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Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 02-19-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -11.2%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -26%

GRG1313, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

kylehay2004, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Kegatron, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

mactrail, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

beernads, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
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-

kojevergas, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +18.3%

wrightst, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

tone77, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

vfgccp, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

AngusOg, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Gagnonsux, May 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

cdwil, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

strongaf, May 12, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Reidrover, Apr 07, 2013
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Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.