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

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Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut PorterBarrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter
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California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 08-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
92
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 92
Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1026th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
500 Ml C/C

2011 Release
I was lucky enough to win a bottle and shared with GuruDel.

App- A very dark brown pour with a two finger khaki head that was a bit slow to recede with only a minimal amount of cling and lace.

Smell- Such a great smelling beer. Opens with the bourbon, moves to a bit of a roasted nuts and moves to a bit of a heavy cream interlaced with coffee, vanilla.

Taste- A beer that I believe finally lived up to the hype. It was very smooth and drinkable with layers and depth. Opens with a subtle bourbon and segways to a blend of the nuttiness and chocolate. A bit of trace vanilla and cream round this one out.

Mouth- A bit thin but I was expecting it to be. Most porters arent the best for being full/thick beers. This was a nice medium body with a good creamy low/medium carbonation level. Bourbon, Chocolate and Malt residual flavors.

Drink- A very good beer. I am very happy that Vince and I at least one beer between the two of us. This was smooth, creamy, flavorful, well blended and a great use of a barrel.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nate! 500ml bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown color, creamy tan-colored head, thin ring.

S - Light bourbon, roast, chocolate, toasted malts. The bourbon isn't as big as I was expecting, which is a bit disappointing. The sweetness is there, but also dialed down a bit as well. I would say the nose is muted, in my opinion.

T - Taste is a little better. Light bourbon, chocolate, toasted malts, oak. No real coconut and not as complex as the base beer (when fresh) when I had it. Light coffee finish with some sweetness.

M - A tad bit too light on the body (lighter side of medium), light carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - After having the base beer a while back, I was really expecting more from this one. The bourbon is very light and the base beer is pretty muted. That said, it's not a bad beer by any means. I just had such high expectations, I was let down after this tick.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Very dark brown in color, bordering on black, but not quite there. Small dark brown crown that remains a ring atop the beer. This leaves sticky spots of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is probably this beer's best aspect, with good amounts of earthy bourbon, coffee grounds, mild vanilla, and good nut character. This is rich, complete, sweet, and complex.

The flavor is similarly nice, though the flavors seem a bit muted when compared to the aroma. Coffee, vanilla, earth, and bourbon all combine nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, easy to drink, rich, and very, very little alcohol harshness.

Good enough, though I actually expected (hoped?) this would bem uch better. I have not been impressed with Stone's barrel-aged offerings for the most part (other than Stone IRS).

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Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml C&C bottle. Served in a snifter.

Picked this guy up about a year ago at the brewery. Been in the 55 degree cooler ever since.

Pours opaque super dark brown, just about black. Just a millimeter of light gets through. Covered with half a finger of dark beige foam. Settles to a thin ring of very dense bubbles. A few dots of lacing.

Aroma is quite dusty. Lots of oaky wood, nutty dry macadamias, rich roasted coffee, lightly sweet chocolate malt. Not as big as I was expecting, but good.

Taste really closely follows the nose. Bitterness and sweetness are extremely well balanced and are both at a pleasant moderate level. Roasted coffee with hints of coconut. Oak and vanilla with a fairly light tinge of bourbon. Coconut emerges much stronger in the finish, which dries up as well. No real sign of alcohol, it's buried in there.

Body is fairly thin for what I was expecting, but a nice dose of medium carbonation makes for a great feel and a very drinkable brew.

I never had a chance to try the original collaboration beer, but I certainly dig this one.

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Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown that appears mostly clear in the glass with 2 fingers of dense and fluffy dark tan/brown foam on top. Head lingers for a minute or two and slowly fizzles away leaving light frothy lacing on the glass.

S - Oh Wow! This smells amazing. Quite nutty and rather chocolatey up front. Sweet bourbon blends in so perfectly here, I can't imagine this beer without it. Not boozy at all...just fleshy coconut, smooth vanilla, rich and smooth coffee, yellow cake batter. Definitely one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T - Rich coffee up front, medium roasted, a bit astringent. The bourbon plays off the coffee well, just coming on as the coffee starts to fade to the background...almost like a splash of bourbon was poured into black coffee. Bourbon blends off to quite smooth coconut, vanilla and a mellow nuttiness and finally gives way to the coffee again at the finish. Hard for this to live up to the aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied, but wish there was a bit thicker feel here to make this ideal. Carbonation consists of fine bubbles, tingley and at a lowish level. Super smooth and all of the flavors play off of each other so well...this is an excellent dessert by itself.

