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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 callmescraps
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but couldn't pass it up on the shelves.

Appearance - Black. No light passes through when held up to the lamp. Two inches of tan, mocha head dissipate pretty quickly. Nice looking bev.

Smell - Lots of roast coffee. A little burnt, as well. Some toasted marshmallow. Deep fruit, maybe raisins and plum? The coffee is very strong.

Taste - Coffee is not as strong up front. A little sweetness, possibly the macadamia. Definitely a hint of coconut, but only a hint. Very smooth. Lots of roast. The finish, however, is definitely full rich coffee. The burn lingers.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Almost too light.

Drinkability - The roast/burnt finish makes it a little tough. It's nice, but one is enough.

Not a huge coffee guy, so this was never going to be a home run for me. The lady friend liked it better. That said, I wish the coconut and macadamia showed up a bit more. I was a little disappointed by how much the coffee dominated. If you like coffee, this will do it for ya.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with notes from Garrett W. Marrero of Maui. Poured into Portsmouth snifter.

Solid ultra-roasted chocolate-espresso quality. Head is a mix of ginger, brown sugar and light cocoa.

Excellent scent of mellow Kona coffee, with interplay of macadamias. Toasted coconut is more in the background with grassy hops. Solid synergy.

I wish this were brewed as a stout. Coconut and roasted macadamias scream to be in a fuller-bodied beer. Nevertheless, it works well as a lighter porter. There is that annoying metallic clammy taste of a porter, but the flavors work very well in spite of this.

Again, tinny, clammy palate feel of typical porter has its mitts into this one. I wish I could describe it another way, but that's about it. It is what it is. Fortunately the roasted nuts elicit mild tannins to counteract that messiness, along with grassy hops. Finish has a dark-roasted bite.

Drinks well; drinks quite well. I may not be gushing over this, but it's wicked solid.

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Photo of Nickls
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a generous, over one finger of rich creamier, medium tan head; dense mahogany brown verging on black color; nice curtain-like lacing and solid head retention

S - Dark, roasted coffee aromas; light sweet lactose; savory nutty aromas; nice stuff

T - Huge coffee flavors up front, very dark roastedness; nutty flavors quick to follow the coffee; makes for a very savory first couple of sips; didn't pick up on the sweetness that was in the aroma; very dry finish. Really great stuff, nice layers of complexity

M - On the heavier end of medium; pretty bubbly carbonation; just a touch viscous

D - Nice sipping brew, and the alcohol doesn't rear its head too much, which makes this a 'dangerous' drinker. Nice, full, robust, and satisfying.

Overall, an outstanding brew and take on the style. Worth the price point!

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, $6.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY (blown away by the price, till I saw it was pretty much in line with what other places are charging, even in Ca.) anyway this one pours the expected near black, with a medium sized dark mocha head, and leaving spotty lace. The nose is richly of dark coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Flavorful sipper with deep and rich notes of more dark chocolate, expresso, brandy soaked oranges, getting some coconut and nuttyness, especially as it warms. Complex and simply yummy. Rich and thick over the tongue. Over the top sipper, night capper supreme. A must try, h/e kind of expensive for multiple revisits.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Pfeifer
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at K&L Wines in Redwood City, CA. Served in 12 oz wine glass at 57 degrees.

My first review, but I figured this beer was a great place to start.

Tied with FWXII for my favorite beer of 2009. Spoke with the STone guys at the SF Holiday Beer fest. I didn't realize Ken Schmidt was "just" a home brewer - great work sir! Also, they said only 30 cases were made, so thanks to the guys from K&L for giving me the second to last bottle!

A - No lacing, pours dark brown almost black, slight foam dissipates quickly
S - Caramel, coffee, little bit of nuttiness and chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Coconut appears and stronger coffee aroma as it warms up.
T - So good. Starts with chocolate sweetness and some coconut and expands with heavy roasted malts, nuts and coffee taking over. Flavors blend together perfectly. Sweetness from the coconut at the end. Lingering aftertaste I don't want to go away
M - Smooth, almost oily but not heavy, the mild carbonation complements nicely
D - Little bit of lingering alcohol complements the coconut aftertaste. I could knock back a few. Already bummed about not having a second one

Reminiscent of the Maui Porter but not nearly as complex. Less nuttiness or heavy roasted malts, but until I can track down another bottle, the Porter will have to do

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Photo of m1ked
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a bottle at Bowery WF.

A- Pours a pitch black that reveals a mahogany garnet sliver at the top when held up to the light. A generous sandy head that quickly fades to a mere wisp. No lacing noted, a couple of bubbles popping at the top, but I can't see any streamers in that darkness.

