CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Charred walnut with sepia highlights. Some stouts aren't this dark. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a fetching crown the color of wet sand. This is good looking beer that leaves even better looking lace. So far, so excellent.
The nose delivers a modest amount of chocolate malt and almost no coconut. I expected the brewers to use coconut oil, but it looks like they went with toasted coconut instead.
It takes a while for coconut to appear, both within each mouthful and in general. Finally, on the finish, it begins to seep in at the edges. Coconut is one of those flavors that can be easily overdone, especially in something like beer, but it's too subtle here. Warming turns up the flavor knob from 3/10 to 5/10.
Coconut or no coconut, this is a well-brewed porter. Baker's chocolate and coffee beans lead the way, thanks to no fewer than six different malts. I'm not sure why the brewery calls it 'robust', however. Compared to Michelob Amber Bock perhaps, but not compared to a real robust porter.
The body/mouthfeel is pretty close to where it should be. It needs a fraction more heft and a few more bubbles, as long as they result in creaminess rather than fizziness. Then again, if the beer is being consumed on the beach, or at least in hot and humid weather, the slightly light mouthfeel is probaby ideal.
Maui Brewing CoCoNut PorTeR is good beer that stands out because it comes in cans and because it uses an ingredient that is considered to be exotic. Although it doesn't venture as far outside the box as it should, better to have a coconut-accented porter than a porter-accented pina colada.
09-10-2008 12:12:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.59/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
08-27-2014 17:08:28 | More by cbutova
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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