Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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Koko BrownKoko Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real, toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this smooth, mahogany colored ale and you'll feel like you're on a warm, sun drenched beach in Hawaii. Crack one open!

Added by julian on 02-19-2011

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Reviews:
338
Ratings:
1,456
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
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203
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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two things I really loved about this beer. The price and the taste. The price was right since this is a big brewer and supply is ample. Not a lot of other beers I would take to a party for this price and feel like I'm taking this quality. The taste is exactly what it's advertised to be. Nutty brown ale with a bunch of coconut in there. I love it when a beer gives you exactly what you're expecting. Not saying I don't enjoy a complex brew but when drinking in the yard with friends you don't need to go crazy on in depth flavors and explanations. If you're a fan of brown ales and coconut separately, than combine them and enjoy a tasty beverage.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (March 28, 2012 date...not sure if bottled date or best by...) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a thin looking, very clear dark brown color with mahogany aspects to it. No head forms at all, just a thin collar of white foam. No lacing.

S - Very nutty in aroma...hints of toasted coconut, mildly vanilla-ish, touch of caramel, touch of roasted malts.

T - Surprisingly bold coconut flavor, which is quite nice. Toasted coconut abounds here. Roasted malts, hints of vanilla, , nutty-almonds?, more than a touch of coffee, slight grainy-ness and very mild astringency.

M - Body is on the thin side. Carbonation is a lowish medium level and just a touch tingly. Coconut is found throughout...almost a liquid Almond Joy. A touch more body would really seal the deal on this being a liquid dessert.

O - A so-so appearance and a lackluster aroma diminish expectations, but the flavor really makes up for the initial shortcomings. This really has a great coconut and nutty flavor, making this a veritable liquid candy bar. Glad to find this random bottle kicking around a seldom visited store today. Not the freshest, but this is holding up nicely. Glad I was able to find this.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at Krogers - just because I liked the idea of coconut beer

a just a tad lighter than cola - about 1.5 fingers of head clear but dark

s
nondecript really - not much to the nose - just a bit of maltiness

t about the same - sorry but I dont discern and coconut at all. slightly sweet - no hopiness

m standard

d: in the oft repeated words of
RUFUS THE STUNT BUM:
" call that a beer? Id rather have another!"

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with an impressive three fingers of foam; great retention and lacing action

Smell: If Mounds were made with walnuts, the aroma would be identical to this beer's

Taste: Toasted wheat bread and walnuts, up front, with cocoa powder and coconut arriving in the middle; a bit of nutskin bitterness, after the swallow; the finish is sweet, however, with the chocolate and coconut prominent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I happen to like coconut and Mounds are one of my favorite candies (not that I am a big candy eater) so I rather enjoyed this beer; I would prefer it if it were a coconut porter but it is what it is

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The brew has a light brown colored body with a large billowy head formed upon pouring. The head had some persistence and faded slowly to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Coconut is the most potent aroma present. There is a lighter caramel aroma and an ever so light roasted malt aroma mixed in as well.

Taste – The taste is of roasted malt up front. There are flavors of caramel and coconut that mix well with the originating roasty flavor. While it starts out a little lighter, the coconut really comes on more toward the end of the taste and leaves a rather nice, slightly sweeter, coconut flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the light to medium side with a slightly below average carbonation level. The carbonation is very fitting as it allows the smoother tastes to really permeate the tongue. The body however is a little too thin and could use a little boost in thickness.

Overall – This is a very easy drinking brew with a great aroma and flavor. While the body is a little weak, it definitely should not keep anyone from trying this one.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with bottle date 3/18/11, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/8/11

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates into a thin film on top of the beer.

S: Big coconut aroma, some nuttiness, possibly almonds as well. The strength of the coconut smell overpowers any malt or hop aromas.

T: Coconut and almond dominate the taste of this one, a touch of toasty malt, some hop bitterness and a bit of chocolate combine wonderfully. You can taste the coconut as soon as this hits your lips but really lingers in your mouth for quite a while after swallowing.

M: Medium-thin bodied with good carbonation, smooth with a nice hop bite to even things out.

O: I think Kona really achieved what they were going for with this one, the coconut flavor and aroma are both quite bold but don't completely overpower the beer, tasty stuff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The toasted coconut gives this brown ale a nice flare. The beer pours a clear brown with very thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes spice and a touch of cocnut. The taste definitely has toasted coconut which also provides a bit of roastyness. In addition, there is definitely some bread/biscuit flavor...and also decent balancing hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good brown with an interesting kick. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Guden
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A pretty shade of deep amber with a small beige film of a head which quickly fades.

S- A strong scent of sweet toasted coconut hits the nose first with a balancing of caramel, bread and a little roast following it. Very nice and a great coconut character.

