Bolo Coconut Brown
Burial Beer Co.

Bolo Coconut BrownBolo Coconut Brown
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #91
Ranked #12,304
3.95 | pDev: 7.85%
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Bolo Coconut BrownBolo Coconut Brown
Notes: 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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown ale with a tan ring. Coconut, toffee malts, lightly roasted nuts, dark chocolate and brown sugar in the nose. Taste is a more roasted version of the nose, dark chocolate steps up, nuts too, malt work is impressive. Feel is smooth, well balanced, doesn't get textures from the adjuncts but has a decent carbonation to make it all work, though lighter. Nice brown

Aug 26, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Charity for this sample. Pours a dark rich brown blocking most of the light just some reddish brown around the edges when held to the light. A big thumb sized tan head falls fairly slow with good lace.

Aroma is toasted malts, brown sugars, light nuttiness with hints of toffee, vanilla and coconut.

Taste is smooth lots of toasted malts light nuttiness, very slight brown sugars think most of the sweetness is form the coconut instead. Not much in the way of toffee or vanilla that I thought I picked up in the nose either. Finish has some light earthy notes to it. its not bad at all thinking I am knocking a hair off just because I believed it would be better from the nose.

Mouthfeel is spot on smooth with a lighter medium body.

Overall fairly solid even if my nose disappointed my tongue a little.

Jul 21, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has cocoa, coconut and brown sugar hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a cocoa, coconut and brown sugar flavor flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good American Brown Ale

Oct 20, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown with red edges and a fluffy, creamy khaki head that slowly settles to a blanket with a thin cling.

Smell is cola, woody nuts, and light coconut butter.

Taste is rooty wood, tangy toasty cola, light coconut, roasted nut and a hint of bitter, earthy coffee. All in good balance.

The drinkable medium-light body has a crisp, round carbonation and finishes paper dry.

Sep 19, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is good.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of roast and coffee with a bit of coconut in it.

Taste: It has a creamy texture with roast and some coffee in the background. There are low levels of chocolate and coconut. There is a very slight spicy element with some nut.

Feel: It has a moderate mouthfeel that is creamy in the texture. The bitter coffee and roast lasts well into the finish.

Overall, a very good brown ale with plenty of complex flavors.

Sep 15, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Drew for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: A translucent rich brown, with a good amount of visible carbonation. A half-finger of tan head forms but doesn't stick around for long.

S: Rich cocoa and toasted malts up front. Then coffee, toffee with notes of vanilla, and a sweetness that I’ll assume is the coconut but I wouldn’t have called it if it wasn’t in the beer’s name.

T: Sweet toasted malts, with the chocolate flavors coming out just on top of the coffee roast. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and coconut all stay in the background but add a nice flavor interplay. More chocolate, and just a touch of grassy hop bitterness and charred bitterness at the swallow. It finishes towards the sweet side overall, but close to balanced with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: An average body for style with low alcohol presence. Carbonation as expected.

O: Well, it’s certainly not a coconut bomb so I was a little disappointed by that. I'm honestly not sure I would have noticed the coconut at all if I wasn’t looking for it. It’s a just-above-average brown ale. You may or may not have something you’d prefer on the shelf around you. Nothing I'd actively seek out, and certainly not something I’d recommend for someone fiending for a coconut beer. But a good Brown Ale.

Jun 25, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/4/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours brown with a nice creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Subtle hints of caramel, cocoa, toffee and marshmallow. Not much coconut going on in the aroma department at all. The flavors are nice. More cocoa and caramel. Some coffee in the mix. Toasted malts are there. Not really much coconut going on in the flavor department either. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with fluffy moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brown ale. The coconut is mild and isn't too noticeable, but it drinks like a nice classic and traditional example of the style. I like it.

May 26, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a dark brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of coconut, toffee and roasted nuts. Nice coconut flavor - strong but not overpowering. Good toasted caramel backbone with hints of chocolate and toffee.

