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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 326
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 202
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown almost black, one finger mocha colored head
S: Coffee
T: Roasted coffee. A bit of an acrid taste as well.
M: Right on for the style
D: 1 12oz was plenty

A little one dimensional. I didnt taste or smell the coconut or the macadamia nuts. This is a good coffee porter but the problem is, when I pay $6 for a 12oz beer, I expect more.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all the Stone collaberation brews, this is the one that I have been most interested in. I have tried all of them except the Black Pilsner, and have yet to be impressed. A coconut porter brewed with macadamia nuts sounds like a can't miss. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark brownish black. Not stout black, but still very dark. Head dissipates rather quickly.

S/T: The first thing I smelled in the aroma was a strong nutty aroma, almost like Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar. Coffee is also present, but not as intense as I expected. Taste is good, but just doesn't live up to expectations. Coffee is the most dominant flavor. Its a nice, dark roasted coffee flavor, but not as flavorful as say Beer Geek Breakfast or Founders Breakfast Stout. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate, but it is there. There is a strong nuttyness, but I wouldn't call it coconut. Maybe it is the macadamia? I feel this could have been a lot more.

M/D: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Not as thick as an Imperial Stout, but pretty close. Drinks rather easily. Would probably be a good breakfast beer.

This is much better than the Tripel and Holiday Spice beer, but still nothing to write home about. Plus, at $7.00 a bottle, there are better options out there. Where is the coconut? Nothing really sets this apart from the pack. Worth a try, but don't expect what is advertised.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, cocoa brown with a very small (1/8 in), quickly dissipating, light tan head. no lace.

S - coffee is, of course, the dominant olfactory hue here. However, bits of dark chocolate, licorice, and a hint of black cherry all shuffle amongst one another in the background.

T - As an avid Kona coffee drinker, I can appreciate the Kona shining through, but I feel its a bit too dominant here for what is supposed to be a collaboration of flavors, and brewers. The coconut flavor and macadamia nuts could have been allowed to shine through a bit more, but instead they are relegated to secondary flavors by the Kona. Cocoa is the third heat. A solid, if unconventional, porter.

M - the mouthfeel makes this beer work. Its flavor is a bit sharp, but the a slightly uncharacteristically heavy amount of carbonation keeps the coffee from coating the tongue too over-whelmingly. Nice and light, yet a bit creamy.

D - Moderate. A good food pairing.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, drank on October 25th. Poured into a founders brewing pint glass. Picked this one up at De cicco's after the CL flaming fury release.

KSMSKCMCP holds a oil stain black color with some rusty brown spots towards the edges and bottom of the glass. A cascading dark brown head turns light tan on top when it settles down. The foam reaches a 1/2 inch and has a nice creamy look. Good retention and some soapy lace but over time it fades into a ring around the glass.

Deep rich scents of kona coffee followed by chocolate and a sprinkle of cocco. This reminded me of a very light chocolate milk at times. The macadamia nuts used come out with warming. Roasted malt and a small hint of smoke. The coconut is minimal and does not really register.

The kona coffee is very big when this beer is cold so if that's what your after drink it on up. Over time the macadamia nuts integrate with the coffee making for an interesting mix. This is a nutty porter with a light but noticable chocolate touch. Some french vanilla shows up while the coconut remains minimal. Coconut is a hard ingredient to brew well so im not upset that it's not that large here. Any hops used don't make a dent with any significant taste, but im sure they have something to do with the overall flavor.

This porter holds a above medium body with some thickness to it, nowhere near watery. It goes down pretty simple. A mix between light milk chocolate and alot of coffee in the mouth with a short lasting aftertaste. OTOH, once this reached true room temperature the taste really went downhill in a sense because all I could taste was the M nuts and a some burnt flavors came up which struck me the wrong way. Drink this baby cold, warming does not help it IMO. No bitterness and low but noticable carb.

Not the most drinkable porter i've had, I was not sulking when I was done my 12oz. The ABV is slightly high but it's well hidden. Im glad I only bought one bottle of this because it's not something I would go back to. I enjoyed it enough though and porter fans should seek it out as it is kind of unique. This is probably the closest I will ever get to try products from Maui brewing so im glad i tried it.

