Coconut Stout | Church Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brentk56 on 09-01-2008

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by nukem5:
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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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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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
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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