hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Am I in Hawaii? Are we luauing? Where is the Ham on a spit with an apple? Are these comments racist? I hope not, I don’t think it would be. Them people make a mean beer.
Marheb (3051) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noix de coco en puissance sur fond caramel et mélasse. Les noix de macadam et le café sont en arrière-plan. Le corps est plein, saturé de sucres.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts and lots of coffee. Taste is of coffee, nuts, coconut, and chocolate.
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle received as an epic extra from mashmaster. Pours dark brown with a small brown head, small retention. Full coconut immediately as you stick the nose in the glass, thick and chewy buttery caramel, salty macadamia nuttiness. Chocolate, vanilla, a bit of earthy and mineral coffee. Very complex. I love the coconut in this one. The taste follows the lines of the aroma with the coconut, more coffe than in the aroma. More bitter and harsh, not the same mellowness as the aroma. Chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness and a bit of astringent nuttiness. A roasty tartness too, which blurs impressions quite a bit. This bottle definitely is not infected like other recent recent reviews. Lots if hoppy and earthy bitteress in the finish and after taste along with a lingering oxidized note. The highlight of this beer is definitely the aroma.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 10/13/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Out of the bottle this pours a chocolate brown, nearly black except for a ruby color in the corners of the glass. A thick sea foam tan head forms upon pouring, about 1 inch high. Good retention, and some lace clings to the glass.
Not much subtlety in the nose- this appears to be a very straightforward presentation of the ingredients. Coffee, coconut, and macadamia are present in that order of strength. Roasted dark malts are obviously quite noticeable as well.
Oily coconut starts out on the taste buds, followed promptly by a strong, slightly acidic coffee flavor. The dark roasted malt help to contain the strong flavors of coffee, chocolate, coconut, and macadamia. The macadamia is present, although not as strong as the other flavors and wanders throughout the sip. It seems to contribute a bit to the nutty feel almost as much as the taste. The finish is not a hoppy bitterness, but more like the end of a sip of coffee. A little bit of booze sneaks through and warms the stomach.
The feel is mostly creamy, with enough bubbly carbonation to lift any oils off the tongue. The body is above average, but I wish it was a bit fuller, simply to contain the ABV a bit more.
Since I enjoy each of these flavors separately and they perform well together, I could see myself drinking this when (if they made more) it is available. The straight forward nature of this brew may mean it loses its unique appeal over time, but at least for this first glass, it was quite enjoyable.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed back in 2009 - Aloha Plenty pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. A huge tan head is poured but disappears to what you see above. The aroma on this porter is fantastic. Espresso up front with a nice sweet chocolate presence. As you let the beer warm up a little you’ll notice some of the coconut. This beer is also brewed with macadamia nuts. The nutty aroma comes out just a little bit in the end. It’s not huge and is barely noticeable. The mixture of the espresso and sweetness is what makes the beer smell so damn good.
The taste is out of this world too. Just like in the smell, at the beginning of this beer you are going to get the coffee/espresso taste. As the beer hits the back of your throat, the chocolate pops in. As it warms up the coconut plays more of a roll. It sits back there with the chocolate to make a great combination. The beer is definitely more balanced as it gets warmer. Now I said above, the mouthfeel might just steal the show here. It’s thick, very thick, and creamy. It just coats the mouth and throat. Easily the best mouthfeel in any porter I’ve ever had.
JoeTheYounger (1160) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well the last bottle I had about a year ago was totally infected drain pour :( When this was fresh it was awesome with lots of coffee grinds and roast with a nice coconut finish.
DrSilverworm (8343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, $7 from Dutch’s bottle shop. Very dark brown color, a minimal brown head. Light, smooth carbonation, nice roasty aftertaste. Really interesting, complex, and deep aroma. Some clarity. Great aroma... Awesome but not overpowering coffee, some sweet roastiness, and some other stuff in there... Very tasty and drinkable brew. I wish I had much more of this ( I’m envious of the collaborators [as I picture them] drinking this stuff by the case, as they enjoy the beautiful Maui weather ). Roasty sweet taste, with some good coffee bitterness. Another fantastic Stone collaboration. A six-pack of this stuff would be what dreams are made of.
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... drank right after the bourbon version... turning infected quickly but strangely I liked it a touch better the ba, nice dark sour with a coconut backbone
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, super dark brown, moderate to large beige head frothy, nice lacing.   Sweet
roasted malt nose, slight coconut and cocoa.   Sweet nutty caramel infused cocoa and coconut chocolate goodness on
the tongue.   This is quite tasty.   Hop aspect is low.   Sweet start, coconut and cocoa, has a bit more
hop bite on the backside.   Not heavy, not light, feels just right.   Has a smidgen of chocolate covered
cherries at the exit, at least the sweet bits within a chocolate covered cherry.   Very slight alcohol presense.
Pretty good stuff!