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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,464
Reviews:
340
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
204
For Trade:
1
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and coconut notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, coconut, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, coconut, and light earthy hop flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and coconut flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - toasty amber malt with some toffee and a hint of fruity coconut.

T - dark caramel and toasted grain up front. Some dark sugar in the middle with a nutty character and light bitterness balancing in the finish.

M - A medium-thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a subtly sweet finish.

D - not bad, it is clearly a well made brown ale at heart. The coconut definitely has an effect, though I can't decide if it helps or hurts in the end.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 20 Dec. 2011 served in a large goblet.

Pours a nice reddish mahogany, clear, but with a small and short-lived head. Leaves some lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: dominated by toasted coconut, there's a hint of malt but not much else.

Taste: fortunately, the flavor is much more balanced than the aroma indicates, with a decent medium-roast malt backbone and plenty of toasted coconut flavor. Some hints of spicing and hops appear in the finish and aftertaste.

M: medium-light body with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: While only slightly sweet (and actually turning a bit bitter in the finish), this beer still seems best suited for use as a desert beer or, I imagine, as refreshment on a hot day.

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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 jlindros
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head, that fades semi quickly with touch of lacing, over mostly clear auburn toasty brown colored beer.

Nose has an interesting but weird blend, with toasted coconut right off, coconut butter, a creamy buttery diacetyl, light brown sugar and light brown malts, plenty of nutty malts, caramel, creamy, sweet syrupy fake sugar additions and fake vanilla like.

Taste is more of the same, extract flavorings, fake vanilla, nutty almost hazelnut syrup, and coconut. Coconut butter, toasted coconut but also fake extract again, some sweet syrups, light brown sugar, toasted brown malts, hints of caramel and cocoa butter. Finish is more syrupy malts and fake sweeteners, vanilla, coconut, light brown sugar.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall blech, so artificial tasting, lots of syrups and extract flavors, bad flavorings, sticky sweet and syrupy, no hops, barely drinkable. Seems like something a macro would brew claiming to be micro.

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

On-tap 4/25/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, nuts, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with strong and sweet flavors of maple and caramel followed by a hearty malt character and a touch of honey. However, I didn’t pick up any of the coconut flavoring. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear deep amber to dark brown in color with hints of garnet red (this basically looks just like a coke). The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted coconut, toffee malts, and nuts.

T: This beer tastes very similar to it smells, with strong flavors of toasted sweetened coconut. Additionally there is a solid toffee malt body with some sweetness and nuts. Also, there is a light hint of vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very interesting and I think that the addition of the toasted sweetened coconut makes this example of American Brown Ale a little different. A little too sweet too be sessionable but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. This retains with a foamy smoothness that skims the surface, soaping the sides of the glass with patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of straight up toasted coconut, with extra underlying notes of green citrus, light toffee, and a bit of nutty dough along the back.

The taste is earthy green hops up front, with caramel and some light coffee flavor shoring up the middle, before a big flush of coconut milk floods out across the back of the profile. Hops finish this with a dry leafy bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and bubbly feel that lays a mellow crispness on the tongue and is generally pretty easy feeling in the mouth.

This wasn’t too bad if you’re looking for something a little lighter for the palate. You really have to let this warm up a bit too really get those coconut flavors to show and even then it seemed a bit overdone at times, but I was glad to at least find some other hop and malt flavors here to keep this mildly interesting. It’s certainly very drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicer color than most browns, with a bright copper cast. Decent head in the wine glass. I don't detect any aroma, but there is plenty of toasted coconut in the nose. Well, a little nuttiness in the smell as it warms up.

Nutty flavors with a little butter. The malty sweetness is pleasant, and then some bitterness sneaks up. Caramel and modest roasted malt flavors. Watery body.

An amiable oddity, and a deal at $3.39 for the 22 oz bottle. Seems to be a wife pleaser, so who am I to judge.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Poured a clear medium brown color with a small cap of off-white head that receded to a thin ringlet. Sweet malt aroma, toasted coconut, brown sugar. The taste was pretty sugary, caramel malts, coconut candy, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. Not as good as it may sound...it was pretty artificial-tasting. Light-medium body, not entirely bad, and definitely worth a try, but not something I'd ever get again.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled Dec 20, 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a dark, brown-reddish body with a sudsy, ecru head that steadily thins, though never fades away.

Smell: Toasted loaf bread, chocolate powder, toasted coconut shavings, maybe a light, addition fruitiness. It's a brown ale flavored with coconut, what do you expect?

Taste: Soundly toasted Munich malt given a layer of semi-sweet chocolate and small but reliant hint of brown sugar. Lightly herbal hops with a soft, low level of bitterness. Sweetish, semi-dry finish with the maltiness lingering gently into the aftertaste. It's a brown ale flavored with coconut, what do you expect?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Indeed, it is a brown ale flavored with coconut. If any part of that statement gives you pause, then this isn't for you.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good to see an old Friend has made it to Mizzou (Kona!) Bottled/Brewed in Oregon or Washington I'm guessing. Bottled on date ( I think ) of 1-29-13

Pours a scarlet tinged brown with a thumb of tan colored head. Stellar lacing, above average head retention

S: Toasty coconut & hazelnut

T: Toasty coconut, walnut shell dryness, a touch of hazelnut up front. Some general toasty malt as this warms, along with hazelnut & coconut. Finishes toasty, dry with coconut sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Very drinkable, found this an enjoyable brown with decent flavor. I could see me buying this again

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - White head with ok retention and low lace. Beautiful mahogany maple brown.

S - Soft, shaved, lightly toasted coconut and brazil nuts. Touch of brown sugar.

T - Super smooth. Soft coconut, hazelnut, and brazil nut. Just a hint of herbal hop in the center. Light caramel finish.

M - Medium body to style. Nice smoothness.

O - Very drinkable. Great coconut flavor without overpowering the brew.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I am almost finished with the last batch of beer that my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me. It has been an interesting go, with lots of styles that I would otherwise eschew, but which allow me to keep my hand in.

From the bottle: "Koko Brown's distinctive, nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew. One sip of this roasty, smooth, mahogany colored ale and you will feel like you are on a warm sun-drenched beach in Hawaii. Aloha!"; "Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromising quality. We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!"; "Ale Brewed with Toasted Coconut and Natural Flavor Added".

My pour was creating a good bit of head so I backed off to allow it to settle a little before proceeding. I started with close to two fingers of foamy, light-tan head, but the intense carbonation caused it to bubble and burp its way out of existence. Truth in advertising strikes again! It was, indeed, a mahogany-brown with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through walls. The neighbors need to let the dog out, apparently. Nose was rich with caramel and coconut and I was reminded of a "Peanuts" strip in which Linus or Lucy had a box of chocolates and inadvertently chose a coconut and then made a face. I remember thinking that I liked coconut as a kid and especially my grandmother's pound cake with coconut frosting. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially rich with coconut, but then the caramel and chocolate of the malt began to kick in and it was like liquid candy! Finish was decidedly sweet and you had best like coconut going into it because that was the lingering flavor. I can promise you that this type of thing is not usually my bag, but as an occasional step away from intense hops, I liked it. You have to decide for yourself as to whether it would be to your taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with a finger of off-white head. The coconut certainly comes through on the aroma. Nice and nutty as well. There's also a hint of vanilla to it. Quite sweet with plenty of toffee and caramel, too. Lots and lots of coconut flavor with the toast, nuts, and sweet malt taking a bit of a back seat on this one. Nice balance of sweetness and toast/roast malt flavors to prevent it from being cloying.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 1,464 ratings.
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