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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 123
Gots: 104 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

lotr15800, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

schopenhauerale, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

dgherm, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Furlinator, Jul 07, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, two finger light tan head, clear deep amber when pouring.

S-Lots of roasted malt, good deal of chocolate, rounded out with a tad bit of coffee.

T-Starts with roasted malt and chocolate along with what I assume is coconut. Not bitterness, rather sweet, but balance ins't perfect.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation and smooth.

O-A solid beer, glad to have received it as an extra.

rlee1390, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Patrick_E_Sweeney
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, poured into a beer tulip. Plenty of head, good dark color. Excellent strong, malty aroma with hints of toasted coconut.

Initial taste is crisp, with a good, lingering bite. Tastes of toasted malt, coffee and vanilla. After a second or so, the malt gives way to a very subtle and light hoppiness, and some very faint coconut comes through. The flavor does not linger as long as one might hope.

Overall, a very solid porter. There is room for improvement, but I would recommend it.

Patrick_E_Sweeney, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of ZAP
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in search of this beer for awhile and was excited to find it in LA. This is a fine porter but where is the coconut?

I get mostly milk chocolate,and java with if anything a slight minty note...it tastes great but I was expecting some coconut to this.

Body is medium to full....nice and creamy. texture..very full flavored but no coconut notes..

Pour a dark deep brown with a frothy tan head....

ZAP, Jun 06, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the canning info that takes up 25% of the design on Coconut Porter (excuse me: CoCoNut PorTer). Now that glass is harder and harder to recycle, cans are the way to go. And for traders, they have a clear advantage over bottles. Speaking of traders, thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this my way. It's eastward journey ends here!

This is a beautiful beer--two fingers of rocky, fluffy toasted brown head atop an incredible black void that rivals many Russian Imperial Stouts.

Aroma is gentle, with roasted characters up front and a peculiar, unusual smell wafting its way in...wait, it's the coconut. It's not like the coconut you smell in greasy sun-tan lotions or in bags of the shredded stuff. It's very...earthy. But the nose is subtle and doesn't give you a sense of what this is going to taste like...

Flavor favors the roast elements of the malt mingling clean and easy with the coconut. The coconut is toasted, and that very much comes through in the flavor without overshadowing the main flavor of the nut meat. Hops are barely detectable; finish is chocolatey, and also nutty and hearty, like a warm slice of fresh-baked dark bread.

Incredible lightness of texture, though in no way wimpy or watery. Just a smooth delicateness, velvet-soft and ever-so-slightly sticky, in a good way.

Well dang, if I never have another one, I'll probably remember this flavor forever. Doesn't hit you over the head with novelty, or come at you with too much sweetness. It lets the coconut do what it does, and remains a good sensible porter to boot. Sure wish I had greater accessibility to this, I could see this being a regular go-to beer. Another great beer from a can!

Metalmonk, Mar 27, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque burnt umber, brief one finger head, low visible carbonation, no lacing.

S: chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts, coffee.

T: toasted almonds, caramel, chocolate, coconut oil or coco butter, pretty much Mounds bar in a can, and I mean that in the best way, it's very tasty, sweet but not too sweet, malty backbone, roasted coffee beans.

M: smooth and creamy, like drinking an iced latte.

O: really good, I went into this half expecting your standard overly flavored additive beer, but the coconut was pleasantly restrained and the beer itself top quality.

nickhiller, May 11, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan3279 for yet another great hookup.

Poured from a 12 oz. can (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that settles after a couple minutes to a thick, even coating. The body is a dark mahogany that resists all light penetration. Just a few light brown floaties can be seen at the edges of the glass. Some light lacing can be seen clinging desperately to the glass between sips but always seems to succumb to gravity.

The nose has a very rich, robust quality to it. It smells more like an American Stout than a Porter. Dark and milk chocolate intertwine with light notes of burnt coffee beans and chocolate milk. Just a touch of toasted coconut is discernible but has to be searched for. If you didn't know to look for it you would probably miss it.

