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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

833 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 833
Hads: 1,885
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 150
Gots: 199 | 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:
Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Photo of blink1371
1.82/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pour- I poured into a tall goblet. Poured thick and nicely with a non-aggressive pour.

Appearence-With a non-aggressive pour it produced a very nice 3 finger width, darker tan head. Very dark with reddish tints, and very appealing at first. After a minute or so, the head dissipates and will not come back (even with glass swirling). Lacing is pretty much non-existent.

Smell- If u smell the inside of the can, you can smell a hint of coconuts (almost like a coconut chocolate candy bar). The beer in the glass however, especially after 5 minutes in the glass, has a hint of rubbing alcohol. This is also apparent later in the aftertaste.

Taste- Even though very creamy, it was light to light-medium bodied. Maybe a taste of the roasted barely, coffee and hops, but definitely no coconuts.

Aftertaste- Like I just used Listerine mouthwash. The alcohol taste returned after getting hints of it in the smell. Also, a slight bitterness like in an IPA, as well as coffee.

Conclusion- Very appealing appearance for like 30 seconds and that is the best part of this beer. After a few minutes, there is a non-existent head that will not return (even with glass swirling) .This beer closely resembled a flat soda pop, and tasted like one too. I liked this beer less with each drink. Drinkability very low, unless you like drinking mouthwash. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -53%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep brown with a tiny bit of a tannish head and not much if any lacing as it goes down. Understandable given the fatty nature of the coconut. Nose is a bit of roasted coconut and some roasted malt. Hints of something semi-astringent and acrid. Taste is quite off. Tastes nearly of stomach acid and is incredibly harsh. Nothing wrong with the can as it was split with a few others who thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if it was roasted coconut taken to the extreme or something else, but I could barely swallow the first sip and the second one I couldn't handle. Trying to stay unbiased, the mouthfeel was a bit light, but there wasn't a big issue with it. Drinkability was severely affected by the putrid taste; sorry to say that I really did not enjoy this, a disappointment after having wanted to try it for awhile. (829 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.18/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of light tan head.

S: Cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and coconut. A bit of caramel sweetness, and a touch of cardboard. Faint.

T: A touch of roasted malts, but extremely faint. I don't think I've ever tasted such a flavorless beer, including BMC.

M: Quite thin with average carbonation.

O: This is impressively flavorless. I've really never had a beer with such little flavor. I guess there aren't any flaws, though. (485 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.44/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz can into my De Struise...Dark brown with a light tan head, great retention, ok lacing...Super light aroma, light sweetnes on the front, you would think that should be coconut but just get a little sweet chocolate and that is it, frankly disappointing as I wanted to be hit with coconut. There is a strange aroma of alcohol that seems to waft and fill the whole glass...The taste shows off the coconut, but this time to the extreme, there is so much sweet coconut in this is almost impossible to drink. Way to sweet, nothing else going on, if was more roasty maybe it would be better.

Interesting concept just not executed as it went to the extreme in aroma and taste. Unless you are a ticker and want Hawaii no need to try this. (735 characters)

Photo of cbourassa
2.48/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can given to me by a friend

A - The beer appears thick and black, like an ebony milkshake. There is a long head retention. Beer appears to be highly carbonated.

S - I detect roasted malt, chocolate, very faint whiff of coconut.

T - There is a chocolaty taste, but no hop flavor present. Tastes mild without any hint of coconut.

M - It seems to coat the tongue. The carbonation seems to be high for this style. Very unpleasant.

D - I was not impressed. Generally speaking, I would not go out of my way to have another. (536 characters)

Photo of sh00ky
2.51/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Interesting gimmick, but it goes a little overkill with the flavor… kind of like a hot sauce that gets its "reputation" from merely burning your tongue off. Would love to try it in draft form to see if perhaps it was just a bad batch (as it seems to be well regarded by everyone else on here), but I was wholly unimpressed with the canned variation. Love Maui Brewing Company's other beer though so I wouldn't talk anybody out of experimenting. (446 characters)

Photo of AnavelGato
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Tulip glass poured out of the can, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: black bordering on a dark brown a la Moose Drool, dense-ish head, off white head bordering on beige

Aroma: very little in this department, vague hints of chocolate and a slight nuttiness to it but nothing overwhelming, didn’t really stand out at all

Taste: very earthy, no apparent coconut flavor at all. I have to admit that I really was skeptical about this beer being some sort of beer popsicle artificial coconut nightmare and that I would be disappointed but it turned out to be the opposite, I was disappointed not by the flavor but by the lack of it.

Mouthfeel: creamy bordering on the weak to watery side, nothing to write home about.

Overall: really un-impressed, I had heard a lot of hype about this beer but when push came to shove I was incredibly underwhelmed, honestly the only reason I would pick this up again is for the convenience of canned porter. (950 characters)

Photo of MatJones
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can. Black head which fades real zippy.

