Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Ken Schmidt and Maui Brewing Company

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
234
Ratings:
332
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Reviews by mcduck:
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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer review evar!

I want to review this beer because I notice it goes extremely well with pasta alla carbonara, which my dad made and which was the only thing in the fridge when I wanted to drink this beer. The beer with the pasta is one of those "whoa" moments when a third taste is produced by the combo of the beer and the food. For me, that has only really been equaled by Sam Adams Double Bock with aged gruyère.

a: dark dark char brown; not much head; biggish bubbles

s: smells good; smooth dark coffee is most prominent, nuts are second

t: the macadamia seems to smooth out the bitterness of the hops and coffee. Coconut seems to contribute more to texture--I couldn't really taste it.

m: fine; I guess I was hoping for a little less carbonation

d: alcohol is not especially felt. the smoothness of the coffee component makes the beer exceptionally easy to drink.

I highly recommend concocting some carbonara to go with this beer. It was a phenomenal pairing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that's almost completely black and opaque except for slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a slightly fizzy frothy dark tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Very roasty malt aroma with a prominent sweet coconut presence that is slightly lactic with hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, toffee, oatmeal burnt toast and subtle hops. The sweetness of the coconut balances out the roasted nutty malt flavors.

Again, the flavor and mouthfeel are dominated by a slightly viscous deep roasted coffee flavor. There is plenty of silky and smokey bitter chocolate malt along with hints of roasted coffee bean, caramel, toffee, oatmeal and burnt toast. There is also a nice sweet coconut, lactic flavor that provides a nice balance without taking away to much from the deep roasted notes. Dry hop presence that along with the bitter dark chocolate and roasted notes provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and decently balanced with no trace of alcohol warmth, but the dominant roasted flavors slightly hurt the drinkability. A nice twist of the coffee beer style.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After my lukewarm experiences with a couple of past Stone collaborations, I was hesitant to spend $7 to $10 a bottle on this one. Unfortunately, the decision was made for me and supplies dried up while I was out of town (thanks to consistently excellent reviews). I finally managed to track this down for $7.50 and was happy to pay it.

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass with the barest smidgen of mahogany translucence at the edges. A vigorous pour produces a fluffy, short-lived mocha head. As it disappears, it leaves nothing, not even a thin donut on the brew. There is no lacing.

S: The beer is hardly dead, though, and despite the lack of carbonation, it has quite stunning aromaticity. Tantalizing wafts of coconut, coffee, and dark chocolate tempt the nose. Roasted malts are surely present, but if they're in here I can't detect them.

T: Far richer than the nose suggested. Starts off with coconuts, toffee, toasted almonds, and oranges. The mid-taste showcases the coffee flavor, which is nicely roasted and bitter without becoming overbearing. The finish brings out dark chocolate. Oranges and vanilla reappear in the aftertaste. It tastes like a gourmet chocolate.

M: Medium-full body. Low carbonation, almost still even; but it delivers the flavor well and even cleans up to prevent the beer from becoming syrupy. Quite a nice sipper.

D: Well worth the price I paid. I won't be so quick to write off Stone collaborations in the future. Well done.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from hoppymcgee. Thanks for this one! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an opaque, extremely dark brown, almost black in color. A variable one finger of creamy tan head forms on top - lasts a couple of minutes before descending to the surface into a layer of bubbles and a nice collar.

S - Smells of sweet coconut, creamy coffee. Not really picking up any nuttiness in the aroma. A touch of chocolate.

T - Sweet, creamy coffee flavor - smooth and rich. Sweet coconut, burnt dark chocolate. Some caramel maltiness offset by hop bitterness. No macadamia character that I can detect.

M - Surprisingly thin and on the watery side. Carbonation is medium and gives a nice prickly feel on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Overall pretty smooth, even a touch oily in feel.

D - Not detecting the 8.5% shown on the bottle. Similar in character to the Maui Coconut Porter (not surprisingly). Very smooth and goes down easy. For a strong porter, this is quite drinkable. Very much a coffee beer more than a coconut beer. Coconut is subtle - coffee dominates.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled English pub mug.

