Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
pours deep black with a light cocoa head.
coffee, thats pretty much all i smell, although i do get a touch of booze.
light coffee flavor dominates with a touch of cocoa and a bit of roasted coconut. a slight bitter sweet finish.
a bit too carbonated, a little thinner body than i expected
this is pretty much coffee up and down, very bold flavors that are blended very well.
10-02-2009 23:26:18 | More by hooliganlife
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Dark brown--but really brown, not blackish at all--color as it pours from the bottle. Dark and opaque in the glass. Smells like a porter! I don't get much by way of coconut or macadamia or even coffee in the nose. The head is thick, foamy, creamy with a thin layer that completely covers the top and doesn't disappear. The mouthfeel is also soft and creamy, maybe even a touch oily. Taste is roasty, and more cocoa than coffee, by me. The woman at Hi Times that sold it to me mentioned that the coconut flavor comes through more once the beer is warm. I drink my beer relatively warm anyway, but even after the beer has warmed quite a bit, I don't really notice much coconut--more macadamia, even, than coconut. Does seem to have some sort of ingredient that impairs judgment and releases impulses--not sure what that ingredient might be. The taste isn't nearly as sweet as I expected--though none the worse for that. Even if my palate doesn't individuate the flavors clearly, the flavor is great. A very smooth, roasty, rich, delicious porter.
10-02-2009 22:23:37 | More by PhiloPsych
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Almost totally opaque black. Decent tan head that sits for awhile. Aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste is quite smooth, a little bitterness from the coffee. It rounds out with a bit of nuttiness in the finish - this is after the beer has warmed for some time. Coffee and dark chocolate up front, with a touch of coconut/macadamia in the finish. Not sure I would even pick it out if it didn't say on the label. Otherwise, I would probably just call it a coffee stout. A bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, but not more than you would expect from a 8.5 ABV beer.. Quite drinkable, even with the full body and long finish.
I guess I was hoping for a bit more balance of all the ingredients, but it seems the coffee takes over. Can't say I didn't enjoy it, just not as impressive as what I was expecting. I don't think you should have to drink the beer at room temperature to enjoy all the flavors, but that's where this one is at. The last 2 ounces is the best, I can even smell the coconut now, whereas before, I couldn't even taste it at all.
10-02-2009 06:44:11 | More by tanarm
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz bottle into nonic.
A - Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A very thin tan-colored head comes about on an pretty aggressive poor, but quicky subsides into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing from the head.
S - Smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee mixed with lots sweet & bitter chocolate. Some subtle hints of roasted nuts, some vanilla, some sweet cream as well. Yum!
T - Lots of coffee notes right off the bat. Some black coffee notes mixed with some chocolate covered coffee beans. A nice bitter, roasted malty finish with dark chocolate mixed in there as well. Mostly, this is coffee coffee coffee and then the porter characater comes through at the end with the smokey malts and chocolate.
M - Medium, very rich and smooth. Feels so nice on every sip and just the right amount of tingle from the carbonation. Really creamy and palate-covering. Perfect.
D - One per session is the perfect amount. That said, I am glad I have a few more bottle to drink over the next few months to see if/what changes in this awesome porter!
10-02-2009 00:59:03 | More by Sean9689
2.78/5 rDev -32.5%
Beer is black as pitch in the pint glass. A foamy tan head three fingers tall sprang up from a vigorous pour - more frothy than creamy.
Restrained aroma of toasted coconut and rich cocoa. Malty note as well, though not sweet. Perhaps a whiff of vanilla, though it may be the power of suggestion.
Flavor is primarily burnt coffee - like deeply roasted espresso. Quite bitter. Tiny amount of coconut. No macadamia nut flavor in evidence despite its alleged presence.
Beer is quite dry on the finish though stops just short of parching. An unpleasant burn accompanies. A thicker, smoother mouthfeel would have done wonders for the drinkability.
Virtually no porter character to the flavor, overwhelming coffee flavors and a lack of the promised adjunct flavors add up to a beer I will probably never have again.
09-30-2009 08:11:50 | More by charlzm
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
A little over a finger of head rises above a nearly black body. Bits and pieces of lacing left behind.
First whiff is dominated by deep, dark roasted coffee. Freshly ground gourmet style. There are hints of nuts here but not much coconut at all. I suppose if I use my imagination a bit I can sense the sweetness, but if coconut was not in the name I wouldn't guess it in a hundred years. Truthfully it doesn't matter though, because this is probably the best smelling coffee beer that has ever hit my nose. I didn't think Peche Mortel could be trumped in that category, but this might just be the one to do it. Hauntingly good coffee aroma.
The taste gives its damn finest effort to match the aroma, and it nearly succeeds (a very impressive feat). Fresh coffee of course dominates, but the nuttiness adds a dry twist that makes this one stand out from the crowd. Awesome beer, but for the life of me I can't find the coconut. I really want that touch of sweetness to help add a layer of complexity, but it just isn't there. Very fine effort though.
