coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2009
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
This pours a very dark brown color with a tiny hint of ruby highlights. The head of foam is a medium brown in color, almost two-fingers thick and creamy and dense looking. Retention is excellent and the lacing is thick and sticky.
Roasted malts and a definite presence of dark roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. There is a slight hint of coconut sweetness.
Very nice notes of medium-dark roasted coffee beans. Not in-your-face, but highly tasty and enjoyable. A mild level of coconut sweetness, along with a hint of toastiness. Solid roasted malt base. The beauty of the flavor is the macadamia presence, which brings a mild nuttiness to the profile. It also seems to provide a nice level of smoothness to the whole thing, not unlike oats can do.
Very, very good.
This has a full body and a great, medium, level of carbonation. It is smooth, rich, and quite creamy. More than silky, but not quite velvet yet.
This is a very tasty beer and I hope that they produce it again, hopefully in a larger scale, which would make it more accessible to more people. The 8.50%abv is quite well hidden, only showing up as a light hint of warmth, in the back of your throat.
Very drinkable. GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle, pours black with thick tan head. Aroma, amazing deep and complex its the overwhelming coffee but beyond that there’s a deep roastiness. Like an old pot of coffee that is almost burnt and really strong - musty and a slight sweetness. Taste - where to begin the coffee sure but there’s so much more tongue tingles, with hop bitterness and a deep roasted flavor. I love it. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
nice brown pour with a medium sized medium brown head that fades fairly quickly and leaves some spotting and lacing. aroma is not bold, nor is it subtle. the notes of all three coconut, coffee and macadamia all present themselves nicely and in equilibrium. the roast and toast of all three meld together to make a very nice, very easy flavor and aroma. the taste is nice, the coffee is in the lead here, followed closely by coconut, with macadamia off in the back. super roasty, nice and smooth, easy drinker. this would be a great session beer for the island of the bay alike, i wish it were a lil easier to get. this is my fave stone collabo thus far, great stuff! DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with honey highlights and a dense brown head. Rich aromas of fresh darkly roasted espresso beans, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts. Flavours of intense fresh ground coffee, char, chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, and earthy wood. There is a vague vegetal character that comes into the finish, presumably from the coffee. Finish is nice and bitter. Exceptional! brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: I poured this into my Cigar City snifter to reveal a thick, black, beer with a small mocha colored head.
S: The coffee is very dominant in this beer. It overwhelms the other scents at first. However, a bit of sniffing lets the chocolatey porter aromas come through, and the coconut really lends the beer a sweet smell. The nuttiness from the macadamia nuts is present, but mild.
T: As with the nose, the coffee flavor is really the star of the show. The coconut gives the beer a definite sweetness, and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up. The macadamia nut is also subdued when the beer is chilled, but allow it to come closer to room temperature and it makes an appearance. There is a slight bitterness, which I assume is from the coffee, but it is balanced nicely by the coconut.
M: This beer has a nice viscosity to it and a smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is much higher than you would have expected, but it provides a nice contrast.
D: I’m generally not the biggest coffee fan, but I am in love with this beer. There are such a variety of flavors and aromas that make it such an interesting beer to drink. I’m glad I’ve got a few more stashed away.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Thanks to bmanning for bringing a bottle of this to a recent tasting.
Poured near black with a nice tan head a good lacing. The initial scent is definitely strong coffee, followed by some nice chocolate. The coconut comes through afterward, and really makes this one fantastic. The taste is quite similar, with everything blending together really, really well. The coffee and coconut make an excellent combination. Moderate to fairly heavy body, and dangerously drinkable. This one definitely did not disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-17-2010 DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle from BevMo in Mira Loma.. Pours black with a light brown head.. Aroma is coconut, and coffee that really comes through in the nose. Flavor is more of the same with the coconut and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate in the finish... This is one of my favorites from Stone. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2009
8th rating, 12oz from Whole Foods Hillcrest. Pours rich black with a light brown head. Nose is potent, lots of coffee, and rich roasty notes, as well as some smokiness. Taste is sweet, with a big cocoa,nutty chocolate bite. Damn this is an exceptional imperial porter. Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
GABF 2009. I haven’t loved much from Stone lately, but they hit this one out of the park. Essentially, this is everything I know and love about Hawaii, in a glass. Seriously, I can almost see hula dancers and awesome Luau’s underneath stars, and killer weed, and delicious coffee, and plate lunches, and that awesome grainy sand, and beautiful Asian women in Bikini’s and shave ice. While sipping this beer I honestly sat and thought about the fact that I need a vacation. I ask you, how many beers do that? bhensonb (15976) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours quite black with a fluffy 2-finger tan head. Lots of coffee aroma. Perhaps a hint of chocolate. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is strong, dark cofffee, almost approaching espresso. There is a strong suggestion of milk chocolate. Finishes towards dry. There’s bitter, and I don’t think it’s the coffee. Finishes much like a very good cup of coffee. With chocolate! Late note: It took quite awhile, but I now get the macadamia nut. Lends sort of a greasy/creamy aspect. Coffee and chocolate still seem primary though.