Bolo Coconut Brown | Burial Beer Co.

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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: 202 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
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.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayden34
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zotzot
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of crobinso
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -10.4%
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 -10.4%
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 -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Bolo Coconut Brown from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 202 ratings