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Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

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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2.5/5  rDev -26%

tommyguz, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

harrymel, Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head. Head fades VERY fast, leaving just little dots of lacing behind.

S: Smoke with a little bit of nuts and toasted malt.

T: Lots of smoke and burnt malt. A little anise. More acrid smoke in the finish. Not very pleasant either.

M: Medium body, a little drying.

O: Smoke overpowers this stout. Very little in the way of roasted malt to back it up. Kind of odd, almost more of a smoked beer than a stout I would say.

Dope, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

DrinkSlurm, Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

TX-Badger, Jun 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jheezee, Aug 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

vermilcj, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
1.63/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Beaver13, May 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

bumchilly25, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Jame515, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%
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.

elNopalero, Sep 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

brotherloco, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

thinwhiteduke, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

woemad, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

DeutschesBier, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

JISurfer, Aug 20, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -3%
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.

ryan1788a5, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

kew, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of rawfish
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
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!

rawfish, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

sliverX, Aug 16, 2013
Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.