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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
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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

You can't beat this for super-duper-interesting collaboration/idea: homebrewer Ken Schmidt's award-winning Aloha Plenty beer is chosen by Maui and Stone for Stone's latest collaboration effort. Let's go...

The head is fantastic, but it doesn't last long enough. Has a vibrant toasted gold color, and the liquid is a totally lights-out black, completely opaque. Swirl and the head comes back to life.

Coffee is definitely showing up in the aroma, though I'm having a hard time getting to the nuts. Some mineral aspects, and a dark fruit vibe further back.

Ah, there are the nuts. Coconut is here, its toastedness being apparent, while the macadamia lays a little lower, but isn't so subtle as to be indistinct. They lend a unique bent to a beer that tastes unlike any other I've had, porter or otherwise. Coffee is clearly from a quality bean, balanced just as deftly as the other featured ingredients. And this is far from novelty, as you get a good base of roasted flavor and even a light hops kickback, reminding you that this is indeed beer, and unmistakably of the porter variety. (And I only noticed the nice alcohol warmth coming in as some of the chill went away.)

Slick at first, the lightly coating, then coating the mouth for the rest of the session. Weird. But good weird! Decent carbonation and a certain airiness that offsets the stick. I remember Maui's CoCoNut Porter having a similar feel, in terms of stick...something that I want to call plastic-y, but won't, given the bad connotations that brings to mind. Ended up really liking this aspect of the beer after some contemplation.

This is damn good. Quite the price tag (almost as expensive as DFH's 120 Minute, as 12 ouncers go) but definitely worth diving in for at least one try.

Metalmonk, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to grub for this one, Secret Santa 2009.

A - Very dark brown, verging on black in the center. Big light brown head with excellent retention. Spotty lacing left behind.

S - Strong roasted coffee aroma up front. A hint of vanilla comes through and gets stronger as the beer warms. Hints of toasted bread as well. Coffee is certainly the dominant aroma from start to finsh though.

T - Lots of roasted coffee in the initial sip. Moderate bitterness and just a hint of fruit underneath. The coffee really dominated the taste from start to finish. A faint burnt sugar sweetness is also present.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a very clean feel. Excellent level of carboantion and the coffee really stays with you throughout and long after the last sip. Lots of goodness going on in this beer.

ckeegan04, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

This is my 2nd bottle, first one was drank in October when I first got them, I let this one sit for a few months. Pours black, tan head that fizzes away mostly somewhat quickly. Sticks around though and leaves lacing. Smell is coffee, but not your average coffee beer smell, it's more sweet. Must be the macadamia/coconut but I wouldn't of guessed that unless I knew the ingredients. I can taste coffee obviously but I'm not getting anything else. This thing is hot on the mouth with alcohol. About 3/4 of the way through I think I can get a hint of macadamia in the taste. Mouthfeel is fine for a porter, maybe a little fizzy. Alcohol taste and high price drag down the drinkability. Overall, disappointing, I looked forward very much to this beer. I was hoping for more coconut and macadamia, this is more of a alright coffee beer.

Chico1985, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Enjoyed on tap at Maui Brewpub, winter 2010. Pours deep black with khaki brown head. Nose has roasty aromas with a blast of coconut. Palate has plenty of coconut dessert-like sweetness and roasted malts. Extremely drinkable and deceptively smooth for the high ABV.

At Maui on tap it is labeled "ALOHA PLENTY".

yemenmocha, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Much thanks to stawn for this one. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The porter appears a dark brown color with about a finger of fluffy ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin ring in a minute or so. Flavors and aromas consist of bittersweet chocolate, dark brewed coffee, sweet milk chocolate coated nuts, caramel, more roasted coffee, a bit of alcohol warmth, mocha, and a hint of coconut as the beer warms up. You have to really look for the coconut, but it's there. Between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation and a bittersweet, roasty, slightly warming finish. Thanks again for the chance stawn!

