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

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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut PorterStone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter
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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut PorterStone / Ken Schmidt / Maui  Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
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...

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2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Schmittymack
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of DaveHS
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Jwale73
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to GRG1313 for the generous extra. Served in my DT tulip. Pours black with a quarter inch tan-colored head that quickly disperses into a sudsy skim. Nose smells like vegetal garbage, coffee grounds, dark malt and sour fruit. Taste expresses, sour/tart fruit and vegetal coffee - really quite awful and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a prickly carbonation and a semi-dry, slightly chalky finish. Well, this was a terrible beer. My first drain pour of the new year, and in some time for that matter. Not sure if it was infected or just didn't age well, but extremely disappointing considering the expectations I had based on the name.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a dark-ish mahogany brown that resolves into a murky blackness. Ruby edges around the sides. Can also see little bits of gunk at the bottom, probably yeast from my less-than-stellar pour. Inch thick, soapy, light tan head that recedes to a thin cap, leaving some stringy lacing coating the inside of the glass. Big blast of sweetish malts in the nose, with a very faint undertone of coffee and chocolate. Not very much coconut or macadamia nuttiness at all, though.

Still big and malty on the initial sip, but not as sweet as the smell. Very subtle nuances of nutty chocolate and vanilla show up in the middle, along with just a hint of breadiness. Coconut still eludes me; I can't seem to detect it anywhere in the taste or smell. Roasted coffee makes up the back end of the brew along with some light bitterness that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel is light, but creamy with little carbonation. Goes down easy and leaves the tongue slightly on the dryer side.

Drinkability is above average. I guess I was expecting a lot more out of this beer than I got. Coconut is nowhere to be found, and there's only a light smattering of coffee and macadamia in the taste and smell. I don't mind malt bombs, so I enjoyed this beer; I just wish I was able to find what's advertised on it!

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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