scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle – Gingerman – NYC. Deep black, thick tan head. Nutty earth and coffee nose swirls over currents of toasted coconut throughout. Earthed- coffee and nutty coconut flavors round well with a light berry tone and a slap of Stone hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, coffee-nut finish. I would drink six packs of this brew anytime of the year. A great collaboration…
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black, with a little white head. Strong coffee scent. A nice sequence of flavors: coffee, the coconut.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of the body is a very dark brown to nearly black which blocks out almost all light. On top sits a small tan head about one finger tall. It slowly fades down to just a ring of foam with a thing film in the middle. This head is slick and leaves no lace on glass as it just slides right down. In the nose I get notes of sweet roasted malt, hints of dark coffee, sugar cookies and delicate nutty notes. The flavor has a mild nutty character with plenty dark roasted malt and coffee notes. Hop notes are mild and add some light leafy/earthy hops notes and bitterness towards the finish. Overall it remains on the sweeter side throughout and into the finish. Its 8.5% alcohol is mellow and refined, adding only a very genital warmth. On the palate it has a velvety smooth and slick feel with mellow carbonation.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo.
Black pour with a tan head, Nice coffee aroma and flavor accompanied by the roastiness of the macs and coconuts. I also got some chocolate hints in there too.
Great beer. Please put this in six packs.
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF, then a bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours darkest brown with a large, thick tan head. Aroma is awesome, really roasty with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and coconut. Flavor is similarly amazing, with dry roasted malt, fresh Kona coffee, a nice not overdone coconut flavor, macadamia nuts, and bitter dark chocolate. Palate is dry yet smooth with medium-body and a lasting coffee bitterness. Wow, this is a really great beer.
marcus (9238) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bhensonb. This opaque brown beer poured with a rich tan head and a fragrant coffee aroma. There is a complex flavor comprised of chocolate, coffee coconut and roasted malt. All the tastes blend very nicely to create a dessert-like drink that is an absolute pleasure to imbibe. Thanks Bill.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of LtDan poured into a snifter. The pour is dark brown/black with no light on the sides and no way to see through it. The aroma on this is immediately big Kona coffee, which if followed by sweet malts, creamy chocolate, a dash of nuttiness, and subtle coconut. Despite the ingredients, the flavor at the start is characteristically big porter - sweet malts, a subtle sourness, various chocolates, and coffee. It just so happens, however, that the coffee is more pronounced and there is a distinct but subtle coconut flavor that fades in the mouth to nuttiness. The neatest part about it is the smooth, creamy, almost silky/oily mouthfeel. I really enjoyed that aspect of the brew. Overall, this is good stuff, but I was really hoping for more pronounced coconut, as I love coconut, especially in beer!
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
This pours a very dark brown color with a tiny hint of ruby highlights. The head of foam is a medium brown in color, almost two-fingers thick and creamy and dense looking. Retention is excellent and the lacing is thick and sticky.
Roasted malts and a definite presence of dark roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. There is a slight hint of coconut sweetness.
Very nice notes of medium-dark roasted coffee beans. Not in-your-face, but highly tasty and enjoyable. A mild level of coconut sweetness, along with a hint of toastiness. Solid roasted malt base. The beauty of the flavor is the macadamia presence, which brings a mild nuttiness to the profile. It also seems to provide a nice level of smoothness to the whole thing, not unlike oats can do.
Very, very good.
This has a full body and a great, medium, level of carbonation. It is smooth, rich, and quite creamy. More than silky, but not quite velvet yet.
This is a very tasty beer and I hope that they produce it again, hopefully in a larger scale, which would make it more accessible to more people. The 8.50%abv is quite well hidden, only showing up as a light hint of warmth, in the back of your throat.
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours black with thick tan head. Aroma, amazing deep and complex its the overwhelming coffee but beyond that there’s a deep roastiness. Like an old pot of coffee that is almost burnt and really strong - musty and a slight sweetness. Taste - where to begin the coffee sure but there’s so much more tongue tingles, with hop bitterness and a deep roasted flavor. I love it.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice brown pour with a medium sized medium brown head that fades fairly quickly and leaves some spotting and lacing. aroma is not bold, nor is it subtle. the notes of all three coconut, coffee and macadamia all present themselves nicely and in equilibrium. the roast and toast of all three meld together to make a very nice, very easy flavor and aroma. the taste is nice, the coffee is in the lead here, followed closely by coconut, with macadamia off in the back. super roasty, nice and smooth, easy drinker. this would be a great session beer for the island of the bay alike, i wish it were a lil easier to get. this is my fave stone collabo thus far, great stuff!