Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
477th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
Shared between GuruDel & ChurginDS before our SD road trip.
App- A gorgeous lucious brown with a nice 1 finger head to it. A little lace slides down the glass.
Smell- Opens nicely with some sweet flavors of malts, and of course the coconut. It has some duality of malts, with some roasted notes and even some burnt malts. The coffee notes were very tame.
Taste- Taste follows the nose almost to a T. The beer is very multi-layered and quite easy to slam it back, takes some control not to just pound the glass.
Mouth- Medium bodied but almost light, would have liked a little fuller feel. Medium carbonated as well.
Drink- I would like to drink this in the AM vs coffee if it was allowed. So tasty, easy to drink and flavorful. Well done collaboration.
05-19-2011 22:05:04 | More by FosterJM
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
FINALLY cracking open one of my bottles from the "cellar". Poured a jet black with a nice creamy tan head that lingered for a bit. Aroma of coffee, sweet malt, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. Taste was where this one's at: coffee, malt, chocolate, more coffee, and a bit of coconut with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was great: I wanted to chew this brew. Definitely one of the better Stone (and the collaborators) offerings. I only wish I had more than just the one bottle left. I'll have to sit on my last one for a bit.
05-14-2011 08:50:15 | More by Schmittymack
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz. bottle that's been sitting on my cellar shelf for quite some time, courtesy of a great NH trader as part of last year's Black Booty. Poured in to a snifter.
Appearance: The snifter may not have been the best glass for maintaining head retention, as the half finger of foamy ran head fades pretty quickly in to oblivion, but the wide mouth does showcase the pretty, vibrant cocoa, transparent around the edges. It's here that you can see a fair number of chunks of floaties, drifting in and out of visibility. What's nicest about this one is its high carbonation, rapidly rising both around the bulb of the snifter towards the thin ring but also straight up from the base of the bowl to the surface, glittering like a thousand stars reflected off of the surface of the ocean as they break the surface and vanish. Lack of lacing also knocks against this one, but on the whole, it's not out of the ordinarily for an 8.5% beer with a coffee infusion.
Aroma: Pure, unadulterated kona with a hint of coconut. Sweet, earthy, dirty, and full of berry notes, the coffee notes here are delightful - they mingle expertly with the toastiness of the base beer, and themselves compliment everything added to this one ... a little nutty, a little sweet, a little fruity. The coconut grows in intensity as this one warms, estery, thick, with a nice green fruitiness mingling with the nuttiness. Macademias are faint, pretty much nonexistent, but do mingle at points with the nuttiness of the kona. Faint estery alcohol wafts above as this one hits room temp.
Taste: Toasty, sweet, fudgy backing malts mingle with a pungently strong kona note, sweet, nutty, and earthy. All that being said, the kona here is above all things ... well, kona. It's pure, smooth, sweet, and unabashedly lacking in astringencies. It reminds me of kopi luwak in its smoothness, lack of acidity, and intensity. The toasted coconut is relatively less pungent, and the macademias much stronger here than in the nose ... both amplify the same elements of the base beer, though, so it's a bit of a wash.
Mouthfeel: As expressive as I thought it would be from the look of it, this one is a seething mouth of foam weighed down by a thick base, fat with slick, oily coffee volatiles. It's fat, viscous, and heavy, but also slimy, smooth, and slippery, and all the while effervescent, light, crisp. It's an odd combination of notes that I imagine would work better if any one of those elements were tweaked to the other end of the spectrum, but as it stands its pretty good. It gets better once the carbonation dies down, too.
Drinkability: A beer with a lot of venn diagrams, and with a lot of overlap between them. What the coffee lends is amplified in parts by what the coconut lends with in term is amplified by what the macadamia nuts lend ... the end result is a fairly nutty, intense, but occasionally less dynamic and complex beer than you'd hope for. At 8.5%, it's pretty high up on the booze-o-meter too, at least for a standard American porter. All that being said, it's still a pretty tasty beer, and I'd take it over a standard porter anyday ... it just doesn't quite live up to expectations. Give it a shot if you can still track it down, though I imagine it's all vanished off shelves by this point. Will probably get better for a little while to come, too, though the slightly fading coffee and very expressive carbonation makes me wonder.
