Kona Moon Porter | Six Rivers Brewery

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Kona Moon PorterKona Moon Porter

Brewed by:
Six Rivers Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rastaman on 03-29-2006

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of MikeSr619
4.47/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It came across by the pour as just another coffee porter but the instant it hit my glass I was punched in the snot locker by its coffee aroma. Every taste was even better than the first. If you are in to coffee porters you will LOVE this one. Trust me, Im a professional.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, med tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is coffee, roasted caramelized bread, hints of chocolate.

Taste is roasted coffee sweetness and bitterness, earthy woodiness, general roasty bread, nicely integrated balanced, and complementary elements.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Market of Choice for stocking this beer.

A: A very dark brown color with a nice batch of lacing around the entire glass.

S: Coffee is very pungent in the aroma. Almost like coffee with cream type smell.

T: A nice malt flavor, can't really sense the type of hops used, but coffee is the main flavor that I sense.

M: Smooth, easy drinking, not too heavy, but not watery like some other Porters I've had recently.

O: A very enjoyable beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I really enjoy coffee flavored beers, especially Coffee Porters. I would recommend this beer to coffee lovers, as well as beer lovers.

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Photo of Snow81
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body

Head: Big light brown head

Smell: Black coffee bean

Taste: Coffee right up front with a dark maltyness and a little bitter hop in the back

Weight: Light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Burnt roosted malts with coffee

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber in a surprise box from my good buddy james...man did this really make my week after a long and tough 7 days....into a tulip

a-deep mahogany almost black..excellent ruby hightlights up against the light....nice frothy off white cap

s-roasty and acidic coffee up front...some sweet malt in the middle...no hop bitterness in the nose

t-much like the smell starts off roasty then some acidic coffee rushes in....the hops are there to off put the acidity and sweetness....finishes bitter from the coffee i imaigine..

m-a tad thin but acceptable for the style...the coffee makes it dry...the carbonation is spot on...alive and prickly

o-an excellent coffee porter which i would not mind having more of....this came as a surprise along with the other bottles...huge thanks goes out to james for this wonderful surprise of beers

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of gregb13
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours typical of the style; nice frothy mocha head and lacing. Smells very roasty with a nice sweet espresso character; also a slight lactic sweetness. Taste is dominated by roasted notes and bitter espresso. Mouthfeel is medium. Very easy drinking, minimal aftertaste.

If the taste followed the nose closer (more sweet espresso rathan than sharp espresso bitterness) than I would rate this one much higher. As it is, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a lighter brown colored head.

Smell is all coffee. Sweet with an over powering coffee aroma with a slight sour scent to it. Slight amount of sour scent. Still only so many ways to say it smells like coffee.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong coffee flavor. Slightly bitter with some chocolate taste to it. Still not real subtle or complex, this tastes like an iced coffee.

Mouthfeel is good.

It is tasty and tastes like coffee, that is about all there is to say about this beer.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GABF sample bottle. Black colored stout with a large light tan head. Very nice aroma, which gives hints of espresso beans, cream, dark roast and dark chocolate. Flavor is boldly dominated by coffee and espresso and it's suave and fairly complex, with a nice base of malt. Nice finish and overall, quite tasty.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of AmberMan22
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour this out of my 22oz bomber, and realize that no head is developing. I pour aggressively, but a fizzy head disappears almost instantly. So, no head and therefore no lace. However, this is a firmly coffee-bean brown that doesn't let much light through. It certainly looks like a coffee porter.

It smells much of coffee than it does of porter, but I am fondly reminded of one of my favorite beers -- Moe's Bender (A limited Surly release). Bold and earthy coffee beans mix with hints of vanilla, and bitter dark chocolate. It's like a French Café just fused with a Belgian Chocolatier house.

This beer barely tastes more like a beer than it does a coffee drink. Carrying barely any carbonation, it feels like a coffee drink. Kona Moon Porter sure is a schizophrenic beer. The taste carries all of the notes of the smell: rich and dark coffee grounds, vanilla, and bitter chocolate. It's hard to determine whether hops lend a bit of bitterness, or if the bitter coffee is confusing me.
I'll say it has a bit of a hop bitterness to it, though the beer seems to have a strange lack of malt. Kona Moon is fairly thin, and I can't distinctly pick out a malty taste.

