Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter
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Porter - American
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut PorterStone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter
Notes: Collaboration with Ken Schmidt and Maui Brewing Company
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of caramel foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is coconut, macaroons, roasty coffee and macadamia nuts. It smells like cookies and coffee. Flavor profile is macadamia nuts, toasty coconut, macaroons and roasty coffee. Roasty and toasty malts form the base. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, lightly-grainy texture. Overall, fallen off a bit, but it's still a plate of cookies with a mug of coffee.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Nov 10, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, darker than most porters, this is stout territory appearance wise. Immense amount of coffee in the nose to it.

Almost too much coffee (have I said that before?) it covers up all the other stuff. The coconut, the macadamia nuts (expensivo!). Its good, its very good, but a little out of balance. Coffee beers are all over the place, but the Macadamia nut and coconut was the unique part, but they are a little bit obscured here.

Aug 18, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share thanks to Toby. Dark and rich, elements of coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Very easy drinker. All of the elements play very well together for a well rounded beer.

May 18, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is showing its age and this particular bottle is turning slightly sour.

Oct 29, 2013
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

A great big thanks goes out to errantnight for sending this along in a Christmas box, thanks again brotha! A pitch black pour fills the pint glass while chestnut brown highlights grace the body along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head easily grows to two fingers of creamy beige on a light pour and slowly fades to a rigid cap. Peaks and valleys of lacing cling to the glass in sheets as the head settles and after each drink.

The nose isn't quite as expressive as I imagined it would be but I suppose the coffee has something to do with that. The Kona coffee hits first in a fairly straightforward manner. Bittersweet baker's chocolate comes through in the middle and a rather rich caramel brings up the rear with the raw coffee beans. The coffee obviously dominates the aroma and a mild nuttiness comes through although it's rather generic and I would never have guessed macadamia.

The coffee beans are upfront but a little on the subtle and generic side. The middle is weak with muddled coffee, baker's chocolate, light cream (which may be the coconut sweetness), a mild roast, and nuttiness on the finish. The beginning is solid but the middle through end is a little muddled and hard to dissect. The best part of the flavor is the lingering aftertaste where big notes of dark chocolate combine with the mildly bitter coffee grounds and a lingering, soft nuttiness. This beer gets much better as it nears room temperature. The flavors front to back seem to smooth out and meld much better.

The body is on the medium side, which is to be expected from a coffee porter but the carbonation is a little higher than I would like, causing some prickliness along the tongue. The carbonation eventually softens which makes for a smooth, somewhat slick body. As this one sits in the glass and the carbonation mellows it really comes into its own.

The drinkability is good for an 8.5% porter. There's no discernible alcohol and the flavors end up coming together nicely after some warming. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back again and again.

I have had my eye on this brew for awhile now and am happy I got to give it a go around. it's not quite as expressive as I thought it was going to be but it’s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!


Aug 31, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Black13 for this long time want and all the other great beers!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with 2 fingers of light tan head.

Smell. Slightly sour coffee and sweet nuts with dark malts and a bit of caramel.

Taste. Big coffee, again slightly sour and a little bit metalic. Dark malts follow with some nice nutty flavour in the finish. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little lighter and medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A great Hawaiian combination going on here. Not the best coffee flavour I've tasted in a beer but a fun brew and so happy to finally have tried it. Thanks again Black13!

Apr 12, 2013
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this bottle for a couple of months now but can't for the life of me remember where it came from.. its from 09 so here's hoping its held up pretty well...

Huge aromas of dark roasted (almost burnt) coffee, tinges of coconut here and there.... mainly coffee... the aromas are nice... im hoping this is more balanced than the aromas would have me believe... no macadamia that I can detect...

Well, I was right... this basically tastes like an old tired burnt cup of coffee... bitter and harsh with the coffee flavors overpowering everything in sight... I was hoping the coconut and macadamia flavors would still be present but they're nowhere to be found... disappointing...

Im giving this the benefit of the doubt since its not necessarily fresh but this didn't do it for me...

