DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from BevMo. Aroma is awesome. Smells like the coffee aisle of a supermarket. Some faint metallic and musty aromas also make a fain cameo. Dark mahogany color that is more transparent than I would like, Smallish light tan head that is not overly robust or long-lasting. Wow, very coffee-like through. Some sweet chocolate notes are also present a little later. Body is a bit thin. This is very tasty. A baby Peche Mortel. I like.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black in the pour with a small, but nice, tan, pillowy head with decent longevity and lacing. Nose is simple but nice with coffee (obsviously) and an earthy hop aroma with light roast backing. Flavor is as the nose would suggest, lots of nice coffee flavors with a light roast character and smaller notes of dark chocolate. Hops are earthy and somewhat restrained being medium-light in bitterness. Finally finishes with a sweetness and a coffee acidity which lingers for awhile, nicely. Palate is medium to full, soft, and creamy. A very simple porter with a nice coffee addition that makes for an enjoyable brew.
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a very darkbrown/black, but clear and redish on the edges. Nice creamy tan head that is a bit coarse and fades quickly leaving a thin ring which stays. Aroma is earthy, dark roasted and a bit coffee. Kona I supose. A bit of that slightly sour Porter note as well. Flavor is nice. Plenty of coffee and some dark roasted charcoaly flavors as expected. The trailing notes are a bit like an ash tray from the camp fire smokiness. Nice balance of coffee flavor all in all. A bit thin and not as robust palate as I would like. Finishes clean and overall tasty. Hope to see Kona expand a bit so as to see some of thier other offerings out here in Hauly land.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From sixer of 12’s purchased at BevMo LaJolla. Pours dark brown, but when held to light it’s mostly clear with garnet highlights and a creamy beige head. Aroma is interesting, very roasty from both the dark malts and kona coffee, sort of a heavy, organic matter sweetness, hints of molasses and prunes. Rich flavor featuring more of the roastiness along with full bodied coffee, herbal notes, a touch of fudge and almost overripe dark fruits. Medium to full body and gently creamy carb. I was in Kailua a few years ago and barely missed the release of Kona Brewing’s Coffee Stout, so I guess that this is a something of a substitute for that. Not bad overall.
Reid (1878) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz single has "LOLO" under the cap..Hawaian for crazy!
Nice chocolate ,aroma with black coffee hints, good,.
Great looking beer dark brown almost black with a nice sized small bubbled tan head.
Flavour has a good deal of the coffee flavour, good too but very little else to show, the malts seem Ok bitter but not great and there is a slight bite of hops.
Pretty average for a porter on the palate, thin but not highly carbonated.
Over all a nice middle of the road porter embellished well by the coffee.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 Draft at San Diego Brewing Company. I thought this was a very decent porter. Dark Dark pour with little head (mostly thanks to my server) Lots of coffe aroma along with some chocolate. Those aromas were brought over into the flavor with the Black Patent and hop bitterness joining in along with that classic porter dustiness. Pretty darn good.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of porters, but this one is nice. Almost black pour with a ring of brown bubbles for a head. Aroma is coffee with some cocoa and malt. Great flavor. Not overpowering coffee, but it is there, with a good balance of sweeter malts and some bitter hops. Dry finish.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Pizza Port SC. Brown, opaque body with hints of ruby at the edges is topped with a tan head that laces delicately. Aroma is yeasty, roasty coffee, malty, molasses. Mouth is medium with really soft, worn-down velvet carbonation that endures the entire process until you swallow. Dry finish. Flavor is sweet with a touch of alcohol, light roastiness, caramel, baker’s chocolate, prune, molasses, soy sauce, and coffee. Tasty and enjoyable.
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006. Now this was nice! Stark contrast to the Black Sand Porter. Near opaque dark brown. Full and rich dark coffee notes in the aroma with roasted malts, and some burnt chocolate cake. Taste has an oily coffee bean flavor (French Roast?) with more roasty and burnt malts and dark chocolate. The coffee is not overpowering in my opinion and I don’t care for coffee, really. Body is medium with lighter carbonation. Some oiliness as well. Ends with a cold coffee bitterness, dark chocolate and roasted malts.
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. brown body with a bit of red on the sides. had a bit of a gray head that did not last. coffee in the nose does not overpower, allows a few other scents to emerge, chocolate, and a bit of pancake with syrup. this is good coffee flavor. not acidic, or overly bitter. maple notes come out to compliment this taste. some sweet chocolate in the finish with more coffee. a bit of dry roastiness to balance this. not a lot of complexity to this, but what is here is good. i am definitely buying more of this.