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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.9%

spycow, May 02, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A huge tan head sits atop the fudge colored liquid and just wont give up the ghost and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Coconut-influenced mocha with crusty brown bread

Taste: Brown bread and coffee up front, but the beer gets rather astringent by mid-palate and is puckeringly sour like acrid nut skins after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the age on this one, but I am having trouble appreciating the flavors amidst the sourness

brentk56, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

GRG1313, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to be able to track this one down. Needless to say I needed to get a hold of one as it was made to be had by me for sure. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this gem was enjoyed on 10/22/2009.
 
The pour was fabulous. Rich dark brown in color with a huge tan head that just leapt over the top of the glass. Seriously impressed here I have to say right from the start. Thick lacing just dripping down the sides of the glass with each moment getting further and further down the rabbit hole so to speak. Enormous aroma of rich roasted coffee, hints of nuts and vanilla just dripping off of it as well, so ridiculously sweet and delicious, I was in heaven here to say the least. Warming brought out more vanilla and hints of wonderful touches of brown sugar and thick coffee notes. The I took a sip, suck a luscious full bodied feel, it was amazing at just how nice this one came together. Rich notes of sweet brewed coffee and mingled in seamlessly with touches of wonderful nuts and vanilla. Hints of like woody notes as well as brown sugar just rippled all over this one. So sweet it was just a pleasure to be able to try it. No hint of the ABV at all, in fact, it was beyond well hidden,
 
Overall this was one of the best coffee beers I have ever run across. Just solid from top to bottom and not a thing I could say to complain about it at all. No wonder people have been raving about this one, it really is just that good. Got to go out and find another few.
 

mikesgroove, Oct 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this into my Cigar City snifter to reveal a thick, black, beer with a small mocha colored head.

S: The coffee is very dominant in this beer. It overwhelms the other scents at first. However, a bit of sniffing lets the chocolatey porter aromas come through, and the coconut really lends the beer a sweet smell. The nuttiness from the macadamia nuts is present, but mild.

T: As with the nose, the coffee flavor is really the star of the show. The coconut gives the beer a definite sweetness, and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. The macadamia nut is also subdued when the beer is chilled, but allow it to come closer to room temperature and it makes an appearance. There is a slight bitterness, which I assume is from the coffee, but it is balanced nicely by the coconut.

M: This beer has a nice viscosity to it and a smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is much higher than you would have expected, but it provides a nice contrast.

D: I'm generally not the biggest coffee fan, but I am in love with this beer. There are such a variety of flavors and aromas that make it such an interesting beer to drink. I'm glad I've got a few more stashed away.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Knapp85, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

largadeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this guy!

Though not new (save for me), the concept of a coconut porter intrigues me, though not without some trepidation. Here we go... It pours an opaque used charcoal with around a finger of khaki head. The nose comprises coffe, milk chocolate, coconut, walnuts, dark wheat, and cashews. Beyond the warning provided by the name, this melange is quite unexpected. Not what you'd think would come from a beer bottle, baby. The taste starts with a straight porter base, then adds some milky coconut and vanilla action, and throws in a bushel of nuts (I have never had a macadamia nut before, so I'm not sure if that's what I'm tasting...but there's definintely some nuts, baby). It all blends nicely in the finish, creating a truly unique flavor. The body is a strong medium, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice change of pace, but not something that I'll be turning to all that often. A strong collaboration, indeed.

TMoney2591, Jul 02, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

SocalKicks, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had little to no head and left some soapy, tan residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee and coconut. A nice overall roastiness emerged, too.

T - Pretty strong with the coffee flavor. It has mild chocolate and coconut flavors. A nice blend of bitter and sweet.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a subtle alcohol heat.

D - This is a really interesting beer. I don't really like coconut, but it works in this beer and is quite well.

zeff80, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hearty roasted malts, black coffee, some coconut and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of roasted coffee beans and a hint of coconut. I had imagined the coconut flavor being a bit stronger but I know realize how much better suited it is in a more subtle and complementary role. The hops presence is about where it should be for the style and is enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style while adding a little bit of a twist, this is a very solid beer with some extra complexity compared to most porters that makes it worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours mostly black in the glass (maybe a darker shade of brown depending on how the light hits it) with several big foamy fingers of mocha tan colored head. This retains with a rich ½ finger of froth, which leaves a thick latticework of sticky foam down the sides of the glass. Coffee stands out immediately in the aroma, giving off notes of astringent and biting roast. Chocolate and earthy hops sit underneath with a fairly heavy feel, while light notes of both macadamia and coconut each add a bit of both nutty and milky sweetness to the proceedings in their own way. These aspects of it actually strengthen across the back of the aroma the more this warms.

Dark roasted coffee is very crunchy and assertive feeling in the taste, mixing in easily with equally sharp notes of bitter chocolate and spicy and earthy hops. The gentle milky nature of the coconut hangs with the chewy sweetness of the chocolate towards the back, while the nuttiness of the macadamia character mostly mingles in the finish along with lingering acrid roast and astringent notes from the coffee. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big smooth creaminess up front that then gets much more chewy and slick towards the back. This is actually showing a bit more heat than I would have thought (or liked) with a warmth to it that sticks right in the stomach at times.

While this was overall decent (playing more like a straight up Coffee Porter, with the coconut and macadamia aspect showing a distant second), there was just too much of a burnt and acrid nature to the coffee, plus this showed way more alcohol than it should have. This was a bit disappointing considering the pedigree involved.

Kegatron, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This gem is courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers! Very thrilled to get this one!!!

Pours chestnut tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Dark chcolate & tons of coffee, plus some creme de cacao as well

T: Coffee, charred grain, baker's chocolate, a touch of booze, coconut & cream up front. Coconut & charred grains as this warms along with a nice coffee flavor, some cocoa & vanilla hiding in the background. Finishes dry with some nice coconut sweetness, coffee & vanilla

MF: Chewy, fairly smooth, but a touch of grainyness as this warms

Drinks pretty damn easy, there is a touch of booze roughness & grainy mouthfeel holding this back just a little, otherwise perfection! Not sure this is worth the price on this sticker though, ouch!!! Stellar none the less!

russpowell, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Right place right time. Huge thanks to Michael for opening this while I was standing in the same room. Beer servd in a snifter. Beer is brown / almost black. Tan head small bubbles, wispy, no real lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, sweet, mild coconut. There is a slight roast as well.

Beer is medium to light in body, some bitterness on the backed. Again very nutty but only slight coconut. Good though. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.9%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

WesWes, Dec 13, 2009
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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.