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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Is there anything more iconic of the lush tropics than the coconut? The delicious heart of this island treasure has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beaches of Paradise. Kick back with a Koko Brown, brewed with real toasted coconut, and savor the mahogany color and smooth, roasty malt taste. Available Winter/Spring Koko Brown pairs well with coconut and caramel flavors, such as Thai curries, BBQ meats and carne asada. Its refreshing nutty aroma makes for the perfect beer after a day on the water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
Not being a big fan of either brown ales in general, or coconut as a flavour, I saved his one for a thirsty night after a hot day. Dark brown colour, with slightly sweet aroma. a pretty drinkable brown ale, toasty with some complexity. A bit assertive carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5693) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012
Location: Draft at the Kona in the Honolulu Airport, 7/17/12

Aroma: The nose is big on sweet malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, coconut, and chocolate
Appearance: Pours a nice looking clearish brown color with a big, lasting of beige head
Flavor: The flavor is heavy sweet, similar to the nose with more toffee/caramel and coconut
Palate: The body is medium-plus with a soft carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel
Overall Impression: This was some rather solid stuff. For some reason I seem to only like the Porters from Kona. Almost everything else they make is basically the Hawaiian version of macro crap. Honestly, when youíre there, it feels a lot like Kona is the Hawaiian Budweiser. This beer is clearly the exception to that though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
DraftÖ Pours clear, dark and new-penny-copper with a mid-sized, tight, white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet furnishes a huge toasted coconut component and and a lesser note of caramel. Light bodied and watery with stinging carbonation. The flavor leans sweet, but not by much. Notes of toasted coconut and toffee are the highlights. Crisp, clean finish with lingering aspects of coconut and vanilla.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Birrabirra (3) - - JUL 16, 2012 does not count
brown, minimal head, clear, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Toasted coconut flavor medium body, sticky, average carbonation, As a fan of brown ales, I really enjoyed Kona Breeweryís unique toasted coconut brown ale. Despite the strong aroma and flavor of coconut this beer has a high drinkablity. Its got a great mahogeny color and sweet, nutty flavor. Definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
a nice coconut aroma really brings in the tropics on this one. the rest is an average brown ale, average carbonation, taste is more like a yuengling. It probably could have been paired better. I had it with bbq chicken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phantom630 (4) - Cheswick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012 does not count
Had to try this beer because I too am coo coo for coconuts. There was a mild hint of coconut, could have hinted stronger in my opinion but it was there probably just enough for most. Went down smooth even though Iím not a fan of darker beers, didnít really feel heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1681) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2012
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.

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