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Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: harrymel on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 155
Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a thick rich engine oil black with coco colored foam.

There's a subtle hint of chipotle on the aroma. It's nuanced and rewarding as it emerged behind the lightly floral cocoa roast and the faintest whisper of smoke.

I get a delicate floral note which complements the roast cocoa and coffee notes I expected from a stout.
There's an understated chipotle kick and that faint touch of smoke as I finish, with an interesting minerality.

I might be the only one on the mainland who feels this way, but I enjoyed this beer immensely. A welcome surprise.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The CANorado trip is winding down but not before I scored a CAN from Hawaii!

From the CAN: " Change is the only constant in life; and this year has been marked with exciting changes. Staff moving on, new staff joining our team, and construction plans for the new brewery (yes, still on Maui). Our final limited release of the year celebrates change and bids aloha to our friends new and old."; "This Belgian stout is brewed with chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle. It pours deep black with ruby highlights. Layered with roasted malt character and hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, clove, cinnamon and subtle peppery notes in the nose."; "The year is ending, the world is not. Raise your CAN and toast with us to all the great things to come. Look forward to four new limited releases in 2013. Mahalo nui loa. Okole maluna, [undersigned] Garrett"'; "Handcrafted ales & lagers brewed with Aloha"; "Certified Made on Maui"; "Belgian Stout brewed with chocolate and spices".

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I started with an aggro Glug but the dense, deep-brown head was forming too quickly for me to CANtinue. It evinced a nice pseudo-cascading action before settling into a deep, dark brown liquid with limited light penetration except at the edges, where ruby highlights could be seen. SRM = 44. Nose reminded me of MexiCAN hot chocolate, which is also heavily spiced. I definitely got the chocolate and the clove and cinnamon intermingled so seamlessly that it was hard for me to differentiate the two. Mouthfeel was big and thick and with the flavor profile, I felt as though I were drinking a chocolate milkshake, albeit a spicy one. Finish was quite spicy, initially, and then the chocolate came back for a repeat appearance. Quite a beer, but probably more appropriate for cooler months. Not one for the summer cooler, but definitely a Hula in the Coola Day (02 Feb, annually) CANdidate.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review, not my ordinary thing but... eh.

Pours a rich dark brown to black, the head is a deep milk chocolate brown that quickly dissipates. Is noticeably not thick or oily. Has some light shades of deep red around the fringes when held to the light.

The nose comes off with sweetened coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. A bit of a Belgian stout character to it in a way. Even a tad floral in sweetness. Soft but quite nice and defined, yet not overwhelming.

Tastes really quite nice, tad on the sweet side but certainly not cloying. A very fine and pleasant sweetness that reminds me a lot of getting the perfect sweet ice tea or a great sweetened iced coffee. Flavors coincide with mentioned. Black tea, coffee, chocolate, sweet cinnamon and just a hint of chipotle. Chipotle just gives a very tad warmth but the beer remains fresh and quite nice. Speaking of fresh, the beer itself has this breeziness to it, this freshness which is hard to explain. Could be the water used. But I've noticed this in the coconut porter they do as well.

Mouthfeel is light and slippery, has a pinch of dryness that I wish there was just a bit more of. Would have liked to see a bit more lightness, and maybe fluffiness to the beer too. But overall it is very drinkable but full of flavor.

I'd buy it this again, it would be a good beer to take to a friendly beer tasting. Fun and interesting!

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.49 Wonderful looking beer poured into my PBR goblet!. Black as night with a thick tan head creamy goodness. Cocoa,burnt malts and caramel nose..pleasing. Taste is semi dark chocolate, slightly smokey,roasted nuts and oats and a faint hot pepper..excellent stuff. Great palate..keeps my taste buds tingling and guessing! I really liked this one. I have had only 2 beers from this brewer and loved them both. Must try more.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks great off the pour. Completely dark with a large brown head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor brings a bit of the same with an almost fruity edge to things. Kind of like mellow blueberries, in a stout kind of way. Pleasant to drink and a nice stout. I like it.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition, 12 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a rather large cloud that gathered atop the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Massive aromas of chocolate up front, followed by some roasted malt and caramel. Think chocolate French toast.