Mouthfeel is where some other great coffee beers come up short, but not in this case. This brew is nearly full bodied, and aside from imperial stouts you don't get much fuller. A hefty amount of carbonation also is present.
This one has me continuing to reach for the glass, although admittedly some of that has to do with the quest to find that coconut. I did drink it at around 50-60 degrees, so perhaps the coconut would have shined more closer to refrigerator temperature. Either way, this beer is a winner that should be tracked down before it is no longer available.
09-29-2009 19:16:03 | More by alcstradamus
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass after warming up from fridge temp. for about 10 minutes. Pours a deep brownish/black in color with just a hint of deep tawny brown edges in the light. Head is thin and medium tan in color. Retention is brief, yet an artsy surface cap does lace somewhat.
A subtle nose of coffee beans allows some coconut to waft through here and there. After some air the coffee notes offer a much more notable roasted and even smoky sense to them, and the coconut is more evident. A fresh pour offers some weird choco-coconut goo that is fleeting, fortunately; and notes of alcohol are present but rare. Would have benefited from some complimentary hops which I didn't find.
Taste is coconut forward with a light coffee backbone which lingers nicely on the palate and with a hint of nuttiness on the finish. Smooth and light in body given the ABV and how well hidden it is. A spry but not too perky carbonation surely helps in this regard. Fairly good drinkability as this beer is somewhat subtle and straightforward, and quite well balanced/refined in regard to its components.
An interesting porter, though I expected a bit more of a robust flavor, a la the complexities of a Baltic Porter. Nonetheless this beer offers nuances that were unexpected and quite deserving in their own right. Smooth, even delicate(for its ABV in particular), it may well ruin your favorite porter for you. Yet I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this given its rather limited production.
09-29-2009 01:11:57 | More by HalfFull
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Bought at 7-11 in Highland Park, Califas
Poured a black, dark color in glass with a very slight head. The smell of roasted coffee comes off the glass. Let it sit awhile and the coconut smell starts to come out. Strong taste of coffee hits the taste buds with a coconut back end. I'm sure the macadamia taste is there but I'm most used to eating it than drinking it. Mouthfeel is definitely roasty! There's all kinds of flavors coming off of this beer. The most interesting of Stone collaboration I tried so far. I tried this at the Stone 13th Anniversary Festival and its about the same off the bottle. I should let it warm up a bit but I couldn't wait. Overall, a good beer to try.
09-28-2009 06:02:46 | More by Westsidebuddha
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
12oz. longneck bottle that is silk-screened in the same format as all their triple collab's seem to be. This one pours a very black-brown with a light tan head of neartly two-fingers. Good carbonation is evident and some nice spider lace is left clinging to the glass as you drink it on down.
The nose is slightly sweet and filled with the smell of freshly dumped coffee grounds...black coffee grounds. I'm not knocking the nose by using the term coffee grounds as opposed to freshly ground Kona coffee beans, that's just how it smells and it's quite wonderful at that.
The flavor is big with lots of coffee and some serious bitterness that can be accompanied by a strong, roasty coffee-centric brew. Although fairly well balanced, the bitterness starts out early in this brew and is tamed by subtle sweetness in the end. Kind of the opposite of most brews in general. Along with the boldly bitter coffee comes a pleasant dose of coconut, some notes of rich chocolate and roast, then a brief bit of macadamia and vanilla for a finish. A really nice complex flavor that should evolve well as it ages.
Smooth, bittering and some slight astringincy at times keep this brew lively in the mouth. The healthy dose of alcohol is not really noticed in the nose or taste until about the last sip, giving it a somewhat dangerous drinkability, and a tasty one at that. I will def pick more of this brew up...just gotta age some for the good of this effort. The only real downside is the price of this little beauty, it ain't cheap!
09-27-2009 06:39:02 | More by scottoale
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
A: Dark black, light khaki head that pours out about a finger and a half deep, and retains incredibly well. Good lacing, but not incredibly sticky or anything. Appearance reminds me of a russian imperial stout with a lighter colored head.
S: Roasty coffee smell hits you first. The macadamia nut is also present. I probably wouldn't say anything about the coconut smell if I didn't know that the beer had been brewed with coconut, however, it is subtly present in the background.
T: Upfront there's a roasted coffee flavor, macadamia mid palate, and the coconut comes through mostly at the end. Lingering aftertaste of coffee and coconut. It's the tiniest bit sweet with hints of chocolate and vanilla, but bitterness dominates in the form of coffee and subtle hoppiness.
M: Typical porter mouthfeel. Not very viscous. Good carbonation. Kind of acidic though.
D: This beer is so complex and has so much going on that I can barely part my lips from the glass. I'm actually typing with one hand right now... it's that good.
