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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

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BA SCORE
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315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009)
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Reviews by tanarm:
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tanarm

California

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost totally opaque black. Decent tan head that sits for awhile. Aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is quite smooth, a little bitterness from the coffee. It rounds out with a bit of nuttiness in the finish - this is after the beer has warmed for some time. Coffee and dark chocolate up front, with a touch of coconut/macadamia in the finish. Not sure I would even pick it out if it didn't say on the label. Otherwise, I would probably just call it a coffee stout. A bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, but not more than you would expect from a 8.5 ABV beer.. Quite drinkable, even with the full body and long finish.

I guess I was hoping for a bit more balance of all the ingredients, but it seems the coffee takes over. Can't say I didn't enjoy it, just not as impressive as what I was expecting. I don't think you should have to drink the beer at room temperature to enjoy all the flavors, but that's where this one is at. The last 2 ounces is the best, I can even smell the coconut now, whereas before, I couldn't even taste it at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 06:44:11 | More by tanarm
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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.

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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 it’s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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