Taste: Wow! Lots of chocolate, no massive amounts of chocolate up front, imparting a slight bitterness, but nothing unpleasant. Next comes tons of roasted malt, some brown sugar-like sweetness, and a hit of coffee. Unfortunately, this beer is a couple of years old, and as such, most, if not all of the chipotle has faded. Regardless, it’s still a fantastic beer!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and extremely smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I thought that this, even a few years old, and devoid of any chipotle flavor, is an excellent beer. I need to taste a fresh one to see what the chipotle adds!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a deep mocha brown with a frothy dark brown head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Lovely sweet notes of cinnamon cookies, chocolate, lots of dark malt characteristics.

T: Chocolate and cinnamon, definite notes of molasses cookies which I like a lot. Bitter dark chocolate finish with some nice dark flavours, hint of charcoal, definite residual sugar flavour.

M: Light-bodied really, over carbonated, frothy, a bit disjointed overall.

O: This is a good stout even with the mouthfeel problem. Can for $3 or so, I like it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can on Kauai.

Pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head that faded away to not much of anything.

Aromas are of bakers chocolate, cocoa, and espresso. Subtle, but still nice.

Taste is of chocolate, light spices, brewed coffee, and cream. Finish has really a real subtle Belgian yeast flavor, and some light chipotle. Nice flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, nice body, with nice carbonation. Soft and not heavy.

Overall, an interesting and tasty stout.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Two finger, coarse light brown head that dissipated over a few minutes to a thick film and ring around the glass and spotty lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt, cinnamon, lightly peppery and quite spicy. Flavor is more subdued, mild toasted malt with hints of smoke, light Mexican chocolate, coffee and light fruit. Finish is very subdued, but as the flavors taper off, the background chipotle becomes detectable, giving an otherwise tame finish a bit of interest. Light to medium bodied, somewhat surprising for the darkness and aroma. A mild dark ale more closely resembling a light Belgian stout crossed with a dry porter. Interesting, but not very assertive.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Smells of chocolate and berries, nice aroma. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, dark goodness. Beer is light bodied, decent carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- pours a hazy dark brown with a huge dark brown head

aroma- dusty chocolate a little bit of cola/dr. pepper smell

taste. its chocolate porter or stoutish at first but the lingering esthers would suggest its kind of belgian style. i dont know that I taste the chipotle like I do in the stone offereing but there is a subtle smokyness. The pepper and cinnamon really start to come out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied. tasty and slightly warming.

Overall an excellent and unique offering, for my money though you cant beat the cococnut porter and the one they make with pineapple juice. both make me wantto put my toes in the sand and both make me want to consume sea meat by the truck load. ahhh aloha

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very bizarre stout, but ive come to expect out there beers from these guys. this one pours a chocolaty brown color, not freakishly dark, but dark enough to block out most of the light. the head is a few fingers high and tan in color, but it doesn't last long. the nose is Belgian yeast, chocolate malt, burnt toast, and cocoa powder, dusty and bitter. not as much roast comes through from the malt, and the chocolate notes are dominant. the same is true with the taste, but the cocoa powder is entirely in the finish, while the sweeter, more milky chocolate comes in the middle. there is also an interesting spice compliment that may come from the yeast, or may come from spices themselves. slightly tropical, but this is almost more of a winter warmer than a Hawaiian inspired beer to me, seems like an odd choice for a brewery on maui, but its tasty, if a bit busy. balance is never really found, but I doubt that was the goal here. fuller medium body and a well hidden abv. im glad I ended up with a single instead of a 6pack, but I have to admit this was a surprisingly good beer, unlike anything else ive had. the spices and the cocoa are a curious combination, like Mexican hot chocolate, or something else not stereotypically Hawaiian.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some spices. Taste is chocolate, some smokiness, a bit of spices, mild and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different and a solid beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A mocha foamy head that makes about slightly more than a finger tall, settles and leaves a good collar of about 3mm. Very dark walnut black body, can hardly see through this at all. Pretty solid looking stout.

On the bouquet there is a little bit of roast character, with some dark chewy bread and sense of dark bakers chocolate. Not particularly spice as hinted from the ingredients and can listing. Still an interesting nose.

Palate is a little bit thin even to style. Roast character melds fine on the palate, but finishes a bit wet. Aftertaste is virtually un-noticeable. No sense of spices, chocolate that was hinted on the nose. I wish I could say more about the palate, but there's not much going on here.

