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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 329
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 ThreeWiseMen
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black and oily with an ever-so-tiny off-white halo. Light peaks through around the body's outermost edges. No lacing.

Smell: Kona coffee and strong meaty spices (black pepper being one of those). That Kona smells excellent! As for the macadamia nut and coconut: I suppose I get the macadamia; no traces of coconut though. Pretty one-dimensional, but I still dig it.

Taste: Lots of Kona coffee, complemented by cream, macadamia nut, roasted malt, and nougat. I still can't find the coconut. Totally centered around the Kona coffee. Still tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and milky with low carbonation. Pleasantly roasty. Nice, full character. Easy and mild.

Drinkability: This was much more of a coffee porter than anything, and an excellent coffee porter at that. I was disappointed by the absence of coconut and lack of macadamia, but this beer disappeared fast. Wish I had my own bottle. Thanks again Brent!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2009
A solid pour into my large Triple Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four finger thick, nicely browned head that leaves some nice, light lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is quite dark, almost pure black, but it shows just a touch of diffused, rich red color when held up to the light, though the beer remains quite opaque. Aroma is quite acrid, sharp and burnt smelling. It doesn't seem to well balanced really. If you can get past the dominant burnt character, there is a nice toasted coconut note to the nose with some vanilla notes. There is a bit of a roasted vegetal note at times to the nose.

The flavor is a bit smoother than the aroma as there is a sweetness to this beer that helps cut the acrid roast, but the beer still finishes with an acidic burnt note that lingers a bit on the tongue. There is a solid, roasted nuttiness to the beer that is a combination of coconut and some other rich nut character that must be the macadamia nut notes (but I don't know this flavor well enough to place it). The body of this beer is actually pretty well balanced, I think the texture is hurt a bit by the acrid roast character, but this also helps to lighten the body up just a touch, but without overwhelming the soft creaminess that this beer has.

As the beer warms up it gets a bit more balanced, though it is still heavily roasted. This is certainly not a bad beer, the roast character really is a bit too harsh to call this great though. The mash schedule and perhaps the water treatment for this beer where a bit off from where they should have been, but this might soften up with 6 months or so of age.

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Photo of jampics2
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is bitter black coffee. The flavor is black coffee with some cream and nuttyness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good porter, but I expected it to be more complex.

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Photo of CoalCellar
2.06/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Don't be fooled by the title. There isn't a trace of coconut or macadamia to be found.

A: Black, kinda porter like...imagine that.

S: Basic porter. No coffee, no coconut, nothing. VERY disappointing.

T: Semi-sweet, maybe a whisper of coffee. No Coconut, no macadamia, VERY disappointing...are you noticing a pattern?

M: Plain....average

D: Not a bad porter, but for the price and name, I expected one helluva alot more. VERY DISAPPOINTED. Will save my money and get a six pack of sierra nevada least then I know what I'm getting.

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

12oz bottle, generous extra from BA user GRG1313...poured into a Dogfish signature glass

A - solid inch of right and frothy khaki foam slowly falling to about a finger's height. the beer is a *very* dark brown, only noticeable when held up to light. very minimal lacing.

S - dark roasted malt, freshly brewed strong French roast coffee, coconut actually pretty easy to pick out in the second half. some nuttyness and a hint of very bitter chocolate.

T - roasted malt and coffee fight each other for the first attack, winners exchange in alternating sips. the coffee tastes quite fresh, big and bold...coconut flashes here and there for character. finishes on the sweeter side before ending with a huge roast and bitter hops finish. hints of smoke, chocolate, macadamias throughout.

M - medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, can be distracting at times. a bit chalky with all the sweetness, but well balanced by the high amount of bitter flavors.

D - "good" solid porter all around. the macadamia really adds another dimension and takes the beverage up another level, and the big bold flavors easily remind one of drinking a Stone beer. the coffee is presented nicely. great collaboration that throws a bunch of bold flavors yet results in a rich and complex beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

a - Poured a very dark brown with almost no head and little carbonation. Almost looked black until I held it up to the light.

s - Smells strong of coffee and roasted malts. Also get some smells of sweet nuts, but unfortunately no coconut smell.

t - Initial tastes are strong coffe, but also smooth and creamy which I think are the coconut/macadamia nuts. Very rich in coffee taste and very good, but unfortunately I don't get a lot of the nut flavors. Also tastes of chocolate a little bit and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and carbonation, it is pretty smooth and creamy. Very nice.

d - Overall, I enjoyed this porter quite a bit. It had a very rich and distinct coffee taste to it, as well as some roasted malts and cream to it. While it was very good, I was a little disappointed because I was hoping the macadamia and coconut smell and tastes came out more in it. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a tasting a few months ago and was not impressed, but still had this bottle sitting around, and wanted to give it a whirl while the flavors where somewhat fresh. I am much more impressed this time around. Pours an ink black with a thin head and slight film for a head. The aroma is a vast improvement on the rather average appearance. Coffee is most apparent, but the macadamia characteristic is prominent, as well. I think the flavor is the best, as in addition to the coffee flavor pair with the roasted malt, and sweetness of the macadamia is the coconut flavor I enjoy so much in Maui's Coconut Porter. A nice creamy mouthfeel, and lack of heat for an 8.5% brew make this an easy drinker.

