Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Aloha B'ak'tunAloha B'ak'tun

Educational use only; do not reuse.

35 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 35 | Hads: 155
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.

 754 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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.

Low C-

 1,900 characters

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.

 1,058 characters

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.

 542 characters

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.

 1,108 characters

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.

 624 characters

Photo of rawfish
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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!

 1,209 characters

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.


 1,075 characters

Photo of atigerlife
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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....

 568 characters

Photo of harrymel
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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."

Canned 13JAN13

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.

 792 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.