O - I sought this one out for a long time and for a while I didn't think I'd ever get to try this...so glad I did! I had high hopes, but this met and exceeded them, which doesn't happen to often lately. Super dessert beer with so much going on - coffee, chocolate, mild bourbon (barrel is subtle and so well integrated here - adding to the base beer without overpowering or distracting), coconut, nuttiness, vanilla...just outstanding. Gonna have to seek out another bottle I guess.

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Photo of jegross2
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BEER REVIEW #500!

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter, a collaboration between San Diego area homebrewer Ken Schmidt, Stone Brewing Company and Maui Brewing Company. The name of the beer is pretty evocative of what it is.

Score: 91

Summer 2011 vintage caged and corked bottle, one of 672 produced. Served in a stemmed taster glass and enjoyed on 11/07/13 at the Chicago Craft Beer Lover's event hosted at The Beer Temple. Huge shout out and thanks to beeradvocate user Chi81 for bringing this surprise treat, one that I have long wanted to try and since given up on ever ticking. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a soda color with minimal head off the pour that totally settles. Oily legs, but poor lacing/retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Roast, coconut, cocoa, light oak and light molasses. A dash of fruity oxidation, which melds nicely with the other complexities of the nose. No single character, not even the coconut, takes the center stage here; all are well balanced in proportion to each other. 4.25/5

Taste: The toasted coconut flavor is not nearly as prominent as I expected it to be, but still there to a nice degree. Also present is a mix of chocolate, brown sugar and light oak. Really nice integration of the components, but the flavor is not very bold. Traditional bourbon flavor featured in bourbon barrel aged stouts/porters is virtually non-existent. Coconut flavor grows a little bit when I let the beer sit and warm in the glass. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slick mouthfeel. Good balance, with a light sweetness. 4.25/5

Overall: A lot more subtle in flavor and delicate than anticipated. I enjoyed this, but imagine it has faded over the past two-plus years.

Cost: $25 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a tulip.

As dark brown as dark brown gets. The light tan head, maybe half a finger tall, remains for a good long while, thick as pancake batter. Some spotted lace on the walls of the glass.

Endless macadamia nut in the nose. Crumbly cocoa nibs as well. Coconut, if there, seems less toasted and more fresh. As I explore deeper, I pick up fresh vanilla as well as toasted oak and coffee. It’s like the most complex Almond Joy I’ve ever had. I could smell this all night.

Macadamia nut also leads the flavor, followed swiftly by tangy dark chocolate. Esters of new oak and vanilla emerge as well. Upon the swallow, a flash of some sweet, dark, fruity bourbon is swiftly followed by heavily roasted coffee, toasted coconut and more vanilla. As it warms, every flavor is easily picked out. Nuts, coconut, toffee, oak, booze. Give this a chance to warm to reveal itself; it just keeps getting better and better. There’s perhaps some odd mildewy flavor at first, but it’s eradicated by the good stuff upon the swallow.

I want this to be thicker, but it is a porter. Just a shade under medium in body, softly fizzy. Fairly hot for its ABV, numbing the tongue and warming the nose.

I had my doubts at first, but this brew is best at room temperature and eventually becomes a brilliant combination of flavors. Very excited I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Holidays to everybody, especially to Javib458 for the trade.

Note to those of you fortunate to get a bottle; cellar temp is the ideal to taste the decadent layers of this well executed barrel aged version of one of my all time favorite beers!

Pours your usual stout black with a 3 finger khaki head.
Aroma; toffee, coffee, macadamia nuts, and a hint of wood and vanilla.
Taste; is nicely layered yet but also has a solid overall profile considering all of the components of this beer.
First you're hit with ripe coffee. Then you get that toasted coconut signature from Maui's coconut porter. From there, an incredible milk chocolate note blended with a hint of vanilla and oak.
Finishes like a bourbon milkshake...yeah, it's awesome.

Overall; thrilled to have the chance to try this beer, having been born and raised on Maui, the base beer (as well as coconut porter) has always held a special place in my heart.

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Photo of DJButters
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That's right. I won a bottle and to the victor goes the spoils. Shared at Toronado SD with friends and family. Drank the same day after pick up.

A: Nothing spectacular. Looks like a nice port. Dark color with minimal, no head.

S: Overwellming bourbon. Bourbon for days... Think 50/50 Eclipse bourbon. Very noticeable for a port base and low alchool percentage. Faint smells of the base brew underneath... Wait... What is that? Mmm coffee, macadamia nut, vanilla, chocolate. Mmmm.