ClockworkOrange, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

DrJay, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Let me start off by admitting that I bought this because I knew it was very limited and thought I might not get a chance to try it if I passed. I don't really even like coffee beers and I wondered why this was so expensive until I realized they used Kona coffee which is costly. The color was solid black, short head, looks like a porter. The smell was overwhelming coffee but in a great way, very nice. The flavor was more of the same and while my friend said he could taste the coconut, all I got was delicious coffee and a hint of a porter hiding in the back. I'm starting to realize that its not that I don't like coffee beers, I don't like bad coffee beers. Overall this was still a little to costly for my tastes but this was a solid beer from Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-25-2009 23:01:34

ArrogantB, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

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 grub
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours deep dark brown, crystal clear, with a thin fine dark tan head. the head quickly drops to a wide ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. medium-roast coffee. dark and milk chocolate. macadamia nut and almond. touch of alcohol. dark toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. earthy and slightly woody. hints of caramel and toffee.

taste is good. milk chocolate. macadamia nut and almond. medium roast coffee. heavily toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. touch of caramel and toffee. just under medium bitterness level, but almost entirely coffee and chocolate based.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly light finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. good depth from the coffee and macadamia, but not much coconut presence. i like it.

grub, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz bottle, big thanks to mikedashg for sending this my way.

Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown, some black away from the light, thick tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing.

Smell is nice, nice caramelized sugar sweetness, vanilla and coffee roast, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, more coffee roast and vanilla in the aroma, but a lot of richness and quite nice, light fruitiness and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is similar, creme brulee like sweetness up front, very caramelized, brown sugar, vanilla, nuts, a bit of chocolate and coffee roast, raisins, alcohol, a little rough in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice flavours but I found it a little harsh. I dig this stuff but just a little too muddled. Thanks Mike!

Viggo, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. I let this warm to about cellar temp before drinking.

Pours black with a medium sized tan colored head which is retained fairly well and leaves some excellent lacing as it settles.

Coffee is right out front on the aroma backed up by some mellow chocolate notes. There's a little more sweetness than usual for a porter but I can't be sure if it has something to do with the addition of coconut or if it's just the high for the style abv.

Flavor also is strong on the coffee, especially on the entry, but as on the aroma it's clean and pleasant. No burnt plant matter type flavors like in some coffee tasting beers. Coconut is more easily picked out here than on the nose, particularly mid sip and again on the aftertaste while the chocolate is still hanging around. The nutty character from the macadamias is also identifiable but only because I'm really looking for it.

Medium to low carbonation works well for this beer. Didn't realize it was 8.5 abv until late in the tasting which is a plus for drinkability in my book.

Very well done, the best collaboration beer I've had in awhile and one of the better applications of coffee in beer out there. My one gripe is that as pleasant as the coffee character is it kind of stomps on the other flavors. I kind of wish the macadamia and coconut were more prominent. Overall it's a tasty brew though.

berkey, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

I didn't think I would find this, but there were two bottles left at Ramona Liquor in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. $6.99 for the 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Let me see...it is black. You can see a few rows of carbonation bubbles running along the glass. The head is soapy and low density on top with scrawny retention. Lots of coffee in the nose. Dry roasted coffee. I can also find a little macadamia and chocolate.

Very coffeeish and coconutty. A little bit of smoke, some roasted notes....alcohol is nowhere to be found. Pleasant thick mouthfeel, though the carbonation could be toned down just a smidge. The aftertaste takes this beer to the next level. It leaves a very pleasant bittersweet marriage of coffee and creamer.

This beer reminds me why I love coffee stouts/porters.

DoubleJ, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to screamforme for this bottle in a recent trade. Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose snifter. The pour yields a black beer with a thin mocha head that fades to a tight ring around the glass leaving some oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is a heavy dose of dark, almost over-roasted coffee. There is a good amount of dark chocolate that introduces the sweet vanilla, booze and a healthy dose of coconut (more so as it warms).

