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

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Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterBarrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 219
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-29-2011)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

500ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown that appears mostly clear in the glass with 2 fingers of dense and fluffy dark tan/brown foam on top. Head lingers for a minute or two and slowly fizzles away leaving light frothy lacing on the glass.

S - Oh Wow! This smells amazing. Quite nutty and rather chocolatey up front. Sweet bourbon blends in so perfectly here, I can't imagine this beer without it. Not boozy at all...just fleshy coconut, smooth vanilla, rich and smooth coffee, yellow cake batter. Definitely one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T - Rich coffee up front, medium roasted, a bit astringent. The bourbon plays off the coffee well, just coming on as the coffee starts to fade to the background...almost like a splash of bourbon was poured into black coffee. Bourbon blends off to quite smooth coconut, vanilla and a mellow nuttiness and finally gives way to the coffee again at the finish. Hard for this to live up to the aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied, but wish there was a bit thicker feel here to make this ideal. Carbonation consists of fine bubbles, tingley and at a lowish level. Super smooth and all of the flavors play off of each other so well...this is an excellent dessert by itself.

O - I sought this one out for a long time and for a while I didn't think I'd ever get to try this...so glad I did! I had high hopes, but this met and exceeded them, which doesn't happen to often lately. Super dessert beer with so much going on - coffee, chocolate, mild bourbon (barrel is subtle and so well integrated here - adding to the base beer without overpowering or distracting), coconut, nuttiness, vanilla...just outstanding. Gonna have to seek out another bottle I guess.

06-20-2012 00:13:12 | More by portia99
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-26-2012 02:08:42 | More by Callmecoon
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1nf1n1te

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-22-2012 21:21:15 | More by 1nf1n1te
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Very dark brown in color, bordering on black, but not quite there. Small dark brown crown that remains a ring atop the beer. This leaves sticky spots of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is probably this beer's best aspect, with good amounts of earthy bourbon, coffee grounds, mild vanilla, and good nut character. This is rich, complete, sweet, and complex.

The flavor is similarly nice, though the flavors seem a bit muted when compared to the aroma. Coffee, vanilla, earth, and bourbon all combine nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, easy to drink, rich, and very, very little alcohol harshness.

Good enough, though I actually expected (hoped?) this would bem uch better. I have not been impressed with Stone's barrel-aged offerings for the most part (other than Stone IRS).

07-02-2012 22:13:11 | More by ehammond1
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MrVonzipper

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-03-2012 18:49:08 | More by MrVonzipper
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ipa247

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-10-2011 06:31:27 | More by ipa247
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DJButters

California

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

That's right. I won a bottle and to the victor goes the spoils. Shared at Toronado SD with friends and family. Drank the same day after pick up.

A: Nothing spectacular. Looks like a nice port. Dark color with minimal, no head.

S: Overwellming bourbon. Bourbon for days... Think 50/50 Eclipse bourbon. Very noticeable for a port base and low alchool percentage. Faint smells of the base brew underneath... Wait... What is that? Mmm coffee, macadamia nut, vanilla, chocolate. Mmmm.

T: The bourbon smacks you in the face. But the finish lasts for minutes followed by waves of vanilla, nutty, coffee... Very good. Fantastic.

M: Perfect. Nothing else. Not over done on carb, like a velvet wash on your tounge. Like a velour jumpsuit for your mouth.

Overall: An amazing beer worthy of the top spot of Stone and perhaps one of the best colab beers ever brewed. Please feel free to trade your bottle to me if you feel otherwise. A complete travisty in life that the beer is not readily avaliable. Great job to all invloved, but I need more. Cheers.

09-11-2011 02:39:13 | More by DJButters
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

06-11-2012 21:26:21 | More by leschkie
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seanpierceCEO

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

There's not a whole lot I can say about this experience but I'll try.
Having had Ken's Aloha Plenty version (which Greg from Stone has said is way better than the production run) I had very high expectations.

The appearance was classic american porter: deep set black, with a nice leather brown head. It totally makes you want it.

As far as aroma, I got everything I was expecting. The most prominent aroma was the coffee, it smelt of freshly pulled espresso shots and that first morning cup. The toasted coconut would come out every couple sniffs and lent a nice balance to the slight alcohol in the aroma. Being my experience with Bourbon is slight, I'm not sure I got it in the aroma but it may have been there.