03-31-2011 06:50:58 | More by CrellMoset
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Review adapted from notes taken 8/10/10
Appearance: Super dark brown with a great tan head that slowly fades to light brown lacing - oily and menacing looking for a porter
Smell: Weird stuff going on here - burnt malts, toasted malts, dark bread, nuts, coconut, coffee, chocolate
Taste: Complex as the name would suggest - bitter, burnt coffee, toasted nuts, oily coconut becomes more prevalent as it warms up - a lot of other flavors going on here, vanilla, chocolate - a constant level of sweetness that helps hold everything together
Mouthfeel: Oily and chewy - very interesting
Overall: A good sipper that is truly a bizarre yet lovely mix of flavors
I am not a picky eater but I do not like coconut. Despite this aversion, I bought this beer anyway. And it was great. It's tragic that it was a one-time collaboration.
03-17-2011 21:17:36 | More by angrybabboon
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz bottle poured into a Stone tasting glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by normyk, thanks Rob!
A - Pours a darkish brown, like the color of bark. It has some deep cherry highlights to it, giving it a slight appearance of cola. A 1-finger, tan head builds on top, with moderate retention. Lacing is thin, and where the beer was poured to a nice foamy ring forms, but as the glass empties, additional lacing is rare.
S - At first, this beer was just full of freshly roasted coffee, to the point of being the sole focus of the nose. Along with this, a good amount of chocolate was apparent as well. However, as the beer warms, a lot of the intricacies and additional ingredients reveal themselves. I poured this into a Stone glass that didn't hold an entire bottle, and by the time my first glass was nearing empty, I could easily pick out the macadamia and toasted coconut. It was exhilarating and exciting as sometimes it's hard to pick out the obscure flavors in some beers, but there's no doubt about it with this beer. It had boatloads more coconut aroma than Maui's own CoCoNut Porter.
T - As in the nose, the taste goes through a noticeable transformation as this beer warms up. Similar to the nose, the coffee is at the forefront of the flavors when first drinking, followed by the roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight fudge. As the beer drinks, the toasted coconut comes in after the coffee and melds perfectly with the chocolate, giving it a flavor profile highly reminiscent of a Mounds bar. It's just fantastic how it captures the flavors... The macadamia is a bit harder to discern here than in the nose due to the boldness of the coconut, but I'm getting a slight saltiness that I could attribute to the nuts I suppose. Finish is moderately long filled with the coconut and chocolate combination. Alcohol is barely here as well, great job guys!
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels good in the mouth with a distinct smoothness, but with a bit of a weak coating on the mouth. Given, it's a porter, but I would like some of the excellent flavors in the beer to stick around a bit longer.
D - Drinkability is high. Once the beer warmed up a bit and the other, unique flavors in this beer came out, I didn't want to stop drinking this. It feels clean, but flavorful, and the coconut, chocolate, and coffee combination is addicting. It's a shame I haven't seen this around PA, as this is easily one of the best porter's I've had and the best of the relatively sparse coconut-flavored beers out there.
03-08-2011 04:09:17 | More by nhindian
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
A-dark brown almost black with tan head around the edges
S-smells like coffee with a lot of nuttiness.
T-alot like it smells. Coconut and coffee with alot of malt.Very tastey.
M-medium bodied and smooth. Nice coffee after taste.
D-Very drinkable for the abv. Very solid brew
02-25-2011 02:14:39 | More by brew3crew
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a dark brown with a good amount of light brown head. Dissipates quickly with great lacing. Smells coconutty and malty. Not really any coffee on the nose but smells sweet and tasty. Tastes sweet and strongly of roasted malt, coffee, and coconut. There are some hints of nuttiness that must be from the macadamia. Thick and sweet. a bit of bitterness from the roasted coffee flavors. Fairly drinkable especially for the alcohol percentage
02-25-2011 01:47:39 | More by Urbancaver
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
A-Deep chocolate brown, almost black, with 1 inch of chocolate milk colored head.
S-Dry baking chocolate, dried shredded coconut, condensed milk. Smells pretty damn good to me.
T/M-Lush and silky. Milk chocolate is the dominant flavor, along with roasted hazelnut/macadamia nuts. Where this beer really takes off is in the finish. The second it hits the back of the throat it explodes with flavors of coffee bean, salty peanut butter fudge, and a bit of coconut. Full bodied with low carbonation, appropriate for the style.
D-This tastes like it is about to peak. It was great fresh, but it's even better now. If you have one of these, I'd say it's time to drink it.
02-17-2011 03:03:06 | More by DaveHS
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Stone Bistro.
A: Clear, dark brown color that is opaque at the center, with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Rich espresso is featured prominently, slightly unctuous, with a slight mineral edge. Toasted coconut emerges as the beer warms. No alcohol is detected in the smell.
T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted malt that is strongly nutty. It seems to draw sweetness from freshly roasted espresso beans and toasted coconut. The middle features drying whiffs of intensely aromatic coffee with peaking acidity. The finish is drying, earthy, and remarkably balanced with some woody complexity. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate into the middle but then becoming smooth, with low carbonation.
