BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a absolutely huge, tight, rocky, brown head covering a red tinged, dark brown body. Aromas of chocolate, dry coffee, some fresh and toasted coconut, and other exotic fruits (maybe lychee?). Taste has a strong toasted coconut element to it. Slightly metallicy with lots of dark malts. Mouthfeel is a bit confused with a syrupy texture, but fizzy carbonation.
By the way, the cans seem quite flimsy, as two of them exploded comming back from the beer store on the freeway in a luxury sedan!
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. can. "Like hot chicks on the beach", it says. Roasty, sweet chocolate aroma, toasty and coffeeish with apparent coconut in the nose. Opaque brown-black color with a subsiding, dark tan head. Flavor is full of roasty. dark, mostly dryish malt character, some dusty cocoa and coffee, lightly bitter and hints of dried fruit, toasted coconut, toffee and spicy, citric hop on the finish. Smooth, thin mouthfeel, body is medium. Donít believe Iíve had a beer brewed with coconut before. Easily quaffed and interesting in its way.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at San Diego fairís craft beer fest. Pours black with a lasting thin kahaki colored head. Nice nose of bittersweet chocolate and toasted coconut alongide softer notes of roasted coffee and vanilla bean. Dark roasted coconut coffee and bitter chocolate flavors throughout with hints of licorice. Well balanced with a light hop bitterness in the end. I didnít have tons of sweetness like Iíd expected. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bittersweet, coconutty finish. One of the best beers Iíve had in a long time!
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can: Pours a very dark brown that blocks out most light. There is a tan head that settles into a thin crown. The aroma is filled with chocolate and coconut. Itís like a mounds bar. The flavor is more subtle with a little roast, chocolate and coconut but itís not overly sweet. The mouth feel is medium with nothing that distracts from the enjoyment. This is a nice beer overall and something that should be tried. Iíd like to have this on tap and see how the flavor comes out. Maybe the next time I travel to paradise. Hereís hoping.
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can courtesy WeeHeavySD. Mmm I have been waiting for this and it did not disappoint. Pours a blackish brown with a thick off white head. first initial aroma was coconut husk and powdered cocoa then, as it warmed, more of the roasted coconut started to come out as well more chocolate. Taste is roasted coconut, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and hint of fresh ground coffee. Smooth and easy drinking and could almost pass for an after dinner drink. Really tasty.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a black hue. Nearly opaque once in the glass, with translucent edging of mahogany. A thin head of tan dissapted quickly leaving no lacework and a few errant whisps on the surface.
Aromatics lead off with bitter chocolate, coffee beans, and mild coconut. The coconut becomes more apparent as the brew warms, and some toasted notes step forward as well.
A chocolate bar at the beach with coconut suntan lotion in the air.
A smidge bigger than medium bodied and a bit oily. Crisp and and a bit prickly.
Chocolate, nuts, dark roast coffee, and toasted grains on the pallet. Once again, the coconut developes after, and is stronger in the finish than the start.
Finishes with roasted coconut and bitter chocolate.
At first I was dissapointed by the lack of coconut, but it really does become more apparent as you get into the glass. The amount thats in there is a great balance, and keeps the beer quaffable.
The Porter base is a bit light for my taste, but Iím sure it would be great on a beach on Maui!
Big ups to olibeer22 for a great bonus beer!
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned: Thanks SQNFan! Deep brown/ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Simple aroma of Bosco Chocolate sauce and toasted coconut flakes/donuts and a touch of diacetyl. Thin bodied, with not much coconut in the flavor. Chocolate syrup flavor with a touch of roast and a toasted finish. Simple and watery; a bit disappointing.
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can. Pours a nice dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla bean, roasts, coffee, and chocolate. Palate is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Initial flavor is creamy mild chocolate sweet, but this quickly dissolves into a dryer, bitter, bakerís chocolate finish. Great mouthfeel, this is really a gem in Hawaii. I think that hint of coconut-vanilla in the aroma and flavor really adds something unique to this brew.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can from Bevmo. pours an opaque black with a small tan head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is rich with multi-layered chocolates; cocoa, bittersweet, milk and dark. The flavor mirrors the aroma--plenty of chocolate plus roasted malts, mocha coffee, coconut and vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. The finish is long with lingering biter chocolate. Overall: Perhaps the best pure chocolate flavor in any beer. A real treat.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 12oz can. Love the cans. Anyway, pours nearly black with a pretty stable tan head that leaves a ring of foam. The aroma has dusty cocoa powder, dough, dark chocolate, and I guess what is coconut, though having never smelled it in a beer Iím not completely sure. Ya, that must be what that is, and I like it. The chocolate and roasted coconut definitely make a good combo. Medium bodied with a creamy texture aided by pretty light carbonation. The flavor hits with some creamy chocolate sweetness, and then ends with a dry coffee bitterness that stays modest. A bit sweet up front, and the coconut stays subtle, which is probably good. If I was tasting this blind, I would never be able to tell that there was coconut, but once you know, its easy to tell what the additional flavor component is. Nice stuff, and pretty cool, though I can see tiring of it after awhile.