Taste...was god-like. The flavors came together incredibly well. Every ingredient complemented the other. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky with a sight syrupy drip at the back end. This barrel aged version brought the production version on-par with the Aloha Plenty.

General impression...I'm sad I had to share the bottle and that it was a limited run. If it is every released in the future, I will be there with bells on.

Cheers!

12-07-2011 06:43:25 | More by seanpierceCEO
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dsgolovin

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%

Was probably the only person to open this up at the bar.

A-Poured jet black with two fingers of thick head, more foam than I had expected. Nice.

S-This might be the best smelling barrel aged porter that I have had to date. Really excellent bourbon, coffee and roasted malt smell. I would shower in it if it would not lead to social problems.

T-Taste is more subdued than the smell, but still pretty amazing. Really smooth and well balanced, not too much booze.

M-Solid coating of the mouth, not quite as viscous as Hunahpus, but still what I'd want from a barrel aged stout.

O-quite an exceptional beer and was very glad to have tried and shared it.

09-20-2011 10:08:33 | More by dsgolovin
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robL

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2012 17:39:52 | More by robL
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skunk242

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-16-2012 20:28:27 | More by skunk242
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cbwufpack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-25-2012 01:12:37 | More by cbwufpack
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-26-2012 22:39:15 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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jegross2

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

BEER REVIEW #500!

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter, a collaboration between San Diego area homebrewer Ken Schmidt, Stone Brewing Company and Maui Brewing Company. The name of the beer is pretty evocative of what it is.

Score: 91

Summer 2011 vintage caged and corked bottle, one of 672 produced. Served in a stemmed taster glass and enjoyed on 11/07/13 at the Chicago Craft Beer Lover's event hosted at The Beer Temple. Huge shout out and thanks to beeradvocate user Chi81 for bringing this surprise treat, one that I have long wanted to try and since given up on ever ticking. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a soda color with minimal head off the pour that totally settles. Oily legs, but poor lacing/retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Roast, coconut, cocoa, light oak and light molasses. A dash of fruity oxidation, which melds nicely with the other complexities of the nose. No single character, not even the coconut, takes the center stage here; all are well balanced in proportion to each other. 4.25/5

Taste: The toasted coconut flavor is not nearly as prominent as I expected it to be, but still there to a nice degree. Also present is a mix of chocolate, brown sugar and light oak. Really nice integration of the components, but the flavor is not very bold. Traditional bourbon flavor featured in bourbon barrel aged stouts/porters is virtually non-existent. Coconut flavor grows a little bit when I let the beer sit and warm in the glass. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Good balance, with a light sweetness. 4.25/5

Overall: A lot more subtle in flavor and delicate than anticipated. I enjoyed this, but imagine it has faded over the past two-plus years.

Cost: $25 for a 500 ml bottle.

11-11-2013 22:10:20 | More by jegross2
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dipaguy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

01-18-2013 03:09:48 | More by dipaguy
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

08-09-2013 07:33:01 | More by largadeer
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dmsohyea

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 21:30:02 | More by dmsohyea
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usofar

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-25-2011 04:17:23 | More by usofar
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-18-2013 23:48:47 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-01-2012 01:47:18 | More by ChrisPro
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gyberic

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 21:56:17 | More by gyberic
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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jpaulsen

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Huge thanks to starrdogg for bringing this bottle to the Stone tasting. Served in a Stone goblet.

This was the highlight of the night for me. I loved the base beer when it was younger, and enjoyed this one even more so.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin off-white head and a good collar throughout. The nose hits hard from the beginning with really fantastic notes of bourbon and coconut along with some chocolate, oak, and vanilla in the background. The vanilla carries through to the flavor along with the bourbon and coconut, and just does wonders.

Body is medium and oh so smooth. The coconut bourbon combo is hard to beat. Wow. Some oak and vanilla carry through the finish, which has a bit of remaining sweetness.

Overall, this was one of the better barrel-aged beers that I've had in quite some time. Really fantastic work by the people at Stone, as well as their collaborators. Cheers.

04-03-2012 11:09:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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