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Stone/Ken Schmidt/Maui Coconut Macadamia Coffee Porter by Stone Brewing Company
American Porter
8.50 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 12/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 0
A great big thanks goes out to errantnight for sending this along in a Christmas box, thanks again brotha! A pitch black pour fills the pint glass while chestnut brown highlights grace the body along the bottom and sides of the glass. The head easily grows to two fingers of creamy beige on a light pour and slowly fades to a rigid cap. Peaks and valleys of lacing cling to the glass in sheets as the head settles and after each drink.

The nose isn’t quite as expressive as I imagined it would be but I suppose the coffee has something to do with that. The Kona coffee hits first in a fairly straightforward manner. Bittersweet baker’s chocolate comes through in the middle and a rather rich caramel brings up the rear with the raw coffee beans. The coffee obviously dominates the aroma and a mild nuttiness comes through although it’s rather generic and I would never have guessed macadamia.

The coffee beans are upfront but a little on the subtle and generic side. The middle is weak with muddled coffee, baker’s chocolate, light cream (which may be the coconut sweetness), a mild roast, and nuttiness on the finish. The beginning is solid but the middle through end is a little muddled and hard to dissect. The best part of the flavor is the lingering aftertaste where big notes of dark chocolate combine with the mildly bitter coffee grounds and a lingering, soft nuttiness. This beer gets much better as it nears room temperature. The flavors front to back seem to smooth out and meld much better.

The body is on the medium side, which is to be expected from a coffee porter but the carbonation is a little higher than I’d like, causing some prickliness along the tongue. The carbonation eventually softens which makes for a smooth, somewhat slick body. As this one sits in the glass and the carbonation mellows it really comes into its own.

The drinkability is good for an 8.5% porter. There’s no discernable alcohol and the flavors end up coming together nicely after some warming. The flavors are interesting enough to keep me coming back again and again.

I’ve had my eye on this brew for awhile now and am happy I got to give it a go around. It’s not quite as expressive as I thought it was going to be but it’s a damn fine porter none the less. Thanks again for the great box, Derek!

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 11/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Shared this one at La Bella this past Tuesday night. I've had this one before but wasn't able to review it.

Ok, the first time I had this beer it had a mountain of a head. Half of the glass was filled with foam and I had to wait for it to settle down so I could pour the rest of it. Now, that was pretty impressive considering the ingredients used (coconut and macadamias) which have a high amount of natural fats/oils which can prevent a decent head formation/retention. However, this second time the head was very minimal and didn't retain as well as the first time, strange.

When first poured the beer presents it's robust earthy and chocolaty coffee profile, and it does overpower the other components at cellar temp. As the beer warms up I can start to pick up a toasted coconut aroma and even some creamy coconut milk, as well as more light chocolate and nuts. A bit of an earthy woodiness is also present. Later on I can smell some vanilla and lactose. More chocolate as it warms up. I can't really say the coconut and macadamias have a big presence (especially not the nut) as the coffee is still very present, but specifically the coconut brings in an interesting profile and combination to the beer. Loved the aroma.

The taste was very similar to the aroma with the coffee very present, toasted and milky coconut, nutty flavors (whether it's imparted by the actual macadamias or just some specialty malts), roasted malts, and caramel. The creamy coconut flavors do intensify a bit once the beer warms up. The coffee doesn't hold back but I don't mind since I love coffee, just wished there was a little more balance with the coconut.

Moderate to high carbonation but smooth and very easy to drink. I could easily have this for breakfast. Easily my favorite Stone Collaboration beer yet. Would be interested to see how this one tastes in a few months after the coffee tones down. Giggity!

Served In: Pint Glass

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