Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This porter pours brown/black with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly. The aroma is of nuts, chocolate, barley, and coffee. The taste is very unique and actually tastes much like the name of the beer - initial flavor of coconuts and macadamia nuts, and then it transitions into a coffee and barley finish. Overall the beer is kinda watery, the best way to describe it would be that it tastes like Guinness mixed with coffee, macadamia nuts, and coconuts. Strange, but good.
Gethinbeer (2203) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cheers JoeMcPhee. Roasted malt, coffee aroma. a little bitter maybe. Liquorice black in appearance with a frothy tan head and lace. Bitter texture. Bitter flavour of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Quite earthy. Tinny somehow. Not sure on this beer. It doesnít seem to come together very well. Shame because its sounds awesome. Bad bottle. I donít know.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to smokepot23 for this! Pours dark black with a mostly small, light brown head. Fades to a ring quickly. Aroma is definitely strong on the coffee beans and nuts, and downright tangy in that regard. Thereís also dirt, toffee, peanut brittle, and a slight lactose element. Interesting. Tastes of dark chocolate, peanut brittle, acidic nutty coffee, dirt...Iím getting something fruity in an acidic sort of way? Finishes dry and roasty with plenty of bitterness, coffee (which finally tastes more normal), earth and a slight bit of lingering dark chocolate. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and pretty hot. Itís pretty decent, but a few sips in and Iím starting to think Iím losing interest in the flavor. Oh well.
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 (1513) - 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 (1886) - Washington, 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 (2172) - Petaluma, 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 (1055) - 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.