Single Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii Kona
Terrapin Beer Company

Single Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii KonaSingle Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii Kona
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Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
158
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  24
SCORE
88
Very Good
Single Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii KonaSingle Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii Kona
Notes: Coffee Notes
Origin: USA
Location: Hawaii
Farm: Lehuula
Elevation: 415 m
Processing: Fully Washed
Grade: Extra Fancy
Varietal: Kona Typica

Brewed with Jittery Joe's Coffee
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 158 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (x2: Feb. & April 2017).

Clear very dark mahogany with a creamy but weak tan head

Superb coffee flavor and good, earthy aroma. The flavor is less earthy and has much more dark chocolate than the aroma. If you are not already convinced that Hawaiian Kona coffee is some of the best in the world, this beer may convince you. Fantastic coffee flavor with an excellent balance of sweet and bitter (mildly bitter overall). Notable dark bread component.

O - excellent coffee stout.

Feb 23, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- lightly charred malt mixes with nutty coffee that also gives some herbal notes. Chocolate and honey sweetness with a bit of metallic notes on the finish

T- roasted malt and chocolate up front, followed by slightly charred coffee notes that adds some black tea-like bitterness. The finish is slightly sweet with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a thin finish

O- fairly one dimensional at times, but good drinkability

Feb 03, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Four distinct single origin coffees from around the world each brewed with the same base stout." Brewed in the style of an American Stout, available in 12 oz. bottles as part of the Single Origin 4 pack alongside other variants. One-off experiment from Terrapin.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy pale brown head over a dense black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Simple but efficient stout base with soft chocolate, moderate roasted grain and a medium body and perceived sweetness. The impact of the Kona coffee beans in this beer generates notes of mild fruit and acidity, some earthy spiciness and delicate roasted tones. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a nearly even balance of lightly sweetened chocolate and caramel base to a moderately roasted grain bitterness, carrying a fairly light body. The Kona bean flavor is far more subdued in the flavor, with delicate fruit and subtle spiciness, and little to no perceived roast character, generating a very mellow flavor overall. Finishes clean and moderately dry. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly oily, softly creamy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to roasted malt bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The inclusion of the Kona bean, while a popular favorite in many coffee choices, does not generate enough potency to carry a lot of strong flavor into even the most simple of stout builds. While generating an appetizing aroma with some perceived depth, the flavor fades to near nothingness as far as the coffee bean is concerned. Otherwise, it's a decent drinking stout, but not much of a bold coffee bean expedition and leaves something to be desired. Hopefully, the other variants will scratch that itch. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Single Origin Coffee Stout: Hawaii Kona
3.65/5.00

Nov 11, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep brown, thick tan head slowly fades to a ring, spotty lace. Dark chocolate and coffee bean aroma. Solid coffee taste, dark chocolate, mild bitterness. Medium semi slick feel.

Sep 26, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is brownish-black with a low profile, filmy, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of rich, roasted coffee forward, cocoa nib, milk chocolate, and earthy overtones. Very distinct coffee notes. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with rich nutty and bitter coffee notes leading the way, followed by a bitter chocolate and milk chocolate blend. Well balanced, and dynamic in its simplicity. The body is smooth and light, but with a solid bitter and dry edge. The aftertaste is more roast, with a solid char characteristic, and a coffee and chocolate blend. The finish is smooth, light, and dry. Good beer.

Jul 14, 2016
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Saisons-of-the-Abyss from New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get much head from my pour, the carbonation is very light and the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It smells like your typical coffee stout and tastes like it smells. It's one of the more boring stouts I've had; the flavor doesn't have much complexity or really stand out at all. It actually reminds me of Guinness Extra Stout. Except Guinness costs way less. This isn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Jun 20, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a tin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee with notes of chocolate, nuts, and caramel as well as some very light floral hints.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with strong flavors of freshly medium roasted coffee including the flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. There are light floral flavors as well. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness towards the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one and I'm glad I saved it for last - the Kona coffee flavors and aromas are truly highlighted in this beer. I think the almost sessionable base stout makes this one really easy to drink and more enjoyable in the warmer weather here in the South.

Jun 09, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black very thin mocha head not much lacing.

Smell - The smell is amazing nice roasted coffee light chocolate and vanilla notes. the fresh coffee smell is great.

Taste - The taste did not follow the smell as far as the coffee, it was very sweet and mild in the smell and the taste was straight black coffee, tasted like coffee grounds. Nice dark chocolate and not as much vanilla in the taste as the smell.

Feel - Medium body little bitter kind of dry on the end.

