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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1056) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie gives a 3. She feels it is disappointing. Cccccv cccccv ccc ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jyrsa (67) - - SEP 28, 2014
Clear coffee brown. Nose has ripe coconut and/or a coconut liqueur with toffee. Nuts and coconut with a lingering hoppy after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CelticBrew (827) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rollsrace (60) - - SEP 2, 2014
Drank on 4/11/2014. Picked up for $ 1.47 per 12oz bottle. Brewed with toasted coconuts. It’s a mahogany color. There’s hints of coconut flavors throughout the duration then has a slightly bitter finish. It got better the more I drank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. It’s a clear brown beer, topped by a small off-white head. There’s nuts, bread, caramel, some coconut and dark chocolate in the aroma. Some coffee kicks in in the flavor, along with a hoppy bitterness, else it’s the same bread, caramel and coconut known from the aroma. Medium body, soft and dry on the palate. Bread, caramel, some coconut and chocolate in the finish. A pleasant one, but a tad boring. 140823

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 355ml @ Kristiansand Ølfestival 2014
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, coconut and caramel. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long coconut and caramel finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (873) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nudiebear (109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
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

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