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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at 99 Bottles. Not sure it will be available at home. As it turns out the bottle won't make it home as I am enjoying it on my last night in Seattle.

Dark, dark brown... like a deep root beer. In fact darker. Like French roast coffee the more I think about it. Thin tan head forms and quickly recedes. There is small amount of lacing that remains.

My God this smells exactly like Founders Breakfast or Peche Mortel. Coffee, boozy, wonderful..

Well my first comment is that I don't taste any coconut. Strong, smooth wonderful coffee/espresso flavor. Some vanilla and I would almost say it tastes barrel aged. I don't think it is. This is really growing on me as I enjoy the bottle. Dark roasted notes linger with a slight nuttiness, but I would have never guessed macadamia nuts.
At the end I can definitely sense the abv, but it's not "hot" It works.

Semi bold and thick body, oily slick and smooth. Slight carbonation.

Very drinkable and I hope I can find more at home. I really like this.

Well done!

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Save for a few burgundy highlights at the edges, it's black. A mocha stained tan head covers the top. It stands nearly two fingers tall. Retention was good, but lacing was on the light side.

The nose is very good. If you're into coffee, this certainly smells like a brew for you. Roasted coffee is paramount and is strong throughout. Chocolate malt is strong and complements the coffee scent very well. There's perhaps even a little roasted malt, as well. It has a distinct praline scent, in addition to a healthy dose of vanilla. Perhaps it's just me, but I'm not appreciating much coconut. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't smell strong. I like it, but would've liked it better with more of a coconut scent.

The flavor tracks the nose very well. This is tasty stuff. No question. I'm a coffee fan, so I can appreciate it. Roasted coffee is very strong throughout. I'm not sure the non-coffee crowd could really get into this. It features a nice chocolate and roasted malt base. The chocolate flavor is bittersweet and works extremely well with the coffee element. It does have an interesting praline or nutty flavor. Some vanilla is also present. I'm still not getting much in terms of coconut. That's a shame. It should be stronger. Alcohol doesn't seem too strong. It's mixed nicely. It finishes chocolaty with a strong coffee flavor.

KCMCP has a medium body that's nice and smooth. It seems to grow more substantial with warming. It never quite feels creamy and would benefit from a bit more body. Drinkability is very good. I love coffee in my beer and this is no exception. It goes down way too easy for an 8.5% beer.

This is another fine beer in Stone's growing collection of collaborative efforts. The coffee flavor is easily the highlight and really drives the flavor. I'm a little disappointed that coconut doesn't have a more prominent role, but it's still very tasty beer. If you're not into coffee, you might want to skip this one. Coffee is front and center. However, if you're as much of a coffee drinker as I am, you should definitely seek it out. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting more considering the pedigree of the brewers and the high price of the bottle ($10). Thne nose is the main issue as it smelled burnt and almost vegetal in nature . I expected a luscious impy porter nose but had to struggle past the smell with each sip. The beer is quite bitter with intense coffee notes almost like a iced coffee had been mixed in with the porter. The nuts really showed up in the finish as the beer warmed up but the beer seemed a little confused in focus because of all the ingredients. Would age help , I don't know because I doubt the nose will improve.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a small mocha head. Lite retention with spotty lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate mostly.

T: Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate with notes of fudge. The middle is dominated by bold coffee. A touch of coconut comes through in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation.

D: Good. Pretty good beer I was expecting a bit more to be honest. Could use a bigger blast of coconut to really push it overthetop.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/11/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee, bitter roasted malt, and a touch of coconut too. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, residual sugars and lactose initially with a bitter roasted malt finish. Pretty tasty and quite drinkable. This one lived up to my expectations.

