The Patsy
Barley Forge Brewing Co.

The PatsyThe Patsy
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American Stout
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Barley Forge Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The PatsyThe Patsy
Notes: Coconut Rye Stout: Brewed with Northern Brewer hops and infused with the natural flavor of coconut.

37 IBU
Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 234 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours black. A thin head becomes a lasting wisp. Little lacing.

Robust aroma - coconut, chocolate, minty rye.

It is liquid candy - chocolate covered coconut. Rye adds mint character.

It is sweet, but not overly so. Very smooth.

Very well-made. An enjoyable stout with coconut and rye. Unique.

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Photo of drillpin
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting this took me back to my mom's sweet and sticky coconut almond macaroons. The excellent balance of almond coconut, and coco nibs flavor is exquisite and I recommend this beer to anyone that can came by it. The nitro came off as less flavorful but creamier.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can notes: "No horsing around - your quest for the holy grail of stouts has ended, brave traveler. Set down that heavy load and clap hands for the dense tropical flavor of this unusual stout, brewed with flaked rye, chocolate rye, several specialty malts, and a hefty amount of coconut. This medium-bodied beers offers rye spiciness balanced by sweet coconut with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. The Patsy is the perfect pair for a hearty winter meal, or to reward you after a journey through the Kingdom of Mercia."

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped as '10/02/18'.
Black colored body with brown back lit highlights. Half a finger of light tan head settles back to thin film and active ring. Each sip leaves a sheet of lacing that coalesces into a pattern of small irregular spots.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with coconut and hazelnut.
Taste is dark roasted malts of slight char, dark chocolate, and coffee, with a spicy rye note. Lots of natural coconut flavor. Semi-sweet overall, but with a nutty twang from the rye.
Thin mouth feel, but has a smooth, coating texture. Slightly oily. Good carbonation.
A natural tasting coconut stout, that is free from bitterness but does express the rye spice note. Has a medium dry finish, with trailing off remnants being a mix of dark chocolate and coconut. Not overly sweet.

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Photo of stoumi
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Patsy pours a thick coffee black with a deep tan, half finger head that dissipates leaving a slight film on the glass. The smell is big on toasted coconut and hazelnut with cacao notes and mild vanilla sweetness. The taste is smooth and creamy on the palette with a dark, bitter chocolate up front, which gives way to the toasted coconut and just a hint of vanilla, finishing with a bitter, burnt coffee.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Basically a liquid mounds. Not too sweet either. Actually, wouldn't have minded a bit more sweetness. If you like coconut, and you enjoy a solid porter, you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well hot damn. Color me stupid. This son of a gun is rocking and rolling like a Lennon/Mcartney circle jerk. I mean, this thing is devine! Think of the most exquisite coconut you have ever seen, like, Kate Uptons’s coconuts, ya know? And imagine that gorgeous essensese squeezed into a Rye stout.

Yeah buddy!

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark chocolate with thick frothy head. Deep notes of coffee, coconut, dark spiced chocolate with good malty balance and hop hick. Great beer.

A-Frame Culver City on Tap $9

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Black, small light tan head with great retention that left a little bit of spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts and sweet coconuts, a little bit of chocolate and vanilla as well.

T: Follows aroma, but much lighter.

F: Thin, light, smooth, no real bitterness.

O: Easy drinking, coconut feature done right, nice mix of other aromas, just very thin body and feel.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with two fingers khaki head.
Nose is roasted malts, vanilla, coconut, coffee.
Taste follow suit, roasted malts, a bit of rye spiciness, natural coconut.
A bit thin but expectedly so from a lower ABV stout.
Overall a good sessionable coconut stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee black-brown with large, fuzzy tan foam settling to a spotty film.

Smell is toasty coconut with roasted nuts, Vanilla Coke and cocoa.

Taste is tangy, semi-sweet coconut and nuts, sort of like a Nut Brown, with notes of cola.

The medium-thin body is smooth and finishes semi-dry, so it's more like a Porter, especially at 6%.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the nose: Loads of vanilla, sweet chocolate, coffee and heaps of aroma of coconut. Roasted coconut chips.

Look: Deep dark color, with an espresso like foamy head

Taste: roasted coconut, nice nutty flavor-hazelnuts/nutmeg, followed by cacao notes with a nice bit of bitterness at the end. The flavors from the chocolate and flaked rye give way to a nice smoky-spice that blends well with the chocolatey sweetness of the vanilla and coconut. It’s very much a stout profile-not an imperial, or barrel aged. No alcoholic bite at all. Blended, smooth, but not overly powerful or pungent.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, with more carbonation then I thought. Goes down easy, its not thick or viscous. It’s highly drinkable. The foam on the head is KEY. One must correctly pour this beer and get all that foamy goodness on the top.

Overall: Great coconut stout. My other top coconut style beer is the coconut porter by Maui Brew Co. It was even better as an imperial, I’d be interested if Barley Forge has aged any of these beers yet. Really enjoyable, I’m a big coconut fan and this brew was done well, and not overly loaded with coconut. Didn’t taste “artificial” at all. The body of the beer and the malts chosen worked pretty well together it was indeed a “harmonic” balance than maybe I had initially judged. Well done!


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like big sweet buttery coconut, toffee, caramel, chocolate, rye spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes a bit acrid and almost artificial with buttery coconut, toffee, caramel, dark bitter chocolate, roasted rye spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice coconut rye stout.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with good foamy head and thick sticky lacing. Nose is loaded with coconut, some chocolate, and some spice. The taste is one of best coconut beers I had in awhile. Amazing flavor of coconut, chocolate, spicy rye, vanilla, and a little coffee burnt taste. Feel is medium and very clean. This was recommended to me and I am so happy I snagged some, just a gem of a beer.