T- The coconut doesn't seem as well balanced as the nose. Up front is a fruit (raisin and cherry) and light bread flavor which are quickly taken away by the delicious coconut middle, but the end is a strange mix of hop bitterness and sour coconut that, while interesting, isn't as good as the rest of the sip.

M- Medium body and carbonation make this one fill the mouth and dance across the tongue but also go down easily, pretty good.

D- Overall this is a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having another of. The finish and aftertaste aren't excellent but the smell is fantastic and it drinks pretty well.

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Photo of Or80rowley
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't get the low reviews on this one, I see it different

A. Dark amber, one finger kakhi color head

S. Bitter hop, coffee, sweet

T. Coconut, coffee, sweet brown sugar

M. Medium body, nice carbonation, clean finish, roasted aftertaste

O. Great beer, I'm a fan

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Kona koko brown - pour is dark burgundy with tight tan head. Nose is nice, caramel malt with the toasted coconut blended in well. Some vanilla and fudge notes, toasted marshmellow, behind create a nice balance. The taste is much of the same. Light on the coconut with the nice fudge and vanilla. A hint watery in the finish but well blended malts and sweetness. Lighter body, higher carb probably is what detracts from the finish but smooth and soft on the palate.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice mahogany color and poured a really pretty nice tan head. The smell was yummy tasty and complex. The taste was yummylishious with coconut mounds bar type thing going on. A really interesting beer. I will buy this again foe sure. A really good beer.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, nutty brown with a faint ruby tinge into a tulip with two fingers of sturdy, light khaki head. Mild, roasty aroma of toasted coconut with hints of vanilla, toffee, and chocolate.

Slightly low carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel. Lots of coconut up front followed by a nutty, biscuity sweetness and a fairly dry finish with some slight toasted malt bitterness.

I'm a big coconut fan, so this brew was high on my to-try list. It was tasty and easy-drinking with a nice coconut character that wasn't too sweet, but overall the experience was a little one-dimensional. Maui's CoCoNut Porter will remain my go-to.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker brown while remaining fairly clear. Nice off white head.

The smell was roasted coconut and little else.

The taste was on par with the smell. It was a roasty coconut with a very little hop bite on the front. Not much in the way of balance but I really enjoyed it none the less.

Not the greatest Brown Ale but pretty tasty. I could see myself getting it again if I sw it around town. Lighter and easy to drink.

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Photo of diesburg
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Honestly I still like to drink out of the bottle, so I did, not sure what it looks like. The smell is surprisingly oak-y or woody, but sweet and malty.

First taste is light and nondescript but as it works its way back in your mouth you get sweet coconut flavors mixed with sweet malt. The coconut overwhelms a bit, but as it mixes with the slight nutty flavor of a brown, it mixes to remind me very much of a really light port. I was surprised how much the mix of malt, coconut, and nuttiness ends with the oak barrel flavor of a port or whiskey without all the alcohol harshness. Almost no hops present in the flavor. Something to counteract the syrupy sweetness might be welcome.

Overall surprising and extremely unique. definitely worth trying, maybe only worth trying again if you really like a sweet, nutty beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kona Brewing Co. "Koko Brown"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "15:16 3 DEC 14 15" - I'll assume that's a packaging date

Notes: I had to check the label to see if this was brewed with coconut because it has such a nice coconut aroma and flavor, and it does! Toasted coconut. Nice! (Please read as: I'm an idiot). Beyond that it's mildly chocolatey, like milk chocolate, toasty, nutty, and nicely balanced towards sweetness. There are some grassy and herbal hop flavors in the background, but they don't really compete with the malt and coconut that sit upfront. I was expecting more of a straightforward brown ale, not so much of a dessert beer, but it's pleasant and I could certainly see keeping this on-hand for a variety of situations although I'd imagine I'd tire of it as a regular pint. I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine it'd go really well with some smoky and spicy grilled shrimp.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really, really want to like these Kona Beers, but something just keeps holding me back. Of all the Kona's I have had, this one is by far the best. The Koko Brown has a rich brown color with a frothy head that has staying power. The scent and taste is definitely strong in the roasted area and distant with regards to coconut - almost a good blend. The mouthfeel is bold and thick, complementing the full ale flavor. However, overall, I had to be honest with myself and grade them almost outstanding - close, but just no cigar.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber, Newcastle-ish brown with a white-tan, half finger thick head. Lacing is high and persistent. Nose definitely puts across the promised coconut, along with some biscuity malt and dry hop characteristics. The overall impression is almost a faint toffee. Taste is to the malty side for an ale, the toasted coconut coming through rather subtly-sweet (although I see how it could get cloying for some people). Finish is surprisingly crisp, with something almost like maple syrup left on the tongue.

