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Koko Brown | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
1,406
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
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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 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 scruffwhor
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, ruby, deep bronze color. About two fingers of head after the pour. Centric island of off-white foam in the middle. Looks good I'd say.

Toffee, toasted, mildly roasted mlats. Hints of chocolate and maybe a hint of brown sugar. Just a hint of shaved cocomut. Smells enticing.

Toffee with a hint of coconut. Plus a little chocolate powder, toasted and roasted malt flavors of biscuits and pumpernickel bread crust. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but smooth and easy the rest of the way. Easy to drink, and you can taste just enough coconut, which is a big plus for me.

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Photo of barczar
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep brown, deeper than most brown ales with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Initial smells mostly of brown ale qualities, sweet nuttiness and some good coconut meat in their as well. Hope its balanced.

T - Very weird since the first taste is straight up coconut, which mixes pretty well into the overall taste of the beer. You obvious get mild brown malts, a tad of nutty flavors, sweet malts, and a mildly hoppy finish (which gives a weird twang mixing with coconut taste. Kind of medicinal) Not a bad beer.

M - Not sure of it's session ability but it drinks well with a medium body.

Overall really not as good as the porter but not bad either. The clash of the hops in the finish really ruins a overall sweet beer for me.

Edit: seems this is a winter release so I assume March 19th was a "best by" date. Still not a bad expired beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A short-lived whitish cap topped the coppery brown beer. Nice clarity, a bit of lacing. Roasted, toasted aroma with coconut and floral character, some coffee. Similar flavour profile, with malt sweetness more prominent than bitterness. Lots of toast, coconut and roast, some nuttiness mid-palate. Lingering floral bitterness. Medium bodied and on the dry side, moderate carbonation, but thinned out a little in the finish. Decent overall, as long as you don't mind coconut.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of cocoanut, malt, and the brown ale nuttiness.

T: Tasted of cocoanut, vanilla, malt, and the aforementioned nuttiness. Definitely not your typical brown ale flavor - this is much sweeter - but pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have some bumpy spots, it's still a drinkable brew.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, lightly hazed and reddish tinted brown, minimal cap of off white head. Scent leads with toasted coconut, hints of vanilla and toasted crusty bread, mellows into notes of toasted nuts and grain, light brown sugar and caramel. Taste of toasted coconut is quite intense in the first sip, brings more vanilla, rounds into a full toasted bread profile with light brown sugar notes. Medium bodied, slightly low in carbonation, lacing heft found in the style. Im torn with this beer, the idea is better than the execution, I love coconut and this beer has more of it than many similar beers, but a few short commings.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average dark brown ale, 3/4" head on the top, a mild tan head, decent lace on it. Aroma was the usual suspect brown malt, I didn't really pick up much in the way of coconut, but the packaging kept making me look for it and think I may have found it, but really, I don't know, but the mild chocolate it had going for it was nice.

Taste, maybe the coconut is the lactose like aspect in the mouthfeel. A pretty smooth beer. Consistent throughout, some additional sweetness grows out of the lactose-ishness. Its decent, but at the same time conventional like most brown ales aim to be. I'd like to see a thicker version of this, not necessarily higher alcohol, but bigger, more coconut, vanilla, but stick with the brown malt.

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden-brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: huge coconut, light toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, toasted coconut that gets more pronounced toward the end and earthy hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with a big bitter middle spike and a less bitter end.

Overall: I like coconut and this one is a nice specialty beer. I understand the necessity for some bitterness here, but to me it needs to be a little less sharp or perhaps a different type of hops. I like the uniqueness and would pick up another six pack, but there are others I would get first.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date looks like it says feb 17 12.

Pours a very clear mahogany color with a tiny off white head.

Smells like roasty coconut flakes, cocoa powder and vanilla.

I get coconut up front then a dry cocoa flavor. Finishes with a nice sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with low carbonation but it works. Tons of flavor for a lighter drinking beer.

One of the few brown ales I actually enjoyed.

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

Picked up a 12 oz bottle of this at a small store in CT.

Appearance is brown with 1/2 finger of white head. Its`nose most certainly contains coconut, along with malts and sugar. Koko Brown tastes of nuts, a good amount of coconut and more malts. It is a flavor that is not too overpowering in any aspect and the mouthfeel is medium with a crisp finish. A good beer, which is worth picking up.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap in a shaker pint glass.

appears a red brown color. minimal head of off-white. very nice sweet smell of nutty aroma and brown sugar. great. taste is similar, although not as sweet as the aroma. malty. thin to medium body, medium carbonation, a bit thinner tasting than expected for the style.

overall - a pleasantly flavored brew, although a bit thin.

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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 ZAP
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A-Burnt orange tinged brown color...nice off white head with good lacing on glass

S-Excellent coconut aroma. Nothing subtle here. I also note vanilla, nougat, and caramel.

