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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
Gots: 96 | 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 BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour; clearly brown though, up to the light. Head is virtually non-existent. Thin film of beige lace but nice and sticky. Yeah, looks quite good, not great.

Smells very banana-esque but lots of rich English toffee sweetness and chocolate as well. Mostly sweet - brown sugar is a keynote - with nice fresh banana and a touch of coconut flesh as well. Not bad; in fact quite nice.

Taste is pretty decent. Nice and chocolatey with more of that tropical character - lots of banana and fair hit of coconut as well, more toasted/dessicated in character this time. Roastiness comes through, not very bitter but chocolatey-sweet with a hint of wood smoke on there too. Yeah, hint of oak? Anyway, it's good fruit and tropical notes backing up - not balacing, not complementing, but coinciding with - the mild roasty chocolatey flavours. A mild beer but lots to like.

Texture is alright. Fairly smooth, very very dry at the back though which is unfortunate.

A very enjoyable beer though, distinct tropical spin on the porter style.

laituegonflable, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Delirium tulip.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown with a a nice finger worth of head. The head dies down quickly but does leave some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- As expected from the name, coconut is very apparent to go along with a good malt base, hints of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. There is also a faint grassy undertone to the beer as well.

T- The malt and coconut are pretty evenly balanced. Dark chocolate adds a little bit of bitterness but it balances out the coconut.

M- Medium bodied with nice soda like carbonation. There is some bitterness in there as well and somewhat dry on the finish.

D- This is one of the best flavored and easy drinking porters around. I am normally not a fan of coconut but this beer is very balanced that the coconut doesn't become overwhelming.

Wisconsinality, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque deep brown color with a small khaki colored head.

S: Lots of dark malts, light coconut, and a big nuttiness. The nose is subtle in general.

T: Slightly lacking in complexity and feel, but still good. Lactose, coconut, nuts, butter?, and a nice malt base. More coffee than coconut

MF/D: Light in body, kind of watery, with a coffee/lactose finish

Notes: Glad to try this, thanks Miles! It's really good, but no Edmund Fitzgerald

scottyshades, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of axelroderic
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So far I am very impressed by everything from Maui Brewing Co. Ingredients are top-notch -- great unique flavors you won't find anywhere else -- and they put a lot of care into brewing. I wish I could get anything from Maui Brewing Co in Missouri.

A: Very dark (almost black) with a frothy tan head.

S: Strong tones of toasted coconut, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: Complex and well-balanced -- tastes like it smells. Coconut is much lighter on the palette than you expect from the aroma. Mildly sweet from the toasted coconut -- a nice surprise for a porter.

M: Exceptionally smooth finish, plenty of carbonation.

D: You can easily drink several of these in one sitting -- the smoothness really helps.

axelroderic, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany brown with cola highlights. Tan head is initially creamy, but quickly thins to a soapy sheen.

Aroma is powdered cocoa and coconut. Perhaps a touch of dark grain bitterness.

Taste is smokey dark grain and some dark fruit notes. Plenty of bitterness from dark chocolate and smokey dark grain that really lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a decent porter, mildly sweet with a lot of chocolate overtones. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 inch milk chocolate head. Body is black but a very dark brown when held up to the light. Head retention and lacing are barely above average

Smell is similar to a milk stout, some lactose and chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee are also present with coconut faintly in the background. Theres not much alcohol in the nose and hops are slightly there.

Taste is of burnt malts and roasted coffee. Some toasted coconut is there but based on all the hype and previous reviews of this beer I was expecting a full on coconut bomb. Finish is of hops and bitter chocolate. There is no alcohol kick to it at all.

Mouthfeel is on the light side but not watery. Beer is well carbonated but not too much. Head died down too soon and didnt add any texture or creaminess to the body which I really enjoy in dark beers.

Drinkability was good. This was a pretty sessionable porter but at 10 dollars for a 4 pack, not the most bang for your buck. Coffee and chocolate flavors were way more pronounced than the coconut which was disappointing. Would have liked a ton of more coconut flavor and probably wouldnt buy this one again just based on price

angelmonster, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Another6Pack
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Joint review with fellow beer geeks Mike and Matthew and the missus.

A: deep, dark, looks like it tastes.

S: can pick up the faint scent of the toasted coconut. NICE!

T: "Almond Joy." Can taste the coconut at the finish. I am not a coconut fan, but this is good stuff.

M: more carbonated than it looks. The carbonation adds some "creaminess" to the mouthfeel.

D: High marks here. We figure we could knock out several of these in one sitting.

My second from this brewery, and love them both. Good stuff for sure.

Another6Pack, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with this brew. It's been one of my Wants for a while now. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: A rough pour from the can, this beer produces a mountain of chocolaty colored head. I couldn't even get half of the beer into my DFH glass before the foam reached the top. Great retention too. The color of the beer is a very deep, dark brown. Not quite black, but damn close. Looks really really good.

