Coconut Brown | Blackrocks Brewery

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Coconut BrownCoconut Brown

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Blackrocks Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of malty
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a wide-mouthed short tasting glass (8 oz). Burnt rust colored body with nice clarity. The head diminished quickly to a mere thin halo. The carbonation that formed the head looked a bit larger than normal, while it lasted. Scant uprising carbonation perking upward from the bottom of the glass. Looks rather flat after 2 minutes. The carbonation was audible when the head was forming, almost like soda. then muted quickly.

Rich milk chocolate scent, with molasses and dark fruit in the background. I'm getting malted milk balls and fig newtons. Very aromatic. Blossoming beautiful brown ale vapors are surrounding my head rather nicely. Toasted coconut is way back there, naturally poised.

Sharp and dry burnt chocolate tingle my tongue upon the first sip. Actually was taken off guard, as the initial flavor was a huge contrast to the soft & sweet aroma. Vinous dark fruit sets sturdy in the 2nd and 3rd swallow. Very English tasting. Flinty. Earthy. There's a slight hint of coconut in the nose, but I'm struggling to capture it in the taste. Not much else to detect. Kind of 1-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is watery and just less than medium bodied. Chalky with a dry (almost) metallic finish. Carbonation is light. Again, akin to English browns I've tried.

Drinkability is one and done. Although there's nothing intrusive going on.

Overall a beer I was really looking forward to trying. I'm hoping this was a poorly handled/cared-for can, because my experience seems different from the majority of the reviews I've read here. The scent was it's saving grace, which gives me hope for trying it on tap when/if I find it. I don't see a canned-on date stamp anywhere, which gives me slight pause. I wished I liked this more, and I will try it again when given the chance.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Superspak for this one from his NBS BIF #4 box. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with just a thin cap of tan head that immediately dissipated, and left zero lacing.

In the nose, I got a hint of leather, some base malt sweetness, and just the faintest whisper of coconut. Pretty similar on the tongue, some sweetness, some grain and caramel, and the coconut was a bit bolder.

The body was fairly light and thin, and the sweet finish lingered for a few moments. Drinkability was good, I drank me can quickly and easily. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew. Perhaps not one that someone would go out of their way for, but one that's worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a medium dark brown body, two finger offwhite head, good retention, splotchy lacing. Minimal film. Smells of nuts, roasted malt, a bit of toffee, minimal coconut, even as it warms. Nothing too special; for the most part a standard brown ale aroma. Flavour is similar; there are sips where there is a decent bit of coconut flavour, and then there are sips where it's mostly standard brown ale nuttiness and toffee. Moderately sweet, but not cloyingly so. A bit of an earthy bitterness keeps things in check. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, a bit lighter and thinner than expected for a nearly 7% ABV brew. Overall, I wasn't expecting too much coconut, and there was just enough of it to keep things interesting. Nothing too special; essentially a brown ale with a touch of coconut.

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Photo of Raime
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Rocks Coconut Brown.

Well I've only had one outta these guys and it seemed fine at first but got pretty meh as I finished the sixer. But hey, seems typical of session IPAs. Today, We try a style I've never much cared for.

Look - Well i mean...looks on point for the style. Deep, dark brown with a two finger head that fucks off and eventually leaves a fairly thick cloud lacing all around the top but of the glass. Carbonation levels are unreadable due to the depth. Head eventually completely goes away and leaves a ring around the perimeter 4.25.

Smell - Large dosage of nuttiness as I had pretty much expected for the style. Coconut water not in juicy form is also present . Toasty malts blah blah. 3.5.

Taste - The nuts are all there with just a tough of the coconut water to keep a balance. Toasted malts over an open bonfire. 3.5.

Feel - Body is very full with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very slight bit watery.3.5.

Overall - As is typical with browns there isn't much to say. A good beer for a mid October-Late November night at the pub with friends in Michigan. You won't be knocked out of your socks, but this is certainly better than the average brown. During that time of year, you aren"t quite ready for a big, 12% stout commitment, but instead ready to bang that cute 20 year old hotty from down the hall. ( Hey I'm 24, fuck you ). 3.5.

