drowland (8827) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of LtDan poured into a snifter. The pour is dark brown/black with no light on the sides and no way to see through it. The aroma on this is immediately big Kona coffee, which if followed by sweet malts, creamy chocolate, a dash of nuttiness, and subtle coconut. Despite the ingredients, the flavor at the start is characteristically big porter - sweet malts, a subtle sourness, various chocolates, and coffee. It just so happens, however, that the coffee is more pronounced and there is a distinct but subtle coconut flavor that fades in the mouth to nuttiness. The neatest part about it is the smooth, creamy, almost silky/oily mouthfeel. I really enjoyed that aspect of the brew. Overall, this is good stuff, but I was really hoping for more pronounced coconut, as I love coconut, especially in beer! BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of pepper, coconut, dark bitter chocolate and buttery macadamia nuts. Taste is raw coconut and some chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle pours black with thick tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and coconut. Luscious mouthfeel. Flavor is more chocolate, coffee, coconut, and finishes with a nutty essence that lingers. This is a really smooth and tasty beer. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle at Father’s for lunch w/ the work folks. solid all around ... rich, lush - really, really cool nose. not much to say - but wanted to get some numbers in. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2009
We have a winner. This brew is classic. A good pour with dark color and a lasting head. Strong aromas of Sweet roasted coffee beans and brown cakebread. Medium nectar with excellent carbonation. Mildly sweet with defined roasted coffee flavors that stick and grind. Faint coconut if any, I’ll take your word for it. The finish lingers like a lazy red bone. Superb! I take one point away for the short length of head retention. It kinda dies away to a dark mirror. But on the other hand, this beer is so goood, I’ll throw my Trump card at it. Haven’t done that in a while. Cheers guys, great beer.
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Dark Brown/black pour with very little head..Aroma is full rich coffee and a great cool coconut breeze wafting up as well.. I do actually get a hint of what could be described as macadamia nuts. Flavor is Intense coffee but not one dimensional like some coffee brews. The addition of the coconut balances this out wonderfully and a nice roasty character comes out at the end. Really quite good acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Re-rate under better circumstances:
Dark brown pour, medium sized fizzy brown head. Aroma and flavor are lots and lots of coffee, a nice, light nuttiness and a faint coconut sweetness. Nice, viscous mouthfeel. Quite good, but I still don’t think it justifies its price point. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
I love all these Stone Collaboration Brews, but the prices hurt. $8 for a 12oz. Let’s find out if it was worth it.
Pours a rich black with a nice light brown head. Aroma is awesome.......the rich aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, macadamia nuts, roasted barley and coconut milk shines in this beer.
Flavor is coconut milk, coffee, roasted barley, vanilla bean, chocolate, macadamia nuts, slick mouthfeel and alcohol is hidden very well.
Everything is in balance and tasting fantastic. This is a great brew. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
12oz bottle: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque glass. The head is a small one finger tan crown. The flavor is well balanced with the coconut, coffee and macadamia nuts coming through. The alcohol is well masked at 8.5 percent. The palate is lighter than I would expect for a beer of this alcohol, and light for the style but it isn’t bad. Overall this is a nice beer with nothing to offend. I had higher expectations but I can’t seriously knock this beer either. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
The pour is a very dark brown with an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly lasting and does leave some sporadic lace. Nose is pretty much expected with light baker’s chocolate, coconut milk, acidic coffee notes, burnt nuts, and some burnt toast. The flavor is better than the nose with more sweetness and richness; coconut milk is prominent, lightly to moderately roasted coffee with some acidity and a burnt note, dark chocolate, heavily roasted sweet nuts (macadamia?), light espresso, even some chocolate ice cream. Palate is nice being lively, silky to velvety, and medium to full. Finishes more sweet with chocolate all over (dark and milk chocolate), espresso, light coconut, and a growing acidity. Usually the coffee notes tend to overwhelm the beer but this one had enough malt depth and sweetness to overcome the acidity. The macadamia notes were very subtle but pleasing when paired with dark, burnt coffee notes. The coconut added sweetness to balance some of the darker, bitter flavors, a taste I have never tasted in any beer. I have to admit with so many flavors I am not used to tasting in a beer, it did take a few drinks before I was able to appreciate the small subtleties that make the beer what it is. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV, even with the coffee added. Stone really surprised me with this one.