DubC5000 (305) - 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 (5319) - 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.
alexanderj (3362) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Tustin. Poured a very dark brown (or black) with a small, but stubborn brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, yeast, more coffee, burnt bread, with a slight inkling of nuts. I didnít detect much coconut. Flavor had a lot of nuttiness and coffee to it, with something that I couldnít put a finger on. I gotten be honest, I was expecting the flavor to be very impressive and it just wasnít for me. While it was solid, Iím not sure all the various ingredients actually added to much, well besides the coffee which was largely dominant. Palate was impressive though, as it was a bit thick and creamy.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gabf 2009. One of the 10 best beers at the fest. Smooth blend of cream, vanilla, coconut, coffee, and macadamia nuts. Excellent.
bhensonb (11905) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours quite black with a fluffy 2-finger tan head. Lots of coffee aroma. Perhaps a hint of chocolate. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is strong, dark cofffee, almost approaching espresso. There is a strong suggestion of milk chocolate. Finishes towards dry. Thereís bitter, and I donít think itís the coffee. Finishes much like a very good cup of coffee. With chocolate! Late note: It took quite awhile, but I now get the macadamia nut. Lends sort of a greasy/creamy aspect. Coffee and chocolate still seem primary though.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a 1/4 inch, dense khaki colored head.
Aroma: Prepared Kona coffee, ground Kona coffee beans, roasted malt.
Taste: Bitter coffee and coffee grinds, macadamia nuts, toasted and burnt coconut, bitter chocolate, acidic coffee twang, and slight spicy hop notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very coating.
Overall: This beer is very heavy on the coffee. If you are in the mood for a full flavored blast of good coffee with some spiciness, this is for you. I imagined this to be as sweet as Maui Coconut porter, but this is much drier and accentuates notes found in a cup of black coffee.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2009. I havenít loved much from Stone lately, but they hit this one out of the park. Essentially, this is everything I know and love about Hawaii, in a glass. Seriously, I can almost see hula dancers and awesome Luauís underneath stars, and killer weed, and delicious coffee, and plate lunches, and that awesome grainy sand, and beautiful Asian women in Bikiniís and shave ice. While sipping this beer I honestly sat and thought about the fact that I need a vacation. I ask you, how many beers do that?
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from BevMo La Jolla. Pours a deep coffee brown with a thick beige/ tan head. The brew had a heavy viscosity. Nose was bursting with coffee (a bit over done in my opinion). I pick up some chocolate and hints of coconut as well. Flavor is of fresh roasted coffee, toasted malts and a faint hint of booze. A pretty tasty beer overall, I guess Iím just sick of everybody pushing too much coffee in there stouts and porters.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with a thin, spherical deep brown frothiness. The nose is quite nice with chocolate and coffee and weirdly enough, i can smell the macadamia nuts...and the way the chocolate is draped over them is quite superb. For flavors..i get chocolate and the coconut..a get a little vanilla and/or bourbony notes as well though i assume those are bi-products of something else. Chocolatey finish. Thereís an odd flavor under all of this though that Iím at a loss of words to explain (which doesnt happen very often)...it may be the macadamia and coconut combination, i donít know for certain. I also donít know whether I have positive or negative feelings about this new found flavor. Overall though, i believe the beer is a success.