T-Coconut is strong here as well but not quite as dominant as on the aroma. Still a nice almond joy type flavor to this with coconut, nougat, some light milk chocolate and some light almond like notes....

M-This is the only drawback. I know it is just a brown ale but I wish it had just a little more heft in the body. Despite the wonderful flavors it has a very light body and comes across as "watery" on the finish.

O-This might not be for everyone but it is for me. A top notch flavored brown ale. I would love to have this and Tyranena's Rocky's Revenge (bourbon barrel aged brown) on hand at all times for my brown ale's in my dream bar.

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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 StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright chestnut with pitted tan froth with speckles.
Definite toasted coconut nose with some waxy fat, floral nectar and brown toast.
Some toasty malts pushed out of the way by coconut milk that grows into a round, creamy mouthful with no hops noticeable. Maybe some almonds, red currants, and vanilla in there, but you're working hard to find them.
The same notes just fade to black with a tingling linger.
Smooth, fizzy, light to medium.

Wow, am I torn on this one. Not much of a beer, but man, does it taste like all the best parts of coconut - lush and tropical. If all they did was add toasted coconut to the secondary, then I need to double down for my next coconut porter. Sessionable, one-dimensional, gimmicky and darn tasty.

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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 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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Koko brown is a standard color for the style, pretty much a straight-up medium brown. It's crowned by a head that rises to very close to three fingers. It settles to a drinkable height but remains large; retention is excellent. The thick foam that remains leaves good patching on the glass as the beer falls.
The smell offers malts with both a bit of bread and some sweetness, though not as strongly as I'd expect. The coconut is implemented exactly as I would have hoped. Overall I'd expect just a little bit more strength. Otherwise, it integrates well, it's malt-forward with a gentle sweetness, the coconut has the strength I've want without overpowering everything else, and there's a nice nutty character coming out as well.
Moving into the flavor, it's easy to appreciate the balance in this beer and the fact that it isn't too sweet. Coconut is integrated as well as it could be: it offers plenty of its flavor without being too much. It's difficult to hit that place where it's not too subtle but not too overdone on the other hand. Koko Brown gets that.
While I think it might have slightly too much bite, it's a well-rounded mouthfeel with a good creaminess and ample carbonation is a body hefty enough to hold it together without being too thick or heavy.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a little over a finger high, and off-white in shade. Its texture is somewhat soapy, ergo it doesn't really leave a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Retention is pretty good.

S: It brings a decent amount of toasted coconut at first. After a while, though, the nose becomes somewhat chocolaty, and even fruity at times. And after even more time, the coconut really comes out. I'll give this nose credit - it's interested me, and brown ales don't interest me.

T: Coconut notes are more subtle here than in the nose, but they're definitely here. Apart from that, it starts with a decent brown sugar and milk chocolate flavors, with something suggesting herbal hops in the finish. The hop levels are perfect here - they help to dry out the sweetness some, yet don't even come close to wrecking the balance. It's one of those rare beers that grows on me the more I drink it.

M: I'm really enjoying the soft dryness of this. Though it's a bit on the thin side, it's not really a chugger - some residual sugar does linger on the finish. Frankly, I kind of don't want to chug this.

O: This is a pleasant surprise. So many 'Murican brown ales go the 'balanced' route, yet aren't really that delicate or sophisticated to compensate for its less exciting flavor profile. But this is. Brown ale is a hit-or-miss style with me - this isn't an emphatic hit, but damnit it's a hit nonetheless.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty look for a brown ale, ventures into porter territory. Almost an inch of head, tan in color. Aroma was brown malt, coconut stayed obscure. A little bit of chocolate.

Taste, mild sweetness, smooth, lacks bitterness. Still wanting in the coconut department. Could use more adjuncts. How about that?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and a small citrus note. In the taste,cocoa powder and a small caramel roast. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big cocoa in taste, lots of orange citrus, but just above average.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Brown to amber color and transparent. It had a finger of head, but it was quickly gone to surface covering.

A slight nutty smell and then dominated by coconut and a little cocoa. It smells like dessert.

Sweet, sweet and then some sweet coconut.

Lighter body, low carbonation.

I really liked the smell, but the coconut just overpowered everything in the taste. Too bad. About a third to half the coconut would make this a really winner and let the rest of the ale show through.

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Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown color with just over one finger of head that did not stick around for very long before settling to a film of suds. A little bit of sticky lacing is left behind on the glass.

Definate aroma of toasted coconut. Unfortunately that is the only going on in the aroma.

Likewise that is mostly true in the flavor. Just a little bit of nutty malt that comes in the finish. Pleasant enough flavor albeit slightly gimmicky. If there was more malt flavor, they would really have something going on.

And more malt would also help this beers weakest aspect. Feels thin bodied and watery. Decent enough carbonation.

It delivered what the beer is advertising. Just not enough going on to warrant a good score. Just slightly above average.

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Koko Brown from Kona Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.
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