Overall - I liked this beer I wished the taste followed the smell a little more.

Jun 04, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A dark black body with a nice looking coffee and cream head.

S: Exactly what I love in the smell of a coffee stout. Rich coffee, and chocolate. Notes of caramel, and vanilla.

T: Coffee flavor is a little greener and more acidic than I typically like in a stout. Some Nice vanilla notes as well, and perhaps a touch of smoke.

M: Medium in body, creamy with light and fine carbonation.

O: Well put together, but I don' think the coffee holds up as much, and is a bit acidic for me.

May 30, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like rich medium roast coffee, not as earthy or smoky as Guatemala, but more creamy.
T: It tasted lighter and creamier than Guatemala. No smoke character, and only a little earthiness and bread. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice coffee stout, but not as bold or impressive as Guatemala.

May 07, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: very dark brown, nearly opaque. Slight mocha head, modest lacing.
Smell: rich coffee nose. Coffee dominates with some roasty stout.
Taste: like the nose but a bit subdued.

Apr 28, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown going to black. 1 finger dark khaki head is somewhat effervescent and bubbles away quickish. Fine spiderweb lacing which vanishes quickly.

Aroma is medium roast coffee, caramel, and molasses. Mild milk chocolate. Dry coffee grounds.

Taste start with coffee, smooth, mild, and semi-sweet. Caramel and cream. Molasses, cocoa powder, and a touch of cinnamon.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth mouth feel with linger coffee, mild and balanced. Some light sweetness.

Very nice, smooth coffee stout. Easy drinking but still prominent flavors. Just the right touch of sweetness.

Apr 12, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks Stakem for the four pack, thanks Tim for helping me enjoy these -done in side by side with the other 3 in the series this was tasted first.

The color is dark with standard stout look, the smell is excellent lots of nutty and tropical aromas from the bean with an almost vanilla-like sweet and floral character. The feel is smooth and rich with coffee bean oils yet a mild malt sweetness backs it up with enough carbonation to keep it buoyant.

The taste is excellent it has the pure kona fruity and nutty flavor with a slight chocolate smooth taste which is sort of sweet and creamy with vanilla accents and mild hints of tropical elements yet very nicely balanced and the malt supports the taste with a sweetness to go wit the spice in the coffee flavor and mild roast. This is an excellent example of kona coffee in beer -so glad I got to try this it makes me want some Kona beans to sniff and brew

Apr 11, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty black for a light abv stout with mahogany highlights around the edges when held to the light. Some reason the head on this one is bigger then the others, still coco leaves behind some descent lace.

Aroma is medium coffee notes that die down quick to a strong earl gray tea. Coffee makes the roasted notes even lighter.Touches of light sweetness.

Taste is lighter also, know they all have the same base stout weird how the Hawaiian seems so much lighter. Finish has some grassy like notes in the finish. Definitely the least interesting one of the bunch.

Mouthfeel is medium more or less, more of a lighter stout .carbonation level is medium. Flavor profile makes this one seem lighter all around.

Overall eh could use more coffee notes or something.

Apr 08, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter and sampled along side the other 3 single origin coffee variations. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a khaki head that holds well with stringy lace.

This iteration displays the most of what I would describe as a mineral character with a bit fruity accent and roastiness that leans more towards bakers cocoa.

Strong roasted grain notes with coffee and a slight citrus hoppiness. This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall with these, the nose really showcases the nuance and subtle differences between the coffees. However, the nuance gets lost a bit in the flavor. Still enjoyable regardless.

Apr 08, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour with a thin, dark toffee cream colored head.

S - Light coffee roast, cream, delicate char and smokiness, roasted cocoa.

T - Light coffee roast up front followed with some creaminess, and ending with a lingering dark roasted cocoa bitterness.

M - Medium body throughout with a thin finish.

O - It's a coffee stout. Just finished the world coffee tour four pack from Terrapin. Would have liked to try all four side by side, overall, glad I was able to try these but they started to taste very similar. I need to be a coffee hound to really distinguish the variable differences.

Apr 08, 2016
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good, not great... Coffee is assertive but seems one dimensional here... Roasted bitterness with very little sweetness... My biggest gripe is the sheer thinness of the beer... Much too watery for my tastes... Some more body would have gone a long way with me here... As it is, it feels lifeless and sort of boring... I love Wake and Bake but this isn't Wake and Bake... It's an average coffee stout hence the scores..