S- Rich vanilla beans, bitter chocolate and milk chocolate, coffee, woody and nutty notes. I am not sure but I think that the vanilla notes may actually be the coconut- either way it smells great.

T- Similar to the nose I get the rich vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, coffee, nuttiness. At the end I get the coconut that lingers. I really enjoy all these flavors that seem to work so well together.

M- This is probably my favorite part- so rich & creamy without being heavy. Light carb that works well. A slight lingering coating on the tongue that I enjoy, and a bit of an alcohol burn.

D- I wish I could find/afford a 12er of this stuff. I woulnd't put down more than 1 or 2 in a sitting, but would love to have some of this on hand to drink whenever. I think this is good to drink now. As always though, I wonder what it would do with some time- I feel that it might lose some of the rich flavors that meld together so well.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of paulxqx poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with no light showing through. There's a big off-white head that hangs around as a cap and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma has lots of dark roasted malts and burnt espresso. There is definitely more than a hint of coconut in the nose as well.

The taste is really nice, very complex. It's got the initial sweetness of the coconut and dark chocolate before the dark roasted malts take over. The coffee in the taste is much more well-integrated with the other flavors and doesn't take on the burnt character that I got in the nose.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with good carbonation and full-bodied. Dessert-like overall mouthfeel.

I love this beer and I might put it a slight notch above the Maui Coconut - one of the better beers I've tasted recently.

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Photo of turboedtwo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours very black with a two finger head that disappears pretty quickly

s - smells heavily of coffee, as if youre sticking your nose directly in the pot

t - tastes like coffee too, surprise! a little nutty too maybe. kinda tangy.

m - not too thick, not too thin. just right.

d - i want more and im not even done with one bottle.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of bmanning
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous black with thin tan head.
Smell is mostly coffee and bakers chocolate with some vanilla and cherry.
Taste is amazing - this beer has such complexity! There is milk chocolate up front with coffee, dark fruits, coconut, leather, toffee, tobacco, cherry, vanilla, and almond. This beer is so much like a light version of a Dark Lord with all the great flavors blending so well together. Not nearly as thick as a Dark Lord though. I really like how the coconut and macadamia nut play into the flavors of this beer.
Overall this beer is fantastic - easily the best of the Stone collaboration beers. Stone, please make this at least a seasonal release and not just a one-off!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this into my Cigar City snifter to reveal a thick, black, beer with a small mocha colored head.

S: The coffee is very dominant in this beer. It overwhelms the other scents at first. However, a bit of sniffing lets the chocolatey porter aromas come through, and the coconut really lends the beer a sweet smell. The nuttiness from the macadamia nuts is present, but mild.

T: As with the nose, the coffee flavor is really the star of the show. The coconut gives the beer a definite sweetness, and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. The macadamia nut is also subdued when the beer is chilled, but allow it to come closer to room temperature and it makes an appearance. There is a slight bitterness, which I assume is from the coffee, but it is balanced nicely by the coconut.

M: This beer has a nice viscosity to it and a smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is much higher than you would have expected, but it provides a nice contrast.

D: I'm generally not the biggest coffee fan, but I am in love with this beer. There are such a variety of flavors and aromas that make it such an interesting beer to drink. I'm glad I've got a few more stashed away.

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Photo of Pagzzz
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass @ cellar temp

Appearance: Inky black with one finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma: Coffee big up front (could smell it seconds after cracking the top). Very slight acidic note, probably from deep roasted malts. Touch of nuttiness but tough to pick up coconut. Sweet alcohol notes evident.

Taste: Big roasted malt dominates, but coffee notes are right up front too. Acidity reminds me of ... tabasco?!? Some real complex flavor interactions going on here. Still not getting much coffee or coconut flavors. Hops are shoved out of the way on this one in terms of flavor, but some moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: actually pretty light on body for a robust porter of this strength.

Overall, it's a tasty brew, but could definitely benefit from the rounding out around the edges that a few years in the cellar should provide.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours deep black with a light cocoa head.

coffee, thats pretty much all i smell, although i do get a touch of booze.

light coffee flavor dominates with a touch of cocoa and a bit of roasted coconut. a slight bitter sweet finish.

a bit too carbonated, a little thinner body than i expected

this is pretty much coffee up and down, very bold flavors that are blended very well.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown--but really brown, not blackish at all--color as it pours from the bottle. Dark and opaque in the glass. Smells like a porter! I don't get much by way of coconut or macadamia or even coffee in the nose. The head is thick, foamy, creamy with a thin layer that completely covers the top and doesn't disappear. The mouthfeel is also soft and creamy, maybe even a touch oily. Taste is roasty, and more cocoa than coffee, by me. The woman at Hi Times that sold it to me mentioned that the coconut flavor comes through more once the beer is warm. I drink my beer relatively warm anyway, but even after the beer has warmed quite a bit, I don't really notice much coconut--more macadamia, even, than coconut. Does seem to have some sort of ingredient that impairs judgment and releases impulses--not sure what that ingredient might be. The taste isn't nearly as sweet as I expected--though none the worse for that. Even if my palate doesn't individuate the flavors clearly, the flavor is great. A very smooth, roasty, rich, delicious porter.

