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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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1,180 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 126
Gots: 112 | FT: 2
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with canned on aloha date 01/06/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery, generously provided as an extra from Texan 956. Excited to have this beer; the premise sounds lovely.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark milk chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass with some cola color showing near the edges. Two fingers of creamy khaki-chocolate head with some nice scattered lacing. Head is very fully and creamy. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is pretty standard for the style, but still nice. Not really pulling any distinct coconut aromas from this. Mostly all milk chocolate, lactose / cream, mild toffee / marshmallow fluff, and dark barley / coffee roast. Smells nice, but it could be better.

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, lactose sugars. Still not pulling any distinct coconut out of this, but it sure is delicious. Light to moderate bitterness / roast.

M - The feel is silky smooth, fluffy, and creamy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A very lovely texture, and dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a delicious beer, but I clearly wouldn't know this was brewed with actual coconut without being told. As far as porters go however, the beer is delicious, and I would absolutely have this again if it was available to me. More coconut wouldn't hurt though, just sayin.

Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, May 21, 2014
Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mega mega easy thick dark tan head but in time this retreats to wisps and light lines, still, it looks really good going in the glass. No even tempted for a moment to chug it from the can.

Smells smooth deep rich and a an almost velvety (if that can be a smell) sweetness which does sort of slow down the longer its exposed to the elements.
Generally pretty black with some crimson flecks.
Taste also has a more smoothly oaky quality than coconut with a slight metallic touch and then some coffee and some bitterness which all pretty gentile.

DEcent, intereting but not at all earth shattering. But I would definitely seek it out again.

Zimbo, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with just a hint of amber-chocolate around the edges and cratered tan foam that's slow to fade but leaves little lace. Baking chocolate, sprucey birch beer, and yes, some toasty coconut on the nose.
Milk chocolate, soil, caramelized sugar, some treacly black malts and a heavy dose of toast then slight woody hops.
Coconut only shows on the finish then a lean minty linger. Light-medium, chewy, quite lively; no hint of 6%.

Well layered malts give some real sweetness - fruit flies came straight for this one. Hops (Cascade and Columbus, seemingly) don't show up to the party. Lightness in body would keep me from calling this a porter, if I were asked. The carbonation does keep it from cloying, but overall I feel it hurts the body of what could be a more substantial porter, even though it probably suits hot weather.

Somehow less than it could be.

StJamesGate, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can (I love saying that) with a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a an almost black color, with perhaps just a hint of amber to it. It is opaque when held up to the light, but did show a clear, dark chocolate color as I was pouring it. The aroma is nicely roasted with touches of tart, burnt grain, some dark chocolate notes, sharp espresso aromatics, a light roasted nut note, some light vanilla like notes and a dark sweetness that likely comes from both the coconut and the beer. Not overtly expressive of coconut aromatics, instead it melds into the normal dark grain notes. The aroma is quite nice though and definitely worth exploring for a bit.

This has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it with a bit of viscous heft, but somehow remains light and quaffable at the same time. Dark milk chocolate flavors combine with flavors of mocha ice cream and a finish that is reminiscent of a lightly bitter shot of espresso (though still a sweetened one). The finish has a deeply toasted, nutty note that lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. The chocolate flavors in this brew are quite pronounced and quite nice, this is really accented by the low hop character here (both flavor and hop bitterness are really not all that perceptible). As the beer warms up quite a bit, a very slight, burnt vegetal note becomes noticeable.

If given this beer blind I would never have guessed I was getting a coconut flavored brew, having said that, I can see how it influences the flavor profile, but one could do the same thing by manipulating standards beer ingredients (with perhaps some toasted oak note thrown in). None of that keeps this from being quite a tasty tipple though. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer; soft and creamy yet still quite quaffable.

Gueuzedude, May 30, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of coconut and chocolate. Very interesting.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and coconut. Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall an interesting porter. I liked it and thought it was a pretty standard porter with hints of coconut in the smell and taste, which was very appealing to me. If you like porters and coconuts check this out.

mdfb79, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Nate139
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - completely black, very thin tan head

S - strong roasted and chocolate, subtle sweet coconut notes

T - big roasted coconut and malty sweetness upfront, followed by chocolate and a faint hoppy bitterness at the end

M - medium-light in body

O - the nuttiness of the roasted coconut played well with the chocolate flavor. I think its a creative beer that everyone should try.

Nate139, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark out of the can, black ringed with flashes of deep brown and a rocky, one finger, sand colored head. Porters always have a nice color to them though.

Aroma is pretty pedestrian, roasted malts and coffee beans, little bit of vanilla, none of that toasted coconut yet.

