troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. The pour is a dark brown, almost black, ale with a tinge of ruby at the very edge. The head is frothy and light brown. The bottle claims that this limited edition porter is "made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee," and that is apparent in both aroma and flavor. In addition to the coffee, which is the leading flavor, there is also a slight biscuity base and dark chocolate tones. The coffee is an intense, strong flavor, really more like eating chocolate-covered espresso beans. The flavor is mostly bitter with minor sweetness to offset. The bitterness is driven by both hops and coffee. The porter is thick with a light oiliness on the tongue and palate.
I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t be able to drink it all the time. I am just not a coffee drinker. I appreciate this porter for what it is, and highly recommend it as a "must-drink" for coffee lovers.
Cranberryboy (18) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: this beer has very strong coffee tones, you really taste more coffee than you do beer, but if you like coffee than it is a very good beer. Though, I’ve heard it is MUCH better on tap in Hawaii.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Pours a dark brown/black with brown highlights accompanied by a froathy tan brown head. Wonderful rich, roasty, earthy coffee flavor. Moderate carbonation and slightly watery mouthfeel. Less astringent than most porters I have had. I hate that atringency that the roasted malt in porters usually have. Overall, a excellent coffe porter that hangs back on the astringency.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a meidum thick, off-white head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a nice roasted coffee note and a hint of fruit. Medium bodied and smooth.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. The artwork makes me wanna be in Hawaii, especially with this cold weather outside. Pours dark brown with a nice khaki head on top. Aroma is full of Kona coffee, hints of chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is just as good as the aroma. The flavor is full of 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee, hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate are in there too. A beer I am quite satisfied with. Oh, and to continue our Hawaiian educaton Moana = Ocean.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from the far too generous Degarth! - Thanks Joe! - Pours dark brown with a big offwhite head that stays well and laces in sheets. Aromas of great kona coffee over nice dark chocolate. Flavor is good hawaiian coffee blended with some nice chocolate and roasted notes. Smooth palate that is perfect for a porter. Nice dry finish with fair carbonation... I liked this one much! The coolest thing though was learning that Nalu = Waves in Hawaiian when I popped the cap..
Ughsmash (7323) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to alohaC! Poured a clear, rich dark brown with a medium cap of beige head. Aroma was of soft coffee & chalky herbal hops.. coffee seemed a bit old... not particularly complex. Flavor was heavier and the coffee came across better.. decent medium roast with some bark and herbs.. very tasty. Lighter-bodied with moderate coffee and herbal bitterness. This one grew on me as it went down.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with creamy brown head. Strong coffee with hints of chocolate nose. Roasted malts. Strong coffee flavor. Sweet. No alcohol burn. Very nice porter.
BuckeyeBoy (3246) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle pours out black with a very small tan head. Nice aroma of i would have to guess Kona Coffee. Pretty good Porter I would say. this one may have pushed me back in to sample some more porters.
jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a brown head. A strong coffee aroma, with vanilla and chocolate that is very nice and smooth. The flavor doesn’t live up the aromatic hint. Metalic, dry, vegie, bitter coffee with milk flavors.