Tusk & Grain Coconut Stout
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Tusk & Grain Coconut StoutTusk & Grain Coconut Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #283
ABV:
13.4%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,558
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
110
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Saint Archer Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Tusk & Grain Coconut StoutTusk & Grain Coconut Stout
Notes: For brewers, creativity is at the forefront of what we do. In this case, our Imperial Porter and Imperial Stout have spoken, and led us to create our sophomore Tusk & Grain release. Boasting big notes of chocolate, roast and caramel, there was only one ingredient left to complete this beer: toasted coconut. This beer will take you somewhere, and we hope you enjoy the journey.
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster pour at Native Son Alehouse in Santa Ana, CA.

Wow. Like a tropic voyage. I am alive. Like waking up with the bright sun above me, and a scantly clad pirate babe on my side, I am feeling this. Taste is fairly robust and beautiful barrel age and coconut (as advertised). Feel is a lil light than this player would want, but it’s not bad!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a good amount of light brown head. Nose is full of beautiful coconut notes with some nice fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, and roasted chestnuts. Flavor is bitter upfront, with a nice bourbon presence. Smooths right off with a good amount of coconut and dark chocolate. Some cherries and blackberries on the aftertaste. Marshmallow, coffee, and tobacco round things off on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This is the 11.54% version, and the alcohol is not noticeable. Overall, a really interesting and tasty stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these, as the last beer for all of March Madness 2018. Like, $14 off the shelf 500ml, easy call here. Pours motor oil (used) black with a 1/3" brown head. Aroma is exactly as the label implies, there's bourbon and coconut here. The roasted malt is less noticeable.

The taste is just a reliable bourbon barrel aged banger shelfie. The type of beer that makes chasing shit or standing in line seem dipshit-esque. The coconut is very prominent but without being sugary. The bourbon is complimentary and sturdy, neither too heavy or too feint. Its not bitter or acrid, rather smooth. Hides the alcohol very well. Nice chocolate notes, again, without relying on sweetness/sugar to do its thing.

I love how this beer is so damn reliable, available and affordable. Makes no sense to chase Prop or whatever analogous beer is out there like this one. Very legit.

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Photo of MFMB
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oily black with a thick tan head on heavy pour. Nose is of chocolate malt, dark roast coffee and light coconut. As far as taste goes this one is superb. Huge coconut flavor, almost gritty like the flaked coconut is in the beer. Smooth milky chocolate, light vanilla and coffee along with some char from both malt and barrel. Bourbon is not in your face but there is enough there to take notice. Medium body and slick. Good beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger brown head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted and biscuit malt, coconut, vanilla and light cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt, coconut, mild bourbon, light milk and dark chocolate and light vanilla. Nice residual malt, chocolate and coconut in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. A well made coconut stout with clear coconut flavor, but deftly light without dominating. Good malt body with chocolate notes and light bourbon. Well balanced, but a little boozy. Except for being a little hot, they nailed this one. Both bourbon and coconut can be forward in this style, but everything plays well together here. I liked their Tusk & Grain wee heavy last year and like this one too. I was never excited about their standard stable of beer, but their barrel project seems to do a great job. This is a Tusk & Grain project stout and the ABV is a little over 11%, so a bit lighter than the original version. Really doesn't need to be any bigger.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket and and light lacing..

S - Aromas of vegetative notes, roasted notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose acrid notes, chocolate light roast, decent chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little thin, good coconut feel.

O -Overall this was a very solid stout, nice coconut notes, good chocolate.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed in Cali
Light fizzy head, very dark with long legs

Nose tons of coconut, a bit of dark chocolate and faint roast, so much coconut

Taste loads of coconut and dark chocolate, roasted coconut, a touch of vanilla barrel, mild roasted malt

Mouth is med bod, creamy. fluffy carb, touch of alcohol

Overall not bad, loads of coconut thankfully, nice base beer

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Photo of dave_ackbar
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My best buddy recommended this to me. I had no idea it was no longer being brewed, no wonder it was hard to find.
Look is your normal dark black stout appearance.
Smell, now this is where the norm changes, you first smell the coconut, but then the caramel kicks in, and the finally the chocolate. It’s awesome.
Taste is so smooth, a bit heavy, but shouldn’t a stout be heavy?
Feel is perfect, smooth throughout the sip.
Overall it is excellent.

Gonna have to hunt down a few bottles before they are all gone.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a very thin toffee lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and oak. (The coconut is very, very faint.)

T - The bourbon is bold and slams your palate immediately and overpowers the beer until the very end when it starts to subside and that's when the coconut and milk dark chocolate start to shine. There's also some oakiness and alcohol effervescence that permeates up the back of the throat and into the sinuses.

M - Medium body, sticky on the lips, silky.

O - The best part of this beer is the aroma and the aftertaste. From a taste perspective, it's a boozy mess right now, some time might serve this beer well.

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Photo of themaj
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells extremely boozy. Not much else. Taste is burnt malt, slight coconut, vanilla from the barrel, and BOOZE. Not bad, not great. A good ba stout. Especially if you like em boozy

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a really great beer. Perfect creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of burn upfront and very subtle toasted coconut on the finish. It wasn't as flavorful as I had hoped due to the booze though.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White-waxed 500ml bottle into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: dark brown with a tiny ring of foam atop, and very active carbonation.

Smell: heavenly. Fudge, coconut, figs, raisins, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, caramel.

Taste: dark fruits, fudge, caramel, bourbon, coconut, vanilla. Light on the roasty aspects, heavier on the dark fruit/powdered cocoa.

Feel: on the light side of medium, perfect carbonation; slightly dry.

Overall: another impressive entry in the Tusk & Grain series. This is not quite a world-class BA stout, perhaps, but it is very good. If you're getting it just for the coconut, you'll be disappointed... go buy a coconut instead.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and toasted coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon barrel aging that comes across stronger than the toasted coconut this one was brewed with.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly thin looking black with a half finger light brown head.

S: A pretty great mix of smells in here. Lots of caramel and dark chocolate, some coconut, something that smells pretty much exactly like a girl scout Samoa cookie and just a hint of roasted malt and barrel.

T: I'm pretty impressed. This is like a Parabola light. Lots of sweet milk chocolate and caramel notes, a nice amount of coconut and just a hint of bourbon. Light mouthfeel, but really tasty.

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Tusk & Grain Coconut Stout from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 110 ratings