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.
sonnycheeba (4799) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear cola brown. Aroma is toasted coconut, caramel, and vanilla with some light toasted malt notes and nuttiness. Flavor is woody and nutty with some caramel notes, light earthy bitterness, and some light coconut notes as the finish dries out. Medium body.
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great brown! Slightly light brown in color, yellow edges, minimal head. Like a sweeter, slightly creamier Newcastle. Toasty coconut and notes of miscellaneous tropical fruit were evident.
KCWarrior (8) - Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2016 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light brown ale with a slightly sweet, toasted coconut taste and nutty scent.
eRock_2013 (380) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kicking off a bachelor party weekend with something a little exotic! This toasted coconut-infused brown ale was a deliciously non-conventional brew, struck a perfect balance of flavorful but not overwhelming coconut flavor with a more traditional toasted caramel malt base. Aroma is toasted malt with just a slight hint of the coconut notes, along with some English-style chocolate malt and earthiness. Taste is smooth coconut-accented maltiness- the coconut takes the place of the nutty note that is more standard for the style. Finishes slightly earthy but refreshing, an excellent beer to change things up occasionally.
ozzy70 (453) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured light brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was nuts, coconut and sweet malt. Taste was sweet, coconut and nutty.
BroadestTom (342) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma caramel, chocolate, coconut,
Appearance brown, white foam, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate light body, medium body,
Overall I’m a fan of this beer. Nice coconut flavor and hints of chocolate. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
snoworsummer (4264) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2016 From a bottle. Pours clear nut brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like nutty malt, coconut, light booze, light vanilla, and dry toast. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like nutty malt, coconut, vanilla, light booze, and dry toast.
furthur (739) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, decent cream colored head, fades to a skiff, body is deep ruby red brown. Aroma, coconut, malt, root beer, faint metal. Taste is malt, coffee, coconut, root beer. Palate is smooth and rich, and almost oily, carbonation moderate. This has great balance, and lots of drinkability!
matthewjk (1037) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very solid brown ale! Excellent combo of traditional brown ale flavors with just the right amount of coconut. Medium roast. above average. 12oz bottles
hockey9930 (237) - - MAR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown with thin head. Aroma of hazelnut, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is similarly delicious and sweet. Hazelnut is the strongest flavor, but also has toasted coconut and a little chocolate. Finish resembles sugary cereal milk. Palate is oily and medium bodied.