Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed from a four pack of cans. Pours jet black with voluminous chestnut-colored head that dissipates to a puny single-centimeter (but sustained) head. Aroma is rather muted and disappointing, especially when it is colder. As it warms up, some light roast is apparent, as well as hints of that coconut, some other nutty smells, and even vanilla. Taste is stupendous. This beer is quite the palate cleanser, which is surprising for such a dark offering. Quenches your thirst surprisingly well. Lots of toasty coconut, vanilla, and some hints of coffee in the taste. Absolutely stupendous. If not for the aroma, this would be a near perfect offering. I really wish they sold this in AZ.
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a rather large medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coconut is clearly noticeable with some roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some fresh roasted coconut and some dry roasted malt. Bitterness is well controlled and coconut is well balance and more then a novelty. Body is a bit thin for the style but carbonation is pretty good. I could see this going well with some coconut chocolate cake.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 1/16/09. 12oz Can. Filtered with a dark brown hue. Webbed ring of off-white head. Aromas of a chocolate coconut candy bar. Touch fudge and vanilla. Medium bodied with a woody, nutty malt undertone. Big, spicy malt character. Fudge and dark chocolate. Mild coconut flavor. Slight banana estery yeast note. This was good.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz can) Courtesy of IrishBoy. I really enjoyed this beers roast coffee aroma and flavour, though I did not detect any coconut? Really, coconut? Anyhow, the sweetness is balanced by the brew’s slight ashtray flavour. I actually liked it. 7/3/7/3/15
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Brown colored pour with medium size off white head. Toasted coconut aroma with some coffee and chocolate hints. Roasted malt flavor, with some sweetness to it. Not bad.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this in trade from someone, but I’m getting old and I’ve forgotten who it was. The pour was of a pretty standard porter. The aroma was coffee, chocolate malts and an odd perfumy odor. The flavor was roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt and definite coconut, mostly on the aftertaste. Almost an oily mouthfeel. Decent, but not something I’d want to drink often.
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can pours a thick-looking black with tall brown head. Pretty. Roasty and toasty nose with noticeable dark chocolate notes. Flavor has some dark cocoa sweetness with subtle roasted sourness, like stale espresso, and a lingering burnt bitterness that might be a bit much, actually, detracts a little from drinkability. Overall a nice flavor. Maybe a touch thin.
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was expecting more from this. Got way more bitter coffee flavors than anything. coconut was more of an aftertaste. ok.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Stefanje via trade. Sweet, a new state!. Pours a very attractive black with red around the edges. Nose is a bit sweet, distinct note of sesame, likely due to the toasting of the coconut. This is followed by a nice note of coconut. Once I taste it, it a quite robust porter base with a very nice chocolatey-coconut finish. Kind of like a Mounds bar. If I were to have a beer made with coconut, this is how I would want it to taste, though the sesame notes in the nose are a bit overpowering at times. Still, damn fine.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
More goodness in a can, out of Hawaii. Aloha to me on this one.
This beer was just an outstanding surprise, and way over my expectations.
Pours a nice deep ruby / amber with golden head.
Aroma is filled with nice flavorful coconut. Anybody who has had fresh coconut, self cut with a cutlass will know what the fresh flavor is like will love this beer. Notes of light malts and chocolate.
Taste is just filled with well done coconut, again with same process as above, this tastes like a freshly cut coconut, gives you this thick chunky mouthfeel that you get from opening a fresh coconut.
There is also some good roasted malts, with a nice light chocolaty finish.
Though low in abv, this porter sure sounds more like a good stout.
Purely amazing, well crafted.