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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 107
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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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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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color. Whatever frothy head that was there from the pour is completely gone. This has a very cola like look in the glass. Smell is highly roasted malts and just a slight hint of coconut. Taste is very roasted almost burnt malts and just mild coconut lingering underneath. There is quite a bit of bitterness coming from something in here. Can't quite put my finger on it and figure it out but it's definitely there. This is a little thinner than I was expecting. Completely clear around the edges. Very enjoyable to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: can

04-11-2009 12:34:46 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the canning info that takes up 25% of the design on Coconut Porter (excuse me: CoCoNut PorTer). Now that glass is harder and harder to recycle, cans are the way to go. And for traders, they have a clear advantage over bottles. Speaking of traders, thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this my way. It's eastward journey ends here!

This is a beautiful beer--two fingers of rocky, fluffy toasted brown head atop an incredible black void that rivals many Russian Imperial Stouts.

Aroma is gentle, with roasted characters up front and a peculiar, unusual smell wafting its way in...wait, it's the coconut. It's not like the coconut you smell in greasy sun-tan lotions or in bags of the shredded stuff. It's very...earthy. But the nose is subtle and doesn't give you a sense of what this is going to taste like...

Flavor favors the roast elements of the malt mingling clean and easy with the coconut. The coconut is toasted, and that very much comes through in the flavor without overshadowing the main flavor of the nut meat. Hops are barely detectable; finish is chocolatey, and also nutty and hearty, like a warm slice of fresh-baked dark bread.

Incredible lightness of texture, though in no way wimpy or watery. Just a smooth delicateness, velvet-soft and ever-so-slightly sticky, in a good way.

Well dang, if I never have another one, I'll probably remember this flavor forever. Doesn't hit you over the head with novelty, or come at you with too much sweetness. It lets the coconut do what it does, and remains a good sensible porter to boot. Sure wish I had greater accessibility to this, I could see this being a regular go-to beer. Another great beer from a can!

Serving type: can

03-27-2009 21:51:06 | More by Metalmonk
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natasharai

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 2 inches of tan bubbly head that dissipated over a few minutes. The beer is black in color not letting any light through.

Smell: Roasty wood smell, with some chocolate and coconut, and something resembling coffee...

Taste: Strong coconut flavor, sweet malty chocolate, some brown sugar almost maple flaovrs then ends with a roasted coconut flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sweet feel, medium carbonation, nothing special

Drinkability: Really sweety, pretty drinkable though, good flavors. Lives up to the name!

Serving type: can

03-26-2009 06:27:28 | More by natasharai
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stumac

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours solid black with a nice brown head. the nose is very pungent. chocolate, big malts, coconut, sweetness from everything (malts, coconut, etc). the taste is dry malts up front followed by coconut sweetness in the finish. the coconut really gives this beer some depth because it is so fresh and tropical in the taste. big roasty malts. full bodied, medium carbo, an instant classic.

Serving type: can

03-26-2009 05:28:04 | More by stumac
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Our friend, Bill, brought this back from a recent trip to Hawai'i, therefore I'm indebted to him for saving us the time (and airfare). A 12 oz. can, 'certified made on Maui' (as opposed to other so-called Hawai'ian beers (Kona? mostly brewed by Widmer in Portland, OR). Poured to pint glass; date stamped: 080408.

Name actually reads: "CoCoNut PorTeR". Why the screwed up capitals/lowercases I have no idea...

A: Dark, rich and extremely close to 'black'. Billowing tan head of cream builds to almost 2-fingers and lasts about 2 minutes before falling rapidly to a thick gauze. Lace sticks in blanketing sheets. A pretty pour, very pretty.

S: Aroma is simple: powdered dark cocoa with a notable coconut shaving aroma. Yum.

T: Rich chocolate, tons of roasted malt and a definite presence of toasted coconut. The coconut imparts a sort of vanilla-like flavor, only slightly sweet. A spicy, intensely flavorful porter.

