CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 828
Hads: 1,863
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 149
Gots: 188 | FT: 1
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Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Photo of jethrodium
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a black that a reddish cola brown when it is held up to the light. A small tan white head with decent retention that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, light vanilla, coconut, a bit of dark chocolate, and a bit of floral hops. More coconut and alcohol comes through as it warms up. Almost smells bourbon barrel aged. Initial taste is sweet vanilla, going into a bit of coffee. Strong coconut on the finish as well as a decent bitterness. Light bodied. Very smooth. Medium-low carbonation. Enjoyable beer. A little on the sweet side for me. (584 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Pours a deep rich dark brown clod with a light tan head that heaves minimal lacing. Pitch black with barely any color differentiation. Has a big coffee, toasted coconut and vanilla aroma. Taste is a bit off balanced with some bitter chocolate, no coconut and a touch of espresso. Mouthfeel is classic low carbonation porter but has a nice zing on the finish. Not the most drinkable beer IMO. Has a heavy mouthfeel and not my cup of tea. (476 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Very frothy 1 finger light brown head reduced to nothing as quickly as it built, no lacing, super thin crown edge on the nearly black brew 3
S – Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and coconut dominate the nose, lesser coffee notes. Good smelling beer 4
T – Taste is nearly identical to the smell. Roasted malts and sweet vanilla and coconut with more coffee and less chocolate than the nose. Good but not to my liking as much as I had hoped 3.5
M – Lightness in body was a surprise to me, good drinkability, a bit thinner than I like for a porter, good carbonation 3.5
O – Coconut is present while not overbearing, an interesting and good porter that I am glad I tried. Not a beer I would ever buy again at the Denver $10/4 pack cans price. 3.5 (783 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%

Can brought back from Flagstaff, AZ. Full notes taken when consumed.

A- Can pours out with a black body but not an oily thick appearance. The head is frothy and creamy rising just above a finger with decent retention. A sheet of lace followed by spots.

S- Cocoa powder and toasted coconut make up most of whats happening here with a malty overall feel. Roasted, caramel and toasty cereal grains with slight hops.

T- Chocolate malts provide the biggest flavors with a decent amount of toasted coconut right beyond it. Mediumly roasted grains, moderate sweetness, caramel, cereal and light earthy hop notes. Dark fruit hints.

MF- Fluffy and foamy consistency to a light end body as far as modern Porters go. Carbonation is moderately high and perpetuates the texture. Finishes with slight roast bitterness.

A good porter with an emphasis on cocoa roasty malts and toasted coconut coming in just below that. Could use just a tiny bit of body to support those flavors. (969 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 12oz can

S: Burnt bread crust, wet moss, toasted almonds, grill residue. Hints of toasted coconut, spruce, decaying leaves.

T: Slightly sweet, faintly tart up front that hits with a smooth rich toasty, caramel roastiness. In the perfect roast range between toffee and coffee/chocolate, which gives the roastiness some depth and richness. Creamy, oily and smooth. Coconut hits in the middle, clean and toasty, along with light coffee and a nice nuttiness. Little to no harshness from the roastiness or bitterness, but its well balanced and only slightly sweet. Acidity is faint. Faintly mossy hops. Moderately high body. Finish really shows off the coconut and nuttiness, with a lingering toasted bread and smooth chocolate note.

Notes: A well-organized brew (776 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for finding this for me.

A - black with a large, dense cap of dark brown head that has good retention

S - big roasted malts, toasted coconut, faint coffee and chocolate

T - huge roasted malt character with toasted coconut coming through; underlying coffee notes; rather intensely bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice concept. The coconut works well with the roasted malt character. Unfortunately, it's more bitter than what I'd look for in a porter. I wouldn't turn this down in the future. (548 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A: Nice dark and rich dark brown/black in color. Little head and faint lacing.

S: A bit smokey, with hints of coffee and malt.

T: Not getting a lot of coconut here. If I didn't know it was in there, it would've passed me by. It tastes like a really nice and charry canned Porter. Considering the ABV, I'm fairly pleased with it.

M: You can feel the forced carbonation big time, but all things considered it ain't bad, and packs a reasonable weight.