Smell: A nice roasty, malty, chocolaty smell with just a hint of coffee lurking in the back. Surprisingly, not really getting any coconut, but it could be so mild that it's overpowered by the other smells. Still, pretty good.

Taste: Great tasting beer. Chocolaty with some roasted coffee right up front, and pulling up the rear is a mild hit of coconut. All the tastes come together really well. A great porter.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, but a bit overcarbonated. The extra fizz doesn't give this beer a smooth, creamy quality that would really take it over the edge.

Drinkability: Overall, a great drinking, tasty porter. I'm really glad I finally got a chance to try this. Absolutely recommend. Thanks again, Kevin!

krisandajt, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of gtn80
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a glass.

Appearance is a jet black with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is roasty, hints of coconut and chocolate.

Taste is complex, roasty and chocolate on the front end, but gives way to the coconut in the finish. Delicious beer with lots of layers.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick.

Drinkability is solid, bit sweet to have too many, but definitely drinkable.

gtn80, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Beem waiting to try this one.

A: Super dark witha a tan head that is 1/2 inch and fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I smell some sweet creamy roastiness upfront with some raisiny boozy coconut in the middle and dark chocolate on the backend. Very good.

T: Watery roasty coconut with a nice blended dark chocolate. Bitter hops in the middle and some faint grapefruit on the backe. Good.

M: Medium body with a decent carbonation feel. A bitter dry roastiness. Decent.

D: Goes down at a decent pace. Good.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but very good. Good to try once if you like porters.

steve8robin, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz can from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $2.99 and poured it into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Pours dark black with maybe a slight brown tint to it, with a fat tannish colored head that leaves big chunks of lace from start to finish.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, big nutty smell (obviously from the coconut), finishes sweet and malty.

T: Pretty much right on with the nose, but with a big blast of coconut that works real well with the sweet roasted malt. Very well balanced and flavorful.

M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky, with mild carbonation - overall very creamy and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and i'm not really into porters, but I could easily get into a few of these in a sitting.

DeanMoriarty, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. No freshness date. Had to drink this to wipe out the nasty taste in my mouth caused by the Ducks' demolishment of the Dawgs.

Poured a very dark brown that takes on a slightly more russet color when held up to the light. Couple of inches of tan foam that drops after a couple of minutes, leaving a foamy collar. "Beer neglige"-type lace.

Not as "CoCoNutty" in the nose as I expected, given the name. There's chocolate and a toasted, nutty scent.

In the taste there's a more prominent coconut flavor than in the nose, but it's still dialed down. This beer is nutty and sweet tasting, but a bitterness that stays in the background until the swallow, where it exerts a midest zap to the taste buds. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied, with a prickly and coating mouthfeel.

A very tasty beer that might get a little cloying on repeated downings, but as a one-off would make a great dessert beer.

woemad, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black color. Poured a 1 finger light brown head that dissipated to an even skim that was thicker on the edges. Laced in thin, running sheets.

S: Chocolate, coffee and toasted coconuts. Also roasted nuts and peaty/earthy flavor.

T: Toasted malts; chocolate, caramel and nuts. Coconut, coffee and molasses in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering sweetness.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Good flavor and balance. Very easy to drink.

Haybeerman, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Soneast
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 07/19/10. Pours a burnt brown to black color with a touch of amber edges when held to a light. Grows a fizzy, half-inch thick, light brown colored head that seems to dissipate fairly rapidly.

Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate. There are some mild coffee-like roast qualities, a sort of dry, dark chocolate aroma and some toasted malt character. No coconut to speak of.

The flavor is where you find a hint of coconut. Once again pronounced roasted barley and dark chocolate flavor comprise the bulk of flavors, some dark caramels and a barely perceptible coconut flavor coming in after the swallow. The finish is nice and creamy, and well balanced. Neither hop bitterness nor cloying malt sweetness takes over.

The beer has a nice body with a complimentary amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking, and superbly balanced. CoCoNut Porter leaves a delicious, slightly roasty, chocolate flavor in my mouth. The coconut in this beer is hard to find, but the base porter itself is quite delicious, to the point that any coconut character is hardly necessary for me to enjoy this beer.

Soneast, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Originally reviewed on 5/18/2009. I originally reviewed it under the brewpub location, but I moved it here since all canned beer is actually brewed at this location.]

Huge thanks to tzanio for hunting this down for me.

Pours a viscous charcoal black with a decent tan head on top. Retention is firm, but there's not much lacing/webbing. Smells of chocolate right away. Sweet creamy scents pull through as well. Mouthfeel is oh so creamy and smooth. This is like velvet. Flavor is a mix of mild cocoa and sourness. Not sure if that's the coconut that is sour, but there is a definite sour presence. I thought this could be like a liquid "Mounds" candybar, but not so much. This is more chocolatey IMO. Not bad though. I like it. Recommend.