Roasted flavors off the bat with some raw cocoa and a dull coffee bitterness which then gets smoothed out by warm toasted coconut. The flavor on the back end grows as the beer warms.

Low carbonation and a medium body, smoothness comes more from the coconut flavor rather than the liquid not much mouth coating here.

Drinkable brew but it soon becomes apparent that after 2 or 3 the game becomes how much coconut flavor can I get out the can before it becomes one dimensional. First beer I've tasted from Maui Brewing, the canned concept and beer are both winners.

rawfish, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter
12 oz. can
Canned 012114 jet ink on the bottom of the can
Served in an 8 oz. hotel glass

I picked up a 4 pack of cans this afternoon at a convenience store in Kauai.

This beer pours a jet black, opaque in appearance with a khaki colored head on top. I get whiffs of malts and sugary sweetness in the nose.

This porter has a nice mouthfeel to it. Dark roasted malts with hints of espresso, chocolate and cocoa. I taste some sugary sweetness with a pleasant toasted coconut profile. There is a mini hop snap on the finish that provides a mini bite.

Hibernator, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another BIF beer at DC tasting.

A: Nice dark brown with a small head and just a little lacing.

S: Nice roasty chocolatey smell, and there is a little savory semi sweet note to it that doesn't scream coconut but suggests it.

T: Very nice roasted coffee and chocolate in the taste, the roast lingers nicely. Little bit of lactose sugars too. Do not taste any coconut, though there is a pecan like nutty flavor.

M: Medium body, good roasted feel, but it does seem watery and thinner than a usual porter.

Overall good.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Can into Pint glass.

Pours a black-brown, ruby highlight edges and a couple fingers of frothy cocoa colored head that slowly dissolves and leaves a nice thick ring around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a some toasted coconut. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt and finishes sweet with a little more of the toasted coconut. Its medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Nice porter, I like that the coconut is slight which creates a nice complexity to the roasted and chocolate.

DiabolikDUB, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of ratedz
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for sending this in a recent trade.

Pours a dark brown/black with a massive 2-3 finger mocha colored head. The head fades relatively slowly and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose is full of chocolate and dark roasted malts. So far, I'm not picking up on any coconut smell, which is a bit of a disappointment given the name! There is a bit of a metallic scent in there also.

The taste starts off with a blast of roasted malts before a bit of hoppy bitterness comes into play. A hint of sweet coconut makes a brief appearance before it finishes with bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Very tasty, but I was expecting a bit more from the coconut.

Medium body and average carbonation, pretty much spot on for a porter.

Drinkability is high...the slight coconut taste kept me going back for another sip to enjoy that moment of sweetness that differentiates this porter from a regular one. Given the moderately low ABV, I can see it being relatively easy to down a few of these in one sitting.

ratedz, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of hops202
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into stone glass.

Pours a nice deep black with hints of very dark red. Nose has some roast and chocolate, not much coconut. Taste has slight coconut, mainly roast and a cream sensation similar to a milk stout with slight bitter chocolate. Reminds me of a good milk stout and/but certainly quite delicious for a porter.

hops202, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cool can design, poured into a wide snifter, an initially low dark khaki head quickly turns to nothing but a thin ring, the beer itself a deep brown in color, black at the center

s: the base porter is nice and fairly typical - deep roasted barley with a nice dark chocolate edge, some darker caramelized malts, tending towards the sweet side, toasted coconut is easily identified, adding a smooth vanilla-esque note, definitely a nice addition, hops mild

m: carbonation on the lower end of things, but still a touch prickly, body around moderate with a slightly thin feel at the finish

t: opens up with deep roasted barley flavors and some dark chocolate/cocoa, drier than the aroma would indicate but still holding a residual caramel sweetness on the back of the palate throughout, the coconut is perhaps less obvious here - clear but maybe less so if you're not looking for it, finishes with drier roast flavors and toasted coconut - actually probably more evident in the finish than elsewhere

o: a solid porter made just slightly more compelling with the carefully dosed coconut addition, enough to compliment but still tease a bit, balanced and drinkable, like this

single can from the Liquor Mart in Boulder

blackie, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kalei for these cans. Out of my Trappist Rochefort glass...

A- Deep brownish black. Pours with a nice light chocolate colored head. The head retreats quickly, and there is pretty much no lacing.

S- The smell is quite pleasant. Scents of coconut and vanilla mostly, with strong nutty notes. I get some hints of chocolate as well.

T The aftertaste is quite robust and roasty, with some spice coming through. Again, mostly coconut, vanilla, nut, and chocolate. Good complex taste for a beer of this nature.

M- A little too much carbonation. The body is a little watery too, but not too bad. If I would do anything to this beer, I'd reduce the carbonation and thicken it a tiny bit.

