slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 "it’s rare when a beer you’ve built up exceeds expectations, and since Stone is my favorite brewer, hopes were sky high for this one. not to worry, though, it did not disappoint. one of the best, if not THE best, porter that i’ve ever had. the aroma was incredibly rich and decadent. coffee, chocolate, roasted malt...with flavor to match and a wonderfully smooth full body. Awesome, awesome, awesome beer!"
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Holy shit this is good. Damn right. Dark brown pour. Aroma is loaded with very high qualtiy coffee, chocolate and light roasted nuts. Flavor has some of the best coffee notes I have ever had in ANY beer. Damn this is just great. MORE PLEASE nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Dark cola pour with a short tan head. Aroma of hazelnut, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasty malt.coconut, caramel...quite pleasant. Flavors of toasted coconut, caramel;, chocolate, coffee...bit of dark fruitiness and bitter hops. Medium/thick body, roasty, toasty, bittersweet with a long roasty bitter finish. Pretty tasty stuff albeit damned expensive. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.
Appearance: The color of the body is a very dark brown to nearly black which blocks out almost all light. On top sits a small tan head about one finger tall. It slowly fades down to just a ring of foam with a thing film in the middle. This head is slick and leaves no lace on glass as it just slides right down.
Smell: In the nose I get notes of sweet roasted malt, hints of dark coffee, sugar cookies and delicate nutty notes.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a mild nutty character with plenty dark roasted malt and coffee notes. Hop notes are mild and add some light leafy/earthy hops notes and bitterness towards the finish. Overall it remains on the sweeter side throughout and into the finish. Its 8.5% alcohol is mellow and refined, adding only a very genital warmth. On the palate it has a velvety smooth and slick feel with mellow carbonation.
Notes: This is an excellent blend of flavors all in perfect balance and harmony.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. Finally this has come out! have been pretty excited to try this since I heard about it. This guy pours a deep roasted coffee brown with a small brown head. Nose is full of rich roasted Kona coffee and fades to allow the coconut to come through. Flavors are great! Perfectly roasted fresh Kona coffee entry followed by some nicely toasted coconut. Nice hints of vanilla, roasted malts, and a small nut flavor. This beer is top of the day IMHO cannot wait for the bottles to come out so I can grab my share!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Gabf 2009. One of the 10 best beers at the fest. Smooth blend of cream, vanilla, coconut, coffee, and macadamia nuts. Excellent. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Fresh bottle. Pours an almost black mahogany color with a tall head of fluffy, whipped, mocha tinted foam. The milkshake-like froth settles slowly to a thin, swirly film with a prominent ring around the edge, leaving scant spotting behind on the glass. The aroma is as chocolaty as they come, rich and velvety, with hints of lactose and tree nuts, and of course loads of freshly roasted, medium-dark coffee beans. There is a nutty sweetness that could be construed as coconut, though it isn’t prominent. As intoxicating as the nose is, the flavor proves even more delicious. Bittersweet dark and creamy milk chocolates blend together, offering the best of both varieties, while fresh, earthy coffee beans provide ample, striking roast. The macadamia’s really come through here, as the nutty profile intensifies and fits right in with the aforementioned choco-mocha-coffee. Though coconut isn’t really discernible as a flavor, it lends a silky creaminess to the palate that thickens and smooths and already weighty, perfectly carbonated brew. This stuff is absolutely divine. It just might be the best coffee beer I’ve had to date. Bravo to Stone and Maui for bringing a fantastic recipe to life on a grand scale. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Sampled on 10/7/2009. This imperial porter pours a eclipse black color form a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, with some nuttiness and fruit. A medium to full bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee, nice roasted malt flavors. The hops are floral. The coffee flavors are big and bold and very upfront. The coconut and macadamia flavors show up later and are kind of subtle. The coconut more in the middle, and adds a nice sweet roastiness to the coffee. The macadamia appear more at the finish, with that nice sweet nutty flavor. Everything balances very nicely and is very smooth tasting. A great sipping beer. There is just the slight touch of alcohol bit at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some nuttiness. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle from Southbay. Poured really dark brown, big tan head, lace. Aroma of nutty coffee, coconut, vanilla, and chocolate - all good things. Really pleasant aroma. Taste was nice chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and lightly bitter. Mouth was big, smooth, and awesome. Overall, a really nice brew. I hate it cost so much but, this was really good. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is very nice, it smells like coffee, coconut, roasted malt, chocolate and some nuts. The taste is the same as the aroma, with a great mix between the sweet and bitter flavors (although I do think the bitter flavors are stronger than the sweet ones). There’s also a slight lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s thicker than most porters, not that I’m complaining! It’s rich and coating, and has above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but it would be hard to drink more than a couple bottles of this at a time. The alcohol isn’t noticable in the taste, although it does hit you after a while. I think this is a good overall brew, if you get a chance you should definitely try this one.