kmweaver (3200) - 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" wouldnít exactly pop into my head, but thereís a nice delicate nut note here); cola plentiful as well; good, but this simply isnít 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 Stoneís recent creations have been). Lasting finish of toasty malts, milk and bitter chocolate, and plenty of oily, roasted coffee; moderately sweet end.
GT2 (7115) - Riverslime, 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 (1248) - 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 (3328) - 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 isnít 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 wasnít 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 (4993) - 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 youíd ask me. It makes it one dimensional in the sweetness and coffee beans.
badlizard (5526) - 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. Thereís 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. Itís 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 doesnít 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 Iíve tasted recently.
DubC5000 (303) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The delicate aroma of coconut and coffee comes up off this porter, as well as the distinctive aroma of dark malts. Color is chocolate brown. A strong initial taste of rich coffee develops into toasted coconut flavors midpalate. Iím not really getting any macadamia, but if its there, its well masked by the coconut and probably adds to the body, which is thick and slimy. Also, there is a pretty harsh alcohol burn on the aftertaste initially..... afterburn, along with intense bitterness. A good, slow sipper, but takes a while to really get into.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 10/7/2009. This imperial porter pours a eclipse black color form a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, with some nuttiness and fruit. A medium to full bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee, nice roasted malt flavors. The hops are floral. The coffee flavors are big and bold and very upfront. The coconut and macadamia flavors show up later and are kind of subtle. The coconut more in the middle, and adds a nice sweet roastiness to the coffee. The macadamia appear more at the finish, with that nice sweet nutty flavor. Everything balances very nicely and is very smooth tasting. A great sipping beer. There is just the slight touch of alcohol bit at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some nuttiness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Fresh bottle. Pours an almost black mahogany color with a tall head of fluffy, whipped, mocha tinted foam. The milkshake-like froth settles slowly to a thin, swirly film with a prominent ring around the edge, leaving scant spotting behind on the glass. The aroma is as chocolaty as they come, rich and velvety, with hints of lactose and tree nuts, and of course loads of freshly roasted, medium-dark coffee beans. There is a nutty sweetness that could be construed as coconut, though it isnít prominent. As intoxicating as the nose is, the flavor proves even more delicious. Bittersweet dark and creamy milk chocolates blend together, offering the best of both varieties, while fresh, earthy coffee beans provide ample, striking roast. The macadamiaís really come through here, as the nutty profile intensifies and fits right in with the aforementioned choco-mocha-coffee. Though coconut isnít really discernible as a flavor, it lends a silky creaminess to the palate that thickens and smooths and already weighty, perfectly carbonated brew. This stuff is absolutely divine. It just might be the best coffee beer Iíve had to date. Bravo to Stone and Maui for bringing a fantastic recipe to life on a grand scale.