drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. thanks to ogglethorp for this extra. pours black with small off white head. nose is of stale coffee and roasted malts. flavor is pretty raw and bland, stale watery coffee with weak chocolate notes and dried plums. body is a tad thin. this is not fun to drink but my first from Hawaii! thanks brian.
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle Pkgd on Jan 1207. Drank this on 3/12/07. Black with a small beige head. Aroma of big coffee, roasted malts, and a little earthy hops. Flavor is coffee and roasted malts--the coffee is slightly more retrained and roasted malts a little bit stronger, though the coffee is still dominant. Minimal bitter finish. Pretty good--loving the coffee beans.
Headbanger (3325) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. I thought a good porter.
NachlamSie (2784) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle split with Muenster. Pours dark brown with a fast fading head. The nose is very rich with identifiable coffee and hints of toffee, peat, and soy sauce. The flavor has distinct, defined coffee character the fully evolves all the way to the finish, working its way through phases of caramel, bread, and light chocolate. It seems that this is more English leaning, though the coffee adds extra roast and bite throughout. This is an excellent example of tasteful use of coffee in beer. Pipeline is deliciously roasty without being obnoxious. I could drink one of these any time and enjoy it.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, split with NachlamSie. Pours dark mahogany/brown with a dark head. Aroma is strong coffee with a touch of hops that bring English varities of porters to mind. The flavor is a nice rich coffee that brings out a roasty malt character, and the finish rings more coffee. Still, I can still sense some English influence, but this is worlds beyond most English porters I’ve had.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my lil bro. Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee, caramel, hops, dark chocolate, grains and a touch of vanilla. Taste of malt, 99.5 % Kona coffee, hops, oatmeal, light caramel, coco beans and a little metal, bitter finish. Also a tad bit too watery, but a very nice porter.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Saarlander for popping my Hawaii cherry via Mystery Swap 2.0. Pours rather dark blackish with brown edges and a 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, coffee, chocolate syrup. Tastes roasty, slightly burnt dark malty, with big coffee, molasses, and chocolate syrup flavors. Rich, smooth palate. The coffee acts synergistically here, rather than distracting from this beer, in my estimation.
swanmann (606) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12-oz bottle - Quick disclaimer - drank from a hotel slightly tuliped water glass, not really appropriate for tasting. That said: Caramel malts in the nose but not really coffee. It looked like CocaCola. I was looking for more ruby highlights; virtually no head. I didn’t reallly taste coffee, but got some mild toastiness. Low score for the palate is my biggest issue with most Hawaiian brews I sampled.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Saarlander. almost black with a very short-lived tan head and virtually no lace. aroma is all about the coffee. flavor is coffee with mild hints of chocolate and hops. kind of thin with an acidic, dry finish. OK, but I prefer a porter with a bit more sweetness.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A+ aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Deep crimson in color with a bubbly head, almost slight percolation. Despite what the label says, this beer is fairly watery. It has lots of roasted malts, cream soda and coffee in the flavor. Overall it is a nice quaffer. I drank this baby right out of the box that Oglethorp sent me today. Thanks Brian.