CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 837
Hads: 1,917
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 154
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Photo of Hendry
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The name itself warrants curiosity, and being a fan of coconut and the occaisional porter, I figured why not?Poured ino a snifter, it borders on brown/black, completely opaque, and pours a half finger of a tan supple head,lacing is average for a porter.

Aroma is toasty, roasty and coffee-like, with deep roasted malts and the toasted coconut sweetness playing a subtle part in the nose, and this becomes more apparent upon warming.

Taste is smooth and very rich with a pleasant roasted quality, and just a hint of the toasted coconut flavor for a semi sweet finish to round things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, rich and creamy texture,superb carbonation to move the flavors along.

As long as you aren't expecting to drink a Mounds Bar, and enjoy porters, Maui Brewing Coconut porter is a well crafted and delicious concoction that has the ability to satisfy on a number of levels, and is a really nice way to end the day.

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Photo of herman77
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown, pretty much black with a small light brown head. No lacing.

S: Toasted coconut right away. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of vanilla and a hint of coffee. Smells really good.

T: The coconut hits you right off the bat, its not too strong of a flavor but its there and its really good and unique. It fades away and then the strong toasted malt characters take over. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee are noticeable as well as a tiny bit of carmel/vanilla sweetness to provide some balance. The coconut comes back just a little in the finish. Haven't had a porter like this before. Different, but damn good.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability. I love coconut and porters so its a win win in my book.

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Photo of rstone57
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Celtics Tervis Tumbler Pint glass.

Color is black with a thumb's width of dark, carmel colored head. The head dissipates to a thin film that remains throughout.

Smell is dark chocolate mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate with subltle coconut and malt with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a great, unique, dark chocolate porter with a hint of coconut that isn't in your face.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a impenetrable dark brown that looks black. light brown head, quick dissipation, practically no lacing.

S: aromas of rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light hint of coconut. some cherries as well.

T: big and rich. tons of chocolate, coffee, light hints of tobacco. light coconut, some serious cherry flavors. wonderful roasted malts. like a cherry Mounds candy bar. very intense palate for a porter.

M: low carbonation level, which is really enjoyable. medium to full bodied for the style. big palate on this one, very chewy.

D: ABV is according to style, and the flavor is just phenomenal. well worth getting and drinking over and over again. very drinkable.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thought when I took a sniff was "WOW!" Immediately the scent of toasted coconut hits the senses like no other. Its exactly like a cookie with coconut on top that got a little burnt while baking. Slightly sweet too, with a roughly equal amount of roast as well. Phenomenal aroma, I just can't stop smelling it!

Pours out a very dark brown, almost black. It highlights a moderate-dark brown around the edges when held to light. The head was a medium mocha color that poured out to about a finger's worth, but dissipated into the beer extremely quickly leaving no sign that it was ever there. Lacing is average.

CoCoNut PorTeR gives me this amazing roast right up front. It's not overwhelming, nor underwhelming.. it's just right. I can't say it's a coffee-like roast either, as I don't get any of that coffee bean flavor in this either. The mid-palate brings on that toasted coconut mentioned earlier. The coconut is intensified on the palate by the aroma, and it lasts well through the finish and aftertaste. Job well done!

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite nice, carbonation and body are both on the moderate side, and drinkability is actually quite high - not session able, but pretty good. Overall it is an extremely enjoyable experience drinking this beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near pitch black color with some brown highlights. The head is huge and pillowy, which slowly settles into a puffy cap leaving some rocky lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of milk chocolate with some strong woodsy scents. There is some light coconut to give it an Almond Joy type of aroma but its not strong, which is good.

The flavor is of milk chocolate, quite distinct. There is some tea like flavors as well as a hint of lemon. Almost a juniper like sourness. Then there is the wood like flavors that are found throughout. The coconut flavor is light but it brings that woodsy flavor to the beer. Some bitter chocolate flavors in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with fizzy carbonation. The beer starts off sweet but finishes bitter. Perhaps slightly sticky.

This is a very tastey porter and I am glad I got two of them. I really like what the coconut brings to this beer. I thought the coconut would be too strong but it is perfect. The porter base is also very good and chocolatey. Pretty bold beer at 5.7%ABV.

