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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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1,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 118
Gots: 89 | 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 dertyd


3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-26-2014 08:32:09 | More by dertyd
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Thanks to alaskajoe for parting ways with one of these at the last tasting.

Pours a nice dark color with major ruby highlights. The head is kind of weak and carbonation seems a bit low. Moderate lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and some coffee. Bitter bean, chocolate malts. Slight candy coconut smell, like toaste shaved coconut, but not super strong in the nose.

Taste is pretty damn good. The coconut does not come out terribly strong at all and is not nearly as sweet as expected. The porter is nice and robust, roasted malt and burnt grains. Some coffee and a touch of chocolate in there. Chocolate malts. A good bitterness arises towards the finish, showcasing the robustness of the porter. The coconut is really just a dry accent here, this is very much a porter. Aftertaste holds onto bean bitterness and roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick here, and the carbonation is a touch too light. I like the viscosity of it alot, as it is just a touch thicker than your average porter, but I really think this one needs a slight carbonation boost.

Drinkability is solid. Certainly a very sessionable porter, and one I could easily sit down and drink a few of. Pretty much right where it should be drinkabilitywise, but again, a bit more carbonation would help this as well.

Overall this is a very nice porter, and a great session beer. Alot of flavor packed in there, and i like the coconut accent on it. I was kind of expecting a southerntierish blow the hell out the beer with adjuncts type of coconut sweetness, but the coconut is merely used as a spice or accent to this porter. And a very nice porter it is. Would buy this pretty regularly if we got it here. Would be awesome for hunting and fishing, cause of the cans. Good beer.

12-21-2008 07:49:13 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of ocelot2500


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a deep cola color with a small light brown head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Head fades too fast.

Smells is of some mocha like roasted malts.

Tastes of chocolaty malts rounded out by coconut. Roasted malts hit up front and give off some sweet chocolate along with mild coffee notes. Coconut makes an appearance on the end and adds depth to make this very tasty. A good combination of flavors that are not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium, but carbonation is a little flat. I can get some creaminess, but I expect more.

Overall, I was fairly surprised by this given some of the other Maui brews and a large amount competition from other American porters.

06-26-2011 01:36:22 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of jmccraney


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-25-2012 03:16:57 | More by jmccraney
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

A: 1/4" tan head over black liquid.

S: roasted malts, clean yeast and coconut.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate and coconut in the finish

M: thin viscosity and a moderate level of large carbonation

O:. Very tasty and drinkable. Seems sessionable.

02-21-2013 21:54:35 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of spoony


4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-13-2012 03:24:03 | More by spoony
Photo of BeerThursdays


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2014 12:26:09 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of FrankHammer


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-21-2013 15:51:47 | More by FrankHammer
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.48/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dark cola black with brown coming through the light on the edges. A frothy oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly wisp with a thicker ring, and loads of sticky lacing at the top of the glass.

Coconut aromas tickle the nose, in a sweet subtle way. This is not like sticking your face into some suntan lotion, it's not -- it's more in an around about sort of way. A touch of roasted malts and bitter chocolates as well.

Taste profile is again, not in-your-face. This is definitely a porter first and not a dessert. Roasted malts and the bitter chocolate profile comes out, but there's that whole coconut thing going on. It's just perfectly infused into the malt sweetness that it tastes natural. There's a small bitter hop finish as well.

The mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

Overall, if there's such a thing as a "refreshing" porter, then this is it. There's coconut here, but it's not as cloying and sweet as you may think. I think this beer is done just right, and very interesting.

08-05-2012 03:38:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BlueMoon10


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-22-2013 22:15:31 | More by BlueMoon10
Photo of Bendurgin


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Got this as an extra from a Adamdc. Thanks!

Poured this from a can into my tulip. Very dark brown with about an inch of tan head. This vanishes quickly to reveal spotty lacing. Coconut is a big front runner in the nose followed by a welcome presence of coffee and roasted malts. Initially I taste espresso beans and bitter cocoa. The finish delivers vanilla and the very anticipated coconut flavor. This medium bodied beer is nicely carbonated, but it feels a bit syrupy. This tasty treat seems prefect for a cool summer night spent on the back deck.

