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RATINGS: 52   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3333) - 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 (8294) - 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 (13218) - 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 (1571) - 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 (2432) - 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 (3159) - 1st Republic, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington, pours thick dark unclear brownish black with a creamy beige head. Aroma brings sweet and earthy coconut, the sweet dominating and so pleasant on the nose. Flavor brings toasted coconut and bitter coffee like cacao, then comes the rush of balanced sweet coconut so nice to settle on the palate on a lighter body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Can at James’ for the multi-K tasting. Pours a deep brown with a thin white head. Soft roast, cocoa, bits of dirty chocolate. Medium bodied, sweet roasty cocoa and chocolate milk. Chocolate milk, cocoa, long slow bitterness. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2014
can to glass. pour is a relatively dark brown with a large light khaki colored head. nose is light chocolate with some vanilla. Taste is mostly vanilla but is still pleasant. base porter seems a bit thin, could use some more body. otherwise, pretty good. not really seeing any of the coconut come through.

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