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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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very good

946 Ratings
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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007)
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Chris for bringing this back from the Mountain Brewers Festival.

A: Pours a deep deep brown - almost black. Aggressive, center pour leads to a beautiful mocha 2 finger had that disappears relatively quickly leaving a thin ring along the top. Lacing is spotty and ind inconsistent. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: Toasted malts and barley, chocolate and coffee are the highlights of this brew. I'll take the brewer's word for it that there is coconut in here cuz the other notes are just really in your face - in a good way.

T: Following the nose almost to the T - with the coffee and chocolate taking center stage with the toasted malts following closely behind. I was able to pick up faint coconut on the tongue which was welcome. Hops add to the bitterness of the brew towards the end of the swallow.

M: Thick and chewy, crisp and refreshing. Plenty of carbonation. Sticky coating leaves a wonderfully bitter aftertaste.

O: This is a really delicious beer. I'm really glad I was able to try it and I'll be looking for more of this as well as the Imperial. Both really wonderful brews.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 01:35:54 | More by suspect
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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had heard about this, but saw it for the first time in this area yesterday. Always excited to try craft can offerings.

A - Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head and good lacing.

S - Strong notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee present. A little bit of nutty sweetness. The coconut is present, but more in the general sweetness of the smell than any particular coconut aroma.

T - Chocolate, toffee and roasted malt flavors. Once again, the coconut accounts more for sweetness. While the coconut isn't as strong as I thought, this is a really tasty and well-balanced porter.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, pretty smooth drinker.

O - Maui's Coconut Porter is a great take on the porter style. I didn't find the coconut to be all that strong, but I have a feeling it accounts for the sweetness and great balance. Extremely well done and I look forward to having this brew again and Maui's other beers.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 17:49:34 | More by WMEugene
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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dark cola black with brown coming through the light on the edges. A frothy oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly wisp with a thicker ring, and loads of sticky lacing at the top of the glass.

Coconut aromas tickle the nose, in a sweet subtle way. This is not like sticking your face into some suntan lotion, it's not -- it's more in an around about sort of way. A touch of roasted malts and bitter chocolates as well.

Taste profile is again, not in-your-face. This is definitely a porter first and not a dessert. Roasted malts and the bitter chocolate profile comes out, but there's that whole coconut thing going on. It's just perfectly infused into the malt sweetness that it tastes natural. There's a small bitter hop finish as well.

The mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

Overall, if there's such a thing as a "refreshing" porter, then this is it. There's coconut here, but it's not as cloying and sweet as you may think. I think this beer is done just right, and very interesting.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 03:38:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I slammed quite a few of these bad boys when in Honolulu on my 24th bday. Review from notes:

Dark cola brown, near black, with a nice cap of tannish espressoy foam. Aromas of conut, dark roasted malts, condensed milk, coffee, chocolate, and more! Taste is very chocolate/coconut up front with more bitter malt/hop/coffee in the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and excellent, as is the drinkability. Great stuff.

Serving type: can

09-26-2008 00:14:14 | More by francisweizen
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 8/4/11, consumed on 9/16/11.

A- Brew is a deep black with barely any highlights. Two finger light mocha colored head that leaves sheeted lacing down my glass.

S- Coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla. Light chicory note.

T- Deeply roasted malts & toasted coconut dominates with bitter milk chocolate and vanilla adding to the complexity. Truely outstanding!

M- Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Pretty thick mouthfeel with a slight heat from the alcohol.

O- I love coconut, and I think this beer incorporated it perfectly. Highly recomended.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 02:34:02 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, dark chocolate brown.

S: The toasted coconut is fairly prominent. Slight hints of chocolate.

T: Toasted coconut, toasted malts; neither burnt nor smoky, just pleasantly charred. The coconut again figures heavily into the taste but not in an overbearing fashion. Creamy, a little sweet, and more hints of chocolate; this is closer to a good stout than a porter.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: One of the most enjoyable modern craft porters. Great taste, well balanced, and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-28-2011 23:59:20 | More by 01001111
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of head sits atop a nearly black body. Smell is toasted coconut, freshly ground coffee, citrus hops, and a bit of chocolate and spices.

