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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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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 201
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Grant35, Aug 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of MrGone
4/5  rDev -2.9%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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.

drumrboy22, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of jerz
5/5  rDev +21.4%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picturesque pour into snifter...perfect dark brown with a finger of cappucino head. Head rather quickly dissipates. Big aroma of freshly ground coffee. And as expected, big coffee on the nose. Huge actually, leaving some bitterness to be had. Some nutty taste there, but again drowned out by the coffee. Reading the label now, I guess this is why- Kona. Very big & bold...this coming from a coffee fan. Bitter, with some vanilla thrown in I guess. Getting no coconut sweetness, because the Kona is standing in the way. Difficult to enjoy all 12 ounces.

RustyDiamond, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very caramel brown dark body with a brown hue. Quickly fading mocha head that lases the glass.

Roasted nutty smells accompanied by toffee and vanilla. Very rich chocolate.

Bitter dark chocolate roasted malt and coconut all complement each other. Coffee and vanilla flavors carry over nicely as well.

A nice carbonation cuts the beer to make it almost have a light mouthfeel. A dry finish. I can't really taste the ABV. A very well done beer not quite as special as I would've hoped but not bad all the same.

bfields4, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of neorunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in the cellar. Pours a deep black with dark brown hues around the borders. Head is medium tan in color with fairly large carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is of chocolate, bitter malt, and some alcohol. Flavor is all about the coffee with a strong underlying cherry/kreik taste. I think the kreik is coming from the acidity of the beer and it having possibly soured a bit. The off flavor is great, but a bit overpowering to allow for any other subtleties to come through in the beer.

neorunner, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of m1ked
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a bottle at Bowery WF.

A- Pours a pitch black that reveals a mahogany garnet sliver at the top when held up to the light. A generous sandy head that quickly fades to a mere wisp. No lacing noted, a couple of bubbles popping at the top, but I can't see any streamers in that darkness.

S- Rich vanilla beans, bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, coffee, woody and nutty notes. I am not sure but I think that the vanilla notes may actually be the coconut- either way it smells great.

T- Similar to the nose I get the rich vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, coffee, nuttiness. At the end I get the coconut that lingers. I really enjoy all these flavors that seem to work so well together.

M- This is probably my favorite part- so rich & creamy without being heavy. Light carb that works well. A slight lingering coating on the tongue that I enjoy, and a bit of an alcohol burn.

D- I wish I could find/afford a 12er of this stuff. I woulnd't put down more than 1 or 2 in a sitting, but would love to have some of this on hand to drink whenever. I think this is good to drink now. As always though, I wonder what it would do with some time- I feel that it might lose some of the rich flavors that meld together so well.

m1ked, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle:

Instant smell of coffee as I poured this dark brew into my glass. First sip of roasted bitterness, chocolate, and coffee. The coconut must be in the background as I didn't notice it at first. Wait - yup, there it is.

Medium body and mouth feel is a little more thin than I was expecting.

Very very drinkable and the abv is well hidden. A solid brew that I would drink again. Is it worth $8 for a 12oz? Mmm...not so sure.

Next!

ScreamForMe, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of infi
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly lucky to finally find one of these!

Poured into a nonic pint.

Smooth pour reveals a dark mahogany/black color with a large, pillowy tan head arising from the liquid that quickly fades. Decent amount of soapy lacing as you sip and swirl the glass. Just as advertised on bottle, the Kona coffee and Macadamian nuts are easily identifiable on the nose. Roasted Kona coffee is the one big aroma even as you initially open the bottle - it just creeps out into the room. But once you actively stick your nose into the glass, the toasted nuttiness from the Macadamian nuts comes into play. The coconut was the one scent not as quite defined, but with a couple deep inhales the toasted coconut becomes discerned. Among this nice trifecta, hints of some sweet chocolate and malt are also found. Overall, this is reminding me of a piece of Almond Joy candy. Pure elation.

Wow, wow and hello. Taste is incredibly rich and robust with the coffee being the first flavor hitting the tongue and subsequently the sweet coconut following up. Roasted qualities dominate the taste - it's incredible. Not so much of a nuttiness in flavor as was in the aroma, but that's not a problem. The Kona coffee, sweet coconut and roasted malt make up for its absence. But as it warms up a bit, the Macadamian flavors, as well as some vanilla and caramel, start to appear and intermingle with everything else. Subtle hints of chocolate become detectable in the final finish and lands on a slight burnt coffee bitterness with a soft lingering effect. The 8.5% ABV is very much noticeable in the end too. Incredibly well-crafted and complex.

