Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle that's been sitting on my cellar shelf for quite some time, courtesy of a great NH trader as part of last year's Black Booty. Poured in to a snifter.
Appearance: The snifter may not have been the best glass for maintaining head retention, as the half finger of foamy ran head fades pretty quickly in to oblivion, but the wide mouth does showcase the pretty, vibrant cocoa, transparent around the edges. It's here that you can see a fair number of chunks of floaties, drifting in and out of visibility. What's nicest about this one is its high carbonation, rapidly rising both around the bulb of the snifter towards the thin ring but also straight up from the base of the bowl to the surface, glittering like a thousand stars reflected off of the surface of the ocean as they break the surface and vanish. Lack of lacing also knocks against this one, but on the whole, it's not out of the ordinarily for an 8.5% beer with a coffee infusion.
Aroma: Pure, unadulterated kona with a hint of coconut. Sweet, earthy, dirty, and full of berry notes, the coffee notes here are delightful - they mingle expertly with the toastiness of the base beer, and themselves compliment everything added to this one ... a little nutty, a little sweet, a little fruity. The coconut grows in intensity as this one warms, estery, thick, with a nice green fruitiness mingling with the nuttiness. Macademias are faint, pretty much nonexistent, but do mingle at points with the nuttiness of the kona. Faint estery alcohol wafts above as this one hits room temp.
Taste: Toasty, sweet, fudgy backing malts mingle with a pungently strong kona note, sweet, nutty, and earthy. All that being said, the kona here is above all things ... well, kona. It's pure, smooth, sweet, and unabashedly lacking in astringencies. It reminds me of kopi luwak in its smoothness, lack of acidity, and intensity. The toasted coconut is relatively less pungent, and the macademias much stronger here than in the nose ... both amplify the same elements of the base beer, though, so it's a bit of a wash.
Mouthfeel: As expressive as I thought it would be from the look of it, this one is a seething mouth of foam weighed down by a thick base, fat with slick, oily coffee volatiles. It's fat, viscous, and heavy, but also slimy, smooth, and slippery, and all the while effervescent, light, crisp. It's an odd combination of notes that I imagine would work better if any one of those elements were tweaked to the other end of the spectrum, but as it stands its pretty good. It gets better once the carbonation dies down, too.
Drinkability: A beer with a lot of venn diagrams, and with a lot of overlap between them. What the coffee lends is amplified in parts by what the coconut lends with in term is amplified by what the macadamia nuts lend ... the end result is a fairly nutty, intense, but occasionally less dynamic and complex beer than you'd hope for. At 8.5%, it's pretty high up on the booze-o-meter too, at least for a standard American porter. All that being said, it's still a pretty tasty beer, and I'd take it over a standard porter anyday ... it just doesn't quite live up to expectations. Give it a shot if you can still track it down, though I imagine it's all vanished off shelves by this point. Will probably get better for a little while to come, too, though the slightly fading coffee and very expressive carbonation makes me wonder.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2011 06:50:58 | More by CrellMoset
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3.18/5 rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is showing its age and this particular bottle is turning slightly sour.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2013 04:08:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.76/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A great big thanks goes out to errantnight for sending this along in a Christmas box, thanks again brotha! A pitch black pour fills the pint glass while chestnut brown highlights grace the body along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head easily grows to two fingers of creamy beige on a light pour and slowly fades to a rigid cap. Peaks and valleys of lacing cling to the glass in sheets as the head settles and after each drink.
The nose isn't quite as expressive as I imagined it would be but I suppose the coffee has something to do with that. The Kona coffee hits first in a fairly straightforward manner. Bittersweet baker's chocolate comes through in the middle and a rather rich caramel brings up the rear with the raw coffee beans. The coffee obviously dominates the aroma and a mild nuttiness comes through although it's rather generic and I would never have guessed macadamia.
The coffee beans are upfront but a little on the subtle and generic side. The middle is weak with muddled coffee, baker's chocolate, light cream (which may be the coconut sweetness), a mild roast, and nuttiness on the finish. The beginning is solid but the middle through end is a little muddled and hard to dissect. The best part of the flavor is the lingering aftertaste where big notes of dark chocolate combine with the mildly bitter coffee grounds and a lingering, soft nuttiness. This beer gets much better as it nears room temperature. The flavors front to back seem to smooth out and meld much better.
The body is on the medium side, which is to be expected from a coffee porter but the carbonation is a little higher than I would like, causing some prickliness along the tongue. The carbonation eventually softens which makes for a smooth, somewhat slick body. As this one sits in the glass and the carbonation mellows it really comes into its own.
The drinkability is good for an 8.5% porter. There's no discernible alcohol and the flavors end up coming together nicely after some warming. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back again and again.
I have had my eye on this brew for awhile now and am happy I got to give it a go around. it's not quite as expressive as I thought it was going to be but itâ€™s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 21:10:13 | More by joe1510
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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