D: At first taste this beer seems like an imperial version of Maui Brewing's own coconut porter. On reflection, however, it seems more similar to Ballast Point's Victory at Sea--just a whole lot more refined. Nearly all the requisite high points have been hit here, save for the unmemorable texture that is too insubstantial for the malty character and the enhanced gravity of this beer. The presence of the macadamia nuts could be more pronounced as well, otherwise its inclusion just amounts to a needless expense. The knowledgeable bartender at Stone suggested that the macadamia presence was detectable early in this beer's life, but it has apparently faded during the transition to vintage rarity.
02-09-2011 05:05:59 | More by beagle75
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz. bottle into goblet on 1/12/11. Shared with brewslut.
A - Pourd a dark coffee brown liquid with a quarter inch foamy tan cap that receded to a thin ring of retention and swirly patch but no lacing.
S - Medium to dark roasted malt lends an assertive coffee character to the aroma. The coconut is not as prevalant as I'd hoped, unfortunately, but it did become more aromatic after the liquid warmed up a bit. A hint of chocolate and nutty malt is also apparent.
T - Opens with a roasted coffee character with a hint of chocolate notes. A wash of coconut emerges in the middle just before the finish, then ends with a blend of coffee bitterness, earthy hops and a hint of nutty astringency. Alcohol is virtually undetectable for an 8.5% ABV beer.
M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation, which provides a hint of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with slight astringency and very mild bitterness on the palate.
D - Not as earth-shattering as I remember it being, but the flavor really opened up as the liquid warmed, producing an intoxicating blend of coffee, coconut and nutty malt. Delicious!
01-13-2011 02:39:25 | More by ffejherb
2.68/5 rDev -35%
Thanks to GRG1313 for the generous extra. Served in my DT tulip. Pours black with a quarter inch tan-colored head that quickly disperses into a sudsy skim. Nose smells like vegetal garbage, coffee grounds, dark malt and sour fruit. Taste expresses, sour/tart fruit and vegetal coffee - really quite awful and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a prickly carbonation and a semi-dry, slightly chalky finish. Well, this was a terrible beer. My first drain pour of the new year, and in some time for that matter. Not sure if it was infected or just didn't age well, but extremely disappointing considering the expectations I had based on the name.
01-09-2011 16:43:59 | More by Jwale73
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.
Pours a dark-ish mahogany brown that resolves into a murky blackness. Ruby edges around the sides. Can also see little bits of gunk at the bottom, probably yeast from my less-than-stellar pour. Inch thick, soapy, light tan head that recedes to a thin cap, leaving some stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. Big blast of sweetish malts in the nose, with a very faint undertone of coffee and chocolate. Not very much coconut or macadamia nuttiness at all, though.
Still big and malty on the initial sip, but not as sweet as the smell. Very subtle nuances of nutty chocolate and vanilla show up in the middle, along with just a hint of breadiness. Coconut still eludes me; I can't seem to detect it anywhere in the taste or smell. Roasted coffee makes up the back end of the brew along with some light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel is light, but creamy with little carbonation. Goes down easy and leaves the tongue slightly on the dryer side.
Drinkability is above average. I guess I was expecting a lot more out of this beer than I got. Coconut is nowhere to be found, and there's only a light smattering of coffee and macadamia in the taste and smell. I don't mind malt bombs, so I enjoyed this beer; I just wish I was able to find what's advertised on it!
12-14-2010 06:15:17 | More by r0nyn
2.6/5 rDev -36.9%
A - This beer pours a nice black color with a small tan head. There was no lacing left on the glass.
S - The smell is that of roasted malts. I also note some coffee, slight hoppiness, and there is a weird sour scent that I just cant put my finger on.
T - Right away I get the roasted malts, coffee, some coconut sweetness, nuttiness, and a bit of dark fruits. Then, there is a weird acidic taste that comes in and totally takes over. It gives this beer a sourness that I just wish wasn't there.
M - This has a medium body with higher carbonation. There is a sourness that is not very pleasant, but if it wasn't for this it would go down quite smoothly.
D - The drinkability would be good if it weren't for the weird sourness. If it were absent, I think this would be a good porter. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I just wasn't too fond of this one.
12-06-2010 08:47:49 | More by JizackFH
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy/fizzy light brown head with average retention for a coffee beer and a small ring of lacing.
4.5 S: Roasted coffee is plentiful, but coconut is right behind. Coconut and coffee work so well together and I'd love to see more breweries using them in tandem. Anyway, the underlying porter falls somewhat victim to the stronger C&C aromas (which I'm okay with), but there is still a grainy roastiness to be picked up. This is one great smelling beer.
