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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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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 326
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 202
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 326
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown/black color with a quick fading "big-bubbled" tan head. Just averaging lacing on this one.

S - Real heavy on the coffee aroma with a nice roasted malt pairing. The coffee aroma isn't bitter like you'd expect but has more of a sweet smell. A little nuttiness from the macadamia nuts and not much coconut.

T - Very similar to the aroma...lots of sweet coffee with a sour/bitter finish. Nutty flavor blends great with grains in the middle of the brew. Barely any coconut flavor because of its mild presence in this beer and it's paired with such strong flavors of coffee and roasted malt. Aftertaste is pure macadamia nuts and coffee.

M/D - Medium body that is nicely carbonated and not too aggressive, maybe a tad high on the volumes of carbonation but not complaining. Semi-bitter finish makes it an average drinker that is easy to enjoy and has a great unique flavor.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark muddy brown with less than 1 finger head that leaves little lacing behind.

S- Definate coffee, reminds me of the Chocolate Macadamia Nut BadAss Company coffee I used to have on Kona when visiting, slight vanilla/coconut scents and a light dark chocolate.

T- Almost exactly as it smells but a little thinner than I had hoped.

M- Medium body with light carbonation and hidden alcohol were nice, just wanted a little more body with this one.

D- Good drinkability, however, it is hard to get this beer and when you do its $7-8 for a 12 oz beer which brings this drinkability down.

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Photo of sleazo
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

A_Pours a dark black with a foamy brown head. Settles into a nice cap. Minimal lacing.

S_A big aroma hits as soon the bottle is opened. Huge roasted malts and dark espresso notes dominate with a distinct macadamia nut aroma hitting in the background. Great nose.

T_Big coffee again up front mellowing out into a nice roasted finish. The aftertaste reveals a certain nuttiness that is not as distinctly macadamia as the aroma. There is a bit too much acidity overall which detracts somewhat. Not getting much if any coconut.

M_Nicely velvety in feel with a moderate soft carbonation. A bit thicker than an average porter but it works with the tastes and ingerdients.

D_A good beer no doubt but with some flaws. The acrid heat might melow out with some time but it detracts a bit too much here. Still I am enjoying the interplay between the coffee and the and the nuts. I wish there was more coconut as well.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but couldn't pass it up on the shelves.

Appearance - Black. No light passes through when held up to the lamp. Two inches of tan, mocha head dissipate pretty quickly. Nice looking bev.

Smell - Lots of roast coffee. A little burnt, as well. Some toasted marshmallow. Deep fruit, maybe raisins and plum? The coffee is very strong.

Taste - Coffee is not as strong up front. A little sweetness, possibly the macadamia. Definitely a hint of coconut, but only a hint. Very smooth. Lots of roast. The finish, however, is definitely full rich coffee. The burn lingers.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Almost too light.

Drinkability - The roast/burnt finish makes it a little tough. It's nice, but one is enough.

Not a huge coffee guy, so this was never going to be a home run for me. The lady friend liked it better. That said, I wish the coconut and macadamia showed up a bit more. I was a little disappointed by how much the coffee dominated. If you like coffee, this will do it for ya.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a porter without anything to hide... as in, it actually tastes like all the designated flavors. a bit of a weaker pour but i figured i'm getting an older bottle at this point. nose is chocolatey coffee malt with a hint of coconut and quite a bit of booze. about a finger of head with an aggressive pour into a tulip. brown black. palate is mild floral citrus that has a mild bloody earth quality. rather hoped like a black ipa that has aged. the coconut is the overpowering like cooking in coconut oil. its subtle and fuses with the malt well. the kona coffee is very mildly acidic and hints on the floral aged hop notes. nice and dry with a nuttiness at first that gives it a nutella feel but not the malty nutty volume i would really really enjoy. still a great treat. i wouldn't say a coffee lovers must though. more malty dessert than complex coffee notes.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter to reveal opaque black body and slight tan head. Smells like coffee grounds in black bean teriyaki sauce, but in a good way. Head dies pretty quickly, leaving little lacing.

Tastes well-roasted with lots of savory notes. Nice light bitterness. Hints of soy sauce. Good malt smoothness. I actually have some Hawaiian crushed coffee bean-candied macadamia nuts in the pantry and there are a lot of flavor parallels here. It's got all the roastiness of the porter with some nice nutty accents and a deep coffee undertone. Maybe even some coconut character, but it's always hard to get that last one. There's less bitterness at the end than what I'd expect from a Stone anything. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall I dig it. If it were cheaper, I would consider buying more and totally marinate some chicken in it.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color that has some suggestions of red when held to the light. A thin off-white head tops the brew; minimal lacing.