06-16-2010 01:39:36 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Evan


4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-14-2013 16:48:50 | More by Evan
Photo of doughanson78


3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Black, very dark. Finger and a half tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Hardly any lacing. Fairly carbonated.

S: Alcohol up front. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the background. Little toastiness. Maybe the slightest hint of coconut.

T: Roasted coffee. Nice toasted flavor. Slight chocolate hints. Again maybe getting a tad of coconut. No alcohol as in the smell.

M: Fairly thin for the style. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Like the toasty flavor. Didn't get the coconut flavor I was hoping for. If there would have been a bigger coconut presence, and the smell was bette, this would've been an A beer.

06-18-2011 19:44:23 | More by doughanson78
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Written 09-08-2008. Moved to this location once it was realized that this review was posted under the brewpub's version of CoCoNut Porter.

First off, this review (and most nearly all reviews written under this moniker) was done by Wiseman Nick. It was later amended by Wiseman Justin.

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown liquid with light brown head. Initial head is about a half finger, but this quickly dissipates to a fizzy ring clinging to the edge of the glass. From the pour consistency looks a bit thin, but maybe I'm just not used to seeing porters poured from cans. EDIT: Viscious pour resulted in MASSIVE brown head. Looks pillowy, marshmallowy awesome! Wiseman Justin knows how to pour a can beer. Three fingers easily mushrooming over the top of the glass. Still too light of a color to give it a much higher rating.

Smell: I could smell this from several feet away. Coconut and milk chocolate - just like a Mounds bar. Some roasted malts give off a slight bitter/burnt aroma if you really get your nose in there. Smells great!
Wiseman Justin: I completely agree this beer smells delicious. I'd give it a 5 but we tend to round down when a disagreement occurs. 4.5 is still an exceptional score.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coconut, and a touch of alcohol are the first tastes that come to mind. This would probably be a good porter on its own, but the coconut blends in perfectly and really steps this brew up a notch. Aftertaste is surprisingly dry - tastes like Malibu Coconut Rum.
Wiseman Justin: I don't really taste the alcohol, if you really try you can almost tell I guess.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a porter, and not as smooth as anticipated. Alcohol produces a pretty obvious numbing sensation, and alcohol flavor dominates the aftertaste for the most part.
Wiseman Justin: I do not taste any alcohol flavors as an aftertaste. I get coffee coconut mocha flavors going on. My mouth does feel slightly numb but I think it's from the not smooth texture of the porter. Wiseman Nick thinks the alcohol is still present but not as strong.

Drinkability: This is a pretty sweet beverage. Great for a dessert beer, but otherwise I wouldn't want to drink more than two. Unfortunately I have a ton of them right now; I'll be using them for trade and appending this review.

Edit: Wiseman Justin: I completely and utterly and obnoxiously disagree with the drinkability rating. The first time I sat down to drink this I downed three easily and would have gone for more except Wiseman Nick the B(#*$&!! he is cut me off. (Wiseman Nick "there my beer you can't keep drinking this S#*^ I'm trying to trade it for other things) I have not had a porter with a higher drinkability than this one. It's delicious and for a porter very light, but in a good way. Not all porters should be light, but for a light porter this beer is exceptional. Since I have the password to this account I changed the drinkability rating from 3.5 to 5.0 suck it wiseman nick!

EDIT: Wiseman Nick: they're* dumbass, and yes THEY'RE MY BEERS! GIT UR OWN!

05-11-2009 04:27:03 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of oso


3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-22-2012 23:13:35 | More by oso
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

I drank a bunch of these while vacationing in Hawaii. Probably my favorite offering from the islands that I've had there.

A- pours A deep black with nearly no light coming through. Thick and creamy tan head that shrinks to a small thin layer with just a small amount of lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, toasted coconut, black licorish. Also a bit of hops come through after agitating it a bit.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate that tastes just a bit smoked or charred. The coconut comes through and pairs nicely with the chocolate. A slight presence of hops leaves a bitterness on the back end.

