SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 1, 2008
dark brown with ruby highlights under a medium sized creamy tan head. coffee dominates the aroma. flavor is also loaded with coffee, so much in fact that this almost tastes like one of those chilled coffee drinks. not bitter(and raw) tasting like many coffee style beers. i really don’t even get anything similar to beer except carbonation. now normally if it doesnt resemble beer i would hate it but i’m just really impressed with the sweetness of the coffee and the low bitterness and absence of acidity and the sweet creamy flavor. they nailed this one. it’s just awesome. never had a coffee beer this good. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2008
Pours a light black, with beige head.
Aroma is malty, with lots of coffee and roastiness, some hoppy notes.
Taste, light coffee / espresso just all over, from start to finish, malty, roastiness.
Some grains barley/ wheat, with light hoppy presence, leaves for a nice mouthfeel and finish. Medium/low carbonation, has the signature malt / hops used in other Kona beers.
An excellent porter, one of my top Kona beers. Leaves a long lasting coffee flavor in the mouth that is very pelasing. mmmbeer (1425) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle pourd into pint glass- poured non transparent black when held to a light source, high-light carbonation of very tiny bubbles, nice tan one finger head formed but showed minimal lacing. Aroma of a dark roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was nicely roasted, sweet coffee comes in the middle and it’s not Folgers kids (!), finish has twang of coffee remaining and is a little acidic. Now I just have to remember that this isn’t coffee because I want to crack the rest open early in the morning to wake up to!!! morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2008
12 oz. single bottle from Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is all coffee and maybe a touch of malt. Taste is rather bodacious with a coffee and roasted malt combination. Very drinkable, not too overwhelming, a very nice porter. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Black beer with a pretty thick tan head. Nose is mostly coffee with a hint of chocolate and malteds candy. Whatever coffee they used in this is freakin’ tasty. A thinner bodied porter that allows the coffee addition to really shine. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Probably want more.
nearbeer (5421) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12 oz, bottled Aug 27, 08. Opaque black with a half-inch creamy head that deposits sugary lace. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee bean, slightly tempered with some dark brown sugar. Flavor is almost overpowering coffee at first, then some light caramel and marshmallow come to the rescue, leaving a nearly-balanced coffee and charred wood aftertaste. Medium body is a little watery (in a good way), smooth and roasty-dry. This is not my favorite porter, but I give it an extra tenth on "overall" for being exactly what it set out to be: a good Kona coffee-flavored beer. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Dark black beer, thin tan head. Good lacing. Buttey coffee aroma. Taste is like milk, sugar and loads of good coffee, and I don’t even drink coffee. Mouthfeel starts out smooth but finishes a lttle rough. Consistency is medium/thin. Finish has a lot of coffee. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 SDFOB-2008. Draft. Smooth porter. Very good coffee flavors at the start and middle. Finish is a little off. A good drinking beer.
Have had this a many times on trips to Hawaii. When on draft the beer is really nice. A great medium roast Kona coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied with a really creamy mouth. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, beige head.
Smell: Coffee-scented nose with notes of dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of dark caramel.
Taste: Sweetened Breakfast Blend coffee with traces of chocolate and caramel. Not too terribly much in the way of hops or bitterness, but this serves to allow the coffee flavor to rest leisurely on the palate. Chocolate dosed coffee in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A surprising, subtly tasty treat with a reasonably, sensible ABV. I’ll have another, please. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pours nearly black with a ruby hue and a clingy tan head. Obvious aroma of coffee with roasted, vanilla, leather and nutty notes. A bit thin in body with cocoa and coffee flavors. A little chalky with a little DMS. A little lackluster.