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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 113
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drseamus on 01-21-2007)
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Photo of mentor
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I find coconut flavor rather unpleasant, but this beer is wonderful. Pours a half finger of dark caramel head over a pitch black liquid. Fizzy soda pop kind of carbonation. Smells dry. Coffee and delectible coconut. Vanilla. Alcohol is mild and comes across as a bit of spice zing. Perhaps some oily.

Tastes rich caramel. Mounds candy bar without the sticky sweet granulated sugar. Nice and refined richness. Chococlate and dark toffee with just a subtle hint of coconut. Coffee in a rich dark lingering flavor. Coconut carries a berry ester and milky wonderful. Perfect use of coconut in a fantastic sweet dark beer. Touch of nut. Light body which tends to stick, but dry carbonation cleans it away without any hope.

Delicate, yet complex. Truly phenomenal. Add some caramelly oxidation from time in my cellar and this beer would be a masterpiece.

mentor, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of 1759Girl
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good American porter!

Appearance: Black, with light carbonation and little to no lacing..teenytiny head.
Smell: Dark chocolate and coconut. Mmmmm. Mounds Bar.
Taste: Very true to is style. Resiny and bitter to start, followed by notes of dark chocolate and malt, with a slight chocolate coconut finish. A unique and complex Am.Porter.
Mouthfeel: Full and lively, smooth to finish.
Drinkability. Great! I'd love pairing this with a blackberry sorbet or a tiramisu, though I could drink this anytime, too.

1759Girl, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jletts
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an attractively decorated can into a standard pint glass. A thinnish coffee-cream tan head laced the glass for the duration. Very dark brown to black in color, with only a small blood-red orb appearing through the darkness when held up to the Hawaiian sun. Aromas of intense toasted coconut, and milk and dark chocolates. Flavors of leathery hops hit the palate first, followed by mounds of toasted as well as burnt coconut, baker's chocolate, coffee with cream, and hints of black licorice, ending on a slight sour cherry note. What a great concept for a porter. Well done!

jletts, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with brown highlights. 2 finger brown head that is slightly chunky. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a collar. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of coffee, toffee, light toasted coconut. Rather sweet with some light hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Lighter feel than most porters.

Overall, delicious. Very impressive brew from this impressive brewery. Very, very drinkable. Surprisingly nice for a hot summer day--so fits Hawaii.

atigerlife, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black but if you inspect it it's actually a coca cola clear brown liquid.. The head is a medium tan bubbly thing that isn't too impressive. The smell is roasty first and foremost. I can also detect a sweetness, not really sugary but more like a cream sweetness. The taste is pretty roasty. At first you don't get much other than the roast but there is also a sweetness in there to balance it. The coconut that comes through is mostly in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild. As it warms up the beer becomes really smooth and less roasty. Drinking this beer doesn't really make me think of coconuts, so I wouldn't say that flavor is overpowering. It's just a nice sweeter porter, but less of the chocolate sweet of maybe a Black Butte and more of a dairy sweet.

MiScusi, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite the fine looking porter. Nearly black with a thick pillowy mocha head with substantial substance reminiscent of molten lava. A thin lace rings around my oversized snifter.

The nose on this beer is amazing. The smell of musty bitter coconut blends in with a milk chocolate aroma that just screams drink me. Yet you don't want this wonderful elixir and its aroma to leave your side. A very good amount of coconut is present and wonderful. Some other darker grain aromas with bits of dark fruits hide underneath.

Thick and creamy decadent mouthfeel. The coconut melds so perfectly with the porter it's a match made in heavan. Chewy coconut flavors with chocolate undertones and a hint of blackberry. More dark grains just make this a wonderful experience and an easy drinking masterpiece.

mcallister, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of domtronzero
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark color with a frothy tan head, leaving lacing through the finish. Aroma is of dark roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and caramel, and some coconut scents in the background. Tastes of chocolate and coconut, with hints of vanilla and a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, but not overpowering. Somewhat easy drinking, but the flavor starts to come across as somewhat candy-like. A very well made beer; too bad it hasn't made its way to the mainland yet.

domtronzero, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a porter should look like: Dark with a huge 3-finger frothy head.
S: Rich with a chocolate bent. Has a syrup smell near the end.
T&M: Like a good cup of coffee. Smooth with slight carbonation, but ends with a coco fullness. very impressed with this beer in a can.
D: Should have bought more of this because I can see that the 6-pack is going to go very soon. Wonderful beer. I'm glad this is finally making it toward my side of the island.

July2Nov, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of wardough
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Big old thick head, that continues to grown when you pour. Well carbonated. Big head, especially at the temperature of the pour (50 degrees…cold, I know)

S: Smells of coffee and ice cream. Not sure why I smell the ice cream, but it smells heavenly! Very slight notes of coconut.

T: Starts off very sweet, with the hit of coconut. The taste then moves into a little bit of a coffee flavor. Definitely not a typical porter.

