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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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834 Reviews

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Reviews: 834
Hads: 1,886
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 150
Gots: 200 | 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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Reviews: 834 | Hads: 1,886
Photo of Bighuge
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black. Dark ruby streaking is apparant when held to a light source. medium sized light brown head. Good staying power. Lacing comes in full sheets. Very nice aroma of with thick roasted malts and chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla too and toasted nuts. the first thing I notice is the light body this porter has. It's light to light-medium on the viscosity meter. Too low in my opinion. Carbonation is appropriate. The toasted coconut is apparent on the buds. And it really adds a nice counterpoint to the thickly roasted malt character and bitter chocolate notes. I like the flavor. And this one is going down too fast. Good beer. (632 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a couple of these from TexasWayne a few days ago and have been dying to give one a whirl. This will be my first brew from Maui Brewing. Drank out of my Port Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown with a fizzy half finger dark tan head that recedes very very quickly. I don't know if the oils (or anything else for that matter) in the coconut kill head retention but there isn't a single trace of head on this thing.
Smell- Some nice dark roasted maltiness to start that may have SOME toasted coconut but I'm leaning more toward it's just me wanting to smell the coconut. Tinges of vanilla and loads of milk chocolate that seems to be the focal point as it warms. Really nice nose. Maybe they should drop the nut and just call this Coco Porter because that's the nose.
Taste- Right where the nose left off. Loads of rich milky chocolaty goodness that is reminiscent of carbonated Nestle Quick. I'm assuming the coconut is that woody vanilla like nuttiness that I get. It's a nice combination with the chocolate. Very light citrus bite toward the end that adds a bit of twinge that I wish was a bit lighter. Finishes with a long toasty nuttiness that lingers nicely.
Mouthfeel- On the lighter side as the aggressive carbonation really makes it feel a bit lighter than it probably actually is. Not terribly bad but I could use a bit more body or creaminess.
Drinkability- Well the look and feel of the beer isn't that great but come on, in reality that's not why we drink this stuff. The taste is really nice and although I would like more of a coconut flavor the beer is solid. Very chocolaty and quite tasty. Thanks again to Wayne for sending this my way! (1,690 characters)

Photo of johnd513
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to Ducksfan for this one.
I had my share of these when I was in Hawaii last summer and i am glad to have a chance to review this one. Smells of coffee with some subtle coconut right after. The taste follows the smell with coffee, bitter chocolate and coconut. The mouthfeel has medium to light body. Drinkability is good, I could have a few of these no problem. Overall this beer is certainly worth a try. Taste's even better on a sandy beach in Hawaii. (471 characters)

Photo of travisd13
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a DFH snifter. Great can...Like Hot Chicks on the Beach. Classic!

A- Pours almost black...red/brown hits along the edge of the glass. Head is a 1/2" light tan in color that retains alright.

S- Not what I expected...where is the coconut? Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coconut starts to appear as the beer warms.

T- Coffee, chocolate, and a good malt presents. Coconut because somewhat present on the finish and more so as the beer warms.

M- Medium body and a smooth drinker...a little creamy. Nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable...taste is good...very well done. Something I'll try to find again or they can just ship to Washington.
A big Thanks to Georgiabeer for this one! (717 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Dark brown colored beer with a tight light brown colored head.

Smell is fruity esters from the yeast a British strain from the scent of it. Great chocolate and coconut aroma for the bulk of this beers scent. More than a little Almond Joy candy aroma here, almond and vanilla are the other major scents here. Finally a trace of coffee aroma.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and mostly chocolate at first. Coconut really only comes in on the third sip and gives this a really creamy taste. Bit of coffee in the aftertaste and almonds.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice tasty beer here, will probably buy again. (610 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for this can!

Pours a deep, dark brown...almost black. A tan head made a quick appearance. It did leave some nice lacing behind, though.

The aroma was a bit light. I was hoping for more here. I picked up a faint coconut scent hiding behind the coffee and chocolate.

The flavor was better, though. The coconut, while far from dominant, was noticed more. Coffee and dry, dark chocolate are the main players.

Nice medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and silky. The low abv and the canned factor make this tasty treat pretty damn drinkable. (572 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can - Pours a dark brownish/black. Below average carbonation, no lacing whatsoever. Smells of strong coffee and chocolate. First sip is all dark chocolate and coffee with just a little coconut notes shinning through. A nice hoppy presence all make it work. Great bitter dark chocolate finish. A very fine beer from our 50th state! (342 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Cool.

Black liquid. Reasonable head.

