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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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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 202
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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 Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of joe1510
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

12/24/09

Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of bonkers
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of tanarm
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  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.

Photo of seh410
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of sleazo
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan.

A_Pours a dark black with a foamy brown head. Settles into a nice cap. Minimal lacing.

S_A big aroma hits as soon the bottle is opened. Huge roasted malts and dark espresso notes dominate with a distinct macadamia nut aroma hitting in the background. Great nose.

T_Big coffee again up front mellowing out into a nice roasted finish. The aftertaste reveals a certain nuttiness that is not as distinctly macadamia as the aroma. There is a bit too much acidity overall which detracts somewhat. Not getting much if any coconut.

M_Nicely velvety in feel with a moderate soft carbonation. A bit thicker than an average porter but it works with the tastes and ingerdients.

D_A good beer no doubt but with some flaws. The acrid heat might melow out with some time but it detracts a bit too much here. Still I am enjoying the interplay between the coffee and the and the nuts. I wish there was more coconut as well.

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark muddy brown with less than 1 finger head that leaves little lacing behind.

S- Definate coffee, reminds me of the Chocolate Macadamia Nut BadAss Company coffee I used to have on Kona when visiting, slight vanilla/coconut scents and a light dark chocolate.

T- Almost exactly as it smells but a little thinner than I had hoped.

M- Medium body with light carbonation and hidden alcohol were nice, just wanted a little more body with this one.

D- Good drinkability, however, it is hard to get this beer and when you do its $7-8 for a 12 oz beer which brings this drinkability down.

Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of StephenRich
3.93/5  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!

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown/black color with a quick fading "big-bubbled" tan head. Just averaging lacing on this one.

S - Real heavy on the coffee aroma with a nice roasted malt pairing. The coffee aroma isn't bitter like you'd expect but has more of a sweet smell. A little nuttiness from the macadamia nuts and not much coconut.

T - Very similar to the aroma...lots of sweet coffee with a sour/bitter finish. Nutty flavor blends great with grains in the middle of the brew. Barely any coconut flavor because of its mild presence in this beer and it's paired with such strong flavors of coffee and roasted malt. Aftertaste is pure macadamia nuts and coffee.

M/D - Medium body that is nicely carbonated and not too aggressive, maybe a tad high on the volumes of carbonation but not complaining. Semi-bitter finish makes it an average drinker that is easy to enjoy and has a great unique flavor.

Photo of callmescraps
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but couldn't pass it up on the shelves.

Appearance - Black. No light passes through when held up to the lamp. Two inches of tan, mocha head dissipate pretty quickly. Nice looking bev.

Smell - Lots of roast coffee. A little burnt, as well. Some toasted marshmallow. Deep fruit, maybe raisins and plum? The coffee is very strong.

Taste - Coffee is not as strong up front. A little sweetness, possibly the macadamia. Definitely a hint of coconut, but only a hint. Very smooth. Lots of roast. The finish, however, is definitely full rich coffee. The burn lingers.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Almost too light.

Drinkability - The roast/burnt finish makes it a little tough. It's nice, but one is enough.

Not a huge coffee guy, so this was never going to be a home run for me. The lady friend liked it better. That said, I wish the coconut and macadamia showed up a bit more. I was a little disappointed by how much the coffee dominated. If you like coffee, this will do it for ya.

Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A welcome gift from my good friend brewtull.

Pretty dull on the pour (into a shaker pint). Head vanishes and leaves a lifeless ale. There is carbonation, just a few bubbles and nothing else to show for it. Maybe lipids from the mac nuts or coconut?

Amazing aroma, full of those toasty coconuts and mac nuts, plus the usual porter chocolate and hop notes. Maybe coffee, but it certainly isn't screaming at me like I thought it would.

Silky, creamy, nutty, toasty, chocolatey, hoppy goodness. It's really tasty. That coffee makes a real entrance here, it's got that spicy, thin mouthfeel type-coffee vibe.

The thing that's really bringing it down is the high gravity. Were it not so thick I could pound these all night. Bring this back to 6% abv and it would be a TKO. Just saying.

Cheers!

Photo of MrDanno96
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color that has some suggestions of red when held to the light. A thin off-white head tops the brew; minimal lacing.

S: A Strong aroma of rich, sweet chocolate and some astringency from the coffee beans - a robust dark roast. A little nuttiness mingles with the chocolate, but alas, no real coconut aroma.

T: A strong dark coffee flavor dominates the flavor and mixes with a nice dose of mocha and perhaps a touch of smoke. A nice bittersweet finishes completes the experience. Still, the coconut is sadly absent.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth for the abv. A little astringent in the finish.

D: A cool experience no doubt - definitely a brew I'm glad I stumbled upon. It's a decent porter, but nothing really too special. I really wish the coconut actually came through in the flavor. The coffee really dominated this one.

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sometimes find beers this flat and opaque to be a little drab - unfortunately, this is one of those times. To be fair though, the beer does deserve some credit as it happens to be of a shade of black that honestly must trump all other shades of black; the chances of light getting past this thing are as good as me ever owning the Dallas Cowboys.

Upon hearing of this combination of flavours I figured the macadamia and coconut might be overrun by the coffee; indeed, the first few sniffs support that inclination. It is smokey, it is bitter, it is - in no uncertain terms - very coffee-esque. Fortunately, there is at least a sparing amount of baker's chocolate that goes with it.

With a name that boasts coffee, macadamia nut and coconut in it, I think it's only fair to expect something a little extra tasty. That this is flavourful is never, even for an instance, in doubt. However, that it is sensually titillating or heavenly delicious is likely dependent on its taster. For my palate, this is too full of roast and grain to be considered decadent.

In other words, I think this beer sounds more delicious than it actually is. You'd assume for every added ingredient there'd be an added flavour or texture, but this is disappointingly one-dimensional; the coconut and macadamia are but flies that surround the smokey, bitter coffee roast that is the elephant. I just wish I could be tasting more of them.

This beer is otherwise a very serviceable porter. It is uniquely rich and, although it may not make a full dessert in and of itself, I can only imagine what a sinfully indulgent treat it would be if only I had some worthy sweets or fresh berries to pair with it. Warming has proved to unchain both of the nutty flavours, but it's too little too late (and still too acrid).

The more variety and the greater diversity in the market, the greater incentive there is to be different. For a time, that was easy for Stone to do. Since then, however, they've helped spawn a new generation of talented, creative brewers that have exemplified and realized their vision of a world with bold, arrogant, distinguished beers.

And so perhaps a Coffee/Macadamia/Coconut beer was the only way left to be different, but is the point of being creative just to be creative? Rightly or wrongly, I expected more from this beer. I'll admit: had it of excluded the full ingredients list from its name I likely would have scored it higher... but I'd still of enjoyed it just the same.

Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.