4.5 T: The taste is in a word: powerful. The coconut flavor comes in full force, pushing aside even the coffee. Coffee is still strong, however, and makes for a tasty collaboration with coconut. Also, there's a lactose-like sweet & sourness present. I don't know if there's any lactose in here, but it sure tastes like it. Malts are somewhat nutty, somewhat grainy, with plenty of roasty toastiness.
4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit aggresive, but not too much so. Could be a bit creamier, but overall okay.
4.5 D: This is a great beer for what who like coconut and coffee. For those who don't, shame on you. Definitely something I wouldn't mind having again and again.
12-04-2010 17:43:34 | More by DavoleBomb
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Vanilla Bean Sassafras truffle. Refereed to by Dr. Bill as "Aloha Plenty".
Notes from Ken Schmidt (who was present for the entire tasting) - 300 lbs of Kona Coffee, 300 lbs of Macadamia Nut and 100 lbs of toasted coconut
A: Pours an extremely dark hue with a solid head revealing some brown hues around the edge of the glass, leaving amazing lacing from start to finish.
S: Herbal/medicinal flavors with roasted coffee up front in a big way,nutty coconut and sweet roasted malt that is very unique and pleasant. The coconut comes through with perfect execution.
T: Very similar to the nose, but even more roasted malt, big buttery flavor from the macadamia, finishing with a sweet cafe mocha flavor that rounds out the overall flavor perfectly. I am not a fan of porters but man this is something else!
M: Medium bodied, buttery and creamy, with a good carbonation that lends to the overall mouthfeel perfectly.
D: All night long - no problem!
11-27-2010 04:54:05 | More by DeanMoriarty
3.58/5 rDev -13.1%
*poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass at approx. 55 degrees*
This brew poured the absolute darkest shade of brown. I can't quite say black because I could see a touch of light creeping through it from the bottom of the glass. It formed a frothy, two-finger tan head that took about two minutes to diminish into a thin film of bubbles. There was fair to moderate lacing.
Upon my first whiff, my nose was met with alcohol and chocolate. Successive samples produced more alcohol, chocolatey malts, a hint of coffee, and possibly a bit of hops. This brew smells extremely rich and boozey. Honestly, I'm a little turned off by the level of alcohol in the aroma, however, I am now exceedingly curious as to whether that will carry over into to taste. Lets find out...
My first impression is one of dissapointment. While the alcohol is actually hidden pretty well behind a wall of malts, theres just not that much going on. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent to good porter but it isn't anything to get excited about. I'm getting an abundance of roasted malts, a suprising (not necessarily for Stone though) amount of hops, and a touch of bitter coffee. The macadamia and toasted coconut are, for all intents and purposes, absent. They're there, but only as the most subtle of notes.
Mouthfeel on this one is actually pretty good. The carbonation wakes up and lingers when I swirl this beer in my glass and sip it.
Drinkability is ok. Its pretty rich and the ABV is a tad on the high side. Then theres the factor that I usually don't apply... Cost. This 12 oz. bottle was $7.99. Thats just too much. Curiosity got the better of me this time but I definitley will not be buying this one again. Honestly, I don't think I would buy it again at $7.99/bomber. Its a good porter but, like I stated earlier, nothing to get excited about.
11-22-2010 02:55:34 | More by Betmore
3.38/5 rDev -18%
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
11-12-2010 02:24:57 | More by brentk56
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Beer was dark brown, nearly black in color, with a one-finger, dark brown head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.
Aroma was coffee beans, roasted malts, vanilla and faint coconut. Smells nice, but I'm not getting any macadamia nuts. Lots of coffee present.
Taste was bitter coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, malt, vanilla and nuts. Slightly hoppy finish.
Full flavored, drinkable and enjoyable. Nice dessert beer.
10-29-2010 02:10:32 | More by drumrboy22
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured pretty close to pitch black in color and had a frothy and thick tan head filing the top inch of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma shows a lot of coffee to it. The coconut comes through nicely too and adds a smooth sweetness to it. Just a bit of the nuttiness is there as well. Very nice and flavorful aroma overall.
The taste has a great mix of bitter and burnt coffee along with a sweeter, smooth, coconut flavor. A little bit of the macadamia, nutty flavor comes through as well. All the flavors come together very nicely and create some nice bold and deep flavors to it. Awesome tasting beer overall.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, I loved the flavors it had and how they all came together. It was such a flavorful but yet smooth beer as well. It seemed to have a big coffee, burnt, bitterness but at the same time was smooth and sweet. Fantastic beer overall, I loved it.