T: The bourbon smacks you in the face. But the finish lasts for minutes followed by waves of vanilla, nutty, coffee... Very good. Fantastic.

M: Perfect. Nothing else. Not over done on carb, like a velvet wash on your tounge. Like a velour jumpsuit for your mouth.

Overall: An amazing beer worthy of the top spot of Stone and perhaps one of the best colab beers ever brewed. Please feel free to trade your bottle to me if you feel otherwise. A complete travisty in life that the beer is not readily avaliable. Great job to all invloved, but I need more. Cheers.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bottle direct from the brewery on 6/25/11. Opened on the night I moved into my first house. Popped the caged and corked bottle, and poured into my Deschutes tulips glass...

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a brown 1 finger head that fades rather quickly. Comes back when swirled, but no real legs on this one. Maybe decreased head retention due to ageing?

S - Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. One the second sniff, I'm getting hints of black licorice.

T/M - The taste is amazing, matches the smell very well. Woodsey bourbon barrel and vanilla assult my palette. Very faint coconut flavor, but no noticable macadamia nut. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated, possibly from the age.

O - An amazing barrel aged beer for sure! No alcohol heat on this at all, and the flavors really develop as it warms slightly. Glad I had the opportunity to purchase this, but sad it's gone now.

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Photo of pastradul
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split the bottle into 2 Stone tulip glass’ Pours a dark coffee brown with a very nice 2 fingers of cacao head over the top that hangs around for a little bit. The nose is a mild bourbon mixed with some very nice medium roast coffee flavors. Actually a bit surprised at ow much coffee is still left in this after aging in barrels for so long. The mouthfeel is good. Just enough carbonation to help bring out some of te smaller notes on the pallat. Lots of coffee, mild bourbon, vanilla/marshmallow in the back with a slight lingering chocolate malt flavor. Over all a great brew for sure and glad to have tried a bottle.

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Photo of dsgolovin
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was probably the only person to open this up at the bar.

A-Poured jet black with two fingers of thick head, more foam than I had expected. Nice.

S-This might be the best smelling barrel aged porter that I have had to date. Really excellent bourbon, coffee and roasted malt smell. I would shower in it if it would not lead to social problems.

T-Taste is more subdued than the smell, but still pretty amazing. Really smooth and well balanced, not too much booze.

M-Solid coating of the mouth, not quite as viscous as Hunahpus, but still what I'd want from a barrel aged stout.

O-quite an exceptional beer and was very glad to have tried and shared it.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black syrupy pour, low sandy colored head which disappeared quickly.

S - Light coffee/chocolate scent. Very well balanced blended nose no singular notes.

T - Basic coffeeish porter flavor, followed by coconut, finishing with a woody aftertaste.

M - Well balanced, very fine carbonation from the barrel aging, alcohol warmth.

O - One of the better porters I've ever had. Infused stouts generally get more attention, but the flavorings lend themselves well to this style. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9/3/11 with friends

A: Dark, nearly opaque with a fluffy cream colored head. Good retention with little lacing.

S: Heavenly sweet aroma of rich dark chocolate, macadamia, and vanilla. Could not immediately detect the coconut.

T: Heavy, rich chocolate flavor with faint coconut and vanilla notes. Very light oak taste in the first few sips, and very minimal bourbon throughout.

M: I was expecting more here. Medium to light body, almost slightly thin for what I was expecting. Medium carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and a wonderful aroma! Definitely glad I got the opportunity to try this beer. Sorry to have not had the opportunity to try the original first, so I had more to compare this one to.

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Photo of seanpierceCEO
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's not a whole lot I can say about this experience but I'll try.
Having had Ken's Aloha Plenty version (which Greg from Stone has said is way better than the production run) I had very high expectations.

The appearance was classic american porter: deep set black, with a nice leather brown head. It totally makes you want it.

As far as aroma, I got everything I was expecting. The most prominent aroma was the coffee, it smelt of freshly pulled espresso shots and that first morning cup. The toasted coconut would come out every couple sniffs and lent a nice balance to the slight alcohol in the aroma. Being my experience with Bourbon is slight, I'm not sure I got it in the aroma but it may have been there.

Taste...was god-like. The flavors came together incredibly well. Every ingredient complemented the other. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky with a sight syrupy drip at the back end. This barrel aged version brought the production version on-par with the Aloha Plenty.

General impression...I'm sad I had to share the bottle and that it was a limited run. If it is every released in the future, I will be there with bells on.

Cheers!

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Barrel Aged Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.
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