dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Tony for sharing this one. After reading about this beer a few months ago I was more then pleasantly surprised when a new beer friend was able to bring it to a tasting to share. The aromas where simply outstanding. Coconut, roasted nuts, spice, coffee and malts. It was probably one of the best porters Iíve had in a very long time. The collaboration of the coconut, macadamia nut, and coffee is just a match made in heaven.
andyhwcinc (1255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 I picked this up in Seattle while on vacation. To say this is a hard find is an understatement...Iíve been looking for this far and wide, up and down the west coast, from San Diego (including the Stone Brewery) to Seattle...and I finally found it in a small grocery store in Seattle. Aroma is very nutty, also has a strong coffee presence and a faint coconut backing, much more faint than Maui Brewingís Coconut Porter. Appearance is just beautiful, pure black with a creamy white head. Itís in a wine glass right now and it just looks lovely. Taste embodies and enhances everything thatís found in the aroma - coconut, nuts, coffee, chocolate. Itís very smooth, and it masks the alcohol content. Itís also sweet, a definite dessert beer. For this to be so rare is just mean...especially at $10 for a 12 oz bottle. With what I enjoy in beers and the balances that I enjoy, I canít imagine how a beer can get any better than this. If I do find a beer that is better, Iíll lower my rating. Until then, this is the perfect beer for me.........OK, Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout is also perfect, but I think thereís room for at least 2 perfect beers in this world.
Nickls (1702) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a generous, over one finger of rich creamier, medium tan head; dense mahogany brown verging on black color; nice curtain-like lacing and solid head retention. Dark, roasted coffee aromas; light sweet lactose; savory nutty aromas; nice stuff in the aroma. Huge coffee flavors up front, very dark roastedness; nutty flavors quick to follow the coffee; makes for a very savory first couple of sips; didnít pick up on the sweetness that was in the aroma; very dry finish. Really great stuff, nice layers of complexity. On the heavier end of medium; pretty bubbly carbonation; just a touch viscous. Nice sipping brew, and the alcohol doesnít rear its head too much, which makes this a ídangerousí drinker. Nice, full, robust, and satisfying.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown (close to black) with a small tan head. The aroma has a typical robust porter roasted grain touch, with a healthy coffee dose and toasted coconut hanging out as well. The flavor is medium-sweet with chocolate, coffee, and a nutty quality that is kinda coconuty but not obviously so. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Solid but definitely not the beer that some made it out to be when it came out. Retains that stone brewery character, which seems to not work as well with special releases that arenít tweaked over time on the big system.
illidurit (1948) - Sonora, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, black burnt malts. Dark caramel and coffee flavor with a substantial tart fruitiness midpalate, mild toasted coconut. Modest chocolatiness. Full oily body; rich and smooth. Not a big coconut fan (hate the stuff actually) but this was pretty solid.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark mahogany color with a thick head of pillowy, mocha colored foam that slowly settles leaving a ring of lace around the glass in its wake. The aroma is very chocolatey with both dark and semi sweet showing through. There is a touch of cream and plenty of freshly roasted kona coffee beans as well. There is just a faint hint of toasted nuts on the back end. The flavor is even better than the nose suggests with bittersweet dark and milk chocolate melding together beautifully and the kona coffee beans offering ample amounts of roast. The macadamia nuts start to shine through adding a nice nutty sweetness that adds depth and fits in perfectly. The coconut adds a silky smoothness to the mouthfeel, which is nearly full bodied and the right amount of carbonation. This finishes with some roasted chocolate, which begs to be sipped again. This is a great coffee beer, and one I hope to try again sometime.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Poured a dark brown w/ white top. Aroma was of coffee beans and tea bags. Flavor was of spice, chocolate, and coffee. Good beer.
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to womencantsail! Pours black, opaque brown around the edges, with a gray brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has main notes of roasted malts and espresso with underlying coconut and macadamia. Flavor begins with coffee but coconut builds towards the finish with just a hint of macadamia.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle as an amazing bonus from pantanap. thanks, kan! pours a gorgeous dark brown, damn near black, with a massive, creamy, tan head leaving a thick ring of lace. aroma is fantastic with huge, roast coffee beans and cocoa powder backed by notes of charcoal, creamy lactose sugar, charred nuts, and light coconut with a hint of burnt cake bottom. flavor is great as well with simply massive, bitter, slightly sour cold coffee backed by milk chocolate, ash, and sweet, coconut milk with light hints of roasted nuts and frangelico liquour that finishes with huge roast coffee that is tamed nicely by the sweetness of the coconut. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with solid carbonation. overall, iíd been searching for this beer for a while, as itís completely up my alley, and it did not disappoint. delicious.
BelgianBeerGal (2864) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Traded bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Pretty big aroma of coffee, roasted nuts, charcoal, and ash. Big, busy flavour thatís tough to nail down. Tons of coffee (which is fine by me) but I think it drowns out anything and everything else/ Long lasting finish with coffee ground bitterness. I canít believe Iím saying this but maybe dial the coffee back just a touch?