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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Black Sand Porter is a robust, full bodied porter with pronounced bittersweet chocolate flavor and aroma from the diverse variety of malt used to brew this beer. The hops balance the the maltiness of this robust and roasty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Hoppy aroma with dark brown color. Chocolate malts present. Well balanced. Good porter. On tap at the brewery in Kona.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Draft at the Oahu brewpub. Very dark with a decent head. Aromas of coffee and roastiness. Similar flavors with some dust and more roasted malts. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
This porter pours a deep black color with some reddish highlights from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. Aroma is malty and roasty, some chocolate and a touch sweet. A medium bodied porter, Malts are chocolate and coffee, touch of sweet malt and vanilla flavors. Hops are slightly earthy. Nice balance. Good roasty and chocolate malts. Perhaps a touch watery, Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
On tap at the brewpub 11/03/2006. Opaque dark brown with a thing light-brown head, evident lacing. Aroma was spot on, char, dark chocolate roast characteristics. Mild dry roast flavor dominates this nicely sweet porter. Smooth, rich with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
GABF 2006. Dark brown. Small foamy but dense tan head. Nose is roasted malts, light coffee, and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same - more roasted malts, coffee flavors and light bitterness, followed by choco notes. Some burnt brownies as well. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation feel. Ends with more roasted malts, choco notes and coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2006
On tap at Kona’s main brewery. Best beer they offer. Overall I think this brewery is overrated, but this one is pretty solid. Very smoky and rather burnt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
A decent porter. Some roasted malt aromas and flavors but fewer than I expected. Very light hops profile with light bitterness as well. An enjoyable beer to be sure just looking for more--especially when tasted alongside some of their excellent, intensely-flavored special editions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintz55 (3) - USA - MAY 18, 2006 does not count
My favorite of all the Kona Brews. Deep, dark brown color, rich flavor and smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3502) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 Draft at brewery: Deep brown. Smooth and weighty (but not too heavy) with a nice carbonation level. Huge roast, with wafting notes of chocoloate and coffee and toasted bread. Some sweet toffee and a pinch of smoke followed through toward the finish. Healthy amount of bitterness rounded things out, along with a little burnt and some grassy hops. Rather tasty porter. Thankfully, not too sweet and fairly easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Too resiny-hoppy for my liking, but ok otherwise.

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