Mar 11, 2018
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really bad beer here. I poured this $4 16oz'r into a 6oz taster glass. Smells coppery in not a good way. This is by far the toughest 5.6% abv beer I've ever had. I get fair coconut and almond as advertised but it's just a heavy unenjoyable beer worthy more of a $5.99 6 pack at your local gas station.

Jan 19, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml bottle) into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a mahogany brown color with a on inch head, with modest retention and little lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, walnuts, coffee, and anise. Peppery bouquet.
T: Flavors of mill chocolate and coconut predominate. I think I detect a macadamia nut note. Bitterness notable and increases during swallow.
M: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
O: A really enjoyable take on American Brown Ale. Complex and with a "candy" feel. Reminds me of a Mounds or Almond Joy bar.

Oct 18, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Jul 04, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Jun 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jun 05, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Apr 11, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Mar 26, 2017
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Biggtriksta from New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Mar 22, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 10, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Mar 06, 2017
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Billolick from New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, dating stamped on the bottom, but cant make sense of it..smeared...oh well, they tried

Looks like your typical brown ale, moderate head, but leaves extensive scattered lacing...

mild sweet malt nose...not really getting any coconut

Decent brown ale...sweet maple malts, bready, nutty...still not getting any actual "coconut"..easy drinking and enjoyable...nothing real special going on here.

Mar 02, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours dark maroon red-brown with a frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toasted bready malts, dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, sweet spice, coconut, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toasted bready malts, dark caramel, abundant brown sugar, toffee, molasses, sweet spice, big coconut, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice coconut brown ale.

Feb 21, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cool artwork. Beer's good, too, but I'm not a big brown ale guy, so if it doesn't bowl me over, it's usually a one and done kinda deal. Others might dig it though - got a mild coconut influence, and to me it had an almost licorice/root beer/coconut molasses-bread taste. Dark brown body, fat finger of tan head; very mild bittering, moderate sweetness... Drank quick, coming in at 5.6% abv, and I could see just pounding one after another. Matter of fact, I was liking it more as I was finishing it than when I first started drinking it. Go figure. Give it a shot for sure.

Feb 17, 2017
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a growler - Overall, I thought this was am enjoyable beer. The beer had a nice appearance, but expected better head retention (I tried this beer hours after getting my growler filled). It had a nice deep brown color with a nice light, but airy head to it. Good aroma, but felt that the beer was a bit watery, both in taste and feel, but didn't notice the coconut at all. Overall, a solid beer and one that I would order again.

Feb 08, 2017
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c_tails from New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at Double Windsor. really enjoyed. excellent roasty malts, just a slight hint of coconut to give it that smooth, nutty edge. easy drinking, on the thin side of medium mouthfeel/body, not a big hopped presence. mostly a rounded bitterness with subtle sweetness coming from the roasted malts. great stuff.

Feb 01, 2017
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thin ring of tan head. Smells of burned sugar, malt, coconut, baking chocolate and molasses. Initial taste of coconut, strong malt backbone, no hint of hops or bitterness. Thin mouthfeel detracts for me, and this one just doesn't come together.

Jan 29, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/22/16 and enjoyed on 12/31/16. Poured into a Wicked Weed IPA glass. Light brown in color and very hazy with 2 fingers of fine tan foam. Nice aromas on the nose. Toasted malt, sweet toffee, and coconut.

Medium-light body with a sweet flavor and a delicate feel. Toasted bread, caramel, and toffee up front. A little cocoa at mid-palate, then coconut and sarsaparilla on the finish. Light and sweet lingering flavors. I love the flavor of this beer! It's excellent for a non-imperial brown ale. The oats on the malt bill really soften up the feel and the brown sugar goes well with the malt and coconut.

This is not a ``coconut bomb'', but the flavors are well-integrated. Overall, an excellent brown ale. Some American brown ales are hoppy and herbal, but this one is not. It drinks more like a Scottish ale and this is the way a brown ale brewed with coconut should drink. Hops would detract here. I'd definitely buy this again.

Jan 04, 2017
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