Coconut Joe | Papago Brewing

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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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 79
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint at the Papago bar. Lovely coffee aroma followed by a clean coconut flavor and background cocoa malt. It's borderline sweet, but that's well balanced for the style. Overall a fun, well-designed beer.

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Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Dark and opaque with no head. Smell is coffee and light coconut. Taste is more of the same, with the sweet coconut coming on stronger in the taste. The coconut is not at all artificial. Feel is a bit light for a stout. Overall I was quite impressed.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid coconut-laced brew here that hits all the right flavor notes, is perhaps a touch quiet on the nose (though still pleasant), and suffers only from a noticeable thinness. This is sort of like a blue collar version of OB's Death by Coconut. Good stuff, but a touch more body would do wonders.

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Photo of Auraan
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black body with a thin cap of foam, but no real head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice body for a stout, but with a slightly disappointing head. Scents of coconut, rich fresh ground coffee, mocha, light diacetyl butter aromas and hints of chocolate. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice coffee stout, aided by vanilla, with a richness added by the diacetyl. Not a typical stout, but nice. Flavor begins with notes of coconut, roast malt, fresh ground coffee and mocha, with a light sweetness. Middle opens up further coconut, aided and balanced by roast malt, rich dark coffee and mocha. Finish is lightly dry, with notes of coconut, mocha, dark roast coffee and a light sourness, roast malt and sweetness. Aftertaste is rich black coffee and coconut. Overall impression of flavor is of a good coffee stout, aided by the coconut. Not outstanding, but not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good stout, nothing odd. Overall this is a pretty good stout. It's aided by the coffee and oatmeal which contribute a good aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel aids the flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at Papago in scottsdale. Pours a black as night color with some slight off white head. Smell is fantastic. Lots of pure coffee, with some slight roasted malts and a nice dose of coconut. Really fantastic aroma.
Amazing pure coffee flavor, some roasted malts, milk sweetness and finished huge with lots of coconut...really tremendous on the coconut but works really well.
Its about as smooth as can be, easy drinker, and just leaves you wanting more. This is a great brew...

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.


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Photo of matttttYCE
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler straight from Papago poured into a pint glass the same night.

The head is a little less than a finger high and tan in color. Fades a bit but manages to stick around for a decent time. Lacing is moderate. The beer's color is black.

The aroma is of huge and wonderfully bright coffee (probably the most coffee I've ever smelled in a beer), loads of coconut, amaretto coffee creamer, lighter roasted malts, and light and sweet milk chocolate. The more I sniff this, the more I think it smells really freaking great!

The taste does not disappoint. Big bitter coffee notes, like straight black coffee mixed with wonderful notes of sweet coconut and hints the amaretto creamer from the nose, as well as roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Let's just say I'm almost done with my first glass before I even get to the mouthfeel section...time for another pint!

The mouthfeel is nice and drinkable to say the least. Consistency is light-smooth, carbonation is light-medium, body is light-medium, and the finish is very smooth with a lingering bitterness. For a milk/sweet stout, it's pretty nice but could use a little heft.

Overall I think this is definitely one coffee stout that all should try, and I don't just say that because I'm a homer. I hate the term homerism and I feel that I maintain a pretty objective point of view when rating beers from AZ. Even so, Coconut Joe is just one of those darn good beers that I'd recommend to stout and coffee lovers alike. A great take on a coffee stout, IMO!

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Photo of turfy
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of ffejherb
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for procuring this growler in Arizon and sharing it with brewslut and myself.

A - Poured an oily black liquid with a slim but creamy burnt tan head that diminished to a few dots of retention and some stringy lace.

S - The aroma of this beer is utterly amazing and just oozes coconut awesomeness. Blending coconut, coffee, chocolate candy, toasted malt and milky sweet malt, the nose of this beer just reels me in.

T - Sweet coconut and chocolate candy with a hint of coffee and earthy hop bitterness, the latter of which is really pronounced in the backend. Flavor is indeed sweet, but balanced wth bitter notes and plenty of toasty malt in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, although a bit thin and watery overall. Fair amount of bitterness with plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Fantastic coconut-infused brew with an exquisite balance of sweetness, coffee bitterness and chocolate. Great stuff... need more!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow!Perhaps one of the best tasting stouts I have ever had.

Poured a deep brown with good carbonation and tannish head. Nose is big coconut and coffee, hints of roated malts and cocoa. Taste is unbelievably smooth and balanced. Coconut and coffee blend well. Mouthfeel is creamy, coconut and cocoa, roasted malt, medium bodied but not husky enough for a stout, more of a porter. Drinkability, over and over again! Bravo.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review used to be from notes taken at the bar, but the review was lost in the recent data crash. This one is from memory.

Had this at Papago Brewing. Poured into an English pint glass from tap.

5.0 A: Quite a looker. Typical stout, super black color. Two fingers of the creamiest head I've ever seen, which is tan/cream in color and had great retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Chock full of coffee. This was the most coffee I've ever gotten from a beer. At first I didn't pick up on the coconut because it blends in so well, but after a few more snifts I did notice it and it gets stronger as the beer warms.

4.5 T: Absolutely delicious. It tastes just like a carbonated bitter cup of black Joe. Really, it does. The coconut isn't as strong in the taste. In fact, most of it is lost.

3.0 M: Light-medium body. This could be much creamier. This is the only bad aspect of the brew. The mouthfeel just flat out sucks.

3.5 D: Picture perfect looks, awesome smell, and very tasty, but the drinkability suffers a hell of a lot from the mouthfeel.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Arizona Craft Brewers Festival. No head, was gravity fed, not pulled from a beer engine. Color was a dark black color. Aroma was extremely high on the coconut, some people thought it smelled like suntan lotion. Flavor was much higher on the coconut than on the coffee but it was an extremely drinkable beer and some of my friends commented that they thought it was the best beer at the festival. I would have liked to have had a little bit more coffee aroma but the taste was really yummy.

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Coconut Joe from Papago Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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