CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

827 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 827
Hads: 1,862
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 149
Gots: 188 | 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 dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from a business trip to the west coast.

A: Pours an opaque very dark black in color with just the slightest hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer over the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: I really like the aroma of this beer with the heavy dark roasted malts and the wonderful smell of the toasted coconut. Some hints of molasses as well.

T: A very well balanced flavor to this beer, not too sweet and not too bitter. The taste follows the smell with the dark roasted malt body and a little bit of molasses sweetness. That is followed by some bittersweet chocolate and the toasted coconut.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: While this beer has the look of a stout, it is much lighter and easier to drink. The beer is very easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. I love the toasted coconut flavor without any additional sweetness, makes this beer very delicious. Definitely one to get again though next time might warrant a trip to Maui :) (1,215 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down quick. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Coconuts are awesome. Subtle, but awesome. Caramel malt, some chocolate, earthy hops. A solid porter.

Taste: Coconuts, roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, earthy grassy hops, some caramel and vanilla. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, refreshing. A lighter bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this is a very good porter. A little light on the body, but a lot of great flavors. Very drinkable. (611 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this can. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is coconut, caramel and chocolate. About what I expected.

The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and coconut. The chocolate notes are very similar to dry, powdered hot chocolate and is a little bit chalky.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (403 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a large tan head on top, probably 2 fingers worth in my Cigar City goblet. Slow dissipation to a still nice layer of foam on top and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Mostly dark chocolate and a little bit of roasty malt. There is a little bit of coconut and a hint of coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma, mostly dark chocolate with traces of coconut and roasty malt. Slight sweetness at the end where this is a bit more coconut.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a touch of creaminess.

O: Like this more than I thought I would, since I am not a huge coconut fan, but the flavor is subtle and adds the right amount of flavor. (686 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to huadog for the chance to try this. From a can that was filled on 12/21/10 into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly recedes. When held to the light, it displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges. A tiny bit of spotty lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is roasty with a sweetness of coconut running throughout. Initially it had a bit of a mineral/metallic note that seemingly faded away to a bit of muddled hop character. Also included is a bit of a toasted and nutty smell that blends with some indications of chocolate.

The taste of this brew is roasty and somewhat dry upfront that leads into a toasty quality. There is a mineral-like hoppiness and then a smooth sweet taste of cocout that becomes more pleasant towards the finish. It leaves a lingering taste of roasted malt that is almost coffee-like and bitter chocolate mixed with some hoppy indications. The coconut is a mellow and pleasant inclusion. Well done.

Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew has seemingly no indications of alcohol and all together was put together quite well. It was just enough coconut to make it a little different and enjoyable. The toasted quality was welcomed but I didnt like the seemingly mineral feel that was throughout the middle of the profile. Other than that, it was well done and it is worth giving a try. (1,435 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01/12/08- Had on tap at a local restaurant in Kauai.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass.

Appearance- A light off brown colored pour, followed by a 1/2 inch head which leaves a bit of lace trails in it's wake.

Smell- A bit of heavy roasted malt, a bit of very dark chocolate and a minor touch of coconut.

Taste- All the flavors are there, but some of them aren't prevelant enough. The roasted malt really comes through the most and covers up the other flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee mix and mingle, while the coconut really is downplayed here.

Mouthfeel- One of the most highly carbonated porter I have ever had. Wayyyy too many bubbles.

Drinkability- Cut down the carbonation and mix the flavors a bit better and you have a winning beer. As is, just ok. Would have again though if in Hawaii as there really isn't much choice. (844 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (935 characters)

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. (487 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can (I love saying that) with a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a an almost black color, with perhaps just a hint of amber to it. It is opaque when held up to the light, but did show a clear, dark chocolate color as I was pouring it. The aroma is nicely roasted with touches of tart, burnt grain, some dark chocolate notes, sharp espresso aromatics, a light roasted nut note, some light vanilla like notes and a dark sweetness that likely comes from both the coconut and the beer. Not overtly expressive of coconut aromatics, instead it melds into the normal dark grain notes. The aroma is quite nice though and definitely worth exploring for a bit.

This has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it with a bit of viscous heft, but somehow remains light and quaffable at the same time. Dark milk chocolate flavors combine with flavors of mocha ice cream and a finish that is reminiscent of a lightly bitter shot of espresso (though still a sweetened one). The finish has a deeply toasted, nutty note that lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. The chocolate flavors in this brew are quite pronounced and quite nice, this is really accented by the low hop character here (both flavor and hop bitterness are really not all that perceptible). As the beer warms up quite a bit, a very slight, burnt vegetal note becomes noticeable.

