The Coqui | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rum Barrel Aged Spiced Ale brewed with sweet potatoes, vanilla beans, coconut and spices. Our "Batata Obscura" aged in rum barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 43
Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, close to black with a thin layer of light khaki/brown foam.

The aroma is a blast of vanilla, chocolate, roast, sweet coconut, and a subtle but present spicy rum aroma.

The flavor is very unique to say the least. The creamy coconut is much more pronounced in flavor and the spices come out to play more. The vanilla, sweet potato, and roasty notes are still present as well and the rum adds a very interesting aspect.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, sticky, sweet, spiced, a tad thin for my taste.

Overall, this is certainly a very unique beer in terms of flavor and aroma. It isn't outstanding, but it provides a great deal of complexity through the different flavor layers and keeps each sip interesting.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses, some spices, oak, and maybe some vanilla. Medium mouthfeel. Light and nuanced spiced stout. The Rum barrel shines through without being too boozy. Not getting much of the coconut, vanilla or sweet potato. Interesting beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar and a few patches on the surface, along with a few dots of lace adhering to the sides of the glass. Murky near-black body.

S - Lots and lots of rum. Spiced rum and wood. Notes of anise, pepper, blackstrap molasses, allspice, nutmeg, and clove. And booze, albeit of the spirit variety rather than hot fusels. As it warms I get a touch of coconut and vanilla, and the beer is the better for it.

T - The taste reveals a bit more of the base porter's malt bill, with notes of chocolate and caramel. Still, it's very rum-forward, with supporting notes of wood and spice. Spices linger into the finish, which balances the sweetness and leaves a lingering anise bitterness.

M - Medium-full body, with low carbonation, and a pleasant chewy texture. Some definite tannins from the adjuncts and the barrel-aging. Light stickiness lingers, but less than expected. Some warming, but not excessive for 11%.

D - This beer is unapologetic and delivers on all the promised ingredients. It's pretty heavy-handed with the rum barrel and with the adjuncts, but the balance is flavor is pretty agreeable for the most part. Definitely needs time to warm up though. Solid, but compared to Skeleton Key it's a bit of a letdown. Still, had no problem (slowly) working through the 22oz bottle on a lazy Sunday.

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black and viscous. Forms a fizzy dark tan colored head that fades away quickly, leaving a glossy black liquid in the glass. No lacing. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Vanilla, chocolate, molasses. The flavor, however, is thin and fleeting. Really not much more than a generic sweetness. Well, more like a coconuty, alcoholic, sweetness. Like a cold glass of watery Malibu. Medium body, but exceptionally smooth. Slight alcoholic heat and a non-existent bitterness.
More than a bit underwhelming. But, at least it doesn't taste like suntan lotion.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reminds me more of a pumpkin beer than a standard porter, which is probably due to the sweet potato presence. This, plus the rum barrel, makes this a bit too sweet for my own tastes.

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The Coqui from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 43 ratings