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Coconut Joe | Papago Brewing

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Brewed by:
Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by bigbelcher on 03-01-2009

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark pour, thin white dense foam up top. Aroma is fake coconut and sugar, with some coffee in there. Now, I'm not a coconut fan, but the flavoring here is fragile and facade-like. Feels slick and sweet. Didn't like

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Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mhenson42
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light tan head. Dark brown black in color.

Big toasted coconut flavor. Silky milk chocolate. Creamy and smooth. Roasted malts with some coffee. Some sweetness. Light to medium bodied.

Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Coconut Joe from Papago Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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