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

Nice super-dark pour. Some coffee right away in the aroma. Coffee and dark-roasted malt carry through with a moderate creamyness to the mouthfeel. I was a bit let-down that I really got very little sense of either the coconut or the macadamia nut, but this beer has now been in the bottle a while and perhaps the coffee tends to take over. Nonetheless, taken as a coffe-flavored porter, it was quite good, and the abv was not evident at all.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Black brew with a creamy beige head that settles to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing behind.
Roasted coffee bean aroma, very nice.
Taste has plenty of roasted coffee beans with dark chocolate and some nuttiness taking a back seat. The nut taste is more evident in the burps after drinking this beer. I like it a lot.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth feel.
Easy to drink as the 8.5% abv is not noticable at all in the aroma or taste, so tread lightly.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is not typical for any beer I've experienced. Black coffee, roasted malt, an earthy pistachio nuttiness and a hint of alcohol are present. I know macadamias are in this beer, but it smells like pistachio to me.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth on the palate with a very mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is rich with notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts and coconut. The dark roasted coffee seems to dominate, but doesn't overpower the other flavors. It finishes sweet with a note of ripe fruit (grape? fig? something like that). Once gone the chocolate and coffee flavors linger on the palate.

This is an interesting beer to say the least. Very unique and full of flavor. I've only seen these types of beers brewed as homebrews. It's nice to see major brewers taking a chance with something different now and then.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 1/12/11. Shared with brewslut.

A - Pourd a dark coffee brown liquid with a quarter inch foamy tan cap that receded to a thin ring of retention and swirly patch but no lacing.

S - Medium to dark roasted malt lends an assertive coffee character to the aroma. The coconut is not as prevalant as I'd hoped, unfortunately, but it did become more aromatic after the liquid warmed up a bit. A hint of chocolate and nutty malt is also apparent.

T - Opens with a roasted coffee character with a hint of chocolate notes. A wash of coconut emerges in the middle just before the finish, then ends with a blend of coffee bitterness, earthy hops and a hint of nutty astringency. Alcohol is virtually undetectable for an 8.5% ABV beer.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation, which provides a hint of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with slight astringency and very mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Not as earth-shattering as I remember it being, but the flavor really opened up as the liquid warmed, producing an intoxicating blend of coffee, coconut and nutty malt. Delicious!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque for the most part but does show a dark caramel brown. A thin head of light mocha with a wavy ring of lace at the high water mark.

Aroma - roasty malts and delicious smelling coffee. No coconuts here but this smells great. Shows some light fuselly, almost rubbing alcohol-like astringency at times with warming, tempered by some persistent charred grain.

Taste - charred malts, tons of roast. Big coffee flavor, great taste and intensity. After a few sips, the coconut makes it appearance, very cool. A dry enduring non-sweet flavor that rides on after the coffee and roast fade a bit. Macadamia is pretty lost in here, maybe my taste buds aren't sensitive enough to pick it up. What is here is a great American porter with some great classic flavor and a nice twist with the coconut. The burnt flavors can be a little fatiguing but for the most part I'm digging it, especially the lengthy coffee-infused aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - wonderfully smooth, a good crisp level of carbonation to stand up against some weightiness.

Drinkability - a fine sipping porter sent to me by PaulMPap. Nice one, Paul, thanks much!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours a very dark brown, practically black. A very thin tan-colored head comes about on an pretty aggressive poor, but quicky subsides into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing from the head.

S - Smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee mixed with lots sweet & bitter chocolate. Some subtle hints of roasted nuts, some vanilla, some sweet cream as well. Yum!

T - Lots of coffee notes right off the bat. Some black coffee notes mixed with some chocolate covered coffee beans. A nice bitter, roasted malty finish with dark chocolate mixed in there as well. Mostly, this is coffee coffee coffee and then the porter characater comes through at the end with the smokey malts and chocolate.

M - Medium, very rich and smooth. Feels so nice on every sip and just the right amount of tingle from the carbonation. Really creamy and palate-covering. Perfect.

D - One per session is the perfect amount. That said, I am glad I have a few more bottle to drink over the next few months to see if/what changes in this awesome porter!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, another from the series of collaborations between Stone and one (or more) brewers. Poured to a pint glass. The final inning of Game 6 of the World Series, Yankees win it 7-3.

A: Very dark, a striking brown-ness that glows with auburn at the fringes. Head never builds above 1/2-finger, falls rapidly to a slender ring and broken film. Little lace, just a few dabs of cream.

