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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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555 Ratings

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%

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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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served by handpump into a pint pot at a Wetherspoons outlet in Manchester, UK during this 2010 spring beer festival.

A. A brown beer with a red hue. The head is a sandy brown colour and it remained fully throughout the pint until the final drop.

N. Roasted malts with aromas of coffee and chocolate but sadly no coconut.

T. Sweet malt, milk chocolate comes to the fore immediately followed by bitter chocolate. A dry, slightly bitter finish.

M. A nice, smooth drinking ale, the body is just about right for this style.

Although it is called Coconut Porter, there was nothing coconutty whatsoever about this beer (apart from a very quick dash of coconut milk towards the end) which is a real shame because if it had some of the coconut notes on the nose and more in the mouth this would really be an eyecatcher for me. Having said that it didn't alter my score as I still enjoyed the interplay between milk and bitter chocolate on the palate. A nice interpretation on the porter style.

Serving type: cask

04-14-2010 11:02:53 | More by AEK
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed for the Wetherspoons Real Ale festival here in the UK

Served my handpump into 1/2 pint imperial pint glass.

A- Jet black blody with creamy tan head consistent at 1 finger with excellent lacing.

S- Espresso coffee notes, milk chocolate and a faint linger of coconut. Reminds me of a mocha frappucino from starbucks!

T- Sweeter chocolate and coconut notes more noticeable on the tongue, a faint bitter bite in the finish.

M- Low carbonation, full body.

D- Certainly a porter with a twist! Reminded me more of a sweet stout. Lots of nice flavours in there, and not too sweet with a bitter balance. Very tasty!

Serving type: cask

04-11-2010 10:37:45 | More by seanyfo
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont get why it says this beer is retired. I just bought a 4-pack at Foodland in Kapolei, Oahu, this morning. The canning date on the bottom says '121913' so its relatively newish. Anyways, just poured into a whiskey glass from my hotel room.

A - pours a black-brown with a thin head that dissipates rather rapidly. Held up to artificial light and does not shine through. Solid darkness.

S - coconuts, rum, deep maltiness, sugarcane. Coconuts are the dominant smell. This beer smells so awesome.

T - as smell influences taste, the above mentioned notes dominated the palate. This is real coconut to me. I let it warm to room temperature (which is about 75 degrees here in Kapolei at 8pm) and the flavors are really enhanced. In addition to the dominant Coconuttiness, toffee, coffee, and dark chocolate notes emerge.

M - light carbonation, which is good for the style. It is also very refreshing and feels lighter than many other porters, which goes hand in hand with the environment here.

O - a beautifully well done beer. I am glad i was able to get my hands on it. I havent seen thison the mainland in a couple of years and had only tried it once before at that. The coconut shines and adds a wonderful element to this beer. Highly rec if you can get it! I will be buying a few more packs to bring home to SF.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 06:01:20 | More by beepill
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North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass. No bottling date

Pours a black/very dark brown color with a thick beige head that leaves a nice foamy lace on the glass. on the nose i pick up roasted coffee malts that arent overpowering. unsure of what to expect still. Taste is intriguing... im not getting much coconut here. roasted malts and chocolate, but not that strong. its a quite unique taste actually. not in a bad way, im just not understanding the coconut name. the body is on the thicker side with a medium carbonation. pretty easy to drink as you cant detect any alcohol or bitterness.

overall this is definitely worth trying to see what you get out of it. i dont regret buying this and wouldnt turn down another one. just dont expect a coconut taste.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 18:33:04 | More by Axnjxn
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South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass
no born or best before date

A: Pours an opaque black with 2 plus fingers width of bubbly, light mocha colored head. Decent retention, but leaves only a small amount of lacing.

S: Toasted coconut is there, which is real nice, but there is also an acrid almost sour note that is bizarre and pretty prominent. Some roasted malt is there as well. I also get a dry, somewhat musty aroma like brown cardboard. Really a pretty strange aroma, but for some reason I kind of like it.

T: Again a bit odd. Initial taste is reminiscent of what I think licking a cardboard box would taste like. Once I get past that, some traditional porter flavors come out like roasted malt and rich dark chocolate. Toasty coconut is there, as well, although not as prominent as I hoped. Different, but again, I find myself drawn to the strange conglomerate of flavors.

M/D: Smooth, appropriately low carbonation, thicker than I anticipated for the style. Moderate drinkability. Really nice mouthfeel for a standard porter.