If given this beer blind I would never have guessed I was getting a coconut flavored brew, having said that, I can see how it influences the flavor profile, but one could do the same thing by manipulating standards beer ingredients (with perhaps some toasted oak note thrown in). None of that keeps this from being quite a tasty tipple though. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer; soft and creamy yet still quite quaffable. (1,801 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for finding this for me.

A - black with a large, dense cap of dark brown head that has good retention

S - big roasted malts, toasted coconut, faint coffee and chocolate

T - huge roasted malt character with toasted coconut coming through; underlying coffee notes; rather intensely bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice concept. The coconut works well with the roasted malt character. Unfortunately, it's more bitter than what I'd look for in a porter. I wouldn't turn this down in the future. (548 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours brown, with a somewhat fizzy off-white head, thick, fair retention.

S: A lot of coconut meat, though it is astringent at times, light coffee.

T: Coconut juice at first sip, some charcoal and herbal bitterness hits next. The beer ends with some dark chocolate and a sweet coconut note.

M: Light-bodied, a tad on the thin side, oily.

D: A tasty porter from Maui, a dark beer that gives you a tropical feel is something I like, nice to see more canned microbrews. A tasty porter that I think is worthy of its hype. (537 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured close to black in color with a thin creamy tan head. The head came pretty close to fading away completely but left some faint traces around the edges.

The aroma shows a lot of coffee, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt flavors to it. It has a slightly sweet and smooth characteristic to it. I'd like to believe it's the coconut but I can't put my finger on it. Very nice balanced and complex aroma overall.

The taste has a very smooth character to it. It has some very nice chocolate and caramel flavors to it. The roasted and coffee flavors show a little more up front and the chocolaty, slightly sweet flavors come through more in the finish. Throughout the taste there is a smooth, almost milky flavor with a bit of vanilla. I have to assume it's the coconut since I can't think of anything else I've had in a porter like it. It definitely adds a very nice character to the beer though.

Mouthfeel is slightly above medium bodied and carbonation is below average. Drinkability is very good, I really liked the beer. The smoothness the coconut gave it is very nice and definitely made it more drinkable. Also it was very nicely balanced which I liked. (1,215 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

Pours a dark cola brown with a frothy light khaki colored head that fades quickly to a thin fizzy ring with little lacing. Aroma is very mild, dominated by a light coconut sweetness and very little else. Flavor starts with a mild roasty malt flavor, pretty much a non-descript porter and the finish is complemented with a smooth coconut sweetness. Body is a little thin for the style with medium carbonation. This is very balanced and smooth, and the coconut adds a unique dimension to it, but it's lacking in the body and any depth of flavor like some other american porters. It's a porter for drinking a six pack of, rather than savoring a single one and that's not a bad thing. (692 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A great uniform forming tan to cocoa like brown head easily four fingers settling down to three with a minor cap. Foaming bubles through the head, lava like in appearance HAH HAH did I just say that!! Volcano action! Great looking beer.

WOAH chocolate instant nestle quick here. Milkshake chocolate heaven and creamy smelling. Masks over typical porter roastyness which isn't showing on the nose. Ah wonderful.

Taste is no... texture first. Creamy rich, milky, in feel, with a nice mild coffee roast in the mid palate. Chocolate milk finish and creamy with a hint of super soft roastiness!

What a great porter, feels and smells so good. (685 characters)

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

CoCoNut Porter
Maui Brewing Co.
Style: American Porter
ABV: 6.00 %

Brewed with toasted coconuts. (thanks to FrothyBeverage for the sample)

LOOK: Dark brown colored brew with an off white brownish head. Leaves plenty of lace on the glass. There was a small amount of sediment.

SMELL: Roasted malts, brown sugar, coconut milk, and coffee all emerge from the glass.

TASTE: This coconut porter has a robustly malty flavor profile, with alot of charcoal, coffee, smoke, and chocolate notes. The espresso flavors work well with the brew and contributes to a balancing bitterness. There is some vanilla/caramel like note from the coconut used in brewing, lending a milk sugar cream sweetness to the black coffee flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied and well carbonated, leaving a sweet malty taste in the finish.

OVERALL: A fine use of coconut in brewing, this is a world class porter with considerable character. Delicious beer from a remote location. (960 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 Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black, body through which almost no light passes. Pours with a small tan off-white head that dissipates quickly. Whispy lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt up front with a great coconut aroma. Smells sweet from the coconut. Intriguing.

Taste - Perhaps a bit more like a regular porter than the intricacies of the aroma belied. Roasty and chocolatey for sure. The coconut really only comes through in the end, staving off a bitter finish with a slight sweetness. Nice, but not amazing.

