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Aloha B'ak'tun | Maui Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by harrymel on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
155
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.25%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Photo of Beaver13
1.72/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can. Pours inky black with a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet and roasty chocolate malts and grains with some cinnamon.

The flavor is very off - cardboardy, mineral, vegetal malts with some roast and a hint of cinnamon and peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery.

Overall, I don't know if I got a bad sample, but this was subdued and off. I really like the chocolate chili beers, but this didn't have much to it.

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Photo of harrymel
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

From the can: "This belgian stout is brewed with chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle. It pours deep black with ruby highlights. Layered with roasted malt character and hints of bittersweet dark chocolate clove, cinnamon and subtle peppery notes in the nose."

Canned 13JAN13

Pours dark brown with light mocha sheet. Smells of chocolate, clove, burnt popcorn, little bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is cocoa, toasted malts, some vanilla, some corn, a little astringent. Full bodied with light carb and an off-dry finish. Not impressed whatsoever, lately their beers are more and more easily passed by. The only thing keeping me coming back is I've had all their offerings except the wit, which I think I will remedy. Not sure I've had all the beer from any other brewery not local to me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Love Maui's cans; the feel in your hand is great. "Belgian Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Spices." 7% ABV confirmed. 355ml aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; current ratings are mediocre but I usually like Maui's beers.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger rich gorgeous tan colour head of great cream, good thickness, and good retention (6+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid nontransparent opaque black; no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Carbonation appears adequate. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking pretty solid for a stout; it's not unique or special per se, but I do like the head. No overt flaws.

Sm: Cinnamon, cocao powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, pepper spices, and brown sugar. An above average strength aroma.

T: Hm. Underwhelmingly executed bland chocolate is prominent. Dark malts. Mediocre cinnamon. Belgian yeast. A hint of pepper when I really look for it; it's rather buried and adds little to the flavour. Imbalanced, shallow, and weak. Bland overall; there's little flavour here and what few notes there are lack depth. It's not bad, per se - just bland and boring. Light cream. Meh.

Mf: Weak, thin, lightly watery, and even a biteen undercarbonated. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Smooth and wet throughout. In serious need of work; there's hardly any body here at all.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Rather pedestrian stuff. I definitely wouldn't get it again, and it's not worth seeking out. A disappointment from Maui. I guess it's priced decently. Stout lovers should look elsewhere; this one isn't a winner. Hides its ABV well.

Low C-

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Photo of mactrail
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What the heck is this? There is plenty of chocolate and what at first tastes like coffee, and then boysenberry pancake syrup with some spicy heat. Now that I read the fine print on the can, I see chipotle peppers and cinnamon which seems to nail it.

The smell is a little repellant, though whether it's spoiled fruit of bad coffee is hard to tell. Once past that, the black and oily consistency greets the lips. Moderately spritzy. I don't know why they like to call this a Belgian stout. If you really, really like chocolate beers, you'll have to try this.

I wish they would just systematically work their way through the tropical fruits, like the Hawaiian Sun canned sodas, and find a few that work. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of rawfish
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich motor oil black, some viscosity and a nice porous two finger, mocha head. Retention is average and manages to leave some flecks of lacing on the glass.

Doughy with copious amounts of milk chocolate notes, cinnamon spices and lightly grassy and herbal hops. Rather simple but delivers aroma that matches the brewing ingredients. Chile is hard to discern on the nose, likely being masked with the warming alcohol and cinnamon.

Ashy, raw cocoa and burnt toast. A crumbly mess on the palate as lemony and metallic flavors drift in and out leaving an acidic dryness and tingling flavors of allspice, chiles and lemon peel. I thought the previous Maui limited releases had a weird tart flavor on the finish, this takes the cake.

Kinda flat, malt is rather sticky and body is thin. Well hidden alcohol and dries really well if you can handle the astringent aftertaste. Gets better as it warms.

Really was excited to try this one and had high hopes for it, stout with cinnamon and chocolately roasted malts. Aroma really has all the elements that this beer is supposed to offer. Taste on the other hand is burnt, metallic and tart. Letting it warm before drinking is a must. In Hawaiian terms, Auwe!

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Photo of Zraly
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Opaque black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Soft smell of roasted malts and a touch of pepper. Poured into a Hardywood snifter.

Chocolate notes predominate. Bitter chocolate finish. Not really finding the nuance of cinnamon or peppers or any spice for that matter. As it warms more, I get a tiny note of some heat, but not anything substantial enough to take note.

