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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 122
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

Gueuzedude, May 30, 2008
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MarkyMOD, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

GClarkage, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

oriolesfan4, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

InspectorBob, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

woodychandler, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

stakem, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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 :)

dbrauneis, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

drewone, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

DoubleJ, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

jdhilt, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Stinkypuss, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mebuzzard, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

mdaschaf, Oct 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.