasted malt presence that gives it a light coffee presence and a light-to-mild coconut presence in there.. definitely not overpowering but possibly a bit underpowering if you happen to like coconut.

Taste: The presence of coconut finally pops out more this time around. Combined with the coconut, there's notes of cocoa, a mild coffee presence. Fairly smooth on the palate, easy to drink, not overly bitter compared to many robust porters on the market. At the end, there's a slight boozey presence to it, as well as a light roasted malt aftertaste that doesn't linger for long.

Overall Thoughts: Very easy to drink Robust Porter with coconut, cocoa nibs and a bit of a coffee bitterness. Not as strong as most porters I've been sampling this season, so this one doesn't take long to be savoured by yours truly. I wish there was a bit more of a coconut presence in this beer as I'm someone who loves the combination of coconut and chocolate.

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