First sip seems mostly to be an empty coffee profile, but further into the glass this is revealing itself to have a complex subtlety to it that makes it quite enjoyable. Low ABV stouts and porters tend to have very weak flavor profiles, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have come across. No off flavors at all, only a slight bit of coffee bitterness. Great session brew in my opinion.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink, this beer is a winner for the style.

Serving type: can

10-02-2009 00:33:34 | More by alcstradamus
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - black as motor oil

smell - like coco and roasted coconut and a touch of coffee but very refreshing and juicy smelling

taste - wow, i think hawaii instantly lots of nice coconut notes, taste fades pretty quickly and leaves a sweet chocolatey lingering aftertaste. Almost a Belgian-ness to this beer.

mouthfeel - somewhat dry and very refreshing

overall - I could drink alot of these, this is a great porter to take to the beach or just to grab a six pack of for game day. Awesome.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 01:00:32 | More by jcomp21
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brown to light black with a nice creamy tan 2 finger head that fades to a capping really looks nice in a tulip or snifter

Nose hits with strong toasted coconut right away with creamy chocolate and vanilla aromas right behind it . Possibly a hint of coffee as well . Smells really nice

Tastes is similar to the nose . Got even better as I let it warm .

Mouthfeel was middle of the road / not super thin but not super heavy .

Overall this is a really great beer . One of my favorites ( but I am partial to coconut brews ) it drinks like a desert with the great chocolate malt / vanilla / coconut flavors.
I was very impressed by this . Cheers !!

Serving type: can

09-13-2012 01:54:43 | More by Svarallo94
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I only got a 4 ounce taster of this at the stone 11th anniversary festival so I will do my best. It poured from a can with a dark chocolate color standard of any porter. The cocunut really came through the roasted dark malt in the smell which was a huge plus. It tasted very roasty and nutty and the cocunut was not over powering but just right. It was medium on the mouthfeel, not an extremely viscous porter which was nice on the hot day. Extremely drinkable even for those who may not be in to porters. I definitely want to get my hands on some of this beer.

Serving type: can

09-13-2007 00:36:28 | More by epearson
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a impenetrable dark brown that looks black. light brown head, quick dissipation, practically no lacing.

S: aromas of rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light hint of coconut. some cherries as well.

T: big and rich. tons of chocolate, coffee, light hints of tobacco. light coconut, some serious cherry flavors. wonderful roasted malts. like a cherry Mounds candy bar. very intense palate for a porter.

M: low carbonation level, which is really enjoyable. medium to full bodied for the style. big palate on this one, very chewy.

D: ABV is according to style, and the flavor is just phenomenal. well worth getting and drinking over and over again. very drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-16-2008 07:28:37 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a CAN from Hawaii, no less! CAN you dig it? Two fingers of deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep cola-brown with ruby highlights. Nose was dark chocolate and coconut. Mounds, anyone? Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolate/coconut taste on the tongue that simply reminded me of having a Mounds bar in my mouth. Yow! Finish was equally sweet. I probably would not want this on a full-time basis, but as a dessert beer or one for a beer-phobic date, this would be perfect.

Serving type: can

07-26-2009 22:05:54 | More by woodychandler
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly completely black in color, although when held against bright light, it reluctantly admits to being a dark brown. Roughly 1/4" tan / brown head.

S: Molasses, chocolate and toasted coconut scents.

T: Rich coconut milk, rich dark chocolate, and some chocolate milk tastes. Toasted coconut and chocolate on the second and third sips. Almost like a liquid Mounds bar. Very tasty.

M: Heavier, thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect for a regular porter. Reminds me of some imperial porters. Good, silky texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable with its excellent flavor, good texture, and moderate ABV. An excellent beer for dessert.

Serving type: can

08-24-2009 00:57:22 | More by jnn4v
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Supermarket Liquors and nearly fell over. I've wanted to try this for years and all of a sudden, here it is, a whole case of four packs staring at me from the bottom shelf. Noticed some other Maui brews that I'll have to come back to later to try.

