Hawaiian King
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Foley Brothers Brewing
Vermont, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,413
Ranked #7,822
4.08 | pDev: 6.86%
Mar 05, 2022
May 23, 2016
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Notes: Brewed with family and friends from Hawaii, who brought us cocoa nibs, and freshly ground coffee from a special spot on Kauai. This Imperial Stout is fit for an Hawaiian King!!!
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From a 16 oz can sampled March 4, 2022.

Gorgeous pour that is brown with ruby red hues and a fading tan head.

Aroma of cocoa, cream, roasted malts, coffee, and earth. No booze

Medium or better mouthfeel. Smooth.

The taste is sweet and crackers with an element of cocoa, cream, and some coffee. No to low booze. No alcohol burn. Easy finish. What a delightful Impy Stout.

Mar 05, 2022
3 by wac9 from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2022
3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 24, 2022
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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours fudge colored with a one finger beige head; while the head fades to a film, it leaves dribbles of lacing all over

Smell: Roasty aromatics with chocolate, chalk and chicory tones

Taste: Roast and chocolate forward with the chalk and chicory flavors emerging, along with a touch of brewer's licorice sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A rather unusual flavor here that creates a very dry, roasty/chalky flavor; would like to taste more chocolate in the mix

Sep 27, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer has been in my cellar for a few weeks since a co-worker brought me the can after her trip to VT. No date stamp on the can.
The beer pours a rich dark coffee color with a fluffy beige head of 3.5 cm and almost overtops my glass. This foam recedes slowly and leaves scattered lattice on the glass as it fades. This foam remains as a sturdy surface layer throughout the tasting.
Aroma is rich and malty with some dark chocolate and a lot of black coffee. A little toasted grain note, but the coffee is dominant. No real hop character here and the booze is hidden too.
First sip reveals a medium body with soft rolling carbonation. The texture is smooth and silky, but it is a little thinner than I anticipated for a bigger imperial stout.
Flavor follows the nose with some general roasted notes and a bit of dark chocolate flavor. This rolls to a black coffee note and some charred notes. No real sweetness here and no hop character that I note. The ABV is hidden with no warmth on the beer at any point.
An easy drinker for a bigger beer. Good imperial stout, but not great, with the body had a little more "umph" to it!

Jul 09, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Amendm from Florida

An easy pour kept the dark tan frothy head from going over 1 finger, long lasting with ridges and blotches of lace. Deep dark brown opaque body (almost black) with deep amber-red highlights.

Strong smell of coffee and chocolate, malty rich roasted character in general. Toasted bread and multi grains without being 'grainy". Very low hop aroma.

Chocolate is 1st during the taste, neutral on the sweet/dry with mild bitterness from roasted malt. Coffee comes in a close 2nd with whole grain toasted bread and a hint of toasted wheat. Rich and bold malt flavors build until the somewhat quick finish. Malt taste lingers a while with roasted bitterness rising to average.

Full bodied with soft and abundant carbonation, a pleasure do drink or a leisurely sip. Alcohol is well hidden, smooth considering the ABV and tons of roasted malt.

Jun 25, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Very dark brown pour that's

S - Has a laid back cocoa aroma with some delicate char.

T - Light cocoa sweetness with light coffee bean char bitterness lingering below in the mix.

M - Big body that's soft on the palate and leaves a sugary residue on the lips and has some oily character.

O - I like Foley Brothers (which is why I bought this). On the Stout spectrum it's decent but wouldn't buy it again. I like Foley Brothers but wish they would date stamp their product Is this can old ... new? Foley Brothers, you know what you're doing. Be proud of and respect your product.

May 01, 2021
4 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2021
4.14 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2021
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Mar 04, 2021
3.99 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Feb 19, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Can to snifter. Lunch Share with DC.

Dark black, medium tan head. Good retention.


Oyster stout.


Coffee adds a nice touch, but roasted barley is dominant in nose and flavor.