Poured into a glass, but still smell the can. Do I smell a coconut or is it a subliminal message to the brain? Smell is not very good.

Tastes just like a Mounds bar. Or maybe an Almond Joy. The coconut is omnipresent.

Pretty smooth. Silky smooth actually.

I'm not big on coconut, in fact I hate'em. Bought this particular beer for the wife, who says it's instantly one of her favorites ever. Cool, maybe she'll stay outta my Founders Breakfast Stout.

Overall: if you like coconuts, you will love this well-crafted brewski. (570 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The can design looks like one of those Starbucks coffee and cream drinks found in supermarkets. Short explanation of why cans are better than bottles, and lots of words and designs on the can. On to the beer:

Some ruby brown hues can be spotted at the bottom of my glass. The beer is opaque in color with a short-lived rocky head before it settles into a one centimeter creamy head. Wow, what a wonderful smell! Fresh coconut and semi-sweet baking choclate tease the nose, molasses creeps out too. Exceptional! Exceptional! One of the best smells I've run across in a beer.

My mouth waters as I anticipate the flavor in my mouth. Yummy yum yum! The flavors are great...semi-sweet chocoalte and molasses are the mainstays, with the coconut flavor close behind. The coconut gains its dominance towards the end of each drink. Has an Alomnd Joy finish to it.

...like hot chicks on the beach, CoCoNut PorTeR (eah! that hurt my eyes!) is mysterious, deceptive, and could never have too many.

Long overdue update on 4/12/11: CoCoNut Porter has become one of my favorites. It also makes a great desert beer. (1,105 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black pour and head leaves fast. Light small bubbled persistent lacing remains.

S - Sweet burnt coffee, some coconut notes behind it.

T- Taste follows smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, faint reminder of coconut.

M - Medium to light bodied. Not great coating. Good Carb. This beer had me going for gold until the 'M'. It's just thinner than I expected.

D - Having said that, it's very sessionable!

I took this, Old Chub and Dales on a camping trip lately.
GREAT stuff all! (486 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another from the mixed sixer I won when I beat mymrnngjckt in fantasy baseball. You suck Kevin.

Pours nearly pitch black, surprisingly dark for a porter, with just a bit of ruby around the edges and no light getting through. Head is a creamy khaki color. Retains quite well and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is not very powerful, but consists of some roasted malt and coconut. Unfortunately it's a real struggle to get even that.

Taste is much more robust than the smell; that's more like it. Nice roasted malt and coconut nuttiness. Bit of cocoa flavor and some earthy hops. Little bit of coffee, too. Very smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth.

This is a very tasty porter. The coconut is a subtle flavor, but it's definitely there. Quite drinkable. Tasty stuff. (837 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I slammed quite a few of these bad boys when in Honolulu on my 24th bday. Review from notes:

Dark cola brown, near black, with a nice cap of tannish espressoy foam. Aromas of conut, dark roasted malts, condensed milk, coffee, chocolate, and more! Taste is very chocolate/coconut up front with more bitter malt/hop/coffee in the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and excellent, as is the drinkability. Great stuff. (417 characters)

Photo of antilogic
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You can't judge a beer by its container I suppose. Although a canned beer, the appearance as it pours is a pretty opaque brown with a nice tan head.

This Hawaiian import definitely has some coconut aroma, but it's not as overwhelming as I thought it would be. The aroma is there, but in taste it's almost only an aftertaste. It's smooth and very drinkable and isn't too overpowering in any particular facet. I recommend it, but as more of a tasty session beer than something more memorable. (492 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 tai4ji2x
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

freebie my brother earned in a trade with brewerb

no date found on the can. poured into shaped pint glass.

almost opaque brown/black. tan head fades to wisps. minimal lacing.

aroma starts with roasted malt and earthy tones, with some esters, but is pretty phenolic. the coconut only really comes through in traces amongst the esters.

some otherwise smooth, sweet malts are a bit overpowered by a boozy and phenolic quality. toasted coconut is there, but only barely (and only if you look for it), as a side player. the mild bitterness helps to offset the the booziness.

ever so slightly thin, but smooth. moderate carbonation.

meh... (677 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a fairly thin tan head that recedes into a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Not too much lacing on this one.

S- Dark roasted malts, touch of chocolate and coffee. Got even better as it warmed and I could pick up some of the coconut then.

T- Roasted malts come out with some chocolate. Slightly smoky, the coconut comes through nicely.

M- Light carbonation and some what lighter in body than I expected.

