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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 103
Gots: 76 | 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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, from the Safeway in Kona, where 'they have a code for that', when I drag a few stray single cans to the checkout. I love that.

This beer pours a very dark brown hue, almost back, but for some thin cola edges, with three ebullient fingers of dense rocky, foamy specked beige head, which leaves sparse, but comprehensive island group lace around the glass as it slowly skulks away.

It smells of toasted grainy, caramel malt, fairly prominent bittersweet chocolate, earthy, fleshy, somewhat vegetal coconut, and some burnt brown sugar. The taste is sweet, mildly roasted caramel malt, nicely assertive chocolate sauce, subtle, but still quite noticeable meaty sweet coconut, and some understated, and maybe a little overwhelmed, dry earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather reserved, though nowhere near flat, the body a sturdy medium weight, with wisps of silky creaminess in an already thorough smoothness. It finishes still a fair bit sweet and chocolaty, but with a slowly rising earthy dryness, with more than a little zingy, almost sour character. Maybe that's just my palate filling in the blanks, or maybe it's really there, who knows.

A very tasty porter, wherever you're coming from - the coconut guest star doesn't overstay its welcome, and leaves the place better for having participated, giving the big chocolate malt a worthy dance partner, in the absence of the more traditional offsets. Yum.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 04:43:14 | More by biboergosum
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out pitch black with a few fingers of light brown head which exits quicker than expected.

Smells of cocoa puffs and mild toasted coconuts,

Oh wow, a smooth taste of marshmallow and milk chocolate, sweet and a hint milky.

Mouthfeel is exceptional and goes with the mellow but impressive flavor palate. Smooth, creamy, silky oh yes.

Very drinkable, its something I would pass on to a friend or even an enemy and make them a friend.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:38:39 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of RodBurg


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights. A brown head forms and dissipates into a ring leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smells heavily of milk chocolate and toffee with lighter notes of coffee and toasted coconut. Citrus hop aroma appears as it warms.

Lots of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the taste. Coconut and toffee linger in the background. Reminds me of Samoa girl scout cookie. Yum.

Good stuff. The coconut could be a little more prominent, but it still is very tasty and balances nicely.

Serving type: can

01-16-2009 06:46:55 | More by RodBurg
Photo of brdc


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small can, poured into a snifter.

Near pitch black, it has a relatively small tan head, with little retention.
Nice aroma, coffee beans and chocolate. I did not notice anything coconut related at the beginning, but as it warms up, toasted notes become quite prominent (but no coconut).
Medium bodied, easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol as expected. Again, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted notes; at the very end, perhpas some conut, but it could be my imagination. Some sweetish notes in the middle, relatively dry finish.
Certainly not robust as the can states, but very well crafted and flavorful.

Serving type: can

09-11-2008 03:01:20 | More by brdc
Photo of BierJager89


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy brown head.

S: Toasted coconut, roasted malt, and dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Roasted malt, then coconut, dark chocolate and coffee in the finish. Really tasty.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth.

O: Definitely recommended. I like the blend of coconut and dark roasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:45:06 | More by BierJager89
Photo of billshmeinke


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black body with subtle brown hues towards the edges. Two fingers of rocky khaki head. Lacing and retention are both quite nice.

Smells of cocoa, and dark chcolate. Light toasted coconut notes. Some vanilla too.

Tastes of dusty cocoa, roasty coffee notes, some dark chocolate, light toasted cocoa. Nice crisp/bitter hoppy finish, a little spicy even.

Dry, well carbonated, medium bodied. A touch spicy.

Really nice, refreshing porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:55:42 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of colts9016


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head with great retention. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble on the side. The head left some lacing on the glass. The appearance of the beer is really good.

Nose: A very rich dense roasted malt with some earthy, toasted, roasted, and a burnt note. Other aromas are molasses, toasted coconut, floral, a smokey note, phenols, and grainy.

Taste: A rich flavorful porter, the malt is smokey, earthy, toasted, roasted and has a burnt character ( but it is more an undertone). Other flavors, molasses, floral, pine, peat, phenols, and some bitter sweet chocolate.

The mouth feel is robust but medium body. It has the look and feel of a stout, but it is not.

