Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours dark black with a light brown head. Actually looks like a "frothy" coffee.
Nose is simple brewed coffee when chilled. As it warms up you get more brewed coffe with some macademia nut and light coconut. A real coffee nose.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets! It is big, and hugely rich. The mouthfeel is like coffee with real cream; like a thick, rich "hot chocolate" feel. Buttery and creamy in character and feel; rich! And, believe it or not, there some hops to it and they are super well integrated. This may be the single best mouthfeel I've ever tried.
The flavors are off the chart. Rich, creamy chocoate coffee with a nut and coconut undertone and character. The coffee character and flavor and general quality could not be better. You don't come near feeling the alcohol (8.5%!) The flavors really come out and rock as this one warms up. Cool this is a really nice coffee brew; room termperature this will knock your socks off with flavor and complexity.
This is a beer that is one of the most drinkable porters (or stouts) that I've tasted. I hate to join the hype (or add to it) but this one is off the charts. Putting aside the coconut and macademia nut for the moment, this is what a coffee stout (porter?) is supposed to taste like...period!
This one may be in my top 10 already. And, please...you really want to taste it with a head. It's like drinking the foam that adds to the character of a cappuccino.
I bought some bottles to trade; I may just keep all the bottles I acquired since this is one that will likely stay good for quite a while and perhaps even get a bit more complex with some age. There is a sweetness that some may dislike; me? I really like it. The "sweet" is not so much sugar as it's "flavor."
This is one collaboration that should stick together for many beers to come! Well done!
09-23-2009 23:59:58 | More by GRG1313
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
Picked a bottle at Bowery WF.
A- Pours a pitch black that reveals a mahogany garnet sliver at the top when held up to the light. A generous sandy head that quickly fades to a mere wisp. No lacing noted, a couple of bubbles popping at the top, but I can't see any streamers in that darkness.
S- Rich vanilla beans, bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, coffee, woody and nutty notes. I am not sure but I think that the vanilla notes may actually be the coconut- either way it smells great.
T- Similar to the nose I get the rich vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, coffee, nuttiness. At the end I get the coconut that lingers. I really enjoy all these flavors that seem to work so well together.
M- This is probably my favorite part- so rich & creamy without being heavy. Light carb that works well. A slight lingering coating on the tongue that I enjoy, and a bit of an alcohol burn.
D- I wish I could find/afford a 12er of this stuff. I woulnd't put down more than 1 or 2 in a sitting, but would love to have some of this on hand to drink whenever. I think this is good to drink now. As always though, I wonder what it would do with some time- I feel that it might lose some of the rich flavors that meld together so well.
10-12-2009 00:17:35 | More by m1ked
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. Pours a nice dark brown color with deep ruby amber, blood red highlights when held to the light. The tan colored head is a nice inch thick when poured, eventually settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a decent surface coating. Decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee along with a nice brown nuttiness and chocolate. The flavor is perfect in my opinion, nice roasted malty sweetness with a hint of caramel and even more chocolate, flowed by a tasty bitter coffee presence and the nuttiness is certainly there on the back end. Slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Almost too easy to drink considering what the ABV of this beer is. Good thing I have one of these aging in my basement, I am interested to see what some time will do to this already fantastic beer. You must try this if you get the chance! Wow!
12-16-2009 03:56:46 | More by neenerzig
4.7/5 rDev +14.1%
The beer pours a deep, black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm, roasted malt and coffee scent along with delicate hints of chocolate and nuts. The coffee character is top notch with loads of dry, earthy character. The taste is perfect! It has a damn awesome coffee, roastedness. It's incredibly smooth and full bodied with just a hint of macadamia in the finish. It's a dark one for sure with adequate warmth and a ton of black malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the top porters I've ever had. It's incredibly complex with a shit ton of flavor; simply awesome.
12-13-2009 01:30:16 | More by WesWes
4.7/5 rDev +14.1%
This one is quickly becoming a fave of mine.
A: Very dark color with mocha colored head
S: This smells fantastic! You can definitely smell the coffee aroma emiting out of the glass. No strong scent of coconut.
T: Very tasty. You are instintantly hit with the coffee flavor, though not overbearing. I've tried some coffee porters that tasted like chewing on a coffee bean, not for me. This one however, has the perfect amount of coffee flavor. Very faint on the coconut flavor. Didn't really notice the coconut on the first try. The macadamia nut flavoring makes this taste so smooth.
M: You gotta try it, that's all I can say.
D: This one is very easy to drink. Drink it slowly and let it warm up a little in your cup. Makes for a mighty tasty beer. Goes down smooth.
All in all this is in my top favorites. Was supposed to be in short supply, but it keeps popping up in stores around MA. Glad, because I need more!
11-18-2009 16:52:02 | More by steve8robin
4.68/5 rDev +13.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.
Appearance: The color of the body is a very dark brown to nearly black which blocks out almost all light. On top sits a small tan head about one finger tall. It slowly fades down to just a ring of foam with a thing film in the middle. This head is slick and leaves no lace on glass as it just slides right down.
