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

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
329
Reviews:
234
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A huge tan head sits atop the fudge colored liquid and just wont give up the ghost and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Coconut-influenced mocha with crusty brown bread

Taste: Brown bread and coffee up front, but the beer gets rather astringent by mid-palate and is puckeringly sour like acrid nut skins after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the age on this one, but I am having trouble appreciating the flavors amidst the sourness

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with ruby highlights. It had little to no head and left some soapy, tan residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee and coconut. A nice overall roastiness emerged, too.

T - Pretty strong with the coffee flavor. It has mild chocolate and coconut flavors. A nice blend of bitter and sweet.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a subtle alcohol heat.

D - This is a really interesting beer. I don't really like coconut, but it works in this beer and is quite well.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in the glass, the tan head soon recedes to a disc, leaving no lace behind.

The nose is all coffee at first, bringing to mind a mellow French press. As it warms, I get a light nuttiness, bitter baking chocolate and hints of coconut. The toasted coconut element is subtle but lends a pleasant tropical sweetness to an otherwise dry beer.

Coffee is dominant on the palate, roasty and bitter, but smooth and well-integrated. There's a hint of toasted coconut up-front, but it's largely drowned by the strong coffee flavors. Mid-palate brings out subtle nuttiness, dark malts and bittersweet chocolate. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Coconut reveals itself again in the finish along with a roasty, hoppy, drying bitterness. The beautiful balance of flavors, overall dryness and mellow coffee flavor make this surprisingly quaffable; it would be entirely too easy to put down a pint of this.

Hands-down the best of the Stone collaboration beers, this is excellent stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours about a finger of light tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts. Fresh coffee flavors. Chocolate as well. The coconut isn't very present here. The nut flavor is nice though.

Taste: Big roasted profile. The coffee is really well done here. I get a little more coconut here, but still not that much. A good amount of chocolate here also. Some grassy hops balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, fairly roasted. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted and slightly dry feel to it.

Overall, I really liked this beer, but the price was so expensive. I also wish there was more coconut flavors as that was supposed to be one of the highlights of this beer. Worth a try!

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for bringing a bottle of this to a recent tasting.

Poured near black with a nice tan head a good lacing. The initial scent is definitely strong coffee, followed by some nice chocolate. The coconut comes through afterward, and really makes this one fantastic. The taste is quite similar, with everything blending together really, really well. The coffee and coconut make an excellent combination. Moderate to fairly heavy body, and dangerously drinkable. This one definitely did not disappoint.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hearty roasted malts, black coffee, some coconut and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of roasted coffee beans and a hint of coconut. I had imagined the coconut flavor being a bit stronger but I know realize how much better suited it is in a more subtle and complementary role. The hops presence is about where it should be for the style and is enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style while adding a little bit of a twist, this is a very solid beer with some extra complexity compared to most porters that makes it worth drinking for a while.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours mostly black in the glass (maybe a darker shade of brown depending on how the light hits it) with several big foamy fingers of mocha tan colored head. This retains with a rich ½ finger of froth, which leaves a thick latticework of sticky foam down the sides of the glass. Coffee stands out immediately in the aroma, giving off notes of astringent and biting roast. Chocolate and earthy hops sit underneath with a fairly heavy feel, while light notes of both macadamia and coconut each add a bit of both nutty and milky sweetness to the proceedings in their own way. These aspects of it actually strengthen across the back of the aroma the more this warms.

Dark roasted coffee is very crunchy and assertive feeling in the taste, mixing in easily with equally sharp notes of bitter chocolate and spicy and earthy hops. The gentle milky nature of the coconut hangs with the chewy sweetness of the chocolate towards the back, while the nuttiness of the macadamia character mostly mingles in the finish along with lingering acrid roast and astringent notes from the coffee. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big smooth creaminess up front that then gets much more chewy and slick towards the back. This is actually showing a bit more heat than I would have thought (or liked) with a warmth to it that sticks right in the stomach at times.

While this was overall decent (playing more like a straight up Coffee Porter, with the coconut and macadamia aspect showing a distant second), there was just too much of a burnt and acrid nature to the coffee, plus this showed way more alcohol than it should have. This was a bit disappointing considering the pedigree involved.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. It poured pretty close to pitch black in color and had a frothy and thick tan head filing the top inch of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of coffee to it. The coconut comes through nicely too and adds a smooth sweetness to it. Just a bit of the nuttiness is there as well. Very nice and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste has a great mix of bitter and burnt coffee along with a sweeter, smooth, coconut flavor. A little bit of the macadamia, nutty flavor comes through as well. All the flavors come together very nicely and create some nice bold and deep flavors to it. Awesome tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is on the lower side. Drinkability is very good, I loved the flavors it had and how they all came together. It was such a flavorful but yet smooth beer as well. It seemed to have a big coffee, burnt, bitterness but at the same time was smooth and sweet. Fantastic beer overall, I loved it.

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4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This gem is courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers! Very thrilled to get this one!!!

Pours chestnut tinged mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Dark chcolate & tons of coffee, plus some creme de cacao as well

T: Coffee, charred grain, baker's chocolate, a touch of booze, coconut & cream up front. Coconut & charred grains as this warms along with a nice coffee flavor, some cocoa & vanilla hiding in the background. Finishes dry with some nice coconut sweetness, coffee & vanilla

MF: Chewy, fairly smooth, but a touch of grainyness as this warms

Drinks pretty damn easy, there is a touch of booze roughness & grainy mouthfeel holding this back just a little, otherwise perfection! Not sure this is worth the price on this sticker though, ouch!!! Stellar none the less!

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to be able to track this one down. Needless to say I needed to get a hold of one as it was made to be had by me for sure. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this gem was enjoyed on 10/22/2009.
 
The pour was fabulous. Rich dark brown in color with a huge tan head that just leapt over the top of the glass. Seriously impressed here I have to say right from the start. Thick lacing just dripping down the sides of the glass with each moment getting further and further down the rabbit hole so to speak. Enormous aroma of rich roasted coffee, hints of nuts and vanilla just dripping off of it as well, so ridiculously sweet and delicious, I was in heaven here to say the least. Warming brought out more vanilla and hints of wonderful touches of brown sugar and thick coffee notes. The I took a sip, suck a luscious full bodied feel, it was amazing at just how nice this one came together. Rich notes of sweet brewed coffee and mingled in seamlessly with touches of wonderful nuts and vanilla. Hints of like woody notes as well as brown sugar just rippled all over this one. So sweet it was just a pleasure to be able to try it. No hint of the ABV at all, in fact, it was beyond well hidden,
 
Overall this was one of the best coffee beers I have ever run across. Just solid from top to bottom and not a thing I could say to complain about it at all. No wonder people have been raving about this one, it really is just that good. Got to go out and find another few.
 

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