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Photo of foogerd
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours dark as night with a one inch coffee colored head
S- damn thats alot of coffee! tons of freshly ground coffee beans vanilla coconut flakes and some milk flavors as well.
T- the coffee comes up right away along with a nuttiness and vanilla coconut flavors i get some strange acidic notes at the end which disturbs the flavor for me i dont know where its coming from.
M- loved the feel perfectly portly
D- not exactly sessionable but really delicious
I must say the sourness did turn me off a bit but in a way it did meld with the other flavors its a kind of tartness from the coffee so if you know what i mean and this doesnt bother you go out and try for yourself at least once.

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Photo of Pagzzz
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass @ cellar temp

Appearance: Inky black with one finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma: Coffee big up front (could smell it seconds after cracking the top). Very slight acidic note, probably from deep roasted malts. Touch of nuttiness but tough to pick up coconut. Sweet alcohol notes evident.

Taste: Big roasted malt dominates, but coffee notes are right up front too. Acidity reminds me of ... tabasco?!? Some real complex flavor interactions going on here. Still not getting much coffee or coconut flavors. Hops are shoved out of the way on this one in terms of flavor, but some moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: actually pretty light on body for a robust porter of this strength.

Overall, it's a tasty brew, but could definitely benefit from the rounding out around the edges that a few years in the cellar should provide.

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Photo of Rutager
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Black13 for this long time want and all the other great beers!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with 2 fingers of light tan head.

Smell. Slightly sour coffee and sweet nuts with dark malts and a bit of caramel.

Taste. Big coffee, again slightly sour and a little bit metalic. Dark malts follow with some nice nutty flavour in the finish. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little lighter and medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A great Hawaiian combination going on here. Not the best coffee flavour I've tasted in a beer but a fun brew and so happy to finally have tried it. Thanks again Black13!

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a good creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a whole bunch of coffee, roasted and toasted malts, nutty, coconut, and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, a touch of coconut, a little fruity, roasted malts, and a hint of spiciness. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, fairly carbonated, with a bittersweet finish. Very good beer, coffee is favored but still fairly balanced.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, black burnt malts. Dark caramel and coffee flavor with a substantial tart fruitiness midpalate, mild toasted coconut. Modest chocolatiness. Full oily body; rich and smooth. Not a big coconut fan (hate the stuff actually) but this was pretty solid.

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Photo of tanarm
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

A great big thanks goes out to errantnight for sending this along in a Christmas box, thanks again brotha! A pitch black pour fills the pint glass while chestnut brown highlights grace the body along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head easily grows to two fingers of creamy beige on a light pour and slowly fades to a rigid cap. Peaks and valleys of lacing cling to the glass in sheets as the head settles and after each drink.

The nose isn't quite as expressive as I imagined it would be but I suppose the coffee has something to do with that. The Kona coffee hits first in a fairly straightforward manner. Bittersweet baker's chocolate comes through in the middle and a rather rich caramel brings up the rear with the raw coffee beans. The coffee obviously dominates the aroma and a mild nuttiness comes through although it's rather generic and I would never have guessed macadamia.

The coffee beans are upfront but a little on the subtle and generic side. The middle is weak with muddled coffee, baker's chocolate, light cream (which may be the coconut sweetness), a mild roast, and nuttiness on the finish. The beginning is solid but the middle through end is a little muddled and hard to dissect. The best part of the flavor is the lingering aftertaste where big notes of dark chocolate combine with the mildly bitter coffee grounds and a lingering, soft nuttiness. This beer gets much better as it nears room temperature. The flavors front to back seem to smooth out and meld much better.

The body is on the medium side, which is to be expected from a coffee porter but the carbonation is a little higher than I would like, causing some prickliness along the tongue. The carbonation eventually softens which makes for a smooth, somewhat slick body. As this one sits in the glass and the carbonation mellows it really comes into its own.

The drinkability is good for an 8.5% porter. There's no discernible alcohol and the flavors end up coming together nicely after some warming. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back again and again.