O: Overall, kind of a strange brew. Didnt think much of it at first, but it really grew on me as I slowly drank it. I would drink this again, but wouldnt go out of my way to obtain it.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 18:46:19 | More by zac16125
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Paul for hooking me up with a can of this. From a 355 ml can, it pours out a deep dark brown hue, not quite opaque there are translucent cola highlights when held to direct light. Massive head on the pour, took 3 attempts to empty the can and fill the glass, presenting a loose bubbled mocha head that slowly settles to a frothy thin cap.

Sweet and toasty malt up front in the aroma, some faint roasty notes, as well as some toasted coconut.

Dark toasty malt up front in the flavour, some sweetness before the toasted coconut appears and tends to remain most prominent towards the finish. Dry, rather cocoa-like finish and aftertaste, with faint coconut also lingering on.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied on the lighter end of the spectrum, somewhat slick texture although with decent attenuation, and some moderate carbonation.

Things lean towards the sweeter end of things, although that may be expected due to the presence of the coconut, however the malt could have balanced it out some more. I'm not complaining though, I enjoyed this stuff and will seek out some more when the opportunity arises.

Serving type: can

11-09-2012 03:56:53 | More by IronDjinn
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack of cans of this at a grocery store in Maui about 3 miles from the brewery.

Beer Facts: 6.0% ABV, 30 IBU's, made with Cascade & Columbus hops.

It begins with a malty-toasted coconut aroma followed with a taste of dark malt, chocolate and hints of coffee. It finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice for balance. The only improvement I would like to see would be making it less "thin bodied" but given where the majority of this stuff is consumed, it is just right.

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 22:44:02 | More by ExtraStout
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recall seeing this on "Drinking Made Easy", then happened across it on a holiday on Arizona
A - shiny pitch black, thumb of mocha head, dissipated slowly, not much lacing
S - big chocolate malts off the top, the coconut aroma is more like a raw husk, brown sugar a light grass
T - big roasty and chocolate malt, then the subtlety of toasted coconut starts to creep in a build slowly until in becomes a big part of the flavour by the end of the can, just a touch of smoke on the finish
M - medium to light body with mild carbonation, sweet and bitter with a light chaulkiness
O - was impressed by the presentation on the TV show, and the product lives up to it, the feature ingredient is a compliment to the beer rather than a dominator which works very well in this case, now I just need to actually go to Hawaii

Serving type: can

10-21-2012 04:49:00 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep black color, the head was light tan and had a moderate retention and minimal lacing. The smell of the beer was loaded with Coconut aromas and backed with a decent amount of roasted malt. The taste of the beer in the beginning is heavily roasted with dark chocolate malts, it's almost too much roast in my opinion. As I finished the beer the last few mouthfuls got sweeter and brought in a lot of the Coconut flavors I was expecting throughout the whole thing. The mouthfeel was sharp and crisp, could have been a little smoother I think with would have complimented the Coconut in someways. Overall it's still a good beer despite my personal opinions on what it does or doesn't offer. I feel that the flavors of Coconut settle to the bottom of the glass somehow, perhaps the choice of glass I used was not the best. Still I enjoyed it and look forward to drinking it again.

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 16:37:14 | More by Knapp85
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can from Gehrig13 poured into a shaker on 8/8/12.

Pour: pretty dark brown, almost black with two fingers of tan head. No lacing, recedes to rim.

Smell: Smokey milk chocolate, toasted malts. Some vanilla cream.

Taste: Lots of roasted milk chocolate, vanilla cream. Pretty much these flavors ride out.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, but not heavy. Goes down really easy. Nice carbonation.

Overall: This was pretty dar delicious, and the glass was gone in 15 minutes.

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 22:08:17 | More by cfrances33
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for finding this for me.

A - black with a large, dense cap of dark brown head that has good retention

S - big roasted malts, toasted coconut, faint coffee and chocolate

T - huge roasted malt character with toasted coconut coming through; underlying coffee notes; rather intensely bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice concept. The coconut works well with the roasted malt character. Unfortunately, it's more bitter than what I'd look for in a porter. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

Serving type: can

07-20-2012 21:38:51 | More by tdm168
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn glad I found this apparently it's not brewed anymore but it's been on my tick list for months. Paid the price on this one 5 bucks at the house of 1,000

A - Color is fairly dark for a porter just a touch of amber at the base. Head is equally mocha in color getting a 1/4 inch that settles to a lace ring.

S - Well I can't pick up much coconut but the porter base is stellar with mild chocolate and coffee and little hops or harsh roasts. Maybe some vanilla too.