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Photo of tanarm
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost totally opaque black. Decent tan head that sits for awhile. Aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is quite smooth, a little bitterness from the coffee. It rounds out with a bit of nuttiness in the finish - this is after the beer has warmed for some time. Coffee and dark chocolate up front, with a touch of coconut/macadamia in the finish. Not sure I would even pick it out if it didn't say on the label. Otherwise, I would probably just call it a coffee stout. A bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, but not more than you would expect from a 8.5 ABV beer.. Quite drinkable, even with the full body and long finish.

I guess I was hoping for a bit more balance of all the ingredients, but it seems the coffee takes over. Can't say I didn't enjoy it, just not as impressive as what I was expecting. I don't think you should have to drink the beer at room temperature to enjoy all the flavors, but that's where this one is at. The last 2 ounces is the best, I can even smell the coconut now, whereas before, I couldn't even taste it at all.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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 charlzm
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 09/28/09.

Beer is black as pitch in the pint glass. A foamy tan head three fingers tall sprang up from a vigorous pour - more frothy than creamy.

Restrained aroma of toasted coconut and rich cocoa. Malty note as well, though not sweet. Perhaps a whiff of vanilla, though it may be the power of suggestion.

Flavor is primarily burnt coffee - like deeply roasted espresso. Quite bitter. Tiny amount of coconut. No macadamia nut flavor in evidence despite its alleged presence.

Beer is quite dry on the finish though stops just short of parching. An unpleasant burn accompanies. A thicker, smoother mouthfeel would have done wonders for the drinkability.

Virtually no porter character to the flavor, overwhelming coffee flavors and a lack of the promised adjunct flavors add up to a beer I will probably never have again.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A little over a finger of head rises above a nearly black body. Bits and pieces of lacing left behind.

First whiff is dominated by deep, dark roasted coffee. Freshly ground gourmet style. There are hints of nuts here but not much coconut at all. I suppose if I use my imagination a bit I can sense the sweetness, but if coconut was not in the name I wouldn't guess it in a hundred years. Truthfully it doesn't matter though, because this is probably the best smelling coffee beer that has ever hit my nose. I didn't think Peche Mortel could be trumped in that category, but this might just be the one to do it. Hauntingly good coffee aroma.

The taste gives its damn finest effort to match the aroma, and it nearly succeeds (a very impressive feat). Fresh coffee of course dominates, but the nuttiness adds a dry twist that makes this one stand out from the crowd. Awesome beer, but for the life of me I can't find the coconut. I really want that touch of sweetness to help add a layer of complexity, but it just isn't there. Very fine effort though.

Mouthfeel is where some other great coffee beers come up short, but not in this case. This brew is nearly full bodied, and aside from imperial stouts you don't get much fuller. A hefty amount of carbonation also is present.

This one has me continuing to reach for the glass, although admittedly some of that has to do with the quest to find that coconut. I did drink it at around 50-60 degrees, so perhaps the coconut would have shined more closer to refrigerator temperature. Either way, this beer is a winner that should be tracked down before it is no longer available.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass after warming up from fridge temp. for about 10 minutes. Pours a deep brownish/black in color with just a hint of deep tawny brown edges in the light. Head is thin and medium tan in color. Retention is brief, yet an artsy surface cap does lace somewhat.

A subtle nose of coffee beans allows some coconut to waft through here and there. After some air the coffee notes offer a much more notable roasted and even smoky sense to them, and the coconut is more evident. A fresh pour offers some weird choco-coconut goo that is fleeting, fortunately; and notes of alcohol are present but rare. Would have benefited from some complimentary hops which I didn't find.

Taste is coconut forward with a light coffee backbone which lingers nicely on the palate and with a hint of nuttiness on the finish. Smooth and light in body given the ABV and how well hidden it is. A spry but not too perky carbonation surely helps in this regard. Fairly good drinkability as this beer is somewhat subtle and straightforward, and quite well balanced/refined in regard to its components.

