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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2790) - 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 (7395) - 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 (2509) - Rock Ridge, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Can. Black pour with some light head. Roasted, chocolate, coconut aromas. Similar sweet and light dry tones, chocolate and coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Thirstybird, thank you sir! Clear brown color, fluffy beige head. Aroma of Mars bar, with burnt coconut, nuts. Taste is vanilla, coconut, roasty coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Can. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Toasted coconut, chocolate, and some vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Can at home. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big tan head and good lacing. Roasty, cocoa, sweet vanilla, graham crackers, espresso, and bready aroma. Taste is sweet vanilla, chocolate, graham crackers, slight toastiness, grassy, and bready. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5721) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. can @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-746) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the can!

Cleark dark brown beer, smaal aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, hay, malty, cow fodder, grains. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit of vanilla, sweet touch, caramel, bitter touch, crème brûlée notes. Aftertaste: little bitter, hay, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla. Can’t taste the coconut, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (442) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Can. Pours a very dark brown with thick tan foam. Smell is dark chocolate, roasted malts, toasted coconut. Taste is sweet and roasty, liquid dessert for older folks. Finishes like a dark chocolate bar in a glass with a touch of carb. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5175) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Can thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is strong coconut, dark chocolate, cocoa. Medium mouthfeel with nice roast, coconut, dark chocolate. Good.

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