I have had my eye on this brew for awhile now and am happy I got to give it a go around. it's not quite as expressive as I thought it was going to be but it’s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!


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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Didn't wanna drop $7 on a single of this but I guess I did since it would be a one time only experience. Appearance was very weak, might have to do with the nuts? Poured a very dark brown almost black with a one finger fizzy head that died instantly, sounded like champagne. No topping or ring on the beer to speak of. No retention or lacing = eh. Smell was awesome here. Coconuts, coffee, nuts, roasted malts. The nutty aspect of the nose was very strong and by far my favorite part of the beer. The taste was good but it ended up fading to straight up nut. Hints of coconut, coffee and roasted malts. Also got some cocoa along the way. Mouthfeel is also weak on this beer. A tiny bit of cream but mostly watery with some warming. Coat of nutty flavor left in the mouth with appropriate carbonation. A bit more thickness would have been very nice. Drinkability is also weak. The taste is good but not good enough for $7 and it seemed to end up just tasting like straight up nuts and the balance was lost. The off mouthfeel also impacted the experience.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with a cousin, poured a 12 ounce glass into a tumbler. It pours jet black, with a thin little white head. Pure java on the nose. The taste is dominated by lots of strong coffee, it finished with more coffee. Medium in body, decent carbonation, and easy drinking. This would have scored higher if there was a hint of coconut in taste, this was a brew that was completely dominated by coffee. IMO don't put an ingredient in the name if you can't taste it.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that's almost completely black and opaque except for slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a slightly fizzy frothy dark tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Very roasty malt aroma with a prominent sweet coconut presence that is slightly lactic with hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, toffee, oatmeal burnt toast and subtle hops. The sweetness of the coconut balances out the roasted nutty malt flavors.

Again, the flavor and mouthfeel are dominated by a slightly viscous deep roasted coffee flavor. There is plenty of silky and smokey bitter chocolate malt along with hints of roasted coffee bean, caramel, toffee, oatmeal and burnt toast. There is also a nice sweet coconut, lactic flavor that provides a nice balance without taking away to much from the deep roasted notes. Dry hop presence that along with the bitter dark chocolate and roasted notes provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and decently balanced with no trace of alcohol warmth, but the dominant roasted flavors slightly hurt the drinkability. A nice twist of the coffee beer style.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, another from the series of collaborations between Stone and one (or more) brewers. Poured to a pint glass. The final inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Yankees win it 7-3.

A: Very dark, a striking brown-ness that glows with auburn at the fringes. Head never builds above 1/2-finger, falls rapidly to a slender ring and broken film. Little lace, just a few dabs of cream.

S: A nostril-stinging noseful of acrid coffee and burnt nuts...first sniff was a bit off-putting...not that it's 'bad' it's just, well, strong... Sweeter notes of toasted macadamia, vague coconut, a little cocoa.

T: Wow, NOT what I expected...a tart/sour porter? Not as harsh as that sounds, but I expected a much less astringent coffee roast, a sweeter malt, a more notable 'tropical' flair, I suppose. Chewy coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate, a liberal lemony squeeze

M: Crisp, almost biting, carbonation. Hefty build-up of malty grain filling the mouth, a long-lasting bitterness. Medium/full body, alcohol isn't blatant but warmth is apparent.

D: Only moderately drinkable for me, an intense porter with a tart twist and a lofty ABV...OK to sip on 12 oz. for a while but nowhere near the upper echelon for me...cost is high per bottle ($8+), which doesn't necessarily factor into drinkability, but does factor into 'repeat buy-ability'...worth a try.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of seh410
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wondering if I poured too soft.... The head was almost non-existent, and from past pours I know this shouldn't be... Does anyone have any ideas? I'm wondering if I stored it at too low a temp and then let it warm up while in the bottle before pouring it?

Aroma: Coffee and Chocolate aromas are both really strong and rich with some definite fruitiness in the background. The coconut and macadamia make themselves known as the beer warms up. It smells like it should taste delicious

Taste/Mouthfeel: There is definitely a lot of flavor here. The nuttiness of the macadamia is very forward, whereas I am only getting the coconut at the very end. The chocolate flavor tastes and feels so creamy - great feel in the mouth, medium bodied with just a tiny bit of carbonation. I taste coffee liquor at the end - sort of the coffee revealing itself within the alcohol bite. The flavor gets much richer as it warms up a bit.

