Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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Koko BrownKoko Brown

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

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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Photo of matcris
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown, ruby up to the light, with a half finger of tan head, and mild lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, mild coconut, a little vanilla, and toasted nuts. Pretty much the same in the flavor. I'm getting good amounts of coconut and vanilla. It tastes slightly artificial and cheap. Medium thin body, a little oily and dryer on finish. Average carbonation. It's ok, good game day brew, maybe. It's no Death By Coconut.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a lovely brown with a modest head. Coconut in the nose, along with some grain scent. Coconut in the mouth. enticing the tongue. Light overall taste and feel.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to goblet

Brown color, medium off white head.
Aroma is grains and some mild coconut.
Taste is coconut, brown sugar, malt, grass.
Medium to light body.



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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burnt amber-brown with a soft khaki head.

Smell is aerated nuttiness, wheat, light caramel and cola.

Taste is bread, wheat, nuts, caramel, with a toasted coconut finish. It took a while for that coconut to come in but there it is.

Smooth, a little frothy, yet crisp.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, light tasting for a brown ale. Some coconut and cocoa taste. Really not a big fan of this after the first few swigs. It's too sweet tasting for my liking. If i wanted a macaroon, i'd eat one. Not likely having this one again

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint. Minute rim of head, some intricate lace. Cola color.

Nose of sweet coconut and roast.

Taste is largely coconut, sweet but roasted, other bitter nut notes at the end.

Dry but watery mouth.

A great idea that doesn't quite reach the heights you dream for it. It's not a bad brown at all; the coconut is intriguing and it's light enough for summer; it's also a bit thin and not super nuanced. Fans of brown ale should give it a try, but don't expect it to redefine the style.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Classic for the style, very brown, almost too dark to see through, with a slightly tan head.

Smell- Huge notes of coconut, but it has a tropical and almost boozy smell to it that makes me think of coconut rum. Lots of sweetness and caramel malt on the back-end, and overall just smells delicious.

Taste- Follows the nose surprisingly well, but more subtle in the sweetness than I was expecting. The coconut is definitely there, along with some chocolate, caramel, and even a hint of roast coffee. Very nice.

Feel- Very light and smooth in the body for easy drinking. Not a ton of carbonation.

Overall- A sleeper hit for sure. I'm biased as I LOVE coconut, and especially coconut rum, but this is an amazing brown ale for my palate.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little biased I am, love coconut in beer do I. Coca cola colored beer with a frothy head after a vigorous pour that receded fairly quickly. Nutty aroma with only slight coconut in the background. The coconut much more prominent in the taste. The beer's a bit thin but I'll take it. I'd drink again without my arm being twisted.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into nonic pint glass

A - very thin quickly-receding head of khaki over a transparent body of dark brown

S - caramel sweetness, coconut, and chocolate; smells like an Almond Joy or similar candy bar; a bit weak

T - coconut, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate, roasted malt

M - highly-carbonated light/medium body

O - The coconut keeps this one a little interesting--fairly bland otherwise.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown beer, beige 1-finger head, moderate retention.
Smell - nut, coconut, caramel malts.
Taste - caramel, toasted malts, coconut, chocolate.
Medium body and carbonation.
Nothing prominent!

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Photo of frozyn
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A fair porter. The toasted coconut flavor is quite nice, but the general maltiness I've enjoyed in better brown ales is missing. Also slightly thin, a little dry, leaves an uncomfortable film on the mouth. It's fine, but nothing I would drink repeatedly.

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Photo of dar482
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber brown to brown color.

The aroma offers freshly toasted coconut, nutty and toasted malts, hints of chocolate.

The flavor follows with a touch of that toasted coconut note, but then transitions to toasted malt flavors, hearty toasted whole grain bread, toasted bread crust, hints of chocolate roast, onto a moderate earthy hop bitterness.

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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

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
" call that a beer? Id rather have another!"

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light mostly clear brown, with a small off-white head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like faintly sweet toasted coconut, a bit of sugary caramel, and not much else.

I wish this was more full flavored, not only in the coconut department, but also in the everything else department. It's certainly drinkable and tasty but absolutely not anything to write home about. It's got a vague sweetness, with not enough coconut to carry the weak base beer. I'm left hoping for a bit more malt backbone.

This is light bodied, just a bit watery, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is wanting in many ways. I still enjoyed it, but I'd hardly recommend it to anybody.

