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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 124
Gots: 97 | 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 +1.3%

Vasko5m, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to a pint glass. No date I could locate on the can to indicate packaging or freshness.

A - The beer pours a deep dark brown color. I'd call it black if not for the brown edges when held to the light. A nice 2 finger milk chocolate colored head with very good retention and lacing. The head slowly fades to a thick film that lasts throughout and leaves gobs of lacing.

S - A strong roasted malt presences: black patent roast, coffee, chocolate tones. The coconut isn't as dominant as expected and provides a nice compliment in toasty character to the roasted malts. Nice well-balanced nose.

T - Similar to the nose in that the first flavors are the roasted malts on the tongue. Immediately the roast is paired with a malty sweetness and a mild bitterness. The coffee and chocolate malt character develops in the middle. It's not until the back end that the coconut flavor develops. The beer finishes with a lingering roast flavor complimented with a light light coconut toast.

M - Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

O - A good offering from Maui Brewing. I think the flavors somewhat struggle within the beer to really blend to a cohesive flavor. It's good but could be great. I'd still happily put a few down there for something different than the usual Porter.

hopfacebrew, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

alwaysplayin, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

eh. pours a dark foamy brown with a nice tan head. smells artificially sweet, with rich roasted chocolatey malts. flavor isnt bad, but the coconut doesnt seem real. i have to be fair, i had this side by side with kona's coconut brown ale (which was exceptional) so it seemed less authentic than the kona version. that said, its got a nice round flavor with a very sturdy dark malt base that works well with the coconut. feel is okay, maybe a little heavier than id want to drink in the islands, and the aftertaste is a bit funny, but i cant place it. i think i would rate this higher if i didnt have the kona product at the same time, as coconut beers go, that one is the pick, but this is worth a shot if you like the tropical additives.

StonedTrippin, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

bespin15, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jerbax101, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jmccraney, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dweedlebug, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

harrisjohnson, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bluetrevian, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into tulip.

A: im actually gonna call this very dark brown instead of black. at least in my opinion. frothy white head has plenty of brown tints, but is certainly not dark. average retention and lacing.

S: sweet brown sugar. the milky/sweetness of a latte. the roast of a coffee as well. no overbearing aromas, but the ones that are present are solid.

T: vanilla and french roast coffee. you really get the toasted coconut on the tail end of the palate. a refreshing and unique treat. a lingering sweetness for a moment and then dry.

M: a prickly carbonation on a medium body.

D: a very flavorful american porter here. like i said the coconut is a nice touch. wish it wasnt so pricey (at least as much as it is in the northern VA area) or i would buy a lot of this.

Jimmys, Mar 22, 2012
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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.

BeardedRiker, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

QuakeAttack, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of dlello2
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice super dark brown, nearly black. A latte-colored head with about a quarter of a fingers worth of head, gone quick. Looks delicious (whatever that means)!

S - Smells great. Some sweetness, milk chocolate, maybe the tiniest hint of coconut. Nice.

T - Yea, this is nice. Not much coconut in there. Nice milk chocolaty front/middle. Ends bitter - quite nice after the sweetness. Maybe a touch of spice at the end as well. The aftertaste has the tiniest amount of smoke in it--hey maybe that's the toasted coconut? Aftertaste is great... gets better and better as it gets warmer.

M - Thick... almost oatmeal stoutish. Super easy drinking. Hard to take it slow. Very well balanced w/ nice carbonation.

O - This is a really nice porter. Disappointed in the lack of coconut but hey... it's great for just being a porter!

dlello2, Mar 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mega mega easy thick dark tan head but in time this retreats to wisps and light lines, still, it looks really good going in the glass. No even tempted for a moment to chug it from the can.

Smells smooth deep rich and a an almost velvety (if that can be a smell) sweetness which does sort of slow down the longer its exposed to the elements.
Generally pretty black with some crimson flecks.
Taste also has a more smoothly oaky quality than coconut with a slight metallic touch and then some coffee and some bitterness which all pretty gentile.

DEcent, intereting but not at all earth shattering. But I would definitely seek it out again.

Zimbo, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ernestenvy, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

adamk1978, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JonathanG, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, light cream and coffee head at a half inch, dissipates to a film and retains there indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, light spices, and caramel malts.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, mild chocolate and coconut sweetness, and some dry hop bitterness.

Body is medium with fizzy tingles of carbonation on the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

A really good porter with just the right amount of coconut to make it interesting without making it weird. Not the greatest ever, but cool for being unique and having a good flavor and I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

shockrocker65, Mar 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

switzer, Mar 09, 2012
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.