If I was tasting this blindly, I would assume it was an American stout and would probably deem it solid. However, with the expectation of spices -- in addition to the chocolate -- I'm a bit let down. This is a conundrum for evaluating the taste component of the beer: do I say good and go 3.00 or above or do I judge it for what it is suppose to be and evaluate a lower score because it misses the mark? And for close to $4 a can, I can get beers of equal or better quality for much less.

Overall mouthfeel is decent for style. Medium to medium-heavy bodied with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a touch more carbonation would bring some of these other notes to life? Just searching for why I am missing the boat on the hard efforts of what is normally a high-quality brewer.

Great idea and, what I ascertain is that this is maybe better fresh from the brewery. I'm not in Hawaii often (imagine that!) so that might be hard to accomplish on my end.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'll start by saying I'm a huge fan of MBC. With that out of the way...this seasonal offering was not up to standard.

Pours black with a two-finger light brown he3ad that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts, pepper, clove. Some other stuff going on here that I can't quite figure out.

Taste is roasted malts, clove, cinnamon and chocolate. There is also a certain mustiness that is not particular attractive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly lifeless.

Overall, I'm underwhelmed. Not a particularly focused brew. Better luck next time MBC....

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Reviewed August 12, 2013 at 0222.

A: Solid mocoa 2 fingered head. The head goes down to nothing very fast. Solid black body. Lacing slides down the glass and joins the body quickly.

S: Spicy malts appear first. Smell dissipates quite quickly after the head leaves. Light dark chocolate notes are all that remain within a minute.

T: Spiciness slightly bites as an end taste. Chile style dark chocolate lingers on the tongue. Smokiness appears as the drink warms up a bit.

M: This body appears especially thick. Light to medium carbonation.

O: No real coffee notes which I kinda wanted. The taste seems a bit unbalanced. It's an easy drink style brew because one would stop caring for it quite quickly. Far from Maui's best. Alcohol is hidden nicely if that convinces one to give it a try though. This is a knock back drink with a high price.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased in Nevada.

Body is deep, dark brown with maybe a hint of ruby highlights. No head to speak of.

Nose is is sweet, musty, bitter chocolate.

Flavor seems muted compared to the various items mentioned on the label. Bitter chocolate stout is what I get. No pepper heat, and I am really missing it.

Mouthfeel is medium. Just that...

Overall it is OK. I thought I was grabbing a Big Swell IPA when I dragged it from the fridge. Wish I had been.

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Photo of Dope
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head. Head fades VERY fast, leaving just little dots of lacing behind.

S: Smoke with a little bit of nuts and toasted malt.

T: Lots of smoke and burnt malt. A little anise. More acrid smoke in the finish. Not very pleasant either.

M: Medium body, a little drying.

O: Smoke overpowers this stout. Very little in the way of roasted malt to back it up. Kind of odd, almost more of a smoked beer than a stout I would say.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Piano key black. Nice tall head, dark latte foam in color and consistency, but it doesn't last. Smells irony (like Guinness), dominated by caramel and chocolate, with the faintest waft of cinnamon. Kinda like the cinnamon brownies I make. Kinda. There's a hint of walnut here that I really dig, and a bit of brown sugar. Nice.

For a beer that lists cinnamon, chipotle, and chocolate as ingredients, this doesn't taste much like cinnamon, chipotle, and chocolate. There's a vague cola-like cinnamon spice note, even vaguer smokiness, and somehow less chocolate than an ordinary stout. Mostly this tastes like liquorice – molasses, dates, cola, anise – which is no bad thing, not at all. But it doesn't do, as they say, what it says on the tin. The texture is a bit thin and bubbly as well, and that, combined with the oddly spiced flavor, makes me feel like this is less a great stout and more like a good (but weird) whisky and cola.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Now this is an interesting fusion; Mexican-Hawaiian. Take the sort of ingredients that you would expect in a Mexican hot chocolate, and add the yeast and brewing expertise of Maui Brewing. As usual from Maui, it comes canned. On to the beer:

Ink black represents the color of this Belgian stout. Topping it off is a sopay looking head which forms an inch thick after the pour, slowly dropping to a lace. The aroma is a little dissapointing to my high expectations. There is some dark roasted malt found. Vague fruitiness too. It smells like a medicore stout, but I hope more comes through when I taste it.

First thing, spice. It wants to burn down the house, but it doesn't. The stout base is decent, and it provides a roasty canvas for the dark chocolate notes to splash onto. Bittersweet brownie mix with a faint fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste. Regarding mouthfeel, this is a medium bodied beer with peppy carbonation.

In its own, this is not a bad beer. That said, it doesn't quite meet the standard which I've come to expect from Maui Brewing.

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Photo of pants678
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, a nice couple fingers of brown head... that drops to beige.

