CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,845 Ratings
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84
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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 145
Gots: 176 | FT: 1
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. Pretty good ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of roasted dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and toasted coconut. There is a whiff of metal too which I assume is from the can. Taste is of rich fresh brewed coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate, dark malty richness. Golden toasty coconut taste is present at the finish and aftertaste of each sip. Beer has great carbonation levels. Body is a bit thin for a porter but nothing to complain about. Superb drinkability on this beer. One of the staples in my fridge as the wife cannot get enough of this one.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep brown with a tiny bit of a tannish head and not much if any lacing as it goes down. Understandable given the fatty nature of the coconut. Nose is a bit of roasted coconut and some roasted malt. Hints of something semi-astringent and acrid. Taste is quite off. Tastes nearly of stomach acid and is incredibly harsh. Nothing wrong with the can as it was split with a few others who thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if it was roasted coconut taken to the extreme or something else, but I could barely swallow the first sip and the second one I couldn't handle. Trying to stay unbiased, the mouthfeel was a bit light, but there wasn't a big issue with it. Drinkability was severely affected by the putrid taste; sorry to say that I really did not enjoy this, a disappointment after having wanted to try it for awhile.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a tiny bubbled tan head that leaves some lace as it fades

Smell: Milk chocolate and toasted coconut

Taste: Opens with a milk chocolate flavor that is quickly joined by the toasted coconut element; the coconut is even more apparent in the finish, which is filled with more milk chocolate and a hint of roasty coffee as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely combination that works well; just a trifle too sweet and that detracts from the drinkability

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An insanely good Porter that showcases what's best about coconut flavor- that creamy, vanilla, nutty character. It doesn't hurt that the base beer is very well-done either.

Coconut Porter begins with dark brown, opaque color that carries a froathy tan head up front but reduces to a sheet across the surface late. No real lacing or legging- the coconut oils might be working against the malt a bit.

Chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla all hit moderate strides in the aroma. Balanced not to allow any one element to rise above the rest. Very dessert-like.

Flavors of bitter-sweet chocolate and Columbian coffee set the tone and allows the base beer to command attention. Complimentary notes of vanilla and malted milk slowly fade into the true coconut taste as the coffee and chocolate disipate. All the while, caramel sweetness rides just inside the background flavors. Hopped only to keep the beer from a decidedly sweet tone and to accompany the slight roast bitterness.

Smooth, creamy, and robust. Froathy textures up front settle into a velvety rich mouthfeel, especially after the carbonation disipates, allowing the full weight of the beer to be felt on the tongue and mouth surfaces.

The beer is absolutely error-free. The compliment of coconut is an effortless marriage into the beer. If only the beer could have held onto a bit more carbonation for a bit longer.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a rather large medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coconut is clearly noticeable with some roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some fresh roasted coconut and some dry roasted malt. Bitterness is well controlled and coconut is well balance and more then a novelty. Body is a bit thin for the style but carbonation is pretty good. I could see this going well with some coconut chocolate cake.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a great beer. i have had the pleasure of trying this one soo many times. poured from a can to a pint glass

nice burnt amber color with a smooth and even head of off white that coats the sides of the glass and really offers up a nice and well rounded view.

aroma of caramel, coconut, vanilla, other sweet notes, lots of stuff going on here but maintainig its session drinkable factor the whole time. smooth and creamy with lots of caramel and hints of grain bouncing around all over, clean finish with just the right amount of flavor.

overall an outstanding beer i would love to try again

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.

T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Twelve ounce can.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 1" thick mocha head which lingers before settling to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Roast, malts, mild chocolate, very faint coconut (could be power of suggestion) and vanilla.

T: Dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts with a hint of toasted coconut on warming.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, roasty finish.

O: Expecting lots more coconut here, but still a decent porter.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with no real substantial head formation, but I was running my damn mouth, so I could've just missed it.

Smell: Pleasant aroma; a blend of chocolate, coconut, dark malts, and morningtime coffee.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of roasty coffee and baker's chocolate and, of course, there's the toasted coconut shavings. Medium sweetness. Light, earthy hops and bitterness. Sweetish finish where the coconut really gains a hold over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy porter is what it is. And in a can, no less. The addition of coconut breathes a bit of new life into the humble, sometimes lackluster porter style. I feel a trip to Hawaii would be entirely wasted on me, as I'd spend a considerable amount of it at the Maui Brewing Co.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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).

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours black with some ruby highlights along the bottom and 1 1/2 fingers of foamy burnt tan head. Thin creamy layer of retention leaves a solid latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very robust smelling with roasted chocolate malts dominating, as well as some coffee, floral hops, a smidge of vanilla, and yes, coconut that is very light but still discernable underneath the other notes.

The taste is a rich mix of roasty chocolate malts and coffee with some floral hop bitterness in the back. The coconut flavoring is indeed in the flavor profile as well, being much more prominent to me than in the aroma, and really possessing a nice milky quality to it that comes out more and more as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a thicker feel to it that carries all of those heavier flavors well.

