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Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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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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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep brown with amber highlights and a frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Light roast, deeply toasted malt, caramel, and chocolate form the initial aroma. Coconut surfaces late, then becomes more prominent.

Coconut lingers throughout the flavor profile, not overwhelming, but definitely present. Toasted malt and light roast fruitiness form the backbone, turning slightly bitter at the finish. Cola notes emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a fair amount of astringent. Not a fan of the cola notes.

Decent brown ale, but lacks in hops for an American style. Coconut was a nice complement.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber chestnut brown color with a dense creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of coconut, hay, grains, nuts, herbs and vanilla; a very soft nose with the coconut as the most pronounced flavor, and I must say that this is unique and better smelling than I expected.

Tastes of coconut, hay, roasted grains, roasted nuts, herbs, light grassy hops, and vanilla; there is a sweetness which I assume could be from the coconut milk, and the malts seem just kind of there to prop up the coconut flavor. Slight hop bitterness with an almost rum like aftertaste, this tastes like sipping a beer out of a coconut.

Mouthfeel is very light, thin and watery, with low carbonation, a light body and a sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off with you guessed it…coconut.

Let me close out by saying I generally hate the taste of coconut besides when it’s in coconut shrimp and those girl scout cookies with coconut in them. That being said, I liked this beer and even though it was odd for a brown ale, the coconut seemed to work in the brew. This is a one trick pony, and has a very basic flavor, yet somehow the coconut and vanilla made this enjoyable to me.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear brown with some red in it. It's much clearer than other brown ales. The head is creamy and inviting, with average retention and a thin lace.

Malty as you'd expect with caramel notes and a sweet, nutty character.

It's got a nuttiness, but the whole taste is watered down. The caramel malts make it taste like watered down cola. Roasty, smokey flavor in the finish.

As mentioned, watery mouthfeel. Just a loose feel that kills everything, though there is a bitterness in the swallow. Lacks depth and body.

Not all that impressive. A bit clear from the pour led to a watery feel that ruined this.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a red tint, like a black cup of coffee with a shot of whiskey. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, vanilla, and coconut.

Taste: Coconut, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with an aftertaste that makes me think I just drank a cola.

The Verdict: Different. It's pretty good, and the coconut isn't too heavy, but... I'm not sure if I'm drinking a beer, eating a Mounds bar, or swallowing a Red Rock Cola.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Along with another beer this was my first keg tapped on my new dual kegerator.

Very smooth beer for being a dark brown ale. Strong hints of coconut and vanilla. If you are only looking to have a couple beers this is a good choice. Anything more than that the coconut starts to become overwhelming in my opinion.

I actually had my first Koko Brown when my wife and I were on vacation in Waikiki so I had to make it one of my first kegs. Kona had just started to distribute to Ohio.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,470 ratings
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