10-15-2010 01:24:15 | More by billab914
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown, nearly black except for a ruby color in the corners of the glass. A thick sea foam tan head forms upon pouring, about 1 inch high. Good retention, and some lace clings to the glass.
Smell: Not much subtlety here - this appears to be a very straightforward presentation of the ingredients. Coffee, coconut, and macadamia are present in that order of strength. Roasted dark malts are obviously quite noticeable as well.
Taste: Oily coconut starts out on the taste buds, followed promptly by a strong, slightly acidic coffee flavor. The dark roasted malt help to contain the strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, coconut, and macadamia. The macadamia is present, although not as strong as the other flavors and wanders throughout the sip. It seems to contribute a bit to the nutty feel almost as much as the taste. The finish is not a hoppy bitterness, but more like the end of a sip of coffee. A little bit of booze sneaks through and warms the stomach.
Mouthfeel: The feel is mostly creamy, with enough bubbly carbonation to lift any oils off the tongue. The body is above average, but I wish it was a bit fuller, simply to contain the ABV a bit more.
Drinkability: Since I enjoy each of these flavors separately and they perform well together, I could see myself drinking this when (if they made more) it is available. The straight forward nature of this brew may mean it loses its unique appeal over time, but at least for this first glass, it was quite enjoyable.
10-13-2010 07:53:32 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-03-2010 01:42:42 | More by rtepiak
3.38/5 rDev -18%
Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip. I've had this a number of times before, but this will be my first rating.
Appearance is great. Very black, viscous pour. A dark tan cap emerges, recedes to a collar of tiny bubbles around the top of the brew - this sticks around for a while.
Smell is nice, quite complex. Coconut comes in first, followed by dark roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet malt, a trace of nuttiness. Vanilla might be in there too, but it could just be my mind playing tricks on me. This kinda smells like an Almond Joy bar.
And tastes just a little bit too much like suntan lotion for me. The coconut dominates this brew. I seem to remember this being better... anyway, coconut slams me from the beginning to the end of this beer, with the coffee there but helpless against the white flaky stuff. When the beer is warmed almost to room temperature, the coffee makes a stronger presence known. Quite sweet, with the bittering hops not balancing this out enough. Slightly warming from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Thick, viscous, without being chewy. Good carbonation, very full mouthfeel but full of life.
Drinkability is not really good. I labored to get through the bottle. If I split a 12oz bottle with a friend or two, that would be more than enough for me.
Interesting beer, if not very good. I think this is worth a try, but I can't really recommend it very highly. If you like coconut and robust porters, give it a whirl.
09-30-2010 17:16:51 | More by davod23
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into my Unibroue tulip
A - Very dark with a creamy, 1-finger mocha colored-head.
S - High-quality coffee and dark roasted malts dominate with just a hint of nuttiness.
T - Pretty close to the nose, I'm not getting much coconut or macadamia nut flavor, but I can sense a subtle "nuttiness". tastes like a coffee porter, but still a very good one.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.
D - I wouldn't have guessed this was +8% ABV...very drinkable.
I wish I could have tried this fresh, I would have loved to taste more of the coconut and macadamia nut presence. As it is, it's a very good coffee porter, and I'm fine with that.
09-30-2010 03:51:13 | More by jsanford
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-29-2010 12:44:39 | More by Kadonny
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
A big thanks to krisandajt for this bottle. You might be a giant loser, but you're a nice guy.
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a dense and soft dark tan head that threatens to overfill the glass. Head remains full all the way to the bottom of the glass and it leaves some very nice webbing on the sides.
Smell has a bold, dark roasted coffee quality to it, and is quite roasty in general in fact. Has some caramel sweetness and a nuttiness to it as well. Try as I might I'm not getting any coconut, but it is a nice nose.
Taste is also quite roasty with a bigger caramel sweetness than the nose let on as well. This is 8.5% after all, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised to find the extra sweetness and body; it goes well. Coffee flavor is bold yet smooth, and there is a really nice nutty flavor here too. It's toasty, roasty and nutty. In the finish as it warms up I finally start getting some coconut. A subtle flavor but a nice addition once it's there. This is full of flavor and very smooth.
Mouthfeel is medium-full and very creamy. It's super smooth and has a good level of carbonation, keeping it soft on the palate but without getting clammy.
Even at a little less than fresh, where coffee flavor often fades, this is still really good. I can imagine the coffee being even bolder when fresh, but it's still excellent. I wish this were a regular offering, it'd be something I'd buy all the time. Thanks again Joe.
09-28-2010 01:06:29 | More by number1bum
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.