drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. This has a dark ruby color which is very similar to the Black Sand Porter that Kona makes as well. Very little sunlight is able to penetrate the glass. The aroma from the pint glass is extremely powerful. As my nose approached the glass, I was got strong dark roast coffee aromas; almost like an espresso. The espresso flavor was present as well. This beer had a very heavy coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the back end. I love how this medium to heavy bodied beer tastes on my tongue. This is one of my favorite Kona brews. Although the bottled beer is not made at the same brewery as the kegged beer, I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes robust porters.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 10/16/07 12oz. bottle thanks to my sister in Seattle. Pours a very dark brown with a slight fizzy head that quickly gives way to one of the least carbonated beers I’ve had. Strong coffee in the aroma & flavor. Nice roasted malts. Slightly bitter, but overall mild brew. Somewhat thin if not oily mouthfeel. Smooth & easy drinking. Overall a good, unique porter.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for sending this. Pours brown with a khaki colored modest head. Aroma of fresh coffee, peanuts, toast, and something sweet and milky if I let the glass sit still without any swirling. Roasty astringency is there, but it’s balanced with a sweet mlky taste. Finishes milkier and creamier with a bit of toast and just a slight bit of hop bitterness. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but it comes off as totally intentional cause this beer is wonderfully drinkable. I haven’t had a beer like this that begs the question of "where’s the next one?" in a long time. I love the easy going nature of this beer. Any astringency is balanced by sweetness, but all flavors are mild, and really easy going. Very nice!
junon (410) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost solid dark brown. I needed a strong back light to get any penetration. Coffee aroma does come through very well. Heavy coffee flavor with almost no presence of alcoholic taste. Coats the mouth nicely and does have a slight bitter finish. I will compare this to Maui’s CoCoNut Porter and say that for a "Seasonal" they perhaps should step up the alcohol content. Very good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hellbilly for this! Not as robust as I was expecting, however this is a very sessionable porter. Hints of coffee on the nose, sweet well rounded mouthfeel, with notable coffee and chocolate flavors. a very slight bitter finish
omhper (19309) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Bottled. Near black, minimal head. Evident coffee aroma. medium sweet with dense, rounded mouthfeel. Dominated by coffee and roasty malt flavours. Fairly laid back and with medium bitterness.
hopscotch (9060) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Extremely dark beer that only reveals its true, blood red crimson hue when held up to the sun. Small, fizzy, light brown head that’s gone in a flash. Sweet mocha nose… lots of milk chocolate and coffee. Rich, moderately sweet, mildly bitter, chocolate flavor with tons of delicious, dark roasted, Hawaiian coffee. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, modestly sweet, mocha finish… ends up mildly bitter.
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do smell the coffee, a little chocolate, also some citrus, subtle. no head, from a bottle, very dark. a little greasy in the mouth, weight plus slick, slight carbonation. the roasted malt flavor balanced by the coffee, chocolate, brown sugar tones, a bit of bitterness cresting from the hops—good overall balance, west coast style (bottled in Portland.)
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice black brown color with good head. Smooth coffee smell and taste. Creamy and smooth on the tongue but not heavy at all. Just easy to drink and flavorful - a winner to me!
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12-ounce bottle, pours a clear but opaque deep mahogany color with a slight tan head. Big coffee aroma. Medium body, very creamy mouthfeel. Even dry/sweet dark malt flavor with complementing but pronounced coffee character. Nice job.