Coconut Joe | Papago Brewing

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4.05 w/ 82 ratings

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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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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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mothman
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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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 tempest
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Gueuzedude
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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 crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 DavoleBomb
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ummswimmin
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Coconut Joe from Papago Brewing
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 82 ratings
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