Even without the coconut present, this would have come off as a quite robust and easy drinking Porter. The coconut just adds some additional sweet qualities that balances out a lot of it's roasty nature. Good stuff that I would gladly get into again.

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An even porter. The coconut tones seem mild and subdued. I think I was expecting more. It's consistent though. Fairly hearty. I was just expecting some...coconut. Or at least a clearly notable bit of it. I think in this instance, it's more an accent than a feature. And that's alright. The oily nature of this porter works well with it.

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another can, makes bump up smelll ( actual toasted coconut paases my nose at some points)!!

I got this from Jw347, cheers John!

Pours black with 4+ fingers of mocha head, bursts out of the can! Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Coffee & not much else

T: Coffee, vanilla & bitter chocolate, dryness & yeah. a bit of toasted coconut up front. Mostly coffee & some coconut as this warms. Much toasted coconut in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth

Drinks pretty easy, a very nice porter, never had this the couple of 3 times I visited the brewpub, good choice for a flagship beer. I do wonder how much sells in Hawaii?, since folks gravitate toward lighter beers there

Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's not a secret that I hate coconut. However, I have had several coconut beers that I like. This, sadly, was not one of them.

Solid black pour with a small tannish head that mostly dissipated, leaving a few stray bubbles on top. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roasty malts, not a whole lot of coconut. Taste came off a bit like a Mounds bar, but I found it much too sweet, intense and cloying with sugary sweetness, like coconut candy (I'm assuming there is such a thing). It wasn't entirely bad overall, but just too much for me to handle. It's supposed to be beer, not a malty mixed drink. Body was medium. This one might be for some, but not for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers out of a can thus far...in fact most of the dark beers I've had out of the can have been amazing. Appears almost pitch black when held toward the light the body has dark brown edges, light tan head foms thick and dwindles quickly...even speckled lacing lines the sides of my pint. Aroma has dark chocolate, creamy tones it a hint of toasted coconut even a touch of kona coffee. Flavor is roasty with fresh coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted coconut very interesting flavorful dark beer probably the best I've had in or out of a can. Awesome porter, really nice blend of flavors colliding, mouthfeel is creamy but ballsy with a good bit of acidity going on with mild natural carbonation. Medium to fuller bodied porter wih coffee grounds lying on the palate. Drinkability overall is joyous when of the hyped beers out there that really really lives up to it. Awesome original take on a classic style this one is just a great base porter that the toasted coconut works well with the whole picture.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maui Brewing Company, Certified Made on Maui, CoCo Nut Porter. "…Like Hot Chicks on the Beach." What? Huh? Just gonna ignore that, not touch it, let it go.
"Porter brewed with hand-toasted coconut."

Dark brown, nearly black, fully opaque, with a full, flush dotted head of creamy tanned foam, leaving lots of lace. Looks good.

Aroma: there it is, freshly toasted coconut, straddled over a …I'm not sure. We get lots of coconut, though. Beautiful.

Taste: nicely hopped, lightly roasty, full-bodied. Cocoa and coffee linger below, and show themselves briefly, outside flashes of more coconut. A very tasty porter, robust enough, with a coconut flavor that never quits, but mellows a bit. Like hot chicks on the beach. I have a feeling you can use this phrase to end a sentence, the way they end fortune cookies with "…in bed." Maybe they do, perhaps it's a quaint local Maui-ism. "Hand toasted coconut…like hot chicks on the beach!"

Anyway. Nothing too "wow" about this one, but it's nice and I thank DA for it. Just like hot chicks on the beach.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of coconut and chocolate. Very interesting.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and coconut. Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall an interesting porter. I liked it and thought it was a pretty standard porter with hints of coconut in the smell and taste, which was very appealing to me. If you like porters and coconuts check this out.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from the other Matt, thanks! Poured into a Russian River tion glass.

Beer is black with a sort of lazy head that forms a monolayer of bubbles that slowly falls away, not much lacing, carbonation appears low.

Aroma is roasty, mildly sweet, pretty nice, no coconut yet.

I waited to serve this beer until it was almost room temperature, but I didn't get much coconut, some in the late portions of the palate but I can't say for sure that if I didn't know that there was coconut in there that I would have guessed so. The beer is a little thin and mildly sweet with some decent bitterness from the roast in the back. Overall it is a decent porter and I'd have it again. I wish the coconut were more obvious.

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Served out of the can into a mini pint.

A - Pours pitch black, with hints of dark browns, with a nice creamy one finger tall tan head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts blend well with the coconut and some faint sweet chocolate. A bit of booze comes thru as it warms up. Pretty well balanced nose.

T - A pleasant mix of sweet coconut and plenty of dark roasted malt up front, lingering thru the finish, mix well with hints of sweet chocolate, coffee, and some creamy milk. Finish is a bit roasty but it doesn't linger for long. I really enjoyed this one. The coconut really helped round out the porters rough edges.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Decent feel up front getting a bit watery toward the end. Finish is roasty but not to the point of being overpowering.

D - Very high. Damn I really wish I had a few more of these. I really enjoyed this one. The flavors mixed very well together. One of the best dark beers I have had from a can to date.

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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,845 ratings.