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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 challenja


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Smoke and Barrel Adams Morgan DC.

A: Nice midnight black appearance with a nice light mocha froth head that melts away in the glass.

S: Nice coconut sweet bread, cherry malt, ripe strawberry.

T: Fruity for a porter. Crisp mocha malt with chocolate bitters. Light instringent coffee. Green coconut husk and blackberries.

M: Nice crisp light mouthfeel with a splendid slippery slip and slide cool throat mouth wash.

O: A let down for a sure, I had higher hopes for this one, But its a really nice light porter for a crisp spring evening.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 20:01:42 | More by challenja
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

thanks canjeeps for this sweet extra!

a - opened and filled my ccb snifter. creamy tan with a generous white head...talking like 3 fingers that hung out for the party. thick lacing that slid along the glass as a whole. very different for a porter.

s - coconut and vanilla chocolate. i happen to not be a fan of coconut, but this is as advertised.

t - again coconuts all day...covered in chocolate. not a fan of coconut, so this is not a beer for me, but if you like coconut, give it a shot.

m - good carbonation and medium bodied.

o - overall, this is a well made beer and tastes like coconut, just a shame i don't like coconut...fortunately my wife does and she loved the beer.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 21:08:45 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of kemoarps


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola bordering on black, with a frothy brown head that decorates the sides of the glass as I drink.

The nose is woody with an underbelly of coconut meat. Doesn't smell sweet as I had worried it might, this is more coconut husk than candy. Smoky with a twinge of chocolate.

The taste stays true to form with that toasty roasted coconut being the bacbone around which smoky malts and a touch of black coffee. Well constructed.

Very drinkable. Has that coconut creamy smoothness to it, and low carbonation lets it go down easy.

Overall it feels like a very well executed brew, though not one that I would rely on as a staple. It's tasty, but I don't think I could drink a coconut beer consistently. Try it at least once, though, and judge for yourself

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 23:44:12 | More by kemoarps
Photo of iadler


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alpine beer pub.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head with no sign of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, unsweetened toasted coconut, coffee beans, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.

T- Toasted coconut and dark chocolate upfront followed by coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and some smoke.

M- Medium csrbatnarion and a light body. Too thin and watered down.

O- Coconut definitely stood out and worked well with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Wish the body was a little more full and robust though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 08:10:49 | More by iadler
Photo of Ungertaker


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

12oz can poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- coffee black with a frothy, off-white head and slight light penetration that reveals a lighter brown hue.

S- coffee, coconut, toffee, vanilla

T- coffee comes on strong to start and slowly fades to vanilla and finishes with a very flavorful coconut.

M- thin to start, approached medium as it warmed.

O- unique, but not weird. This is a beer that I would gladly try again. Thanks to Kstrickler and StarRaptor for sending some of this to me, thereby allowing me to enjoy it multiple times!

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 02:56:27 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of Gtreid


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my Stone tulip. Canned on 9/22/2011.

A: Great, dense, chocolate brown color. Huge 3 finger mocha head faded to a thin collar and left some spotty lace.

A: Chocolate, biscuit malt, toasted character, with notes of cherry wood and earthy hops. Since this is about 3 months old the coconut has faded and is really not noticable.

T: Again chocolate forward with nice notes of biscuit and toast. Cherry, vanilla, wood, and an earthiness rounds out the flavor profile. No hint of the alcohol.

M: Full body and thick. Great levels of carbonation.

O: This is one fine beer. Although the coconut has faded, the base beer is fantastic. I love porters, and this is one of the better ones I've had. Great look and flavor to the beer. I bet when fresh the coconut makes it even better.

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 23:18:53 | More by Gtreid
Photo of Braseltonage


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a globe.

A- Dark black, nearly opaque. Little to no light penetration, some slight dark brown edges. 1/2 -1/4" deep tan head. Quickly dies down, but consistent, sticky lacing remains. 

S- Very nice roasty, toasty aromas. Hints of cocoa, very mild coffee, with a nice toasted nuttiness. Toasted coconut aroma melds in very nicely hind it all, adding a very slight sweetness to the nostrils as well. 

T/M- Dark malts upfront. Surprisingly harsh, at first. Let it warms up a bit. Smooths out nicely as you drink it. Toasted coconut on the finish, not at all over powering.  The toasted quality of it really fits in nicely with the malt profile. No noticeable hop flavor, but very good balance in the beer. Could stand to be little more substantial in the mouthfeel.  Would also benefit from a creamier texture. Carbonation is a little heavy to me.

Overall, this was very good. I tend to avoid fruit beers, but this was a pleasant surprise.  Would pick it up occasionally if we actually got it here in MO.

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 02:36:53 | More by Braseltonage
Photo of larryi86


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 9/12/11 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Toasted coconut, roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee.

T- Toasted coconut, roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, and a slight acidic/metallic after taste that is actually enjoyable after two or three sips.

M- Smooth, creamy, silky, medium body.

