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.
Lore (1204) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown to mahogany colour moderate sized beige-ish head; aroma of coconut, roasted malts, nuts, hints of caramel and herbal notes; taste of coconut, toffee, herbs and slight roastedness; correct brown ale
LuckyDog (363) - - NOV 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, sweet brown ale. Strong coconut favor. Browns are all over the map, but this one is pretty good.
loco_gallego (146) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brune foncée translucide. Mousse blanc cassé, à peine persistante. A peine qqs dépôts.
Au nez plutôt sucré au niveau des malts, caramel et toasté. Mais surtout domination de ce que doit être le coco... apportant de la fraicheur. (avec des houblons floraux?)
En bouche plutôt sucré, avec des notes fortes de coco. Petite amertume en toute fin de bouche. Arrière goût toasté et coco...
Intéressante, et ronde... ormis ce coco.... ça perturbe...
eduardovl (940) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle served in a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark and clear dark amber color forming a medium to small light yellow head. Medium retention and lots of small molasses lacings formed and left in the glass.
S: Great nose. Strong notes of sweet malts, caramel and roasted malts and mainly, coconut. Light flowery hops.
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes sweet pale malts, caramel malts and roasted malts. Strong notes of coconut. Light pleasant bitterness. Light notes of dark fruits and chestnut.
M: Medium and smooth mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. Coconut and roasted malts in the aftertaste.
O: Great drinkability. Strong coconut personality Ale.
HKdIPA (298) - HONG KONG - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from QClub at home. Light cola brown pour with thin bubbly head. Aroma is deeply nutty and sweet coconut. Taste is similar - sweet hazelnut and coconut flavors with maltiness. Very slight bitterness on finish. Light body but more richness than expected. Solid brown ale.
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at elbernays wedding. Nuts, toasted malt, coffee notes in the flavour. Big body, quite fizzy. Nuts in the finish. Nice.
GarrettB (1091) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 23rd, 2013 - I always wanted Kona Brewing to be more distinctly Hawaiian. Their core beers are getting pretty wide distribution, but I never found them to be of much interest. The coconut porter is a notable and delicious exception, and walking into this review, I was hoping the Koko Brown would follow suit. And by the aroma, it could. A brown is a brown is a brown, and this brown is very brown in the way browns are, on the head and in the body. But the smell is very different, giving off airs of sweet and roasted nuts, madam, shea butter and almonds. This is a smell I could find here and there on Waikiki, in restaurant bars and slightly more upscale diners. The flavor is similar, but a little too perfumed, featuring TOO much of the flower and shea flavors, and tasting much too much like the inside of a Yankee candle jar. Still, that aroma is a treat, and a distinct scent of the islands.
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"medium brown pour with khaki head. aroma of lightly toasted malts, coconut, vanilla, and a touch of hops. light bodied, which fits this beer. the flavor wins me over...toasted coconut, roasted chocolate malt and a hint of vanilla. this is excellent. should’ve got more! like a maui coconut porter light. i like the idea of beers with the local themes and ingredients, and this is a definite winner. may be a summer staple in my hou
Jyrsa (94) - - SEP 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear coffee brown. Nose has ripe coconut and/or a coconut liqueur with toffee. Nuts and coconut with a lingering hoppy after taste.
CelticBrew (852) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours from 12oz. bottle a clear, deeper brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, creamy lacing throughout. Aroma is of toasted nuts, caramel, a light coconut sweetness, a hint of cocoa, a touch of roast, and some light earth. Flavour had some light-medium malt sweetness, light chocolate, black walnut like bitterness with a hint of the coconut. Decent from a style that I’m not a fan of.