S: A Strong aroma of rich, sweet chocolate and some astringency from the coffee beans - a robust dark roast. A little nuttiness mingles with the chocolate, but alas, no real coconut aroma.

T: A strong dark coffee flavor dominates the flavor and mixes with a nice dose of mocha and perhaps a touch of smoke. A nice bittersweet finishes completes the experience. Still, the coconut is sadly absent.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth for the abv. A little astringent in the finish.

D: A cool experience no doubt - definitely a brew I'm glad I stumbled upon. It's a decent porter, but nothing really too special. I really wish the coconut actually came through in the flavor. The coffee really dominated this one.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sometimes find beers this flat and opaque to be a little drab - unfortunately, this is one of those times. To be fair though, the beer does deserve some credit as it happens to be of a shade of black that honestly must trump all other shades of black; the chances of light getting past this thing are as good as me ever owning the Dallas Cowboys.

Upon hearing of this combination of flavours I figured the macadamia and coconut might be overrun by the coffee; indeed, the first few sniffs support that inclination. It is smokey, it is bitter, it is - in no uncertain terms - very coffee-esque. Fortunately, there is at least a sparing amount of baker's chocolate that goes with it.

With a name that boasts coffee, macadamia nut and coconut in it, I think it's only fair to expect something a little extra tasty. That this is flavourful is never, even for an instance, in doubt. However, that it is sensually titillating or heavenly delicious is likely dependent on its taster. For my palate, this is too full of roast and grain to be considered decadent.

In other words, I think this beer sounds more delicious than it actually is. You'd assume for every added ingredient there'd be an added flavour or texture, but this is disappointingly one-dimensional; the coconut and macadamia are but flies that surround the smokey, bitter coffee roast that is the elephant. I just wish I could be tasting more of them.

This beer is otherwise a very serviceable porter. It is uniquely rich and, although it may not make a full dessert in and of itself, I can only imagine what a sinfully indulgent treat it would be if only I had some worthy sweets or fresh berries to pair with it. Warming has proved to unchain both of the nutty flavours, but it's too little too late (and still too acrid).

The more variety and the greater diversity in the market, the greater incentive there is to be different. For a time, that was easy for Stone to do. Since then, however, they've helped spawn a new generation of talented, creative brewers that have exemplified and realized their vision of a world with bold, arrogant, distinguished beers.

And so perhaps a Coffee/Macadamia/Coconut beer was the only way left to be different, but is the point of being creative just to be creative? Rightly or wrongly, I expected more from this beer. I'll admit: had it of excluded the full ingredients list from its name I likely would have scored it higher... but I'd still of enjoyed it just the same.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A dark brownish almost black color with a minimal light brown head and no sticky lacing.

S: Dark roasted smells with coffee, chocolate, nuts and carmel malt sweetness.

T: Coffee is huge up front with a large roasted malt flavor. I got some slight bittersweet chocolate flavors mixed with the large nutty character and some slight dark fruits. A deep sweetness of caramel and some toffee seep in to mix with the roasted flavors. Finish gives me this funky almost metallic sort of flavor but quickly dissipates. I didn't get any coconut.

M: A bit thin actually for everything that's going on with the beer. No alcohol noticed..

D: Medium. I guess you could have a few, but nothing really excites me to do so.

Overall a decent beer, but not an award winner like I was expecting. I enjoyed the Maui Coconut Porter much more as it had more coconut flavor. Maybe the nuttiness of the macadamias squash the coconut, I don't know. Anyway, glad I tried it.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruddy dark garnet with a wispy head and great legs. Smells like a mocha latte with a shot of vanilla.
Tastes very smooth but where did the coffee go? It's all about chocolate and vanilla. No real macadamia comes through, which is a shame because that would have made it a very interesting brew. The coffee finally comes through in the lingering finish which is dark and roasty. Not much coconut either, in fact, none was discernable.
Overall a nice, creamy porter, much like a stout in presentation. Unfortunately the price is over the top. There are many stouts and other porters out there just as good for half the price.

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Photo of rayjay
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A welcome gift from my good friend brewtull.

Pretty dull on the pour (into a shaker pint). Head vanishes and leaves a lifeless ale. There is carbonation, just a few bubbles and nothing else to show for it. Maybe lipids from the mac nuts or coconut?

Amazing aroma, full of those toasty coconuts and mac nuts, plus the usual porter chocolate and hop notes. Maybe coffee, but it certainly isn't screaming at me like I thought it would.

