GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very interesting offer from Kona. While I normally just pass Kona in ther beer isle, I was out with a friend of mine and I tried it on tap. A very nice nose of roasted malts, coffee beans, a little vanilla and chocolate. Appearance was a deep brown, filtered and medium-bodied. Flavors were pretty much the same as the nose but with an emphasis on the coffee profile. A very nice porter worth a try if you can find it.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, licorice, and sweet chocolate.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled September 2006, Sampled November 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan tinted, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque black color. This certainly smells of roasted grain & coffee beans. There is also an intense at times note that makes me think of burnt berries. This beer has a really bright coffee aroma to it; some beers have components of coffee aromatics in it, but this one actually smells like coffee (makes sense, but I am glad enough was put in to be so noticeable in the aroma). Aromatic notes of sweet, yet dark chocolate are also quite evident.
The beer has quite a creamy mouthfeel to it, which I am relieved by as the large coffee notes in the aroma had me worried that the beer would not be able to stand up to the coffee flavors. My fears are easily allayed though. A solid, and yes creamy, sweetish malt character stands up to and ultimately accentuates nicely the coffee notes. There is perhaps a touch of dark chocolate in the flavor, but mostly creamy coffee notes dominate. Roasted coffee bean notes create provide a nice burnt roastiness here that is quite smoothly integrated. There is a touch of roast derived acidity as well, but only enough to add a roundness to the beer, as it never becomes sharp.
I really like the creamy mouthfeel on this beer, it makes it so smooth and drinkable and really helps to smooth out the harsher coffee notes that could have otherwise dominated the flavor profile. I could definitely drink a few of these in an evening, but I wonder if I would be too wired to go to sleep.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12 oz. twist off bottle with a blurb on the neck label and a packaged on date on the neck, Sept.01.06.
Poured a dark blackish coffee brown with a foamy, creamy pale tan head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing.
Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, a little unsweeten chocolate and a very subtle porter fruitiness.
Good steady carbonation and a malty crisp, slick, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Good roasted coffee taste with a little earthy graininess, hints of chocolate that helps adds a little sweetness, an almost hidden fruitiness, the hops are subdued, more bitterness from the coffee than the hops, and a dry coffee, malty finish.
A very nice coffee porter, tasty and easy drinkability, well worth trying.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is really being pushed in stores right now....saw it on display in grocery stores both here in Seattle, and while in AZ last weekend. Black with medium head. Lots of chocolate coffee and maybe some cinnamon. Coffee is a bit sharp and acidic. I still dig it.
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. This is a nice solid little porter. Pours jet black with a big thick moussy sudsy running-away-before-the-adjectives-do tan head. Modest coffee and chocolate nose. Mild attack. Medium body, light carb. Everything about this beer is organized to be drinkable and broadly appealing, but by no means is it a sellout. It’s got some depth and heft in the flavor profile--nothing unexpected, but who doesn’t love a porter with roast, coffee, chocolate, dark nuts, and some malty sugary goodness in there? This is nice stuff. Glad to see it on the shelf. Yay Kona.
jake65 (3019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Bottle: Rich brown color with a smaller tan head. Deep coffee presence is smooth and creamy with some light chocolate notes. I expected more roasted tones, yet the balance was still there. However, a little thin in the body left it a bit watery feeling.
Re-Rate, 09/26/08: This year’s batch has more roasted tones with rich coffee presence. Smaller chocolate notes that I remember and more of a well-rounded / balanced taste. An improvement for sure.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Very minimal light brown head. Aroma is dominated by ground coffee. Taste is of coffee and a little smoke rounded out with some toffee like sweetness. Finish is bitter, medium body. A well made easy to drink porter.
waolsen (1373) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black/brown pour with absolutely no head. rising bubbles. very clean aroma of coffee, chocolate, slight smoke and a hoppy freshness.
clean body. a medium to light body. great coffee taste. smoke is moderate. lively palate. Roasted malts match the coffee and chocolate rounds it out. Dry bitter finish. Not too complicated. Just right.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours midnight brown w/ a shallow semi creamy froth. Aroma is big on dusty roasted coffee, man, right out if the bag. Medium nectar w / mellow residual effers. Flavors are pronouncedly roasted coffee bean w/ nuances of leather. Moderate malt. Finish is perfectly bittered w/ a slight English sourness. Overall: This is a well made porter. You want coffee ? Theres no mistaking this specimen. Full blown POT-O-JOE amigo.