S: A nostril-stinging noseful of acrid coffee and burnt nuts...first sniff was a bit off-putting...not that it's 'bad' it's just, well, strong... Sweeter notes of toasted macadamia, vague coconut, a little cocoa.

T: Wow, NOT what I expected...a tart/sour porter? Not as harsh as that sounds, but I expected a much less astringent coffee roast, a sweeter malt, a more notable 'tropical' flair, I suppose. Chewy coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate, a liberal lemony squeeze

M: Crisp, almost biting, carbonation. Hefty build-up of malty grain filling the mouth, a long-lasting bitterness. Medium/full body, alcohol isn't blatant but warmth is apparent.

D: Only moderately drinkable for me, an intense porter with a tart twist and a lofty ABV...OK to sip on 12 oz. for a while but nowhere near the upper echelon for me...cost is high per bottle ($8+), which doesn't necessarily factor into drinkability, but does factor into 'repeat buy-ability'...worth a try.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maui Brewing. Didn't have the Santa's Little Helper I was looking forward to, nor did they have any glass for growlers. I leave in a few days back to SD. Damn. Oh well, back to the review.

A - Very dark body, small tight bubbled head. Very coating tight lace.

S - Heavy cocoa powder, coffee mixed in.

T - Thick coffee flavor, cocoa mixes well and nice cocoanut nutty flavor in finish.

M - Chewey, thick, well carbed and coats well.

D - Too big too heavy. Not a session. Kills palate and fills you up.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Maui Brewpub, winter 2010. Pours deep black with khaki brown head. Nose has roasty aromas with a blast of coconut. Palate has plenty of coconut dessert-like sweetness and roasted malts. Extremely drinkable and deceptively smooth for the high ABV.

At Maui on tap it is labeled "ALOHA PLENTY".

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared this one with capra12. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Poured a 1.5 finger coarse light caramel head with moderate retention. Brew itself was black amber, near opaque. Lacing was close to non-existent.

S: Coffee nose is overwhelming here with just a tiny tiny hint of nuttiness. However, the strong black coffee aroma really just seems to cover everything else.

T: Nutty roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Coconut taste really makes itself apparent as the brew warms and comes in towards the middle, end. Taste is like coconut shavings.

M: Deep bodied and rather carbonated. Brew is filmy in the mouth and finishes clean and quick.

D: I'm not really sure what the hype surrounding this beer is. Yes, its pretty good, but nothing outstanding, just very very different. That being said, its sweeter than other porters I've had and more complex. Deserving, but not outrageously good.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You can't beat this for super-duper-interesting collaboration/idea: homebrewer Ken Schmidt's award-winning Aloha Plenty beer is chosen by Maui and Stone for Stone's latest collaboration effort. Let's go...

The head is fantastic, but it doesn't last long enough. Has a vibrant toasted gold color, and the liquid is a totally lights-out black, completely opaque. Swirl and the head comes back to life.

Coffee is definitely showing up in the aroma, though I'm having a hard time getting to the nuts. Some mineral aspects, and a dark fruit vibe further back.

Ah, there are the nuts. Coconut is here, its toastedness being apparent, while the macadamia lays a little lower, but isn't so subtle as to be indistinct. They lend a unique bent to a beer that tastes unlike any other I've had, porter or otherwise. Coffee is clearly from a quality bean, balanced just as deftly as the other featured ingredients. And this is far from novelty, as you get a good base of roasted flavor and even a light hops kickback, reminding you that this is indeed beer, and unmistakably of the porter variety. (And I only noticed the nice alcohol warmth coming in as some of the chill went away.)

Slick at first, the lightly coating, then coating the mouth for the rest of the session. Weird. But good weird! Decent carbonation and a certain airiness that offsets the stick. I remember Maui's CoCoNut Porter having a similar feel, in terms of stick...something that I want to call plastic-y, but won't, given the bad connotations that brings to mind. Ended up really liking this aspect of the beer after some contemplation.