D- Very interesting and easy to drink. (478 characters)

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gimme from my lil buddy ~ Mr. Mustachio. Highly anticipated, greatly appreciated & well worth the wait. When my coconut freak sister in law saw it in the refrigerator she said she wasn't leaving until I opened it. I willingly obliged.

A ~ Predominantly black, opaque body with ruby edges showing when back lit. Khaki colored, foamy head with good retention & nice lacing.

S ~ Very nice. Coffee, cocoa & creamy malts with a pleasant & not overpowering hint of toasted coconut. Fresh & clean.

T ~ Nothing unnatural or artificial about the taste. Coffee & bitter chocolate with a little nutty smoke, toasty malts & the ghostly presence of fresh, toasted coconut. Well blended all around. My sister in law looked like she was gonna cry!!! "OH YEA! You GOTTA get more of this~ PLEEEEZE!"

M ~ Creamy, chewy crisp & clean with a superb finish. Full bodied & deeliscious.

D ~ Hard to beat & hard to beleive it's from a can! This is a well done Porter that's a little different, very approachable & very easy to drink & enjoy. Too bad it's not as easy to find. I'll be trading for more. (1,093 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a finger of slighty off white head. Good amount of lacing for a porter.

S: Smells like toasted coconut. If you gave this to me blind I probably would have said Macaroons. Very sweet as well.

T: Very toasted taste. A nice sweetness is right there. The coconut taste is not in your face but it is there. Again more of a macaroon kind of taste.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: The dryness could cut down on it a bit but a really good beer. Thanks brent56k for this in a trade. Solid totally different beer. (537 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,624 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick brown head that faded quickly to a thin layer

S- Milk chocolate, coconut, sweet, hint of smokeyness

T- Mild coconut, vanilla, sugar, dark chocolate, woody, light fruity flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, slightly watery finish

D- Definitely worth trying (if you can find it)

My friend brought me back one of these from his trip to Hawaii. It was good but nothing to go crazy over, although the coconut flavor was very interesting and original. (524 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass. There is a "canned on" date on the bottom of the can but I can't make it out.

A: Almost black, just a hint of brown and red around the edges. Tan head.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, a slight whiff of toasted coconut.

T: A damn fine porter in it's own right, but the toasted coconut really puts this one over the top. The coconut is very mild but it perfectly accents the other porter flavors. The finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: A very good beer. Worth seeking out for sure. (567 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't get enough of this stuff. In my experience, best enjoyed fresh and only slightly cool. Brings out the best flavor.

Pours a sticky dark brown filling up to blackness. A sandy head eventually recedes to very little at all, and leaves only a few spots of lace.

The nose on this beer makes me wish I could create an air freshener out of it, but then I supposed I'd have to waste some beer in the process and that's just not worth it. Molasses sweetness over chocolatey dark grains. Coconut is mild, and comes in the form of smelling more like a mounds candy bar than anything else, only better because it's beer. Some classic porter earthiness peeks out from the background, but stays nicely balanced.

Full roasty malt flavor, sweetening to a deeper chocolate and toasted grainy bread. Again, coconut adds a notable yet subtle enhancing flavor, again like a mounds candy bar. Hints of burnt wood and bark. A very pleasantly balanced flavored porter, with a little extra sticky sweetness.

Feel is smooth and slightly sticky. Nice full medium body gives it plenty of feel all the way through the sip.

Very drinkable. Really pleasant taste, nice feel, and nothing over done or interfering with the experience. A nice beer to have around if you can. (1,252 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Jet black with very minimal head. Lots of burnt coffee and coconut on the nose.

A bit watery in the mouthfeel but this was made up for in the flavor and drinkability. Sweet chocolate and coconut flavors. Very well balanced and drinkable.

This was a home run for me. A very different type of porter. Excellent example of a real good canned beer. I really enjoyed this one. (411 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 08/30/08.

Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Only the tiniest ring of tan foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Very aromatic: chocolate and coffee notes waft into the nose from well over a foot away. Up close, the coconut aroma can be discerned as well.

Medium mouthfeel, a little thicker than a typical porter, could use a touch more carbonation.

Flavor is surprising; in my experience adjunct beers tend to be overwhelmed by their novelty character (cough cough Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean cough cough). Strong coffee and more restrained chocolate notes flow well with a bitterness that reminds me more of ashes than smoke. The coconut only appears as a subtle note towards the end of the swallow. A little alcohol warmth shows up after a few enthusiastic swallows, making me wonder of the beer's ABV is a little underreported...

Well done, brewers! It's not an every day drinker for me, but I will gladly have this again if I see it. (972 characters)

CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.