This beer has gotten rave reviews on so many websites that I had to try it. Despite the heat, I had to try this. So, I took a cold shower, cranked up the A/C and poured this bad boy into the stemless after letting it warm for 10 minutes.
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Kona coffee is the market name for coffee cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona districts of the Big Island of Hawaii.” This stout happens to be brewed with this type of (darn good) coffee.
Random: The Big Island is my favorite island in Hawaii.
This brew poured with a beautiful tan-colored head, about a finger thick. The color of this brew is black with no light passing through it. The head dissipates in two minutes or so with little to no lacing left. This is pretty. I like summer beers, but my preference is for the heavier fall and winter beers (and I haven’t had a good stout in a while and think that I’m actually in withdrawal), so I’m really psyched. On the nose, I get hit with a lot of things. There’s a concert of different types of coffee scents and some dark chocolate. I’m a coffee person, so I’m definitely digging the coffee smell. I think that it’s still a little too cold, so I’m relegated to waiting another few minutes before the first sip. This is the definition of torture. On first sip, the only thing I can think is, “Oh my gosh, there’s a party going on in my mouth.” There is so much going on: I get coffee, chocolate, a little bitterness, some carbonation, and some sweetness. Wow. This is seriously complex. I also get some vanilla. This is really good. Damn good, even. Now that I’ve had a few sips, I can stop the stream of consciousness babbling. The first taste that I get is the coffee, but it’s definitely coffee with a backbone, not like a weak instant coffee. I’d expect that because Kona tends to be nice and strong. Once you get past the coffee, the finish leaves some chocolate and hints of vanilla or what some people have even suggested as hazelnut. This beer is perfectly balanced between bitterness and hints of sweetness. I could see drinking this at breakfast or at any time of day. This is easily my new favorite stout and definitely in my top five all-time beers. This is the definition of amazingness. End of story.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0