An interesting porter, though I expected a bit more of a robust flavor, a la the complexities of a Baltic Porter. Nonetheless this beer offers nuances that were unexpected and quite deserving in their own right. Smooth, even delicate(for its ABV in particular), it may well ruin your favorite porter for you. Yet I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this given its rather limited production.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at 7-11 in Highland Park, Califas

Poured a black, dark color in glass with a very slight head. The smell of roasted coffee comes off the glass. Let it sit awhile and the coconut smell starts to come out. Strong taste of coffee hits the taste buds with a coconut back end. I'm sure the macadamia taste is there but I'm most used to eating it than drinking it. Mouthfeel is definitely roasty! There's all kinds of flavors coming off of this beer. The most interesting of Stone collaboration I tried so far. I tried this at the Stone 13th Anniversary Festival and its about the same off the bottle. I should let it warm up a bit but I couldn't wait. Overall, a good beer to try.

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Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. longneck bottle that is silk-screened in the same format as all their triple collab's seem to be. This one pours a very black-brown with a light tan head of neartly two-fingers. Good carbonation is evident and some nice spider lace is left clinging to the glass as you drink it on down.

The nose is slightly sweet and filled with the smell of freshly dumped coffee coffee grounds. I'm not knocking the nose by using the term coffee grounds as opposed to freshly ground Kona coffee beans, that's just how it smells and it's quite wonderful at that.

The flavor is big with lots of coffee and some serious bitterness that can be accompanied by a strong, roasty coffee-centric brew. Although fairly well balanced, the bitterness starts out early in this brew and is tamed by subtle sweetness in the end. Kind of the opposite of most brews in general. Along with the boldly bitter coffee comes a pleasant dose of coconut, some notes of rich chocolate and roast, then a brief bit of macadamia and vanilla for a finish. A really nice complex flavor that should evolve well as it ages.

Smooth, bittering and some slight astringincy at times keep this brew lively in the mouth. The healthy dose of alcohol is not really noticed in the nose or taste until about the last sip, giving it a somewhat dangerous drinkability, and a tasty one at that. I will def pick more of this brew up...just gotta age some for the good of this effort. The only real downside is the price of this little beauty, it ain't cheap!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black, light khaki head that pours out about a finger and a half deep, and retains incredibly well. Good lacing, but not incredibly sticky or anything. Appearance reminds me of a russian imperial stout with a lighter colored head.

S: Roasty coffee smell hits you first. The macadamia nut is also present. I probably wouldn't say anything about the coconut smell if I didn't know that the beer had been brewed with coconut, however, it is subtly present in the background.

T: Upfront there's a roasted coffee flavor, macadamia mid palate, and the coconut comes through mostly at the end. Lingering aftertaste of coffee and coconut. It's the tiniest bit sweet with hints of chocolate and vanilla, but bitterness dominates in the form of coffee and subtle hoppiness.

M: Typical porter mouthfeel. Not very viscous. Good carbonation. Kind of acidic though.

D: This beer is so complex and has so much going on that I can barely part my lips from the glass. I'm actually typing with one hand right now... it's that good.

Stone continues to blow my mind. BIG hats off to Maui brewing and Ken Schmidt!!! My Saturday afternoon couldn't be more relaxing at the moment.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Kris...and yeah man, I will buy you a bottle of this.

A: Pours almost pure black with a nice brownish and cream colored head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was a bit thin as well, but overall...a very enticing looking brew.

S: Tons of coffee and espresso that reminded me of Founder's Breakfast Stout off the bat. This beer says it's brewed with macadamia nut...but it comes off as being more almond to me. The coconut is there, but it takes time to search for it, as does the chocolate malt.

T: Roasted coffee/chocolate malts with a robust coconut sweetness upfront that seems to linger into a nice and subtle finish. Syrupy at times, but never to a point where I'm overwhelmed...excellent.

M: Full-body, oily, and zero to mild carbonation.

D: A damn good beer!

Overall: Never been big on Stone's collaboration beers, but this one is a true winner. Cheers!

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are not many things that I would wait in line 30 minutes for, but the idea of a Kona coffee, macadamia, coconut porter was just too good to pass up. The brew did not disappoint and the 4 ounce taste at the StoneFest was just enough to wet my appetite and put me on edge waiting for the eventual bottle release. After a month of waiting, speculating and spreading the word, I finally got my bottles last night and was not disappointed!

Smells terrific, I get lots of macadamia on the nose with hints of reminiscent familiarity, Maui coconut porter, it's definitely in there. On the buds, it's Kona coffee up front for sure. As the beer warmed it evolved into a more complex meld of Hawaiian goodness. The macadamia and coconut work more as accents and are perfect compliments to the rich Kona coffee flavor. Full bodied and viscous with perfect carbonation and a small pleasantly stiff hop under bite, perfect in just about every way, you can taste the craftsmanship and artistry that went into this beer.

This is not only the best of the Stone Collaborations, but it is the first of the series that actually validates the mission of bringing brewers together to passionately redefine what beer can be.

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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