Dark chocolate in color with a nice one inch thick tan head. Ample lace with tight creamy bubble formation.

Smells of toasted nuts; aroasted almond quality. Coffee is huge in my nose along with some sweet maltiness.

Taste is dynamic and complex blend of rasted coffee, nuts, fig and coconut almond cluster cookie. Very satisfying shape shifting as it warms; even more blended flavors.

Very dangerously drinkable but look out this stuf will kick your ass.

Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of jampics2
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Had a few of these back when they were first released, but finally got around to rating one. IMO, it's better now that the coffee has subsided a touch and has allowed other flavors to make an appearance.

A black beer with brown edges and no head - looks OK but I've seen better porters.

Smell is a winner. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some traces of coconut and macademia.

Taste is good as well - nice sweetness, no real bitterness but also no coconut. Bummer! The macademia is much more present than when fresh. The coffee really dominated this but now other subtle flavors have emerged. Chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt make this a nice sipper and an original flavor profile in a coffee roast dominated genre (american coffee porters).

High carb makes it a bit light in the mouth.

Overall this is nice but could be better. A solid beer but not the wonderland of flavor the name implies.

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Photo of Beejay
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown black. Nice mocha colored head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, and coffee. Something sweet in there too. Maybe caramel, or perhaps I am picking up on the toasted coconut. Whatever it is, it smells fantastic. It seems as this warms the scent gets a little sweeter, possibly more coconut coming through.

T:Starts with a strong, but creamy coffee taste.. then as that fades it turns more into a roasted nut flavor. I am not picking up a lot of the coconut, but there is an underlying creamy sweetness about it that I really like.

M: Creamy, smooth and sensual. Top score here.

D: Oh hell yes.. Big, dark, bold, and tasty as hell. It hides the alcohol really well, and the mouthfeel is like silk. A great beer, I shall have to procure more.

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Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of rpstevens
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to screamforme for this bottle in a recent trade. Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose snifter. The pour yields a black beer with a thin mocha head that fades to a tight ring around the glass leaving some oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is a heavy dose of dark, almost over-roasted coffee. There is a good amount of dark chocolate that introduces the sweet vanilla, booze and a healthy dose of coconut (more so as it warms).

The taste is more chocolate forward than the smell, but the dark coffee bursts through and dominates before a fleeting taste of coconut and a sweet pecan nuttiness. The strong coffee flavors come back and linger in the mouth.

The beer is on the heavy side of medium bodied, with good carbonation and a nice combination of flavors that hide the high abv. This beer does a nice job of being a full-flavored high abv porter without getting into the heavy feeling associated with stouts. This is a very good beer, and if it weren't so expensive I would certainly drink a lot more of it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/23/10

A) Pours with a thin tan head. The lacing is semi-sticky. Nearly opaque with some reddish hues.
S) Smoky. Light notes of coconut. Earthy at times. Pungent
T) Coffee. Roasted grain. Earthy - mossy, dirt. Notes of alcohol, but not overpowering. Finishes gritty with hints of hops.
M) Slightly syrupy. Full body with a port-esque feel.
D) A nice collaboration brew. Unique flavors. Interesting combination.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black with a light brown head. Actually looks like a "frothy" coffee.

Nose is simple brewed coffee when chilled. As it warms up you get more brewed coffe with some macademia nut and light coconut. A real coffee nose.

Mouthfeel is as good as it gets! It is big, and hugely rich. The mouthfeel is like coffee with real cream; like a thick, rich "hot chocolate" feel. Buttery and creamy in character and feel; rich! And, believe it or not, there some hops to it and they are super well integrated. This may be the single best mouthfeel I've ever tried.

The flavors are off the chart. Rich, creamy chocoate coffee with a nut and coconut undertone and character. The coffee character and flavor and general quality could not be better. You don't come near feeling the alcohol (8.5%!) The flavors really come out and rock as this one warms up. Cool this is a really nice coffee brew; room termperature this will knock your socks off with flavor and complexity.