O- For a sessionable porter, it is really nice and tasty. I'd keep this stuff in my fridge if it was around, as I could see non-beer junkies liking this too. Pretty good...


Gfunk720, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color. Whatever frothy head that was there from the pour is completely gone. This has a very cola like look in the glass. Smell is highly roasted malts and just a slight hint of coconut. Taste is very roasted almost burnt malts and just mild coconut lingering underneath. There is quite a bit of bitterness coming from something in here. Can't quite put my finger on it and figure it out but it's definitely there. This is a little thinner than I was expecting. Completely clear around the edges. Very enjoyable to drink and quite sessionable.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass
*Notes from 08/19/11

A: Maui CoCoNut Porter pours a sleek & dark looking black with more of a garnet towards the edges. Overly excited with bubbles. My pour yields a massive swirly dark mocha head that is ever-so cascading and lively. Big lace too.

S: Smells of milk chocolate. Roasty grains with a tiny bit of smoke to it. Chocolatey. Slight toasted CoCoNuttiness. Fresh clean ingredients.

T: Chocolatey roasted grains. Low moderate bitterness. A light toasty coconut effect. A touch on the sweeter side with some nice coffee & creme notes that perk as the beer warms. Slight alcohol presence. Light crisp finish. Tasty stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Nice dry clean finish.

D: Quite sessionable. Good flavors delivered on a smooth creamy texture with a nice crisp finish.

A very delicious Porter and one I rather enjoy. Really nice balance to it. And while I do recall getting more Coconut flavor in past tastings perhaps this was an older can and I suppose some of those oils/flavors would in fact fade overtime.

Nugganooch, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can enjoyed on 9/24/11 at Freshcraft.

A - Black. Fairly thin looking. Has a quick-to-rise toffee colored head made up of fine foaming bubbles. No lace.

S - This is a nice porter. Chocolate and roasted barley with notes of vanilla.

T - Sweet and roasty. At first I was thinking vanilla was the additive but eventually the coconut did make itself known. In any case, the coconut didn't taste fresh - it was more like a pre-dried and shredded sweetened coconut. Milk chocolate rounds things out.

M - Medium bodied.

O - This is a fun beer to have access to. Definitely a sweet one though full of flavors and aromas of not only coconut but also sweet vanilla bean and chocolate.

Spider889, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, light cream and coffee head at a half inch, dissipates to a film and retains there indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, light spices, and caramel malts.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, mild chocolate and coconut sweetness, and some dry hop bitterness.

Body is medium with fizzy tingles of carbonation on the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

A really good porter with just the right amount of coconut to make it interesting without making it weird. Not the greatest ever, but cool for being unique and having a good flavor and I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep and dark, opaque, cocoa colored head, nice retention, nice lacing

S: deep roasted malts, chocolate, not much coconut on the nose, some coffee, almost astringent

T: bold roasty up front, bitter chocolate, slight astringency, coconut and vanilla on the finish

Mf: slick, medium carbonation

O: nice brew, which I got more coconut in it, but nice nonetheless

homebrew311, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a nice mocha head. Just as the name would lead you to believe, this one has a pleasant aroma. There is coconut, roasted malts, some coffee. Upon sipping this interesting beer, I taste some dark coffee, roasted malts and yes, some coconut, but nothing overpowering or too aggressive. MF leans towards full bodied, with a velvet texture. This one was fun to try, would be nice if some of this made it out closer to Connecticut.

mltobin, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black & a bubbly, thin head that is about a thumbs width tall and light brown in colour. The head fades pretty fast though, disappearing almost entirely within a couple of seconds.

Strong roasted malts and a lot of dark chocolate to begin with, there is also a lot of sweetness to this one and a touch of milk. I can detect some coffee, a little bit of sugar but sadly the coconut that the name would suggest is missing from the nose.

Roasted malts and coffee flavours to start although these don't appear to be as strong as the nose suggested earlier. There is a lot of sweetness and sugar along with some dark chocolate that makes for a warming taste. I think I can also detect a little coconut too.

Light medium in body and really smooth tasting with strong carbonation without being too gassy however there is a little fizz to it. Very refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

Very nice overall although the look of the beer and poor head retention had me worrying to begin with. There beer is very easy to drink and had a good roasted malts taste. It probably doesn't do quite enough for it to warrant a second buy though.

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flyingpig, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at PCC.

Overall, this was a pretty solid porter. The coconut shows up in the nose, along with some coffee. The coconut didn't really show up in the taste, however. The beer ended up being a little thin, but I definitely liked it overall.

strongaf, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ananh
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

ananh, Oct 08, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

agandt, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of emptyglassagain
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

emptyglassagain, Sunday at 03:02 PM
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.