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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 DCon


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Beer Pairing Reviews. I Received a 12 FL. OZ 355 ML can of this in a trade w/ cfh64 & price is unknown. Poured from the well branded can w/ a Coconut filled with the Porter on the front & has 1814, ...LIKE HOT CHICKS ON THE BEACH, and Porter Brewed W/ Hand-Toasted Coconut on the front into a 16oz St. Louis Rams Pint Glass. Has CANNED 060911 on the bottom of the can.

I am pairing this up with ColdStone's Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream. Should be very enjoyable! I will be drinking over half the brew before enjoying the ice cream with it, to give it a proper review.

Aroma- Has strong roasty, light espresso aroma. Can't tell there is coconut in here but thats alright, that would be almost impossible to get a Porter to have this attribute.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention. Has a extremely dark brown body that is opaque. Leaves sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- Tastes as if the porter was put into a coconut shell! Very nice burnt taste and is very dry and roasty. The grains become sharp at the finish of the drink and thus has only a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and leaves only dark grainy/maltiness on the palate... Wish there was more coconut here.

Overall Impression- A very interesting brew! While I enjoyed over 3/4 of the can AND THEN started eating the Coldstone Ice Cream, this was very well paired and couldn't have enjoyed more! This Porter had only hints of the coconut but still a brew I have been wanting to try for a while. Thanks Brad!

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 03:13:00 | More by DCon
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North Carolina

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

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a foamy ring with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate aromas. There are some floral aromas in there as well. The sweet coconut is there, but subtle.

T: Again, roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate flavors. There are some smoke and char flavors as well. The coconut is almost unnoticeable and may just be my imagination. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, the carbonation goes well with the char and smoke flavors, but keeps it from being creamy.

O: A pretty decent porter, but I really wish there was more of a coconut presence. Not a bad beer at all, though.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 18:27:49 | More by n2185
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New Mexico

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

From the can into a snifter.

A - looks like black coffee with light-brown head on top.

S - coconut, sweet milk, a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T - really nice porter here. Coconut, some sweetness and a hint of coffee.

M - good, but seems a little overcarbonated.

O - I am always happy to have this brew and think it's a fine representative of the type.

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 23:10:37 | More by GabrielM
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Its black as night, no light coming through. 1.5 fingers of dark tan head. This looks amazing.

S: Hershey's. Its straight up chocolate with a little bit of coconut and coffee.

T&M: Taste is along the lines of the smell. A very bold chocolate flavor with only hints of coconut. This is a thick creamy beer and if it had less carbonation I would feel like I'm drinking a glass of Hershey's syrup.

O: I'm not sure where the coconut is, but this is a great chocolate porter!

Serving type: can

09-06-2011 21:58:00 | More by beerstallion
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in wine glasses, split 2 ways with morningthief. Canned 1/27/11, drank 9/4/11. Thanks to shufon for including this can as an extra in a recent trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fizzy light tan head that quickly dissipates almost to nothing. Black with red orange highlights, little to no lacing.

Smell: At first, mild hints of coffee and coconut, with a suggestion of some dark malts and pastry. Weak. With warmth and time, the smell really fills out, with great cookie and pastry notes still highlighted by coconut, coffee, and some vanilla.

Taste: Starts off tasting a bit like a malty soda with black coffee and possibly imagined coconut.

Like the smell, the taste quickly gets better, with subtle but distinct coconut flavor and a lot of good cookie-like malt notes. By the end it's surprisingly complex, and very palatable. A bit on the sweet side, and not particularly bold, but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated, reminding me a bit of why I don't like soda (or "pop" if you prefer). Gets more forgivable as more flavors come out. Ultimately unremarkable, but goes fine with the sort of simple pleasure flavors.

Overall: Nice. Mild but well balanced, with a good amount of malty flavor. If many of the beers I drink and praise are meals, this beer is definitely a snack, but it's a crave-able enough snack. In the right situation it would be easy (and enjoyable) to put down quite a few of these.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 04:59:52 | More by Pahn
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Surly pint. Thanks Ross. Dark brown and clear with a brown head that left fast. No lacing either. Very very good aroma with plenty of roast, toast, coffee, malt, and coconut.

The taste is a notch down from aroma but not all that much: malt and coconut, with coffee-roast finish. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Plenty of coconut aftertaste after a medium dry finish.

Overall awesome!

2.5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 07:18:55 | More by tewaris
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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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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retail1LO for this extra!

12 oz can poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Nice-sized head settles quick and leaves no lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla bean, faint coconut. juicy dark fruits. Smells delicious.

T: Sharp hops up front are a pleasant surprise and certainly weren't present in the nose. Sweet malts follow, resulting in a finish of vanilla-tinged wood and bitter chocolate. I don't get much, if any coconut in the taste, which is a shame given the fact that it is nicely present in the nose.

M: Medium-low carbonation; silky and creamy, if not just the slightest bit thin.

O: Was very excited to try this when I saw the can, and glad I did! The coconut is certainly far from being overwhelming, and really serves as just a nice accent to this great porter. I look forward to hopefully drinking this again someday.