Smell: In the nose I get notes of sweet roasted malt, hints of dark coffee, sugar cookies and delicate nutty notes.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a mild nutty character with plenty dark roasted malt and coffee notes. Hop notes are mild and add some light leafy/earthy hops notes and bitterness towards the finish. Overall it remains on the sweeter side throughout and into the finish. Its 8.5% alcohol is mellow and refined, adding only a very genital warmth. On the palate it has a velvety smooth and slick feel with mellow carbonation.
Notes: This is an excellent blend of flavors all in perfect balance and harmony.
04-24-2010 12:47:56 | More by generallee
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
yo beeradvocate, imma let you finish, but Ken Schmidt got one of the best porters of all time!
$6.50 for 12 oz. bottle
Nearly black dark brown with a nice brown head. Head looks decent, then dwindles away until next to nothing at all is left. The nose is luscious with kona coffee, cane sugar sweetness, a tinge of toasted coconut and some rum-like alcohol. Rich malt and somewhat yeasty or nutty. As it opens up coconut pops up and the coffee settles down.
The first taste for me is loaded with kona coffee, then the finish was exceptionally long with a melange of burnt sugar, rum, and dark roast. The more I drink the more I begin to unleash the coconut element, which not only has the toasted coconut taste but also a fresh coconut flavor that is much more developed than other coconut beers I have encountered. A rich biscuit malt and nutty yeast quality also shines through, giving a rich full character. Full bodied, a bit slippery, and a rounded medium carbonation just enhance.
My previous experience with a coconut beer from Maui had left me nonplussed, and with such an exorbitant price point, I thought this beer was going to be smoke and mirrors. I would guess the macadamia nut element hurt the head in this brew, but the flavors, aromas, and feel of this beer deliver. Extremely well done.
09-24-2009 00:04:18 | More by vacax
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
Poured into a dimpled English pub mug.
Dark chocolate in color with a nice one inch thick tan head. Ample lace with tight creamy bubble formation.
Smells of toasted nuts; aroasted almond quality. Coffee is huge in my nose along with some sweet maltiness.
Taste is dynamic and complex blend of rasted coffee, nuts, fig and coconut almond cluster cookie. Very satisfying shape shifting as it warms; even more blended flavors.
Very dangerously drinkable but look out this stuf will kick your ass.
11-19-2009 18:14:05 | More by GordonQuid
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
A- Dark brown to black as seen on pour into the glass, on closer inspection it is a brown clear liquid. Nice thick creamy head builds up but actually dissipates quite fast.
S- NOT what I expected at all. First off there is quite a bit of coffee, but not the same kind of crazy fresh cold coffee you get from Victory at Sea. This to me actually leaned more towards the roasted grain type coffee aroma, but my friend got more of a straight up coffee out of it than I did. Along with that it smelled almost IDENTICAL to many imperial stouts. I don't want to say this had a soyness to it, but it was something *along* those lines, like way in the background but maybe I'm just sensitive to that (and I'm not the biggest Imperial Stout fan in the world either).
T- Completely different from the smell to me. Roasted grain is one of the prevalent flavors here, kept in check enough to qualify as a porter. Right smack in the middle is a sweetness along with something that I don't know is actually a flavor more than a mouthfeel component, but the middle is absolutely delightful. It's a mild sweetness, maybe a nuttiness, or roundness to the flavor profile. To me the taste is all about this middle palate presence, which makes it unique from every other porter, stout or other dark beer I've had.
M- This is a deceptively thick brew. You wouldn't think so at first, although it does look thick upon pouring but that slickness and fullness in the mouthfeel comes across even more so when it's on your tongue.
D- this beer is so good you could drink pint after pint, until you pass out.
I wonder how this would be on nitro...
09-23-2009 06:02:15 | More by MiScusi
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
A- Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that leaves nice lacing.
S- The nose is full of brewing coffee scents and a bit of smoke. Full dark coffee aroma with dark chocolate coming through. I must say that this is one of the strongest coffee noses that I have had so far.
T- A strong rush of roasted coffee bitterness with a slightly sweet finish. Some cocoa and milk chocolate makes a quick appearance but this baby is all coffee. Waves of espresso and creamy mocha flavor meld together to leave a wonderful coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden quite well. There is just the slightest bit of macadamia nuts and coconut although I'm not sure if I would have picked them out if I didn't know they were in there.
M- Medium/full bodied with a gentle carbonation.
D- Truly a fantastic brew. If you love coffee, this is a must have.
11-14-2009 03:29:13 | More by projectflam86
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
Poured a couple of bottles of this for a friend who just got a new pad and is opening her own business soon. Big shout out to Pizza Port Solana beach for not charging capage!!!
Pours a nice dark brown. Not as much head as it has poured before. Might have poured a bit soft.
the aroma is the name. Stron coffee upfront, roasted chocolate and slight bit of alcohol.
The taste is amazing. chocolate and coffee battle to be the main flavor, followed by some sweet roasted malt and a slightly nutty dry finish to wrap up.
One of my favorites for sure!!!
05-31-2010 15:23:43 | More by pastradul
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere and errantnight for each sending me this in our recent trades!