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Photo of epearson
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I only got a 4 ounce taster of this at the stone 11th anniversary festival so I will do my best. It poured from a can with a dark chocolate color standard of any porter. The cocunut really came through the roasted dark malt in the smell which was a huge plus. It tasted very roasty and nutty and the cocunut was not over powering but just right. It was medium on the mouthfeel, not an extremely viscous porter which was nice on the hot day. Extremely drinkable even for those who may not be in to porters. I definitely want to get my hands on some of this beer.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Beer pours black, nearly devoid of all highlights with about 2 fingers worth of dense dark tan head. Very stout-esque

The aroma is big on chocolate, with hints of vanilla, and just a little roasty character. I had to really search to find a little bit of coconut in the nose.

Slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malts are featured, with bits of vanilla, coffee, coconut, and just the slightest bit of hop character. Really, the coconut seems like an afterthought, just enough to make the beer interesting but not enough to overpower the beer. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Slightly slick on the toungue and very easy to drink. The beer really opens up as it warms.

Overall, this is a great beer. Very well crafted, a great porter with or without the coconut.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a half inch of off white head which drops very quickly to a small mat
S: smells of coffee, chocolate, and a little roasty. I can't pick up any cocount. smells very good
T: Follows the nose with the addition of the coconut. Very complementary to the beer. Very coconuty on the swallow and disipates quickly
M: Full bodied with adequate carbonation, very smooth
O: This is a very tasty beer with a well done flavor twist. I kinda wish I had more and huge thanks to podunkparte for throwing this one in as an extra.

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Photo of KeefD
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown bordering on black, large two finger head with nice lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty, some nuttiness and just a hint of coconut to round things out. Smells fantastic! Taste follows suit with the nose, plenty of chocolate and roasty malts, and the coconut becomes much more prevalent than the nose lets on. Toasty and roasty, lightly sweet. Body is a tad to thin for such a good tasting stout. This thing would be out of the park if it had a little more umph. Very nice though, and very drinkable. Glad I had the chance to try this one. Thanks go out to alexd3891 for sending a 4 pack my way!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug.

Big thanks to papollo for this can!

Shared with some friends before racking our homebrew into its secondary fermenter. It pours a matte black-brown, highlighted in ruby, topped by a bit more than half of a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, light roasted malts, coconut milk, and a dash of creamy caramel. The taste follows this winning formula, though the chocolate seems to have been calmed down to a milk level and the coconut itself is now present in toasted form. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and an airy feel. Overall, a kinda surprisingly good brew (I'm not generally a fan o' coconut, but its presence here is quite welcome), one I wish was more widely available (or, at least, more available to me).

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Photo of coati858
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. This recent batch we got here in San Diego (iirc the born on date was late '08) has a lot more coconut flavor than the batches we got in 2008.

The previous ones tasted like a well balanced porter with just a hint of roast coconut. This one I had a few nights ago had bright fresh coconut taste, very tasty and drinkable and not overbearing as long as you like coconut ... but why would you be drinking this if you didn't?

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Photo of SamN
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Supermarket Liquors and nearly fell over. I've wanted to try this for years and all of a sudden, here it is, a whole case of four packs staring at me from the bottom shelf. Noticed some other Maui brews that I'll have to come back to later to try.

Fizzy and loose head, crackling and noisy. Becomes pretty rocky with it's tan mocha head. Things to 1/4 finger depth rather soon. Smell is enourmous! Peanut butter, coffee, a sweet coconut edge, roasted malted barley. Sweetn soft, earthy, very good porter smells. Taste is up to par with the smell, delicious beer. The toasted cococut is a perfect compliment to the earthen, roasty flavors of the solid porter. Finish is almost crisp, relaxed and with a slight bittered linger. No flavors seem out of whack or unnecessary ,everything fits together quite well. A remarkable brew, probably the best Hawaiian beer I've had to date.

Fully met my expectations of a tasty porter supplemented deftly by experienced brewers to create a whole new beer. Absolutely a great beer.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- coffee black with a frothy, off-white head and slight light penetration that reveals a lighter brown hue.

S- coffee, coconut, toffee, vanilla

T- coffee comes on strong to start and slowly fades to vanilla and finishes with a very flavorful coconut.

M- thin to start, approached medium as it warmed.