Nov 09, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

1.76/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't remember who sent me this one, as all my notes were lost when my computer crashed. If it was you, cheers for the trade!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Dark body, almost black, with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a half wisp and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, light coffee notes and some nutty aromas. Light tart cherries in there as well, along with a bit of funk. Great...

TASTE: Yup, she's infected. Tart cherries dominate the show, but there are some light roasted coffee flavors pushing for a stage. The infection is much more obvious than the nose. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is a competition between the tart cherry, brett infection and an trying, but failing, touch of bitter-sweet coffee and roasted flavors. It's not horrid, but definiltey not the point.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate but it goes down alright, finishing with a touch of dryness.

OVERALL: Obviously infected. This review won't affect its overall score, but it will serve as a point of reference for anyone who may wonder. Stone makes great beer and I'd love to try this one again if I happen to run into it. Unfortunately Drain enjoyed most of this one.

Aug 27, 2012
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Sideswipe from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came across this in the back of the fridge. Great find on a Friday night! 12oz bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours inky black with a quarter inch of lovely mocha colored foam atop it. The head subsides leaving a ring of beige bubbles around the outside of the glass. The nose is a blast of coffee goodness with a bit of sweet roasted malt and nuttiness to it. Taste follows the nose with huge coffee flavors up front. Roasty malt flavors follow with notes of nutty macadamias and sweet coconut on the backside. The finish is semi-dry with a bit of hoppy bitterness which lingers. Very nice. Feel is medium with a low level of carbonation. What a great beer! The Kona coffee flavors in this one are incredible! The macadamia nuts and coconut add depth and complexity making for a wonderful porter experience. Wish I had stocked up on this one. Greg, if you're reading this, please brew this again and put it into regular production! Highly recommended!

Jul 22, 2012
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jsapunor from California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical porter darkness with a fair sized brown head that, though not very deep, is persistent.

Aroma of high quality coffee with a hint of coconut.

The taste is very nice. Coffee up front followed by the coconut and at the finish, the macadamia takes over. This is a very smooth porter with a lingering coffee and macadamia aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is big and soft, like an imperial porter. They hid the alcohol very well. You would never suspect it was 8.5%.

Overall a very good collaborative effort. I've had this bottle for quite a while and I wish I had tried it while it was still being brewed. I could deninitely drink a lot of this.

Apr 20, 2012
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david18 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce bottle of this recently. It was one of four three-brewery collaboration ales that Stone is involved in. It was not one of my favorites as it was little to much coconut.

Appearance is a very dark brown with a dark head that was not big but did stick around for a while.

Aroma was of strong coconut and coffee. A little too sweet for a beer for me.

Flavor as well was too intense on the extra flavors and didn't leave enough room to really enjoy the beer.

I would recommend it but I liked the other collab beers in this case better.

Mar 15, 2012
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DarthKostrizer from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a very dark brown with a 1/4 inch head and good retention

Smell: The nose is what to be expected. Your are greeted with a nice coffee note that is backed up by a slight coconut sweetness and finishes a bit nutty

Taste: Similar to the nose. Coffee and chocolate in the foreground with some coconut sweetness mid palate. The nuts are a bit lost among the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation

Overall: Good beer not great beer would drink again and again however.

Feb 08, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Right place right time. Huge thanks to Michael for opening this while I was standing in the same room. Beer servd in a snifter. Beer is brown / almost black. Tan head small bubbles, wispy, no real lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, sweet, mild coconut. There is a slight roast as well.

Beer is medium to light in body, some bitterness on the backed. Again very nutty but only slight coconut. Good though. I'd have it again.

Jan 14, 2012
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Beer pours out fairly close to black in color. When the liquid gets thinner it's sort of a cola color. A hard pour gives a thick foamy head that goes away fairly quickly. Not much in the lacing department, probably because it's been aged a bit, but this guy's been cellared properly! There is a ring of the head that stays the whole time.