O- A nice porter that is easy to drink. At first I was not sure what to expect from a beer with coconut, and it was nice to see it be so tasty. Very happy I tried this, probably will grab a few more cans soon.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 02:42:19 | More by larryi86
Photo of elgiacomo


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz canned September 13, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a large three finger foamy brown head that leaves some clumps of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is toasted coconut, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee, but the coconut really steals the show. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, nice coconut notes throughout, minor amounts of bread and caramel, also found it to be a bit acidic. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

A very unique and tasty porter, one that I’ve been wanting to try for some time. The coconut is quite forward and not subtle here, so this would be best suited for coconut fans only.

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 00:00:12 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Can - Thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 8 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted/toasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/toasted taste. There is only just a hint of coconut taste.. and it's not the type of taste I was expecting either. It's a burnt coconut type taste, not so much of a coconut oil flavour. It ends with a toasted and chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – While it really wasn't what I was expecting, it's still a delicious and highly drinkable beer. I'd drink it again anytime.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 14:57:08 | More by spinrsx
Photo of readbaron


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque dark brown with plentiful mocha foam. Foam fades without lacing.

Smell is top notch - toasted coconut, coffee, chocolate malt, and bready malts all make their presence felt. It's rich and malty.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the nose. It's still tasty, but a bit less robust than I was expecting. Starts out with coconut, then fades into bready malts. Not much sweetness or chocolate - almost tastes a bit watery.

Feel is solid - medium bodied and aggressively carbonated. It's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Overall - solid beer. I'm happy to have tried it, but won't seek it out.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 05:31:19 | More by readbaron
Photo of WoodBrew


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

Was able to try a can of CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. The color was a opaque dark with tan head that did not lace that well. The smell included roast, coconut, chocolate and light espresso. The taste was more dominated by roast and espresso....slight chocolate and not much coconut. The mouthfeel is a medium body porter that had minimal carbontation. Overall it is amazing!!!!

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 02:45:22 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of doughanson78


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Black, very dark. Finger and a half tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Hardly any lacing. Fairly carbonated.

S: Alcohol up front. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the background. Little toastiness. Maybe the slightest hint of coconut.

T: Roasted coffee. Nice toasted flavor. Slight chocolate hints. Again maybe getting a tad of coconut. No alcohol as in the smell.

M: Fairly thin for the style. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Like the toasty flavor. Didn't get the coconut flavor I was hoping for. If there would have been a bigger coconut presence, and the smell was bette, this would've been an A beer.

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 09:56:27 | More by doughanson78
Photo of drpimento


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, really good porter! Let the can warm some out of the fridge then poured a giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy tan head that quickly settled to some islands, a ring, and a little lace. Color is almost opaque black brown; in the narrowest part of the glass it was clear. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of coconut. Flavor's much like nose with malt, roast, sweet, and carbonic tang on top, other stuff later. Body and carbonation are smack on. Finish is like flavor with certain flavor lasting longer than others, but in a satisfying way. I could have a few more of these.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 21:53:45 | More by drpimento
Photo of TippySelenoid


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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pors a dark brown with a tan head. Slow carbonation.

It smells roasty. Not a lot of hops working, but highly malty.

It doesn't taste like the kind of coconut one would expect. The roasted coconut flavors give it a wonderful roasty taste. It fits wonderfully into the porter milieu.

It's pretty thich bodied but it's got an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is my favorite beer from my trip to the Aloha State. It's not what I expected, it's better.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 21:35:08 | More by TippySelenoid
Photo of kmatlack


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Canned 7/21/11.

A- Pours a very dark brown-black with a very foamy jagged khaki colored head. Lots of bubbles floating up to the top. No visible lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of dark chocolate, roasted coconut, bready, yeasty, dark fruits, oats.

T- Identical to the nose. Same notes, a little more toasted coconut on the aroma side of the house but still delicious. Very tasty porter, alot going on.

M- Slick mouthfeel, too much carbonation, a little thin but very drinkable.

O- A delicious porter and glad i get to enjoy it regularly.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 19:14:10 | More by kmatlack
Photo of CurtisLoew


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of an awesome trade. Surprisingly, my first craft beer from a can.

I'm not a big fan of coconut, so I'm not so sure about this one.

A - Pours dark brown/black color. Thin white head dissipates into nothing quickly. The beer looks basically uncarbed after 15 minutes.

S - Good smell. Nice porter smells with sweetness from the coconut.

T - Very good and smooth. I really enjoy this. Nice tasting porter with some sweetness from the coconut. The coconut definitely doesn't overpower, but is a nice compliment to the beer.

M - Starts off excellent, but the beer is literally flat 10-15 minutes into the tasting. Strange.

Overall very good beer. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 02:51:20 | More by CurtisLoew
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mnbears fan for this one, my first Hawaii beer and state tick #41.

A: A slow, straight pour into the upright glass results in a voluminous three-finger head of pillowy light-brown foam. Retention is strong, but it’s a bit light on the lace.

S: Hmm. It’s quite roasty – sharply so. Dark chocolate and ash are the most prominent aromas, although there’s definitely a hint of heavily toasted coconut as well. I was expecting something significantly sweeter, but this is certainly not bad at all.