Fizzy and loose head, crackling and noisy. Becomes pretty rocky with it's tan mocha head. Things to 1/4 finger depth rather soon. Smell is enourmous! Peanut butter, coffee, a sweet coconut edge, roasted malted barley. Sweetn soft, earthy, very good porter smells. Taste is up to par with the smell, delicious beer. The toasted cococut is a perfect compliment to the earthen, roasty flavors of the solid porter. Finish is almost crisp, relaxed and with a slight bittered linger. No flavors seem out of whack or unnecessary ,everything fits together quite well. A remarkable brew, probably the best Hawaiian beer I've had to date.

Fully met my expectations of a tasty porter supplemented deftly by experienced brewers to create a whole new beer. Absolutely a great beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 22:21:25 | More by SamN
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice medium brown with orangish highlights. Settles fairly black in the glass with only a sliver at the bottom showing its brownness. A small crown of cocoa brown foam laps at the top briefly before fading to a good skim and inky lacing spread about.

Aroma is of toasted coconut, or pretty much straight up like a Mounds candy bar. Not a boomingly huge nose mind you, just a solid presence that's clean, chocolatey, and wholesome. A bit of roasty browned or darker malt adds a nice tang to it as does some milkyness amd soft creamed coffee.

Taste imitates the nose quite nicely with a clean overall profile thats round, wholesome, and full on yummy and tasty as heck. A bit more chocolate calls to the front with an added tone of milken cream tang over the top. Coconut emerges with toasted aspects impressioned about here and there. Mainly middle ground to some of the finish where it tends to become more milky and creamy tanged with a very light tone to milk chocolate. The coconut is what seems to linger as you go. A very nice little kiss on the palate and tongue.

Smooth, milky, creamy, clean, wholesome, within a slightly lighter medium body. Very reminscent of a milk stout in my mind with some coconut milk added within its tangy tone.

Drinkable by the gallons. Yum! This is one fun tasting little porter. Serve this in a cracked open coconut and Oh My! That would be awesome me thinks.

Serving type: can

03-29-2011 01:51:59 | More by tavernjef
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pored into my kona brewery pint glass

Color: A heavy dark brown almost espresso like. It form a one finger tan head the dissolves slowly. This beer is well carbonated and leaves behind some light lacing.

Nose: Smokey, roasty, and nutty. Major roasted coffee in the forefront, followed by chocolate covered coconut. A creamy texture floats in the background along with light smokey oak.

Palate: A definite medium bodied beer. It boasts plenty of espresso flavors. In the mouth you also get an appearance of hazel nut and vanilla that later gets over taken by surfacing woody flavors that bring forth a honeyed coconut texture.

Finish: Long and robust, but not explosive. It goes down like a good iced coffee and it also leaves a trail of kind sweetness. This beer delivers complexity and excellent beer craftsmanship. Cheers! Maui Brewing Co

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 00:31:48 | More by schmoopsbeer
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Beer pours black, nearly devoid of all highlights with about 2 fingers worth of dense dark tan head. Very stout-esque

The aroma is big on chocolate, with hints of vanilla, and just a little roasty character. I had to really search to find a little bit of coconut in the nose.

Slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malts are featured, with bits of vanilla, coffee, coconut, and just the slightest bit of hop character. Really, the coconut seems like an afterthought, just enough to make the beer interesting but not enough to overpower the beer. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Slightly slick on the toungue and very easy to drink. The beer really opens up as it warms.

Overall, this is a great beer. Very well crafted, a great porter with or without the coconut.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 02:35:11 | More by CBlack85
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Celtics Tervis Tumbler Pint glass.

Color is black with a thumb's width of dark, carmel colored head. The head dissipates to a thin film that remains throughout.

