Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On Draft- Kona Brewery, Hawaii. I’m biased with this one since I am such a big coffee lover too. Poured a minimal head, but wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste was consistent with the aromas, big flavor, cocoa and coffee together was like dessert in a glass. Well done- I need to try the coffee part with the homebrew.... Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with red hints. Brown head. Aroma is sweet coffee with tiny notes of smoke. Taste is lots of coffee. Very good, an alternative to ice coffee perhaps? MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours mostly black with dark brown head. Aroma is all coffee and chocolate. Flavor is more of the same with some maltiness, coffee, and chocolate. Smooth and creamy. This is one of the better coffee brews I’ve had. KPMycoskie (15) - USA - DEC 2, 2007
In a 12oz bottle. Ah, a combination of my two favorite liquids. The aroma is quite pleasing, a strong but not overbearing coffee character. And the flavor is similar...the coffee does not drown out the porter grains, but adds just the right touch of richness. One of the best Hawaiian exports since Don Ho.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
muddy color with a frothy tan head. coffee bean aroma with a coffee ice cream flavor.
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2007
12 oz bottle from Plaza Liquors. Deep, dark black (looks like brewed coffee with a head). Slight coffee flavor, but good balance with toasted malt. Good flavor and easily quafable. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2007
this poured on the black side of brown with a small tan head. aroma is packed with spent coffee grounds, earthy maltiness and a bit of brown sugar. the flavor is mildly woody, earthy and spot on the right amount of coffee beans. as it warms, it picks up some lacto qualities. nice roasty acidity on the finish. coffee and chocolate linger on my palate for a while. medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel as the carbonation builds up on my tongue. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2007
From a 12-oz. bottle--Poured a rich and deep brown-black body with a fluffy medium whitish head. Body was crisp and robust. Big coffee flavor. Roasted and chocolaty. Earthy and dry in the finish. Decent but not spectacular. dragonlocks (15) - Kailua, Hawaii, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Very rich Kona coffee taste with sweet hints of chocolate. Not my favorite porter, not close, but enjoyable and pleasently suprising for my first hawaiian beer GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Kona Brewing, a common sight in any of the ABC stores that plague the Hawaiian Islands (and Las Vegas, apparently), has made some extremely dissapointing beer. The Pale Ale and Lager were almost undrinkable - shocking for a microbrewery, even a bad one. But when I first laid eyes on their Kona Coffee offering I was prepared to forgive them. To a lay drinker it seems entirely too difficult to ruin and squander the distinct flavors of Hawaii’s famous coffee beans. I had confidence in Kona’s tack, believing that, even though the first two beers of theirs I sampled were really, really bad, surely they’d give the kona flavor the respect it deserves. Oops. As a consolation prize the folks at Kona Brewing make a deep and engaging aroma, but you’re out of luck when it comes to the taste. Let’s start with the positive. Peas, grease (the neglected food group), root vegetables, ginger, sassafras, soy sauce and anise all bounce around on a big, bulging mattress of coffee aroma. It’s like pub food fare meets Asian garnishing, offering an unheard of aromatic experience. It is only in the taste that calamity occurrs. Odd, too, since the deep, rich brown of the body evinces an equally flavor, to all perceptions. Imagine a bag of malts chaff, cheap coffee grounds and the contents of an overused ash tray mixed into a terrible soup with mineral water as the base. And there you have the Kona Brewing pipeline’s flavor. The taste is so unappealing that I can’t finish the beer, and so with a curt drinking experience, a curt review.