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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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1,145 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 124
Gots: 104 | 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 busternuggz
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to chickencoop for sending me some of these in a trade!
Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Awesome opaque brownish black color with an inviting 1 1/4" light brown head, which quickly dissipates but hangs on for about half the beer with a thin remnant that reminds me of the creamy foam on a mug of hot chocolate. Leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is amazing roasty bittersweet chocolate with a little hint of coffee and some nuttiness, which I want to call toasted coconut but maybe its just the power of suggestion, as well as a wisp of caramel. Scents are slightly muted, I'd like them to come out more.
Taste follows the smell, great roasty chocolate that comes on just a little sweet and ends with bittersweet mild coffee notes, and a bit of charred flavor. Little hints of hazelnut throughout, with a nice lasting bittersweet aftertaste mingling all these flavors subtly.
Nice smooth and creamy texture with a slight viscosity that knows when to let go.
Very smooth and drinkable porter, I want to crack another one as soon as I'm done.
Awesome porter. Wish the coconut was more present, but that's about my only complaint. Wish I traded for more than a 4 pack.

Edit: The 2nd time I got some I tasted and smelled the coconut more, different batch maybe. So there you go.

busternuggz, May 23, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into sniffer.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a dense dark brown head that quickly faded into a very thin scum.
S: Light sweet malt, caramel, and roasted nutty grains.
T: Toasted malt, dry grains, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, vanilla, roasted oats, milk chocolate, and maybe the vague taste of coconut oil in the finish and aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol in the finish as well.
M: A very good balance between the dry, roasted dark flavors and fruity sweetness. Carbonation is present and silky, and the body is slick yet chewy enough to have substance.
D: I was pleasantly surprised by this porter. The coconut is pretty hard to pick out, and I wouldn't know it was in it unless the can told me, but it is a delicious porter none the less. Body is smooth and the flavors are light yet complex. If not for the price I would buy this more often.

scottfrie, May 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Brez07
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with 1 finger sandy colored head. Didn't get much lacing around the glass

S: Burnt sugar sweetness, chocolate and roasted malt. No coconut detected

T: Very similar to the smell. A nice roasted malt flavor, with chocolate and minimal hops. There is the slightest bit of coconut mixed in

M: Light to medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation. Fits the style very well

D: Easy to drink and I'm glad I could try it, but ultimately nothing special. It it was a local I'd purchase it again, but I don't plan on trading for it

Brez07, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of IrieJackalope
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Jet-black as it enters the glass, foams up to a pretty good-sized head that leaves behind some lacing. There's a fair amount of chocolate in the nose, sweetness as well, I don't know if that's the coconut I'm getting. Taste is consistent with the smell; coconut is definitely detectable towards the finish. The body isn't too full but the maltiness leaves a semi-dry finish. Very smooth and very drinkable, a good take on the traditional American Porter.

IrieJackalope, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Pours jet black with a two finger tan head that falls pretty quickly to a thin ring around the edge, pretty creamy.

S: Big roasted chocolate malt, some toffee, a little sweetness detected. Smells heavier than I know this beer is...and coconut isn't really prevalent.

T: Taste falls very short of the smell, some roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and the coconut comes across as a bit of an afterthought...

M: Medium light body, fairly thin and lots of carbonation...pretty accurate for the style.

D: Very smooth and drinkable and the abv is dead on for a porter.

RedBrewer83, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of kungpao
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to MaxStout for an awesome trade.

A- deep dark brown with little to no visability when held to the light.

S- roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and other roasted smells (obviously coconut), though if this were a blind tasting I would never have guessed coconut.

T- A nice typical porter style background with a roasted coconut surprise. Its an interesting combination to say the least. The coconut taste itself is the star of the show but, its not coconut like I've tasted before. This is a complex and interesting take on a porter.

M- a bit thin, and little carbonation. Would have given a higher score if it was a bit more full bodied.

D- I love a porter, and can drink several in a row. The coconut makes this a bit less drinkable than an average porter. I wouldnt drink more than 2 with out something else in between.