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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 u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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 mtstatebeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a good creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is a whole bunch of coffee, roasted and toasted malts, nutty, coconut, and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, a touch of coconut, a little fruity, roasted malts, and a hint of spiciness. Mouthfeel is moderate, creamy, fairly carbonated, with a bittersweet finish. Very good beer, coffee is favored but still fairly balanced.

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

A - Pours a thick black with a brown head.

S - Smells like a bag of fresh blended coffee. The coconut is there too, but much more subtle.

T - Rich and flavorful. Coffee and chocolate overtones dominate the flavor. Toasty coconut undertones are there as well. Alcohol is definitely there too. Toasty finish.

M - Full bodied and very smooth. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Maybe a bit syrupy.

D - A creative and delicious brew. Not sure if I could drink it all night, but I would like another very soon.

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as an generous extra from Kiefdog (Thanks man!) into my Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter (01/31/10). I had thought that I missed my opportunity to try this, but Kevin so generously surprised me with this as an extra.

A: Really a nice looking beer pouring are dark brow that is almost black with a large 2-3 finger head with excellent retention leaving behind some spotty lace.

S: Intense aroma of fresh coffee, with an iced espresso characteristic going on. Some subtle nutty layers with just a faint hint of coconut.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the nose and is extremely rich and full flavored. Coffee certainly dominates the flavor profile with faint layers of coconut and macadamia nut. Some chocolate is founds as well, but I just wish that the coconut and macadamia came through a bit more. Very tasty though.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with some creamy elements.

D: Quite easy to drink and the 8.5% abv. is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a great coffee porter with some nice little nuances thrown in. If you can still get your hands on one, certainly give it a try. Thanks again Kevin! Highly Recommended.

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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 ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for this one, Secret Santa 2009.

A - Very dark brown, verging on black in the center. Big light brown head with excellent retention. Spotty lacing left behind.

S - Strong roasted coffee aroma up front. A hint of vanilla comes through and gets stronger as the beer warms. Hints of toasted bread as well. Coffee is certainly the dominant aroma from start to finsh though.

T - Lots of roasted coffee in the initial sip. Moderate bitterness and just a hint of fruit underneath. The coffee really dominated the taste from start to finish. A faint burnt sugar sweetness is also present.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a very clean feel. Excellent level of carboantion and the coffee really stays with you throughout and long after the last sip. Lots of goodness going on in this beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my 2nd bottle, first one was drank in October when I first got them, I let this one sit for a few months. Pours black, tan head that fizzes away mostly somewhat quickly. Sticks around though and leaves lacing. Smell is coffee, but not your average coffee beer smell, it's more sweet. Must be the macadamia/coconut but I wouldn't of guessed that unless I knew the ingredients. I can taste coffee obviously but I'm not getting anything else. This thing is hot on the mouth with alcohol. About 3/4 of the way through I think I can get a hint of macadamia in the taste. Mouthfeel is fine for a porter, maybe a little fizzy. Alcohol taste and high price drag down the drinkability. Overall, disappointing, I looked forward very much to this beer. I was hoping for more coconut and macadamia, this is more of a alright coffee beer.

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

Much thanks to stawn for this one. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The porter appears a dark brown color with about a finger of fluffy ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin ring in a minute or so. Flavors and aromas consist of bittersweet chocolate, dark brewed coffee, sweet milk chocolate coated nuts, caramel, more roasted coffee, a bit of alcohol warmth, mocha, and a hint of coconut as the beer warms up. You have to really look for the coconut, but it's there. Between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation and a bittersweet, roasty, slightly warming finish. Thanks again for the chance stawn!

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

Very dark brown with mahogany edges and a thin, light brown cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with a bit of sticky lace clinging to the glass. It smelled sweet and nutty as soon as the bottle was cracked, roasty with mild coffee, a bit of toasted coconut. Fairly bitter from the combination of roast, hops, chocolate and coffee. Flavours of dark chocolate, toffee, malted milk, creamy and nutty with slight alcohol. Lingering coffee bitterness and macadamia nuts. Medium to full bodied with a nearly creamy texture and light warmth. Pretty good for a big porter. I found the coconut to be fairly subtle compared to the nuts and coffee, but everything came together nicely.

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

Let me start off by admitting that I bought this because I knew it was very limited and thought I might not get a chance to try it if I passed. I don't really even like coffee beers and I wondered why this was so expensive until I realized they used Kona coffee which is costly. The color was solid black, short head, looks like a porter. The smell was overwhelming coffee but in a great way, very nice. The flavor was more of the same and while my friend said he could taste the coconut, all I got was delicious coffee and a hint of a porter hiding in the back. I'm starting to realize that its not that I don't like coffee beers, I don't like bad coffee beers. Overall this was still a little to costly for my tastes but this was a solid beer from Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-25-2009 23:01:34

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Photo of Thorpe429
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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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 Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to mikedashg for sending this my way.

Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown, some black away from the light, thick tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing.

Smell is nice, nice caramelized sugar sweetness, vanilla and coffee roast, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, more coffee roast and vanilla in the aroma, but a lot of richness and quite nice, light fruitiness and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is similar, creme brulee like sweetness up front, very caramelized, brown sugar, vanilla, nuts, a bit of chocolate and coffee roast, raisins, alcohol, a little rough in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice flavours but I found it a little harsh. I dig this stuff but just a little too muddled. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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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