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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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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -9.3%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

SocalKicks, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Generously shared by Nate. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body with some lighter ruby glints at the fringes of the glass.

S - Very nutty, with nice earthy bourbon, vanilla, fudge, molasses, oak, burnt coffee, and perhaps a touch of coconut as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is heavier on the vanilla, milk chocolate, and fudge, with less overt bourbon barrel presence, which is a bit surprising how long this sate in barrels. There was also a surprisingly strong coffee flavor - did they add more coffee to the barrels?

M - Medium body, lightly tannic, some dry roast nuttiness, chewy texture, lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A very nice barrel-aged porter. It's not a world-beater and definitely commands far more in trade value due to its rarity than it does due than quality. That being said it's an enjoyable treat if you can track it down and something I'd happily have again in the future.

N.B. We opened up a bottle of the base beer alongside the BA version. The base was infected. =(

MasterSki, Jan 03, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

8/27/2011

Shared by Mike at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Near black with a creamy beige head. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate with a pleasant level of coconut blending with macadamia nuts and a touch of vanilla. Coffee has faded quite a bit, but it's still quite nice. There's a whisper of bourbon and oak. The barrel imparts very little aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and fudge with lots of macadamia and a little coffee. Faint oak and vanilla but not really any bourbon.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation and a chewy, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Really enjoyable, but not much different from the regular version. For supposedly being in the barrel for nearly two years, I can't help but think they blended the barrel aged version with a lot of the regular version.

9/3/2011

I had a 10oz pour of this so I was able to contemplate the beer in a much calmer setting than Woodshop and in much greater quantity. I'm dropping the Overall from 4 to 3.5. I'm also dropping the Mouthfeel from 4.5 to 4.

HopHead84, Aug 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks to nkersten for the share of this rarity.

A - Dark brown beer that's not quite black. Had a foamy beige head that didn't leave much behind.

S - Lots of nuts, with some bourbon, little espresso, coconut, chocolate and some vanilla. The barrel is a little minimized by the sweetness. Not bad.

T - Taste is pretty sweet and slightly mellow with some nice bittering coffee to break things up. Nuts are more subdued, but you get a touch of coconut that is solid with some chocolate and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation.

O - Good stuff, liked drinking it. Wouldn't acquire one of my own due to what it takes to get it, but I would gladly drink this beer if given another chance.

AgentZero, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

FosterJM, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

Thanks, Nate! 500ml bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown color, creamy tan-colored head, thin ring.

S - Light bourbon, roast, chocolate, toasted malts. The bourbon isn't as big as I was expecting, which is a bit disappointing. The sweetness is there, but also dialed down a bit as well. I would say the nose is muted, in my opinion.

T - Taste is a little better. Light bourbon, chocolate, toasted malts, oak. No real coconut and not as complex as the base beer (when fresh) when I had it. Light coffee finish with some sweetness.

M - A tad bit too light on the body (lighter side of medium), light carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - After having the base beer a while back, I was really expecting more from this one. The bourbon is very light and the base beer is pretty muted. That said, it's not a bad beer by any means. I just had such high expectations, I was let down after this tick.

Sean9689, Jan 06, 2012
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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).

ehammond1, Jul 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -7%

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.

scottfrie, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

DarthKostrizer, Jan 18, 2013
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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.

jegross2, Nov 11, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Phelps, Dec 21, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

brotherloco, Sep 01, 2012
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Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.