Mouthfeel is substantially smooth and savory with the beer lining the cheeks and tongue very well. Just enough carbonation to make it tingly, but not enter light-bodied territory. I find this to be *way* better than the Smoked Porter, which I thought was way too thin and unappealing. This collaboration renewed my faith in porters for sure. There's actually a genuine chewiness to this, which I love. If I had a few more bottles of these in my fridge, I would definitely have more than one. Drinkability is wonderfully high - flavor and scent are up to par. You wouldn't notice how fast it's drinking.

This is a beautifully crafted porter and excellent collaborative brew by Stone, Maui and Ken Schmidt. I truly think that this porter would be a great pairing with a piece of Almond Joy candy; they're so similar, I could only imagine the flavor explosion. The only qualm I have is due to its price per bottle, $6.99 per 12 oz. If it weren't so expensive, this would definitely be a common sight in my fridge. But nonetheless, this is definitely worth the buy. Really surpassed my expectations.

infi, Oct 23, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and fairly thick with faint chestnut at the edges. Nice tan head settles slowly, with a good amount of lacing.

Aromas of strong coffee, faint coconut, crisp hops, and a vague alcohol in the background.

A solid porter, with strong flavors of coffee, cocoa, some faint notes of coconut. Some crisp, dry hoppiness and a vague alcohol-warmth. Lots of malt here-- sort of wish coconut and macadamia flavors would come through a little more.

Nice and syrupy body with good carbonation.

Again, an all-around great porter, but I'd like a little more of these flavors listed on the bottle. Overall, a little disappointed. Delicious, but not at seven dollars a (12oz) bottle.

endincolorado, Nov 30, 2009
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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!

r0nyn, Dec 14, 2010
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.

MrDanno96, Jun 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dmsohyea, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

mtstatebeer, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of capra12
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with speedwayjim served out of a surly pint glass.

Appearance: poured a 1 1/2 finger of frothy and bubbly light caramel head which dissipates quickly and black amber in color.

Smell: Straight black coffee.

Taste: opens with dark coffee and a malt profile as a subtle dark chocolate intertwines with the coffee till the end. A nuttiness comes in at the finish and a hint of coconut as the finish carries into the aftertaste which consist of chocolate, coffee and malt. This was a big let down until we had this as it warmed up a bit and the coconut becomes more prominent in the middle to finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation and silky.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to those who enjoy a coffee, dark chocolate and subtle nutty and coconut profile toward the end. Serve this one chilled and let it warm up to room temperature and enjoy the way this brew evolves as this warms up.

capra12, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

OlieIPA, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of nkersten
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Big thanks to 6daysbottomocean, bottle poured gently with little to no head. Dark, barely translucent brown with a couple bubbles left around the edges.
S- The name doesn't lie. There is a hint of coconut, a little coffee, and the rich smell of macadamia and dark malts. It really took me by surprise, I expected the coffee to dominate.
T- Very similar to the smell. Lots of rich nuttiness, some coconut, and bitterness provided by the coffee. Not a big hop presence, but it doesnt detract from the beer at all. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Overall, the flavors are very balanced.
M- Pretty thick for a porter, this one coats but isn't overpowering, carbonation is spot on. This is exactly what I expect from a higher abv dark beer. This beer has more body then some imperial stouts.
D- I have to say I am not a huge fan of porters but I could drink this all day. The best of the Stone collaborations that I have had so far, seek this out if you can.

nkersten, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came across this in the back of the fridge. Great find on a Friday night! 12oz bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours inky black with a quarter inch of lovely mocha colored foam atop it. The head subsides leaving a ring of beige bubbles around the outside of the glass. The nose is a blast of coffee goodness with a bit of sweet roasted malt and nuttiness to it. Taste follows the nose with huge coffee flavors up front. Roasty malt flavors follow with notes of nutty macadamias and sweet coconut on the backside. The finish is semi-dry with a bit of hoppy bitterness which lingers. Very nice. Feel is medium with a low level of carbonation. What a great beer! The Kona coffee flavors in this one are incredible! The macadamia nuts and coconut add depth and complexity making for a wonderful porter experience. Wish I had stocked up on this one. Greg, if you're reading this, please brew this again and put it into regular production! Highly recommended!

Sideswipe, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of jeezie
5/5  rDev +21.4%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of smi
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.