So coconut ales are becoming a thing… Or maybe they’ve been a thing for a while now. Either way, I’m going to get straight to the point: I don’t like coconut. However, I’m hoping Burial Beer can change that with their Bolo Coconut Brown Ale. :)
I’m also going to pick up the easy money here by commenting in detail on the can art. But when the featured image is an injured white swan with a black swan head growing out of what appears to be a machete gash in the aforementioned white swan’s rib cage… How can I not!? Add in some roses to substitute for blood and some black butterflies with skulls for heads, and you have yourself a party. Alright, we got that out of the way.
This swans’ blood pours a dark brown with a bright, ruby tint that gives it a classic brown ale appearance. The thick, tan head has a sudsy presence that gives a nice contrast to the liquid. The aroma is heavy coconut, as to be expected, with supporting attributes of vanilla and cacao.
The 50 pounds of toasted coconut are highly evident on the front of the flavor profile. A base of brown sugar and dark chocolate stay true to the brown ale style. Mellowing cream flavors tie the package together beautifully. The mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a brown ale with a smooth, silky texture that plays well with the sweetness.
I’m still not a fan of coconut, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this ale. While the coconut is unmistakable, the supporting flavors make this ale very approachable for anyone, regardless of where you are on the coconut appreciation spectrum (That’s probably a thing?). With that said, all coconut lovers will surely rejoice… unless undead swans are a deal-breaker.
- Appearance: Dark Brown, Ruby Tint / Tan, Sudsy Head
- Aroma: Coconut, Vanilla, Cacao
- Flavor: Coconut, Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate, Cream
- Mouthfeel: Medium Minus, Silky
- ABV: 5.6%