Bolo Coconut Brown | Burial Beer Co.

Bolo Coconut BrownBolo Coconut Brown
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Bolo Coconut BrownBolo Coconut Brown

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dense forests demand sharp blades. Worn, torn, chipped or rusted, the Bolo shepherds the path. Later still, this tool of ancient times takes on the tiring task of harvesting the hidden fruit of the tropics. Behold the complexity of simplicity, a clean brown ale rife with 9 barley malts, oats and brown sugar. Gasp at the profound aroma produced by a hefty addition of real coconut. Enjoy an aroma that reminds you of tropical granola with a smooth maltiness that hints at chocolate and nuts. Baked in our kettle, cured to perfection.

27 IBUs

Added by Cynic-ale on 06-04-2014

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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: coconut and bread are picked up by the nose.

Taste: bread, coconut, malt, hint of chocoalte, brown sugar, and a moderate nutty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: and easy drinking brown ale that is chock full of flavor.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much as advertised. A solid brown ale with coconut notes. Carbonated mouthfeel. Roasted malt finish. Not a whole lot too it, but well done.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy into a becher with a deep brown body and a tan cap. The foamy head ends up around an inch high with good retention eventually dying out completely. Spotty lace develops after the cap dies to a wide ring at the edges.

S- Most of the aroma is from the brown ale malts which are mostly in the nutty, toasted spectrum but there is also a significant cocoa note but not necessarily very roasty. Toffee, chocolate, nuts, cola and just a hint of the classic coconut aroma.

T- Moderate caramel sweetness with malts once again running the show. Toffee is huge here and there is a significant bit of milk chocolate on the palate along with hints of lightly toasted nuts, cola, coconut, banana esters, brown sugar, toasted bread, oatmeal cookies and a bit of coffee. Mostly about the sweetness, toast and the toffee notes. Vanilla sweets.

MF- The body comes off as somewhat thin as the texture is very puffy and there isn't much creaminess to back it up. Moderate level of carbonation and a slick, sweet finish.

Decadent and rather sweet Brown Ale that stays around the toffee and caramel part of the malty spectrum. Comes off a bit thin in the end.

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Photo of tommy5
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown color with a cap of a little off white head. Must have held for a good two minutes before dieing off. Filmy lace ends up stringing out a little bit. The aroma blends some sweet coconut, sweet nuts (somewhat like pecans). Sly roastiness. Nice level sweet milk chocolate. Some dark chocolate. The flavor tries to blend a robust roasty coffee bean with the sweet milk chocolate. Adds a touch of vanilla and then the coconut shows back up. Dark chocolate seems to lean back in this department. Sticky roasty to sweet chocolatey aftertaste rolling into a smooth semi-rugged finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, almost leaning towards the medium side. Still, with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation seems a bit lower and some stickiness seems to cling to my tongue. Overall, nicely done brown ale in aroma and flavor. Me, I didn’t mind some of that stickiness on my tongue as it wasn’t exactly cloying. Would definitely bang this one out again.

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Photo of user785335
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown just a few shades off from black. Two fingers of khaki head sit on top with fair retention. No lacing left behind. Aroma is toasted coconut, and toasted malts. Very straight forward, with the coconut playing the dominant role. Flavor profile is toasted coconut, with toasted and bready malts. The bread malts really show up towards the finish of the beer. Toasted coconut is still the story of this show. Flavor profile is medium in thickness with a fizzy feel on the end of the tongue. Overall, a brown ale that centers on coconut - just as the can suggests.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown ale, with a moderately sized light brown head with good retention. No significant lacing.

Pleasant aroma, with toast, caramel, coffee, and coconut. The coconut isn't overwhelming. A touch of earthy spice from the hops, and light floral notes, along with red grapes.

Flavor follows: it's a pleasant mix of many flavors, certainly on the sweet side for a brown ale, but not cloying. Up front: fruit, brown sugar, coconut. On the back half: a crisp, neutral hoppiness that I can only describe as a clean, balancing bitterness. A touch of spice and earth.

Extremely easy to drink; crisp, lively, and light-to-medium bodied.

This is a pleasant and unique ale. The 5.6% makes it quite crushable, too, especially out of the tall boy format.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured pretty much pitch black (for a brown ale) in the glass with a thin half-finger of bubbly, brown head on top. The head has dissipated quickly and now resembles a beer like Guinness. The Aroma has nice dark, roasty malt notes layered with burnt coffee and just the slightest hint of sweetness from the coconut. The taste is surprising refreshing for a dark beer. It's incredibly smooth and finishes with a combination of coffee and Almond Joy sweetness. After a couple of sips, I'm finding the body to be a little bit lacking. It's not as thick as one would expect, but then again, this is a brown ale and not a stout. Overall, this beer is enjoyable. I like the roasted malt qualities in this as a brown and I am glad the coconut is not overwhelming.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Who says that brown can't be bright? Burial Beer Company refutes the notion by taking a brown ale and infusing it with the bold tropical nuttiness of coconut. A complex malt bill and clever coconut additions provide a drinkable and easy going brown ale but with variety in taste and a sultry comfort that calls for the next sip rather quickly.

Bolo pours with a foggy brown, deep chestnut hue that's rounded with a creamy ecru froth. Chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, vanilla and coconut flood the nose with an off dessert type of scent. The malty sweet taste of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, toast and pecan roll onto the tongue with a savory upstart.

As the flavors develop across the middle palate, the sweetness is lifted by the exaggerated carbonation and lessens the malts impact from a sweetness perspective. But the flavor of coffee, toast and cocoa are elevated by the bubbles and an earthy, soil-like taste rolls into finish. Broad and woodsy hops are faintly pine-like and mossy while the softness of coconut apply a marzipan and vanilla character to the late palate.

Medium bodied but seeming fuller because of the complexity of malts, the beer's bright effervescence once again promotes a drying agenda. Soothing alcohols come with a mild kaluha character with a toasty, nutty finish and a soft spiciness that plays a nutty trickle through the after palate.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can at Haymaker. From notes. Reviewed 17 January 2017.
Good head. Dark brown beer.
Nutty metallic. I don't get any coconut.
I love coconut, but I don't much like brown ales. That's pretty much the story of this beer. Love the aftertaste, that is rife with coconut and brown sugar, but don't care much for the metallic malty maintaste.
A rich body, with light fizz.
One of the better brown ales I've had. Point for the crazy coconut.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bolo Coconut Brown from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 184 ratings
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