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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

564 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 115
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drseamus on 01-21-2007)
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Photo of Thorpe429
1.78/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep brown with a tiny bit of a tannish head and not much if any lacing as it goes down. Understandable given the fatty nature of the coconut. Nose is a bit of roasted coconut and some roasted malt. Hints of something semi-astringent and acrid. Taste is quite off. Tastes nearly of stomach acid and is incredibly harsh. Nothing wrong with the can as it was split with a few others who thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if it was roasted coconut taken to the extreme or something else, but I could barely swallow the first sip and the second one I couldn't handle. Trying to stay unbiased, the mouthfeel was a bit light, but there wasn't a big issue with it. Drinkability was severely affected by the putrid taste; sorry to say that I really did not enjoy this, a disappointment after having wanted to try it for awhile.

Thorpe429, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of blink1371
1.83/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pour- I poured into a tall goblet. Poured thick and nicely with a non-aggressive pour.

Appearence-With a non-aggressive pour it produced a very nice 3 finger width, darker tan head. Very dark with reddish tints, and very appealing at first. After a minute or so, the head dissipates and will not come back (even with glass swirling). Lacing is pretty much non-existent.

Smell- If u smell the inside of the can, you can smell a hint of coconuts (almost like a coconut chocolate candy bar). The beer in the glass however, especially after 5 minutes in the glass, has a hint of rubbing alcohol. This is also apparent later in the aftertaste.

Taste- Even though very creamy, it was light to light-medium bodied. Maybe a taste of the roasted barely, coffee and hops, but definitely no coconuts.

Aftertaste- Like I just used Listerine mouthwash. The alcohol taste returned after getting hints of it in the smell. Also, a slight bitterness like in an IPA, as well as coffee.

Conclusion- Very appealing appearance for like 30 seconds and that is the best part of this beer. After a few minutes, there is a non-existent head that will not return (even with glass swirling) .This beer closely resembled a flat soda pop, and tasted like one too. I liked this beer less with each drink. Drinkability very low, unless you like drinking mouthwash.

blink1371, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of cbourassa
2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can given to me by a friend

A - The beer appears thick and black, like an ebony milkshake. There is a long head retention. Beer appears to be highly carbonated.

S - I detect roasted malt, chocolate, very faint whiff of coconut.

T - There is a chocolaty taste, but no hop flavor present. Tastes mild without any hint of coconut.

M - It seems to coat the tongue. The carbonation seems to be high for this style. Very unpleasant.

D - I was not impressed. Generally speaking, I would not go out of my way to have another.

cbourassa, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Sinewave
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of AnavelGato
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Tulip glass poured out of the can, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: black bordering on a dark brown a la Moose Drool, dense-ish head, off white head bordering on beige

Aroma: very little in this department, vague hints of chocolate and a slight nuttiness to it but nothing overwhelming, didn’t really stand out at all

Taste: very earthy, no apparent coconut flavor at all. I have to admit that I really was skeptical about this beer being some sort of beer popsicle artificial coconut nightmare and that I would be disappointed but it turned out to be the opposite, I was disappointed not by the flavor but by the lack of it.

Mouthfeel: creamy bordering on the weak to watery side, nothing to write home about.

Overall: really un-impressed, I had heard a lot of hype about this beer but when push came to shove I was incredibly underwhelmed, honestly the only reason I would pick this up again is for the convenience of canned porter.

AnavelGato, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Dave_Treat, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of papollo
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must admit, this beer was a disappointment to me. I was so excited when I found it and immediately snapped up a 4-pack of 12oz cans ($11.49+).

The familiar cusssh of the pop-top can led to a smell that at first was chocolate/coffee divination, as were the first few sips. Soon, however, the beer started to grow on me in a bad way. It's just too sweet for my tastes, which is odd for me to write because on the whole, I like rich, dark beers.

It kind of reminds me of movie theatre popcorn. When the smell first hits you you're drawn immediately to the snack bar. The first few bites (sips) meet the anticipation generated by the smell. About 5 minutes into it, you start to say to yourself "I should have stopped after the first few mouthfuls."

Sorry, Maui lovers - it looks & smells great, but that's about it for me.

papollo, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of david18
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Too much Coconut. I've had fruit inspired beers before where the fruit aspect has been much more subtle but in this case the coconut is just too present. It overpowers everything else in the beer. Color is good. Aroma is good, head is good. Once it gets in your mouth however it's too much. Maybe I should try this late at night or early in the morning and I'd feel differently.

david18, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
3/5  rDev -25.7%

ScreamForMe, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -25.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -25.7%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -25.7%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of goethean
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from beereality.

Has kind of a funny aroma. Definite toasted coconot note, but also a strange funky note.

Grainy, dry full-bodied, muddled, muddy confused complexity. Malty. Slight roasty bitterness. Too many malts? Finish is not crisp.

goethean, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Norfawkers
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you like protein shakes, this may be the beer for you...

Appearance: Deep dark brown w/ adequete head

Smell: Tanbark, chocolate

Taste: Bitter, chocolatey, licorice...protein shake

Mouthfeel: Syruppy, lingering finish

Drinkability: A bit sickening after a while, there are certainly much better porters out there

Norfawkers, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of StoutHearted
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured dark black with a fluffy, light cocoa-colored head that lingers, lacing up the glass. The smell of sweet coconut and licorice is prevalent. The taste is thin and tinny, but has a bit of a hoppy aftertaste that is not unpleasant, but it soon disipates into a bitter finish on the tongue. The mouthfeel leaves little to encourage you to hold it in your mouth. Overall, the beer is drinkable, but not great. The coconut and hops kind of battle each other.

StoutHearted, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nearly opaque (a dark mahogany) color. One finger of creamy tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Very robust milk chocolate aroma with pronounce caramel, as well. Smells like some sort of chocolate cake and the coconut makes a nice garnish on top.

T - Roasted grains, milk chocolate, nuttiness from the coconut, dry dirt and deep down some herbal, earthy hops. Not the robust coconut flavor I was expecting.

M/D - Mouthfeel doesn't fill out the way I think it should and the carbonation isn't what it should be. The finish is slightly sweet. Pretty dull beer in general tho :-/

SirSketch, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of DanW
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

DanW, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

crwrunner, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of sjrodriguez
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of surfrogue1
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

surfrogue1, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Weas
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Weas, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A - Pretty looking beer. Black as night, with a thick cream colored head. Head dissipated quickly leaving a nice thin lace on top and on the glass.

S - Sweet coconut smells with some caramel and dark malts.

T - Eh. Decent flavor. Coconut is present, and there is a slight hoppiness in there. Roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Very sweet for a porter.

M - Not a lot going on. For as dark as it is, I would have expected it to be a bit heavier. Medium Bodied, and a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Could drink one, maybe two, but if I'm looking for a porter, this is not what I would expect. Pretty light and sweet.

BeerThursdays, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a beer I've always wanted to try.

A - Nice light brown/tan/off white fluffy two finger head that fades after a minute or so. Beer itself is a chocolate colored brown that lightens as it gets closer to the walls of the snifter.

S - Smell is a little disappointing. No coconut at all. Just regular, old, porter.

T - Taste is actually great. Way better than I was expecting given the mediocre smell and appearance. Coconut? No. But it is a very BALANCED porter. Not too bitter or harsh, with just enough sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is so-so. Pretty thin.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. The coconut in the title is certainly misleading, but beers shouldn't be rated in relationship to their name. This is a drinkable porter, and one I would definitely have again if ever given the opportunity.

airohead2001, May 16, 2011
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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.