M: After an initially jolting tang (I read somewhere about the notoriously hard water, from springs sourced through mineral-rich lava beds), this began to grow on me. It's not a very 'smooth' porter in the traditional sense, but has a building mouthfeel that coats and leaves a lasting chocolate bittersweet-ness.

D: Absolutely would like to have this again. Maui should be proud of this one and the fortunate few who have access to it should enjoy regularly. Recommended.

Thanks again, Bill.

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 01:49:45 | More by msubulldog25
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what canned beer needs, a big tasting porter with low ABV. Full bodied , chocolate notes on the midbody and some coconut on the finish(though less than I thought). The beer is well balanced and has enough smoothness to make the drinkability quite high. A real pleasure to find a good porter in a can.

Serving type: can

03-13-2009 16:56:25 | More by canucklehead
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raoulduke37

California

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black with lighter brown highlights - Head retention is minimal and lacing is non-existent.

S - Pretty bad. The coconut does not compliment the smoky porter smell.

T - It tastes decent. Ripe fruits, but also a little taste of something sour. Coconut flavor is prevalent in the background.

M- Smooth and creamy, like a good porter should be.

D - If this were at a bar with the normal selections for Ventura, this one would finish second to Amstel Light for the next round.

Serving type: can

02-21-2009 20:01:13 | More by raoulduke37
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color, basically black. Very dark compared to most porters I have had. Deep ruby, almost violet highlights when held up to light. The dissapointing thing here was the head and retention. A thin layer of bubbly foam on top quickly fades to nothing. Very spotty lacing at best.

S - Big aroma of coffee and chocolate. I get more fresh roasted coffee than anything else, but there is definitely some bitter sweet chocolate notes. Great smelling beer.

T - Bittersweet chocolate with hints of fresh roasted coffee. The taste seems to be the inverse of the nose with chocolate being the dominant force. Both flavors are very strong though. The sweetness carries throughout even as a nice middling earthy hoppiness comes through mid-drink. Finishes bitter sweet, much like it started. Still not tasting the coconut here though

M/D - Medium to full bodied, a little more crisp than most porters. Would like to see it a little creamier. Still, a very good porter from the islands.

Serving type: can

02-14-2009 15:54:16 | More by ckeegan04
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2009 21:03:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. can into shaker pint on 2/3/09. Thanks to d0ggnate for including this as an extra in the current GATM BIF.

A - Poured a deep, dark brown-colored body with burgundy highlights around the edges and almost two fingers of rich tan foam that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left behind some sticky lacing.

S - Initial aroma is surprisingly chock-full of fudgy, milk chocolaty goodness, while the toasted coconut character resides in the background. Some roasted malt is also present, but this is all about the chocolate.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor opens with smooth, rich milk chocolate and just a hint of toasted coconut meat. Some dark roasted malt makes an appearance, but the malt consists of primarily sweet caramel and chocolate notes.

M - Thick and robust body with a touch of carbonation and an overall slick, oily mouthfeel. Finishes with just a hint of earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - This one exceeded my expectations. I was expecting more coconut, but instead I was treated to a robust porter with plenty of chocolate sweetness and lots of body. The drinkability is simply fantastic with this one, perhaps the easiest drinking porter I've ever had.

Serving type: can

02-03-2009 23:31:35 | More by ffejherb
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty damn dark porter with just a tinge of ruby along the edge. Huge tan head comes with some pretty good retention, but no lacing is left behind.

The smell is mostly chocolate with a touch of coconut.

This is one you definitely have to let warm to really enjoy, the coconut flavor is rather nice, but pretty weak if the beer is too cold. Up fron there really isn't any coconut, the flavors are mostly chocolate with a touch of coffee. In the finish comes to coconut, which is quite nice and natural tasting. A roasted flavor goes a long with the coconut. A very tasty beer, the warmer the better to bring the coconut out.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Probably a little full for a porter.

