Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Draft. A medium brown pour. The nose has touch of coconut husk and vanilla. The flavor seems to favor the vanilla side with some nuttiness, light toasted coconut, and earth. Light in body. Kind of meh in my book.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pony Bar. Pours a clear brown with a medium sized white to beige head. Nutty and malty, coconut and cocoa. Sweet, nutty cocoa and chocolate. Toast, sweet malt. Long gentle bitterness and more coconut sweetness.
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Brown/mahogany/ruby red hue. Quite dark but still able to see carbonation around the edges. Forms a brown, soapy head which dissolves somewhat quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Coconut, chocolate, coffee, and dark malty sweetness. Also a slightly sour quality (I canít tell if the bottle I had was bottled four months ago or expired four months ago).
Taste: Iíve had Kona Koko Brown on tap and out of the bottle and the tap was by far the superior presentation (but this review is based on the bottle in front of me). Itís a beer that really took me by surprise, especially considering the fact itís (allegedly) made with real coconut and I actually hate coconut. Still, itís a brown ale at the core and thatís what it drinks like. Prominent confectionery sweetness of caramel, toffee and bitter dark chocolate all found in the second half. The beginning is quite mild, though, a little too mild actually. But itís the second halfís candy bar-like taste that really makes the beer.
Thatís not the say this is a super sweet brew like many imperial stouts and the like. No, this is an American style brown ale with more sweetness and the addition of coconut to give it a rustic, toasty flavor that really balances out the palate very well. Thereís mild bitterness through the middle as the hops and coconut complement each other really well and impart a dry earthiness, but nothing extreme. Some beers are like liquid gourmet candy, but this is more of a liquid Mounds or Almond Joy.
Drinkability: While this beer is a little more robust than most of its style and weight, itís just as drinkable. With a medium body, watery/creamy mouthfeel, and perfect carbonation Kona Koko Brown goes down very smooth and is easy to drink quickly. Sweet enough to work as a dessert or with dessert, but not so big that itís a meal in a glass. The 5.5% ABV is a perfect weight for the beer - far from imperial but too big to session.
degbert (1661) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a light red-brown with a high, moussy head. Nose is chocolate, coconut, and fruit -- smells like a damned good trail mix. Much richer on the tongue than I expected; definite toasted coconut to mix in with the bakerís chocolate and fig. Finish is long and...well...coconutty. Damned good.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is light chocolate, and wow, nice coconut character really sitting pretty, gives some perception of barrel. Slight biscuit with some fruity accents. Flavor starts with the cocoa again but quickly gives way to coconut, wow even more barrel like from that. Some light doughy and cookie notes that sit very nicely with the light roast and sweet finish. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Excellent lightly complex but very drinkable brown ale.
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small head. Smells of sweet coconut, malts, and leaves. Tastes of roasted nuts, lager, grasses, and coconut. A little too sweet in there for me.
blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a beige head. Sweet and toasty, with caramel, and lighter chocolate notes. Not bad.
saxo (16724) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ The Pony Bar, NYC. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are coconut, caramel, more coconut, bounty bar, and again more coconut. Did I mention coconut? Malt and hops as well. Sweet and coconut is quite dominant.
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong roasty, coconut aroma. Medium to light brown body. Very malty, complex taste. A sweet finish which lingers. Definitely very easy to drink and has a lot going on. Great beer for the summer.
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Different. Pours a light mahogany brown with a small head. Nose is sweet and vanilla coconut. Taste spells flavor, quite different but appealing. Taste is sweet with a long vanilla coconut finish. Was not expecting very much but enjoyed this light tropical ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10 ... better than a pina colada with a ridiculous umbrella