Blue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

Blue Moon Cocoa Brown AleBlue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #674
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,334
Avg:
3.41 | pDev: 11.44%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
39
From:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  11
SCORE
80
Good
Blue Moon Cocoa Brown AleBlue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Ferretferret:
Photo of Ferretferret
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, this is a rather bizarre beer where I can't quite construe some of the ratings on this. Take your beer. Add a ton of dark chocolate. That's this beer. I suppose it isn't the most complex beer around, but, it's exactly what one would pay for when purchasing a chocolate beer. A beer that delivers like this one merits a high score.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In the Law of Unintended Consequences, The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is enabling me to conduct a buncha brewery horizontals (same brewery, different beers) & today are Blue Moon offerings!

From the bottle: "Brewed with Cocoa and a hint of Orange Peel"

I unscrewed the screwed-up screw top bottle, cursing the fact that it was depriving me of the Pop! of the cap. It took every bit of my thrice-over anger management classes to keep from up ending the bottle & letting fly. Instead, I took a deep breath & gently poured it into the awaiting glass. Once decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a good dose of chocolaty cocoa, quite sweet, actually. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy but surprisingly big for the style. The taste was very chocolaty, which was reasonable for both the style and its name, but the orange peel was not immediately discernible. I got an orange citrusiness on the finish, but I found myself wishing that it had been more pronounced. Instead, the result was a sweet finish which finished me. I just do not dig sweet stuff & this was making me sweat. YMMV.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hannaford
Brilliantly clear amber copper color with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Caramel and light pitted fruit with just a hint of cocoa on the nose. The flavor is sweet candied caramel and little cocoa. Completely Meh.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 10, 2017. Sampled on December 2, 2016.

It is a decent looking amber brown color with a modest and long lasting, frothy mocha head.

The aroma brings out a burst of cocoa beans, sweet nutty brown malts, a low hop profile, but a kind of olive oil underbelly.

Light body. More of a thin body actually.

The taste is a bit of a comeback over the aroma with the same sweet, toasted brown malt notes, cocoa flavors, and a clean earthy hop finish. The olive oil I got on the nose is not in the flavor.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark breads. Taste is malts, some breadiness, just a bit of cocoa at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/24/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, chocolate, and cocoa; with lighter notes of nuttiness, orange peel, pepper, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, chocolate, and cocoa; with lighter notes of nuttiness, orange peel, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a good American brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A little too bitter/drying after the finish; but unique and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trocketsauced
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.31/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulAndrew
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light brown, 1/2 inch khaki head,

S: Hops, chocolate, caramel

T: Chocolate, caramel, coffee

M: Medium to light

O: I love the original Belgian White but most of their others are not so good versions of the original. This one is actually kind of decent. I like that they are venturing into the stout and brown ale categories.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a glorious off-white head of 2 fingers, leaving beautiful skirted lace down the sides of the glass.

Aromas of roasted brown malts fill the nose, with dashes of raw cacao and pumpernickel bread crusts. Some hot cocoa also surfaces.

The brown malts attack sharply with a pinch of hop, followed by a smooth caramel and chocolate flavor swirling together on the back end. It finishes much like a European Dark Lager, with strong hits of dry grass and rye. Dry chocolate powder weaves in and out of this finish.

Wet and carbonated at the front, turning dry and a little chalky at the back.

Overall, it may be the weakest limited in the winter pack, but it's for sure a lot better than their year round offerings. I'll be enjoying this again. Cheers.

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Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerma
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

GROSS! AT least there were only 3 in the 12 pack! Wanted the Oatmeal stout and they were out so got this! Disappointed!

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Blue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 39 ratings