KPMycoskie (15) - USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In a 12oz bottle. Ah, a combination of my two favorite liquids. The aroma is quite pleasing, a strong but not overbearing coffee character. And the flavor is similar...the coffee does not drown out the porter grains, but adds just the right touch of richness. One of the best Hawaiian exports since Don Ho.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
muddy color with a frothy tan head. coffee bean aroma with a coffee ice cream flavor.
highibus (774) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Plaza Liquors. Deep, dark black (looks like brewed coffee with a head). Slight coffee flavor, but good balance with toasted malt. Good flavor and easily quafable.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this poured on the black side of brown with a small tan head. aroma is packed with spent coffee grounds, earthy maltiness and a bit of brown sugar. the flavor is mildly woody, earthy and spot on the right amount of coffee beans. as it warms, it picks up some lacto qualities. nice roasty acidity on the finish. coffee and chocolate linger on my palate for a while. medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel as the carbonation builds up on my tongue.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12-oz. bottle--Poured a rich and deep brown-black body with a fluffy medium whitish head. Body was crisp and robust. Big coffee flavor. Roasted and chocolaty. Earthy and dry in the finish. Decent but not spectacular.
dragonlocks (15) - Kailua, Hawaii, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very rich Kona coffee taste with sweet hints of chocolate. Not my favorite porter, not close, but enjoyable and pleasently suprising for my first hawaiian beer
GarrettB (1363) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Kona Brewing, a common sight in any of the ABC stores that plague the Hawaiian Islands (and Las Vegas, apparently), has made some extremely dissapointing beer. The Pale Ale and Lager were almost undrinkable - shocking for a microbrewery, even a bad one. But when I first laid eyes on their Kona Coffee offering I was prepared to forgive them. To a lay drinker it seems entirely too difficult to ruin and squander the distinct flavors of Hawaii’s famous coffee beans. I had confidence in Kona’s tack, believing that, even though the first two beers of theirs I sampled were really, really bad, surely they’d give the kona flavor the respect it deserves. Oops. As a consolation prize the folks at Kona Brewing make a deep and engaging aroma, but you’re out of luck when it comes to the taste. Let’s start with the positive. Peas, grease (the neglected food group), root vegetables, ginger, sassafras, soy sauce and anise all bounce around on a big, bulging mattress of coffee aroma. It’s like pub food fare meets Asian garnishing, offering an unheard of aromatic experience. It is only in the taste that calamity occurrs. Odd, too, since the deep, rich brown of the body evinces an equally flavor, to all perceptions. Imagine a bag of malts chaff, cheap coffee grounds and the contents of an overused ash tray mixed into a terrible soup with mineral water as the base. And there you have the Kona Brewing pipeline’s flavor. The taste is so unappealing that I can’t finish the beer, and so with a curt drinking experience, a curt review.
PorterPounder (6892) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Fresh Market - 12 oz bottle - surprise find. Dark brown and purplish pour with a quickly fading light khaki head. Pleasant powdered cocoa aroma with hints of roasted coffee. Chocolaty flavor with hints of coffee, potting soil, very earthy. Finishes with a licorice-like sweet aftertaste. Average mouthfeel. Overall, much better than expected.
robforbes (2128) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a midnight black with a touch of ruby, small tan head that doesn’t feel like staying around.
smell is burnt coffee, roasted malts, touch of cocoa.
taste is coffee, coffee and more coffee, nice creamy mouth-feel, don’t taste any cocoa as i would expect, bit tanginess on the back-end but not really a bitter.
not to impressed with this one.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured close to black with a nice beige head. Aroma, as you’d expect is of coffee. Taste is smooth but the addition of coffee has been overdone. The trick is to add unusual flavors gently so they don’t overwhelm the beer. The folks at Kona have a long way to go to perfect this artform. Even the finish tastes more like cold coffee than a porter.