Smell is amazing. A "wine swirl" sends a sweet then bitter combination of aromas. Sweet, very malty, sweet decadent and bitter chocolate (ore than I expected) then some coffee. Coconut is present, but more like coated in chocolate. I'm not talking Mounds bar here, I'm talking high class chocolatier chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here, but it doesn't need it.

Taste is effing amazing! Again, it's like a coconut chocolate while drinking a cup of black coffee, soooo good. A bit of toasiness and roastiness in the malt department. Slight bitterness in the finish, but more from the malts than hops I would say, not much of a hop flavor again.

Mouthfeel is superb. Silky smooth with an excellent carbonation feel. Such a delightful and sweet start with a crisp slightly bitter finish. The hops are detectable in the mouthfeel, just for a bitterness aspect. Sort of earthy, maybe even tropical because there's a slight coconut milky feel. Unbelievably drinkable, I wish this was a bomber, heck a 3 liter!

I've been awaiting this one for a looong time, I missed it when it first came out. If I had known how good it would be I would have done whatever I could to find it and stock up big time. Best collaboration beer from Stone so far.

Huge props to huadog for the trade, you're the man Russ!

Oct 25, 2011
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chugalug06 from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bodacious looking fluffy tan and brown creamy head. Lots of air and full of life! This brew is a wonderful looking brew, nice spotty lacing to boot. Brew is Wonderful dark brown color with lots of black and some slight red.

S - Maui CoCoNut Porter dominates, but there's also some nice nuttyness that comes out. Lots of chocolate and roasty (coffee) malts. A little nice sweetness comes out too. Only slight heat.

T - *Applause*. What great flavor. Super roastyness (coffee) and lots of robust flavor spewing out of this delightful brew! Lots of big coffee and nutty flavors along with great sweetness. However, by no means a sugar bomb...

M - Super. Mildly over carbonated, but still a wonderful feel. Brew is super silky and smooth on many levels. I'll be interested to see how this brew hold together in time. Zero heat in this one, other than in it's scent.

O - This brew absolutely COMES to life! I can feel myself sitting on the beaches of Maui as I sip it... Stone, Maui, and Ken Schmidt absolutely NAILED this brew. One of the best collaboration brews I've ever had... Thanks for a great trade and a killer brew a74gent. This one goes down super easy...

Beautiful Hawaiian girl too...

Jun 05, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - A near black pour with a large, dark tan head.

S - Coffee and some Chocolate.

T - Dirt and coffee, also a slight metal taste.

D - Oily, but good carbonation.

O - I don't know if there was something wrong with this bottle, but it did not taste right.

May 23, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

477th review on BA
Bottle to tulip

Shared between GuruDel & ChurginDS before our SD road trip.

App- A gorgeous lucious brown with a nice 1 finger head to it. A little lace slides down the glass.

Smell- Opens nicely with some sweet flavors of malts, and of course the coconut. It has some duality of malts, with some roasted notes and even some burnt malts. The coffee notes were very tame.

Taste- Taste follows the nose almost to a T. The beer is very multi-layered and quite easy to slam it back, takes some control not to just pound the glass.

Mouth- Medium bodied but almost light, would have liked a little fuller feel. Medium carbonated as well.

Drink- I would like to drink this in the AM vs coffee if it was allowed. So tasty, easy to drink and flavorful. Well done collaboration.

May 19, 2011
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Schmittymack from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY cracking open one of my bottles from the "cellar". Poured a jet black with a nice creamy tan head that lingered for a bit. Aroma of coffee, sweet malt, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. Taste was where this one's at: coffee, malt, chocolate, more coffee, and a bit of coconut with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was great: I wanted to chew this brew. Definitely one of the better Stone (and the collaborators) offerings. I only wish I had more than just the one bottle left. I'll have to sit on my last one for a bit.

