hopscotch (11445) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle… Pours tar black with a small, fizzy, beige head. The aroma provides big-time deeply roasted coffee and toasted coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is remarkably balanced. Burnt and acrid, but not bitter – dark coffee and a touch of coconut. Also, moderate acidity. Semi-sweet, acrid, espresso finish. Kudos to giarcsr for shipping this bottle my way! mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2009
12oz. bottle with thanks to Smokepot23! Pours dark brown with a large tan head that lingers and then settles with a chunky ring and large dollop of crema looking head in the middle. Aroma is a nice blend of fresh roasted coffee, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of nut, coconut and floral. Flavor is more fresh roast coffee, chocolate, nuts and some floral and citrus hops bitterness. I agree with AgentSteve-O that the warmth really opens this one up so don’t drink too cool. Nicely done, thanks again Joe! marcus (10871) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle from bhensonb. This opaque brown beer poured with a rich tan head and a fragrant coffee aroma. There is a complex flavor comprised of chocolate, coffee coconut and roasted malt. All the tastes blend very nicely to create a dessert-like drink that is an absolute pleasure to imbibe. Thanks Bill. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Sampled at GABF, then a bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours darkest brown with a large, thick tan head. Aroma is awesome, really roasty with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and coconut. Flavor is similarly amazing, with dry roasted malt, fresh Kona coffee, a nice not overdone coconut flavor, macadamia nuts, and bitter dark chocolate. Palate is dry yet smooth with medium-body and a lasting coffee bitterness. Wow, this is a really great beer. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to tpd975 for sharing. Poured dark brown to black with a dense tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee with slight hints of coconut. Medium body with good carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. Nice amount of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark coffee. I really appreciate the hop profiles in this one they push through the roasted flavors and help to balance it out. I did get some toasted coconut notes which were very slight but nice, I did not get any macadamia although I imagine it’s a difficult flavor to impart. Finishes with mild bitterness and chocolate sweetness.
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Mahogany pour bordering black with a creamy eggshell head that slings to the inside of the glass and never quite leaves. Aroma is sweet toasted malt, roasted coffee bean, mild coconut, and vanilla. Flavor is dark chocolate, Starbucks, caramel, and molasses with a slight metallic note. Velvety texture that coats the palate nicely. Very solid brew. caesar (7398) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
Bottled. Dark color. Aroma of roasted coffee, smells a bit like coffee-filter. Aroma is a bit too much coffee for my liking, huge espresso. Taste is coffee and chocolat. Very nice taste. Very high potential. Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle @ tasting by jbrus. Thanx Joes. A black colored beer, with a beige head. It disappears quickly. The aroma of strong coffee with roasted malts. The taste of bitter coffee with pure chocolate. Some sweetness in the back. The aftertaste of bitter chocolate with a little sweetness. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
12oz bottle @ Hopmonk. Pours a dark, clear but mostly opaque chocolate-brown color; not much head formation at first pour. Pleasant oily nuttiness and rich chocolate in the nose; roasted coffee beans; nicely oily. Solid amounts of carbonation and mineral bitterness (hints of citrus) upfront; pleasant approach; deeper inside are loads of coffee, nicely roasted, oily nuttiness ("macadamia" wouldn’t exactly pop into my head, but there’s a nice delicate nut note here); cola plentiful as well; good, but this simply isn’t an imperialized or better version of the Maui Coconut Porter, which is simply better composed than this, more complete of a beer. This beer is generous, solid, predictable (but certainly not the train wreck that many of Stone’s recent creations have been). Lasting finish of toasty malts, milk and bitter chocolate, and plenty of oily, roasted coffee; moderately sweet end. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
355 mL. Pours pitch black with a fizzy, temporary, dark brown head. No lacing. Not much retention. Aroma is rich with coconut milk, roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, spiced rum. Taste is creamy milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate-covered macadamia nut. Not much coconut in the flavor compared to Maui CoCoNut. Palate is perfection: huge silky chocolate, velvety, oily- leaves a numbing sensation on the lips. Really beautiful but not the imperial version of Maui CoCoNut that I was expecting.