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Photo of SFC21
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid brown ale but I didn't get a whole lot of coconut. Malty without being sweet, balanced nicely by earthy hops. Excellent, creamy mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinker but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Blackrocks Brewery's Coconut Brown last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the three new beers from Blackrocks, so far they have all been good and I hope this one is good too, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, it's got a somewhat similar design to the other two beers, but from a glance it just looks like a Brown Ale since the word coconut is off center in smaller white font, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on slight mahogany hue around the edges when held to the light with a fingers worth of slightly darker tan head died down to a thin ring fairly quickly and it stayed till the end and it left pretty much no lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the coconut being the first to show up and I would say it's right around medium and it has more of a natural coconut milk aroma and it isn't very sun tan lotion like. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, caramel, caramel malt, and lightly toasted aromas with a noticeably nutty aroma in the background and when it mixed with the coconut aromas it reminds me a little of an Almond Joy. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I thought the coconut showed up just enough and it was represented well.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they make for a nice Brown Ale base. Up next comes a light nutty flavor that goes right into a lighter amount of medium coconut flavors that still retain that nice natural aspect that it had in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a toasted, light roasted, coconut and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I like how the coconut tasted natural and not sun tan lotion like.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it was a little more crisp and sticky than I would want in a Brown Ale.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Coconut Brown Ale, I thought the coconut was represented well and well it could have showed up just a little more I thought it still worked work well with the Brown Ale base which I thought was solid. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, a little sticky, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these, but I'm pretty sure that would be enough for me since I think the mouthfeel would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was how natural the coconut tasted, I'm glad it didn't turn out to be another sun tan lotion bomb like I find some Coconut Brown Ales to be. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel and appearance, they both seemed to be this beers weak point and they both could use just a little work. I would buy this beer again if I was in the mood for a Coconut beer and couldn't get Maui Brewing company's version. I would recommend giving this beer a try, but I don't think it's going to be an instant favorite. All in all I liked this beer and it lived up to being called a Coconut Brown Ale. It isn't my favorite Coconut beer, Maui's is still my favorite, but this might come in second place. This might be my least favorite Blackrocks beer, but it's not bad at all, I just like the IPA and Cream Ale more. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of krustster
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep brown color, not quite opaque but somewhat cloudy. Big head on pouring that dissipates pretty quickly to a kind of weak-looking ring with not much lacing (not like that really matters). Smells like a coconut, not much beer detectable underneath it, but not overly sweet--literally smells like the inside of an actual coconut for the most part. Quite appetizing, if you actually like coconuts.

Taste is about the same, nice natural coconut flavor with the brown ale serving more as a base for the coconut. I got more coconut (gonna say that word a lot) than I was anticipating, which is a good thing. It's just subtle enough to not be gross but still a big flavor that's at the forefront. Doesn't taste fake or sweetened at all, very nice. I do think that drinking several of these in a row could get a bit sickening but it depends on your coconut tolerance.

Mouthfeel is the only thing that holds it back a bit. It's a little thin considering the rich taste and feels a little weird on the tongue. It's possible that I've been drinking too many stouts and barrel-aged things lately to be able to make a good judgement on this.

Overall this is a a surprisingly good effort from Blackrocks, a very small but increasingly popular brewery here in Marquette that just started canning a few of their offerings recently. There are bigger/better names available for close to the same price around here ($8-9 a six pack) so it's good that they have something unique like this to offer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and slight coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, nut, and toasted coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the coconut coming through better in the taste to me.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Yooper brewery they are popping up like dandelions, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of tasted malts. Pours to a root beer brown with an off white head. On the taste this brew is a roasted coconut flavor up front with a sweeter middle and a tart finish. Not overly sweet, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of 98green
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice twist on an often boring style. I really like their 51K IPA, so I gave this one a try. They distribute in cans with a $9.99 price point for a sixer, so that is bonus points too. Solid brown ale base, and the coconut is pleasantly there. The coconut is neither overpowering nor artificial. I will probably be adding this one to my rotation of fridge beers

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from LambicPentameter (thank you!). No apparent canning date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a ruby highlighted brown with two full fingers of fluffy ecrue head. The foam dies down leaving very little surface haze and a full collar but no lace.

Aromas of toasted coconut, chocolate malt, caramel and some vague roast. Almost like the distant hint of a Mounds bar.

The flavor blends coconut, caramel, chocolate and some bread. The coconut adds nicely to its basic brown ale vehicle.

Medium light, almost creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes with coconut mixed in caramelly and chocolate malts.

An easy drinking brown with a nice coconut presence from Blackrocks. Seems like it could be a good trail beer.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had to give this one a go. One of my gateway craft beer styles was brown ales and I have stayed away from them for a while in favor of more hoppy beers... so this is a welcome change!

Poured from the can into pint glass.. 2 finger slick and bubbly active head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring with a tiny tiny amount of lace down the glass on the trip.

Definitely get chocolate... very little earthy hop bite and smokey malt / toasted oats in the mouthfeel and aroma ..+ light toasted fresh coconut on the finish. Not much on the nose other than the slight coconut aroma and roast esters. Drinks like 4-5% but it hits you like the 6.8% that it is. Surprisingly drinkable/session-able and not too off putting with the dark roasty flavors. Excellent!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark wood stain brown with a slight amber tinge when held to the light. Not light enough to see carbonation, 4 fingers of dirty snow beige head. Nice lacing.

S: Dark toasted malts, a little smokiness, coffee, burnt wood, not getting coconut.

