Coconut Stout | Church Brew Works

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Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Doug and Karen at the Church Brew works for a day out! Nice with a good coconut flavor. Leah enjoyed this from the tap! She had nothing else to say about this offering!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours jet black with a tannish lacing.

Smells of mild cocoa and hints of coconut.

Bit of cocoa and lactose with a whisper of coconut and a non-astringent coffee element.

Medium body with lighter carbonation.

Pretty good stout, good body for being a lighter stout, and the coconut is a nice touch. I wish there was a bit more coconut is all. Would be willing to try this or other flavored stouts again for sure.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All but black with 3/4" of head off the pour. So-so retention. 3.0

Roasty malts dominate with some soily tart aroma like a Baltic Porter would smell. Hint of nuttiness. 3.0

Well-kilned black malts with a shinethrough freshly grated coconut flavor. Earthy with some mild malt bitterness. A little greenness from the hops. Tickling carb creates the impression of spiciness. Hints of vanilla and marshmallow. Medium body with overdrive spritz. Not a particularly mellow drink. 3.5, 3.0

This works okay. Nothing wrong with it. Lacking much in the nose and the feel is pretty average. Not their best stout. 3.5

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Dark chocolate brown pour, with a small tan cap of head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing. My wife took the first sip of this and claimed to detect no coconut whatsoever. Well, it just goes to show how peoples' palates can differ, because I got plenty of coconut out of this beer. (We experienced vice versa palate-age for the cherry in the Quadzilla.) Not overblown, but I'd hardly call it subtle. Nice smooth aroma of roast, notes of coffee, chocolate, coconut. Dark roasted malts up front in the taste, with a distinct flavor of chocolate-coconut macaroons coming in mid-palate; sweetness and roastiness find a good equilibrium. Maybe it's because I detest coconut in most forms that the flavor was so blatant to me, but I definitely got a good fix of it here, even if it wasn't extremely potent. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not quite full-bodied, but quite tasty and drinkable overall. One of my favs from the Church.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went for the cask version of the Coconut Stout, which in my opinion was a mistake. A few of my friends got it from the tap and I believe it was a better beer. However, it was still good! Black pour with a good amount of light brown to white head. Once poured, the head forms much like a Guinness is poured. The smell is almost toasted, very sweet, which I would expect from combining coconut and a stout. The problem with Cask vs. Tap for me came with the taste, which for me was all over the place. I considered the taste of the Tap version to be more controlled and balanced, blending the coconut and stout flavors wonderfully, whereas my version you didn’t know what was going to happen with each drink, not in a good way however. The beer is full bodied and dry throughout. I just think it was served too warm for my preference. Like with Quadzilla, I like to witness the beer evolve as it warms, I sort of missed out with this one. My advice: If you like cask beers, try it! If you’re not really sure, go for the version that’s on tap, which I thought was nothing short of phenomenal.

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Photo of nukem5
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at local pub for lunch today.

A: Pitch black and thin foam cap, nice and tasty looking.

S: Light coffee , dark chocolates, and virtually no coconut to speak of.

T: This is a first for me and kind of a drag. Lots of roasted malts and some dark chocolates, slightly burnt coffee and then a faint coconut taste.

M: Thin and watery, a disappointment hoping this would be rich and thick.

O: Would probably not get another unless it was with the pub special lobster corn dogs the sweetness goes good together,or something else that would be complimentary.

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Photo of tankg
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at D's in Monroeville PA on tap last 2 weekends. A few of the pleasures of life seem to co-exist in the description - coffee, Mounds bars and Church Brew Works beer. I recently had their Belgian Tripel which was top-notch, so this was promising. But there was concern that it could be cloyingly sweet. It wasn't - the coconut is subtle in the afternaste, balancing with the rich stout flavors. Sold out quickly. I nice break from IPAs and summer wheats I've been trying. Worth trying if you find it in the PGH area. A Salud"

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Photo of bamadog
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brew pub. Review is from notes taken on 6/4/2011 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a dark coffee brown and starts with a short one finger, creamy tan head that fades to a thin and full, yet uneven cap; a thick, creamy wall of lacing is left behind at first, but eventually fades to swaths and patches that stick around a while; body is dark, and nearly entirely opaque.

Smell: Comes across a little weak; some burnt coffee notes and a bit of bittersweet chocolate; as it continues to warm, the coconut starts to make a presence and comes across warm, sweet and toasty like the top on top a pie that is baked for a few extra minutes to brown the coconut and dry it out a bit.

Taste: Dark roasty coffee with a touch of an earthy, metallic flavor that is reminiscent of coppery; at first, I don't really notice much of the coconut, but as it sits and warms for a few more minutes, it really starts to come out and make a nice creamy and sweet presence and it kind of reminds me of a Mounds bar when it blends in with a bit of bittersweet chocolate from the malts. Definite solid and worth trying based upon this.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than what I like in a stout, but for an American Stout, it's definitely within the style in terms of weight and viscosity; body is soft and creamy, and a thin dry stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; teeth feel a little gritty when it's down.

Overall: Not too bad, and the flavor alone makes it worth trying. I feel that the nose could be a little bigger, and perhaps some time in the secondary on top of some more freshly toasted coconut would really bring it around, or perhaps doing this in a more "imperial" style, but then again, I prefer that style to begin with.