Overall: This is a a really good porter, rich, robust flavor, and very satisfying. However, the coconut is an undertone, I was hoping for more pronounce flavor. I enjoyed very much.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 01:46:55 | More by colts9016
Photo of RappAttack


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this in a Total Wine Alexandria, thought i would give it a go. pretty slandered porter appearance: dark brown with tan head that is retained the whole time. smells of coffee and coconut(go figure). wow the taste is really exceptional, with a rosty coffee note fallowed by lots o co-co-nut. a solid porter with a nice twist. the coconut really works with the other flavors,looks like ill getting a four pack

Serving type: can

02-09-2012 23:06:27 | More by RappAttack
Photo of SpdKilz


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this beer before. Seeing as I got this from Chris (Cavery) I thought I’d give it a whirl. Thanks Chris!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark viscosity. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Vanilla, coconut, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted roasted malts.

Taste – Quite similar to the aroma. There is a nice coconut flavor mixed in with the bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Finishes with a nice malty roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – I really enjoy this beer. I will say this does taste a bit different from in past, however, it is still a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:01:26 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of stumac


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours solid black with a nice brown head. the nose is very pungent. chocolate, big malts, coconut, sweetness from everything (malts, coconut, etc). the taste is dry malts up front followed by coconut sweetness in the finish. the coconut really gives this beer some depth because it is so fresh and tropical in the taste. big roasty malts. full bodied, medium carbo, an instant classic.

Serving type: can

03-26-2009 05:28:04 | More by stumac
Photo of Zraly


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish, dark brown with a mocha colored head. Smell of roasted malts.

Notes of chocolate and coffee up front. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with a touch of oil. Gentle coconut and fruit note in the finish. Extremely drinkable with mild, soft carbonation. Delightful.

Had this for dessert with a coconut chocolate cookie (Pasja's kokosawa). Divine!

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 00:10:09 | More by Zraly
Photo of circus_cat


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: WOW, head alert. Be careful pouring this into a tulip glass--I went semi aggressive and it overflowed in about 1 second. Good-looking beer. Mine's almost ink-black with a rocky, slowly dissipating mocha head. Getting more lacing than I would have expected. Some bubbles are clinging to the side of the glass. It looks effervescent.

S: The nose is straight-up dark chocolate almond joy. Light coconut with bigtime chocolate wrapped around it. I get burned toast but not in a terrible way. Caramel and chocolate malts coming through as well. A tag bit of hop bitterness. The slightest bit of banana on my second or third smell.

T: I'm a little surprised--I get the bitterness up front with dark chocolate and coffee through the middle. The finish is milk, coconut, and milk chocolate. I really like this.

M: Light to medium body, refreshing, no booze burn at all (pretty lowish ABV so no surprise there), on the dry side. I like!

Serving type: can

09-14-2012 21:15:52 | More by circus_cat
Photo of msubulldog25


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Our friend, Bill, brought this back from a recent trip to Hawai'i, therefore I'm indebted to him for saving us the time (and airfare). A 12 oz. can, 'certified made on Maui' (as opposed to other so-called Hawai'ian beers (Kona? mostly brewed by Widmer in Portland, OR). Poured to pint glass; date stamped: 080408.

Name actually reads: "CoCoNut PorTeR". Why the screwed up capitals/lowercases I have no idea...

A: Dark, rich and extremely close to 'black'. Billowing tan head of cream builds to almost 2-fingers and lasts about 2 minutes before falling rapidly to a thick gauze. Lace sticks in blanketing sheets. A pretty pour, very pretty.

S: Aroma is simple: powdered dark cocoa with a notable coconut shaving aroma. Yum.

T: Rich chocolate, tons of roasted malt and a definite presence of toasted coconut. The coconut imparts a sort of vanilla-like flavor, only slightly sweet. A spicy, intensely flavorful porter.

M: After an initially jolting tang (I read somewhere about the notoriously hard water, from springs sourced through mineral-rich lava beds), this began to grow on me. It's not a very 'smooth' porter in the traditional sense, but has a building mouthfeel that coats and leaves a lasting chocolate bittersweet-ness.

D: Absolutely would like to have this again. Maui should be proud of this one and the fortunate few who have access to it should enjoy regularly. Recommended.

Thanks again, Bill.

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 01:49:45 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Desaparecido. Thanks Ed!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a light layer.

S - roasty aroma with hints of cocoa more than coconut.

T - rich, roasted malty flavor with very subtle coconut mixed in.

F - medium bodied with a smooth drinking feel.

O - a good tasting porter.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 20:33:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of nerdrocker101


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black with a small, tight tan head that soon reduces to a mere ring around the glass.