O- unique, but not weird. This is a beer that I would gladly try again. Thanks to Kstrickler and StarRaptor for sending some of this to me, thereby allowing me to enjoy it multiple times!

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Photo of StLThrash
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade as an extra from KevSal.... thanks Kevin!

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Jet black with significant 2-finger head that quickly dissipated. Left some minor lacing.

S - MMM... good. Lots of roasted malts and toasted coconut, along with some chocolate notes. Smells amazing.

T & M - Similar to the smell. Lots of roasted malts, toasted coconut, sweet chocolate. Decent carbonation and nice body.

Overall - Definitely one of the best porters I have had in a while. The sweetness of the coconut compliments the roasted malts very well, but it's not overpowering. Everything blends really well. Too bad I don't have better access to this. Loved it.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly completely black in color, although when held against bright light, it reluctantly admits to being a dark brown. Roughly 1/4" tan / brown head.

S: Molasses, chocolate and toasted coconut scents.

T: Rich coconut milk, rich dark chocolate, and some chocolate milk tastes. Toasted coconut and chocolate on the second and third sips. Almost like a liquid Mounds bar. Very tasty.

M: Heavier, thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect for a regular porter. Reminds me of some imperial porters. Good, silky texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable with its excellent flavor, good texture, and moderate ABV. An excellent beer for dessert.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pored into my kona brewery pint glass

Color: A heavy dark brown almost espresso like. It form a one finger tan head the dissolves slowly. This beer is well carbonated and leaves behind some light lacing.

Nose: Smokey, roasty, and nutty. Major roasted coffee in the forefront, followed by chocolate covered coconut. A creamy texture floats in the background along with light smokey oak.

Palate: A definite medium bodied beer. It boasts plenty of espresso flavors. In the mouth you also get an appearance of hazel nut and vanilla that later gets over taken by surfacing woody flavors that bring forth a honeyed coconut texture.

Finish: Long and robust, but not explosive. It goes down like a good iced coffee and it also leaves a trail of kind sweetness. This beer delivers complexity and excellent beer craftsmanship. Cheers! Maui Brewing Co

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Photo of EliottJW
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I should start off by saying that this stuff is dangerous... my room mate calls it candy beer...

It pours beautifully into a tulip... DEEP brown, not quite black, but with zero opacity. looks somewhat light, but it's sticky lace leads me to believe it will be a bit more full than it looks. turning the glass to an angle allows for it's mocha tan head to leave a sheet of lace going down the side.

smells of milk chocolate, some light roasted malts and... yeah, coconut... lots of coconut. This stuff is sweet through the nose and the mouth.

tastes like wet, crisp malts and coconut right off the bat... it's sweet, but not overly sweet. slowly, as you aerate the palate, the sweet malts turn a touch bitter and all you're left with is some coconut at the back of your throat. This beer is a treat, that's the best way to describe it. it's for desert.

mouth is wonderful on this one. medium and creamy, it's really perfect... I honestly wouldn't change a thing.

scary drinkable, just as I said. the only downside is I would expect a stomach ache after a few of these... it's real sweet and I wouldn't expect that to sit too well... especially not overnight.

I love this beer... truly.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of head sits atop a nearly black body. Smell is toasted coconut, freshly ground coffee, citrus hops, and a bit of chocolate and spices.

First sip seems mostly to be an empty coffee profile, but further into the glass this is revealing itself to have a complex subtlety to it that makes it quite enjoyable. Low ABV stouts and porters tend to have very weak flavor profiles, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have come across. No off flavors at all, only a slight bit of coffee bitterness. Great session brew in my opinion.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink, this beer is a winner for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a CAN from Hawaii, no less! CAN you dig it? Two fingers of deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep cola-brown with ruby highlights. Nose was dark chocolate and coconut. Mounds, anyone? Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolate/coconut taste on the tongue that simply reminded me of having a Mounds bar in my mouth. Yow! Finish was equally sweet. I probably would not want this on a full-time basis, but as a dessert beer or one for a beer-phobic date, this would be perfect.

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Photo of camp0474
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/25/11

Enjoyed this one fresh while in Hawaii

A: Pours a solid black with deep red near edges with nice dark tan head.

