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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout is an assertive, rich and hearty dark stout complemented by freshly roasted 100 percent Kona coffee. The stout style is a Russian Imperial stout, historically brewed strong to survive its long voyage from London to the Baltic region. Course ground dark roast 100 percent pure Kona coffee beans were added to the brew during the aging process. The beans were grown and harvested by Cornwell Estate in Holualoa. The brewers were able to watch freshly harvested beans being roasted before transporting them to the brewhouse and adding them to the batch. The beer will be served on nitrogen, giving a smooth, creamy mouth-feel that complements the roasted coffee flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Draft at Koko Marina. Opaque maroon brown color, massive tan head with good retention and sold lacing. Aroma of earthy coffee grounds. Taste has tons of earthy coffee, but it retains its beery characteristics and body. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 A deep dark stout with a thin brown mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with kona coffee, vanilla, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, resinous quality, alcohol warmth, loads of coffee, very nice. On tap at Koko location.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/02/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

black, big fine tan head, big coffee and roasted malt aroma, huge roasted malt flavor,
-------- /> Date: 12/01/2006
Source: Brewfest
Score: ii to ii+
Words: Draft
Words: Nitro
Words: Strong Ale Fest

black, huge creamt beige nitro head, roasted malt aroma, rich roasted malt flavor, lots of coffee, a bit of burnt astrengent bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10422) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 On draught at the brewpub in Kailua, served in a snifter. The beer pours black with a medium beige head that burns away slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Rich and smooth body with a strong black coffee character accented by mildly bitter hops, toasted malt and chocolate. The finish is roasty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap @ the brewery in Kona, with an abridged monicker of simply "Kona Coffee Imperial Stout". Nearly black, thin tan head. Rich, intense coffee aroma and flavour backed by hearty malt structure. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (8390) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 "now we’re talking. i love the pipeline porter, which is a porter brewed with Kona coffee. this is the imperial stout version, so apply all the goodness of the porter, and apply to the body and full flavor of an imperial stout. Yummy!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a mostly opaque with some dark ruby mahogany hues and a large cascading dense light brown nitro head. Aroma of some toasty butterscotch and roasty espresso beans. Body starts rich and caramely sweet with good dark chocolate and fresh roasty coffee. A pretty nice coffee stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI. Head is fully lasting (nitro). Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Strong resinous hops and a pushy sourness in the finish kept me from finding too much delight in this one. Good, but not something I’d order again (sampled twice on two different days).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
Straight black, the head quickly recedes to a lasting sheet of light brown foam. Slightly lactic nose reminds of pastry cream and sweetish rooty vanilla as much as it does dark chocolate. The coffee roastiness is there up front, but the global feel reminds me of a foreign stout more than an impy. The tendency keeps on in mouth where brown sugar flavors intersperse the beany, quite roasty malty profile with full coffee flavors and supporting hops. Quite drinkable for the style though the mouthfeel suffers a bit, thinner than it feels. Yep, a nice one to pair with homemade cookies I imagine. Not quite what I expected, but who the hell has expectations for an imperial from Hawaii?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5699) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Black with fluffy tan head and lace. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. Coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of abv. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

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