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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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Photo of AgentZero
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Callmecoon, Jan 26, 2012
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ezperkins2, Jan 04, 2012
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
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
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -9.3%

ChrisPro, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Happy Holidays to everybody, especially to Javib458 for the trade.

Note to those of you fortunate to get a bottle; cellar temp is the ideal to taste the decadent layers of this well executed barrel aged version of one of my all time favorite beers!

Pours your usual stout black with a 3 finger khaki head.
Aroma; toffee, coffee, macadamia nuts, and a hint of wood and vanilla.
Taste; is nicely layered yet but also has a solid overall profile considering all of the components of this beer.
First you're hit with ripe coffee. Then you get that toasted coconut signature from Maui's coconut porter. From there, an incredible milk chocolate note blended with a hint of vanilla and oak.
Finishes like a bourbon milkshake...yeah, it's awesome.

Overall; thrilled to have the chance to try this beer, having been born and raised on Maui, the base beer (as well as coconut porter) has always held a special place in my heart.

pixieskid, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

usofar, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Kaydogg, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Ultraman9000, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Phelps
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BHOBS, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

stawn, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ipa247, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of seanpierceCEO
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!

seanpierceCEO, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

XR250rdr, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Schmaltzy, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

mthomas84, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sstorck, Nov 16, 2011
Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.