hapjydeuce (945) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep brown color, semi-clear edges. Not much head on the pour, medium carbonation. Aroma is mainly chocolate and coffee grounds, with a bit of metallic funk to it. Not sure if I served it too warm or not. Flavor is one-dimensional, bitter coffee with light coconut flavor. Reminds me of a weakened flavor version of Maui Coconut Porter, hmm I wonder why... Somewhat bitter with lasting notes of smoke and peat. Thin body. I’ll stick with the regular Coconut Porter.
theisti (3258) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of alagnak, poured into my Stone IRS Tulip. Pour is black, opaque with a one inch khaki head that falls with light lacing. Aroma is coffee out of the gate; wet coffee grounds and office coffee. Behind that is the toasted coconut and nuttiness. I like the coconut and nut, though its a bit buried underneath the stale coffee smell. There is also a leafy almost toabacco around as well. Taste is the nose, though a bit better in balance between the office coffee, toasted coconut and the macadmia nut. The tabocco leafiness is stronger in the taste and really carries the long finish. Some syrupy sweet malt comes out as it warms. Taste is better than the nose, though still more of the stale than I would like. Palate is medium bodied, oily and mouth coating, with lowish carbonation. Thanks for sending this Chris, it was a fun one to try.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled November 2009
A solid pour into my large Triple Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four finger thick, nicely browned head that leaves some nice, light lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is quite dark, almost pure black, but it shows just a touch of diffused, rich red color when held up to the light, though the beer remains quite opaque. Aroma is quite acrid, sharp and burnt smelling. It doesn’t seem to well balanced really. If you can get past the dominant burnt character, there is a nice toasted coconut note to the nose with some vanilla notes. There is a bit of a roasted vegetal note at times to the nose.
The flavor is a bit smoother than the aroma as there is a sweetness to this beer that helps cut the acrid roast, but the beer still finishes with an acidic burnt note that lingers a bit on the tongue. There is a solid, roasted nuttiness to the beer that is a combination of coconut and some other rich nut character that must be the macadamia nut notes (but I don’t know this flavor well enough to place it). The body of this beer is actually pretty well balanced, I think the texture is hurt a bit by the acrid roast character, but this also helps to lighten the body up just a touch, but without overwhelming the soft creaminess that this beer has.
As the beer warms up it gets a bit more balanced, though it is still heavily roasted. This is certainly not a bad beer, the roast character really is a bit too harsh to call this great though. The mash schedule and perhaps the water treatment for this beer where a bit off from where they should have been, but this might soften up with 6 months or so of age.
ivyvictrola (1) - California, USA - APR 12, 2010 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with a tan head. Coffee and macadamia flavors clearly present. Somewhat sweet with a bitter aftertaste. Can’t quite taste the coconut.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of JohnC. Pours an opaque dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy beige head. Aroma has burned and ashy malts. Medium body, hard roasted malt, a little coconut - really does taste like burned porridge. Burned malt in the finish. 010410
Ungstrup (29482) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of vinegar, roasted malt, and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, coconut, roasted malt, and citrus, leading to a dry, bitter finish where the coconut and coffee lingers. Odd - can’t really come to terms with all the different flavors, but interesting.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep black pour with a thick tan head. The nose is a bit odd – sort of a bit of tartness on the nose as well as a light coconut character. Softly roasty flavour with a pronounced coffee character. Light sweet cocoa over a toasted malt sweetness. A bit of earthiness – can’t say I’m a huge fan.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seemed like a very standard porter with a touch of coffee and a slight coconut aftertaste. Poured almost black with a thin head. Roasty porter aroma with some coffee. never got any hazelnuts in either the flavor or aroma and only the slightest hint of coconut. Not a bad beer, but for $6.99 for a 12 oz. bottle, I am expecting something special....
Gethinbeer (2172) - 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 doesn’t seem to come together very well. Shame because its sounds awesome. Bad bottle. I don’t know.
belieson (16) - USA - APR 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’d take it or leave it. I had it a few weeks ago but don’t remember much either way.