O: Maui Brewing's CoCoNut Porter was a nice way to start the night. It wasn't quite what I had expected and a bit of a letdown from the coconut department. I'd certainly drink it again if offered, though wouldn't put a lot of effort into search it out. (817 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of copperstatebrewJR
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had it in Maui on tap at Monkey Pod.
Appearance is appealing. Deep brown, almost black tint even when held to the light. Light brown creamy head.
Aroma was a bit disappointing for me. I was really looking forward to this beer. Smells of coconut, chocolate, smoky aroma. However, was not aromatic enough. It had a great aroma, but it was too subtle.
Taste is also good. Slight coconut, stronger chocolates and coffee flavors. The problem I have with this beer is that the flavor falls off as soon as you swallow it. No lingering flavors like a porter should have. Even the mid taste flavors seem far too tame to me.
Mouth feel is as a porter should be. Full to medium bodied.
Overall, this beer did not impress me at all. It's not bad, however, it does not live up to the reputation it seems to have "earned" in my opinion. It a weak flavored porter that leaves something to be desired. (886 characters)

Photo of antilogic
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You can't judge a beer by its container I suppose. Although a canned beer, the appearance as it pours is a pretty opaque brown with a nice tan head.

This Hawaiian import definitely has some coconut aroma, but it's not as overwhelming as I thought it would be. The aroma is there, but in taste it's almost only an aftertaste. It's smooth and very drinkable and isn't too overpowering in any particular facet. I recommend it, but as more of a tasty session beer than something more memorable. (492 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can. Enjoyed this one compliments of an awesome Cali trader. Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is of dark sweet malts and coconut. Taste is as expected coconutty. Mouthfeel is lighter than I would have expected and wanted. Overall, a decent beer but Minneapolis Town Hall 3 Hour Tour Coconut Porter blows this away in terms of over the top coconut flavors. (376 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Cigar City snifter. Forms about a fingers worth of lightly tan head on top of a roasty dark brown body. A few patches of lacing are left behind.

Hint of smoked malt, chocolate and honey graham crackers on the nose. Possibly a touch of toasted coconut, but hard to say.

Somewhat chalky dark malts, graham cracker and a more noticeable toasted coconut presence. Pretty tasty. I'd like to see the coconut come out more, but I'm guessing that may be a bit tricky. Just a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is about average, but feels a bit thin and metallic on the finish. Carbonation adds kind of an odd burning sensation on the back part of the tongue, otherwise fine.

Drinkability is good. A pretty decent porter all around. It's nice to see the coconut come through a bit in the taste and makes the porter stand out a little bit. Probably not something I would seek out, but I wouldn't mind sipping on a few of these while lounging on a Hawaiian beach. (976 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany brown with cola highlights. Tan head is initially creamy, but quickly thins to a soapy sheen.

Aroma is powdered cocoa and coconut. Perhaps a touch of dark grain bitterness.

Taste is smokey dark grain and some dark fruit notes. Plenty of bitterness from dark chocolate and smokey dark grain that really lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a decent porter, mildly sweet with a lot of chocolate overtones. Worth a try. (442 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zapata for the trade.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, completely opaque in the glass. A nice two finger khaki head rises afterwards. Smells roasted, almost sweet like milk though... Taste is a little too toasted and roasted for me. I've enjoyed plenty of RIS and other porters, but this one doesn't sit right with me. An interesting beer none the less. (372 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01/12/08- Had on tap at a local restaurant in Kauai.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass.

Appearance- A light off brown colored pour, followed by a 1/2 inch head which leaves a bit of lace trails in it's wake.

Smell- A bit of heavy roasted malt, a bit of very dark chocolate and a minor touch of coconut.

Taste- All the flavors are there, but some of them aren't prevelant enough. The roasted malt really comes through the most and covers up the other flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee mix and mingle, while the coconut really is downplayed here.

Mouthfeel- One of the most highly carbonated porter I have ever had. Wayyyy too many bubbles.

Drinkability- Cut down the carbonation and mix the flavors a bit better and you have a winning beer. As is, just ok. Would have again though if in Hawaii as there really isn't much choice. (844 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with foamy brown head with little retention and lacing. Chocolate aroma with the faintest hint of coconut. Chocolate with a touch or foasted malts with a light coconut finish. Silky smooth but a tacky/fuzzy mouthfeel that lingers.

This is a good porter but I couldn't seem to get much coconut out of it and I'm pretty sensitive to it. Most of what can be tasted is a nice subtle finish. However, it does leave a rather conflicting feel. It coats the roof of your mouth and leaves a coating that is fairly unpleasant, much like sucking on coconut. Certainly worth a try if nothing else because it's a good porter (623 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got the chance to try this a couple weeks back. From notes:

Light brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Light tan colored head left minimal lacing. Had this amidst a few other porters- somewhat of a tasting I suppose.

The aroma was sweet coconut, but I think it smelt of coconut much more than it tasted like it. The body was roasty and smooth with a subtle slightly sweet coconut note- kind of thin. Overall a little too sweet for me, but it was really cool to try. A lot of my friends were going nuts over it. (521 characters)

Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, big fizzy light coffee colored head that slowly recedes to a small cover with minimal lacing. Head and covering disappear. The coconut oils definitely killed the head on this 

Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, I'm looking for coconut but  if it's there, it's very faint.

