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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
As wonderful as this winter has been, it’s been a long one. While at the brewery one day reminiscing of warmer weather and dreaming of sandy beaches and white capped waves we came up with a recipe to merge the two seasons together. We took a dark beer (more popular in the cold winter months) and infused it with the tropical goodness of roasted coconut flakes and cacao nibs. Delightfully smooth and dark this is pure beer candy. And since none of us at the brewery has ever actually surfed we figured Hodad (the surfer term for the guy who drives to the beach with a board on the car, sticks his board in the sand and tans and picks up Betties) was the perfect name for a Vermont brewery creating a Hawaiian style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4018) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2016
Style et résumé: Porter aromatisé à la noix de coco et au cacao.
Comment: En fût chez Fiddlehead servie par une blonde dynamique aux yeux bleus.
Portrait: Une bière brune avec une belle mousse durable. Un nez très intéressant avec des notes de noix de coco rôti au four, de café et de chocolat à la vanillé. Une bouche dans le même registre avec son coco, son chocolat et sa vanille. Pas la bière onctueuse qu’on aurait souhaité mais tout de même agréable à boire.
Note: 7/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (914) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Pours a medium clearish brown, beige head. Aroma is huge vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, caramel, malt. Flavor is sweet vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, med sweet. Medium body, quite sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4707) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Un liquide brun/roux avec mousse foncée résistante. Au nez, noix de coco rôtie, café et cacao avec un filet de vanille. Le goût va dans le même sens. Tout est bien doux sans être trop sucré. Les céréales y jouent un rôle. Saveurs cohésives. Pointe de noix et de caramel. Corps mince. Finale faiblement douce sur des notes de vanille et de coco. Intéressant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3776) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Very dark brown. Creamy tan head. Looks great. Nose is all toasted coconut and dark chocolate. Soft vinous notes. Taste has some roasted bitterness with a soft, vanilla sweetness running through. Light bodied and exceptionally drinkable. Super stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8696) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a chocolate and coconut aroma. There is a hearty treacle and chocolate flavor with a dry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Can from jredmond. Pours dark brown with a creamy foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coconut. Med body or so. Flavor is very nice earthy, dark chocolate, with vanilla and coconut. Amazingly so. Nice stuff. Not dry, but it doesn’t have to be!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1641) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Deep brown pour, small off white head. Big aroma of toasted coconut, vanilla bean and chocolate. Taste follows. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
On tap. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Not to sweet with a nice chocolate and shaved coconut aroma combined with some roasted malts and some almonds, moderate carbonation and full body, becomes a bit more bittersweet chocolate cake like with a nice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Sampled at the brewery. This stuff blew me away. Aroma of massive coconut and definite chocolate sauce going on. Flavor follows similarly. While it’s a pretty light porter, it doesn’t disappoint in flavor. Would love to also see a ramped up imperial version of this with a bit more creaminess. As it is, an underheralded beer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3415) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Had several samples at the brewery, poured into a sample glass. The appearance was dark brown capped with a finger’s worth of tan head that quickly dies off. No lacing. The smell started off with a light bitter to roasty coffee bean and added a light coconut and cocoa blend. The taste was mainly roasty with a nice ample bitter and then the sweet coconut to balance. There’s no aftertaste but it had a quick semi-dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonated as an American Porter, delicate roast takes over as it runs over my tongue. Overall, American Porter with coconut, well, it sure is fitting and taking it one step further - Hawaiian styled porter, well I haven’t had too many of those, still this is one I’d definitely get again.

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