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.
Dredd (836) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2016
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma isn’t so great, light vanilla, pour is medium brown with light tan head. Flavor is mostly vanilla malt with a light grainy finish
Tayeth (542) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extermer Geruch nach Kokosnuss mit schokolade und Karamell. Geschmack nach Kokos, Schokolade und Asche. Komischer Nachgeschmack nach Beton. Insgesamt etwas wässrig. Ganz ok.
gueuze (821) - - SEP 27, 2016
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dunkelbraun, klar. Geruch Karamell und Kokosnuss. Im Geschmack ebenso mit leichten Röstnoten. Leider wenig mundvoll, wässrig. Leicht bitter im Abgang.
LetsGoState (823) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2016
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is toasted malt. Taste is some coconut and roasted malts. Overall decent for coconut.
Beerhunter111 (17300) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Klares dunkel nussbraunes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nussig, mild röstmalzig, etwas kokos. Geschmack süß malzig, viele Kokosnüsse, nussig, Karamell. Geschmack nach Kokosnüssen, süß mild röstmalzig, karamellig, wenig schokoladig, gut.
Idiosynkrasie (6544) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Clear (?) mahogany colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Nuttily, dark malty aroma with a chocolately touch, "holistic" notes of coconut ("inside" and "outside" parts), a touch of roast, Taste is dry, dark malty, rather intense notes of coconut run the spectrum of variations from fresh to roasty; chocolately interludes. Lasting finish, minimally sticky palate. Absolutely convincing use of coconut.
mjs (6535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 0.355 l - BB Feb 10 16, 20160825) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had roasted malts, coconut and caramel. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, coconut, caramel, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. A decent brew where the coconut was hidden almost enough.
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a bottle at DØE 2016. Brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, chocolate, coconut, caramel and roasted notes.
Ungstrup (34705) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A brown beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes roasted malt and caramel, leading to a dry finish.
reebtogi (5754) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle pours a dark amber brown color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is coconut and chocolate with some caramel. Taste is a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness with a light herbal bitterness and coconut throughout. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted brown ale that is balanced and tasty.