Smell is dark chocolate mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate with subltle coconut and malt with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a great, unique, dark chocolate porter with a hint of coconut that isn't in your face.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 01:02:44 | More by rstone57
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a half inch of off white head which drops very quickly to a small mat
S: smells of coffee, chocolate, and a little roasty. I can't pick up any cocount. smells very good
T: Follows the nose with the addition of the coconut. Very complementary to the beer. Very coconuty on the swallow and disipates quickly
M: Full bodied with adequate carbonation, very smooth
O: This is a very tasty beer with a well done flavor twist. I kinda wish I had more and huge thanks to podunkparte for throwing this one in as an extra.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 08:11:06 | More by SHODriver
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thought when I took a sniff was "WOW!" Immediately the scent of toasted coconut hits the senses like no other. Its exactly like a cookie with coconut on top that got a little burnt while baking. Slightly sweet too, with a roughly equal amount of roast as well. Phenomenal aroma, I just can't stop smelling it!

Pours out a very dark brown, almost black. It highlights a moderate-dark brown around the edges when held to light. The head was a medium mocha color that poured out to about a finger's worth, but dissipated into the beer extremely quickly leaving no sign that it was ever there. Lacing is average.

CoCoNut PorTeR gives me this amazing roast right up front. It's not overwhelming, nor underwhelming.. it's just right. I can't say it's a coffee-like roast either, as I don't get any of that coffee bean flavor in this either. The mid-palate brings on that toasted coconut mentioned earlier. The coconut is intensified on the palate by the aroma, and it lasts well through the finish and aftertaste. Job well done!

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite nice, carbonation and body are both on the moderate side, and drinkability is actually quite high - not session able, but pretty good. Overall it is an extremely enjoyable experience drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:03:49 | More by tlazaroff
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown or black. Light brown head of fine bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Low spicy hop aroma.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with some hop bitterness but mostly that coffee/chocolate malt flavor. Tasty.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Medium carbonation. Slight astringency on the finish, hop derived probably, but could come from use of roasted grain. Not excessive.

O: Well balanced specialty porter. While the coconut didn't come through as its own flavor, it did lend to the overall sweetness. This would be a great on a cold winter night by the fireplace.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 04:59:14 | More by Climber9
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from memory - on tap at World of Beer in Arlington, VA

Pours asphalt black with limited, but iridescent lacing.

Tropical and floral aromatics.

Taste of sweet, tropical fruits. A porter/ dark beer that can be enjoyed during the hot days of summer. Coconut is present, but not overpowering.

The beer has a smooth, creamy opening and sweet, bitter finish.

Tired of having IPAs and belgium whites all summer? Try this refreshingly excellent coconut porter that is sessionable even during those hot muggy dog days of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 23:08:42 | More by SlothB77
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4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The name itself warrants curiosity, and being a fan of coconut and the occaisional porter, I figured why not?Poured ino a snifter, it borders on brown/black, completely opaque, and pours a half finger of a tan supple head,lacing is average for a porter.

Aroma is toasty, roasty and coffee-like, with deep roasted malts and the toasted coconut sweetness playing a subtle part in the nose, and this becomes more apparent upon warming.

Taste is smooth and very rich with a pleasant roasted quality, and just a hint of the toasted coconut flavor for a semi sweet finish to round things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, rich and creamy texture,superb carbonation to move the flavors along.

As long as you aren't expecting to drink a Mounds Bar, and enjoy porters, Maui Brewing Coconut porter is a well crafted and delicious concoction that has the ability to satisfy on a number of levels, and is a really nice way to end the day.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 05:31:03 | More by Hendry
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-24-2007 04:37:53 | More by July2Nov
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We need more beers in a can!

A: 2 fingers of frothy tan head over a black and ruby brew. Decent ring retention and a bit of lacing, though nothing overwhelming.
S: Big yummy malts on the nose. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, and a big toasted aroma that doesn't reveal too much coconut just yet.
T/M: A delicious and flavorful experience that mirrors the aromas. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some caramel. The toasted coconut pulls through in the flavor really nicely. Each sip ends on a slight metallic note, but that is quickly taken care of by a nice citrus hop. Smoky and wood come to mind, as well. Mouth is medium with medium carbonation, leaving yummy dark chocolate residuals behind.
D: This is truly a delicious porter. I'm not a huge fan of coconut, so it was nice that it is really subtle in this brew. I highly recommend this to porter lovers.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 01:48:09 | More by washburnkid
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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