Jan 28, 2021
4.04 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2019
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Apr 17, 2018
4.19 by JoeB51982 from Rhode Island on Nov 01, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2017
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2017
4.35 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Oct 01, 2017
4.25 by smcel371 from New York on Sep 23, 2017
4.27 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Sep 22, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bottle thanks to Ian

Sep 11, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

very nice brew from a fine brewery that I am growing quite fond of. I hit Vermont every so often and am now looking for Foley bros brews. Limited service area I think.

Aug 23, 2017
4.18 by luvbier from Vermont on Aug 21, 2017
4.1 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Bomber》Chimay Goblet

Stealth bomber black. A small, fizzy brown cap settles in and then dissipates fast. A very active, bubbly center creates a swirling circle of foam. Thick edging all around the glass.

A very big coffee aroma, with roasted cacao nibs is spot on. Charred wheat, boozy heat, old wood, earthy hops round it out.

The chocolaty cacoa nibs, coffee and boozy heat presents itself first in the flavor spectrum. Rather crisp with a nice bite in the mouthfeel at first. Dry and roast chocolate and earthy hops work together very well. I must say, the coffee edge is excellent. A wonderfully smooth and lush coffee taste. Sweet vanilla in the middle, excellent chocolate effect, slight dark fruitiness as well. The balancestors of flavor's for a beastie stout is very good. Complexity is high, not off the charts, but very good.

The smooth, velvety body and mouthfeel is very excellent. Not super heavy or thick. Full, for sure but also not slick or malty cloying

Hints of maple syrup, deeper chocolate and sweet, dark fruits pop out more as the stout becomes closer to room temp. Most big stouts really "open up" throughout the session. Just like red wine. Roasty, woody and hoppy earth also become more potent over a short time.

All in all, some very intriguing aspects, the coffee and cacoa additions especially are well done. Great overall balance.

Jul 26, 2017
4.06 by DanGeo from Michigan on Jul 24, 2017
3.74 by rab53 from Washington on Jul 22, 2017
4.05 by dental from Massachusetts on Jul 13, 2017
3.74 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a snifter, the appearance had a dark brown close to black color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head. Sly sticky lacing, ends up sliding nicely. The aroma captures subtle smoke, dried coffee bean, cocoa nibs (almost powder-like) and then smooth roastiness. The flavor brings all of the previously mentioned aromas together blending sweet with the dry. Integrates the dry on into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, surprisingly enough. ABV just seems absolutely low and ends up leading to an exceptionally smooth feel. Overall, really nice Imperial stout, look at you, Foley Brothers really knocking one outa the park for the style.

Jun 09, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Nice creamy head sticks around like nitro, thick lacing, very dark black beer

Nose very nutty, earthy coffee and a little roast, sweet nougat and dark choc, hint baking spices,

Taste little sweet, lots of dark choc cocoa, little fudgey, hint roasted, caramel and fluffy nougat, big nutty and earthy coffee, hint baking spices, dry slight bitter finish

Mouth thicker creamy decent fluffy carb

May 15, 2017
4.12 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on May 11, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

22 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like dark fruity roasted coffee, caramel, nutty biscuity grains, brown sugar, toffee, roasted chocolate, with woody floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like roasted chocolate, charred caramel, nutty dark biscuity grains, fruity roasted coffee, some plum, cherry, brown sugar, toffee, with woody floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout with Hawaiian coffee and roasted cacao nibs.

May 08, 2017
4.16 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on May 07, 2017
4.48 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head with nice lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and very little coffee. Taste mirrors the nose, but where is the coffee? Very nice feel on this and overall I would have rated this much higher if there was a little more coffee aroma and flavor. It is very delicious, however. After warming for a while, the coffee comes out a bit more on the nose and even more on the palate.

Apr 16, 2017
4.18 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Apr 15, 2017
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 14, 2017
3.96 by zotzot from Vermont on Apr 01, 2017
Hawaiian King from Foley Brothers Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 86 ratings