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Photo of matcris
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black with just a smidge of tan head, and a mild lacing left behind. The aroma has plenty of dark chocolate Almond Joy, which is great, and dirt and scented vanilla candle wax. I would have never guessed that it was brewed with rye, on my own; but, now that I know what I'm smelling, it does give it another nice characteristic, because, this smells great. The flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut..... which lingers. Very slightly spicy on the finish. Very well carbonated, medium body, and very dry. I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bit more of this.

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Photo of Azgasso
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thats one badazz beer. Introduced to it on golf outing in so cal. One of the guys brought a 12 pack. Ice cold from the cooler. That was one of the most interesting taste compositions I've ever had. Beer is 5 star in my book. Ive got all my az buddies onto it now. Everone loves flavor. Great beer!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Very deep brown to crude black in color with rather thick foamy brown head that withstands with good retention before gradually subsiding to some bubble film atop and leaving some lacing on the glass-side, it is good looking overall.

The aroma is the real deal. Very sweet and well mellow toasted yet creamy coconut covering through, spicy rye displays in the middle layer while dark and milky chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, roasted, and brown sugar together reinforce and well blend. There is also a hint of woody hop.

It kicks off with typical Stout in the taste. Roasted, coffee, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, and dark bread. Then the addition of caramel, dark yet milky chocolate, and significant toasted yet creamy coconut wrap all the things up providing theirs creamy sweetness through the taste buds. It is not too sweet being balance by some spicy rye and woody hop yet roasted malt. The aftertaste is lasting with some residual coconut and mild coffee sourness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded and rather light which is good to carry all the things well. Finish is pleasantly dry.

This Stout got enrich with so mellow and invitingly sweet toasted coconut plus with the other sorts of sweetness like caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee while spicy rye and roasted character help to ensure that it will be not too sweet. Great brew.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown. Smell is roasted malts and coconut. Flavor is about the same, but expected (hoped) more coconut. The body is very thin, which brings down the rating. Was hoping it was a bit chewier. Overall, nice beer, though.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It smells pretty strongly of fresh coconut and chocolate, something different than any beer I've ever had. It tastes like coconut, chocolate, and brown sugar, making this pretty much like an Almond Joy in a glass. There's even a bit of the nutty flavor (though maybe more pecan). But it doesn't feel too sugary or syrupy, and it's much lighter and more carbonated than most stouts I've had, despite it's very dark appearance. This is a beer that shouldn't be nearly as good as it is, and I whole-heartedly recommend it.

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Photo of pants678
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Black, beige lacing.

Pungent roasted coconut.

Coconut, right up to the line of overwhelming. Hardly complex outside a hint of vanilla. May need a harsh note of smoke or roast for balance. For me, smells better than it tastes.

I think I prefer this was more viscous and syrupy.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Barley Forge beer. You can tell from the pour that it is a bit thin, but that is not surprising given the relatively low ABV. The flavor is the most overwhelming coconut I have ever had in a beer. If you love coconut, you will like this one, but it was too much for me.

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Photo of skval
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my absolute favorite beers. (I have been by the brewery once, everyone was walking out with at least a six pack of this beer.)
L - Pours a nice dark color.
S - The smell gives some indication of what to expect (coconut).
T - Taste counts the most in my book and this one is outstanding - the first sip is outstanding, the only thing you must do is wait between sips or lose the flavor a little bit.
F - A little thin but...
O - Taste overrides everything!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.98 (with 10 pct. ABV off)
Purchased: Jan. 6, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 6, 2017
Reviewed as: American Stout
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 12, 2016

Had seen a few beers from Barley Forge before at Bine & Vine and decided to try this one and another as part of the 10 percent off deal they offer for a 6-pack. Picked this one first as the coconut rye stout got me. Also grabbed The Orange Curtain, which I had first and thought was OK.

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Could see a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a pleasant mix of toasted coconut, espresso, Samoas Girl Scout cookies, dark chocolate, vanilla, Mounds candy, hazelnut and caramel. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose nicely. Did not taste artificial. Got toasted coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, Mounds candy, Samoas Girl Scout cookies, roasty nuts, hazelnut, caramel, toffee and buttery popcorn. Getting a touch of spices late, I’m guessing rye but I can’t pick it out. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. I really liked this. This was much better than I thought it would be and much better than Death By Coconut by Oskar Blues. Could crush a 6-pack of this. (Overall - 4.25)

4.12 | 92 | A-

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Photo of bob_roberts
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very dark with little light getting through at edges where it's a dark brown. small head with a heavy pour that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S: Roasty coconut with some vanilla. Smells of a coconut macaroon.

T: Malty and more roasted coconut. a little bit of vanilla and coffee too.

F: Dry finish, for sure. carbonation is very present. Decent feel, not overly thin or overly viscous.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Really like the coconut flavor of this guy.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 6.27 (Including $ 3.78 shipping)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.522/oz) from CraftShack, San Diego, CA
Bottle dated 16-09-15 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – roasted coconut
Head small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to an irregular two to six mm ring and thin layer
Lacing good – partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown, opaque
Flavor mostly coconut with some malt overtones. The rye is not evident. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

If this were locally available, I’d pick up a case or two. However, since the shipping more than doubles the price, this is a case of one and done.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of jooler
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

black as night. one inch head
smell is of slight coconut. not as much as death by coconut.
taste is all of coconuts. there is a coffee aftertaste.
feel is extremely smooth. very drinkable. not too carbonated. perfect for stouts
overall, a great beer

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