Maybe it's because I warmed up with a few Magic Hat #9's, but I found this beer surprisingly good. Good spring pick, and I'd definitely buy it again to share.

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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a thin film of off white lace, held up to the light it's clear mahogany with some ruby highlights. Thin head doesn't hold up well nor does it leave much more than a couple spots of lacing.

Malt bill combined with floral coconut is pretty impressive. Chocolate malt, no toastiness but a pleasant, sweet nuttiness also comes through. Though I know the coconut flavor is added it does a good job mixing vanilla and coconut shavings, very floral and nice.

Malt bill is a bit more roasty in the flavor, caramel malt with chocolate and some coffee. Quite artificial but there's quite a bit of coconut milk, macadamia nut and vanilla. To say this tastes like a very sweet Hawaiian coffee blend would not be too off. Hops come in to balance at the end tasting slightly of pine. Dries well.

Medium body for a brown and with prickly carbonation, toning it down some would make the drink smoother and creamy.

I can see how anyone not a fan of sweet would find this immediately cloying and too much to handle. I think that while the novel ingredient is quite artificial it works for this style. If you are into the novel ingredient or sweeter beers this is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

theres a date on the bottle, DEC 16 11, not really sure what it means though.... 12 oz bottle.

A: a beautiful dark mahogany hue. clear. head is slightly tinted with brown but does not stick around for long. lacing is patchy.

S: vanilla beans. coconut. maybe a little bit of wood. am i drinking something thats barrel aged or just an american brown? i dont really care, cause this is a pretty unique aroma on a brown.

T: really get a lot of vanilla as well as some coconut across the palate. similar to the nose. but not nearly as big. after the sweet coconut subsides, a biscuit-like flavor comes out. finish is a little bittersweet.

M: pretty moderate amount of carbonation. medium body.

D: pretty unique brown here. flavor is distinctively coconut filled as well as loads of vanilla notes. not sure how many of these i could drink, however, one is just fine with me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copperish brown color with a small, even cap of beige head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose definitely shows some coconut, also a fair amount of nutty maltiness. Moderately sweet and just a bit of chocolate. Smells real good, I am a total coconut fiend though.

Not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is a good thing in this case because the coconut (along with the malts) gives off plenty of sweet impressions. Id say the coconut is just as apparent in this as the Maui CoCoNut Porter. I think I actually like this one more, not to mention it is a dollar cheaper and you get 50% more! Very easy to drink, nice and smooth. I wouldnt mind a silkier, richer mouthfeel...but other than that I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. I foresee a few more six-pack purchases in my future.

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Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a fairly clear brown color with a decent head. Aroma is sweet malts, grains, and coconut. The taste is a nice mix of coconut and sweet malts. The malts really start to take over on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium level of carbonation, and the drinkabilty is good. Overall, a solid brown ale with just a bit of a twist.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow manages to be both dry and sweet, which is kind of neat. That reminded me of cocoa powder but it's more of a caramel sweetness. It was sort of like I was drinking two different things at once. Very enjoyable.

Update: Now I've had one out of the bottle and it's not the same. It's still pleasant and I enjoyed it but on tap the flavors were so much fuller and richer. Leaving the scoring as the draught scoring.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-a deep brown with a light khaki head 1 finger of foam that leaves a thin cap on the beer

Aroma- chocolate and coconut some yeasty sourness

Taste- nutty with tastes of raisins toasted almonds and of course coconut. LIke a toasted macaroon actually I haven't tasted side by side but it may give that maui brewing coconut beer a run for its money. hops balance out and give you a bit of a poke at the end but the whole thing cleans up pretty well on the pallete.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied theres a lip smacking maltyness but it is not overly sweet or syrupy.

Overall- there may be some biased here but i visited Kona Brew Co on my honeymoon. Great beers. I especially like this one!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up for my wife a month or so ago at merchant of vino in Tamarac Square in Denver, got tired of waiting for her to drink it, so I opened it up tonight. Poured a medium to dark brown with a nice little white head. Aromas of toasted coconut, nuts and milk chocolate (almost like an alomond joy at times). Medium bodied, with more almond joy-like flavors, milk chocolate and shredded coconut. Surprisingly pretty good.

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Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from ABC store in Honolulu.

Appearance- Pours a light mahogany with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Nutty aromas, hint of toasted coconut, caramel, and toasted grains.

Taste- Starts with nutty and caramel flavours. There is a hint of citrus in there. Finishes with toasted grains.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A nice twist on the brown ale by Kona Brewing. I would have preferred more coconut in the beer, but otherwise it has some nice warm flavours.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,456 ratings.
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