Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear dark black with red highlights and a small lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and a hint of dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering finish.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a deep black color with active carbonation and a tan wispy head. Dry coffee and chocolate aroma. Chocolate malt and coffee with a sort of raisiny fruitiness. Rather thin flavor but pretty nice.
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is of dark coffee and is noticeably metalic. Flavor is comprised of chocolate, coffee, and some toasty notes. Body is fairly thin, and carbonation is a little high for my preference. Overall, it’s pretty decent.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown color, muddy and chocolatey like cocoa. The nose is a bit astringent with a nice dose of cocoa and chocolate, lots of light coffee and roast. The flavor is lightly sweet, nice full bodied with a nice blend of bitterness and astringency to balance the coffee and sweet cocoa. Finishes good and clean, nice extended tail. Good porter, nice coffee notes.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - 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 (2868) - 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 (2078) - 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 (2030) - 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.