This beer is pretty drinkable, especially at warm temeperature. I'm a fan of coconut, so I like this one.

Serving type: can

02-03-2009 03:52:29 | More by Hojaminbag
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RodBurg

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights. A brown head forms and dissipates into a ring leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smells heavily of milk chocolate and toffee with lighter notes of coffee and toasted coconut. Citrus hop aroma appears as it warms.

Lots of sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the taste. Coconut and toffee linger in the background. Reminds me of Samoa girl scout cookie. Yum.

Good stuff. The coconut could be a little more prominent, but it still is very tasty and balances nicely.

Serving type: can

01-16-2009 06:46:55 | More by RodBurg
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BVC for this one.

Pours a dark cola color with a finger of mocha colored head that fades kinda quickly but leaves a nice lacing

Smells of roasted malts, mocha, chocolate and caramel. Hints of coconut.

Taste is creamy chocolate, caramel with a very slight hint of coconut and a light bitterness at the end.

This is a pretty thick beer for the 5.7% abv. Well blended and tasty. Nice and smooth

Serving type: can

01-13-2009 00:52:17 | More by SirChugsAlot
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may be my first can review! On to the beer...pours dark as can be but when held to the light and around the edges, you can see a deep, clear ruby color. I'm giving it a lower score because I had virtually no head or retention. This was my 3rd and final can, but each one the head, which was a nice mocha color, decipated so quickly and left nothing behind at all. Smell was nice and complex. Some dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, cream, and a bit of coconut...almost like a mounds bar in a glass. Taste was about the same. If I had a better palate I probably could point out 12 unique flavors. The coconut wasnt really present so much. It was virtually undetectable when the beer was a colder, but it came out (subtley) as it warmed. A creamy, dark chocolate, dark caramel, and the slightest touch of bitterness all blend together wonderfully. Mouthfeel was much heavier than expected. While I didnt mind it there is a very oily sensation left behind that seemed to be too much for me. Overall a very good Porter and easily drinkable beer. While the coconut wasnt there as much as I thought, the slight presence was nice and a little different.

Serving type: can

01-03-2009 04:44:07 | More by bunnyhustle
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 07:49:13 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Pizza Port's bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with some dark red hues in the light. Three fingers of creamy milk chocolate tan head lasts a good while, leaving some nice lacing lattice work behind along with some thin retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, and a touch of hops. Tastes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, a touch of tobacco, coconut, vanilla, and slight bitter hop kick. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and creamy with good roastiness and a nice lightly bitter finish. Coconut isn't overpowering at all and meshes well with the other flavors. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

12-11-2008 04:48:35 | More by HopDerek
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a impenetrable dark brown that looks black. light brown head, quick dissipation, practically no lacing.

S: aromas of rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light hint of coconut. some cherries as well.

T: big and rich. tons of chocolate, coffee, light hints of tobacco. light coconut, some serious cherry flavors. wonderful roasted malts. like a cherry Mounds candy bar. very intense palate for a porter.

M: low carbonation level, which is really enjoyable. medium to full bodied for the style. big palate on this one, very chewy.

D: ABV is according to style, and the flavor is just phenomenal. well worth getting and drinking over and over again. very drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-16-2008 07:28:37 | More by paulthebeerguru
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CoreyRhoads for this beer.

12oz. can poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark for a porter, completely black and doesn't let light through. 2 fingers of latte foam with decent retention but not much lacing.

S: Good porter aroma. Lightly roasted malts, not too bitter or harsh. A light cola aroma. Picking up just a bit a sweetness that might be from the coconut but really no other indications.

T/M: Coconut comes out a bit more in the taste and plays a good supporting role to a milky chocolate taste and texture. It's probably a good thing that the coconut doesn't get too big. Chocolate body is nice and is accompanied by some buttery creaminess and a touch of lightly roasted malt. Body is about medium with assertive carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and has a low ABV. Add tasty and you got yourself some pretty good drinkability. I was a bit worried about this one, thinking the coconut could easily get too potent and ruin things. Not the case here.

