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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. Pretty good ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of roasted dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and toasted coconut. There is a whiff of metal too which I assume is from the can. Taste is of rich fresh brewed coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, dark malty richness. Golden toasty coconut taste is present at the finish and aftertaste of each sip. Beer has great carbonation levels. Body is a bit thin for a porter but nothing to complain about. Superb drinkability on this beer. One of the staples in my fridge as the wife cannot get enough of this one.

Serving type: can

03-02-2011 03:46:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Picked up a four pack of this one in a trade recently and was thrilled to death to be able to get it. I had heard very good things and wanted to try this for myself. Poured the twelve ounce can straight out of the fridge and into my pint glass. Very nice pour, dare I say a perfect pour on this one. Rich, dark, black as night with a two inch high head of tan colored foam. Really very big looking, almost like a stout. Nice retention with a huge amount of side glass lace.

Very impressed here as I go in for a taste. The aroma was just permeating off of it, rich tones of coffee and chocolate, a sweet lactose sugar like smell mixed in as well. Really very well put together. The flavor was like a good stout, very sweet with a good dose of milk chocolate and coffee. Not much in the way of coconut until the finish which was just wonderful. Nice dry finish with a vanilla touch that really sweetened it up quite well and lastly the coconut comes though right at the end. It was like chocolate covered coconut. Smooth as silk this had a much heavier tone then most porters, with a silky, seductive like feel and just an outstanding carbonation profile. I was just unbelievably impressed with this one. Easy drinker I could sip all night long. As soon as I finished it I wanted another, it was just that good. Uncanny how smooth and drinkable it was.

Overall this is exactly what I am looking for in the style. Rich, full of flavor and aroma. Wonderful hints of sweetness with nothing overdone or too big. I could buy this one by the case and only hope that it gets as big as that other brewery from the islands.

Serving type: can

07-03-2008 23:11:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.

T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

Serving type: can

08-12-2009 05:13:08 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An insanely good Porter that showcases what's best about coconut flavor- that creamy, vanilla, nutty character. It doesn't hurt that the base beer is very well-done either.

Coconut Porter begins with dark brown, opaque color that carries a froathy tan head up front but reduces to a sheet across the surface late. No real lacing or legging- the coconut oils might be working against the malt a bit.

Chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla all hit moderate strides in the aroma. Balanced not to allow any one element to rise above the rest. Very dessert-like.

Flavors of bitter-sweet chocolate and Columbian coffee set the tone and allows the base beer to command attention. Complimentary notes of vanilla and malted milk slowly fade into the true coconut taste as the coffee and chocolate disipate. All the while, caramel sweetness rides just inside the background flavors. Hopped only to keep the beer from a decidedly sweet tone and to accompany the slight roast bitterness.

Smooth, creamy, and robust. Froathy textures up front settle into a velvety rich mouthfeel, especially after the carbonation disipates, allowing the full weight of the beer to be felt on the tongue and mouth surfaces.

The beer is absolutely error-free. The compliment of coconut is an effortless marriage into the beer. If only the beer could have held onto a bit more carbonation for a bit longer.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Serving type: can

04-22-2010 02:54:16 | More by BEERchitect
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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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 10:29:55 | More by Thorpe429
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with no real substantial head formation, but I was running my damn mouth, so I could've just missed it.

Smell: Pleasant aroma; a blend of chocolate, coconut, dark malts, and morningtime coffee.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of roasty coffee and baker's chocolate and, of course, there's the toasted coconut shavings. Medium sweetness. Light, earthy hops and bitterness. Sweetish finish where the coconut really gains a hold over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy porter is what it is. And in a can, no less. The addition of coconut breathes a bit of new life into the humble, sometimes lackluster porter style. I feel a trip to Hawaii would be entirely wasted on me, as I'd spend a considerable amount of it at the Maui Brewing Co.

Serving type: can

10-25-2008 21:15:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug.

Big thanks to papollo for this can!

Shared with some friends before racking our homebrew into its secondary fermenter. It pours a matte black-brown, highlighted in ruby, topped by a bit more than half of a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, light roasted malts, coconut milk, and a dash of creamy caramel. The taste follows this winning formula, though the chocolate seems to have been calmed down to a milk level and the coconut itself is now present in toasted form. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and an airy feel. Overall, a kinda surprisingly good brew (I'm not generally a fan o' coconut, but its presence here is quite welcome), one I wish was more widely available (or, at least, more available to me).

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 05:02:08 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can picked up in Idaho a few months back. To hot chicks on the beach, everywhere!

This beer pours a clear, very dark russet colour, with two fingers of thin puffy, foamy beige head, which leaves some island-grouping (natch!) lace around the glass as it steadily settles. It smells of roasted malt, toasted coconut, chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops. The taste is more roasted malt, stronger vanilla/coffee notes, softer meaty coconut, and consistently supportive earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is a wee bit on the low side, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes roasted, a little sour, the malt and coconut keeping things moderately sweet.