This is a beer that is one of the most drinkable porters (or stouts) that I've tasted. I hate to join the hype (or add to it) but this one is off the charts. Putting aside the coconut and macademia nut for the moment, this is what a coffee stout (porter?) is supposed to taste like...period!

This one may be in my top 10 already. And, please...you really want to taste it with a head. It's like drinking the foam that adds to the character of a cappuccino.

I bought some bottles to trade; I may just keep all the bottles I acquired since this is one that will likely stay good for quite a while and perhaps even get a bit more complex with some age. There is a sweetness that some may dislike; me? I really like it. The "sweet" is not so much sugar as it's "flavor."

This is one collaboration that should stick together for many beers to come! Well done!

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Photo of projectflam86
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S- The nose is full of brewing coffee scents and a bit of smoke. Full dark coffee aroma with dark chocolate coming through. I must say that this is one of the strongest coffee noses that I have had so far.

T- A strong rush of roasted coffee bitterness with a slightly sweet finish. Some cocoa and milk chocolate makes a quick appearance but this baby is all coffee. Waves of espresso and creamy mocha flavor meld together to leave a wonderful coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden quite well. There is just the slightest bit of macadamia nuts and coconut although I'm not sure if I would have picked them out if I didn't know they were in there.

M- Medium/full bodied with a gentle carbonation.

D- Truly a fantastic brew. If you love coffee, this is a must have.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This was sent to my by my buddy 2DogBrew in one of our many boxes that have traveled this great country to land at each others doorstep.

Pours like any other porter-- hints of red in the deep dark brown color. Minimal caramel head with some spotty lacing on the sides, nothing too crazy.

Smells of deep rich roasty and robust chocolate and fresh ground coffee. don't smell any nutty or coconut notes, which is what I was really hoping for.

On first sip, you have to comment on the mouthfeel-- it is much thicker than it looks. It is a full-bodied porter for sure. Good level of carbonation with plenty of carbonation, that makes it thick and creamy. It goes down nice and smooth. Highly drinkable beer here.

The flavor profile though... Is kind of muddy. It finishes wierd for me-- kind of a minty coconut flavor that reminds me of those "Dirty mouth, clean it up" Orbit gum commercials. Or almost like a pina colada, with that slight alcohol astringency to "help clean and whiten your teeth!"
You do roasted cocoa and coconut, but missing the nuttiness I was hoping for.

Overall-- glad to have tried it. Don't mind if I don't see another bottle.

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Photo of BTPete
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed on 3/16/10
12oz bottle to tulip

A: Dark black with a small tan head. No lacing.

S: Coffee is the big one here. Nice robust coffee smell seems to take over most of everything.

T: Nice and smooth. The coffee presence at first is then settled with a nice nuttiness and subtle coconut undertone. Awesome. Really nicely done. No alcohol burn at all, you wouldn't know it was 8.5%.

M: Nice mouthfeel, it actually feels more carbonated than it is.

D: Highly drinkable and wish it was available local. I'd drink more.

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Photo of nkersten
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Big thanks to 6daysbottomocean, bottle poured gently with little to no head. Dark, barely translucent brown with a couple bubbles left around the edges.
S- The name doesn't lie. There is a hint of coconut, a little coffee, and the rich smell of macadamia and dark malts. It really took me by surprise, I expected the coffee to dominate.
T- Very similar to the smell. Lots of rich nuttiness, some coconut, and bitterness provided by the coffee. Not a big hop presence, but it doesnt detract from the beer at all. The 8.5% abv is very well hidden. Overall, the flavors are very balanced.
M- Pretty thick for a porter, this one coats but isn't overpowering, carbonation is spot on. This is exactly what I expect from a higher abv dark beer. This beer has more body then some imperial stouts.
D- I have to say I am not a huge fan of porters but I could drink this all day. The best of the Stone collaborations that I have had so far, seek this out if you can.

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Photo of pastradul
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a couple of bottles of this for a friend who just got a new pad and is opening her own business soon. Big shout out to Pizza Port Solana beach for not charging capage!!!

Pours a nice dark brown. Not as much head as it has poured before. Might have poured a bit soft.

the aroma is the name. Stron coffee upfront, roasted chocolate and slight bit of alcohol.