This beer smells amazing. It hits my nose like an Almond Joy. Chocolate, nuts, cream and vanilla.

Bitter chocolate and lightly roasted malt with hints of dark brown sugar and nuts. Smooth, rich and velvety. Medium-full body with a little less than medium carbonation.

I could drink these all days simply to smell it over and over again.

Serving type: can

08-26-2010 01:00:43 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of Bendurgin


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a Adamdc. Thanks!

Poured this from a can into my tulip. Very dark brown with about an inch of tan head. This vanishes quickly to reveal spotty lacing. Coconut is a big front runner in the nose followed by a welcome presence of coffee and roasted malts. Initially I taste espresso beans and bitter cocoa. The finish delivers vanilla and the very anticipated coconut flavor. This medium bodied beer is nicely carbonated, but it feels a bit syrupy. This tasty treat seems prefect for a cool summer night spent on the back deck.

Serving type: can

06-16-2010 01:39:36 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of felipe2toes


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a thick foamy tan head. Leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smells fantastic. Smells mostly of milk chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and just a hint of toasted coconut. Not as much coconut aroma as I was expecting, but it still smells awesome.

Tastes as good as it smells. Chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a nutty flavor. Toasted coconut is also on the palate, but not overwhelming.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel, but not too viscous or cloying.

Although this is a great tasting beer, I'm not sure I'd want more than one of these in a sitting. Great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:28:14 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of beertunes


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a solid black with a tall, thick, deep tan head that had great retention, but zero lacing. The beer was very carbonated, bubbles clung to the sides like this was a glass of coke.

As the can snapped open I was hit with a great roasted and sweet scent. Upon further sniffing the roasted notes and sweetness combined nicely, without either dominating. The taste was very similar, great roast, a slight sweetness. Personally, I couldn't really pick out a coconut scent or flavor, but that sweetness had to come from somewhere.

The body was very good, but perhaps just a touch thin for the style. Drinkabilty was excellent. I can see this easily becoming my "heavier" beer for spring and summer.

Overall, a top-notch brew that's worth some effort to obtain. A job well-done.

Serving type: can

03-06-2010 00:28:36 | More by beertunes
Photo of timbro81


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with not much light coming through on the edges. Nice initial head that settles to a fine ring that lasts throughout. Smell is great, semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, cream and a touch of black pepper. Taste is equally as impressive. A little slow to come alive in the mouth but once things get started it snowballs from there. Nice bitter/sweet chocolate notes, again a mild amount of coffee grounds, perhaps some vanilla. Good velvety mouthfeel. Dangerously sessionable.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 21:43:14 | More by timbro81
Photo of krisandajt


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with this brew. It's been one of my Wants for a while now. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: A rough pour from the can, this beer produces a mountain of chocolaty colored head. I couldn't even get half of the beer into my DFH glass before the foam reached the top. Great retention too. The color of the beer is a very deep, dark brown. Not quite black, but damn close. Looks really really good.

Smell: A nice roasty, malty, chocolaty smell with just a hint of coffee lurking in the back. Surprisingly, not really getting any coconut, but it could be so mild that it's overpowered by the other smells. Still, pretty good.

Taste: Great tasting beer. Chocolaty with some roasted coffee right up front, and pulling up the rear is a mild hit of coconut. All the tastes come together really well. A great porter.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, but a bit overcarbonated. The extra fizz doesn't give this beer a smooth, creamy quality that would really take it over the edge.

Drinkability: Overall, a great drinking, tasty porter. I'm really glad I finally got a chance to try this. Absolutely recommend. Thanks again, Kevin!

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 00:08:18 | More by krisandajt
Photo of kflorence


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos for the can!

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a small amount of tan head that dissipates. Carbonation levels look good. A bit of lacing as you drink. Was hoping for a bit more head, maybe I didn't pour aggresively enough.

S: Lots of roasted malts, some caramel, coconut, roasted wood, a bit of bitter hops, soy sauce and a bit of alcohol astringency. Smells deeply roasted with some sweetness. Very potent.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well. Though I did notice a lot more coconut sweetness than the nose hinted at, it is still quite subtle. Lots of roast up front with a good balance of sweetness from the malts, some vanilla, dark chocolate and a bit of bitterness. Maybe some coffee notes in there, but mostly just the burnt/roasted malts. A bit astringent as the alcohol creeps in there.

M: I would say this is a borderline heavy bodied brew with good, thin carbonation and a ton of creaminess. The carbonation sizzles on the tongue but turns creamy on the swallow; maybe a tad thin for the style but it keeps it drinkable.

