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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
As wonderful as this winter has been, itís 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 15/20
pushkinwow (2273) - 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 (1756) - 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 itís a pretty light porter, it doesnít 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 (2788) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Had several samples at the brewery, poured into a sample glass. The appearance was dark brown capped with a fingerís 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. Thereís 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 havenít had too many of those, still this is one Iíd definitely get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2952) - 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 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Can at Jamesí 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 (2856) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4954) - 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 (16434) - 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 (9999) - 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 (3424) - 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.

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