Mouthfeel - Thin, as I would expect, but not what I like. Taste comes and goes quickly.

Overall - The taste is nowhere near as exciting as the aroma, but it does taste pretty good. Glad I had it. (743 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for bringing this goodie to egajdzis' pre-Kennett party the night before the event...
Appears a a dark brown with a small tan head that fades into a hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of nuts, caramel, cream, coconut, wood, and sweet cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a decent, smooth mix going on with nothing overpowering the brew. The coconut is subtle and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, robust, and nutty. (497 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

urchased in California, and carted back to Australia to crack open. I do love craft beer in cans - it's a shame no one in Australia does it.

Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown, with an opacity to it which causes the edges to glow slightly when held to the light. Head is very fine bubbled, almost creamy, a very pleasant milk chocolate colour. Lacing is decent, although the head becomes a bit filmy after a while. Looks very tasty. I approve.

Nose is delicious, really quite extraordinary, giving that lovely oaky vanillin American stout character of coconut sweetness, obviously without the straight oak. Rich and full, with slightly smoky roasted character, big chocolate notes and that lighter and fragrant coconut dancing over everything. It's a phenomenal nose. So full, so complex and so incredibly luscious and delicious. I've rarely had better.

Taste is smooth and full, and again extremely well mingled between the sweetness of coconut and chocolate, and the slightly more astringent roastiness. Still, it's a very smooth an d luscious beer throughout, only turning on a slight phenolic character on the very back. Feel is a little thinner than it could be, but something about the can gives is a very fine carbonation.

Overall, a fantastic beer, and a wonderful drinking experience. Such lovely flavours, so well integrated. Just delicious. (1,359 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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a super deep brown with good carbonation and a tannish head. Nose is chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt...hey..where is the damn coconut? Another sip, hello, coconut. Mouthfeel is roasted malt, cocoa and coffee again, oh there is the faint coconut on the very end. Solid beer and very drinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

CoCoNut porter pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and was probably this beer's best feature, showing coffee grounds, burnt toast, vanilla and perhaps a hint of coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the vanilla really comes on strong in this moderately sweet porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I thought the sweetness detracted just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

Not really getting the coconut factor in all this, but I thought this was otherwise a nice enough porter. (597 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer is a nice, dark black, which is slightly translucent, and has highlights of amber-brown when held up to the light. The beer starts out with a thick, fluffy pillow of tan head that settles and disappears as the beer has time to sit. It has strong aromas of chocolate and sweet malt, with some very slight hints of vanilla, too. On tasting, the beer has initial flavors of coffee and chocolate riding a light, sharp carbonated body. The coconut is very light and complementary in flavors, and once again vanilla slips itself into the picture. The coffee flavor does well to provide some bitterness to balance all of the sweet flavors. The body also does well to balance, as it is fairly light bodied for a porter, which helps to keep the beer overpowering. Despite the taste and flavors, the beer has a slightly bitter aftertaste, with both chocolate and coffee lingering around in your mouth. The beer is smooth, and very easy to drink. Good porter for when it's not cold out but you still want to drink a porter. (1,058 characters)

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

CoCoNut Porter ironically doesn't even have enough white over its top to emulate coconut shavings, let alone a proper beer head. As result, its oily black body ends up looking like coffee (which it coincidentally ends up tasting and smelling like too).

The table for this unique beer is set early; the mocha-like smell that combines roasted coffee and milk chocolate now incorporates hints of toasted coconut. There isn't much sweetness or fruit about it, nothing like you'd find in a mixed drink or a dessert even, as the scent of burnt grain is just too strong and predominant. Smells quite decadent.

The taste is a patchwork quilt of cocoa liqueur, iced espresso, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. It tastes like a rich, gourmet tootsie-roll that's been infused with coconut milk and then lightly smoked over campfire. Again, the coconut is there, but with all the roasted grain and coffee-like overtones you have to hack your way through with a meat axe to get to it.

This is a beer that some will find too sweet for their tastes while others will find too bitter. In actuality, it is a fair bit of both. The coconut, while not tasted outright, contributes a backdrop of sugars whereas the malts have a very oily, almost astringent roast to them that is very much like that of coffee beans. (An ample dosage of American hops factors in too.)

Usually the most intoxicating thing about hot island beers is the imagery they offer; this one, however, also offers a ton of flavour and a unique and gratifying overall experience. Like all Maui Brewing brands, it seems bigger than Hawaii itself and fits less into the scopes of tourism or heritage than it does the new-wave American craft beer revolution. Recommended. (1,721 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smell: hints of chocolate and flavor is burnt chocolate and coconut. $5.50 for a 12oz can on Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America off Hawaii. From my notes 5/30. (309 characters)

CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.