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

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

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 201
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is very nice, it smells like coffee, coconut, roasted malt, chocolate and some nuts. The taste is the same as the aroma, with a great mix between the sweet and bitter flavors (although I do think the bitter flavors are stronger than the sweet ones). There's also a slight lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's thicker than most porters, not that I'm complaining! It's rich and coating, and has above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but it would be hard to drink more than a couple bottles of this at a time. The alcohol isn't noticable in the taste, although it does hit you after a while. I think this is a good overall brew, if you get a chance you should definitely try this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for bringing a bottle of this to a recent tasting.

Poured near black with a nice tan head a good lacing. The initial scent is definitely strong coffee, followed by some nice chocolate. The coconut comes through afterward, and really makes this one fantastic. The taste is quite similar, with everything blending together really, really well. The coffee and coconut make an excellent combination. Moderate to fairly heavy body, and dangerously drinkable. This one definitely did not disappoint.

Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time I've had this and I'm liking it a lot more than the first. Pours very dark brown with a perfect inch of tan head. Smells delicious - creamy coffee, coconut, and cocoa. Honestly, I don't even know what the hell a macadamia nut tastes or smells like, so I couldn't tell you if that's in here too. I take their word for it. Tastes of coffee, coconut, cocoa, vanilla, and sweet cream. Body is fairly thick, creamy, and well carbonated. Spot on. This is damn guzzleable.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this earlier thanks to Joe (Ineedabeerhere) and Shane(HopHead84), and now, thanks to the very kind John and Chris, I have bottles to contemplate in their entirety while listening to Ensiferum's From Afar

The pour is black, with a dense brown head with excellent retention and some lace. Reddish brown highlights are apparent as well.

A great coffee character kicks things off, with a clean, medium roast character with low bitterness and a bright acidity. Coconut is present in quite a copious amount as well, and the intoxicating macadamia nut character brings to mind something I never thought I'd smell in a beer. Back home in India, at one of my friend's place, I'd occasionally have lunch where one of the featured items on the menu was dried red chili peppers soaked in yogurt for a while and deep fried in coconut oil. Not spicy in the least, I'm quite amazed by the semblance. That said - this beer delivers on all fronts - a great coffee character, a ton of coconut and a distinct nuttiness, all beautifully balanced. The base porter, while great with a mild bitterness and roast character, with some cocoa, isn't obtrusive in the least. Thoroughly enjoyable, it's definitely the best Stone collaboration beer that I've had yet.

Opening up with plenty of coffee, the other adjuncts added do affect the way I perceive the coffee, it seems medium-light in roast with a mild citrus character and a touch of refreshing acidity. Soon, though, the coconut really does take over, and I have to admit that I haven't tasted such a coconuty beer ever. Thoroughly natural, it is rich and deep with a great coconut meat flavor as well as a distinct coconut oil character. I can't say that I get huge macadamia nut character, it's not as noticeable as on the nose. That said, it's still present, noticeable, with the characteristic nutty sweetness of macadamias. Astringency is low, but that's not surprising given the character of the nut. All told, this is one beer where I welcome the novelty of the adjuncts overwhelming the relative simplicity of the base beer. While ample, I think the brewers made a good decision by keeping it simple - moderate chocolate, low bitterness, moderate roast, low hop character - and allowing their vision of what a balanced coffee-coconut-macadamia nut beer should taste like come through.

On the heavier side of light with moderate carbonation, this is great stuff. The finish is quite exceptional, really, with beautifully balanced coffee and coconut with just a touch of macadamia nut, and just enough bitterness to balance out the flavor of the fleshy coconut. I'm absolutely enjoying this bottle, and I have to ask myself - what if this beer met a bourbon barrel?

Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours near black with tints of dark brown and a foamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has espresso, coconut, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla and molasses.

Taste has freshly roasted coffee up front followed by chocolate, dark malts, vanilla and coconut.

Creamy body is delicately carbonated. A bit thin in the finish. Drinks quite well.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a HUGE two finger stiff tan head that fades slowly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is really nice; big blast of Hershey's chocolate syrup light creamy coffee almond and brown sugar. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium full bodied and the texture is creamy smooth with a nice lingering oily character that compliments the taste nicely. Full flavored, the choco-latte nutty anise taste is really appreciated. The 8.5% ABV is well integrated and is slightly warming in the chest on the way down. One incredible drinker! I really appreciate a porter that has body to it...too many are watery, which has turned me away from the style some. It's a little pricey but worth every penny. I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to consider it. Not your 'average' porter, by any stretch!

Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark but light does pass through. Since this is a porter and not a stout, I'll allow it. There is a deep red garnet light that manages to get through. Phenomenally fluffy mocha head.

S: Delightfully abrasive. Rich roasty bitterness. Simply divine.