This is damn good. Quite the price tag (almost as expensive as DFH's 120 Minute, as 12 ouncers go) but definitely worth diving in for at least one try.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere and errantnight for each sending me this in our recent trades!

A: Pours a dark brown/black french press coffee color with a one finger cap of mocha colored foam on top. The head has an amazingly silky texture and it some healthy rings around the inside of the glass.

S: Freshly roasted coffee dominates the nose when cold. However, as it warms, supporting aromas of dark chocolate, blackened malt, macadamia nuts, cherry, and toasted coconut each step out and take the spotlight.

T: Once again, coffee rules when this is right out of the fridge. And like above, all of the other sweet, semi-sweet, and savory flavors begin to creep out when it warms, gradually eclipsing the early domination of the coffee. Awesome!

M: Smooth and creamy with just a hint of dry bitterness. Lingering finish that lays out a bead of deliciousness across my tongue.

D: Damn! What a surprise. I love a well done coffee beer, but a well done coffee, macadamia nut, toasted coconut beer? Please!

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Photo of jsanford
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Very dark with a creamy, 1-finger mocha colored-head.

S - High-quality coffee and dark roasted malts dominate with just a hint of nuttiness.

T - Pretty close to the nose, I'm not getting much coconut or macadamia nut flavor, but I can sense a subtle "nuttiness". tastes like a coffee porter, but still a very good one.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - I wouldn't have guessed this was +8% ABV...very drinkable.

I wish I could have tried this fresh, I would have loved to taste more of the coconut and macadamia nut presence. As it is, it's a very good coffee porter, and I'm fine with that.

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

Pours a robust blackish-brown (black inside, brown on edges) with a gigantic light brown head. Looks gorgeous.

Smells ... uh oh ... that's a lot of coffee. I gotta a feeling this is going to be an "in the mood" type brew. If you want its strong gropings at that moment, you'll love it, if you're interested in some gentle caressing, not so much. There's not a whiff of macademia in the aroma, maybe a bit of coconut, and perhaps a touch of roasted malty chocolate.

Taste is exactly what I expected. If you're looking for a coffee over-flavor that will kick you in the balls, with some offsetting roasted malt, surprisingly sweet chocolate, and a whiff of coconut (the macademia is barely in this brew ... perhaps no amount of macademia could have overcome the coffee uber-taste) then this beer is your huckleberry.

Very good creamy mouthfeel.

The drinkability is tough to rate. If this is what you're in jonesing for, it's a solid 5+. If you're not, the coffee could be pretty palate wearying.

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a nice looking head of mocha that fades quickly leaving little lace and a thin topper.

I can get a sense of the macadamia's in the nose with a big chocolatey character and a slight roast. A hint of stale coconut leads into spent coffee grain and dark fruits.

Nice beer. Good complexity but a bitey acidity from the coffee that leaves an odd finish. Thick glyceryl before hand however with coffee, coconut, dark chocolates, macadamias and roasted goodness. One for the cellar.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours deep dark brown, crystal clear, with a thin fine dark tan head. the head quickly drops to a wide ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. medium-roast coffee. dark and milk chocolate. macadamia nut and almond. touch of alcohol. dark toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. earthy and slightly woody. hints of caramel and toffee.

taste is good. milk chocolate. macadamia nut and almond. medium roast coffee. heavily toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. touch of caramel and toffee. just under medium bitterness level, but almost entirely coffee and chocolate based.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly light finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. good depth from the coffee and macadamia, but not much coconut presence. i like it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at GABF, then a bottle from K&L Redwood City.

A - Pours darkest brown, just about black, with a large, thick tan head.

S - Aroma is awesome, really roasty with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and coconut.

T - Flavor is similarly amazing, with dry roasted malt, fresh Kona coffee, a nice not overdone coconut flavor, macadamia nuts, and bitter dark chocolate.

M - Palate is dry yet smooth with medium-body and a lasting coffee bitterness. Just a tad grainy.

D - Pretty high. Wow, this is a really great beer.

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing
4.11 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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