IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, - NOV 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Motor oil with a foamy, quickly fading tan head. Wonderful roasted coffee beans, sweet malts, rich, earthy. Lightly carbonated, sweet and nutty with the coffee giving it a slick feel and a slight bitterness. This really smelled great but the flavor just didn’t live up to the hype from the nose. There’s just something that doesn’t quite seem right with this beer, carbonation level, oily feel, lack of "punch", I’m not sure but I expected much more from this beer, especially after the look and smell of it.
Bov (9647) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from Drinks of the World, Bern - black beer with a chaotic and poor foam left; roasted aroma of coffee and black cherries; medium-bodied, bitter and light astringent; pretty dry and long coffeish aftertaste - well-made
hotstuff (4219) - Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating on 01-03-2013 (Bottle) The appearance of this beer is a medium sized tan head that is mostly lasting, red brown opaque body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavor mimics the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and thin. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is thin bodied and does not have much character.
Jyrsa (79) - - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose has coffee and hinta of bubblegum. Taste has charcoal and coffee with sugary sweetness.
Tonkun (898) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark brown pour. Coffee, roast, dark chocolate. A lot of coffee. Lightly acidic medium body. Well balanced beer. Better coffee than many coffee brews
Darkmagus82 (1781) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-6-12-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a nice two finger cream head. The head was creamy and light, with it fading relatively fast to leave a great level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell. Mixed with these smells are some light coffee as well as some light dark chocolate.
Taste – The taste begins of a nice smooth roasted malt flavor. There is not too much sweetness up front. As the taste moves on some light chocolate and coffee flavors accompanied by some caramel sweetness come to the tongue. More toward the end a light bitter flavor and more roast come to the tongue along with a toasted nut taste. In the end a rather dry roasted flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel begins light but creamy only to become more biting at the end as the carbonation seems to come to fruition while in your mouth. Rather interesting and fairly nice for the flavor profile of the beer.
Overall – While not the most robust porter out there it was a decent more session like porter. A little more sweet flavor and body may have been better for the brew,
pdx77 (1416) - Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at Kona Brewing Co. Black color with tan head. Aroma is coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste has notes similar to the aroma, but more sweet caramel notes. Good amount of coffee that is balanced well.
solidfunk (4301) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of coffee in this to be sure. Pours black without much head or lacing. Some roast. Finishes bitter. Bottle.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours quite dark with a brown/black color and an average size tan head. The head hangs on well and make nice slippery lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet like brown sugar with some roasted and toasted notes as well. Hop notes are very light and subdued. Its flavor has mellow hints of brown sugar, roasted barley, burnt wood, and roasted coffee with cream. The finish comes quickly with some mellow spicy hops and solid dark roasted coffee notes fading off the tongue. It is a light to medium body porter with a creamy texture and lively carbonation.
BrewGoblin (442) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I love coffee. I love Hawaiian coffee. Porters too. What? They all fit the bill in this here beer? Don’t mind me then, don’t mind if I do! I wonder why this isn’t classified as a Stout by Kona, so dark brown, a creamy light tan top and coffee-ish, dark roasty malts and burnt bread and marshmallows too. Very light hop bitterness finishes the package off. Pretty one dimensional but that dimension is coffee and there seems to be a lot of dark beer and coffee lover crossover. Surf’s up!
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
As expected, very big coffee flavor and aroma. Nice chocolate and roasted backbone. Only downside is not the most complex, but very tasty.