May 14, 2011
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that's been sitting on my cellar shelf for quite some time, courtesy of a great NH trader as part of last year's Black Booty. Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: The snifter may not have been the best glass for maintaining head retention, as the half finger of foamy ran head fades pretty quickly in to oblivion, but the wide mouth does showcase the pretty, vibrant cocoa, transparent around the edges. It's here that you can see a fair number of chunks of floaties, drifting in and out of visibility. What's nicest about this one is its high carbonation, rapidly rising both around the bulb of the snifter towards the thin ring but also straight up from the base of the bowl to the surface, glittering like a thousand stars reflected off of the surface of the ocean as they break the surface and vanish. Lack of lacing also knocks against this one, but on the whole, it's not out of the ordinarily for an 8.5% beer with a coffee infusion.

Aroma: Pure, unadulterated kona with a hint of coconut. Sweet, earthy, dirty, and full of berry notes, the coffee notes here are delightful - they mingle expertly with the toastiness of the base beer, and themselves compliment everything added to this one ... a little nutty, a little sweet, a little fruity. The coconut grows in intensity as this one warms, estery, thick, with a nice green fruitiness mingling with the nuttiness. Macademias are faint, pretty much nonexistent, but do mingle at points with the nuttiness of the kona. Faint estery alcohol wafts above as this one hits room temp.

Taste: Toasty, sweet, fudgy backing malts mingle with a pungently strong kona note, sweet, nutty, and earthy. All that being said, the kona here is above all things ... well, kona. It's pure, smooth, sweet, and unabashedly lacking in astringencies. It reminds me of kopi luwak in its smoothness, lack of acidity, and intensity. The toasted coconut is relatively less pungent, and the macademias much stronger here than in the nose ... both amplify the same elements of the base beer, though, so it's a bit of a wash.

Mouthfeel: As expressive as I thought it would be from the look of it, this one is a seething mouth of foam weighed down by a thick base, fat with slick, oily coffee volatiles. It's fat, viscous, and heavy, but also slimy, smooth, and slippery, and all the while effervescent, light, crisp. It's an odd combination of notes that I imagine would work better if any one of those elements were tweaked to the other end of the spectrum, but as it stands its pretty good. It gets better once the carbonation dies down, too.

Drinkability: A beer with a lot of venn diagrams, and with a lot of overlap between them. What the coffee lends is amplified in parts by what the coconut lends with in term is amplified by what the macadamia nuts lend ... the end result is a fairly nutty, intense, but occasionally less dynamic and complex beer than you'd hope for. At 8.5%, it's pretty high up on the booze-o-meter too, at least for a standard American porter. All that being said, it's still a pretty tasty beer, and I'd take it over a standard porter anyday ... it just doesn't quite live up to expectations. Give it a shot if you can still track it down, though I imagine it's all vanished off shelves by this point. Will probably get better for a little while to come, too, though the slightly fading coffee and very expressive carbonation makes me wonder.

Mar 31, 2011
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 8/10/10

Appearance: Super dark brown with a great tan head that slowly fades to light brown lacing - oily and menacing looking for a porter

Smell: Weird stuff going on here - burnt malts, toasted malts, dark bread, nuts, coconut, coffee, chocolate

Taste: Complex as the name would suggest - bitter, burnt coffee, toasted nuts, oily coconut becomes more prevalent as it warms up - a lot of other flavors going on here, vanilla, chocolate - a constant level of sweetness that helps hold everything together

Mouthfeel: Oily and chewy - very interesting

Overall: A good sipper that is truly a bizarre yet lovely mix of flavors

I am not a picky eater but I do not like coconut. Despite this aversion, I bought this beer anyway. And it was great. It's tragic that it was a one-time collaboration.

Mar 17, 2011
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone tasting glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by normyk, thanks Rob!

A - Pours a darkish brown, like the color of bark. It has some deep cherry highlights to it, giving it a slight appearance of cola. A 1-finger, tan head builds on top, with moderate retention. Lacing is thin, and where the beer was poured to a nice foamy ring forms, but as the glass empties, additional lacing is rare.

