hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The was a draft pout at the Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Came in the glass a reddish brown color with a light tan head. Nose is roasted malts and some chocolate with a hint of the coconut. Medium in body. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is fruit, some chocolate, and floral hops. Some bitterness in finish Very nice brown.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a little over a finger high, and off-white in shade. Its texture is somewhat soapy, ergo it doesn’t really leave a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Retention is pretty good.
S: It brings a decent amount of toasted coconut at first. After a while, though, the nose becomes somewhat chocolaty, and even fruity at times. And after even more time, the coconut really comes out. I’ll give this nose credit - it’s interested me, and brown ales don’t interest me.
T: Coconut notes are more subtle here than in the nose, but they’re definitely here. Apart from that, it starts with a decent brown sugar and milk chocolate flavors, with something suggesting herbal hops in the finish. The hop levels are perfect here - they help to dry out the sweetness some, yet don’t even come close to wrecking the balance. It’s one of those rare beers that grows on me the more I drink it.
M: I’m really enjoying the soft dryness of this. Though it’s a bit on the thin side, it’s not really a chugger - some residual sugar does linger on the finish. Frankly, I kind of don’t want to chug this.
O: This is a pleasant surprise. So many ’Murican brown ales go the ’balanced’ route, yet aren’t really that delicate or sophisticated to compensate for its less exciting flavor profile. But this is. Brown ale is a hit-or-miss style with me - this isn’t an emphatic hit, but damnit it’s a hit nonetheless.
mkel07 (4540) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Yard House Waikiki 221214. Coconut definitely dominates this beer from the aroma to the flavour to the aftertaste. Thin bodied and brown in colour.
Lore (1659) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown to mahogany colour moderate sized beige-ish head; aroma of coconut, roasted malts, nuts, hints of caramel and herbal notes; taste of coconut, toffee, herbs and slight roastedness; correct brown ale
LuckyDog (614) - - NOV 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, sweet brown ale. Strong coconut favor. Browns are all over the map, but this one is pretty good.
loco_gallego (217) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brune foncée translucide. Mousse blanc cassé, à peine persistante. A peine qqs dépôts.
Au nez plutôt sucré au niveau des malts, caramel et toasté. Mais surtout domination de ce que doit être le coco... apportant de la fraicheur. (avec des houblons floraux?)
En bouche plutôt sucré, avec des notes fortes de coco. Petite amertume en toute fin de bouche. Arrière goût toasté et coco...
Intéressante, et ronde... ormis ce coco.... ça perturbe...
eduardovl (1148) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark and clear dark amber color forming a medium to small light yellow head. Medium retention and lots of small molasses lacings formed and left in the glass.
S: Great nose. Strong notes of sweet malts, caramel and roasted malts and mainly, coconut. Light flowery hops.
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes sweet pale malts, caramel malts and roasted malts. Strong notes of coconut. Light pleasant bitterness. Light notes of dark fruits and chestnut.
M: Medium and smooth mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. Coconut and roasted malts in the aftertaste.
O: Great drinkability. Strong coconut personality Ale.
HKdIPA (515) - HONG KONG - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from QClub at home. Light cola brown pour with thin bubbly head. Aroma is deeply nutty and sweet coconut. Taste is similar - sweet hazelnut and coconut flavors with maltiness. Very slight bitterness on finish. Light body but more richness than expected. Solid brown ale.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at elbernays wedding. Nuts, toasted malt, coffee notes in the flavour. Big body, quite fizzy. Nuts in the finish. Nice.
GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 23rd, 2013 - I always wanted Kona Brewing to be more distinctly Hawaiian. Their core beers are getting pretty wide distribution, but I never found them to be of much interest. The coconut porter is a notable and delicious exception, and walking into this review, I was hoping the Koko Brown would follow suit. And by the aroma, it could. A brown is a brown is a brown, and this brown is very brown in the way browns are, on the head and in the body. But the smell is very different, giving off airs of sweet and roasted nuts, madam, shea butter and almonds. This is a smell I could find here and there on Waikiki, in restaurant bars and slightly more upscale diners. The flavor is similar, but a little too perfumed, featuring TOO much of the flower and shea flavors, and tasting much too much like the inside of a Yankee candle jar. Still, that aroma is a treat, and a distinct scent of the islands.