Smells spicier than it tastes.

There's a sorta sense it gives off as being a Belgian stout, but it sure ain't pronounced. Cinnamon, chipotle, coffee and whatever else is promoted on the back of the can is so subtle. There's nothing wrong with this beer except that the noted additives seem to have no effect or pronouncement. There's a nice sweetness underneath that I'd attribute to yeast and coffee. There's a decent stout here that needs no ingredient promotions.

About what I'd expect without being "Imperial."

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: Dark cola brown that allows no light to pass through. Almost black. Thick, dark head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Lackluster retention for a stout.
Smell: Carob like roasted nose. Different from chocolate. Toasted almonds, fruit cake. Bourbon like spiciness. Underlying herbal spiciness that isn't easy to pin down. Slightly medicinal.
Taste: Not as strong in flavor as I was expecting from a “belgian stout”. Has almost none of the pungency I associate with belgian styles. Woody and dark, chocolate a good compliment to the maltiness, but it tastes a little off. Tastes more like Carob. Could be really good, but falls a little short. Slight lingering coco taste. Not bad.
Mouth: Medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Carbonated enough to roll the flavors but not flat or too effervescent.

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Photo of woemad
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.79. No freshness date on the can.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark brown color that looked virtually black when held up to light. There was a big, creamy mocha colored head that left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Initially, there was a milky, lactic smell to this beer. There was also a spicy note that reminded me of unsweetened cinnamon. As it warmed, the aroma became more chocolatey and began to reveal the vaunted chipotle peppers. There’s also a somewhat off-putting aroma of something like iron (hopefully, no blood was used in the making of this beer). The cinnamon and chipotle peppers seem to have a problem playing nice – each one gets kind of brash, as if it’s trying to outdo the other.

The taste is of mild, bland chocolate with some cinnamon accents and a very mild pepper flavor. There’s a roasty quality to the malts that remind me more of a porter than a stout. I was expecting more interesting flavor from this, and what there was didn’t meld together terribly well.

The body is a bit watery, and the mouthfeel and carbonation was disappointing for something bragging about being a “Belgian” stout.

An interesting idea on paper, but the reality was underwhelming. I’d like to know how old this was. There’s a reference to “future” releases coming from Maui in 2013 (!), so I have a sneaking suspicion it’s been sitting around for a couple of years. It could have been more bold and flavorful when recently canned, but I think that ship has sailed.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pitch black pour. Creamy beige head takes its time,but eventually settles to a thin cap. A delicate ring of lacing circles the glass.

S: Semi sweet dark chocolate, smoke and soot, faint whiffs of black pepper, dried chilis, and cinnamon. Not much 'pop' on the nose.

T: Smoke and soot up front. Bakers chocolate. Faint cinnamon. Flash of clove and some oily hops. The chipotle contribution is very downplayed, just the slightest hint of peppery warmth on the back end. Cola. Touch of candidate sugar fruitiness. Dry chocolatey and sooty finish with the slightest hint of chipotle heat.

M: Rather thin and light. Slight creaminess, but it lands on the watery side. Gentle scrubbing carbonation.

O: About as complex as a doorknob. Adjunct contributions are weak and uninspired, yeast character is seriously lacking, and the body is too thin and watery. A lot of bells and whistles on paper, but in the end this is an exceedingly average beer. Maui needs to go bigger and bolder all around with this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this extra, one more new brewery I can cross off my list of conquests. 12 oz. can.

Pour is black & dare I say, like motor oil...which is one of the most over-used descriptors I can think of (I'll call it 'bitter' later if I can). Moderately carbed. The nose is an ass-spanker: aggressive & forward. Half a Starbucks careens off the surface, backed with a Hershey's Kiss, & a chaste brush of spice. Wow.

Aloha B'ak'tun took me longer to type than a beer with triple the characters. Roast jumps the taste line too & the second impression is that it's drier than salty brine. Fingernail of the Belgian yeast comes through in the middle, subtle, barely detectable, along with mild chocolate, malt sweetness, Spices? I see some over the stove, but I don't taste any. A bit thin. Not anorexic thin, but bony. Easy enough to swig, I guess.

Not a bad beer, but most of the advertised additions are doing a Patrick Swayze (no, not dancing, the other thing) & what you're left with is a dry, rather thin, porter-like experience. Decent enough.

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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Listed here as a BSDA, listed by the brewer as a Stout. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with about 1/4 inch of medium brown head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma led off with a solid roast note that wasn't overpowering. There was a nice malt scent underneath, but nothing that I found to indicative of a "Belgian" aspect. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, solid roast in front, some malt in the middle, and the roast was a bit sharp and lingered at the back of the palate.