M- carbonation is right on for a porter. Pretty silky, but would like it to be just a bit heavier.

This is a solid porter. I feasted on this beer while in Oahu and will likely go back to it on my next visit to Hawaii.

01-04-2012 00:34:14 | More by Treyliff
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a dark, dark brown with a light brown, frothy head that slowly reduces to a thin ring. Lacing is retained around the glass. Smells of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, and some oak. The coconut is not that dominant which is what I was expecting. Taste is similar to the aroma; roasted malts and chocolate. Medium body with a nice mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and leaves the lips a bit sticky in the end. Overall, a good porter but was left wanting more.

03-24-2014 00:21:24 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of sbricker


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2012 21:37:12 | More by sbricker
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%

Deep deep chesnut color with what appears to be good clarity but cant really make it out. about a half finger of tan head settles out. Smells of asphault, dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Medium bodied but lively carbonation breaks up the body making it feel a bit thinner. Burnt malts on the tip of the tongue along with dark chocolate flavors with a bit of licorice and anise. A little astringent on the back end and overall a lot of roasted flavors. Coconut comes through almost barely and in the form of a "burnt" coconut taste. really have to look for it which might be a good thing since i hated kona's coco brown. Goes down nice and easy though for such having so many robust and roasty flavors. A little messy at parts with the coconut flavor adding close to nothing but as a porter not bad. A little pricey but that might have to due with how far it had to travel to get to me.

06-21-2013 00:35:02 | More by jtierney89
Photo of NickThePyro


4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-24-2012 04:34:27 | More by NickThePyro
Photo of colts9016


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head with great retention. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble on the side. The head left some lacing on the glass. The appearance of the beer is really good.

Nose: A very rich dense roasted malt with some earthy, toasted, roasted, and a burnt note. Other aromas are molasses, toasted coconut, floral, a smokey note, phenols, and grainy.

Taste: A rich flavorful porter, the malt is smokey, earthy, toasted, roasted and has a burnt character ( but it is more an undertone). Other flavors, molasses, floral, pine, peat, phenols, and some bitter sweet chocolate.

The mouth feel is robust but medium body. It has the look and feel of a stout, but it is not.

Overall: This is a a really good porter, rich, robust flavor, and very satisfying. However, the coconut is an undertone, I was hoping for more pronounce flavor. I enjoyed very much.

04-15-2012 01:46:55 | More by colts9016
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Black body, egg shell colored head, web of lacing.

Impressive. I was nervous, a little afraid that this beer may have been over hyped. One whiff and my concerns faded away. Coconut. Real coconut. Genuine, toasted, no artificial BS coconut. And its masterfully integrated with the roasty cocoa malt aromas. Like Coconut and Porter were born for each other.

And that synergy carries over to the palate. A spectacular fusion of flavor. Nothing seems out of place here. Toasted coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, Italian roast coffee. Coconut and chocolate stay for the finish too. Bitterness provides balance, but just enough.

Creamy, smooth, it glides over the palate.

Its a shame it comes in a 4pk, 4 just isn't enough. Drink it all day long. Coconut Porter is proof that flavored beer doesn't have to be a bad thing. This beer tastes like coconut, there is no mistaking it. But its all in balance. It still tastes like real beer, not a gimmick. Shocked by how well they pulled this thing off. Well done.

12-24-2010 05:02:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of wtkphoto


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-16-2014 16:51:06 | More by wtkphoto
Photo of elgiacomo


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz canned September 13, 2011. Served at around 50F.

Pours black with a large three finger foamy brown head that leaves some clumps of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is toasted coconut, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee, but the coconut really steals the show. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, nice coconut notes throughout, minor amounts of bread and caramel, also found it to be a bit acidic. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

A very unique and tasty porter, one that I’ve been wanting to try for some time. The coconut is quite forward and not subtle here, so this would be best suited for coconut fans only.

11-04-2012 05:23:17 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of wethorseblanket


4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-18-2014 02:01:15 | More by wethorseblanket
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.