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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
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 218
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

As dark brown as dark brown gets. The light tan head, maybe half a finger tall, remains for a good long while, thick as pancake batter. Some spotted lace on the walls of the glass.

Endless macadamia nut in the nose. Crumbly cocoa nibs as well. Coconut, if there, seems less toasted and more fresh. As I explore deeper, I pick up fresh vanilla as well as toasted oak and coffee. It’s like the most complex Almond Joy I’ve ever had. I could smell this all night.

Macadamia nut also leads the flavor, followed swiftly by tangy dark chocolate. Esters of new oak and vanilla emerge as well. Upon the swallow, a flash of some sweet, dark, fruity bourbon is swiftly followed by heavily roasted coffee, toasted coconut and more vanilla. As it warms, every flavor is easily picked out. Nuts, coconut, toffee, oak, booze. Give this a chance to warm to reveal itself; it just keeps getting better and better. There’s perhaps some odd mildewy flavor at first, but it’s eradicated by the good stuff upon the swallow.

I want this to be thicker, but it is a porter. Just a shade under medium in body, softly fizzy. Fairly hot for its ABV, numbing the tongue and warming the nose.

I had my doubts at first, but this brew is best at room temperature and eventually becomes a brilliant combination of flavors. Very excited I got the chance to try it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Kevin! Poured into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dirty dark brown color with a finger of brown head that quickly faded into a faint collar.
S: Nutty and creamy smelling with smooth notes of coffee and a hint of vanilla and chocolate. There is a hint of bourbon in there as well but it’s not as powerful as I was expecting. Smells great though.
T: Follows the nose with creamy flavors almost like melted ice-cream. The nuts and chocolate come through the most, but I get hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon barrel in the aftertaste. Good but not as complex as I was expecting.
M: Body is on the thinner side of full with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is slick and very smooth. I hardly get any alcohol warmth.
O: I was a little let down given the hype but there was very little wrong with this beer. The flavors were creamy and great, but could have been a bit more potent – especially the barrel. Very smooth mouthfeel. Thanks again for sharing, Kevin.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Mike.

A: The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head.

S: A rather subtle/minimal bourbon aroma to this beer. The oak does come through, as does some vanilla (actually quite a bit). Very nutty and creamy with plenty of chocolate and a mild dose of coconut.

T: The flavor is a bit strong on the wood at first, but soon the sweet chocolate and coconut notes come through. Minimal bourbon flavor with some good vanilla notes and an almost hazelnut type flavor (yes, I know the beer was made with macadamia nuts). Not very much coffee, incidentally.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue.

O: Definitely a good beer, but I don't think it's so much different from the regular one, strangely enough.

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one; very cool to tyr side by side with the normal version.

a - Poured a very dark brown with a few bubbles of head and light carbonation. Almost looks black, and looks exactly like the normal version.

s - Smells of strong coffee, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, chocolate, and very light bourbon. Nose is much stronger than the normal version but I'm guessing that is because it is fresher.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, cream, vanilla, coconut, toasted malts. More bourbon then the nose but still not overpowering. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and easy to drink. No heat, awesome body.

o - Overall a really nice beer, and an improvement on the normal version in my opinion. Adds some light bourbon to the nose and taste but doesn't overpower it at all. Would love to have it again.

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9/3/11 with friends

A: Dark, nearly opaque with a fluffy cream colored head. Good retention with little lacing.

S: Heavenly sweet aroma of rich dark chocolate, macadamia, and vanilla. Could not immediately detect the coconut.

T: Heavy, rich chocolate flavor with faint coconut and vanilla notes. Very light oak taste in the first few sips, and very minimal bourbon throughout.

M: I was expecting more here. Medium to light body, almost slightly thin for what I was expecting. Medium carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and a wonderful aroma! Definitely glad I got the opportunity to try this beer. Sorry to have not had the opportunity to try the original first, so I had more to compare this one to.