The body was on the thin side for a stout, almost Portery. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see knocking back a few of these. Overall, a nice enough little beer, not exactly what the brewery claims it to be, but probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with just a hint of light brown light seeping through the edges, fizzy dark tan head eventually disappears, leaving just a ring around the edges

S- lightly smoked roasted malt with a whiff of chocolate, slightly spicy with some peppery notes, some dry ash on the backend

T- smoky and ashy malt flavors up front eventually give way to some light chocolate notes. There are some spicy notes mid-palate, but can't pick out any cinnamon, slightly earthy and tangy notes are also noticed, typical of belgian style. The finish is dry and roast with just a trace of heat from the peppers.

M- medium-light body with high carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish, abv is is hidden quite well

0- this one was pretty good, I would have preferred more of an emphasis on the cinnamon and pepper. Worth a try but not the price

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian Stout" should really be a category here on BA.

12oz can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown over the weekend... Surprised to be the first review here. Poured into my HotD goblet.

1/2" dark brown head dies back very quickly leaving little in the way of a head or a cap... the brew is black.

The nose is pretty full.. dark chocolate, light roast malt, some lesser cinnamon and something that I guess is chipotle.. slightly smokey and possibly chili'eque.

Not much in the way of any thing contributed from any Belgian yeast... a bit of clovey phenols, but I could be confusing that for the cinnamon.. Dark malt/chocolate deliver the main palate punch... cinnamon is fighting to stay afloat, the chipotle has an even more difficult time.. the chili only shows a a minor smokiness.

Body is a medium/light with a light carbonation and a light carbonation... sorta silky on the palate...

Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty decent beer... It just needs more of everything in the aroma and flavor to take it to the next level.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark brown head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon bark, and some dirty pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cookie dough and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a lot going on ingredient wise but mainly comes across as charred and roasty in the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A mocha foamy head that makes about slightly more than a finger tall, settles and leaves a good collar of about 3mm. Very dark walnut black body, can hardly see through this at all. Pretty solid looking stout.

On the bouquet there is a little bit of roast character, with some dark chewy bread and sense of dark bakers chocolate. Not particularly spice as hinted from the ingredients and can listing. Still an interesting nose.

Palate is a little bit thin even to style. Roast character melds fine on the palate, but finishes a bit wet. Aftertaste is virtually un-noticeable. No sense of spices, chocolate that was hinted on the nose. I wish I could say more about the palate, but there's not much going on here.

Overall it's not a terrible beer, but for all the incredible spice and flavors it mentions it really doesn't come out to play. As for Belgian that's even a bigger surprise cause this hardly feels anything Belgian stout like at all (See de-Struise for Damnation III for a good one). This just feels like a standard roasty stout and one I could skip.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some spices. Taste is chocolate, some smokiness, a bit of spices, mild and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different and a solid beer.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- pours a hazy dark brown with a huge dark brown head

aroma- dusty chocolate a little bit of cola/dr. pepper smell

taste. its chocolate porter or stoutish at first but the lingering esthers would suggest its kind of belgian style. i dont know that I taste the chipotle like I do in the stone offereing but there is a subtle smokyness. The pepper and cinnamon really start to come out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied. tasty and slightly warming.

Overall an excellent and unique offering, for my money though you cant beat the cococnut porter and the one they make with pineapple juice. both make me wantto put my toes in the sand and both make me want to consume sea meat by the truck load. ahhh aloha

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very bizarre stout, but ive come to expect out there beers from these guys. this one pours a chocolaty brown color, not freakishly dark, but dark enough to block out most of the light. the head is a few fingers high and tan in color, but it doesn't last long. the nose is Belgian yeast, chocolate malt, burnt toast, and cocoa powder, dusty and bitter. not as much roast comes through from the malt, and the chocolate notes are dominant. the same is true with the taste, but the cocoa powder is entirely in the finish, while the sweeter, more milky chocolate comes in the middle. there is also an interesting spice compliment that may come from the yeast, or may come from spices themselves. slightly tropical, but this is almost more of a winter warmer than a Hawaiian inspired beer to me, seems like an odd choice for a brewery on maui, but its tasty, if a bit busy. balance is never really found, but I doubt that was the goal here. fuller medium body and a well hidden abv. im glad I ended up with a single instead of a 6pack, but I have to admit this was a surprisingly good beer, unlike anything else ive had. the spices and the cocoa are a curious combination, like Mexican hot chocolate, or something else not stereotypically Hawaiian.

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Aloha B'ak'tun from Maui Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.
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