A very agreeable port veritable, the coconut just adds a nice earthy twist, and a certain terroir to this offering.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 22:48:53 | More by biboergosum
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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
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers out of a can thus far...in fact most of the dark beers I've had out of the can have been amazing. Appears almost pitch black when held toward the light the body has dark brown edges, light tan head foms thick and dwindles quickly...even speckled lacing lines the sides of my pint. Aroma has dark chocolate, creamy tones it a hint of toasted coconut even a touch of kona coffee. Flavor is roasty with fresh coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted coconut very interesting flavorful dark beer probably the best I've had in or out of a can. Awesome porter, really nice blend of flavors colliding, mouthfeel is creamy but ballsy with a good bit of acidity going on with mild natural carbonation. Medium to fuller bodied porter wih coffee grounds lying on the palate. Drinkability overall is joyous when of the hyped beers out there that really really lives up to it. Awesome original take on a classic style this one is just a great base porter that the toasted coconut works well with the whole picture.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 22:54:29 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours brown, with a somewhat fizzy off-white head, thick, fair retention.

S: A lot of coconut meat, though it is astringent at times, light coffee.

T: Coconut juice at first sip, some charcoal and herbal bitterness hits next. The beer ends with some dark chocolate and a sweet coconut note.

M: Light-bodied, a tad on the thin side, oily.

D: A tasty porter from Maui, a dark beer that gives you a tropical feel is something I like, nice to see more canned microbrews. A tasty porter that I think is worthy of its hype.

Serving type: can

04-26-2008 23:29:40 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a super deep brown with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt...hey..where is the damn coconut? Another sip, hello, coconut. Mouthfeel is roasted malt, cocoa and coffee again, oh there is the faint coconut on the very end. Solid beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-31-2010 02:13:17 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of akorsak


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swnicholson in Black Booty 2009 for this 12 oz can.

A: The porter is a dark stout black that, even when held to light, doesn't waver in it darkness. A finger of head from the pour is busy lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is heavy on porter aromas, dark and rich with coffee and chocolate. Coconut adds a lush sweetness that changes the direction of the ale without sacrificing the porter's strong coffee profile.

T: I hate coconut. Having beared that deeply held secret, let me profess that I love this beer. The porter is strong, thick and delicious with the coconut flitting in like a barrel-aged profile, augmenting the porter at just the right times. The porter, as in the nose, is rich and full. Coffee dominates, followed by a cocoa powder and chocolate combo that is nearly as strong. Coconut lingers throughout, a sweet covalent bond uniting the porter atoms. The more I sip, the more I appreciate the coffee flavors. I normally drink my coffee black, but some coconut milk may be a nice addition.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and silky, mostly porter with just enough coconut to be noticed. Much, much better than I was expecting.

D: Thank you, sir, may I have another?!? An excellent porter that doesn't skimp on the coffee. Oh yeah, the coconut is a nice element as well.

Serving type: can

06-08-2009 01:30:18 | More by akorsak
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Dark brown colored beer with a tight light brown colored head.

Smell is fruity esters from the yeast a British strain from the scent of it. Great chocolate and coconut aroma for the bulk of this beers scent. More than a little Almond Joy candy aroma here, almond and vanilla are the other major scents here. Finally a trace of coffee aroma.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and mostly chocolate at first. Coconut really only comes in on the third sip and gives this a really creamy taste. Bit of coffee in the aftertaste and almonds.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice tasty beer here, will probably buy again.

Serving type: can

10-18-2008 01:26:39 | More by Zorro
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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CAN you dig it? Hawaiian beer in a CAN! I'm joining the microcanning revolution, among other revolutions ...

"Like hot chicks on the beach", hmmm. I like hot chicks on the beach, but if this were meant as a simile, I am missing the point. It was like a bit of quick-dissipating deep-tan/light-brown head with low retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown which allowed little light to penetrate. Its color made it tough to determine clarity, but it seemed fined. The nose smelled just like chocolate powder (imagine inhaling Quik). Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great chocolate taste on the tongue. It was on the finish that the coconut really kicked in. Delicious! This, blended with some Lazy Magnolia Pecan, could be a world-beater with those hot chicks mentioned earlier.

Serving type: can

07-20-2008 19:36:46 | More by woodychandler
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours black with some ruby highlights along the bottom and 1 1/2 fingers of foamy burnt tan head. Thin creamy layer of retention leaves a solid latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very robust smelling with roasted chocolate malts dominating, as well as some coffee, floral hops, a smidge of vanilla, and yes, coconut that is very light but still discernable underneath the other notes.

The taste is a rich mix of roasty chocolate malts and coffee with some floral hop bitterness in the back. The coconut flavoring is indeed in the flavor profile as well, being much more prominent to me than in the aroma, and really possessing a nice milky quality to it that comes out more and more as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a thicker feel to it that carries all of those heavier flavors well.

