Samoan Drop | Banded Horn Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Banded Horn Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust Porter brewed with toasted coconut, cocoa husk, and coconut-caramel cookies; 8.7%

Added by JebBeerFish on 04-11-2017

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mmorris15:
Photo of mmorris15
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark brown that's almost black. Aroma of chocolate, coconut, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor is a nice mix between the coconut, caramel, and chocolate with some bitterness to keep things in check. Very smooth mouthfeel, just right for the ABV. Overall, awesome beer from Banded Horn.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich black brown with beautiful crimson passing through on the edge, a tan fluffy two finger head reduces to a film and leaves generous lacing.

Aromas of coconut, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit like fig, roasty malt, burnt toast, maybe a touch of black licorice.

Tastes of light coconut and chocolate played over an intense roasty porter. Lots of caramel and burnt toast, semi-sweet chocolate. A touch sweet up front but develops a nice char bitterness, and finishes without leaning to sweet or to dry.

Rich full body but thin enough to avoid being a viscous stout. Soft and creamy with decent carbonation.

Overall this is as advertised. A well made porter with some extras, it delivers and remains a porter, letting the coconut and chocolate and caramel dance on the tongue without becoming to overpowering or cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a strong robust porter brewed with toasted coconut, cocoa husks/shells and Samoas cookies. It is named after a classic wrestling move used by The Rock (among others) which involves a fireman's carry-to-back drop... the tie-in is found in the text by the brewery on the can itself: "Our signature move! This substantial porter has more power than an elbow drop." Kind of humorous dual-meaning here.

Banded Horn has been generally solid in my opinion, though some of their experiments have kind of left me scratching my head. A coconut porter doesn't seem too weird to me, though, given that fellow Mainers Baxter recently re-released Window Seat, and several other varieties, from breweries like Maui and Oskar Blues, have seen the light of day in my market, and I've enjoyed those as well. Let's see how these guys do with the idea, shall we?

Out of the can, this pours a fairly-opaque 36-37 SRM beer with a deep brown body that very nearly borders black. Retains a thin ring of light-khaki head and displays an incredible sheet of lace as that head dissipates. As I sip, it's just as non-stop. Damn, that is one of the nicest lace jobs I've seen on a dark beer recently. Good job, guys. I like the dark brown appearance, too... it's not 100% impenetrable but it has a lot of weight behind it upon first glance. Good first impression, for sure.

Nose is heavy on the toasted coconut, for sure, but there's some milk/lactose like elements behind... chocolate truffle, decadent caramel and toffee with a superb roasted hazelnut coffee-like note behind all of that. There's even some French vanilla cream in here. Wow, this just seems luxurious. Glad they went with a bigger beer here, too, as I haven't had too many high-ABV coconut porters/stouts. The highest I can recall drinking was Boulevard's Toasted Coconut X Series Imp. Stout, which was quite intense. This is decidedly less brutal than that, but it has a nice subtlety and contains some unique notes.

Full-bodied flavor with a slight fruitiness that seems, initially, almost cherry-like before dark chocolate, toasted coconut and vanilla punch through. The caramel is pretty forward here, too, surprisingly, melding with the maltiness and mild roast elements to deliver a smooth profile. Pretty well-balanced despite also being prominently adjunct-heavy. Lingering bitter palate with a strong ethanol-forward finishing flavor. Some more strong dark fruit-like flavors coming through as this warms. Starts to lose a little bit of the coconut here, but it's still a really solid showing.

Feel is smooth and rather oily with a pretty big body and low carbonation. Like most larger dark beers worth their salt, this develops a big malt profile and showcases burly flavors without care about the consequences on wimpy palates. That said, it could probably be a touch less sweet/a bit drier and I would probably find it even better. It may seem like a nitpick, but this does get a bit brutal towards the midpoint due to its intense chocolate/caramel flavor. Cool stuff, though, and I'm really happy I got to give it a shot. Banded Horn continues to do whatever they want, whenever they want... and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


#5 in my new reviews of ten Maine beers acquired on a recent trip.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with plenty of clear ruby at the bottom, and one and a half inch thick tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: The coconut-cocoa-caramel combo is immediately apparent, somewhat reminiscent of Evil Twin's great Biscotti Break brew.

t; Follows the nose with some fruit notes as well, over a mild caramel malt base. Somewhat sweet finish.

m; Light to medium, ok body and some carbonation tingle.

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Photo of shehateme
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jshbrown40
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Banded Horn. Pours a deep dark brown, little to no head. Smell is dark chocolate and malt, traces of coconut; nothing over-powering. Tastes was pretty plain: no aspect of this beer stood out: very little, if any taste of toasted coconut, little to no trace of biscuit-maltiness, strongest flavor was a fairly generic porter chocolatiness. Beer was fairly thin, and not as rich as I thought it would be. Perhaps my expectations were too high: I expected bigger notes of toasted coconut and rich, dark chocolate and combined with some more caramel and biscuit-like malt notes ( like the cookie it's name sake suggests). Not an awful beer, but nothing outstanding either. I was surely disappointed with this out put, but hope they continue to tweak the recipe as this could be quite a treat if done right.

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Samoan Drop from Banded Horn Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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