Well worth trying.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 03:26:09 | More by sk8man121
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large chocolate milk shake colored head with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is nice and has chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coconut.

Very nice flavor. Chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coconut give this beer a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness at the end.

Light bodied for a porter with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. A nice porter which I would like to drink again sometime.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 02:27:27 | More by hardy008
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District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a great brown/black opaque porter color with a robust coffee colored head.
S: Great blend of rich dark malt and toasty rich chocolate aromas. there is also a fantastic aroma of toasted coconut.
T: The overarching flavor is a great roasted malt flavor with a subtle coconut finish. Great complexity of dark malt and rich flavors. The coconut is a great balanced flavor that really adds an interesting twist.
M/O: Great mouthfeel. This is a fantastic porter that adds a great coconut flavor. It's great because its a new twist on a classic beer I like.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 00:31:05 | More by pzrhsau
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this after having (too) many in Hawaii months ago, Nice black body with a fluffy, sand coloured head. Creamy, chocolate and light coconut scent. Sweet chocolate, coconut and a decent hoppy bitterness in the taste. Very smooth, creamy -almost oily- mouthfeel. Great, rich and tasty beer. Well worth seeking out. My can says 6.0%, not 5.7%.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 05:59:58 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Patrick999


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This does throw a great looking pour into my glass. Thick foam and pretty damned dark. Aroma is more coffee and chocolate; I'm not really getting any obvious coconut.

This is a good dry, roasty-earthy-bitter down the middle porter. Whatever toasted coconut there is seems to be getting lost within the larger roasty profile. Coffee, chocolate, etc. I don't see what the big deal is. This is a perfectly good beer, but in all honesty I'd pull just as much or more coconut off beers that weren't brewed with it. I'd like it to be at least somewhat obvious that it's a coconut porter.

Kind of a thin, spiky mouthfeel that probably *would* be good in a beach setting.

Well, this is supposed to be a porter that you can pound on the beach, and in that respect it works. It just isn't the creamy-coconut goodness I was expecting.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 00:47:05 | More by Patrick999
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Tom for this thoughtfully included extra. Can into my mini snifter for shits and giggles.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Head fizzles to a thin ring and is quite short lived. Lace? Don't talk about lace!

Smells of a less sugary incantation of a Mounds bar.

Flaked coconut, butterscotch and a firm punch of tapioca. Finish is moderately bitter with a smattering of leafy hops and unsweetened dark chocolate.

Body is light and fizzy. Ample carbonation leaves a tingling finish. This could be dialed down a bit.

Overall this is a decent stout that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try and would drink again, but not actively seek out.

Serving type: can

08-25-2011 22:47:11 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dubinsky for this. Poured from can into Mad Elf tulip.

Very dark like and porter would be.
Sweet, malty smell. I'm not really picking up any coconut.
Taste is sweet and malty.
This beer is very smooth in the mouth. Goes down velvety.
Overall, this is a really good beer. I don't really get/smell/taste the coconut, but it is stil a great porter.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 04:18:37 | More by DaveHack
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you so much cfh64 for this extra that was a long time want! Poured from can into goblet...

A- Blackish brown color. Pours nice tan, but settles after about two minutes to a thin film.

S- Yes, thank you; this is stunning. Chocolate, coffee, and coconut! Very sweet. God this smells like tiramisu.

T/M- Taste is much more roasty and porter like than the nose leads you. Nice subtle coconut flavor and sweetness that adds incredible smoothness and balance. Quite potent carbonation with a light medium body.

O- Good beer, but still waiting on my coconut bomb. I would buy the shit outta this if available all the time. A little more coconut, chocolate, and lactose and this could be an easy A+...

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 02:30:52 | More by TheGordianKnot
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3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad boy as an extra in a trade, Thanks Brad! Poured from a can into my DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown/black with a tan fluffy head. That sticks around for a little bet then subsides slowly to a thin pillow of film. Not really much lace.

S: I'm picking up the aromas slight toasted coffee and some dark chocolates. There is a slight sweetness to the nose that must be the toasted coconut.

T: Ah, the nose made the brew have such high hopes, but it fell flat. There is a slight roast from the coffee, but that's about all I'm getting. There is also a very slight metallic taste that I can only imagine is the can. The brew might be a little too cold so I'm going to let it warm up a bit. Even after letting the brew warm it still underwhelmed and the taste was relatively unchanged.

M: Nicely carbonated with a pretty thin body for the style. There is a nice sweetness left on the palate that I wish came through on the initial taste.

O: This was a solid porter overall, but the taste was lacking pretty muted. Even after I let the brew warm a bit there still wasn't much there.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 20:53:26 | More by Treebs
Photo of confer


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

A- Deep brown with a tan head.
S- Roasty malt small.
T- Starts with the roasted malt flavor and ends with a coffee taste.
MO- Creamy feel. Worth trying if you get to the islands. Although this was my favorite brewery in Hawaii not my my favorite beer.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 04:45:08 | More by confer
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint. If memory serves me well, this is the first canned craft brew I've ever had.