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Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark brown color with a 1/2" light tan, almost ivory colored head that soon begins to recede leave some signs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches of lacing with a few specks here and there as well as some legs of lacing. By mid way through the beer the ring is quite smal, there is only an island of foam on the liquid and sipping leaves fewer and more scattered small spots of lacing.

The aromas include the toasted malt and some coconut. (No surprise there... :-))

The flavors are dominated by the coconut with some toasted malt sweetness that seems a bit like dark caramel.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with some very light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the coconut recedes to leave the toasted malt and dark caramel sweetness forward. They then begin to recede revealing a light touch of bitterness as the whole package disappears into light dryness.

On the whole I thought this was a reasonably good beer that I'd be willing to have again. But it's not something I'll be seeking out on purpose, in part because of the strong role played by the coconut.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed in a 1/2 pint from the bottle.

The color is dark brown almost black with thin beige head. The smell is malty with a slight coconut/nutty smell with mild sweet aroma of malt. The smell leads to a sort of roasty yet slightly oily nutty texture with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is decent with slight malt roastiness and subtle coconut in the back with slight sweetness in the back and low yeast flavor, almost no hop flavor pretty clean in general with sort of a toasted grain quality. The coconut is there but very mild. This is an okay brown ale but the coconut is not forward enough in the taste to make it stand out -good but not really a standout

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Photo of 88caprice
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Koko Brown is one of the first beers I ever tasted.
Time to revisit and review.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium mahogany brown. Clear as can be. Head settles and is all but gone.
Smells faintly of coconut, but little else. A little sweet Twinkie cake aroma.
There is a Twinkie cake sweet taste that doesn't last, followed by toasty nuttiness. A toasty taste lingers and some alcohol shows up at the end. A coconut taste comes and goes, but is subtle.
A light, thin body with some carbonation bite.

Overall a fun easy drink, but it lacks the complexity and body to be a stand out.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Dark mahogany brown not much head very quickly dissipates decent lacing heads goes away nothing left.

Smell - Light coconut and chocolate smell along with some roasted malts.

Taste - I am not really getting any coconut, reading other reviews most are. i am wondering if it is due to the fact that my bottle is 4 months old? Not sure but I do get some chocolate little bit of spice and roasted malts.

Feel - well carbonated light feel kind of thin.

Overall - I was expecting more coconut but again I may have to find a fresher bottle and try this again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a tiny cap

S: Lots of sweet coconut up front along with a light toasted malt note and some very light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweet coconut and light toasted malts and then goes into some light fruit notes that accompany the coconut. Finishes with lingering coconut and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid brown ale with a huge focus on the toasted coconut. Very easy to drink. One to try out if you're a fan of coconut

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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 BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle to try. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass on 3/3/16.

Brew pours a clear mahogany in color with close to a 2-finger beige head that didn't last long. Some lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is what would be expect with roasted malts, cocoa powder with a hint of coconut. Taste pretty much follows the nose. Very pleasant to drink. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Myotus
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 12Dec15) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 09Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of dense, khaki foam. At 1 minute and 15 seconds, the foam head becomes porous and rocky. At 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the head has finally faded into a quarter fingers worth of off-white foam. Brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet chocolate, tree nuts, grass, toasted coconut, toffee, and toast are backed by subtle spicy and floral hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong flavors of toasted coconut and mild grass flavors first strike the palate. Mild toffee and subtle sweet chocolate and tree but flavors immediately follow as coconut flavors fade to mild. Mild flavors of toast, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark brown color with a think white head. The aroma is richly malty, with sweet undertone. The taste is balanced, with some chocolate notes, almond, walnut, and biscuit. The finish retains malt, but isn't overly sweet. Full in body, and nicely drinkable

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

I read the name koko brown and stupidly didn't think of coconut and bought one when i hate coconut so naturally I didn't like this beer. If you do like coconut then i'm sure you'd enjoy this beer.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 22, 2015 and enjoyed in a stemless win glass February 19, 2016.

Look - Reddish light brown. Thin medium bubbled white head. Blotchy lacing.

Smelll - Traditional ale. Vanilla. Coconut. Malt. Chocolate.

Taste - First sip was very old fashioned ale. Continued sips were vanilla, chocolate, nut, spice, and chocolate. Don't forget coconut.

Feel - Watery. Not overly carbonated.

Overall - Good flavor for what it is. I could even go as far as saying complex. Coconut and chocolate.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
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