The taste is amazing. chocolate and coffee battle to be the main flavor, followed by some sweet roasted malt and a slightly nutty dry finish to wrap up.

One of my favorites for sure!!!

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Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color that appears fairly clear with deep ruby red hues when held up to the light. The head appears with more than a finger of creamy tan head that retains very well and sticks all along the glassware. Nose is fresh roasted coffee upfront with an underlying hint of dark malty grain that comes across a bit sweet and with notes of chocolate and a bit of some earthy/nutty character. Some sourness is mingled in with the dark fruity maltiness of the nose. Taste includes all of the aforementioned characteristics that were present in the nose. Upfront there is the bitter coffee character intertwinded with the flavor of dark chocolate. Along with those flavors is a bit of an acidic note maybe influenced by the coffee but it has a slight sour twang to it before the rest of the flavors of this brew come into play. All through the medium to full body of this brew are notes of dark grain suggesting a bit of a roasty nut-like flavor along with dark chocolate and coffee. Long flavorful finish includes the coffee and dark roasty malt. Medium to light level of carbonation with this brew. As this brew warms, the alcohol really starts to come out and the coffee character is still noticeable yet the sourness starts to become overwhelming. The nose starts to smell very vegetative almost like cabbage and the taste is quite acidic to the point where it just isn't very enjoyable like it was straight out the gate and a little too cold.

I am having a hard time feeling this one out to review appropriately. If I reviewed it based on my initial (too cold serving temperature) it would be an "A." However, after letting it warm up to proper temperature it is not enjoyable at all and would be a C-D rating for me. I guess I will average it out with the flavor and aroma as that is only the fair thing to do.

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Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. I let this warm to about cellar temp before drinking.

Pours black with a medium sized tan colored head which is retained fairly well and leaves some excellent lacing as it settles.

Coffee is right out front on the aroma backed up by some mellow chocolate notes. There's a little more sweetness than usual for a porter but I can't be sure if it has something to do with the addition of coconut or if it's just the high for the style abv.

Flavor also is strong on the coffee, especially on the entry, but as on the aroma it's clean and pleasant. No burnt plant matter type flavors like in some coffee tasting beers. Coconut is more easily picked out here than on the nose, particularly mid sip and again on the aftertaste while the chocolate is still hanging around. The nutty character from the macadamias is also identifiable but only because I'm really looking for it.

Medium to low carbonation works well for this beer. Didn't realize it was 8.5 abv until late in the tasting which is a plus for drinkability in my book.

Very well done, the best collaboration beer I've had in awhile and one of the better applications of coffee in beer out there. My one gripe is that as pleasant as the coffee character is it kind of stomps on the other flavors. I kind of wish the macadamia and coconut were more prominent. Overall it's a tasty brew though.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, rich brown with very thin head as expected.
S - I actually smell some nuttiness (is that a word?). But some rich coffee smell as well.
T - I tasted this right after a Peche Mortel and I believe they did just as good of job hiding the alcohol, but it was slightly lower in alcohol. It tasted great and I got some creaminess.
M - Just right amounts of carbonation. Nothing spectacular but right on the button with this.
D - I'm glad I drank my 12 oz bottle by myself, but I'm not going to be rushing out to get more of this.

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Photo of capra12
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with speedwayjim served out of a surly pint glass.

Appearance: poured a 1 1/2 finger of frothy and bubbly light caramel head which dissipates quickly and black amber in color.

Smell: Straight black coffee.

Taste: opens with dark coffee and a malt profile as a subtle dark chocolate intertwines with the coffee till the end. A nuttiness comes in at the finish and a hint of coconut as the finish carries into the aftertaste which consist of chocolate, coffee and malt. This was a big let down until we had this as it warmed up a bit and the coconut becomes more prominent in the middle to finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation and silky.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and recommend this to those who enjoy a coffee, dark chocolate and subtle nutty and coconut profile toward the end. Serve this one chilled and let it warm up to room temperature and enjoy the way this brew evolves as this warms up.

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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 332 ratings