Onenote81, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to washington, Washington, Maui brewing. Good to see you again...
And I see you pour a lovely light black (oh, yes) with amber highlights, nice tan cushion atop the liquid, bubbling steadily away. It's good to see you outside of a can. How long has it been? 6, 7, 8 months? Never again shall I mistreat you.
You smell like you've been sunning yourself..is that cocoa butter? A hint of coconut oil? The roast of the sweet heat?
You taste like a stripper at the beginning of her shift, all lust and thrust, coconut and chocolate oil, you leave my mouth watering for more. Welcome home, baby.

dragonWhale, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of TKEAnimal
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off I am not a big fan of porter brews so my rating might be skewed a little bit, but I must say this porter has changed my mind about them. Also I am a bit of a snob when it comes to drinking my beers out of a can, but Maui Brewing has changed my mind about this too.

When I poured it out of a can and into my mug it was a deep brown color with a tan head.

I smelled an overwhelming scent of cofee with a hint of chocolate.

I my first sip I was hit with cofee and the next sip I was able to taste the coco and molasses.

Overall I liked this beer a lot and has changed my mind about porters. I will definitely recommend this to others. In the future I will try more porters thanks to Maui Brewing.

TKEAnimal, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a thick foamy tan head. Leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smells fantastic. Smells mostly of milk chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and just a hint of toasted coconut. Not as much coconut aroma as I was expecting, but it still smells awesome.

Tastes as good as it smells. Chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a nutty flavor. Toasted coconut is also on the palate, but not overwhelming.

Creamy and chewy mouthfeel, but not too viscous or cloying.

Although this is a great tasting beer, I'm not sure I'd want more than one of these in a sitting. Great beer nonetheless.

felipe2toes, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass - thanks to mrmiles for this during the nice cans BIF II

A - Pours a surprisingly dark, almost black color with a tannish head fading to a nicely retained film which leaves little lacing along the glass.

S - A full range of scents including coffee, nuts, chocolate, and a nice flair of coconut, as well as some sweet, dark malts.

T - Begins with slightly sweet dark malt and caramel, along with plenty of nuttiness. Coconut, molasses, and a hint of coffee pop through the profile. Finishes somewhat dry with hops and some lingering sweetness.

M - Full medium body with a creamy texture and little lingering feeling.

D - Quality flavors, pleasant profile, and great feel make this easy drinking.

Definitely a little different, but the coconut and sweet qualities aren't overdone. Delicious!

xnicknj, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a dense, foamy head. The aroma is rather mild, with notes of light coffee, a hint of chocolate, and toasted malt. The flavor is largely driven by the robust nuttiness, but it is also quite sweet and has a subtle kiss of the toasted coconut underneath. The texture is smooth and almost creamy, but a bit too thin to support the hearty porter flavors. Overall, it is mild, smooth, and quite pleasant, but it is a bit too thin and a bit too sweet for my liking. The use of coconut is different and interesting, though, and although it could be considered a bit gimmicky for a brewery from Maui, I thought it was a nice touch that made me want to search for this beer.

devilben02, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black bodied, with merely a glint of magenta on the edge when it is held to a light. The head is low and tan, receding moderately but lacing well.
Roast and cocoa hit the nose first, then it grows sweeter with anise, fudge and vanilla. Toasted coconut can be teased out, but doesn't jump into the nostrils.
The taste closely follows the nose, but seems significantly amplified. A spot of roast up front, then it cycles through stages of chocolates: cocoa powder, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fudge. Vanilla makes a marked impression, as does its namesake coconut. Toasty and pulpy. It lacks any real hop contribution. The finish is long, as it ventures from sweet back to dry cocoa nibs, and hints of roast and smoke, with the toasted coconut still in tow.
Full bodied with a low-level, steady carbonation. It drinks a good deal bigger than it is, but not in a detrimental sense. Though it might be a bit much for session drinking (and I don't really think that's the intent anyway).
It balances it's dry, smoky/roasty/toasty quality against it's robust sweetness, then adds a layer of coconut. I was excited to try this, and the result surpassed my expectations by a wide margin. This is no mere gimmick, it's a damn nice porter.

cokes, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9-21-10
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured a thick three fingers of foam, the tan head dissipated really slowly. Dark in complexion, can't see any carbonation nor light through the brew

S - Coconut, little vanilla but a fair amount of chocolate and malt. No aroma of hops any where

T/M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy tasting porter

D - Very easy drinker. One that I can for sure have more than one of! Got this as an extra from PretzelCity, Big thanks to him!

FreshmanPour77, Oct 05, 2010
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.