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

Mehana Alala Hawaiian Crow PorterMehana Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter
33 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LilBeerDoctor on 01-01-2009

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JamLand
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Heff19
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of frasergrove
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Derek
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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 Gregg_Kawakami
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of irishevans
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a medium depth red to caramel fade on the sides when held up to the light. Initially massive head that dissolves to a ring around the glass and scattered algae like film on top of the liquid.

N- Roasty, chocolate malt, caramel, and some banana and coconut also. No real hop scent to speak of.

T- mostly follows nose, but are there throughout and become more apparent at the finish, there is also the tiniest hint of coffee in there as well. good hot weather dark beer flavor mix there fore in this situation i'm giving it a 0.5 point bump.

M- thin for a Porter, but it is still creamy with a nice dry finish, just a good bit light on the viscosity.

D- Great warm/hot weather porter, or dark beer at all for that matter. thin enough to be a session beer even in the nasty hot days down here, when you usually go for a much lighter beer like an IPA, or a hefe. but even it's lack of viscosity works out well with how the flavors present themselves too, but still all the good dark flavors of a porter, plus the bonus of the local produce taste in there as well. not one I would be too huge a fan of as a porter in a real climate, but works well here, therefore gets a 1.0 point bump.

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Photo of kkawachi
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JISurfer
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the beers reccomended by the guy at The Liquor Collection. I liked this one a bit more than the Hapa Brown. I was thinking that these two were going to be tha same, since they are brewed by the same company though. The smell on this had a chocolate malt beginning, then went to a coffee finish. Taste was somewhat similar, but also had a slight tropical fruit taste with it. Again, this is one I'd like to try on tap. Though it's not the best porter I've had, it is still pretty good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and black with a nice thick brown head! Smells like chocolate and toffee with a bit of a pepper in the background. Tastes similar to the smell however a bit of coffee comes out in the front. Nice and sweet though. The body is as a porter should be, just thick enough while maintaining a thing profile. This was the last I've tried of all the Mehana beers and this one is there best. If I lived in Hawaii this would be a regular.

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Photo of SurferEric
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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 July2Nov
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks black in most light but carries a super dark root beer brown hue with deep amber edges up to brighter light. A small, light cocoa tan head bubbles up well to float away to a broken skim and solid collar. Drippy lacing of elongated globs stick about before gliding back into the liquid.

Aroma is neither strong or faint, but present of a clean roastyness with a slight burnt grainyness and a nice touch of cocoa, vanilla, nuts, and even cinnamon.

Solid taster too. Very welcome well-rounded tone and solid lasting taste as its semi roasted sweet tang and nuttyness envelopes over bits of char, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Drys off well with a dry hoppy finish as bunrt grains cinder abit within some of its snappier carbonation. Mostly a smoother cocoa puff dryness and nutty butter remains on the palate making for nice balance over the lighter burnt char and coffee factor.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation with pin pricks on the palate of burntness, char, roasted coffee tang, and dry hops. Steardy and smooth. Very drinkable and then some.

This was certainly a surprise given most brews from the Islands of Hawaii I've had are all fairly average. Plus, this is a Porter that's done extemely well and not some lame pale or Pils style thats overly simple and boring.
But this is a keeper and would make for one of the better brews to seek out when visiting/vacationing/surfing/relaxing/sight-seeing/lumbering or whatever you might do there.

Thanks to onehoppygirl for bringing me back a whole bunch of yummy Island treats such as this. Aloha!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Standard pour netted a half inch of light brown fizz. That head quickly decayed to a thin, loose cap, and remained that way for the rest of the session. Body is dark brown with reddish hues. No lacing to speak of. EDIT: I poured the second bottle into the glass without tilting it, and the result was a towering cloud of brown foam. It settled out slowly and drug a decent amunt of lacing. Score bumped up from 3.5 to 4.0.

Smell: Dark chocolate, nougat, coconut maybe? (probably just smelling this because I've been having a lot of Maui CoCoNut Porter lately), and roasted malt. Smooth and nicely balanced. I experienced some harshness from this beer last night, but I was careful to not sample this beer until it had warmed up sufficiently.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, toasted coconut/nougat, and piney hops. Assertively bitter, but nowhere near "harsh," as I described it in last nights notes. This sample is very pleasant, in fact; very flavorful and nicely put together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and balanced, though the big-bubbled, forced carbonation stings a bit. Aftertaste is long-lasting, roasty, and very enjoyable. Mildly chewy. I dig.

Drinkability: A solid, nicely put together porter. Far from heavy or over-the-top, this went down in a flash! Looking forward to my next bottle!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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Mehana Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter from Hawai'i Nui Brewing / Mehana Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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