Medium to light body, higher carbonation than most porters I've had. Slightly oily. A nice espresso-esq finish that goes down easy.

Taste: espresso, chocolate, maybe toasted coconut if I use my imagination. Very dry but pleasant.

Overall a good porter, it's relatively fresh, canned 6-27, and is an enjoyable beer. The problem is that the only effect from coconut I notice is the absence of head and lacing. A little disappointed. (740 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 0111711 can date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark, purple-brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty but sparse with moderate cling but nice legs. Pretty standard.

S: Nose is liquorice, roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some coconut shavings. Nutty. Very subtle but pleasant and appropriate for the style.

T: Opens coffee bitterness. Liquorice, macadamia nuts, coconut shavings, and milky sweetness. Chocolate towards the middle with some roasted malt smokiness. Slightly metallic towards the end. More roasted malts at the finish with some coconut influences. Finish is coconut with a similar aftertaste plus some liquorice. Solid.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Goes down with some slight bubbles and prickliness. Finish is accented with a soft, subtle aftertaste that fades quickly. Nice.

O: This is no Opa-Opa Coconut porter, but its still a very solid representation on the coconut porter sub-style. Coconut is very muted in this one which is a little disappointing but the mouthfeel is very nice and its solid in ever respect. Worth trying. (1,286 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...interesting brew to say the least. This beer's motto should be: BE PATIENT...IT GET'S BETTER

Poured a black/dark brouwn in my pint glass...decent head initially, but fades quickly...very little lacing left behind.

Slight hint of coconut; not what I was expecting...mainly burnt,sweet malt...what the heck?

What the? First sip was like sucking on an aspirin...quite tinny. Luckily, the brew did get a bit better as it warmed. Coconut and a little sweet malt did come out a bit more...thank God. Still, the initial blast of tin may have soured this for me.

I guess I'm in the minority on this one, but this certainly did not come off as an excellent brew by any means. Thankfully it's one of those beers that gets better as it warms, so be patient. The scent and taste certainly did improve as it sat in my pint glass. (827 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a shaker pint. Thanks to coreyrhoads for the trade!! Pours a dark brown, blak with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malts followed up by a hint of coconut and some wood-like aroma. Flavor is definitely unique. I get a sharp crisp bite, not like most porters and then it sort of fizzles out with a hint of coconut flavor on the tail end. I am loving the whole canned thing, but I think I get a bit of aluminum typo flavor in the taste. I could just be dreaming it, though. Beer fizzles in my mouth. Pretty good drinkablilty, definitely something I will try again. (589 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of porters, but this is awesome! Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy tan, two-finger head. The smell of coconut wafting from the glass is almost enough to subdue me alone. I'm not a fan of herb/fruit flavored beers, but the coconut flavor melds seamlessly with the heavy mouthfeel of the porter. Hop flavor is slightly noticable in the background, but has a pleasant hop bitterness. Or maybe its from the roasted barley. I served this beer with dessert at a recent dinner-party instead of the vintage port I was thinking of serving. Props to Maui Brewing Co. for such a unique beer; too bad I can't find it on the mainland.

On another note, Maui Brewing Co. is pioneering what they call the "Micro-Canning Revolution," denouncing previously held myths about canning premium beer. The revolutionary packaging method would be a total hit in the coastal areas of the US, especially San Diego. There is a growing majority of premium-beer connoisseurs who would like to have a canned option to enjoy beachside or poolside during the summer. I hope more breweries follow this trend in the future. I NEED better beer to drink at the beach! (1,151 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to get my hands on this one for a while. I am not entirely certain that it was worth the wait. The beer was a dark malty color when poured into a snifter. There was about a half inch, off-white head which seemed a little unusual for a porter. The fluffy head made the aroma leap into my nose a little easier, sending notes of malt and flakes of coconut into a scent detector. The initial taste was a dark malty thrust with the coconut hints far in the background. Also present was a hint of nuttiness and something flowery that I could not identify. The thicker texture of the mouthfeel allowed the porter to coat the tongue and lending staying power to taste. For a porter, this is a nice drinker. Like most people, I did not buy this as a porter. The unique coconut spin on a porter is what will draw the attention of drinkers. In this respect, I found the beer disappointing because the coconut was not potent enough overwhelm my palate. (959 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

canned on 12/22/11

Black opaque with a thin tan head and little lacing.

Rich chocolate aroma with coconut highlights.

The flavor blends chocolate, coconut and roasted grain notes. A bit of sweetness on the sides with a dry finish.

Medium body with a thin mouthfeel and abrupt finish. Tasty but not at all rich or complex.

Served at cellar temperature, but seemed a little fuller as it approached room temperature. (420 characters)

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