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

Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter
BA SCORE
4.12/5
329 Ratings
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterKen Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
329
pDev:
11.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Photo of joe1510
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle

A great big thanks goes out to errantnight for sending this along in a Christmas box, thanks again brotha! A pitch black pour fills the pint glass while chestnut brown highlights grace the body along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head easily grows to two fingers of creamy beige on a light pour and slowly fades to a rigid cap. Peaks and valleys of lacing cling to the glass in sheets as the head settles and after each drink.

The nose isn't quite as expressive as I imagined it would be but I suppose the coffee has something to do with that. The Kona coffee hits first in a fairly straightforward manner. Bittersweet baker's chocolate comes through in the middle and a rather rich caramel brings up the rear with the raw coffee beans. The coffee obviously dominates the aroma and a mild nuttiness comes through although it's rather generic and I would never have guessed macadamia.

The coffee beans are upfront but a little on the subtle and generic side. The middle is weak with muddled coffee, baker's chocolate, light cream (which may be the coconut sweetness), a mild roast, and nuttiness on the finish. The beginning is solid but the middle through end is a little muddled and hard to dissect. The best part of the flavor is the lingering aftertaste where big notes of dark chocolate combine with the mildly bitter coffee grounds and a lingering, soft nuttiness. This beer gets much better as it nears room temperature. The flavors front to back seem to smooth out and meld much better.

The body is on the medium side, which is to be expected from a coffee porter but the carbonation is a little higher than I would like, causing some prickliness along the tongue. The carbonation eventually softens which makes for a smooth, somewhat slick body. As this one sits in the glass and the carbonation mellows it really comes into its own.

The drinkability is good for an 8.5% porter. There's no discernible alcohol and the flavors end up coming together nicely after some warming. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back again and again.

I have had my eye on this brew for awhile now and am happy I got to give it a go around. it's not quite as expressive as I thought it was going to be but it’s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!

12/24/09

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Black13 for this long time want and all the other great beers!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with 2 fingers of light tan head.

Smell. Slightly sour coffee and sweet nuts with dark malts and a bit of caramel.

Taste. Big coffee, again slightly sour and a little bit metalic. Dark malts follow with some nice nutty flavour in the finish. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little lighter and medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A great Hawaiian combination going on here. Not the best coffee flavour I've tasted in a beer but a fun brew and so happy to finally have tried it. Thanks again Black13!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Tilley4
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this bottle for a couple of months now but can't for the life of me remember where it came from.. its from 09 so here's hoping its held up pretty well...

Huge aromas of dark roasted (almost burnt) coffee, tinges of coconut here and there.... mainly coffee... the aromas are nice... im hoping this is more balanced than the aromas would have me believe... no macadamia that I can detect...

Well, I was right... this basically tastes like an old tired burnt cup of coffee... bitter and harsh with the coffee flavors overpowering everything in sight... I was hoping the coconut and macadamia flavors would still be present but they're nowhere to be found... disappointing...

Im giving this the benefit of the doubt since its not necessarily fresh but this didn't do it for me...

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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1.76/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't remember who sent me this one, as all my notes were lost when my computer crashed. If it was you, cheers for the trade!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Dark body, almost black, with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a half wisp and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, light coffee notes and some nutty aromas. Light tart cherries in there as well, along with a bit of funk. Great...

TASTE: Yup, she's infected. Tart cherries dominate the show, but there are some light roasted coffee flavors pushing for a stage. The infection is much more obvious than the nose. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is a competition between the tart cherry, brett infection and an trying, but failing, touch of bitter-sweet coffee and roasted flavors. It's not horrid, but definiltey not the point.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate but it goes down alright, finishing with a touch of dryness.

OVERALL: Obviously infected. This review won't affect its overall score, but it will serve as a point of reference for anyone who may wonder. Stone makes great beer and I'd love to try this one again if I happen to run into it. Unfortunately Drain enjoyed most of this one.

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 329 ratings
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