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Coconut Joe - Papago Brewing

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Coconut Joe
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Papago Brewing visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cousin to Elsie's, Coconut Joe matches the bite of roasted coffee with a hint of coconut sweetness on the finish. Our most popular dark beer, and approachable for light beer drinkers.

(Beer added by: bigbelcher on 03-01-2009)
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3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The third of three contracted out stouts and porters by Papago, enjoyed on tap at the Papago bar. A story in coconut. Black with off-brown head. No lace noticed. Tasted industrial, added coconut. Smelled nice though. Average at best mouthfeel. Some lactose.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer courtesy of barleywinefiend at the Central Coast BA Gathering at the Pour House in Paso Robles, CA. Thanks Josh! Following review written from notes.

Poured into an 8oz. Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown in the center; closer to caramel around the edges. Hardly any head or lacing, though that could be due to the growler sitting out for a bit.

Smell: Mocha and coconut fuse together perfectly! Great combination of roasty and sweet.

Taste: Starts with very roasty espresso and finishes with silky smooth coconut. These two flavors are great complements of each other. Not a whole lot else going on, but does there really need to be? Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sadly, this was pretty flat and watery by the time I got to it. As mentioned above, I'm not sure how long it had been open before I got to taste it, but it couldn't have been more than an hour. Body was also pretty thin. Very bland on the palate.

Drinkability: I love the flavor combo here, but there are a number of improvements that could be made. I'd love to try this straight from the tap as my biggest problem with this beer was the carbonation.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 18, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

MickeyMonk, Apr 21, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler, brought home to Vegas for Thanksgiving.

Looks: sable. Just toeing the line between dark brown and black, the beer's completely opaque yet doesn't appear too thick. A fizzy half-finger head the color of cinnamon quickly fades into nothingness, leaving a microscopic ring of bubbles and zero lacing.

Smells: like an almond joy. Sweet coconut, dark chocolate, a bit of mild coffee. Very nice.

Tastes: like fresh coconut. The sweet coconut that comes in, say, an Almond Joy is sweet and roasted; this isn't that kind of coconut. The flavor here is more akin to the meat of a real coconut, freshly cracked open and scooped out with a spoon. There's also some earthy hops mixed with lightly bitter coffee beans. It seems both full-flavored and light, which may be a result of the clean finish. As it warms, roasty coffee and tangy chocolate rise in power while the coconut falls off slightly.

Feels: smooth, but just a bit light in body. Moderate, tingly carbonation tickles the tongue, while the crisp finish again makes the beer feel lighter than you'd expect.

Drinks: easily. Though I'd like the beer to have a little more oomph, the flavors aren't overbearing, the feel is nice, and the beer goes down quickly.

Phelps, Nov 25, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2009
This arrives in a pint glass with a minimal wisp of a head. The beer is quite dark, almost black, with rich, concentrated brown notes. The beer smells of coconut, vanilla and an toasted nuttiness; it really reminds me again that I love when this exact note is extracted from a Bourbon barrel. There is really not a whole lot else going on with the nose; big, expressive, coconut is all I am really able to smell. This works if you like coconut in your beer, and luckily I do.

The beer tastes dominantly of coconut again; smooth with vanilla overtones as well as that toasted coconut meat note. The beer starts out quite dry, and really quite cold too (I wish the beer was cooled to a more reasonable temperature here, it doesn't help that I forgot to ask for a non-frozen glass). As the beer warms up though, it starts to pick up a touch of sweetness that makes the coconut note a bit more full and expressive. The finish has a touch or roasted malt character to it as well as a solid toasted graininess. The beer is light enough to be quite quaffable, but, especially as it warms, it has a fullness to the palate that helps accentuate the coconut flavors.

This is one of those beers that works quite well if you like coconut, as this is clearly dominated by the coconut flavors & aromas (it is all one really notices in the nose). There is just enough porter character in the flavor to keep things interesting. Perhaps a bit simplistic, but I am finding this quite tasty.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub, 2/1/12.

A-pour is a dark cedars brown with a thin ring of off white head and a little bit of lacing.

S-smells like a coconut with a nice mild roast behind and an almost lactic sweetness. On the whole this reminds me of a donut and I love donuts.

T-as u would expect or at least hope. Coconut with a nice base beer behInd it. Sweetness is nice but not overdone. Good coconut notes.

M-medium bodied, good carbonation

O-really nice beer. Glad I stopped in.


sholland119, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of light brown head on a black body. The foam collapses at a moderate pace but fails to leave significant lace.

S - lots of coconut with a vanilla and almost white chocolate character.

T - sweet malt with lots of coconut up front. Vanilla and micha notes in the middle with a more roasty character in the finish and a bit of smoky caramel that lingers on the palate.

M - a moderately thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - surprisingly good, the coconut is stronger than I would like, but it works well with the base beer and brings out some interesting flavors that almost seem oak like.

nickfl, Mar 27, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this courtesy of Phelps. Thanks Zach!

A - Poured a dark, dark, oily brown, almost black. One finger dark tan head that gradually dissipated into a thin film and then solid ring. Not much lacing.

S - Mocha chocolate milk! Strong cocoa and coffee aroma with a hint of coconut. Very nice!

T - Taste follows the nose, with overtones of chocolate and coffee dominating. Did not get the strong coconut flavors of previous reviews. Enjoyed the blend of flavors followed by light, lingering bitterness.

M- Light to medium body and light carbonation.Somewhat thin if you anticipate the mouthfeel following the richness of the aroma, but I think it lends itself to the high drinkability of this beer. This goes down very, very easy and is not filling for a stout.

O - I enjoyed this brew a lot. I thought the coconut would dominate but found the coffee/chocolate flavors and aromas dominant, which is not a bad thing! This is one stout to enjoy if you get the chance.

turfy, Aug 27, 2011
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Coconut Joe from Papago Brewing
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