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
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:
Collaboration with Ken Schmidt and Maui Brewing Company

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
332
pDev:
11.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 drewone
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to be able to track this one down. Needless to say I needed to get a hold of one as it was made to be had by me for sure. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this gem was enjoyed on 10/22/2009.
 
The pour was fabulous. Rich dark brown in color with a huge tan head that just leapt over the top of the glass. Seriously impressed here I have to say right from the start. Thick lacing just dripping down the sides of the glass with each moment getting further and further down the rabbit hole so to speak. Enormous aroma of rich roasted coffee, hints of nuts and vanilla just dripping off of it as well, so ridiculously sweet and delicious, I was in heaven here to say the least. Warming brought out more vanilla and hints of wonderful touches of brown sugar and thick coffee notes. The I took a sip, suck a luscious full bodied feel, it was amazing at just how nice this one came together. Rich notes of sweet brewed coffee and mingled in seamlessly with touches of wonderful nuts and vanilla. Hints of like woody notes as well as brown sugar just rippled all over this one. So sweet it was just a pleasure to be able to try it. No hint of the ABV at all, in fact, it was beyond well hidden,
 
Overall this was one of the best coffee beers I have ever run across. Just solid from top to bottom and not a thing I could say to complain about it at all. No wonder people have been raving about this one, it really is just that good. Got to go out and find another few.
 

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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found one of these elusive creatures, but pricey at 9 dollars for a 12 oz bottle.
Pours a solid black with a two finger mocha head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of fudge, chocolate and coffee mostly. Slight dark fruit in the background. Traces of vanilla and alcohol round out the nose. I don't pick up any coconut or macadamia in the aroma. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate up front, bitter roast that melds into coconut, finishing semi dry with a long lingering roasted grain and coconut finish. Creamy sticky mouthfeel, thick body with a semi dry finish, light carbonation. I really enjoyed this one. I was a little nervous because I really hate coconut, but its subtle enough in here that I could actually appreciate it and I think it works really well.

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Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color that appears fairly clear with deep ruby red hues when held up to the light. The head appears with more than a finger of creamy tan head that retains very well and sticks all along the glassware. Nose is fresh roasted coffee upfront with an underlying hint of dark malty grain that comes across a bit sweet and with notes of chocolate and a bit of some earthy/nutty character. Some sourness is mingled in with the dark fruity maltiness of the nose. Taste includes all of the aforementioned characteristics that were present in the nose. Upfront there is the bitter coffee character intertwinded with the flavor of dark chocolate. Along with those flavors is a bit of an acidic note maybe influenced by the coffee but it has a slight sour twang to it before the rest of the flavors of this brew come into play. All through the medium to full body of this brew are notes of dark grain suggesting a bit of a roasty nut-like flavor along with dark chocolate and coffee. Long flavorful finish includes the coffee and dark roasty malt. Medium to light level of carbonation with this brew. As this brew warms, the alcohol really starts to come out and the coffee character is still noticeable yet the sourness starts to become overwhelming. The nose starts to smell very vegetative almost like cabbage and the taste is quite acidic to the point where it just isn't very enjoyable like it was straight out the gate and a little too cold.

I am having a hard time feeling this one out to review appropriately. If I reviewed it based on my initial (too cold serving temperature) it would be an "A." However, after letting it warm up to proper temperature it is not enjoyable at all and would be a C-D rating for me. I guess I will average it out with the flavor and aroma as that is only the fair thing to do.

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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 TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this guy!

Though not new (save for me), the concept of a coconut porter intrigues me, though not without some trepidation. Here we go... It pours an opaque used charcoal with around a finger of khaki head. The nose comprises coffe, milk chocolate, coconut, walnuts, dark wheat, and cashews. Beyond the warning provided by the name, this melange is quite unexpected. Not what you'd think would come from a beer bottle, baby. The taste starts with a straight porter base, then adds some milky coconut and vanilla action, and throws in a bushel of nuts (I have never had a macadamia nut before, so I'm not sure if that's what I'm tasting...but there's definintely some nuts, baby). It all blends nicely in the finish, creating a truly unique flavor. The body is a strong medium, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice change of pace, but not something that I'll be turning to all that often. A strong collaboration, indeed.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share thanks to Toby. Dark and rich, elements of coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Very easy drinker. All of the elements play very well together for a well rounded beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, darker than most porters, this is stout territory appearance wise. Immense amount of coffee in the nose to it.

Almost too much coffee (have I said that before?) it covers up all the other stuff. The coconut, the macadamia nuts (expensivo!). Its good, its very good, but a little out of balance. Coffee beers are all over the place, but the Macadamia nut and coconut was the unique part, but they are a little bit obscured here.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Right place right time. Huge thanks to Michael for opening this while I was standing in the same room. Beer servd in a snifter. Beer is brown / almost black. Tan head small bubbles, wispy, no real lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, sweet, mild coconut. There is a slight roast as well.

