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Aloha B'ak'tun - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%


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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-04-2014 04:36:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:46:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 04:37:59 | More by ZoomanCru
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 03:09:12 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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elNopalero

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 05:45:56 | More by elNopalero
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 02:04:38 | More by Treyliff
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 11:05:05 | More by tone77
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Reviewed August 12, 2013 at 0222.

A: Solid mocoa 2 fingered head. The head goes down to nothing very fast. Solid black body. Lacing slides down the glass and joins the body quickly.

S: Spicy malts appear first. Smell dissipates quite quickly after the head leaves. Light dark chocolate notes are all that remain within a minute.

T: Spiciness slightly bites as an end taste. Chile style dark chocolate lingers on the tongue. Smokiness appears as the drink warms up a bit.

M: This body appears especially thick. Light to medium carbonation.

O: No real coffee notes which I kinda wanted. The taste seems a bit unbalanced. It's an easy drink style brew because one would stop caring for it quite quickly. Far from Maui's best. Alcohol is hidden nicely if that convinces one to give it a try though. This is a knock back drink with a high price.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 07:26:28 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 19:23:38 | More by woodychandler
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-26-2013 18:41:35 | More by soulgrowl
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mactrail

California

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-18-2013 06:15:54 | More by mactrail
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased in Nevada.

Body is deep, dark brown with maybe a hint of ruby highlights. No head to speak of.

Nose is is sweet, musty, bitter chocolate.

Flavor seems muted compared to the various items mentioned on the label. Bitter chocolate stout is what I get. No pepper heat, and I am really missing it.

Mouthfeel is medium. Just that...

Overall it is OK. I thought I was grabbing a Big Swell IPA when I dragged it from the fridge. Wish I had been.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 01:25:41 | More by ghostwalker
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Zraly

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 23:49:41 | More by Zraly
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 20:40:34 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Beaver13

Colorado

1.63/5  rDev -51.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 03:43:14 | More by Beaver13
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 18:51:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 03:06:00 | More by Dope
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 17:30:22 | More by Reidrover
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kojevergas

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -24.2%
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-

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 03:24:20 | More by kojevergas
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DoubleJ

California

3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 07:01:52 | More by DoubleJ
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 03:32:33 | More by Halcyondays
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 00:06:44 | More by smakawhat
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2013 04:51:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rawfish

California

2.78/5  rDev -17%
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!

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:11:21 | More by rawfish
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atigerlife

Hawaii

2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
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....

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 02:30:11 | More by atigerlife
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