S - At first, this beer was just full of freshly roasted coffee, to the point of being the sole focus of the nose. Along with this, a good amount of chocolate was apparent as well. However, as the beer warms, a lot of the intricacies and additional ingredients reveal themselves. I poured this into a Stone glass that didn't hold an entire bottle, and by the time my first glass was nearing empty, I could easily pick out the macadamia and toasted coconut. It was exhilarating and exciting as sometimes it's hard to pick out the obscure flavors in some beers, but there's no doubt about it with this beer. It had boatloads more coconut aroma than Maui's own CoCoNut Porter.

T - As in the nose, the taste goes through a noticeable transformation as this beer warms up. Similar to the nose, the coffee is at the forefront of the flavors when first drinking, followed by the roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight fudge. As the beer drinks, the toasted coconut comes in after the coffee and melds perfectly with the chocolate, giving it a flavor profile highly reminiscent of a Mounds bar. It's just fantastic how it captures the flavors... The macadamia is a bit harder to discern here than in the nose due to the boldness of the coconut, but I'm getting a slight saltiness that I could attribute to the nuts I suppose. Finish is moderately long filled with the coconut and chocolate combination. Alcohol is barely here as well, great job guys!

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels good in the mouth with a distinct smoothness, but with a bit of a weak coating on the mouth. Given, it's a porter, but I would like some of the excellent flavors in the beer to stick around a bit longer.

D - Drinkability is high. Once the beer warmed up a bit and the other, unique flavors in this beer came out, I didn't want to stop drinking this. It feels clean, but flavorful, and the coconut, chocolate, and coffee combination is addicting. It's a shame I haven't seen this around PA, as this is easily one of the best porter's I've had and the best of the relatively sparse coconut-flavored beers out there.

Mar 08, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown almost black with tan head around the edges
S-smells like coffee with a lot of nuttiness.
T-alot like it smells. Coconut and coffee with alot of malt.Very tastey.
M-medium bodied and smooth. Nice coffee after taste.
D-Very drinkable for the abv. Very solid brew

Feb 25, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a good amount of light brown head. Dissipates quickly with great lacing. Smells coconutty and malty. Not really any coffee on the nose but smells sweet and tasty. Tastes sweet and strongly of roasted malt, coffee, and coconut. There are some hints of nuttiness that must be from the macadamia. Thick and sweet. a bit of bitterness from the roasted coffee flavors. Fairly drinkable especially for the alcohol percentage

Feb 25, 2011
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DaveHS from California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep chocolate brown, almost black, with 1 inch of chocolate milk colored head.

S-Dry baking chocolate, dried shredded coconut, condensed milk. Smells pretty damn good to me.

T/M-Lush and silky. Milk chocolate is the dominant flavor, along with roasted hazelnut/macadamia nuts. Where this beer really takes off is in the finish. The second it hits the back of the throat it explodes with flavors of coffee bean, salty peanut butter fudge, and a bit of coconut. Full bodied with low carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D-This tastes like it is about to peak. It was great fresh, but it's even better now. If you have one of these, I'd say it's time to drink it.

Feb 17, 2011
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beagle75 from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Stone Bistro.

A: Clear, dark brown color that is opaque at the center, with one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich espresso is featured prominently, slightly unctuous, with a slight mineral edge. Toasted coconut emerges as the beer warms. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted malt that is strongly nutty. It seems to draw sweetness from freshly roasted espresso beans and toasted coconut. The middle features drying whiffs of intensely aromatic coffee with peaking acidity. The finish is drying, earthy, and remarkably balanced with some woody complexity. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate into the middle but then becoming smooth, with low carbonation.

D: At first taste this beer seems like an imperial version of Maui Brewing's own coconut porter. On reflection, however, it seems more similar to Ballast Point's Victory at Sea--just a whole lot more refined. Nearly all the requisite high points have been hit here, save for the unmemorable texture that is too insubstantial for the malty character and the enhanced gravity of this beer. The presence of the macadamia nuts could be more pronounced as well, otherwise its inclusion just amounts to a needless expense. The knowledgeable bartender at Stone suggested that the macadamia presence was detectable early in this beer's life, but it has apparently faded during the transition to vintage rarity.

Feb 09, 2011
Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 334 ratings