T - Well I can't knock it much but maybe I do taste some toasted coconut in the mix. Mostly again chocolate and roast, a touch of anise and burnt sugars yet more sweet than chalky. Still a touch dry in the finish to remind you it's a porter.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation is a bit bubbly yet enjoyable.

Overall I guess I can't find this anymore but it was worth putting down the coin. A balanced porter with mild coconut flavors.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 04:06:13 | More by DrDemento456
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maui Brewing Company, Certified Made on Maui, CoCo Nut Porter. "…Like Hot Chicks on the Beach." What? Huh? Just gonna ignore that, not touch it, let it go.
"Porter brewed with hand-toasted coconut."

Dark brown, nearly black, fully opaque, with a full, flush dotted head of creamy tanned foam, leaving lots of lace. Looks good.

Aroma: there it is, freshly toasted coconut, straddled over a …I'm not sure. We get lots of coconut, though. Beautiful.

Taste: nicely hopped, lightly roasty, full-bodied. Cocoa and coffee linger below, and show themselves briefly, outside flashes of more coconut. A very tasty porter, robust enough, with a coconut flavor that never quits, but mellows a bit. Like hot chicks on the beach. I have a feeling you can use this phrase to end a sentence, the way they end fortune cookies with "…in bed." Maybe they do, perhaps it's a quaint local Maui-ism. "Hand toasted coconut…like hot chicks on the beach!"

Anyway. Nothing too "wow" about this one, but it's nice and I thank DA for it. Just like hot chicks on the beach.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 06:14:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roasted caramel coconut nose--nice foamy head. Very dark brown body. Medium to full-bodied with boozy and crisp roasted malts dominating the mouth feel...leaving a dark coffee aftertaste that fades from bitter to bitter-sweet. A big tasting porter for its ABV but refreshing and satisfying nonetheless.

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 20:52:24 | More by fivestrokeroll
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West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can served in a chilled pint glass

A - A monstrously dark obsidian with just a few photons streaming through with a 2 finger thick fluffy ecru head with excellent retention and great lacing around the whole glass.

S - Coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, toasted coconut with moderate pungency.

T - A robust flavor starting with sweet toasted coconut, with a smooth and creamy milkiness, followed by roasted barley, chocolate, espresso beans, malt, and a touch of bitterness, with a smooth, crisp hint of alcohol for the finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, creamy, and smooth.

O - Really enjoyed this porter, the coconut addition gave it a smoothness you find in many milk stouts and reminded me a bit of Old Rasputin, but this porter is not quite as refined but still excellent in it own right. Can't wait to visit the brewery in a couple weeks in Maui!

Serving type: can

04-03-2012 15:26:57 | More by williamjbauer
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from one of those attractive cans into an IKEA pint glass a very dark brown with a hint of tan head, not much. Smells like a mass of cocoa powder and roasted malt. Earthy hop note, not much coconut so far, but something different... an unusual waxy smell that is at first offputting but then, not.

Bigger than I thought. Expecting a tropical coconut treat, imagine my surprise at finding such a ballsy, roasty porter with a big streak of astringency running through it. Rough around the edges - even at 5.7% I believe I detect an alcohol note. That said, underneath it all there is a certain softness. Is that the coconut? I don't really taste it so much as feel it. A gentle wave of soothing oiliness that prepares the palate for the next moutful.

Medium thick and tightly carbonated. Not what I was expecting. A very good beer. Fairly intense, full flavored porter that doesn't pull punches. That said, I know of a couple of beers that do the same - more coconut, please.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 10:21:07 | More by Parrotshake
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a finger of foamy tan head. Head retention could be better as it fades to a thin ring before long.

S - Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and shredded coconut. Coffee and cocoa/dark chocolate are the strongest. Quite nice but a fuller coconut presence would have been nice.

T - Bittersweet roastiness in the mocha combination. A tried and true flavour profile. I cant taste any coconut unfortunately.

M - Medium chalky body with moderate carbonation.

O - Good porter but slightly disappointing in the lack of coconut flavour. Recommended but it won't blow your socks off.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 08:21:29 | More by dansmcd
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in the glass, the head is a solid mass of tan brown foam. It's kind of impressive how solid the head is.

S: There is a nice bready note, as well as a lot of cocoa powder chocolate. The coconut is there in the finish, although it gets a little lost in the dark grains.

T: The cocoa powder smell comes through again in the flavor as well as some roasted grains. The finish has a bit of coffee to it as well as a hint of the coconut. There is almost a little bit of a milk stout thing going on.

M: Medium in body. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. There is a really creamy quality to this.

