Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10/11/07 From the bottle. Aroma is solid roast malt that seems like a mix of almost all the malt flavors you can think of, with what I can only describe as a haze of coffee floating over it. Appearance is dark brown with a low off-white head. Flavor is slightly sour bitter roast malt with a ton of chocolatey coffee flavors and no hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium/high bodied and has a strong carbonic/roast texture. Overall, this is interesting but not as easy drinking as I’d like; would like to try after aging for a while.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I first poured this beer and then read the label "100% kona coffee." Crap, it’s a work night... does this mean I’m not going to be falling asleep for a long time? Well I can’t let beer go to waste so I guess we’ll just have to find out. Pours nearly opaqe dark brown/black. I can hold it up to the light and there is a gorgeous red glow. Aroma is rich burnt grains, I don’t smell any coffee yet. Flavor is very rich with burnt grains at first and then a mild coffee taste creeps in, not too overpowering though. Finishes similar to a cup of strong coffee. Coffee flavor complements the beer very nicely. Body is just lovely, creamy and smooth. A unique porter... good enough for breakfast!
Boutip (5862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a medium black color porter with coke-like carbonation and a very small foamy head that disappeared way too quickly. Aroma of weak coffee notes with some light roasted malt as well. Taste is comprised of weak malt with some roasted bitter notes and some weak coffee notes. Body is way too watery for the style with some low carbonation. I’m not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is definitely not too good.
pdxmickey (33) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - This nice dark roasted color porter has a strong coffee aroma with hints of roasted grain. The head is light and dissipates quickly. This one took a few drinks to adjust to the strong coffee overtones but then was a really great tasting beer. I think that this has potential as a breakfast beer with the strong coffee overtones.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fremont, WA Oktoberfest. Aroma is full of roasty grains and coffee notes, dark and very gently sweet, a hint of cocoa bean and molasses as well, and some very faint dark dried fruit. Opaque ebony color with a thin, fading head. Flavor is largely dominated by coffee, roasty and strong, with the addition of dark chocolate, black bread, toffee and maybe even some maple syrup late to mingle with the roasty and hoppy bitterness. Palate is a bit thin and watery for the style, lightly effervescent feel. Light-medium body. Lingering impression is that of iced, sweetened coffee with a dosage of cream.
BillKismet (3823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark-bodied beer, with dark roasted, black-patent malts a pipeline through this porter in flavor in aroma. Strong deep, dry coffee flavor. Solid
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad , i like this beer and probably the best Kona brew i have had, nice and roasty, a bit thinn but still overall pretty good
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pouts very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee is definitely the dominant flavor, but no so much so that it becomes overbearing, as in many coffee beers. Chocolate, some earthiness, and a mild acidity as well. Medium bodied. Could use some more malt depth, IMHO, but pretty dman good nonetheless.
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. I can finally check Hawaii off on my ’States Rated’ list!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from a trade, Thanks very much. Darkpour with small head. Nose had choclate coffee and coffee. Taste was coffee with chocolate malts, and more coffee. seemed a bit flat, light on the carbination.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 12/29/2006
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy tan head,
Aroma: big coffee aroma,
Flavor: nice rich chocolate flavor with just a touch of the coffee that’s so strong in the aroma, only after reaching room temperature does the coffee show up in the flavor and then it’s more of a smoky character
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
Aroma: big chocolate and coffee aroma,
Flavor: flavor is still mostly the rich chocolate but the coffee comes in quicker to complement the chocolate, touch of roasted character from the coffee,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20