Mehana Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter | Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company

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Mehana Alala Hawaiian Crow PorterMehana Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter

Brewed by:
Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LilBeerDoctor on 01-01-2009

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sort of a middle-brown color, even when poured into a thick mimic pint glass, with an thin airy tan head that quickly bubbles away into a lasting wisp. Not a super looker.

Classic porter aroma. A little nutty, a little bready, a little creamy, a little chocolatey, a little smokey. All malt, no noticeable hops.

Pretty similar taste, with the smokey chocolate flavors stepping up to the forefront, and the nuts and bread taking a back seat. There is a little hop bitterness in the mix, but the malt is what stands out.

It's got a bit of heft to it, at least as heavy as some single stouts, with a fair amount of creaminess in the feel.

Pretty easy drinking. Aside from the awful head, this is a very solid porter.

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Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Courtesy of Y2kawakami, Thanks Sean! 12oz can poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a lightly translucent brown with just a cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

Very light roast on the nose, with a hint of sweetness. Pretty similar taste profile. Body is a bit lighter than I prefer in the style, but not egregiously so. Smooth and easy drinking. Overall, a fairly typical, but still enjoyable, take on the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on a family vacation to Hawaii. From a 12 ounce can, the brew is deep brown with a thin tan head. MtheMthe aroma is roasty, and more malty than most porters. Sweet taste. With lots of roasted nut flavors, medium-full in body and flavorful.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kkawachi
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SurferEric
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very easy drinking porter. A light, almost transparent porter which is a nice change up from most of the exceptionally dark and heavy ones thst flood the craft market. Gotta show love for my Hawaii breweries.

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Photo of JamLand
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mandudeson
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.08/5  rDev +13%

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Dark walnut body, and huge but controlled fluffy and four finger tall head, light tan in appearance. Big retention and staying power too.

Simple notes of light chocolate and light coffee roast. Subtle and inviting not too large, or complicated. Just solid.

Light roast and char. Mellow hints of green leafy mint like hop herbality on the finish. Tea hinting sweet with some porter coffee like warmth. You woulda think those flavor would clash but they balance well. Finishes with a wet mouthfeel but drinks quickly and easily.

Overall pretty interesting with a light leafy angle of sweetness and roast.

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Photo of Derek
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly sour fruit 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 an above average beer that is drinkable but there is a slight sourness in the taste that is unexpected for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brystmar
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Free beer is the best kind, thanks Jon!

Dark pour, almost opaque. Sports some brown head which recedes like it was paid to do so. Aroma is virtually nonexistent.

Hmm, tastes like a porter. No bells & whistles, no depth of flavor, no spikes of interesting additions. Dry, slightly watery, bland. This is the kid in class who is thrilled to pass with a C-

Not worth your money.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a grocery store near Kailua-Kona.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with a fistful of puffy, foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of baker's chocolate, earthy coffee, semi-sweet caramel malt, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is sweet nutty caramel malt, a bit of grainy tobacco, soft dry chocolate, some further silky coffee notes, and more mild leafy hops.

The bubbles are nice and morose, the body a sturdy medium weight, and dead smooth; creaminess even makes a few brief house calls. It finishes fairly off-dry, the chocolate, nuttiness, and coffee all blending into one slick sendoff.

A pretty tasty localized porter, the simple nut and coffee flavours making it work against type in this very warm, tropical climate. Good stuff, especially when everything points to the lighter-bodied side of things.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of July2Nov
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, almost black. Nice dirty lacing of a head

Smell: robust roasted nut/coffee scent, with what appears to be a sweetness from vanilla. The malt bursts forth.

Taste & Mouthfeel: thinner in body with a watelike mouthfeel. Slight carbonation within every sip. Has a sourness upon initial tasting. The roasted coffee flavor comes out, but not as I thought it would have been by the nose. Chewy buttery biscuit with a vanilla touch notes at the end.

Overall: I remember trying this before and really liking it, but this time out, not so much. Just too sour and too thin for my liking. Good on occasion, but probably won't get into the regular lineup.

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Mehana Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
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