T: Follows the nose. Coconut is present but subdued, while sharply roasty malts really carry the day. Bitter dark chocolate stands out in particular, with some dry hops bitterness complementing it on the finish. Tasty enough, but nothing to write home about.

M: A little thin, a little prickly, and not that great.

O: I’d like to rereview this one at some point in the future, as this can was nearly a year old and I have a suspicion that the coconut might have been much more of a player in a fresh can. As it was, this was a solid but unremarkable porter, and gained very little from its unique adjunct.


Serving type: can

10-31-2011 16:38:41 | More by woosterbill
Photo of DividedAvery


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Nonic glass

A: Pours very dark and smooth. Gives a soft 1 finger head.

S: Wonderfully sweet smell. You get the toasted CoConut up front with some chocolate on the back. This beer smells amazing

T: The coconut is more muted than you might think. Lots of chocolate malt and then the toasted coconut. The taste lingers nicely with a little coffee coming through near the end

M: Smooth and carbonated, would like it to be a little smoother, but that's pretty picky

O: Really happy with this beer. I had this when it first came out and I was not very impressed. My second try has proven to be much more successful. Gonna be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 06:19:02 | More by DividedAvery
Photo of Hands22


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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. 

A- pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that faded quickly, leaving a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer. 

S- roasty coffee dominates. Get some sweetness in the toasted coconut. 

T- roast coffee carries through to the flavor. The coconut comes through as a sweet taste on the back end. Finishes semi-sweet but the roast grain does add a bit of dryness. 

M- medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. 

O- a very good example of the porter style. The coconut is there but gets a bit overwhelmed by the strong roasted malts. As it warms the coconut picks up some. Kind of reminds me of coffee and doughnuts.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 03:18:36 | More by Hands22
Photo of merzeone


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oc Can received as a gift from my brother JsonParris

A: Pours a brown chocolate color with dark ruby red on the edges 2 to 3 Fingers head that dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes but that layer seems to stick around.Excellent lacing.

AR: Mostly Chocolate/ Cocoa & vanilla aromas followed with a bit of roast and minimal coconut. Minimal to no hop presence. Maybe a little bit of yeast esters (fruity) nothing to bad im just catching it at the very end.

T: Wow Creamy Coconut Mixed with some vanilla and chocolate tasted even better then it smells. Towards the end I get that little bit of roast just enough to make it pop with no astringency at all. Even though this is on the sweeter side its not malty. Good amount of hops to balance the taste out. Damn Tasty.

M: Perfect Carbonation, Great creamy taste but not heavy I would give this a medium body feel it does finish on the lighter side so it makes it easy to drink.

O: This is seriously a delicious beer, The coconut gives it that refreshing flavor so drinking it on a hot day wouldn't be a problem but the creaminess and a touch of roast makes it easy to drink in the colder months as well. Im Highly impressed. Its a good addition to the porter family.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 22:59:24 | More by merzeone
Photo of MNFirefly


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

The smell of this porter is wonderful. It has a slight coffee aroma besides the coconut. When I poured the beer, it had a very thick and frothy head.

I wanted to enjoy a local Maui beer while sitting on the beach and this is definitely one that I highly recommend.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 07:03:45 | More by MNFirefly
Photo of MrTopher


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz can, this was enjoyed after the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
A – Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Head leave a decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not great retention.
S – Good dark roasted malt, a hint of coconut and also some coffee. There is a mild chocolate note, but it’s hard to pin point it because of how its not as forward as the coffee and coconut.

T – This taste very similar to how it smells. A good amount of dark roasted malt up front mixed with a toned down coconut flavor that isn’t overwhelming, and then the coffee joins along with a good chocolate flavor that is as mild as it smells. Exceptionally balanced on all flavor levels.

M – Very much a medium beer, there isn’t anything thick or thin about this. And it’s a bit overly carbonated but that could come from the canning process.

O – Good twist to classic, impressed with how this is every time I enjoy it. Maui has got something in the brews they make.

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 18:44:31 | More by MrTopher
Photo of NWer


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown into my 21st Amendment tulip. Minimal brown head dissipates quickly. No lace. Taste a bit tart with chocolate and I assume cocoa nut notes. This porter is enjoyable enough but nothing outstanding.
A solid effort by Maui Brewing.

Serving type: can

09-19-2011 01:23:38 | More by NWer
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (thanks Vitese) poured into a pint glass

A: Fairly standard pour leads to a 2-finger mocha brown head that billows out of the brim out the glass. Tight bubbles, frothy on top. Great retention, leaves a little lacing. Dark brown/almost black body, opaque of course.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, coconut, light molasses.

T: Moderate level of roasted malts (not weak, but not robust, medium roast level). A touch of sweetness in the middle that leaves a semi-dry finish. Hop presence is a little floral but not there too much and there's is very little bitterness (if any really). Coconut, chocolate, and coffee flavors play on an equal playing field.

M: Light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little creamy. Easy finish and drinkability. A little weak overall.

O: A light, clean (bitter-free) tasting porter with a rather light body that's highly drinkable. Nothing unpleasant about this, just not big or bold enough for my taste.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 03:54:56 | More by Satchboogie
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
90 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.