Bolo Coconut Brown
Burial Beer Co.

Bolo Coconut BrownBolo Coconut Brown
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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #14,184
3.94 | pDev: 7.61%
May 28, 2023
Jun 04, 2014
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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Rated: 3.72 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

May 28, 2023
Rated: 3.1 by vfgccp from New York

May 27, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 29, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Rated by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Decent brown ale - looks great, smells decent, and it’s one I’ll be glad to have again.
May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: The quintessential Brown Ale. Cola brown liquid with an off-white head. The head dissipates very quickly. Has some bubbly lace fingers on there glass.
Smell: Chocolate and coconut.
Taste: Great blend of maltiness with above mentioned chocolate and coconut. Slightly sweet for the average brown ale which is a good thing.
Feel: Got that brown ale seltzer thing going on. But it is quite refreshing.
Overall: One of the most enjoyable brown ales I have ever had. I believe I'll have another. Thumbs up!
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Doesn't sound good on the surface and makes one think of the likes of peanut butter & jelly stout or passion fruit/guava hazy ipa. But it's not and works fantastically well as the base of flavors for a beer of this style. Recommended
Dec 08, 2021
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Rated by NeverSettle from Texas

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very nice and not too heavy. The coconut is subtle, not overpowering. Perfect on a crisp evening.
Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by zbooks from Texas

Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2021
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a can with lunch at Rhu, a bakery in Asheville. Perfect complement to lunch. Not heavy but good nutty flavor. Scent is robust and taste follows. Good mouthfeel and smooth finish.
Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a nonik pint glass.

Light tan forming three finger head, big bubbled like swiss cheese and some retention. Very dark and walnut brown colored body, with a little watery sheen on top, slightly oily.

Aroma is a bit unexpected but good. More of a nutty almond than coconut flavor, mixing with milky chocolate tones and nuts. Mild roast character as well. Seems straightforward.

Palate provides some real unexpected pleasures. Almost creamy, but a simple nutty and roast backbone gives up the goods. Darker chocolate with a creamy nutty flavor in the mid palate. Hints hazelnut and almond quality, with a real good bitting hop taste that brings out some carbon flavors also. Good biting finish almost earthy mint in a way as well.

Real enjoyable brown ale, with a unique flavor profile.
Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a 12 oz can from the Blue Door Bottleshop 6-28-21 for $3.00. Canned 04JUN2021; consumed 8-10-21.

Beer poured brown with an okay off white head.

Nose is a touch of mild roasted malts and a hint of coconut sweetness.

Taste is toasted malts with some toffee and a touch of coconut sweetness balanced nicely by an adequate hop addition.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a tasty spin of the American Brown style!
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap, pint serving.

Pure as can be deep brown color. Red wine colored highlights. Thin cap, polka dot lacing.

Coconut coffee roast. Sweetness from brown sugar and molasses. Malt roasted to perfection.

Lots of coffee and chocolate and coconut flavors from the roasted malts. Slightly metallic.

Thin and clean. Low carbonation. Smooth, a touch sweet. Roasted.

Well rounded with enough hops to balance the sugar.
Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by robotic_being from Florida

Jun 11, 2021
Rated: 3.21 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by parkwood from Pennsylvania

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Rated by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Damn good beer!!
Nov 20, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has cocoa, coconut and brown sugar hints
The taste follows the nose with a cocoa, coconut and brown sugar flavor flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good American Brown Ale
Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by Hyhat from Ohio

Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Gadzook from Georgia

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
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Rated by m3a3 from North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I wish I could get more of this! This is one of the reasons I started drinking darker beers
Nov 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by plaid75 from New York

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Ardeer from New York

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 31, 2018
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Reviewed by putonyourwalkingshoes from California

2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
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
Rated: 3.77 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by einman from Minnesota

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Nov 26, 2017
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