The taste is more chocolate forward than the smell, but the dark coffee bursts through and dominates before a fleeting taste of coconut and a sweet pecan nuttiness. The strong coffee flavors come back and linger in the mouth.

The beer is on the heavy side of medium bodied, with good carbonation and a nice combination of flavors that hide the high abv. This beer does a nice job of being a full-flavored high abv porter without getting into the heavy feeling associated with stouts. This is a very good beer, and if it weren't so expensive I would certainly drink a lot more of it.

rpstevens, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of shoude
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

poured from bottle in sam adams glass

pitch black in color, small amount of head which faded quickly, aroma of coffee and maybe a touch of coconut, first sips hit hard with the coffee that lingers in the mouth, iI poured a small amount into a three philosophers glass from Ommegang and in that glass I get less coffee and it almost tastes like chocolate, perhaps the nut coming through.

a special occasion beer but I'm not sure if it's worth the price, the Maui Brewing Co Coconut Porter is a better beer for the money in my opinion

shoude, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and coconut aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted coffee and coconut sweet flavor with a medium to heavy oily bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew.

tmoneyba, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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!

mothman, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.53/5  rDev +10%

A: Very deep brown in color with tons of lacing. All Stone beer have a ton of lacing even old guardian.

S: Just a rich and deep aroma of coffee and chocolate. Not that complex but damn is it nice.

T: Macademia really comes through in the taste and just makes this beer. The coffee is crisp and clear as well. Amazing balance.

M: Luscious. Just a joy. Creamy. Full bodied. Amazing. Everything you want in a porter.

D: Amazing. We did this next to Central Waters Coffee stout and this one killed. Both are good beers but this had a definite edge.

aerozeppl, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

drseamus, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to Mike in Gardena, CA for this one.

Pours a jet black with a thin dark tan head which leaves some lacing.

Smell is over the top coffee, lots of it.

Taste is strong coffee and some other flavors which are hard to identify because of the overwhelming coffee flavor.

A thick body with not much carbonation.

A very likable beer if you like coffee porters. If you don't, stay away from this one. I happen to like coffee porters, so I enjoyed this one. Definitely not a session beer. The 8.5 ABV is well hidden, but the strong coffee does not bode well for more than one.

FLBeerGuy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

On tap at Maui Brewing. Didn't have the Santa's Little Helper I was looking forward to, nor did they have any glass for growlers. I leave in a few days back to SD. Damn. Oh well, back to the review.

A - Very dark body, small tight bubbled head. Very coating tight lace.

S - Heavy cocoa powder, coffee mixed in.

T - Thick coffee flavor, cocoa mixes well and nice cocoanut nutty flavor in finish.

M - Chewey, thick, well carbed and coats well.

D - Too big too heavy. Not a session. Kills palate and fills you up.

srandycarter, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours black, looks like a stout. Smell, something else going on besides coffee, but doesn't jump out as immediately identifiable.

Taste, this is the most aggressive coffee beer I've ever had. Like there is coffee, and you can tell this is some high end ultra rocket fuel type of coffee. Somewhat mutes the toasted/burnt? coconut/nuts feel to the beer. Coffee really dominates.

Maintains consistency, you wish you had more, but its not the kind of beer you're going to pound a bunch down.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
2.8/5  rDev -32%

Gotta say I really wanted to like this beer and was very excited to try it. It had an excellent porter smell to it. Nutty, chocolatey, bready, it was going so well.

However, the pour was flat, no head and seemed weird. I hope I just got a bad bottle as I found this beer to taste flat, with a really slick, bitter burnt and almost red wine taste. Not what I was expecting.

Porters are my favorite style and love the Maui coconut porter, maybe I got a bad bottle, because the beer in bottle I drank, sucked ass.

Murchmac, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

3.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Reviewed on 12/11/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee, bitter roasted malt, and a touch of coconut too. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, residual sugars and lactose initially with a bitter roasted malt finish. Pretty tasty and quite drinkable. This one lived up to my expectations.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

caddybuyer, Dec 17, 2009
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.