This is my first USA porter from a can and was looking forward to seeing how coconut marries with a porter, however having tasted two other Maui canned ales hopes were not high.

Overall fears were confirmed. I did get a nice chocolate nose, but on tasting I was shocked at how sapplingly dry this ale is. I also did not get any hint of coconut whatsoever. If anything this tasted like maybe some husk was in this particlar batch. Overall the noticable alcohol taste along with a quite harsh dry roasted malt made this one I would avoid (in a can) in future. (611 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can, served in a steidel. "Canned on" date printed on the bottom of the can.

Appearance: One and a half finger dark tan head that vanishes quickly into thin ring. The color is deep, dark chocolate brown, almost black.

Smell: Smells heavily of malt, with just a tiny hint of coconut in the background. It's not a very aromatic beer.

Taste: Malt sweetness is the predominant flavor. There's chocolate and coffee notes too. There's a vary faint coconut taste in the background, which is surprising.

Mouthfeel: It's a strong and full bodied beer. It goes down smooth and has a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall: Considering this is called "CoConut Porter" there's not enough coconut smell or flavor on it. It's more like an aftertaste than anything, which is a little bit disappointing. That being said, it's still a good enough porter so as not to be a complete failure. If you're looking to try something different with a lot of coconut flavor in it, this is not it. If you don't mind trying just a regular old porter with a coconut aftertaste, go right ahead. (1,087 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black with lighter brown highlights - Head retention is minimal and lacing is non-existent.

S - Pretty bad. The coconut does not compliment the smoky porter smell.

T - It tastes decent. Ripe fruits, but also a little taste of something sour. Coconut flavor is prevalent in the background.

M- Smooth and creamy, like a good porter should be.

D - If this were at a bar with the normal selections for Ventura, this one would finish second to Amstel Light for the next round. (484 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 4-pk on a recent trip to Honolulu.

A little bit of sweetness and a hint of coconut, but beyond that a hodgepodge of flavors. There's a bite at the end which I think takes away from this beer's experience. It seems to be tasting better as it warms and I would suggest future drinkers let it warm for at least 20 min after removing from fridge.

My plan is to enjoy my next 4-pk while in Hawaii -- I think it will taste much better then :) (451 characters)

Photo of ronzorelli
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Meh.

For a beer that runs over $9 for a 4 pack, i was expecting this to blow me away. It didn't.

It's about a middle of the road porter. Not much going on. Nothing there to positively distinguish itself from others in its price range.

I got Zero coconut hints, aromas, or flavor. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

The mouthfeel is light and the flavor is very subdued in a bland way.

Not a fan, especially for the price. (423 characters)

Photo of papollo
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must admit, this beer was a disappointment to me. I was so excited when I found it and immediately snapped up a 4-pack of 12oz cans ($11.49+).

The familiar cusssh of the pop-top can led to a smell that at first was chocolate/coffee divination, as were the first few sips. Soon, however, the beer started to grow on me in a bad way. It's just too sweet for my tastes, which is odd for me to write because on the whole, I like rich, dark beers.

It kind of reminds me of movie theatre popcorn. When the smell first hits you you're drawn immediately to the snack bar. The first few bites (sips) meet the anticipation generated by the smell. About 5 minutes into it, you start to say to yourself "I should have stopped after the first few mouthfuls."

Sorry, Maui lovers - it looks & smells great, but that's about it for me. (824 characters)

Photo of goethean
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from beereality.

Has kind of a funny aroma. Definite toasted coconot note, but also a strange funky note.

Grainy, dry full-bodied, muddled, muddy confused complexity. Malty. Slight roasty bitterness. Too many malts? Finish is not crisp. (257 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.01/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

Poured vigorously into a wide nonic glass. The color is a muddy brown with a thick and fizzy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a flat appearance to the beer. Impressive initially, unsatisfactory after.

Right from the pour a rich chocolate, mocha aroma permeated from the glass. Once settled a noticeable coconut is present along with floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

First sip and although a light coconut is detected, it's quickly overpowered by roasted cocoa nibs and a significant floral and drying hops presence. Pretty darn hardy, it's thick yet very crisp and carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry and sits like a brick in the stomach. Resiny almost, giving off a perception of metal. More like a brown than a porter.

A unique brew but it needs to be taken down a notch in almost every way except the addition of coconut. The alcohol is also too noticeable for 6%. (904 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottom of can states: Canned on 05-04-2012... consumed on 07-24-2012

A: pour is a deep black with a solid fingers worth of head formation. massive lacing cause the head to retain in excess of a minute. The head has a consistency that lies directly between thin and foamy and is off-white in appearance

S: I pick up on a strong malt backbone, chocolate, coffee grounds and a slight smokiness. I do not pick up any coconut however which is disappointing.