Stone continues to blow my mind. BIG hats off to Maui brewing and Ken Schmidt!!! My Saturday afternoon couldn't be more relaxing at the moment.
09-26-2009 21:58:40 | More by billshmeinke
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Kris...and yeah man, I will buy you a bottle of this.
A: Pours almost pure black with a nice brownish and cream colored head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was a bit thin as well, but overall...a very enticing looking brew.
S: Tons of coffee and espresso that reminded me of Founder's Breakfast Stout off the bat. This beer says it's brewed with macadamia nut...but it comes off as being more almond to me. The coconut is there, but it takes time to search for it, as does the chocolate malt.
T: Roasted coffee/chocolate malts with a robust coconut sweetness upfront that seems to linger into a nice and subtle finish. Syrupy at times, but never to a point where I'm overwhelmed...excellent.
M: Full-body, oily, and zero to mild carbonation.
D: A damn good beer!
Overall: Never been big on Stone's collaboration beers, but this one is a true winner. Cheers!
09-26-2009 17:10:18 | More by OlieIPA
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
There are not many things that I would wait in line 30 minutes for, but the idea of a Kona coffee, macadamia, coconut porter was just too good to pass up. The brew did not disappoint and the 4 ounce taste at the StoneFest was just enough to wet my appetite and put me on edge waiting for the eventual bottle release. After a month of waiting, speculating and spreading the word, I finally got my bottles last night and was not disappointed!
Smells terrific, I get lots of macadamia on the nose with hints of reminiscent familiarity, Maui coconut porter, it's definitely in there. On the buds, it's Kona coffee up front for sure. As the beer warmed it evolved into a more complex meld of Hawaiian goodness. The macadamia and coconut work more as accents and are perfect compliments to the rich Kona coffee flavor. Full bodied and viscous with perfect carbonation and a small pleasantly stiff hop under bite, perfect in just about every way, you can taste the craftsmanship and artistry that went into this beer.
This is not only the best of the Stone Collaborations, but it is the first of the series that actually validates the mission of bringing brewers together to passionately redefine what beer can be.
09-25-2009 19:21:27 | More by HopHeadLouie
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours black with a one finger white head, good retention, light lace.
S: Really pretty coffee smell, slight hint of nuts. After the brew is completed a teriyaki sauce type smell comes out of the glass.
T: Robust sweet coffee, coffee-infused chocolate, with a nice secondary flavour of coconut. Light notes of vanilla in the finish.
M: Smooth, silky, with soft prickly carbonation. A bit of ethanol is evident, not as robust as I thought it would be in the end.
D: This is quite a tasty and interesting beer. After all the hype I expected to be blown away, even though I wasn't I still enjoyed this intriguing, drinkable effort.
09-25-2009 16:13:49 | More by Halcyondays
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Pulled straight from my 60 degree "cellar" (fridge with external thermostat) and poured into a pint glass.
Pours a deep dark black. Very little light seeps through when held in front of a light. Thick brown head with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles subsides nicely to virtually nothing with very minimal retention along the glass.
Aroma completely reeks of deep, rich coffee from start to finish. Very little else can make its way into this aroma at first. But as your sense of smell adjusts to the coffee overload, the scent of the rich, creamy macadamia nuts roll in slowly. (I loved that coffee aroma, hence the "5" rating!)
As with the aroma, the coffee overwhelms the taste buds. Too much, in my opinion. Let that macadamia seep out some more. The macadamia is there, just a bit mellow. Although the creaminess most certainly helps ease the mouthfeel.
And about that mouthfeel ... Stone = hops = crisp bite in the mouth, and you know it will come through again. It does not disappoint. Here, both the richness of the coffee and the creaminess of the macadamia come through to pull some of that bite back down. I almost feel like I'm drinking the richest espresso of my life when the coffee hits me. The initial bite at the front of the tongue quickly gives way to that creaminess, which then lasts all the way down your throat.
I really don't think I could handle much of this. Sure, it certainly goes down very easily and is quite enjoyable. But that over-the-top-coffee richness combine with 8.5% ABV to make me realize one is enough.
09-25-2009 02:05:56 | More by route66pubs
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
A midweek beer to celebrate the vanquishing of a foe that was my bane for some time. Consumed on 9/24/2009 and poured into my Russian River tulip. All Shall Fall couldn't have come at a better time. The beer pours black into my glass with a creamy one inch light brown head. The head exhibits nice retention, eventually retreating into a small lingering froth above the ebony elixir. Scattered lacing clings to the glass.
