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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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1,201 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 129
Gots: 113 | 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 Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted, roasted fudgy chocolate and coconut. As it warms, the coconut dominates.

The flavor is a bit of a mess - acidic chocolate malts with a little coconut and some charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium boded and watery.

Overall, showed promise, but the flavors were very disjoint and it was thin and watery.

Photo of Gunslinger711
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to treehouse for this brew!

Served in a pint glass.

Pours dark with little head retention.

Has kind of generic porter smell to it, not catching any coconut scents yet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light compared to other porters I've had.

Tastes like a light version of a generic porter, somewhat dark, somewhat roasted. I catch a little bit of a coconut taste on the tail end.

Drinkability. If I was on the beach in Hawaii and craving a porter, I could put a few these down. Light and drinkable, a little lacking on taste, especially coconut smell and taste. I do appreciate it making the trip from Hawaii though.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the darkest of browns with a creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving a beautiful swirls on the surface and a thin ring. Spotty lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. Smells great, very nice Porter aromas. However, where's the coconut? Perhaps I can detect a tiny bit, but there's not nearly as much as I'd hoped.
T - Again, very nice (but typical) flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and coffee, but I don't see where the coconut comes into play.
M - Creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation.
D - Had no problem with this one, but without the coconut it's just a regular porter, which I can get anywhere. Too bad, I've been excited about this one for a while.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with reddish hints... A bit of smooth white head... The head dissipates quickly but a lot hangs around the edges. Smells like roasted coffee with a bit of coconut :) smells great! Drinks very cleanly with lots of roasted malts the coconut comes through nicely. Very drinkable and a top notch beer !

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.
T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.
D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

Photo of circlenine
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass 12/28/10. Reviewed on paper 12/28, transcribed into BA 12/29.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown with large two finger head and heavy lacing.

S: Very rich and roasty malt aroma. Missing seems to be the coconut. It would receive a 4 if I was able to place the coconut, but as poured it smells like an above average porter.

T: Toasted/roasted malts but where's the coconut? There was a nice roasty after taste that lingered shortly after sip but not overpowering or distracting.

M: Medium bodied. The bite of the carbonation seemed to overpower the taste a tad, until of course the after taste kicked in.

D: Tastes good, feels good, drinks good. Won't drink a 4pk in one sitting. One yes, maybe two in a sitting.

Comments: Expected it to be a little more sweet. Pleasantly surprised it wasn't as I don't have a sweet tooth. That having been said, I would have liked some coconut. Does it fade? Was mine not fresh?

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking this sea side on my honeymoon in Hawaii, but I'll try to not let my surroundings cloud my objectivity.

Out of a plethora of macro lagers and overrated imports, this can is my one lifeline.

Pours dark brown with a stubborn foamy head that creates some nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is simple but pleasant: creme caramel and lush coconut. There's a bit of toast in the background, but the smell makes me think that sweetness will dominate this brew.

Mouthfeel is nice (on the full side of medium) with only slightly more carbonation than I usually like to see.

The coconut flavor is more restrained on the taste buds than it was on the nose. That's a welcome development as I was worried the beer might have an overwhelming extract quality to it. Instead, the flavor is quite natural. There's some Brown sugar sweetness which is balanced nicely by a bit of roast. I wouldn't mind a bit more boldness on the roast and more complexity in the sweetness, but overall this is a very good porter that deserves a try.

Photo of weazal
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Medium to light aroma consisting primarily of thin coffee. Light and sweet. Perhaps some mocha.

TASTE: Thick, full experience. Decadent without being overly sweet. Starts with slightly dark chocolate bitterness, giving way to a smooth, sweetness and finishing off with a definitely roasted character.

Full, rounded drink that's not over-powering. Pleasant and easy to drink while still being hearty.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of axelroderic
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Photo of Another6Pack
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of gtn80
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Soneast
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.