TheBeerGod (5263) - 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 (2085) - 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.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a nice blend of lightly roasted malt and an undeniable smell of coffee bean. Color is a dark brown with tan sand colored foaming. The drink is a little fizzy with carbonation and feels thin in texture. The flavor lacks a real definite character of coffee bean but a hint of it is given off. The highlight of this porter is the aroma and thats about it.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 12 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a Midnight black with a very small tan head. Aroma is one dimensional....roasted malts and coffee and coffee. Taste is of...coffee. Underneath there is some caramel, plum, vanilla and chocolate...way underneath. This is most coffee upfront, in the middle, and in the finish. But that is ok, it actually works as a very nice sessionable beer.As long as you like coffee. Light to medium body.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mahogany brown. Aroma is malty and rich. Very subtle coffee notes. Flavor is much the same. Slightly bitter roasty malts with some chocolate. Very little coffee which was somewhat disappointing. It’s a little thin on the palate. A decent porter, not outstanding though.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Dear Coffee Heads,
This one gets it totally correct. The coffee is pure Kona—packed with the terrior of the island, and the beer characterists are soild. The combo is aloha on a cracker. <P>
Bottled. Packaged on 9.21.06. Beer is very dark red-brown, nearly opaque, head is small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing.<P>
The aroma is malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of roasted grain, coffee (which is—of course—supplimented), light note of caramelized sugar; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine, trace floral; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate notes of basement; Light notes of vanilla-tinted oak and top soil. moderate-to-heavy note of brightly acidic Kona coffee (bravo!) which within it contains elements of blueberry, lemon, soil.<P>
The flavor is lightly-to-moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter with a short, lightly acidic, trace bitter finish packed with roasted coffee retros.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P> If you’re bananas about Kona coffee, this is a total winner.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle(09/21/06), BevMo La Mesa. Pours a very deep ruby color. Aroma is pretty much like that of an iced coffee. Lots of coffee flavor up front. Finish is watery and lacking. Decent.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle (packaged on 09/21/06). I was excited to try this one. Very nice looking bottle. Porter, Hawaii, Kona Coffee....three things I love. Unfortunately, this wasn’t that great. When I opened the bottle, I was surprised that there was no real smell, except a faint aroma of cofee. The beer looks great......nice head, nice color, etc. But the taste is weak, watery and dull. It’s like going on a date, getting to second base, and then.....bam....it’s time to go. I dont know where that analogy came from, but it’s all I got. Anyway.....this is not a terrible beer, but it is yet another poor example of an American Porter. Porters tend to be either really really good...or, like this one....average.
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, husks), trace hops (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The aroma starts off slightly promising, but there’s really not much to this one. It seemed more enticing at GABF, but being able to use my snifter with a bottle (packaged on Sep 21, so VERY fresh) shows the coffee aroma is little more than a tease and some not-so-deftly extracted malt makes for a less than exciting mouth experience. Not bad, certainly an average beer...but disappointing.