Overall it's not a terrible beer, but for all the incredible spice and flavors it mentions it really doesn't come out to play. As for Belgian that's even a bigger surprise cause this hardly feels anything Belgian stout like at all (See de-Struise for Damnation III for a good one). This just feels like a standard roasty stout and one I could skip.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark brown head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon bark, and some dirty pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cookie dough and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of 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 pretty good beer that has a lot going on ingredient wise but mainly comes across as charred and roasty in the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian Stout" should really be a category here on BA.

12oz can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown over the weekend... Surprised to be the first review here. Poured into my HotD goblet.

1/2" dark brown head dies back very quickly leaving little in the way of a head or a cap... the brew is black.

The nose is pretty full.. dark chocolate, light roast malt, some lesser cinnamon and something that I guess is chipotle.. slightly smokey and possibly chili'eque.

Not much in the way of any thing contributed from any Belgian yeast... a bit of clovey phenols, but I could be confusing that for the cinnamon.. Dark malt/chocolate deliver the main palate punch... cinnamon is fighting to stay afloat, the chipotle has an even more difficult time.. the chili only shows a a minor smokiness.

Body is a medium/light with a light carbonation and a light carbonation... sorta silky on the palate...

Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty decent beer... It just needs more of everything in the aroma and flavor to take it to the next level.


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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with just a hint of light brown light seeping through the edges, fizzy dark tan head eventually disappears, leaving just a ring around the edges

S- lightly smoked roasted malt with a whiff of chocolate, slightly spicy with some peppery notes, some dry ash on the backend

T- smoky and ashy malt flavors up front eventually give way to some light chocolate notes. There are some spicy notes mid-palate, but can't pick out any cinnamon, slightly earthy and tangy notes are also noticed, typical of belgian style. The finish is dry and roast with just a trace of heat from the peppers.

M- medium-light body with high carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, abv is is hidden quite well

0- this one was pretty good, I would have preferred more of an emphasis on the cinnamon and pepper. Worth a try but not the price

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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Listed here as a BSDA, listed by the brewer as a Stout. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with about 1/4 inch of medium brown head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma led off with a solid roast note that wasn't overpowering. There was a nice malt scent underneath, but nothing that I found to indicative of a "Belgian" aspect. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, solid roast in front, some malt in the middle, and the roast was a bit sharp and lingered at the back of the palate.

The body was on the thin side for a stout, almost Portery. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see knocking back a few of these. Overall, a nice enough little beer, not exactly what the brewery claims it to be, but probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this extra, one more new brewery I can cross off my list of conquests. 12 oz. can.

Pour is black & dare I say, like motor oil...which is one of the most over-used descriptors I can think of (I'll call it 'bitter' later if I can). Moderately carbed. The nose is an ass-spanker: aggressive & forward. Half a Starbucks careens off the surface, backed with a Hershey's Kiss, & a chaste brush of spice. Wow.

Aloha B'ak'tun took me longer to type than a beer with triple the characters. Roast jumps the taste line too & the second impression is that it's drier than salty brine. Fingernail of the Belgian yeast comes through in the middle, subtle, barely detectable, along with mild chocolate, malt sweetness, Spices? I see some over the stove, but I don't taste any. A bit thin. Not anorexic thin, but bony. Easy enough to swig, I guess.

Not a bad beer, but most of the advertised additions are doing a Patrick Swayze (no, not dancing, the other thing) & what you're left with is a dry, rather thin, porter-like experience. Decent enough.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pitch black pour. Creamy beige head takes its time,but eventually settles to a thin cap. A delicate ring of lacing circles the glass.

S: Semi sweet dark chocolate, smoke and soot, faint whiffs of black pepper, dried chilis, and cinnamon. Not much 'pop' on the nose.

T: Smoke and soot up front. Bakers chocolate. Faint cinnamon. Flash of clove and some oily hops. The chipotle contribution is very downplayed, just the slightest hint of peppery warmth on the back end. Cola. Touch of candidate sugar fruitiness. Dry chocolatey and sooty finish with the slightest hint of chipotle heat.

M: Rather thin and light. Slight creaminess, but it lands on the watery side. Gentle scrubbing carbonation.

