Koko Brown - Kona Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 32
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: julian on 02-19-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

To play upon a cliché, appearances can be somewhat disappointing. It’s like when one encounters a great looking woman/man but their personality is bland despite their exotic linage or propensity to color their hair. Fun to look at and pleasant to share times with but ultimately unsatisfying. Thus the Koko Brown with its playful spelling and attractive labeling lays fallen by its timid taste and ultimate forgettabilty.

Upon first looks, my excitement rose eyeballing this bourbon brown colored ale with the small tan head to match. Clear and effervescent looking, I was confused as to the almost complete lack of aroma to be had while chilled. I was especially confused do to the nature of the added coconuts to the brewing process, that while present throughout a tasting, are largely minimal to non-existent in aroma. As the beer rose to room temperature, the coconut was more detectable, but a bit too little too late to quote another cliché.

The one true surprise of this Hawaiian brew is its surprising dryness, on par with most chardonnays I’ve had and definitely one of the driest beers I've ever had. Not sure what to account this too expect perhaps an odd uncalculated quality of the coconuts added to the brewing process. In any regards, this plus the moderate alcohol tinge throughout leads me to believe that perhaps an imperial version of this brew with a heavier emphasis on the coconut and heavier tones could be very interesting indeed.

I definitely like the idea of this brew more than Kona Brewing Company’s iteration, and ultimately wouldn't recommend it to a friend, but it sure is pretty from a distance.

Label - 4
I include this with each bottle/can review because I feel that for the average consumer to even approach an unknown beer, it's the packaging that entices rather than the actual end product. Points and half points are given for Style, Readability, Tasting Note, Brewers Notes and Ease of Bottle Reuse.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a bottled-on date of April 2012. Picked up some time back from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as part of the Aloha series; a brown ale brewed with toasted coconut and flavourings. Coconut in beer will be a first for me.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear, deep reddish-brown hue with light carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt with notes of coconut, roasted malt, chocolate syrup, nuttiness, brown sugar and a hint of dried fruit. Smells a bit like a Bounty bar. A faint artificial sourness lurks in the background.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt and coconut, with a dry finish. Notes of nutty brown malt, toasted coconut, mild chocolate, a hint of brown sugar and stewed hops. Mildly earthy, with a faint acrid flavour in the background. Dry, with little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is tingly with a thin, watery body that doesn't do the flavours justice. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet malt with hints of coconut and chocolate.

An interesting idea with some good flavour combinations, but the execution is flawed. It smells pretty good, even if some of the flavours seem artificial (added perhaps?). The taste is lacking - some nice malt and coconut flavours up front but these vanish like shadows in the light, leaving a faint lingering sweetness. No depth. The body is poor - watery and insubstantial when the flavour demands a thick, smooth unctuousness. It's drinkable enough but could use improvement. Worth trying.

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12oz bottle (March 28, 2012 date...not sure if bottled date or best by...) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a thin looking, very clear dark brown color with mahogany aspects to it. No head forms at all, just a thin collar of white foam. No lacing.

S - Very nutty in aroma...hints of toasted coconut, mildly vanilla-ish, touch of caramel, touch of roasted malts.

T - Surprisingly bold coconut flavor, which is quite nice. Toasted coconut abounds here. Roasted malts, hints of vanilla, , nutty-almonds?, more than a touch of coffee, slight grainy-ness and very mild astringency.

M - Body is on the thin side. Carbonation is a lowish medium level and just a touch tingly. Coconut is found throughout...almost a liquid Almond Joy. A touch more body would really seal the deal on this being a liquid dessert.

O - A so-so appearance and a lackluster aroma diminish expectations, but the flavor really makes up for the initial shortcomings. This really has a great coconut and nutty flavor, making this a veritable liquid candy bar. Glad to find this random bottle kicking around a seldom visited store today. Not the freshest, but this is holding up nicely. Glad I was able to find this.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.