Photo of Rizalini
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bottle direct from the brewery on 6/25/11. Opened on the night I moved into my first house. Popped the caged and corked bottle, and poured into my Deschutes tulips glass...

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a brown 1 finger head that fades rather quickly. Comes back when swirled, but no real legs on this one. Maybe decreased head retention due to ageing?

S - Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. One the second sniff, I'm getting hints of black licorice.

T/M - The taste is amazing, matches the smell very well. Woodsey bourbon barrel and vanilla assult my palette. Very faint coconut flavor, but no noticable macadamia nut. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated, possibly from the age.

O - An amazing barrel aged beer for sure! No alcohol heat on this at all, and the flavors really develop as it warms slightly. Glad I had the opportunity to purchase this, but sad it's gone now.

Photo of kodt
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of AndrewK
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Starr, one of the stars of our Stone night for sure. Beer served in a Stone glass. Beer is black with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, some carbonation, Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet, liquor, oaky, mild coconut (power of suggestion there).

Beer is medium to light in body ,sweet up front, nice bitter finish, strong flavors, nice roastiness, flaked coconut, nutty, nice. It was well balanced and flavorful. I enjoyed the shit out of this beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, nuts, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with very nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml C&C bottle. Served in a snifter.

Picked this guy up about a year ago at the brewery. Been in the 55 degree cooler ever since.

Pours opaque super dark brown, just about black. Just a millimeter of light gets through. Covered with half a finger of dark beige foam. Settles to a thin ring of very dense bubbles. A few dots of lacing.

Aroma is quite dusty. Lots of oaky wood, nutty dry macadamias, rich roasted coffee, lightly sweet chocolate malt. Not as big as I was expecting, but good.

Taste really closely follows the nose. Bitterness and sweetness are extremely well balanced and are both at a pleasant moderate level. Roasted coffee with hints of coconut. Oak and vanilla with a fairly light tinge of bourbon. Coconut emerges much stronger in the finish, which dries up as well. No real sign of alcohol, it's buried in there.

Body is fairly thin for what I was expecting, but a nice dose of medium carbonation makes for a great feel and a very drinkable brew.

I never had a chance to try the original collaboration beer, but I certainly dig this one.

Photo of REDAMI
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black syrupy pour, low sandy colored head which disappeared quickly.

S - Light coffee/chocolate scent. Very well balanced blended nose no singular notes.

T - Basic coffeeish porter flavor, followed by coconut, finishing with a woody aftertaste.

M - Well balanced, very fine carbonation from the barrel aging, alcohol warmth.

O - One of the better porters I've ever had. Infused stouts generally get more attention, but the flavorings lend themselves well to this style. A very good beer overall.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark brown, somewhat see-through, with a small beige head. The aroma brings coconut, bourbon, booze, vanilla. Nice flavor. I really like this beer. Complex and full of flavor, with a delightful blend of chocolate, oak, and coconut. Easy to drink. Medium bodied with solid carbonation level. I would definitely have this again. Recommended.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1026th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
500 Ml C/C

2011 Release
I was lucky enough to win a bottle and shared with GuruDel.

App- A very dark brown pour with a two finger khaki head that was a bit slow to recede with only a minimal amount of cling and lace.

Smell- Such a great smelling beer. Opens with the bourbon, moves to a bit of a roasted nuts and moves to a bit of a heavy cream interlaced with coffee, vanilla.

Taste- A beer that I believe finally lived up to the hype. It was very smooth and drinkable with layers and depth. Opens with a subtle bourbon and segways to a blend of the nuttiness and chocolate. A bit of trace vanilla and cream round this one out.

Mouth- A bit thin but I was expecting it to be. Most porters arent the best for being full/thick beers. This was a nice medium body with a good creamy low/medium carbonation level. Bourbon, Chocolate and Malt residual flavors.

Drink- A very good beer. I am very happy that Vince and I at least one beer between the two of us. This was smooth, creamy, flavorful, well blended and a great use of a barrel.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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