Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.
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1.63/5 rDev -51.6%
12 oz can. Pours inky black with a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is subdued - sweet and roasty chocolate malts and grains with some cinnamon.
The flavor is very off - cardboardy, mineral, vegetal malts with some roast and a hint of cinnamon and peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery.
Overall, I don't know if I got a bad sample, but this was subdued and off. I really like the chocolate chili beers, but this didn't have much to it.
05-01-2013 03:43:14 | More by Beaver13
2.44/5 rDev -27.6%
From the can: "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."
Pours dark brown with light mocha sheet. Smells of chocolate, clove, burnt popcorn, little bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is cocoa, toasted malts, some vanilla, some corn, a little astringent. Full bodied with light carb and an off-dry finish. Not impressed whatsoever, lately their beers are more and more easily passed by. The only thing keeping me coming back is I've had all their offerings except the wit, which I think I will remedy. Not sure I've had all the beer from any other brewery not local to me.
02-19-2013 06:04:37 | More by harrymel
2.54/5 rDev -24.6%
Love Maui's cans; the feel in your hand is great. "Belgian Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Spices." 7% ABV confirmed. 355ml aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; current ratings are mediocre but I usually like Maui's beers.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger rich gorgeous tan colour head of great cream, good thickness, and good retention (6+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid nontransparent opaque black; no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation appears adequate. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking pretty solid for a stout; it's not unique or special per se, but I do like the head. No overt flaws.
Sm: Cinnamon, cocao powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, pepper spices, and brown sugar. An above average strength aroma.
T: Hm. Underwhelmingly executed bland chocolate is prominent. Dark malts. Mediocre cinnamon. Belgian yeast. A hint of pepper when I really look for it; it's rather buried and adds little to the flavour. Imbalanced, shallow, and weak. Bland overall; there's little flavour here and what few notes there are lack depth. It's not bad, per se - just bland and boring. Light cream. Meh.
Mf: Weak, thin, lightly watery, and even a biteen undercarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Smooth and wet throughout. In serious need of work; there's hardly any body here at all.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Rather pedestrian stuff. I definitely wouldn't get it again, and it's not worth seeking out. A disappointment from Maui. I guess it's priced decently. Stout lovers should look elsewhere; this one isn't a winner. Hides its ABV well.
03-27-2013 03:24:20 | More by kojevergas
2.78/5 rDev -17.5%
Pours a rich motor oil black, some viscosity and a nice porous two finger, mocha head. Retention is average and manages to leave some flecks of lacing on the glass.
Doughy with copious amounts of milk chocolate notes, cinnamon spices and lightly grassy and herbal hops. Rather simple but delivers aroma that matches the brewing ingredients. Chile is hard to discern on the nose, likely being masked with the warming alcohol and cinnamon.
Ashy, raw cocoa and burnt toast. A crumbly mess on the palate as lemony and metallic flavors drift in and out leaving an acidic dryness and tingling flavors of allspice, chiles and lemon peel. I thought the previous Maui limited releases had a weird tart flavor on the finish, this takes the cake.
Kinda flat, malt is rather sticky and body is thin. Well hidden alcohol and dries really well if you can handle the astringent aftertaste. Gets better as it warms.
Really was excited to try this one and had high hopes for it, stout with cinnamon and chocolately roasted malts. Aroma really has all the elements that this beer is supposed to offer. Taste on the other hand is burnt, metallic and tart. Letting it warm before drinking is a must. In Hawaiian terms, Auwe!
03-10-2013 03:11:21 | More by rawfish
2.85/5 rDev -15.4%
What the heck is this? There is plenty of chocolate and what at first tastes like coffee, and then boysenberry pancake syrup with some spicy heat. Now that I read the fine print on the can, I see chipotle peppers and cinnamon which seems to nail it.
The smell is a little repellant, though whether it's spoiled fruit of bad coffee is hard to tell. Once past that, the black and oily consistency greets the lips. Moderately spritzy. I don't know why they like to call this a Belgian stout. If you really, really like chocolate beers, you'll have to try this.
I wish they would just systematically work their way through the tropical fruits, like the Hawaiian Sun canned sodas, and find a few that work. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.
07-18-2013 06:15:54 | More by mactrail
2.89/5 rDev -14.2%
Opaque black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Soft smell of roasted malts and a touch of pepper. Poured into a Hardywood snifter.
Chocolate notes predominate. Bitter chocolate finish. Not really finding the nuance of cinnamon or peppers or any spice for that matter. As it warms more, I get a tiny note of some heat, but not anything substantial enough to take note.
If I was tasting this blindly, I would assume it was an American stout and would probably deem it solid. However, with the expectation of spices -- in addition to the chocolate -- I'm a bit let down. This is a conundrum for evaluating the taste component of the beer: do I say good and go 3.00 or above or do I judge it for what it is suppose to be and evaluate a lower score because it misses the mark? And for close to $4 a can, I can get beers of equal or better quality for much less.
Overall mouthfeel is decent for style. Medium to medium-heavy bodied with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a touch more carbonation would bring some of these other notes to life? Just searching for why I am missing the boat on the hard efforts of what is normally a high-quality brewer.
Great idea and, what I ascertain is that this is maybe better fresh from the brewery. I'm not in Hawaii often (imagine that!) so that might be hard to accomplish on my end.
05-18-2013 23:49:41 | More by Zraly
2.99/5 rDev -11.3%
I'll start by saying I'm a huge fan of MBC. With that out of the way...this seasonal offering was not up to standard.
Pours black with a two-finger light brown he3ad that dissipates rather quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts, pepper, clove. Some other stuff going on here that I can't quite figure out.
Taste is roasted malts, clove, cinnamon and chocolate. There is also a certain mustiness that is not particular attractive.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly lifeless.
Overall, I'm underwhelmed. Not a particularly focused brew. Better luck next time MBC....
03-04-2013 02:30:11 | More by atigerlife
Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.