O: A very solid and flavorful American porter with a powerful roasted malt presence balanced nicely with some coconut sweetness and hop bitterness. Nothing complicated here, but this is top-notch quality. I would say that it's a bit astringent for my palate, and obviously a bit heavy for this time of year, but I will pick this up again without hesitation when the colder months roll around and give this one another go. Cheers!

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 03:22:03 | More by kflorence
Photo of BeardedRiker


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whenever I go looking for a new beer to try, at my usual place, my eyes will go over Maui Brewing Co beers. I didn't buy anything of theirs until the other night. Most of their styles don't really interest me but I thought it was about time I tried their CoCoNut Porter. It helps that the beer has excellent reviews.

I really hate pouring beers out of a can because you just don't get a good, controlled pour, but this was pretty easy to pour out. It's almost black and a mostly opaque dark ruby when up to a light. The head is very creamy and has decent retention. It does fizz itself out pretty fairly quickly. Lacing is little to none.

There are two dominant aromas in this: sugary sweetness and incredibly roasty coffee. Milk chocolate is big too. It smells delectable.

The taste mirrors the smell. The coffee is strong and intensely roasty. It gives a nice bitterness that's not too strong. The roastiness stays on the tongue for a long time. Almost just as strong is the sugary sweetness. This is definitely a very sweet beer but I'm liking it a lot. I must say, I can't really taste coconut in there. At least I can't taste any of that raw coconut flavor. I would say that the sugary sweetness is almost like a coconut syrup sweetness, but it's definitely more of a sugar cane sweetness to me. I'm not bummed the coconut isn't strong because the taste is just great. Milk chocolate comes in a bit later and adds more depth. There's not much complexity here but oh...the flavors that are there are really great. It's one of those beers that you want to keep on drinking because it tastes so good. It's like a sweet and satisfying dessert.

Like most porters I drink, I think there could be more body. It's medium-bodied but very drinkable, not watery. Carbonation is on the lower side of medium but the beer doesn't feel flat. I expected it to be sticky and/or slick because of the strong sweetness but those were less than expected.

Although this isn't a very complex beer and I didn't necessarily notice coconut, the coffee sweetness and sugary sweetness, along with the milk chocolate, are all deliciously delightful. It just tastes too good. A fine offering from Maui Brewing Company.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 04:06:58 | More by BeardedRiker
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass

A) Slow pour leads to moderate light brown foamy head that slowly disappers into a very low cap with light lacing. Beer is a very dark brown.

S) You catch the sweet roasted malts, sweet coffee, some coconut, a little bit of alcohol

T) Nice mix of sweet and bitter - lots of roasted coffee, some coconut. No alcohol evident in taste. Moderately carbonated.

M) Pretty consistent with taste, not too thin. A little bit of carbonation, finish not too dry at all.

O) I can see why Washington Post tasters loved this; while a bit of a gimmick beer it's really quite good and a definite change of pace. Not a traditional porter, but very tasty.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 23:15:17 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very much like pouring a can of root beer: Clear, dark brown fluid, a solid finger of light-brown foam that fades a little quicker than I'd like, with almost no lacing on the walls of my mug.

S: Roasted malts front and center. Then the hops, citrus and piney. There's a little bit of coffee here, as well. As for coconut... maybe, but it's so faint that it could be my imagination because I'm searching for it.

T: Not what I expected, but quite good! Malts are toasty and slightly acrid, not sweet at all. Next comes a tangy mix of citrus and resin, surely from the hops. Then it backs off for a moment and I get just the hint of coconut before bitter and tangy hops show up again; the bitterness is the taste that really lingers, but not in a bad way.

M: Crisp, slightly chewy, and heavy on the carbonation (don't swallow more than a couple of gulps quickly or the burp from the first will be coming up as you're swallowing more!) There's a little dryness at the end, a little more than your average porter, but it just serves to make you want to take the next sip.

O: Not quite what I was expecting (I thought more coconut, less hops), but tasty nonetheless. More hops than your typical porter, but it works. Not an every-day beer for me, but one I'll definitely have again. I'm thinking this would pair perfectly with a steak!

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 00:36:01 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a big tanned head.

The smell is roasted coffee,dark malts and burnt toast.

The taste matched the smell, rich dark,toasted malts,coffee and burnt toast which must have been the toasted coconut.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink and very tasty.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 23:45:23 | More by Dave1999
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.