A: Pours a dark brown/black french press coffee color with a one finger cap of mocha colored foam on top. The head has an amazingly silky texture and it some healthy rings around the inside of the glass.
S: Freshly roasted coffee dominates the nose when cold. However, as it warms, supporting aromas of dark chocolate, blackened malt, macadamia nuts, cherry, and toasted coconut each step out and take the spotlight.
T: Once again, coffee rules when this is right out of the fridge. And like above, all of the other sweet, semi-sweet, and savory flavors begin to creep out when it warms, gradually eclipsing the early domination of the coffee. Awesome!
M: Smooth and creamy with just a hint of dry bitterness. Lingering finish that lays out a bead of deliciousness across my tongue.
D: Damn! What a surprise. I love a well done coffee beer, but a well done coffee, macadamia nut, toasted coconut beer? Please!
11-19-2009 03:43:04 | More by GbVDave
4.53/5 rDev +10%
A: A very dark brown black. Nice mocha colored head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.
S: Dark chocolate, and coffee. Something sweet in there too. Maybe caramel, or perhaps I am picking up on the toasted coconut. Whatever it is, it smells fantastic. It seems as this warms the scent gets a little sweeter, possibly more coconut coming through.
T:Starts with a strong, but creamy coffee taste.. then as that fades it turns more into a roasted nut flavor. I am not picking up a lot of the coconut, but there is an underlying creamy sweetness about it that I really like.
M: Creamy, smooth and sensual. Top score here.
D: Oh hell yes.. Big, dark, bold, and tasty as hell. It hides the alcohol really well, and the mouthfeel is like silk. A great beer, I shall have to procure more.
10-30-2009 02:23:58 | More by Beejay
4.53/5 rDev +10%
Appearance - opaque for the most part but does show a dark caramel brown. A thin head of light mocha with a wavy ring of lace at the high water mark.
Aroma - roasty malts and delicious smelling coffee. No coconuts here but this smells great. Shows some light fuselly, almost rubbing alcohol-like astringency at times with warming, tempered by some persistent charred grain.
Taste - charred malts, tons of roast. Big coffee flavor, great taste and intensity. After a few sips, the coconut makes it appearance, very cool. A dry enduring non-sweet flavor that rides on after the coffee and roast fade a bit. Macadamia is pretty lost in here, maybe my taste buds aren't sensitive enough to pick it up. What is here is a great American porter with some great classic flavor and a nice twist with the coconut. The burnt flavors can be a little fatiguing but for the most part I'm digging it, especially the lengthy coffee-infused aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - wonderfully smooth, a good crisp level of carbonation to stand up against some weightiness.
Drinkability - a fine sipping porter sent to me by PaulMPap. Nice one, Paul, thanks much!
02-10-2010 04:27:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5 rDev +10%
A: Very deep brown in color with tons of lacing. All Stone beer have a ton of lacing even old guardian.
S: Just a rich and deep aroma of coffee and chocolate. Not that complex but damn is it nice.
T: Macademia really comes through in the taste and just makes this beer. The coffee is crisp and clear as well. Amazing balance.
M: Luscious. Just a joy. Creamy. Full bodied. Amazing. Everything you want in a porter.
D: Amazing. We did this next to Central Waters Coffee stout and this one killed. Both are good beers but this had a definite edge.
12-27-2009 16:17:29 | More by aerozeppl
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Black in the glass, the tan head soon recedes to a disc, leaving no lace behind.
The nose is all coffee at first, bringing to mind a mellow French press. As it warms, I get a light nuttiness, bitter baking chocolate and hints of coconut. The toasted coconut element is subtle but lends a pleasant tropical sweetness to an otherwise dry beer.
Coffee is dominant on the palate, roasty and bitter, but smooth and well-integrated. There's a hint of toasted coconut up-front, but it's largely drowned by the strong coffee flavors. Mid-palate brings out subtle nuttiness, dark malts and bittersweet chocolate. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Coconut reveals itself again in the finish along with a roasty, hoppy, drying bitterness. The beautiful balance of flavors, overall dryness and mellow coffee flavor make this surprisingly quaffable; it would be entirely too easy to put down a pint of this.
Hands-down the best of the Stone collaboration beers, this is excellent stuff.
10-07-2009 03:06:17 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Came across this in the back of the fridge. Great find on a Friday night! 12oz bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours inky black with a quarter inch of lovely mocha colored foam atop it. The head subsides leaving a ring of beige bubbles around the outside of the glass. The nose is a blast of coffee goodness with a bit of sweet roasted malt and nuttiness to it. Taste follows the nose with huge coffee flavors up front. Roasty malt flavors follow with notes of nutty macadamias and sweet coconut on the backside. The finish is semi-dry with a bit of hoppy bitterness which lingers. Very nice. Feel is medium with a low level of carbonation. What a great beer! The Kona coffee flavors in this one are incredible! The macadamia nuts and coconut add depth and complexity making for a wonderful porter experience. Wish I had stocked up on this one. Greg, if you're reading this, please brew this again and put it into regular production! Highly recommended!
07-22-2012 07:38:09 | More by Sideswipe
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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