T: Where's the coconut?!?!?! it has a decent balance of roasted malt barley (as the can indicates) and coffee grounds, and just an ever so slight hint of nuts. Hops and a smokey aspect dominate the finish.

M: medium-full bodied, finish is decent but doesn't leave much of a flavor.

O: went to Maui on my honeymoon and thought that this was a huge disappointment. The coconut was completely elusive (which makes me think that it must be consumed immediately fresh). Sells in 4-packs for a typical price, but I just don't find this one any more unique than any other porter. Disappointing (1,046 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose features black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted notes.

If you want to buy this because you like coconut and the idea of a coconut porter sounds delicious, then don't buy this. It's a porter. Bitter espresso finish. Dry cocoa aftertaste. Watery slightly sour mouthfeel. I don't know where they get off calling it coconut. I'm even drinking it with dark chocolate coconut almonds and still, almost nothing. Bit of a metallic taste too when I stretch for the coconut I get an unpleasant metal. Meet disappointed in this beer. Just call it a porter. (549 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours dark, barely passes the light thru the glass test - none got thru :). head dies quickly to a circle around the rim. faint lacing. aroma is hard to pin down for me, i think the coconut is throwing me off. for some reason i find it reminding me of firestone's velvet merlin, but with a (thankfully) faint hint of coconut. mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, but i tend to like stouts a bit on the thick side. i'm glad i tried it, though i don't think i'll chase it down again. points for justifying their use of a can, rather than bottle, for several reasons (listed on can). an interesting brew to try, if only because it's different. (642 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nearly opaque (a dark mahogany) color. One finger of creamy tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Very robust milk chocolate aroma with pronounce caramel, as well. Smells like some sort of chocolate cake and the coconut makes a nice garnish on top.

T - Roasted grains, milk chocolate, nuttiness from the coconut, dry dirt and deep down some herbal, earthy hops. Not the robust coconut flavor I was expecting.

M/D - Mouthfeel doesn't fill out the way I think it should and the carbonation isn't what it should be. The finish is slightly sweet. Pretty dull beer in general tho :-/ (585 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty black with a 2 finger sticky tan head.

Smells of coconut and coffee.

Some good chocolate flavor up front. The aftertaste is completely coconut influenced. In fact the coconut overpowers other flavors and it's not one I love.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good.

I was curious about this one. I hate coconut. Me hating coconut won out. Trying to put that aside, this beer does do what it intends to although the coconut is fairly one note. (452 characters)

Photo of lowers87
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark brown, medium carbonation
Smell: Obvious coconut aroma, background roasted coffee bean,
Taste: Tastes very similar to the smell, more of the coffee bean comes out in the taste, not to heavy, the roast is strong.
Feel: Light and not overpowering, doesn't feel like a strong beer.
Overall: Different type of beer, not too complex which is nice, recommend. (365 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted, roasted fudgy chocolate and coconut. As it warms, the coconut dominates.

The flavor is a bit of a mess - acidic chocolate malts with a little coconut and some charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium boded and watery.

Overall, showed promise, but the flavors were very disjoint and it was thin and watery. (472 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you like protein shakes, this may be the beer for you...

Appearance: Deep dark brown w/ adequete head

Smell: Tanbark, chocolate

Taste: Bitter, chocolatey, licorice...protein shake

Mouthfeel: Syruppy, lingering finish

Drinkability: A bit sickening after a while, there are certainly much better porters out there (319 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a beer I've always wanted to try.

A - Nice light brown/tan/off white fluffy two finger head that fades after a minute or so. Beer itself is a chocolate colored brown that lightens as it gets closer to the walls of the snifter.

S - Smell is a little disappointing. No coconut at all. Just regular, old, porter.

T - Taste is actually great. Way better than I was expecting given the mediocre smell and appearance. Coconut? No. But it is a very BALANCED porter. Not too bitter or harsh, with just enough sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is so-so. Pretty thin.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. The coconut in the title is certainly misleading, but beers shouldn't be rated in relationship to their name. This is a drinkable porter, and one I would definitely have again if ever given the opportunity. (845 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JJFoodie for sending me a 4-pak of this as part of our trade.

Serving: Can poured into a pint glass

This pours typical to most porters and stouts. A nice dark brown/black body topped with a substantial 3 finger foam head that was all talk. It disappeared in seconds. The nose is nearly non-existent. I sniffed this glass for 30 seconds trying to find something, and I couldn't. I moved on to pinpointing the taste aspects, and eventually got some hints of earthy alcohol, but that was about it. The taste is absent of any coconut whatseover. I don't know where that comes from, but I couldn't find it. That being said, there's a nice taste of cocoa, small vanilla notes, and some nuttiness. This is a heavily carbonated beer and ever sip coats your tongues in bubbles and bitterness. This is decent, but falls short of what I was expecting. (852 characters)

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