Silky, creamy, nutty, toasty, chocolatey, hoppy goodness. It's really tasty. That coffee makes a real entrance here, it's got that spicy, thin mouthfeel type-coffee vibe.

The thing that's really bringing it down is the high gravity. Were it not so thick I could pound these all night. Bring this back to 6% abv and it would be a TKO. Just saying.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as a great quick turnaround trade with AndrewK.. Thanks Andrew!! Sharing with Brenda.. Mine is poured into my Delirium goblet.

1/2" tan head.. no real lacing.. the cap is pretty flimsy.. the brew is pretty much black.

Nose is pretty much a pretty good American Porter.. I'm not getting anything that resembles coconut or macadamia nut.

I am really digging this one.. but I still don't really pick out the coconut or the macadamia nuts.. just a nice coffee porter.. nice coffee element mixes well with the dark malts.. a bit of sorta lactose sweetness..

Great body and carbonation... I like this one, but don't get any of the "collaboration" aspects of this beer other than the coffee.

Thanks Andrew.. another fantastic trade.


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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times since the release. This review is from notes 10/22. Thanks to Shane and Mike for bottles as well as my homie Greg in NYC.

Pours black with a 1/2 finger head fading to a ring. Appears to be lightly carbonated.

Aroma is definitely coffee forward. Deep flavors of roasted beans. Dark Chocolate and roasted Malts. Marzipan and Coconut struggle to come through, but succeed more as it warms.

Taste is very coffee forward, slight bitterness initially from the coffee. Nuttiness is present. The first couple times I had this, I thought the coconut was too subtle to be enjoyed, but the most recent time I kept getting an intense, lingering coconut flavor in the finish. This flavor was not a sweet coconut, it was nutty and toasty in character. Quite enjoyable actually, and caused me to bump this up a notch.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy but this beer could benefit from a pinch more carbonation. Pretty drinkable considering it's ABV, but alcohol was noticeable as it warmed. Nice collaboration.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle, randomly picked this up and was interested to learn that it was a collaboration between Stone brewery, a home-brewer, and a Hawiian brewery.

A) Very dark cola-esque brown with small dark fizzy brown head. Slightly thick and viscious layer against glass.

S) Coffee definitely stood out. Dark, roasted malts, some mild sweetness of the coconut as well. Not a super strong smell.

T) Very flavorful - the roasty coffee, malts, smokiness, and nuttiness all stand out. This is a big flavor, very robust. No overt sweetness but the coconut while subtle balances out some of the bitterness.

MF) Medium, somewhat chewey, thick on the tongue.

D) Good - great taste, and I don't detect the 8.5% alcohol. It's pleasant but one was plenty with so much flavor.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see that this one arrived in Mass. This will be my first time trying anything from Maui, so this is a treat. Pours a black color, with a quickly fading tan heading. Musty nose of coffee that is not quite as in your face as I would have expected. The nuts also make their way in to the smell in a minor way. It tastes exactly as it is marketed....coffee, macadamia nut and coconut. None of the tastes are too over the top. The Coffee dominates, which is cool, but I would love to have seen the coconut come out a bit more. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy. Alcohol is hidden well, and drinking this one is easy. Let this beer warm up for sure, as more comes through that way. Not my favorite from the collaborative series, but still damn good and worth a purchase.

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Photo of alkchrios
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spent about 15 bucks on one 12 oz bottle in a little shop in Temecula California and I must say, although this beer was good.. I believe the 15 bucks only was able to be charged due to its rarity..not the production of the beer itself..although it was good...it wasnt that great. Poured a jet black color into a rocks glass giving way to a quarter inch caramel colored head. The aroma of this beer is very welcoming...a lot of coffee, chocolate. At 8.5 percent abv the alcohol is hardly present to the nose. I wanted to get more coconut and macadamia in the flavor as well of the nose but sadly was almost not there at all...to me it just came off as any imperial stout.. a ton of coffee and chocolate.. some burnt sugars and roasted malts were present along with a sweet finish but no nutty flavor like i wanted...i definitely suggest trying the beer however..not for 15 bucks a 12 oz.

