daleharshman (927) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From growler at Holiday Wine Cellarís private tasting in January 2011. Thanks to whoever brought this...probably the same guy who brought the growler of Town Hall Manga Mama IPA. Pours from growler near black. Aroma has lots of great sweet roasted coconut up front followed by roasted malts, vanilla, and some chocolate. Flavor is again full of rich semi-sweet roasted coconut along with lesser notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Finish has more of that nice lingering roasted coconut. Full body with light ABV helps make this really drinkable. Strangely, Ken Schmidt himself was at this tasting. I enjoyed his collaboration brew with Stone and Maui, but really felt that there was too little coconut (and macadamia) that was easily dominated by the big Kona coffee flavors. I found this one from Town Hall to be better in execution. (44, 565)
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beckel for sending this growler out my way. Served in a snifter.
Pours nearly-black with a single-finger mocha head that settles down into a nice collar. A touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose brings forward a lot of barrel character and chocolate as well as some chocolate and vanilla. Roasted malt and a bit of sweetness there as well. There is a moderate toasted coconut character in the background, though I couldnít have picked it out without knowing that it was there.
The chocolate and bourbon characteristics come out really well in the flavor. Ultra smooth and tasty. Good notes of vanilla and a bit of roast as well as some light cherry and toasted coconut. Really enjoying this. Very nice feel between the bourbon and a bit of booze. Perfect carbonation level. A really nice brew that grew on me as it warmed up and as I went through a few small glasses. Well done, TH.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler provided by Sean, poured into a Captain Lawrence pint glass...Light black with a medium tan head, good retention, ok lacing...Aroma is incredibly sweet, coconut dominates everything, creamy, light chocolate. Its interesting, coconut is done perfectly in terms of catching the essence of real fresh coconut...The taste is true to the aroma and coconuts, very authentic. However, this is ten times too sweet, almost not drinkable. Slight chocolate notes try to break the creamy coconut but too sweet and one dimensional for me.
A great tick, awesome for a second to try the coconut but this is way to sweet to be anything than a 4-6oz sipper.
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dmac (4174) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared at one of Paulís many tastings a while back. Poured good looking, especially for a growler, with a deep dark body and a smaller tight light beige head. Aroma was loaded with coconut and chocolate with some milk and roastiness. The flavor is even better then the aroma and just really pulls the coconut/chocolate/bread/roastiness off very nicely. This was great and I drank several samples thourghout the night.
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by Alan at Paulís tasting. Pours black. Tan head. Nose and taste of fresh coconut, toasted coconut, chocolate, roasted malts and roasted vanilla bean. The toasted coconut is simply awesome and must be consumed to be believed.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Figured Iíd get the double tick on this one. Growler brought back from the brewery three days ago. This will give me the opportunity to see the head anyway. Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Black color. Frothy quickly disappering head. The on-tap version came with just a touch of head, but it had completely different characteristics. Weird.
4.5 S: Coconut is the strongest this time. Lactose and chocolate are next. Pretty much the same, but I also picked up a stronger roastiness. I like the aroma better the second time around for whatever reason.
4.5 T: The coconut shows up big time in the taste. Chocolate and lactose arenít that far behind. Subtle bitterness that comes from the very apparent roastiness. Same as fresh on-tap.
4.5 M: Medium body. Super smooth and creamy. Good moderate carbonation.
5.0 D: This goes down super easy. I wasnít sure about coconut and stout, but it worked out well. I shared this with four other guys. A portion of me wishes I just drank it myself.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 03:51:40
HonusWagner (1534) - Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich cocoa goodness throughout, just a nice, roasted stout of normal, even quality...and then the coconut hits you on the back end of the palate, and you realize youíre drinking a dark chocolate Mounds bar. The finish is coconut oil, making it very different from things like Maui CoCoNut porter which is more roasted/German Chocolate Cake like. Beer that I would love to see bottled on shelves; the reality is practically the polar opposite.
blipp (6277) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared at Paulís Thanksgiving tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Nice roasty aroma with some coconut sweetness, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor has sweet coconut, lightly roasted malts, and chocolate. The body is a bit on the thin side, but doesnít detract from the overall experience. A really cool beer.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at Paulís tasting. Pours a ruby and crimson tinged black with no head. Light coconut, roast, toast and chocolate. Chewy malt, cocoa, nice nutty sweetness. Nice sweet coconut, which grows as it warms, toast. Could use a little more body, but Iíll attribute that to the growler. Sweet chocolate and more coconut on the finish.
JaBier (4989) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Town Hall on 10/30/10. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Aroma is coconut, chocolate and caramel. Huge coconut flavor with a bit of chocolate and a coconut finish.