Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours more red than brown. A bit surprising there. Immediately hit by the roasted coconut aroma. Taste doesn’t disappoint, either. A little on the sweet side, but a very enjoyable and very
unique beer. Nice work!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, $2.99 at a liquor store a few blocks away from me in OB, that doesn’t seem to see very high turnover. Clear light brown with a one finger kinda fizzy light beige head, low retention. I do get coconut in the nose, but it comes across as artificial, and actually seems like it was aged on cheap flabby bourbon. Once I get past that, there is some toasty nutty malt beneath. Flavor waxes and wanes with the crappy bourbon notes and real coconut, but the malt underneath is the same, except for a light added dry dog food grain aspect. This just doesn’t seem like actual coconut to me, call me crazy. The finish is semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a 2 with a tinge of ashy roast. Lowish carbonation with a light body. I wanted to like this more.
portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from RamyG4. Pours clear brown with a soft white soapy head that settles to a thin white film. Aroma shows a nice coconut scent wrapped with roaster malt all around and maybe a faint note of coffee. Taste is somewhat bitter at first, but then the coconut and roasted malt shows through with some vanilla and nutty flavors. Palate is thin to medium with a slick mouth feel and finishes chalky.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a full head. Nutty and roasty, but the coconut gives it a sweetness as well. You can definitely taste the coconut, which makes this very unique-tasting.
jake65 (2847) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Medium depth brown with a finger of khaki head. Nice aroma of roasted and toasted malts, just a little chocolate and coconut. Flavor is pedestrain brown ale roasted malt and, albeit faint, chocolate. Not picking up any coconut at all... light bittersweetness in the end, but this is uninspiring.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from craft beer outlet. Pours a deep amber/brown with aroma of vanilla, and tastes of cocoa powder. Good though.
ANGRYCPA (50) - - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with little to no head. Faint coconut aroma on the nose. Taste of coconut and vanilla blasts you in the face right away with some malts and very little bitterness. Super clean finish. I like it!
jhamp9 (1229) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear mahogany with a thin crab head. Aroma is toasted, nutty, and coconut. Flavor is toasted coconut, toast, nutty, and caramel. A lot of.sweetness.
jarealist (5) - - APR 26, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly smoky vanilla coconut going down. The aroma is even refreshing with its fruity earthiness.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: deep clear garnet and ruby hues under a fast fading head if thin white foam. Resembles a polished gem when held up to the light. Swirls with a bit of foam and lace but not much else.
Nose: massive notes of chocolate covered almonds and pralines with walnuts for sweetness. Thin layer of caramelized sweetness brings to mind toffee and caramel. Subtle and pervasive aroma of toasted coconut dipped in chocolate. Plums and treacle along the sides. More cocoa notes weave in and out.
Palate: delicious and pleasantly light mouthfeel which allows the clean and straightforward flavors to shine. Toasted coconut and chocolate are inseparable with almonds and praline along the edges. Touch of plum skin for bitterness while more toasted coconut dipped in chocolate holds it all together. Not a very long finish – just some cocoa powder in the breath which quickly dissipates.
Final Thoughts: hands down my new favorite beer from Kona Brewing. While Kona Brewing may be located in Kona Hawaii, don’t be fooled by thinking our Kona here in the states comes from the islands. Instead they are contract brewed under strict control and guidelines by AB/InBev here in the states. That being said, Koko Brown is still a darn good brown ale. I’d gladly drink another one or three. Being a seasonal, get it while you can.