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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark in the suburbs, light cocoa head rises up to 2 fingers and retreats quickly, lacing is good, the bubbles are very uniform and the head regenerates quickly with a little swirl of the glass, nice.

cocoa fighting coconut, at first sniff it is really strange, this takes some time to get down to what is going down here, the combination sometimes smells "sickly sweet", you do get a nice dose of coffee but it smells too dark, as an avid kona fan this doesn't smell half as good as my morning brew (I drink medium roast from Richard's on the main island).. not bad but I have stuck my schnozz into better coffee-ish porters.

taste etc...
the heaviness is offset by the carbonation almost perfectly (and I do mean almost, it is a 'touch' too prickly for my preference), coats the mouth well leaving a really pleasant nutty/cocoa aftertaste, the macadamia is very subtle and melded well with the coffee playing in the back as bitter notes (I love bitter), the alcohol is no where to be found, this drinks really easy, considering the amount of ingredients and the pedigree this is just a really nice beer, I wouldn't sell my left nut to get it but if you like starbucks instead of dunkins you might want to check this out.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is bitter black coffee. The flavor is black coffee with some cream and nuttyness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good porter, but I expected it to be more complex.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, generous extra from BA user GRG1313...poured into a Dogfish signature glass

A - solid inch of right and frothy khaki foam slowly falling to about a finger's height. the beer is a *very* dark brown, only noticeable when held up to light. very minimal lacing.

S - dark roasted malt, freshly brewed strong French roast coffee, coconut actually pretty easy to pick out in the second half. some nuttyness and a hint of very bitter chocolate.

T - roasted malt and coffee fight each other for the first attack, winners exchange in alternating sips. the coffee tastes quite fresh, big and bold...coconut flashes here and there for character. finishes on the sweeter side before ending with a huge roast and bitter hops finish. hints of smoke, chocolate, macadamias throughout.

M - medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, can be distracting at times. a bit chalky with all the sweetness, but well balanced by the high amount of bitter flavors.

D - "good" solid porter all around. the macadamia really adds another dimension and takes the beverage up another level, and the big bold flavors easily remind one of drinking a Stone beer. the coffee is presented nicely. great collaboration that throws a bunch of bold flavors yet results in a rich and complex beer.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice super-dark pour. Some coffee right away in the aroma. Coffee and dark-roasted malt carry through with a moderate creamyness to the mouthfeel. I was a bit let-down that I really got very little sense of either the coconut or the macadamia nut, but this beer has now been in the bottle a while and perhaps the coffee tends to take over. Nonetheless, taken as a coffe-flavored porter, it was quite good, and the abv was not evident at all.

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Photo of endincolorado
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and fairly thick with faint chestnut at the edges. Nice tan head settles slowly, with a good amount of lacing.

Aromas of strong coffee, faint coconut, crisp hops, and a vague alcohol in the background.

A solid porter, with strong flavors of coffee, cocoa, some faint notes of coconut. Some crisp, dry hoppiness and a vague alcohol-warmth. Lots of malt here-- sort of wish coconut and macadamia flavors would come through a little more.

Nice and syrupy body with good carbonation.

Again, an all-around great porter, but I'd like a little more of these flavors listed on the bottle. Overall, a little disappointed. Delicious, but not at seven dollars a (12oz) bottle.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a very dark brown with a 1/4 inch head and good retention

Smell: The nose is what to be expected. Your are greeted with a nice coffee note that is backed up by a slight coconut sweetness and finishes a bit nutty

Taste: Similar to the nose. Coffee and chocolate in the foreground with some coconut sweetness mid palate. The nuts are a bit lost among the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: Good beer not great beer would drink again and again however.

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Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very caramel brown dark body with a brown hue. Quickly fading mocha head that lases the glass.

Roasted nutty smells accompanied by toffee and vanilla. Very rich chocolate.

Bitter dark chocolate roasted malt and coconut all complement each other. Coffee and vanilla flavors carry over nicely as well.

A nice carbonation cuts the beer to make it almost have a light mouthfeel. A dry finish. I can't really taste the ABV. A very well done beer not quite as special as I would've hoped but not bad all the same.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with mahogany edges and a thin, light brown cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with a bit of sticky lace clinging to the glass. It smelled sweet and nutty as soon as the bottle was cracked, roasty with mild coffee, a bit of toasted coconut. Fairly bitter from the combination of roast, hops, chocolate and coffee. Flavours of dark chocolate, toffee, malted milk, creamy and nutty with slight alcohol. Lingering coffee bitterness and macadamia nuts. Medium to full bodied with a nearly creamy texture and light warmth. Pretty good for a big porter. I found the coconut to be fairly subtle compared to the nuts and coffee, but everything came together nicely.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours about a finger of light tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts. Fresh coffee flavors. Chocolate as well. The coconut isn't very present here. The nut flavor is nice though.

Taste: Big roasted profile. The coffee is really well done here. I get a little more coconut here, but still not that much. A good amount of chocolate here also. Some grassy hops balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, fairly roasted. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted and slightly dry feel to it.

Overall, I really liked this beer, but the price was so expensive. I also wish there was more coconut flavors as that was supposed to be one of the highlights of this beer. Worth a try!

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.