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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown that you can"t see light through with a tan head that leaves a nice lacing

S - Lots of chocolate, and coconut, this beer doesn't pull any punches on aroma, there some nuttyness as we'll, but it's mostly just the coconut.

T - Strong chocolate and coconut flavors hit the tongue but quickly fades and leaves little aftertaste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is weak and watery and ruins what could have been a great beer. This is reasonably drinkable porter and would probably be a favorite of a coconut lover, but left me wanting just a litle bit more.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smokin' Joe's Friday July 15 (review is from notes). Poured into a pint glass...

A - Like most normal stout's, this one is black. Very little head formed at all. Just a very thin film of a roasted hazelnut color formed after it was placed in front of me.

S - Smells like any other run of the mill stout. Roasted malts, some chocolate aromas and come slight coffee as well. Little to no coconut aroma at all. I reaaally had to search to try and ascertain any coconut in this beer.

T - Just an average stout. There is almost no coconut flavor in any way in this one; quite disappointing. Even after letting it warm for almost 30 minutes, the flavor still doesn't make an appearance like one would think it should. If anything, there is the slightest sweetness on the back end of the taste that could potentially be coconut, but it is so incredibly masked, I can't say for sure it is.

M - Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very silky.

D - The drinkability is fine on this one. Unfortunately, after being very disappointed in the lack of the most significant flavor advertised in this beer, I would not be reaching for another anytime soon.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint enjoyed @ the brew works.

A: very dark opaque brown. Not much head and what is there doesn't last long.

S: roasted malt. Sweet chocolate covered fruit. Some coffee. Noticeable coconut aroma.

T: similar to smell. I'm not picking up as much coconut flavor as other reviewers have noted, but it is there. Coffee and bitter chocolate in the finish.

M: very nice, soft velvety feel. Well suited to to flavors of this beer.

D: high. The coconut flavor is in check and not tiresome. I could definitely have another.

Never been a big fan of Church BW but I like this one. On top of that its a great place to have a beer. The coconut stout isn't worth seeking out, but a trip to the brewpub is.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Church Brew Works' Coconut Stout has a body that is somewhere between dark brown and black; it is opaque. The off-white head is small and doesn't have much going on in the lacing or retention departments.

The aroma has an odd, slightly tart fruit smell to it, which I find somewhat unpleasant. Besides that a ton of roasted malt and a hint of coconut are in there.

Luckily the taste omits the strange fruit from the aroma. This is actually a pretty simple beer; it has a bunch of roasted malt up front, and the finish has a good, fairly strong coconut flavor. It isn't terribly complex, but it is one of the better coconut beers that I have sampled.

The body on this one is pretty light, but I guess that should be expected with the relatively low ABV%.

Coconut stout is simple, but very drinkable. I would probably order it again.

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Photo of botham
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewpub in Pittsburgh. pours a deep chocolate brown/black color with a half finger of light tan head. weak retention.

aroma is of roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, with a distinct sweetness from the coconut, which forms a base. nicely proportioned in the nose.

taste is of more roasted malts with a sweet coconut base that lingers after the fact. somewhat light on the palate with a very satisfying finish. well proportioned with a solid treatment of the coconut.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth character accented by the sweetness and lasting roasted malt qualities that work well with the coconut character. interestingly drinkable.

drinkability is great. the coconut and roasted malt should not work well together in concept, but in the final product do well to compliment one another. very drinkable with a sublime aftertaste. cheers!

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Capone's.

Poured a dark brown color with a very small sized(almost no) off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and very light coconut. Tastes of chocolate, lighter roast, coconut, and vanilla.

Notes from and tasted on: 08/29/08.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark brown with a small tan cap that slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart fruit, caramel, vanilla, sugar, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the standout cocoa, caramel, and vanilla, along wiht a mild coconut flavor coming through in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, sugary, with a tart finish.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Church Brewpub in Pittsburgh. Appears like a typical stout.. dark and creamy. Has some of the typical smells.. dark roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee.. but overwhelming with coconut. Taste is dominated by coconut. This is something different from any beer I have had before, and unique enough that it was worth trying but not something I particularly enjoy. There were other much better beers at this brewery.

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a thin tan head. Left very spotty lace.

S-Subtle and rather light roasty sweetness. Coconut aroma is faint...not really sure if I would guess it was coconut if I didnt know.

T-Sweet roast with a hint of the dryness of the toasted coconut. Not very complex.

M-Medium body with a fairly creamy feel and a nice dry finish.

D-Decent but has room for improvement. I would like a bit more chocolate/roasty flavours to introduce some complexity. The coconut adds a nice drying aspect and decent flavour....but that is where it ends. I can see hints of a really good brew here but find it lacking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a nearly black color and a modest head that leaves some lacing while it lasts

Smell: Unsweetened coconut and roasty elements

Taste: Up front, the coconut and chocolate clearly come through but there is a developing nut skin bitterness that appears at mid-palate; the coconut continues into the finish as the bitter flavors fade and the sweet stout elements re-assert themselves

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice combination, but I can't help but think what this would be like in an Imperial version, with a big mouthfeel and a lot more coffee/chocolate character

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Coconut Stout from Church Brew Works
3.68 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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