I’ve been onto Late Start Brewing for a while now. These guys are really doing special things with their stouts in downtown Tampa. This was another Tampa Bay Beer Week release, I believe. I picked it up on the final weekend after having such a good experience trying Nonsense with Pecan, Vanilla and Cinnamon. So, with my love for coconut in stouts, I had to give this a shot. So let’s crack it.
Coconut Nonsense pours black with little to no head. Swirling the beer in the glass does nothing to reignite the carbonation. It does leave a nice oily translucent brown film in the snifter as it’s swirled.
On the nose, this stout is different. It’s slightly metallic with notes of dark fruit. It’s not a pleasant aroma, to be honest. I’m letting it warm a bit since it’s quite cold and then we’ll give it a taste.
This is a thick stout on the palate, viscous. It’s full-bodied. There’s a load of chocolate on the tongue. The bottle says this beer is brewed with toasted coconut, coconut sugar and vanilla. While I don’t get much vanilla on this, there is a lot of sweet coconut here, but it’s perfectly balanced by the bitterness of dark chocolate. This is a smooth, creamy stout that is decadent, luscious. If you enjoy gobbling up chocolate bars, then share this beer. It begs to be drunk slow and easy. My wife and I are actually enjoying some Pinellas Chocolate (Coffee Crunch) with this beer and it’s pairing perfectly.
This imperial stout isn’t too sweet like some of the Angry Chair offerings, which makes this nearly perfect. There’s a shade of dark fruit on the back end as it warms even more, which is interesting. It’s silky and velvety on the tongue, a really satisfying sweet stout from this tiny brewery. Late Start is doing big things. I know I’ve said this before, but eventually people will wake up and understand how good these guys are.
- ABV: 11.5%
- IBU: n/a
- Untappd Rating: 4.35
- # of Ratings: 178