Cocoa Bolo
Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
American Brown Ale
3.9 | pDev: 12.31%
Oct 01, 2020
Nov 24, 2018
Very Good
Notes: Coconut Brown with French Broad Cocoa Nibs

This was once a path of subtlety. And now we give it excess. But thats life. We only get one turn around this fireball of biological genesis. I can no longer place a cloak of apathy upon the glaring eyes of this seductively maleficent quagmire. Its time has come. It shall perish no more. Made with loads of chocolate nibs from French Broad Chocolate, piles of coconut, hoards for grain and smatterings of brown sugar. All the things you have already imagined, will happen. Dreams aren’t delicate. Delicacies are dreams
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Reviewed by steve_littrell from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz can into snifter

L- Pours a great caramel color with a thin brown head that fades immediately
S- Not sure what happened but the first sniff was just terrible. Overall, I don't like the smell on this one
T- Good not great, don't really pick up the coconut, bit of roast and malt
F- Not to bad as brown ales go, light and doesn't really linger too long
O- These aren't available in my normal area but that's ok as I probably wouldn't purchase them again. They aren't bad, just not really my thing and I have way stronger preferences for other brown ales, Dirty Little Freak, Hooter Brown, Life and Limb, for instance...
Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by cafequaid from North Carolina

Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Simiy9 from North Carolina

Jul 18, 2020
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Rated by addiwilliams from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Exceptional for a brown ale. Coconut and cream flavors and aromas. Mounds bar
Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down a bit and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of coconuts and malted milk chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has moderately strong flavors of malted milk chocolate with hints of coconuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown ale has an interesting combination of ingredients that make it taste like malted milk with some splashes of coconut.

Serving type: can
Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by dflo32 from North Carolina

Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by mig100 from Texas

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Aug 31, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

May 25, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by smithj4 from New York

May 04, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by stephenjmoore from Maryland

Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasty beer but with the add chocolate and coconut it really starts tasting like a stout or a porter instead of a brown ale. Definitely worth trying and it's a smooth beer.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 02, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a whiskey tumbler glass, this beer pours out a dark brown with deep wood like highlights. It forms a finger worth of khaki colored crown, that is well packed but doesn’t hold for more than a minute or two before turning to a huge island of light mist. 4

The nose carries chocolate to the front, with a brown sugar sweetness behind it. Quick hints of almost a peanut butter coffee. At this point, I wouldn’t know or guess of any coconut. A tad underwhelming. 3.5

The taste follows the life of the nose and brings that sweet, milky chocolate to the front again. Brown sugar, fudge, coffee and cream notes while the coconut is like the wall flower of the party, unnoticed and not contributing. 3.75

The mouthfeel is creamy but also has a mild coffee like bitterness that leads to a slightly sharp finish. A solid body for a brown ale, but with the amount of chocolate and fudge flavors coming through, it almost feels too light for the company. 3.5

Overall, it’s not bad by any means, however, I do wish the coconut would’ve shown up more as it is stated a “coconut brown”. I also feel like it could have some smoother edges, especially with the additives in there, since you know they’re lending some help. 3.5
Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Modest head production and OK retention. Body is extremely dark for a brown ale, but appears clear as best I can tell.

Nose initially hits with dry and roasty coffee-like notes, but that is quickly followed by strong coconut, red grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and finally chocolate. Quite inviting on the nose.

Flavor matches the description: it's a lightly roasty brown ale, with pleasant notes of coconut, cocoa nibs, caramel, and brown sugar.

Slick and quite lively on the palate; a touch thin.

This is a very pleasant brew. It's a borderline 4.00 candidate.
Feb 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 6 of this at Burial, while in Asheville last weekend and I'm glad I did.
Pours a nice rich dark brown with nice head.
Smells of cocoa with a hint of coconut.
A smooth cocoa taste with a nice cocoa aftertaste.
An enjoyable, smooth brown beer
Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a chestnut hued brown with 2 fingers of pillowy tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Cocoa, a touch of coconut

T: Follows the, nose except the coconut is stronger up front, nuttyness & dryness as well. Nutty, dry, with a little cocoa & more coconut. Finishes dry with coconut & nuttyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

I thought this a pretty fun, easy to drink brown
Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 2.35 by baklo from North Carolina

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Nov 24, 2018
Cocoa Bolo from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 23 ratings