S: Heavy toasted and smokey malt blended with sweet vanilla. Bitter chocolate and toasted coconut. Some faint coffee.

T: Heavy toasted and smokey malts. Very robust. Coffee, bitter chocolate, smokey vanilla. Toasted coconut adds a great sweetness and battles the potent malts. Good mellow coconut flavor, not overpowering like you may expect. Detecting some hoppy bitterness in back. A great flavored beer.

M: Coconut oils linger to provide a smooth balance. Does not finish dry. For this much strong malt flavor I expected very dry but the coconut fights it the whole way through. Great medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. So much flavor and so well balanced. As a porter it would be solid, but the coconut makes it even better.

Super toasty smokey malts on display with a unique way to balance.

Glad I brought back a few 4-packs with me in my carry-on.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black bodied, with merely a glint of magenta on the edge when it is held to a light. The head is low and tan, receding moderately but lacing well.
Roast and cocoa hit the nose first, then it grows sweeter with anise, fudge and vanilla. Toasted coconut can be teased out, but doesn't jump into the nostrils.
The taste closely follows the nose, but seems significantly amplified. A spot of roast up front, then it cycles through stages of chocolates: cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge. Vanilla makes a marked impression, as does its namesake coconut. Toasty and pulpy. It lacks any real hop contribution. The finish is long, as it ventures from sweet back to dry cocoa nibs, and hints of roast and smoke, with the toasted coconut still in tow.
Full bodied with a low-level, steady carbonation. It drinks a good deal bigger than it is, but not in a detrimental sense. Though it might be a bit much for session drinking (and I don't really think that's the intent anyway).
It balances it's dry, smoky/roasty/toasty quality against it's robust sweetness, then adds a layer of coconut. I was excited to try this, and the result surpassed my expectations by a wide margin. This is no mere gimmick, it's a damn nice porter.

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Photo of beepill
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont get why it says this beer is retired. I just bought a 4-pack at Foodland in Kapolei, Oahu, this morning. The canning date on the bottom says '121913' so its relatively newish. Anyways, just poured into a whiskey glass from my hotel room.

A - pours a black-brown with a thin head that dissipates rather rapidly. Held up to artificial light and does not shine through. Solid darkness.

S - coconuts, rum, deep maltiness, sugarcane. Coconuts are the dominant smell. This beer smells so awesome.

T - as smell influences taste, the above mentioned notes dominated the palate. This is real coconut to me. I let it warm to room temperature (which is about 75 degrees here in Kapolei at 8pm) and the flavors are really enhanced. In addition to the dominant Coconuttiness, toffee, coffee, and dark chocolate notes emerge.

M - light carbonation, which is good for the style. It is also very refreshing and feels lighter than many other porters, which goes hand in hand with the environment here.

O - a beautifully well done beer. I am glad i was able to get my hands on it. I havent seen thison the mainland in a couple of years and had only tried it once before at that. The coconut shines and adds a wonderful element to this beer. Highly rec if you can get it! I will be buying a few more packs to bring home to SF.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured a rich, dark brown body with a long lasting,deep tan head.Good lacing.Low carbonation.

S= Coffee and dark chocolate. I was expecting some hints of coconut, but could not detect any.

T= Like the aroma, strong, dark-roasted coffee with a touch of dark chocolate.Rich malty body without the cloying sweetness, and just a touch of hops to offset the malts.

M= Smooth, full-flavored, port-like. Lingering coffee notes lasted for a good five minutes.

D= This porter would be excellent for dessert. I would pair it with a bittersweet chocolate torte with raspberrys,baked pears with chocolate sauce or almond biscotti. Or Gruyere cheese at the end of a meal.

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Photo of rsawyer
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting in Waikoloa Village, Big Island Hawaii, enjoying this beautiful porter, poured from a great looking 12 oz can.

A- Most would assume I have Coke in my glass- Deep dark with a hint of brown. The head is tan, and while evident upon the first pour, quickly recedes.

S- Amazing smell! I am getting hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, coca-cola, and a hint of sweet coconut and vanilla.

T- Similar to the smell... very nice. But I am getting a really nice bakers chocolate / Pipe tobacco finish.

M- More carbonation than I tend to like in a porter, but nice smooth and thick.

D- Awesome beer. Number one Porter for me.

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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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