Even without the coconut present, this would have come off as a quite robust and easy drinking Porter. The coconut just adds some additional sweet qualities that balances out a lot of it's roasty nature. Good stuff that I would gladly get into again.

Serving type: can

12-02-2008 17:42:28 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for bringing this goodie to egajdzis' pre-Kennett party the night before the event...
Appears a a dark brown with a small tan head that fades into a hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of nuts, caramel, cream, coconut, wood, and sweet cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a decent, smooth mix going on with nothing overpowering the brew. The coconut is subtle and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, robust, and nutty.

Serving type: can

10-30-2007 14:17:15 | More by weeare138
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

CoCoNut porter pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and was probably this beer's best feature, showing coffee grounds, burnt toast, vanilla and perhaps a hint of coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the vanilla really comes on strong in this moderately sweet porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I thought the sweetness detracted just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

Not really getting the coconut factor in all this, but I thought this was otherwise a nice enough porter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 16:01:51 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fartingdog for throwing us this one!

Pours a lightly hazed dark brownish orange, bit of red as well in the edges, thick light tan head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, drops a bit of lacing, looks pretty good. Smell is great, chocolate, roast coffee, toast, coconut, toffee, bread, unrefined brown sugar, bit of licorice, vanilla, very nice. Taste is great as well, very heavy roast and chocolate, caramel sweetness, thick coconut and toast, vanilla, fig, toast is great in the finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, nice roasty bitterness, the toasted coconut is easy to identify but doesn't take the beer over, but the carbonation is a bit sharp on the palate. This stuff is real nice. Thanks Dave!

Serving type: can

12-29-2008 20:14:39 | More by Viggo
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, seems to have more clarity or less viscosity than I would have imagined, leaves the tiniest amount of head, off white. Aroma, definitely coconut and coffee it seems, or was that toffee and some woodyness.

Taste, good amount of coconut, not artificially sweetened from what I can tell, holds itself in check. Would have liked a rougher bitter, hoppier edge, but for a summertime porter, I guess smooth is the way to go. Chocolate comes through more down can. Price = ugh, $12 a 6 pack, but it is very drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 17:01:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black. Dark ruby streaking is apparant when held to a light source. medium sized light brown head. Good staying power. Lacing comes in full sheets. Very nice aroma of with thick roasted malts and chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla too and toasted nuts. the first thing I notice is the light body this porter has. It's light to light-medium on the viscosity meter. Too low in my opinion. Carbonation is appropriate. The toasted coconut is apparent on the buds. And it really adds a nice counterpoint to the thickly roasted malt character and bitter chocolate notes. I like the flavor. And this one is going down too fast. Good beer.

Serving type: can

10-24-2008 01:49:22 | More by Bighuge
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maui Coconut Porter , from the can into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, light khaki colored, short livid head and little lace. Aroma of toasted coconut, roasted malt, and coconut milk. Tastes strongly of sweet coconut as well, blending the sweet milky coconut flavor with a light roasted malt flavor. Nutty, sweet suggestions of vanilla. Overall a nice porter infused with coconut flavor.

Serving type: can

04-25-2011 05:11:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can picked up on the islands by good friend and coworker Michelle E. Shared with my brother SAS.. 1/2" tan head.. very dark brown brew.. only slightest hints of red and brown highlites when held to a light.

Aroma is really chocolaty.. and nutty.. a little toast.. I guess if you combine all this together, it reminds me slightly of an Almond Joy candy bar.

Flavor mirrors the aroma pretty well with a dusty overtone that goes from front to back. Nutty chocolate and just a little toasted coconut. Body is fairly light as expected and carbonation is light which helps lend to a very smooth mouthfeel.

All in all, I would pick this up fairly frequently if I had access to this on a regular basis... not as a novelty, but more as something different.

Big props to Michelle.. She is a BA, she just doesn't know it. I will intervene at some point. :)

Serving type: can

04-30-2008 06:44:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see this show up in the Bay Area! I got a 4 pack of cans at Bevmo. What a great beer! The marriage of coconut and roasty/chocolatey/creamy flavors of porter are a match made in heaven. It just works so well, and everything is very nicely balanced. Just a great beer all around, and I'm a big fan of craft canning as well. Pours very dark brown, approaching black with a creamy tan head that starts great but fades pretty quickly. Very nice lacing. Smell is of nice lightly toasted coconut, cocoa, and some roasty malt. Really nice combo, and not too sweet. The taste is similar. Just the right amount of sweetness- a tad- and beautifully clear flavors of coconut oil and roasted coconut. Nice malty backbone and toasty notes on the finish along with just a hint of bitterness. Really nice. Very smooth and creamy and just all around a great beer.

Serving type: can

08-09-2008 07:06:45 | More by Georgiabeer
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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
90 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.