BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Mahogany pour bordering black with a creamy eggshell head that slings to the inside of the glass and never quite leaves. Aroma is sweet toasted malt, roasted coffee bean, mild coconut, and vanilla. Flavor is dark chocolate, Starbucks, caramel, and molasses with a slight metallic note. Velvety texture that coats the palate nicely. Very solid brew.
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark color. Aroma of roasted coffee, smells a bit like coffee-filter. Aroma is a bit too much coffee for my liking, huge espresso. Taste is coffee and chocolat. Very nice taste. Very high potential.
Ober (2808) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ tasting by jbrus. Thanx Joes. A black colored beer, with a beige head. It disappears quickly. The aroma of strong coffee with roasted malts. The taste of bitter coffee with pure chocolate. Some sweetness in the back. The aftertaste of bitter chocolate with a little sweetness.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle @ Hopmonk. Pours a dark, clear but mostly opaque chocolate-brown color; not much head formation at first pour. Pleasant oily nuttiness and rich chocolate in the nose; roasted coffee beans; nicely oily. Solid amounts of carbonation and mineral bitterness (hints of citrus) upfront; pleasant approach; deeper inside are loads of coffee, nicely roasted, oily nuttiness ("macadamia" wouldn’t exactly pop into my head, but there’s a nice delicate nut note here); cola plentiful as well; good, but this simply isn’t an imperialized or better version of the Maui Coconut Porter, which is simply better composed than this, more complete of a beer. This beer is generous, solid, predictable (but certainly not the train wreck that many of Stone’s recent creations have been). Lasting finish of toasty malts, milk and bitter chocolate, and plenty of oily, roasted coffee; moderately sweet end.
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL. Pours pitch black with a fizzy, temporary, dark brown head. No lacing. Not much retention. Aroma is rich with coconut milk, roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, spiced rum. Taste is creamy milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate-covered macadamia nut. Not much coconut in the flavor compared to Maui CoCoNut. Palate is perfection: huge silky chocolate, velvety, oily- leaves a numbing sensation on the lips. Really beautiful but not the imperial version of Maui CoCoNut that I was expecting.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up several bottles@BevMo Solana Beach: Pure black color has a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of strong black coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of coconut. Flavor starts with rich coffee followed by semi-sweet dark chocolate then a light black licorice bitterness in the finish. Full rich body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Aroma and flavors are best at room temperature.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 12oz bottle from south bay. thanks joey..... pours plenty close to black and lighter edges with a pretty thin medium tan head that quickly dissipates..... deep roast and coffee aromas that are quite assertive but pretty one dimensional.... flavors are very coffee and roasted malt forward which certainly isn’t a bad thing. a nuttiness from the macadamia develops midway and on through the finish and becomes quite apparent at the end. coconut is somewhat lost but perhaps meshed with the macadamia. all around sweetness pervades. carbonation is about average and has a little body to it. this is quite good.
had this a second time with andrew and it wasn’t the same as the one i had a couple months before. it was quite simply a coffee stout without any of the nut/coconut nuances and a less appealing mouthfeel.
this beer was better when it was fresh...flavors have begun to mush together unfortunately without any nuances sticking out.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@UDRM. Well brewed Porter with loads of coffee. Too much if you’d ask me. It makes it one dimensional in the sweetness and coffee beans.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a fizzy tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma with notes of roasted coconut. Tastes of chocolate and coffee upfront, followed by coconut and macadamia, and finishing with a rich chocolate taste.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of paulxqx poured into a tulip.
Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with no light showing through. There’s a big off-white head that hangs around as a cap and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma has lots of dark roasted malts and burnt espresso. There is definitely more than a hint of coconut in the nose as well.
The taste is really nice, very complex. It’s got the initial sweetness of the coconut and dark chocolate before the dark roasted malts take over. The coffee in the taste is much more well-integrated with the other flavors and doesn’t take on the burnt character that I got in the nose.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with good carbonation and full-bodied. Dessert-like overall mouthfeel.
I love this beer and I might put it a slight notch above the Maui Coconut - one of the better beers I’ve tasted recently.