asedzie (587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with hints of ruby light coming through. Head is moderate and off-white. Rich, but not overwhelming coffee in the nose, along with doughy malt. Flavor is outstanding- full, bittersweet toasted malt. Palate is llively and a little light.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Pint - Kona Brewing Co. - Koko Marina Pub - Honolulu, Hawaii
2008 – Great Hawaiian Beer Run
Aroma – Awesome Coffee and dark malts aroma.
Appearance – Dark Brown in color , nice head and clear.
Flavor – A great porter with terrific flavors this is going to be a Porter for the ages for a long time. Great flavors. The coffee was full and awesome.
Palate – Great Porter Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was the best beer on the Islands. Had flavor and flavor did I mention it had flavor. WOW KICK ASS BEER…
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely not bad, but I wish it had a little less coffe and was maybe a little less thin. I would honestly...rather just have a cup of coffee...
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Draft at Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ in Manhattan Beach on 01/19/08. Dark brown, almost cola like appearance with small head and lots of bubbles clinging to glass sides. Notes of nuts and maybe even black licorice in aroma. Well carbonated in mouth. Flavor is roasted coffee bitterness with a citrus thing going on in background. Aftertaste is mostly clean with just a memory of bitter roasted character. Better than I expected.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap PP Carlsbad. This beer is definitely better than 85% of the other beers brewed with coffee. Pours dark brown with a moderate offwhite head. Smells of coffee and dark toasted malts. Tastes of black coffee. Not all that much sweetness to it. Sweet malt finish to it. Crisp and thin on the palate, good carbonation.
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of light coffee. Poured black with a thin head. Flavor was like cold carbonated coffee. Not bad, but not my favorite. Too much coffee I thought, but it’s all good.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fair porter, but it pales in comparison to Kona’s competitor in this style brew - Maui’s Coconut Porter. Nice coffee-like appearance, but weak aroma - nothing like what I expected given Kona’s description. Pleasing mouthfeel and strong malty flavor.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Fairly mild considering the big "100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee" label on the front. Recommended to coffee porter fans.
williamcoggin (11) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just too much coffee for me! This beer has a nice aroma and appearance, but as the label says "... 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee". This draft ended tasting like a cold cup of coffee. I gotta pass on this one.
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty darn good; no anchor porter, but still pretty darn good - lots of milk chocolate and coffee in a bitter, cold, and mildly carbonated beverage (i.e., beer); my favorite part is the great, heavy coffee aroma; ignore the thin smoothness...