I was dragging myself round the Barrow Hill Roundhouse on Rail Ale trade night after a long shift at work looking for the kind of dark oblivion I adore in an ale when the bar tender pointed me to Coco Loco.
Ah rich chocolaty malty goodness I thought but no not that kind of coco greeted my lips. Then I realised this is my old nemesis Grafton Brewery they of the scathing Pint of Pernod review remember? Paper thin pump clips and the promise of a magical gem from a small brewer with big imagination.
On first look Coco Loco is dark and inviting, poured straight from the cask the head was barely existent and the ale itself a little warm but hey its a worn in glass at a festival, you know how it goes.
First sip and a massive coconut hit shocks me out of my complacency, its like drinking a half pint of Malibu but this time in a really good way. Smooth liquid silkiness with a full mouth feel meets fresh and full of hidden malty notes fighting to the front of my palate rounding this ale off beautifully and making it exceptional from start to finish. However this will not be an ale for everyone, it is very sweet and has a lot of vanilla, the cola is there too with a spike of lemon but personally I love it. Hats off to John, Richard and Danny at Grafton Brewing for creating my personal ale of the festival.
COCO LOCO - 5.0% abv
Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival - Best Speciality Beer 2013
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