I was somewhat wary of this beer when I saw that the first word of the title is a brand of coffee. I'm happy to report that at 58 degrees Fahrenheit, coffee is very well integrated in the nose. The coffee doesn't smell overly roasted and acrid, like so many other coffee porters/stouts. It's reminiscent of a light black coffee. I find the coconut to be blatant in the aroma. I've never before experienced toasted coconut, but I imagine it would be similar to the coconut I smell here. There is a faint nuttiness in here, though I can't swear that it's macadamia (although it might be). There's a pleasantly low level of roast, low sweetness, and no apparent alcohol. This smells great.
The flavor opens up with bittersweet and robust coffee. The coffee character is pretty strong and somewhat surprising considering its balance in the aroma. It's overshadowing until midpalate when it begrudgingly defers to toasted coconut, rich dark chocolate, and a faint nuttiness. The finish is extremely long, recapitulating each flavor I experienced. My palate is left with lingering coffee and coconut.
Though the coffee was strong in the flavor, I think it's important to emphasize that it never attained the irritable and all too common level of overly roasted and acrid that I find prevalent in coffee beer. It was initially powerful but it did yield to other flavors in a timely fashion.
The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation and a near perfect creamy mouthfeel. This is reminiscent of Maui Coconut Porter, but better. Well done, Ken Schmidt. This was a good idea, a nice refreshing glass of crisp beer on a day like this. Just the job!
09-24-2009 08:18:15 | More by HopHead84
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a robust blackish-brown (black inside, brown on edges) with a gigantic light brown head. Looks gorgeous.
Smells ... uh oh ... that's a lot of coffee. I gotta a feeling this is going to be an "in the mood" type brew. If you want its strong gropings at that moment, you'll love it, if you're interested in some gentle caressing, not so much. There's not a whiff of macademia in the aroma, maybe a bit of coconut, and perhaps a touch of roasted malty chocolate.
Taste is exactly what I expected. If you're looking for a coffee over-flavor that will kick you in the balls, with some offsetting roasted malt, surprisingly sweet chocolate, and a whiff of coconut (the macademia is barely in this brew ... perhaps no amount of macademia could have overcome the coffee uber-taste) then this beer is your huckleberry.
Very good creamy mouthfeel.
The drinkability is tough to rate. If this is what you're in jonesing for, it's a solid 5+. If you're not, the coffee could be pretty palate wearying.
09-24-2009 06:28:58 | More by Overlord
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
yo beeradvocate, imma let you finish, but Ken Schmidt got one of the best porters of all time!
$6.50 for 12 oz. bottle
Nearly black dark brown with a nice brown head. Head looks decent, then dwindles away until next to nothing at all is left. The nose is luscious with kona coffee, cane sugar sweetness, a tinge of toasted coconut and some rum-like alcohol. Rich malt and somewhat yeasty or nutty. As it opens up coconut pops up and the coffee settles down.
The first taste for me is loaded with kona coffee, then the finish was exceptionally long with a melange of burnt sugar, rum, and dark roast. The more I drink the more I begin to unleash the coconut element, which not only has the toasted coconut taste but also a fresh coconut flavor that is much more developed than other coconut beers I have encountered. A rich biscuit malt and nutty yeast quality also shines through, giving a rich full character. Full bodied, a bit slippery, and a rounded medium carbonation just enhance.
My previous experience with a coconut beer from Maui had left me nonplussed, and with such an exorbitant price point, I thought this beer was going to be smoke and mirrors. I would guess the macadamia nut element hurt the head in this brew, but the flavors, aromas, and feel of this beer deliver. Extremely well done.
09-24-2009 00:04:18 | More by vacax
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
09-23-2009 23:59:58 | More by GRG1313
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
A- Dark brown to black as seen on pour into the glass, on closer inspection it is a brown clear liquid. Nice thick creamy head builds up but actually dissipates quite fast.
S- NOT what I expected at all. First off there is quite a bit of coffee, but not the same kind of crazy fresh cold coffee you get from Victory at Sea. This to me actually leaned more towards the roasted grain type coffee aroma, but my friend got more of a straight up coffee out of it than I did. Along with that it smelled almost IDENTICAL to many imperial stouts. I don't want to say this had a soyness to it, but it was something *along* those lines, like way in the background but maybe I'm just sensitive to that (and I'm not the biggest Imperial Stout fan in the world either).
T- Completely different from the smell to me. Roasted grain is one of the prevalent flavors here, kept in check enough to qualify as a porter. Right smack in the middle is a sweetness along with something that I don't know is actually a flavor more than a mouthfeel component, but the middle is absolutely delightful. It's a mild sweetness, maybe a nuttiness, or roundness to the flavor profile. To me the taste is all about this middle palate presence, which makes it unique from every other porter, stout or other dark beer I've had.
M- This is a deceptively thick brew. You wouldn't think so at first, although it does look thick upon pouring but that slickness and fullness in the mouthfeel comes across even more so when it's on your tongue.
D- this beer is so good you could drink pint after pint, until you pass out.
I wonder how this would be on nitro...
09-23-2009 06:02:15 | More by MiScusi
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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