M: Very smooth. Feels like 2% milk on the mouth.

D: I like the taste and how smooth it is, but this isn’t a beer that I would drink one after another. Kind of reminds me of a milkshake, how easy it goes down.

A very creative beer. Well done.

wardough, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event.

Color is dark with a good amount of head and slight lacing.

Aroma is incredible, roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and some coconut milk.

Tastes very interesting, coffee, roasted malts, coconut is a nice addition to the syle.

Mouthfeel is very silky, like drinking coconut milk with coffee and chocolate. Drinks pretty easy.

seaoflament, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of oggg
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mala's Ocean Tavern in Lahaina on Maui, the waiter cracked open a can of this Coconut Porter and poured it straight down into a frosted pint glass. 4 inches of foam came up and I told him I would do the pouring...

This beer, when handled gently, pours a gritty brown black color with a chocolaty foamy head that lasts quite a while. It looks thick. On the nose I get a lot of toasted barley with a blast of coffee. I guess you could call it toasted coconut if you were looking for it. On the tongue the beer feels huge with slightly sweet toffee, toasted barley, then a surge of coffee and finally a lingering burnt note that is perfect. No fruity esters and the hops are in the background only. Smooth with a balanced finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall: not sure I found the coconute, but this makes a great coffee porter.

oggg, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

This was an interesting - and good - roasty, chocolate-y porter. Taste is quite interesting with the introduction of coconut. I've always enjoyed coconut with chocolate, and this beer brings them together nicely. Lots of coconut in the flavor here. Cappuccino flavors are also nicely present. And chocolate of course.

I quite enjoyed this. A unique porter, and one that worked surprisingly well. Highly recommended for at least a try. I suppose the body could be slightly stronger for me to really love this beer, but it's also about par for the style.

rallison, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big dark bubbles form and quickly dissappear, likely due to the oil in the coconut. Opaque black.

S - Toasted coconut and chocolate. Very good.

T - I get almost nothing when it first hits my tongue, but then a cake-like blend of toasted coconut and chocolate shows up. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate with a hint coffee.

M - Creamy, but light... again reminding me of a light moist cake.

D - Easy enough to toss back, but there is also a complexity if you are looking for that sort of thing.

I've only got the one sample can, I can definitely say I would drink this again. I think they nailed the coconut perfectly, and the base beer is chocolatey goodness.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the can!

markaberrant, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this from the brewery in Maui. Cool looking can. I drank alot from the cans over there, now I'm home and poured it into a pint glass.

Decent head, but it fades pretty quickly. I was expecting this because coconuts are so fatty, which would deter the foam. Actually I'm amazed it even has any foam. Otherwise, it's a pretty average looking porter.

Really chocolatey aroma, super rich and appealing. None of that east coast porter nose thing going on, and smells better than most Irish stouts. I smell toasted coconut, but I knew to look for it.

Really one of the best porters I've ever tasted. Big rich chocolate taste, like a melted Hershey bar. Lots of roasted, toasted notes. Very faintly hopped, with a gentle bitterness that's perfect for the beer.

The mouthfeel is the highlight with this one. Very silky and creamy. Light on the palate, allowing for big sessions. Perfect amount of carbonation, just enough to carry the maltiness and nothing more.

Great drinkability as well. Never too heavy. Wouldn't have guessed they could make a porter that's light enough for a hot day at the beach, yet full of rich flavor, but they came through in a big way. Highly recommended, especially for chocolate lovers, red wine buffs, and people who think dark beers suck.

Big time cheers!

rayjay, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Noxious26
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured in a pint glass. Picture on the front looks like a mug made out of a coconut and also shows a vat labelled 1814 that is cracked and spilling porter all over. They also have a big write up about why they chose cans for their product over bottles.

Black, opaque with chestnut highlights around the edges when held to the light. Light brown creamy head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but reduces to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is mainly roasted malts and toasted coconut. Some hints of spices in the background. Interesting, I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this before.

Taste is like a standard porter, but with a big toasted coconut flavour throughout. Toasted coconut up front with roasted malts in the background. Aftertaste is a mild version of the same profile.

Thin-medium body with minimal carbonation. A little thin for what I'd expect from a porter, but in Maui, when the heat is on, I don't think I'd want to have a big heavy thick beer.

An interesting beer, but not one that I'd want to drink all the time. The coconut flavour is just too bold. I'd prefer it to be more of a background flavour instead.

Noxious26, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We picked up a growler from the source. I think the name of the place has changed to Maui Brewing Company, I know it's the same place listed on BA as Fish & Game Brewing due to the same beer names. Anyway this beer was a real find, although it was difficult to taste the coconut. Mostly it was a smooth and rich porter, easy to drink.

I hope to review a different Maui Brewing beer every night or two, as we plan to re-fill the growler (right now they're serving a DIPA which will probably be next).

TurdFurgison, Mar 12, 2007
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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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