Review: Kona Brewing Co. Koko Brown

Bitterly cold winter days with snow falling have been few and far between in Massachusetts this year. Trust me, I’m happy about this. But the lack of the normal seasonal ailments that tend to come to the Bay State has left me feeling a bit underwhelmed by dark winter beer offerings.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve still enjoyed a handful of stouts, brown ales and porters, but there’s something to be said for a nice dark brew warming you up on a frigid day.

With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised by Kona Brewing Co.’s Koko Brown. Even with relatively mild conditions outside, this coconut infused nut brown ale whisked me away to the Hawaiian islands, at least in my mind.

Though it should be obvious, I’ll say this now: If you’re not a fan of coconut or roasted, nutty flavors in general, don’t bother with the Koko Brown (Note: I paid $8.99 for a six-pack).

That said, I really enjoyed this. The aroma heavily stars the coconut and as the temperature of the brew comes us, the roasted coconut flavor becomes more and more prominent.

This beer is heavy on roasted flavors, whether it be coconut or malts, and there’s virtually no hops to be tasted. I don’t mind that at all, but serious hop heads may steer clear simply because of this.

More than anything, this 5.5% ABV brown made me feel like I was taking a step away from winter and into spring. That alone is enough to make me happy, but the flavor profile of the brew certainly had a hand in bringing a smile to my face.

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