O: Overall I really like it, rich and chocolaty. Although I wish there was a bit more of the toasted coconut flavor in there.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 16:37:10 | More by Beejay
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color. Small tan head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. Sharp and acrid flavor upfront-almost a burnt malt and bakers chocolate flavor. Somewhat metallic though I know that isnt from the can. Grainy tasting. Perhaps a whisper of coconut but not what I was expecting. Ok mouthfeel. A decent enough porter but really lacks what it takes to be very good in my book. Could use more coconut.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 02:44:22 | More by lackenhauser
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start out by saying that this beer is fantastic!
Although it is in a can, the design on the can it pleasing, but it does not benefit the taste of the beer at all, but we all knew that already.

Head - Medium w/ light brown shading
Carbonation - Medium
Color - Dark brown, giving it a thick quality
Aroma - CHOCOLATE, not hoppy, but definite malty sweetness.
Body/Mouthfeel - Just like liquid chocolate with hints of coconut, making it smooth and creamy and very sweet. Finishes with a bitter taste making it slightly heavy and taste a couple swallows to cleanse my mouth of the flavor.
Flavor - Chocolate covered coconut pieces

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 20:53:20 | More by kri1
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a large head and was fairly dark. The aroma smelled of a little bit of coffee with more chocolaty undertones. This is a very creamy beer that stays in the mouth for quite a while. You can detect no hops and has a nice malty sweetness. This porter was very enjoyable and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 18:47:53 | More by Lnc3
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Maui Brewing Company.

Beer came in a can and was poured into pint glass.

A - The beer pours a rich, dark color. Brown/red like edges when held to the light. An awesome 2 finger milk chocolate head with great retention. Head sticks around a while then slowly fades. Great lacing showing a healthy beer. Really like the look of this beer.

S - Strong roasted malt most likely a black patent. Hints of coffee and chocolate tones. The coconut wasn't nearly as strong as I thought it would be in this beer. It was a great compliment to malt roast.

T - The first flavor that hit my tongue was the roasted malts. Secondly those are accompanied with a sweet richness and Chocolate/Coffee notes follow. The back mouth feel is where I noticed the coconut hit. Very unusal blend.

M - Medium carbonation and body

O -With this my first beer from Maui Brewing I find this beer very unique. It's very different from my usual Porter that I enjoy drinking. The blending of the flavors makes it difficult for the palate to really bind everything together, which I noticed some other reviewers noticed as well. I would recommend if you enjoy porters to switch gears a bit and put one of these down. Very interesting experience.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 17:01:36 | More by w8less
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:The color of the beer is a very dark brown. It has a lot of hold where the foam clings to the cup.
Smell: It smells woody and sweet.
Taste: You can definitely taste the chocolate in it though it is hard to taste the coconut at all. You do get a woody flavor which can be attributed to the coconut.
Mouthfeel: There is a heavy mouthfeel where the beer grips your tongue and it has a very smooth finish to it. You can still taste the beer in your mouth after you swallowed it.
Overall: This is probably my favorite beer. I've been drinking this a lot. The only downside to this is that it cost usually 10 dollars for a case of 4 cans. Still the taste it good and the chocolate is definately present as you drink it.

Serving type: can

01-26-2012 02:02:03 | More by KaptinKrunches
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A jet black beer with a small head and lots of sticky, creamy lace. Big roasted coffee aroma with a subtler coconut note underneath.

Really a delicious tasting porter for me, combining classic roasty and malty notes with a good dose of coffee and toasted coconut. There’s a distinct sense of coconut oil here and even a slightly oily mouthfeel and appearance which I found appealing although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Then again don’t drink a beer called “Coconut Porter” if you don’t like coconut. Lightly sweet and fairly low in bitterness for the style in general; hop presence is minimally felt.

Full body without excess carbonation, slightly sticky and creamy, very nice in this department. Smooth with a lingering coconut oil coating the mouth a bit.

I really like this beer a lot, mostly because I could drink coconut milk straight from the can. Wish they sent these to the East Coast.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 13:14:46 | More by tobelerone
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark-as-night black color with just enough carbonation to know it is not flat. Pour is accented by small off-white bubbles that slowly rise throughout consumption

Aroma is actually the star of the show- coconut notes, with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I was impressed that I could smell it without even pouring!

Taste is well balanced- maybe the slightest bit sour. Heavy toasted flavors that are not hidden in the least. The chocolate comes through nice- have to admit the coconut does not come through in the flavor, but that's OK. Light for how dark in color it is.

Nice beer.


Serving type: can

01-25-2012 02:23:32 | More by bitterbeerguy
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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
90 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.