T: Damn. Very smooth despite the bitterness. Almost creamy with some nuttiness. Macadamia nuts are super evident in the middle and ending. I don't specifically detect any coconut but I'm not sensitive to coconut in general.

M: Actually not as heavy as it should be.

D: Very good. Beat the Central Waters Coffee Stout in a head to head.

Photo of Backer2004
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $7.99 at total wines outside Marietta, OH for a 12 oz bottle. Stone never ever disapoints and this is no exception. For the style, this is extreme and excellent, the arome alone hit the mark on the Kona coffee and coconut. The higher ABV is definitely noticeable on the mouthfeel and worth picking up on a cold night.

Photo of chugalug06
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bodacious looking fluffy tan and brown creamy head. Lots of air and full of life! This brew is a wonderful looking brew, nice spotty lacing to boot. Brew is Wonderful dark brown color with lots of black and some slight red.

S - Maui CoCoNut Porter dominates, but there's also some nice nuttyness that comes out. Lots of chocolate and roasty (coffee) malts. A little nice sweetness comes out too. Only slight heat.

T - *Applause*. What great flavor. Super roastyness (coffee) and lots of robust flavor spewing out of this delightful brew! Lots of big coffee and nutty flavors along with great sweetness. However, by no means a sugar bomb...

M - Super. Mildly over carbonated, but still a wonderful feel. Brew is super silky and smooth on many levels. I'll be interested to see how this brew hold together in time. Zero heat in this one, other than in it's scent.

O - This brew absolutely COMES to life! I can feel myself sitting on the beaches of Maui as I sip it... Stone, Maui, and Ken Schmidt absolutely NAILED this brew. One of the best collaboration brews I've ever had... Thanks for a great trade and a killer brew a74gent. This one goes down super easy...

Beautiful Hawaiian girl too... http://alohaplenty.net/

Photo of buffettfan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took me weeks to find this beer! It was well worth the wait!

Poured into a snifter.

Poured very dark, near black, with a thin strip of kaki head, not thick, but it did retain nicely.

Aroma was toasty, roasted coffee, very very slight hint of coconut.

The first sip I was a little dissappointed, then I realized it was very cold, so I let it warm up. As I did, the beer just kept getting better and better! Very little of the coconut, or macadamia nut is present in the taste at first. Its dominated by a sort of chocolate covered espresso bean flavor. Very rich, toasty taste! It finishes with the coconut and macadamia nut returning, leaving your mouth sort feeling like you just enjoyed a chocolate covered, coconut macadamia nut.

Rich, sort of thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very present.

Very drinkable, I might have to go get a few more! LOVED IT!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours a dark black with a small but creamy dark brown head, i gave it a really aggressive pour and even still it's a small head but it's sticking around. Nose is really bitter coffee. Malty notes round it off.

WOW! This is one smooth, clean beer! Not overpowering with coffee at all. It's got a light sharp carbonation that's really nice. Mouthfeel and body are a bit light but perfect for this. There are some light macadamia notes that come out as you drink it more. I'm really impressed with this beer, totally worth the slightly higer price.

Photo of steadydose
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured straight down the center of a tulip glass. Thick 4 finger head developes and slowly recedes leaving stiky lacing on the glass. A creamy mocha head sits on top of a jet black liquid. Looks appetizing.

S: The beer is still very cold, but Kona coffee hits me in the face immediately. Roasted coffee dominates initially, but as the beer sits and warms up aromas of coffee, chocolate, and little hints of coconut come through.

T: First sip and without a doubt there is a lot of coffee in the flavor. Not just any coffee, but delicious Kona coffee. There is also a good amount of bitterness on the finish. This beer just has a really good aftertaste. As my beer gets closer to cellar temp, the coconut makes appearances now and then. I think the macadamia may have contributed to the mouthfeel more than the taste.

M: Ample amount of carbonation, almost has a zing too it while my beer is at its coldest. As this one warms up the mouthfeel actually gets better. It becomes softer and even creamier. With the softer mouthfeel and CO2 I can't imagine the mouthfeel could be any better. Silky and creamy.

D:Great porter. Flavor is just packed w/ Kona coffee. High quality brew that is perfect on a colder day. This beer is all about subtleties. The Coffee shines, luckily its really good coffee while the supporting flavors round out the flavor really well. Top notch brew.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, $6.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY (blown away by the price, till I saw it was pretty much in line with what other places are charging, even in Ca.) anyway this one pours the expected near black, with a medium sized dark mocha head, and leaving spotty lace. The nose is richly of dark coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Flavorful sipper with deep and rich notes of more dark chocolate, expresso, brandy soaked oranges, getting some coconut and nuttyness, especially as it warms. Complex and simply yummy. Rich and thick over the tongue. Over the top sipper, night capper supreme. A must try, h/e kind of expensive for multiple revisits.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for awhile and picked it up, in all places, in Penn Station NY. (There is a beer vendor there at the night rush that gets some pretty awesome stuff....retired vertical epics and such, and sells them to the commuter crowd)

A-Deep opaque brown with a rich creamy tan head with very nice lacing.