Beer is medium to light in body, some bitterness on the backed. Again very nutty but only slight coconut. Good though. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The 12oz bottle cost $6.99 in Ft Collins.

This pours a very dark brown with some red tints and a 2 finger head of tannish foam. The foam is shrinking slowly leaving some good lacing.

The smell is roasty with notes of chocolate, toffee, some sweet malt, and by gawd, I can smell a buttload of coffee.. A nice balance between bitter and sweet. Alcohol is kind of in the picture too.

The taste is malty with some good sweet notes and roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, tasty fesh coffee like flavours, and a note or 2 of vanilla. It's very tasty and thank goodness for that as there's a pretty strong presence of the alcohol.

I call this full bodied with a subdued amount of carbonation that results in a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability? The alcohol is noticeable so that'll hold down the score for me more than a bitt. That being said, I really like what's going on with this beer. Super tasty, great mouthfeel, and easy on the eyes. A firm thumbs up from yours truly.

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Photo of WesWes
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm, roasted malt and coffee scent along with delicate hints of chocolate and nuts. The coffee character is top notch with loads of dry, earthy character. The taste is perfect! It has a damn awesome coffee, roastedness. It's incredibly smooth and full bodied with just a hint of macadamia in the finish. It's a dark one for sure with adequate warmth and a ton of black malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the top porters I've ever had. It's incredibly complex with a shit ton of flavor; simply awesome.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't think I would find this, but there were two bottles left at Ramona Liquor in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. $6.99 for the 12 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Let me see...it is black. You can see a few rows of carbonation bubbles running along the glass. The head is soapy and low density on top with scrawny retention. Lots of coffee in the nose. Dry roasted coffee. I can also find a little macadamia and chocolate.

Very coffeeish and coconutty. A little bit of smoke, some roasted notes....alcohol is nowhere to be found. Pleasant thick mouthfeel, though the carbonation could be toned down just a smidge. The aftertaste takes this beer to the next level. It leaves a very pleasant bittersweet marriage of coffee and creamer.

This beer reminds me why I love coffee stouts/porters.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 John_M
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at John's Marketplace during my last trip out to Portland.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty interesting, and it seemed to improve and change as it warmed in my glass. Initially, I thought the beer was dominated by an intense coffee ground aroma, with some noticeable black chocolate in the background. However, as the beer warmed, I also got some nutiness, black cherry, milk duds and dried pipe tobacco. The aroma profile in this beer is pretty attracive. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose in a moderately sweet flavor package. There is also a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which is an attractive addition. Mouthfeel is no more then medium bodied, and the beer finishes pretty well. Alcohol is generally well disguised, and drinkability is quite good. In fact, this beer has a depth of flavor I don't see too often in a porter, and it added to the beers enjoyability.

Not sure this beer is/was so good that I'd want to plop down another $7 for a 12 ounce bottle, but nevertheless, this was a solid, very enjoyable porter. Interesting stuff.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, drank on October 25th. Poured into a founders brewing pint glass. Picked this one up at De cicco's after the CL flaming fury release.

KSMSKCMCP holds a oil stain black color with some rusty brown spots towards the edges and bottom of the glass. A cascading dark brown head turns light tan on top when it settles down. The foam reaches a 1/2 inch and has a nice creamy look. Good retention and some soapy lace but over time it fades into a ring around the glass.

Deep rich scents of kona coffee followed by chocolate and a sprinkle of cocco. This reminded me of a very light chocolate milk at times. The macadamia nuts used come out with warming. Roasted malt and a small hint of smoke. The coconut is minimal and does not really register.

The kona coffee is very big when this beer is cold so if that's what your after drink it on up. Over time the macadamia nuts integrate with the coffee making for an interesting mix. This is a nutty porter with a light but noticable chocolate touch. Some french vanilla shows up while the coconut remains minimal. Coconut is a hard ingredient to brew well so im not upset that it's not that large here. Any hops used don't make a dent with any significant taste, but im sure they have something to do with the overall flavor.

This porter holds a above medium body with some thickness to it, nowhere near watery. It goes down pretty simple. A mix between light milk chocolate and alot of coffee in the mouth with a short lasting aftertaste. OTOH, once this reached true room temperature the taste really went downhill in a sense because all I could taste was the M nuts and a some burnt flavors came up which struck me the wrong way. Drink this baby cold, warming does not help it IMO. No bitterness and low but noticable carb.

Not the most drinkable porter i've had, I was not sulking when I was done my 12oz. The ABV is slightly high but it's well hidden. Im glad I only bought one bottle of this because it's not something I would go back to. I enjoyed it enough though and porter fans should seek it out as it is kind of unique. This is probably the closest I will ever get to try products from Maui brewing so im glad i tried 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