T: Dark toasted malts, a little smokiness, a light sweetness. I wouldn’t distinguish it as coconut unless told. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, almost a vanilla quality (most likely the coconut in disguise).

M: Medium bready, lightly syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: A very nice brown ale, and I think it’s a great idea to add the coconut. The coconut is just a little too light in my opinion. Still, it’s a great brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't getting a lot of coconut on the nose as compared to other coconutty beers....however the mouthfeel and taste of this fine elixir is worth praising. The beer poured a brownish amber with tan head that did not leave much lace. The taste was malty with hints of coconut. Overall....yeah....this is a good one.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, coconut, nuttiness, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate coconut notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, coconut, biscuit, nuttiness, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, coconut, biscuit, nuttiness, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and coconut flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice flavored brown ale. All around good complexity and robustness of dark/bready malts and moderate coconut flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kylelenk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank it out of the can cause I felt like it was the badass thing to do.

A-Nice can design. Did pour a bit into the glass just to admire the nice brown hue and white colored head.

S-Nice sticky sweat malty brown ale taste. Not to heavily hopped and you get a complimentary coconut sidekick as well.

T-Holy wow. What an incredibly satisfying and balanced beer. The coconut is subtle yet incredibly meaty. Not overdone to the point where it tastes like sun tan lotion. Base beer is very malty without a ton of hop presence there.

M-Med. carbonated body and an incredibly easy drinker. Will easily be my new beach beer when summer comes. Incredibly refreshing.

O-Solid and outstanding. Really looking forward to more from Blackrocks.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased alongside their just-consumed 51k IPA, which was delicious. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Hard pour gives a creamy, light brown colored head. The beer is copper colored when held to light. Pretty decent lacing. Very nice looking brown.

Smell: Almost comes off as a vanilla porter. There's mostly a chocolate and light roast aroma in this brew, but there's a nice, pleasant coconut and vanilla-like sweetness in there a bit as well. This beer has a great aroma on it. Not super heavy, but very nice.

Taste/feel: Goes in with a subtle nuttiness underlying an equally subtle blonde roast coffee-esque flavor. The aftertaste is where a little coconut comes through -- not very assertive at all, but light and very nice and natural tasting. This is a slightly sweet beer as a whole, with virtually no bitterness. The feel has a great silkiness to it with a pretty mild carbonation, making for a very easy drinking, palatable brew that I think most anyone could appreciate.

All-in-all, this beer's a winner. It tastes like it should be about 5%, but instead it's almost 7% ABV. I'd like a slightly lower alcohol percentage ideally just so this could be more sessionable, but that would likely change the silky feel this beer has. In THAT case, a bit more flavor here would be appreciated. Still, it is what it is, and what it is is one of the better brown ales I've had. Most definitely worth a look.

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Photo of UPBrewer92
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've found mixed results in coconut being incorporated into beers with the coconut often being overdone. This does a great job at producing a distinct yet balanced coconut flavor which coincides well with additional roasted and malted flavors

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a chill hazed brown hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades rather quickly to leave a thin blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of roasted malts, light vanilla, very light coconut. Pleasant, light chocolate. Almost porter like on the nose.

T - Taste is more of the roasted malts, light cereal grain. Nice softer chocolate, mild coconut. Sweetness is rather low, resembles a brown ale more and more with each sip.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy.

O - Overall, this was a tasty brown ale for sure. The coconut here works very nicely and is not gimicky. Appearance could stand to be a bit better, but other than that it's a solid beer.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter cause the tulip is dirty. This sucka is dark, with garnet streaks when held to the light. A few fingers of thick, tan head settles to a centimeter with decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate. Thought I had a porter for a moment. Taste is light and airy. Feel is thin but smooth, and tastes of roasted malts with fresh coconut milk. Not the sweetened kind, either. Taste is neither bitter nor sweet, just smooth.

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Photo of PseudoBen
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty brew, my first coconut beer and one of the few beers i get an itch go pick up a couple of quite often. Toasted coconut is very apparent but not overdone, nothing fake about it to ruin the experience. The brown ale brings a dark chocolate and nuttiness that just reminds me of an almond joy in a can, basically. Very enjoyable and a fine way to end a night. First review, hope it's acceptable. Really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great dark, dark amber with traces of brown throughout. Nice thin off white head. No lacing.

Smell is huge coconut, with nice roastiness present in the background. A nice nutty presence is there as well. Hazelnut maybe?

Taste follows the nose. Huge roast and coconut, slight malt sweetness. Begins with the coconut and moves into a sweet malt, finishing with a lingering roasted nut flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and a little dry on the back end.

Overall an amazing brown ale.

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Photo of jp32
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brown ale offering from Blackrocks here. This is the first (and so far the only) Blackrocks beer I've tried, but I surely enjoyed it. Its brown ale flavor is big and not lacking anything... and the coconut just adds that perfect touch to it.

Great job.

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