S-Pow! This is one fragrant porter....Malty roasted coffee with a nutty background. Mild and odd, but not offsetting dishwater note. Pungent and mouthwatering.

T-Strong, bitter sweet chocolate syrup and coffee start the palate. Surprisingly, the macadamia nuts shine through as well midrange. Power packed with flavor, the finishing hops last forever and work in harmony with the astringent coffee bitterness that rounds out the finish.

M-Silky, chewy, oily, smooth...damn near perfect

D-What a beer...going back to get another tomorrow....I've never seen it anywhere else. Not one to knock back quickly, but a true sipper to savor. A real treat. I am not a huge porter fan, but this has got to be my favorite to date.

Re-review of this beer: Second time around I did this at cellar temperature, and the beer seemed to have lost a bit of its impact and picked up a much hoppier boozier note, almost like a different beer. The two were purchased about a month apart, so they might have been from a different batch, but in any case, this is one to try. Wild ass West Coast take on the style, as is to be expected.

Photo of infi
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly lucky to finally find one of these!

Poured into a nonic pint.

Smooth pour reveals a dark mahogany/black color with a large, pillowy tan head arising from the liquid that quickly fades. Decent amount of soapy lacing as you sip and swirl the glass. Just as advertised on bottle, the Kona coffee and Macadamian nuts are easily identifiable on the nose. Roasted Kona coffee is the one big aroma even as you initially open the bottle - it just creeps out into the room. But once you actively stick your nose into the glass, the toasted nuttiness from the Macadamian nuts comes into play. The coconut was the one scent not as quite defined, but with a couple deep inhales the toasted coconut becomes discerned. Among this nice trifecta, hints of some sweet chocolate and malt are also found. Overall, this is reminding me of a piece of Almond Joy candy. Pure elation.

Wow, wow and hello. Taste is incredibly rich and robust with the coffee being the first flavor hitting the tongue and subsequently the sweet coconut following up. Roasted qualities dominate the taste - it's incredible. Not so much of a nuttiness in flavor as was in the aroma, but that's not a problem. The Kona coffee, sweet coconut and roasted malt make up for its absence. But as it warms up a bit, the Macadamian flavors, as well as some vanilla and caramel, start to appear and intermingle with everything else. Subtle hints of chocolate become detectable in the final finish and lands on a slight burnt coffee bitterness with a soft lingering effect. The 8.5% ABV is very much noticeable in the end too. Incredibly well-crafted and complex.

Mouthfeel is substantially smooth and savory with the beer lining the cheeks and tongue very well. Just enough carbonation to make it tingly, but not enter light-bodied territory. I find this to be *way* better than the Smoked Porter, which I thought was way too thin and unappealing. This collaboration renewed my faith in porters for sure. There's actually a genuine chewiness to this, which I love. If I had a few more bottles of these in my fridge, I would definitely have more than one. Drinkability is wonderfully high - flavor and scent are up to par. You wouldn't notice how fast it's drinking.

This is a beautifully crafted porter and excellent collaborative brew by Stone, Maui and Ken Schmidt. I truly think that this porter would be a great pairing with a piece of Almond Joy candy; they're so similar, I could only imagine the flavor explosion. The only qualm I have is due to its price per bottle, $6.99 per 12 oz. If it weren't so expensive, this would definitely be a common sight in my fridge. But nonetheless, this is definitely worth the buy. Really surpassed my expectations.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of nickd717. Thanks a ton Nick for this sweet extra!

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Light can only be seen through at the very edges. I didn't get a lot of head on the admittedly cautious pour, but what head I did get had great staying power. Leaves some spots of lacing here and there.

The aroma is shocking. I wasn't expecting such a roasty smokey aroma considering the ingredients. Coffee, Coconut and Macadamia don't really bring smokey aromas to mind, but I swear this smells like a weak smoked porter. I also get roasted coffee, and a sweet malt backbone. Also a bit of chocolate.

Wow, this tastes amazing. The roasted character comes out again in the taste, but toasted coconut and roasted coffee really shine through. There is also a flavour I really can't describe, but it must be macadamia. It's mellow and blends very nicely with the rest of the flavours. This is fantastic...

Medium in body, this is a very smooth yet dry brew. There is a lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste that begs you to take another sip. Very creamy. The smokey character really makes it it's own.

Drinkability is good. If the ABV wasn't so high this would be an ideal session beer. So much taste packed into this 12 oz bottle. I really wish I had another of these!

Overall, a very solid offering from Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt. This beer being partly Stone's I was expecting something more bitter, but I got a nice roasty smooth beer with an excellent blend of flavours. Just a great brew. Thanks a bunch Nick for the chance!

Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.