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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark Brown/black pour with very little head..Aroma is full rich coffee and a great cool coconut breeze wafting up as well.. I do actually get a hint of what could be described as macadamia nuts. Flavor is Intense coffee but not one dimensional like some coffee brews. The addition of the coconut balances this out wonderfully and a nice roasty character comes out at the end. Really quite good

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Re-rate under better circumstances: Dark brown pour, medium sized fizzy brown head. Aroma and flavor are lots and lots of coffee, a nice, light nuttiness and a faint coconut sweetness. Nice, viscous mouthfeel. Quite good, but I still donít think it justifies its price point.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
I love all these Stone Collaboration Brews, but the prices hurt. $8 for a 12oz. Letís find out if it was worth it. Pours a rich black with a nice light brown head. Aroma is awesome.......the rich aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, macadamia nuts, roasted barley and coconut milk shines in this beer. Flavor is coconut milk, coffee, roasted barley, vanilla bean, chocolate, macadamia nuts, slick mouthfeel and alcohol is hidden very well. Everything is in balance and tasting fantastic. This is a great brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
12oz bottle: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque glass. The head is a small one finger tan crown. The flavor is well balanced with the coconut, coffee and macadamia nuts coming through. The alcohol is well masked at 8.5 percent. The palate is lighter than I would expect for a beer of this alcohol, and light for the style but it isnít bad. Overall this is a nice beer with nothing to offend. I had higher expectations but I canít seriously knock this beer either.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
The pour is a very dark brown with an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly lasting and does leave some sporadic lace. Nose is pretty much expected with light bakerís chocolate, coconut milk, acidic coffee notes, burnt nuts, and some burnt toast. The flavor is better than the nose with more sweetness and richness; coconut milk is prominent, lightly to moderately roasted coffee with some acidity and a burnt note, dark chocolate, heavily roasted sweet nuts (macadamia?), light espresso, even some chocolate ice cream. Palate is nice being lively, silky to velvety, and medium to full. Finishes more sweet with chocolate all over (dark and milk chocolate), espresso, light coconut, and a growing acidity. Usually the coffee notes tend to overwhelm the beer but this one had enough malt depth and sweetness to overcome the acidity. The macadamia notes were very subtle but pleasing when paired with dark, burnt coffee notes. The coconut added sweetness to balance some of the darker, bitter flavors, a taste I have never tasted in any beer. I have to admit with so many flavors I am not used to tasting in a beer, it did take a few drinks before I was able to appreciate the small subtleties that make the beer what it is. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV, even with the coffee added. Stone really surprised me with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
BottleÖ Pours tar black with a small, fizzy, beige head. The aroma provides big-time deeply roasted coffee and toasted coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is remarkably balanced. Burnt and acrid, but not bitter Ė dark coffee and a touch of coconut. Also, moderate acidity. Semi-sweet, acrid, espresso finish. Kudos to giarcsr for shipping this bottle my way!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz. bottle with thanks to Smokepot23! Pours dark brown with a large tan head that lingers and then settles with a chunky ring and large dollop of crema looking head in the middle. Aroma is a nice blend of fresh roasted coffee, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of nut, coconut and floral. Flavor is more fresh roast coffee, chocolate, nuts and some floral and citrus hops bitterness. I agree with AgentSteve-O that the warmth really opens this one up so donít drink too cool. Nicely done, thanks again Joe!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6589) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle from bhensonb. This opaque brown beer poured with a rich tan head and a fragrant coffee aroma. There is a complex flavor comprised of chocolate, coffee coconut and roasted malt. All the tastes blend very nicely to create a dessert-like drink that is an absolute pleasure to imbibe. Thanks Bill.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Sampled at GABF, then a bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours darkest brown with a large, thick tan head. Aroma is awesome, really roasty with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and coconut. Flavor is similarly amazing, with dry roasted malt, fresh Kona coffee, a nice not overdone coconut flavor, macadamia nuts, and bitter dark chocolate. Palate is dry yet smooth with medium-body and a lasting coffee bitterness. Wow, this is a really great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to tpd975 for sharing. Poured dark brown to black with a dense tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee with slight hints of coconut. Medium body with good carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. Nice amount of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark coffee. I really appreciate the hop profiles in this one they push through the roasted flavors and help to balance it out. I did get some toasted coconut notes which were very slight but nice, I did not get any macadamia although I imagine itís a difficult flavor to impart. Finishes with mild bitterness and chocolate sweetness.


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