Each sip starts out just like the nose with dominating flavors of milk and dark chocolate. Flavors of black coffee and chocolate milk are also there. As the beer is swallowed, roasted coffee bean flavors come out and are quickly joined by a smokiness (is this the coconut?). As these flavors fade, a bit of a coffee bitterness sets in at the back of the throat and slowly transforms into more of a grassy hops bitterness.

The medium body makes this very drinkable for such a dark beer. It is smooth and slick with no traces of stickiness or coating. The carbonation is very fizzy, cutting the body and increasing drinkability. While it does make dissecting the flavors a little difficult at the beginning of each sip, it does create a very enjoyable experience and slightly foamy swallow.

output01x, Mar 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—hints of brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high tan head that gradually died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of toasted coconut flakes and burnt and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and flavors of toasted coconuts linger through the finish. No bitterness or sweetness is detectable; there are some hints of bittersweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn’t a gimmicky beer because the coconut is well incorporate into the taste and helps accentuate it. It is also rather sessionable.

metter98, Apr 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip. Bottled 9/21/11.
Pours a deep brown with a fine foam head that sticks. Looks awesome. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste is very good...chocolatey roasted malts and coffee; very little coconut. This is super smooth.
Overall, its an excellent porter, but lacking in coconut flavor (in my opinion). I would buy next time I see it.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, a little coconut and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich black coffee flavor followed by background flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and a touch of coconut. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but both are on-target for the style and provide a good balance. The coconut flavor is a bit more subdued than I had anticipated, but it’s a nice complementary flavor in the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re looking for something a bit different within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 21, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first from this brewery, thanks to dcloeren. Also interesting looking can, although canned 9/14/11, over a year old now unfortunately.

Pours a fluffy bubbly large darker chocolate colored almost 2 finger head, that fades fairly quickly at first, then slows a bit but eventually leaves nothing to cover the top, with spotty messy lacing, over super dark molasses brown color with barely any light coming through almost making it black looking.

Nose is nice, lots of chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, little syrupy like with caramel, vanilla, toasted biscuit, with nice toasted coconut undertones that come through fairly well, nice toasted coconut, nutty aromas, and chocolate, slight almond joy like nose.

Taste starts a bit syrupy and semi sweet, with a light caramel and syrupy like flavor. That quickly turns to nice cocoa, dark chocolate, fairly bitter dry chocolate powder. Also some vanilla, Then plenty of toasty, toasted coconut again, toasted almond, toasted grain, etc. Nice coconut that is light overall and heavy, but not overpowering. it does get a slight off flavor from the coconut oils breaking down, but that's most likely from the age. Little biscuit malt. Finish is semi bitter, earthy hop bitterness with a slight spicy quality, then nice coconut, chocolate, and vanilla lingering and quite dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied but still feels somehow watery, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice flavors of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and lots of toasty coconut. Pretty tasty, but not perfect, and the age shows a little. I would like to try it on draft sometime, hopefully in Hawaii. Wormtown NORM might be the only coconut porter better than this though.

jlindros, Sep 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Lacing clings to side of glass then slides down the side and dissappears into the thin cap.

Smell: roast coffee, cocoa / bakers cocoa and fresh coconuts!

Taste: starts things off with a mild bitterness and moderate roastiness that tastes like coffee. Milk chocolates and coconut make this beer have a pleasantly sweet finish. Simple yet effective!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and easy drinking porter. This beer would be better if it was a little thicker porter, but I am always saying that!

Overall: I have drank this beer many times and I thought that I had already reviewed it, but I didnt. I love craft beer in a can and its a tasty beer as well! If you like your porters the coconut in this beer gives this beer a nice unique twist that you must try!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 08, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into perfect pint glass

A: Jet black with a tan head. I got about 1 inch of head that dissipated down in a few minutes and left a lil’ cap on the beer as I drank it down.

S: Dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, a bit of coffee with roasted malt in the background. The coconut scent is a bit sugary.

T: I get a good amount of dark chocolate with roasted malt. There is a sweetness to it as well and that coconut flavor. I get vanilla in the finish and aftertaste.

M: It has a medium mouthfeel leaning toward a bit of heaviness. It has a medium finish

O: I like this porter a lot. It is very drinkable. The sweetness is balanced very well. It always stayed at a perfect spot and never overwhelmed me.