Drinkability: I could sip this all night. Not drink per say, but sip and sip happily.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a small mocha head. Lite retention with spotty lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate mostly.

T: Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate with notes of fudge. The middle is dominated by bold coffee. A touch of coconut comes through in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation.

D: Good. Pretty good beer I was expecting a bit more to be honest. Could use a bigger blast of coconut to really push it overthetop.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

A: Pours with a not-quite-opaque dark brown body. Light tan head with a medium amount of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Smells a bit grainy and roasted, nothing too big.

T: A coconut like sweetness that is reminiscent of a sweet/milk stout. A very nice toasted nut quality along with a roasted coffee flavor are in the finish.

M/D: Nice and thick milky body from the coconut. Carbonated well. Slight signs of alcohol on the back of the throat.

Overall, pretty good. Thought of it as more of a milk stout. Too bad Stone keeps jacking up the prices on these collaborations.

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

Since September of 2008 the Stone Brewery has been brewing collaboration beers with the help of two additional brewers. Each edition is branded in the same way, but enjoys a wide range of styles, ingredients and breweries. Together Stone and some amazing brewers have created a Belgian Triple, a Holiday Ale, a Black Pilsner, and most recently a Saison with herbs.

In September 2009 though, Stone teamed with Maui Brewing and revered homebrewer Ken Schmidt to create a Kona Coffee, Macadamia nut, Coconut Porter. Wow, a lot going on in there. Kona Coffee is a gourmet brand of coffee beans grown in Hawaii, and plays a dominant role in this collaboration beer. I was excited too to see how Macadamia Nuts and Coconut would effect the overall flavor of a porter.

What I love most about this beer is just the idea. Three craft breweries all getting together to do what they love to do; brew amazing and exciting beer! Great idea guys!

This Collaboration Porter came in a 355ml bottle at 8.5% abv with gold branding displaying the three breweries and the three primary flavoring ingredients. Unfortunately these collaborations are all just a single run production, so get them when you see them.

I opened this bottle cool around 8C (45F) as I normally would with a rich porter. The pour was pretty usual; not to lively but not very creamy either. It built with a gentle rumbling showing signs of carbonation lifting a short half inch airy light brown mocha colored head. The beer was near pitch black with hints of brown brick and heavy red ambers or garnet gleaming through when held into the light. It did not appear to be very dense or rich though, just very dark, and by now, with only a lacing of head remaining.

The nose though showed much richness. Initially deep roasted coffee poured out to me in a remarkably fresh and clean manner. Light espresso beans with notes of sweetness and dry earth were evident everywhere in the nose, but also a smooth backbone of nutty and creamy malt shines through. Hints of dry dark chocolate and roasted coconut are hidden in the back, but warm up to you as the beer does.

This beer really felt nice is my snifter, but I was ready to empty it. Similar to the nose, the first things that comes in is smooth dry roasted coffee pouring lightly over your tongue and filing your cheeks. It was more delicate than most coffee flavors in beer; it sort of washed over you without settling deep into your taste buds. It was refreshing actually, and superbly clean.

Dark chocolate and roasted malts come in soon after to add some depth and body and also smooth rich flavors. In the back hides the soft aromatic flavors of toasted coconut and smooth nuts. It is very subtle and delicate, and is very close to being completely washed out by the roast of the coffee. If it weren't for the coffee's supremely clean and fresh nature you would not taste anything else.

Light wisps of smoke make their way in the back, as does light caramel and a crisp hop bitterness. The overall body was light and tender; not the smooth and rich creamy porter that I had expected. Relatively significant carbonation kept this beer light on its feet, but I think I would have benefited from smoother and softer touches adding to the richness of these flavors.

Overall is was a pleasure to drink and an exciting experience to taste these three flavors in conjunction with each other. I do think however that coconut and macadamia nuts may shine better on their own without the dominating presence of coffee. But if you enjoy coffee, this beer will treat you right!

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