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.
Tonkun (847) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Clear dark red brown pour with a big head that dissipated quickly. Coconuts, roasted almond, caramel, soda. A lot of coconut, but not overwhelming. Medium body with slightly oily and sweet finish. Although I am not a coconut fan, this is decent
nudiebear (89) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at beer festival. Poured a clear reddish brown with no noticeable head. Aromatics found were of coconut and chocolate cowered marshmallows. Had a good sweet taste with a slight fizz to it. Nice
strongpieman (1477) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Medium brown color with tan head. Moderate body, very unique taste, must be coconut that comes thru as a spice. Okay, but not my thing
MarkoNm (498) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light brown color topped with very generous cream colored head.
There is a very pleasant malty aroma, slightly roasted and also the aroma of coconut.
The taste is creamy and sweet, slight roasty feel and with nice bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly nice cocnut taste in the aftertaste makes this one of the nicest beers lately.
Slipstream (2007) - USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Dave. There is a cool-looking paddle boarder on the label. A dark pour with a decent, but flimsy topper. Flavor of caramel, nut brown ale, and a little pumpernickel. Aroma is light, sweet, and bready. The light, cola smoothness almost seems ready for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There is a dash of limey sourness on the palate that doesn’t hurt. Pretty good.
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours brown, light coconut on nose, roasted malts, taste is dry, roasted, toffee, coconut.
dhunter151 (531) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Toffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, caramel. Pretty tasty. Better than I was expecting. Not something I can drink a lot of though. It's a little too sweet.
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OmegaX (1249) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You know, this was a surprisingly good beer. I loved the aromas of caramel and coconut, with a nutty hint in there too. Poured a nice dark brown with a beige head. Flavors were awesome! fresh coconut, caramel, some roast, roasted nuts, light coffee and cocoa. This is a great brown ale in my opinion.
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of coconut, caramel and had notes of chocolate. Flavor of toasted coconut, chocolate, faint caramel, roasted malts and had some nuttiness.
ajnepple (2115) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz via bottle on a recent camping trip. Aroma and flavor of bitter chocolate, coffee, light roast, toasty/nutty malts, toffee, coconut and caramel. Smooth and flavorful with a medium body.