Serving type: can

11-12-2008 04:15:34 | More by pwoods
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bainard

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to pretzelcity for the trade.

A - A deep tiger's eye pour with a sand head that disappears after a bit, some lacing.

S - Caramel, candy, maybe a little butterscotch (not in a bad way), and quite a bit of coconut.

T - Okay, I need to level with people now. Coconut is one of the most polarizing flavors that I've encountered amongst my friends and comrades. You either dig it or you don't. I happen to like it a lot, that's why I wanted to get the beer. Starting out, the coconut is not a huge flavor, but roastiness, coffee, and a hint of burnt sugar give way to the coconut quite a bit as it warms. It's really quite nice for someone who likes coconut. For a friend that does not, it might not be a pleasant experience. Some vanilla also comes through in the warming. Fantastic.

M - Quite creamy, I like that in a porter, or any beer for that matter. Coats the tongue just enough, pleasant aftertaste. Would go great with angel-food cake. A little bit of alcohol comes at the end when it warms.

D - This is definitely something I would have every day if forced to only drink one beer... in Hawai'i. But since that isn't the case, I will say that, while it isn't something that I would go absolutely bonkers for, it's certainly a beer with having once or twice at the end of a nice day.

Serving type: can

11-04-2008 02:22:27 | More by bainard
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travisd13

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a DFH snifter. Great can...Like Hot Chicks on the Beach. Classic!

A- Pours almost black...red/brown hits along the edge of the glass. Head is a 1/2" light tan in color that retains alright.

S- Not what I expected...where is the coconut? Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Coconut starts to appear as the beer warms.

T- Coffee, chocolate, and a good malt presents. Coconut because somewhat present on the finish and more so as the beer warms.

M- Medium body and a smooth drinker...a little creamy. Nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable...taste is good...very well done. Something I'll try to find again or they can just ship to Washington.
A big Thanks to Georgiabeer for this one!

Serving type: can

10-18-2008 06:12:15 | More by travisd13
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DoubleJ

California

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2008 03:09:01 | More by DoubleJ
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another from the mixed sixer I won when I beat mymrnngjckt in fantasy baseball. You suck Kevin.

Pours nearly pitch black, surprisingly dark for a porter, with just a bit of ruby around the edges and no light getting through. Head is a creamy khaki color. Retains quite well and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is not very powerful, but consists of some roasted malt and coconut. Unfortunately it's a real struggle to get even that.

Taste is much more robust than the smell; that's more like it. Nice roasted malt and coconut nuttiness. Bit of cocoa flavor and some earthy hops. Little bit of coffee, too. Very smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth.

This is a very tasty porter. The coconut is a subtle flavor, but it's definitely there. Quite drinkable. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: can

09-30-2008 17:30:15 | More by number1bum
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I slammed quite a few of these bad boys when in Honolulu on my 24th bday. Review from notes:

Dark cola brown, near black, with a nice cap of tannish espressoy foam. Aromas of conut, dark roasted malts, condensed milk, coffee, chocolate, and more! Taste is very chocolate/coconut up front with more bitter malt/hop/coffee in the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and excellent, as is the drinkability. Great stuff.

Serving type: can

09-26-2008 00:14:14 | More by francisweizen
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small can, poured into a snifter.

Near pitch black, it has a relatively small tan head, with little retention.
Nice aroma, coffee beans and chocolate. I did not notice anything coconut related at the beginning, but as it warms up, toasted notes become quite prominent (but no coconut).
Medium bodied, easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol as expected. Again, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted notes; at the very end, perhpas some conut, but it could be my imagination. Some sweetish notes in the middle, relatively dry finish.
Certainly not robust as the can states, but very well crafted and flavorful.

Serving type: can

09-11-2008 03:01:20 | More by brdc
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2008 12:12:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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