O: About as complex as a doorknob. Adjunct contributions are weak and uninspired, yeast character is seriously lacking, and the body is too thin and watery. A lot of bells and whistles on paper, but in the end this is an exceedingly average beer. Maui needs to go bigger and bolder all around with this one.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Dark cola brown that allows no light to pass through. Almost black. Thick, dark head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Lackluster retention for a stout.
Smell: Carob like roasted nose. Different from chocolate. Toasted almonds, fruit cake. Bourbon like spiciness. Underlying herbal spiciness that isn't easy to pin down. Slightly medicinal.
Taste: Not as strong in flavor as I was expecting from a “belgian stout”. Has almost none of the pungency I associate with belgian styles. Woody and dark, chocolate a good compliment to the maltiness, but it tastes a little off. Tastes more like Carob. Could be really good, but falls a little short. Slight lingering coco taste. Not bad.
Mouth: Medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Carbonated enough to roll the flavors but not flat or too effervescent.

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Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.79. No freshness date on the can.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark brown color that looked virtually black when held up to light. There was a big, creamy mocha colored head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Initially, there was a milky, lactic smell to this beer. There was also a spicy note that reminded me of unsweetened cinnamon. As it warmed, the aroma became more chocolatey and began to reveal the vaunted chipotle peppers. There’s also a somewhat off-putting aroma of something like iron (hopefully, no blood was used in the making of this beer). The cinnamon and chipotle peppers seem to have a problem playing nice – each one gets kind of brash, as if it’s trying to outdo the other.

The taste is of mild, bland chocolate with some cinnamon accents and a very mild pepper flavor. There’s a roasty quality to the malts that remind me more of a porter than a stout. I was expecting more interesting flavor from this, and what there was didn’t meld together terribly well.

The body is a bit watery, and the mouthfeel and carbonation was disappointing for something bragging about being a “Belgian” stout.

An interesting idea on paper, but the reality was underwhelming. I’d like to know how old this was. There’s a reference to “future” releases coming from Maui in 2013 (!), so I have a sneaking suspicion it’s been sitting around for a couple of years. It could have been more bold and flavorful when recently canned, but I think that ship has sailed.

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Photo of pants678
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, a nice couple fingers of brown head... that drops to beige.

Smells spicier than it tastes.

There's a sorta sense it gives off as being a Belgian stout, but it sure ain't pronounced. Cinnamon, chipotle, coffee and whatever else is promoted on the back of the can is so subtle. There's nothing wrong with this beer except that the noted additives seem to have no effect or pronouncement. There's a nice sweetness underneath that I'd attribute to yeast and coffee. There's a decent stout here that needs no ingredient promotions.

About what I'd expect without being "Imperial."

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Now this is an interesting fusion; Mexican-Hawaiian. Take the sort of ingredients that you would expect in a Mexican hot chocolate, and add the yeast and brewing expertise of Maui Brewing. As usual from Maui, it comes canned. On to the beer:

Ink black represents the color of this Belgian stout. Topping it off is a sopay looking head which forms an inch thick after the pour, slowly dropping to a lace. The aroma is a little dissapointing to my high expectations. There is some dark roasted malt found. Vague fruitiness too. It smells like a medicore stout, but I hope more comes through when I taste it.

First thing, spice. It wants to burn down the house, but it doesn't. The stout base is decent, and it provides a roasty canvas for the dark chocolate notes to splash onto. Bittersweet brownie mix with a faint fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste. Regarding mouthfeel, this is a medium bodied beer with peppy carbonation.

In its own, this is not a bad beer. That said, it doesn't quite meet the standard which I've come to expect from Maui Brewing.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Piano key black. Nice tall head, dark latte foam in color and consistency, but it doesn't last. Smells irony (like Guinness), dominated by caramel and chocolate, with the faintest waft of cinnamon. Kinda like the cinnamon brownies I make. Kinda. There's a hint of walnut here that I really dig, and a bit of brown sugar. Nice.

For a beer that lists cinnamon, chipotle, and chocolate as ingredients, this doesn't taste much like cinnamon, chipotle, and chocolate. There's a vague cola-like cinnamon spice note, even vaguer smokiness, and somehow less chocolate than an ordinary stout. Mostly this tastes like liquorice – molasses, dates, cola, anise – which is no bad thing, not at all. But it doesn't do, as they say, what it says on the tin. The texture is a bit thin and bubbly as well, and that, combined with the oddly spiced flavor, makes me feel like this is less a great stout and more like a good (but weird) whisky and cola.

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Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.