Kona Moon Porter | Six Rivers Brewery

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Kona Moon PorterKona Moon Porter

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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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stakem
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jh1982 for the chance to try this one. Poured from a bomber into a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears dark brown in color with more than a finger of tan froth sitting atop. Around the edges, you can see lighter brown clarity. When held to the light, the main portion of the body is murky with some redness about it. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves some finger-like strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew has quite a bit of tangy elements. It somewhat suggests the awkward citrus that is evident in some forms of coffee but as it mixes with a mineral component it is well, interesting. A light swirl releases some sulfur notes as well as some roasty coffee.

The taste is as tangy as you might imagine based off the aroma. Musty grain mixes with stale coffee flavoring that gets a twist of citrus hops. Very minimal roast here but the bitterness towards the back is more of a roasty bitterness than hoppy bitterness. Mild chocolate grain and minerals are the last thought. The aftertaste has a light amount of earthy character mixed with some lactic character that is almost tart.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a very watery feel about it that makes me think that this brew was blended with brewed coffee and not aged over the beans or cold steeped. I am usually a big fan of coffee porters and stouts, this was just missed for me. Perhaps this one is just over the hill, this is at least the 3rd different coffee brew I have had that was tangy and stale tasting instead of fresh and roasty.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 scottfrie
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a shaker pint.

A: Beer is an extremely dark ruby-brown color that was served with a thin light brown head that disappeared after about a quarter of my beer was drank. No lacing was left as I drank.
S: As soon as I was served this beer I could pick up light notes of coffee and sugary sweetness, but overall there isn't much to the scent.
T: For the most part this tastes like watery cheap coffee. Very one dimensional. There are some sweet notes of caramel and toffee, but it's hard to shake the light yet dominant powdered coffee flavor. Aftertaste is a bit greasy.
M: Medium body with a fair amount of chewiness. Mouth is rather oily feeling but there is no trace of bitterness or acidity.
D: Put this in a blender with some ice and creamer and you could make a mean iced-coffee. It's not horrible but it's just very plain. It goes down easy enough though, much like cold, weak, watery coffee.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ehammond1
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Thanks for sharing, DarthKostrizer!

Dark brown with auburn edges and a thin, light brown head. Spots of lacing down the glass, though the beer looks a bit thin per the style.

Roasted malts and burnt/stale coffee combine for a relatively simple aroma.

The flavor is dominated by coffee, though not of the rich, decadent, or roasted (or fresh) variety--this is more of a bad diner's offering of the stuff. There's a mild roast character and a low bitterness, but this one isn't particularly tasty or drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied, though perhaps a touch metallic.

While I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this, I'm happy to say I won't be seeking this one out again.

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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 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 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 rastaman
1.81/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[email protected] Rivers, May 04'. Moonstone Porter, with Kona coffee added. Taste is really odd, coffee grind is obvious, funny green, weedy sort of flavours pops up now and then, pretty strange. Not one of the better coffee beers i've had, quite a strange one.

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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of avaldivia
2.43/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa.

A: Black. Very dark with little head that left a bit of lacing.

S: Coffee is front and center. Very strong. I actually can't really smell anything other than that roasted dark coffee smell.

T: Not good. I like coffee stouts and porters, but this is not for me. There is no balance, I only taste the burnt coffee flavor. I was hoping for a dark malty caramel backbone or something, but nothing.

M: Thin for a porter. Almost watery. Good carbonation.

O: This was my first time trying a beer from this brewery and I was unimpressed. I would be willing to give them another opportunity but not this one.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

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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2.41/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks DarthKostrizer for ending our bottleshare on a bad note with this drainpour.

Black with mahogany edges and a tan bubbly head decent retention. Mild lacing if any.

Nose is muted Bitter chocolate and bitter, stale coffee. 

Flavor is the same as nose except, unfortunately it's in your mouth. Bitter and kinda flat flavor. Stale coffee.

Very high spritzy carbonation. Bad for style. 

Overall an all around bad beer. This needs Alot of work.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +23.5%

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 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 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 johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Omer4176
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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