BJA, Oct 09, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with reddish hints... A bit of smooth white head... The head dissipates quickly but a lot hangs around the edges. Smells like roasted coffee with a bit of coconut :) smells great! Drinks very cleanly with lots of roasted malts the coconut comes through nicely. Very drinkable and a top notch beer !

Urbancaver, Jan 07, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color, basically black. Very dark compared to most porters I have had. Deep ruby, almost violet highlights when held up to light. The dissapointing thing here was the head and retention. A thin layer of bubbly foam on top quickly fades to nothing. Very spotty lacing at best.

S - Big aroma of coffee and chocolate. I get more fresh roasted coffee than anything else, but there is definitely some bitter sweet chocolate notes. Great smelling beer.

T - Bittersweet chocolate with hints of fresh roasted coffee. The taste seems to be the inverse of the nose with chocolate being the dominant force. Both flavors are very strong though. The sweetness carries throughout even as a nice middling earthy hoppiness comes through mid-drink. Finishes bitter sweet, much like it started. Still not tasting the coconut here though

M/D - Medium to full bodied, a little more crisp than most porters. Would like to see it a little creamier. Still, a very good porter from the islands.

ckeegan04, Feb 14, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BVC for this one.

Pours a dark cola color with a finger of mocha colored head that fades kinda quickly but leaves a nice lacing

Smells of roasted malts, mocha, chocolate and caramel. Hints of coconut.

Taste is creamy chocolate, caramel with a very slight hint of coconut and a light bitterness at the end.

This is a pretty thick beer for the 5.7% abv. Well blended and tasty. Nice and smooth

SirChugsAlot, Jan 13, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a deep, dark brown body and nearly an inch of khaki colored head. The head settles and holds at a quarter inch, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate and roast, with mild vanilla.

The flavor has a big chocolate presence, with coconut flavors subtle. As the beer warms, hints of coconut gradually emerge, giving the beer an intriguing and distinctive flavor. I definitely suggest letting the beer warm a bit before consumption, allowing the unique coconut flavors to shine through. The beer is slightly sweet, with flavors vanilla and chocolate melding with coconuts. This would make a great pairing with coconut cream pie or macaroons.

The feel is decent, perhaps a tad on the thin side. Carbonation level is great and alcohol presence is a non-factor.

Overall, this is absolutely worth a try. I really enjoy trying new and creative brews. CoCoNut Porter is well done, unique, and enjoyable.

Huhzubendah, Mar 28, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tar-black brew with a head of light brown foam. Minimal lacing effects.

Smell: Definite dark chocolate notes, light coffee, and the barest hint of coconut - enough to intrigue without overpowering.

Taste: Light for a porter. Essentially, this is like drinking a liquid Mounds candy bar. Coconut is sort of a love or hate flavor - it's reasonably subtle here, but if you don't like coconut you won't care for the brew. I gave it high marks since I love it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and not terribly cloying. Almost not "chewy" enough.

Drinkability: Even given my enjoyment of coconut, I gave the drinkability reduced marks because in a sense this is a novelty beer, not something I'd consider for regular consumption. But it DOES offer something new and quirky for those times one might like something different.

Hunter, Jul 26, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass.

A warm shade of mahogany with very little head and poor retention.

Fascinating nose. South American coffee, grain husks, rich roastiness, light vanilla, and hazelnut sweetness. Not picking up much coconut yet, but the nose shows promise that this could be a tasty porter.

Medium-roast coffee, hazelnut, vanilla extract, malt bitterness, roast, and a hint of coconut in the middle-to-end. Finishes with some astringent bitterness and coconut milk sweetness. Simple, and a little attenuated, but a pretty nice flavored porter.

A little thin for the style, but the carbonation doesn’t disappoint. Perhaps it’s accentuated because the body doesn’t quite hold up.

Fun little brew. Perhaps an appropriate summer porter. Nothing artificial about it. Has great character. Pick up a can.

thecheapies, Jun 04, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and a touch of coconut.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet roasted malts, some coffee/chocolate notes and some coconut. (Was hoping for more coconut)

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Solid Porter.

SebD, Jun 27, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

LowRG, Sep 05, 2014
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.