RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout is an assertive, rich and hearty dark stout complemented by freshly roasted 100 percent Kona coffee. The stout style is a Russian Imperial stout, historically brewed strong to survive its long voyage from London to the Baltic region. Course ground dark roast 100 percent pure Kona coffee beans were added to the brew during the aging process. The beans were grown and harvested by Cornwell Estate in Holualoa. The brewers were able to watch freshly harvested beans being roasted before transporting them to the brewhouse and adding them to the batch. The beer will be served on nitrogen, giving a smooth, creamy mouth-feel that complements the roasted coffee flavor.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. The worst thing about this beer was that they dont bottle it and they didnt have it available in growlers while I was there. I made sure to stop back at the brewery right before I got on the plane to have one last pint. Its that good. It pours jet black with a very thick mocha head that sticks around for a while. The smell is great and reminds me of smelling ground coffee beans, chocolate malt grain, and black patent grain. It is exceptionally creamy with coffee, roasted, and chocolate flavors. Many of the coffee stouts that I have had an associated bitterness with the coffee, but the use of 100% Kona beans seems to have eliminated that bitterness. It has an excellent full body. The only reason that I dont give this a perfect drinkability is that the ABV is so high. This is probably my favorite Kona brew. I wish I was back in Hawaii now...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/02/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

black, big fine tan head, big coffee and roasted malt aroma, huge roasted malt flavor,
-------- /> Date: 12/01/2006
Source: Brewfest
Score: ii to ii+
Words: Draft
Words: Nitro
Words: Strong Ale Fest

black, huge creamt beige nitro head, roasted malt aroma, rich roasted malt flavor, lots of coffee, a bit of burnt astrengent bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a mostly opaque with some dark ruby mahogany hues and a large cascading dense light brown nitro head. Aroma of some toasty butterscotch and roasty espresso beans. Body starts rich and caramely sweet with good dark chocolate and fresh roasty coffee. A pretty nice coffee stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
strong ale fest at pizza port 06: a very very good imperial stout. some coconut oil and kona coffee. some dark chocolate and macademia nut flavor. the mouthfeel was creamy but had a tinge of baltic porter type flavor to it. yum. also had the BA version at the fest and it was fucking fantastic. much smoother, more mellow and more coconut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
On tap at the Kailua Kona brewpub 11/02/2006. Great beer with a strong rich malty aroma with evident coffee. Appeared dark brown, opaque with a tan head that laced considerably. A bold bitter flavor of roast coffee blended with rich sweet maltiness. Super smooth and creamy with a full body. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Draft, 2005 PP Strong Ale Fest. Deep dark ruby brown. Lots of roasty coffee and chocolate and malty. More roasted malt flavors, sweet, with lots of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor was a bit of a let down compared to the aroma, but still very good. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7477) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Draught, Kona Brewpub, HI. Head is fully lasting (nitro). Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee), moderately hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Strong resinous hops and a pushy sourness in the finish kept me from finding too much delight in this one. Good, but not something Id order again (sampled twice on two different days).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer was a nearly opaque, dark brownish black color with a thick, creamy, off-white, lasting nitro-fueled head. The aroma was intoxicating; heavy wth malty chocolate and dark Kona coffee, moderate notes of cookie, caramel and an unusual, but neat, moderately strong hoppy note of resin and pine with and a little note of vanillla tucked somewhere in the back. The flavor was heavily sweet with a long, lightly sweet / heavily bitter finish. The body was full with a velvety texture, soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic feel in the finish. A nice marriage of coffee and Stout, for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Nitro. Black with a tan head. Big fresh roasted coffe with some chocolate on the aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor. Coffe is much lighter in the flavor than the aroma. Notes of chocolate. Light bitterness in the finish. Smooth and silky body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a pitch black, no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smooth nose. Flavor is dominately bitter, dark chocolate, whiskey coats the mouth well.

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