Apr 02, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This super-black coffee stout, brewed with Kona coffee from Hawaii, is almost impervious to light; the only highlighting to be found is some ruby lurking at the base of the beer. The thin, creamy light-brown head is short-lived; lacing is fair, consisting of bands and caverns. The nose is medium in intensity: medium-roasted sweet coffee, slightly bright but rich and deep behind that, backed by subdued cocoa notes, hints of toffee and slight alcohol overtones. The palate is a bright, tartish medium-roast coffee flavor, with none of the base stout notes from the nose. The finish is pretty clean- just a bit of the coffee flavor- followed by the onset of a mild, slightly bitter medium-roast coffee flavor that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is a bit thinnish for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the style-assertive carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 121 days before best-by)

Apr 01, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a St Bernardus goblet. Best by 26 July 2016.
4/4.75/4.25/4/4.5
I'm pretty skeptical about this concept, but I like JJ and Terrapin, and coffee stouts, so here goes...First one!
A: Pours lighter and fizzier than anticipated. Mocha head -- pun intended -- tops a black beer.
S: It smells divine. That whiff of coffee-coffee stout, with floral edges -- jasmine and vanilla. Almost a honeysuckle sweetness, but also the gorgeously bitter notes of roasted coffee. A touch of beery malt. As so often happens, the smell is nerfed after my first few sips. Then I just get cold coffee and roasted malt.
T/M: Now that's a coffee stout. Tastes almost like a shake. I would have liked a little bit more heft, more syrupiness and booze, but I respect the decision to craft a relatively light coffee stout. A touch of spice (clove? cinnamon?) and the aforesmelt sweetness dominate the maintaste, with the bitter coffee notes slipping in only on the endtaste. Aftertaste is relatively sharp, with more coffee acidity than obvious bitterness or any roast.
O: A virtuositic coffee stout. I can't wait to try to the others, but I'm not sure I would want another one after another. Highly recommended.

Notes
ABV 5.7%
IBU: 30
OG: 14.5
Hops: Nugget
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal 85, Flaked Barly, Flaked Oats,Chocolate, Blackprinz, Midnight Wheat, Black, Roasted Barley

Apr 01, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black and oily. Almost no head.
S- Fresh ground coffee. Some sweetness. Slight earthiness in the background.
T- Starts off with a sweet smooth coffee flavor then you get hit with a nice bitterness.
M- On the thinner side with medium carbonation.
D- A very well done coffee stout. Can't wait to try the others.

Mar 29, 2016
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ccg from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All four bottles of the pack opened simultaneously for a side-by-side comparison.
Small head, no lacing, small amount of retention.
This is probably the most earthy-smelling of the four. It has a hint of vanilla on the nose, but also a slightly chemical tinge.
Same flavor: earthy coffee, hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is more porter than stout. It's a bit thin.
I'd rank this one #3 of the four. Still, I love that Terrapin did this. Awesome way to try the different flavors side-by-side.

Mar 27, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black, with just a tiny bit of light streaking through the edges. Creme colored head that retained well. Aroma features some light coffee and fig notes, with some pickle brine and malt notes. Taste has light bodied biscuit malt opening, with very little coffee ever. What is there is there lightly. Mouth feel is smooth and mellow, making it easy drinking. Overall, coffee is there, but barely. Not as forward as others of the bunch. Not my least favorite though.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Drank and reviewed blindly comparing Terrapin's Single Origin offerings. Best by: 7/26/16.

Mar 23, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one smells more "normal" than the others - I don't get the evocative aromatic complexity, that's for certain. It's more of a one-note black coffee quality (but that's hardly a terrible thing). The flavor profile is the same: there little that pops, it's just a fairly muddle black coffee flavor. Luckily, I don't really pick up the minty, acidic sensation I sometimes get from Kona coffee. Still, I half-expected this to be my least favorite, and it is. Ah well.

3.2/5: Definitely seems like the least ambitious of the group

Mar 23, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the egde of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Not as dominant of a coffee aroma as the other two I've had so far.

T- Straight roasty bitterness plus a bit of hop bitterness. Very one-note as the coffee only lends a bit of extra flavors on top of the base beer. More acidic than the others I've had from the pack. Burnt aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy but somewhat thin for the style with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- The Sumatra and Guatemala were both quite a bit better than this. A decent coffee stout but seems generic and kind of bland compared to the others.

Mar 23, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, lots of it on the nose, with just a little roast and cocoa; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and smooth, very smooth just like Kona coffee. Finishes with a lot of delicious coffee notes.

Mar 23, 2016
Single Origin Coffee Stout Hawaii Kona from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 158 ratings