Appearance: A beautiful darkened, reddish tinged color. This is how all great porters should look. Poured a wonderfully huge head, which slowly settles to a thin ring.

Smell: I can smell that roasted coconut 3 feet away from me. Bringing my nose to the glass, I immediately pick up roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. The coconut is slightly apparent, but adds sweetness to the already sweetened, dark malts.

Taste: Strong coffee and sweet malts, but there are some nutty and fruity tinges as well. The coconut is barely noticeable, but definitely enhances the sweetness. With mere slight bitterness, this is a very well balanced porter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warm, and very sweet. There is significant thickness to this beer, and definitely noticeable carbonation on the palate. Quite an easy beer to drink, and ideal for a cold, misty day.

Overall: This is a fantastically balanced porter that should be tried to be believed! No idea how people in the always gorgeous climate of Hawaii could find the opportunity to drink something this warming, but as its the only state that grows coffee, I wouldn't be surprised if this is used often for breakfast.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 07:17:00 | More by magictacosinus
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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip snifter.

The beer pours a very dark brown, near black with a frothy light brown head.

The aroma is of espresso and lightly roasted malts. Can't really pick up any coconut. Perhaps some light vanilla which may be the coconut?

The taste is again more espresso with really no coconut flavors that I can detect.

Has a good mouthfeel, medium body with active carb.

A decent porter, though I was hardly able to pick up any coconut which unfortunately makes this pretty overage overall.

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 03:05:43 | More by vkv822
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New York

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

Pours black with a small tan head. Smells super roasty and chocolatey with the faintest coconut smell. Tastes the same. The sweet chocolate and coconut flavor are not quite cloying. Nicely carbonayed. Tastes like a coconut foodie roll. Moderate thickness that's slick and smooth.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 05:21:55 | More by kbnooshay
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep brown with a dark tan head and little lace.

S- really nice porter smell: toasty and roasted with some malty notes. And of course the whole thing is accompanied by a strong coconut aroma.

T- the dark roasted malts gives thus beer a good dark chocolate taste, which pairs wonderfully with the coconut, almost like a mounds bar. The finish is smooth but bitter.

O- a really unique and tasty porter, I can never get enough coconut though.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 20:01:44 | More by Tschnab
Photo of Phelps


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

Enjoyed in a nonic pint at Papago. Brewed with six varieties of malted barley, Cascade and Columbus hops, and hand-toasted coconut.

Ignore the fact that the beer's name LoOkS like iT WaS wRiTtEn By A 13-yEaR-oLd GiRl -- everything else about CoCoNut PorTeR is mature. Pouring a dusky mahogany with copper highlights, it's topped by a sandy tan head that's about one finger thick, fuzzy, fizzy, and the color of toasted marshmallow.

Aromas of toasted peanuts and almonds combine with dark chocolate, sweet coconuts and burnt sugar cookies to make the beer smell on all accounts like an Almond Joy.

When a beer uses a flavor in its name, I expect it to be fairly prominent -- meaning you should be able to really taste the coconut in CoCoNut PorTeR. The only negative here is that there's only a hint of the tropical seed's (or fruit's or nut's, depending on your personal definition) presence. The first sip reveals a toastiness met by coffee, dark chocolate and sweet nougat. As you move the velvety brew over the tongue, woodsy pine notes from the hops deliver just enough bitterness to balance. Flavors of pie crust and the too-light toasted coconut linger after the finish.

Dearth of coconut aside, CoCoNut PorTeR benefits from flavors that are smoothly blended and not too heavy. It's a solid porter you could drink all night -- or all day, while catching swells at the glass-free beach.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 22:39:47 | More by Phelps
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours out black with a nice brown head, that fell to leave a film across the beer.

S: lots of chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt sugars. a bit of toffee, and a touch of sweetness and roasted coconut.

T: it starts out with a bit of sweetness, and then finishes with a touch of bitterness and coffee. i get roasted malt and chocolate. some toffee, and just a touch of coconut. there coconut is very subtle.

M: medium thin, with a good amount of carb.

O: a good beer, that will be in the regular lineup.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 03:24:12 | More by ottovon
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I would've been happy with just one can Brian! Enjoyed from an oversized tulip.

Pour is dark brown, very nearly black. There's a tight half-finger brown head that quickly fades. Tiny, soda-like bubbles cling to the glass and then wash down into the body of the beer.

My first impression of the aroma is that this is a very chocolate-forward beer. Milk and semisweet chocolate come through in near-equal proportions. There's a touch of coffee, some caramel, and a little vanilla, too. But alas, no coconut.

Surprisingly, there's not too much chocolate in the taste. There is, however, a lot of vanilla - not a cloying, artificial vanilla but a more natural, vanilla bean flavor. There's a little hazelnut aftertaste as well. A sweet beer that works well in a 12 oz. format - I don't think I could put down too much more of this.

Carbonation is on the high side. For a beer so rich and sweet, a smoother mouthfeel would be nice.

I don't know if I'd ever peg this for a coconut beer, but it is very pleasant. Simple and drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 00:36:03 | More by amphion1065
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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.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 21:57:04 | More by AnavelGato
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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