So -- is it delicious? Yes. Is it a good coffee porter? Jury is still out on that one. Certainly worth a try, but I'd appreciate a little more porter to serve as a base, and a little less java.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown color with minimal head and almost no lacing left behind.

S: Coffee... coffeee and ahhhh more coffee. Very strong roastted coffee aroma. Tried hard to pick others out of this and couldn't.

T: Unlike the smell, I get a lot more out of the taste. A decent toasted malt note up front and a nice sweet coffee note.

M: VERY Smooth and easy drinking. Looked like it may be heavier but wasn't. Wasn't watered down or anything.

O: A decent average porter. I would have this one again but wouldn't search it out. Good coffee porter worth a try.

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Photo of Philousa
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with very little tan head. Aroma starts with caramel, a bit tart, with bitter malt reminiscent of coffee. Thick burnt malt on the tongue, bitter roasted coffee aftertaste lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is good considering the amount of malt they packed in here. A little thick, but it adds to the character of the beer.

I'm not the biggest fan of this beer, but at least they aren't making something that everyone else is making. It's a little too thick, but the coffee bitterness lingers and reminds you of a coffeshop, in a good way. They took a risk and didn't screw it up, so I have to reward that. Isn't that what craft beer is all about? Besides sales, that is.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sdhomebrewer for sending this one.

Pours deep brown, nearly black into a pint glass. A finger of light tan head leaves a tiny bit of lacing down the glass.

I smell nice roasty malt with a hint of coffee, as well as a slight sourness that seems out of place.

The coffee is a more evident in the flavor, but it isn't backed up by enough rich malt to balance it out.

Medium to full-bodied, with light carbonation, the mouthfeel is unremarkable.

A decent beer, but the flavor and aroma just don't come together that well.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Arcata, CA. Poured into a pint glass out of a bomber.

Appearance: Pours a dark, blackish look with a nicely maintaining head, for the most part. I do enjoy my coffee black, which makes this an ideal look for a highly infused coffee brew.

Smell: Smokey, with very strong notes of coffee bean notes - not much else, though. There's a bready, sour that is quite overpowering but slightly off putting considering that this is a beer. There are some malty hints, but not much else. I personally enjoy coffee scents, but this does lose points in not holding too much complexity.

Taste: The coffee taste is nice and strong, but it is infused to the point where it overpowers the taste of alcohol and malts. It does surprisingly retain a decent hoppy end, as well as sweetness that is balanced. It does taste more like coffee than a beer, but still makes it an interesting brew to taste.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced and flavorful but there's an undeniable conflict of sweetness and bitterness here. It's more malty than watery, in my perspective, and that makes it a wholly comfortable beer to drink. I just wish that its feel were more balanced - the overwhelming amount of coffee affects the quality of the feel.

Overall: I happen to like coffee aromas, and this does succeed at being an interesting malt-based coffee drink. Is it a beer? Sure, but I would never consider that way - I could even have this one for breakfast. There are definitely better beers of this type out there, but this isn't horrible by any means - only unbalanced flavor-wise.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Inflames
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I feel that this beer doesn't belong on anyone's want list I do feel that it deserves a better rating than it has. I didn't get a chance to ask anyone about there brews because we were here at a very busy time of the evening. My thought is that maybe they have changed the recipe a bit.
Anyhow, it pours a dark brown/almost black. Instantly smells of coffee but if the brew warms a little it gives more malt aromas.
Taste is kinda considering other coffee porters I have had. There isn't enough malty biscuty choclate flavor to offset the kona.
Somehow it has a decent mouthfeel that makes it a drinkable beer. Overall I would some it up as average to below average.
Had on tap @ Six Rivers 5/25/08

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Photo of DaveHS
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Coffee brown with 1 inch of light khaki head that reduces quickly. Leaves very light, soapy lace.

S-Light, acidic coffee aroma, caramel malts.

T/M-Way too thin for the style. The coffee flavor is there, but it doesn't have the porter body and malt character to back it up. The finish reveals some light bittering hops, which bring out the coffee a bit, but it's too little too late. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.


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Photo of Booman
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drop6301
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Black and totally opaque with 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Very subtle notes of coffee and very sweet chocolate

Taste: This beer taste like cold stale coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Why did I waste my money

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Photo of Omer4176
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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Kona Moon Porter from Six Rivers Brewery
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 34 ratings