Over all, this is a fun beer to try. If you enjoy porters and have accesses to this, I reccomend trying it.

kungpao, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.

A: Deepest black in the center allows no light to penetrate. Light brown, transparent edges. Less than one finger of pale tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate smell is very appealing.

T: Slight ripe fruit and chocolate dominate the front-end flavors. This beer does not taste as sweet as it smells. Slight bitter astringency (burned malt) appears late. Earthy coconut volatiles fill the sinuses after sipping for a while.

M: Thin texture seems light-handed for the style. Carbonation is appropriately light.

D: This is an easy beer to drink, without offering any challenge. My concluding thought is that this beer is overpriced, at about $10 per four-pack.

beagle75, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of timbro81
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with not much light coming through on the edges. Nice initial head that settles to a fine ring that lasts throughout. Smell is great, semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, cream and a touch of black pepper. Taste is equally as impressive. A little slow to come alive in the mouth but once things get started it snowballs from there. Nice bitter/sweet chocolate notes, again a mild amount of coffee grounds, perhaps some vanilla. Good velvety mouthfeel. Dangerously sessionable.

timbro81, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a solid black with a tall, thick, deep tan head that had great retention, but zero lacing. The beer was very carbonated, bubbles clung to the sides like this was a glass of coke.

As the can snapped open I was hit with a great roasted and sweet scent. Upon further sniffing the roasted notes and sweetness combined nicely, without either dominating. The taste was very similar, great roast, a slight sweetness. Personally, I couldn't really pick out a coconut scent or flavor, but that sweetness had to come from somewhere.

The body was very good, but perhaps just a touch thin for the style. Drinkabilty was excellent. I can see this easily becoming my "heavier" beer for spring and summer.

Overall, a top-notch brew that's worth some effort to obtain. A job well-done.

beertunes, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Can into Pint glass.

Pours a black-brown, ruby highlight edges and a couple fingers of frothy cocoa colored head that slowly dissolves and leaves a nice thick ring around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a some toasted coconut. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt and finishes sweet with a little more of the toasted coconut. Its medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Nice porter, I like that the coconut is slight which creates a nice complexity to the roasted and chocolate.

DiabolikDUB, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance with black color that remains black when held to light. Head is a light tan color and has plenty of thickness and resilience long after the initial pour. Nose is also very appetizing with some soft coconut, roasted malt, and a whiff of hop character in the background. On the palate the flavors are a little subdued, with a thin, watery body, and not as much roasty flavors or coconut that the nose suggested I would find. Easy drinking though, but not the beer I expected based on the nose.

yemenmocha, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color with a 1/2" brown head that settled pretty fast. No lacing of note.

S= Very nice aroma of toasted coconut, sweet dark malt, and faint coffee notes. The coconut really added a nice aspect to this aroma profile.

T= Some coconut but unfortunately much less prominent than in the nose. Otherwise, a pretty typical (but good) porter flavor. Sweet malts, lightly roasted grain, and a kiss of earthy hops. Finished pretty toasty, probably from the coconut.

M= Lighter side of medium body with a modest carbonation and lightly watery feel.

D= A very drinkable beer that in my opinion is a B+ porter that gets elevated by its unique coconut aroma. I wish the coconut was stronger in the flavor area, but still a great beer.

spointon, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of DousedInStout
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours near black with ruby highlights and a tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty - the coconut is present but not overwhelming, as are other scents of lactose, raisins, cola, and a hint of milk chocolate. The taste that follows is very similar - all chocolate, cola, and coconut with no hop presence. I really appreciate the natural, and not overly done, coconut taste. The carbonation is a bit low - and with such a sweet tasting beer, makes the mouthfeel a bit cloying and coating. Overall though, a unique porter worth seeking out.

DousedInStout, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

The Maui Brewing Coconut Porter pours a very dark brown in the glass with a tan froth that dissipates quickly & above average lacing when froth is present. Rich aromas of milk chocolate, subtle smoke, roasted coconut shavings, subtle espresso, roasted malts....damn...this beer smells rich, robust, sweet, full, & awesome! This beer is really only 5,70% abv?!? All of the aromas turn into flavors on the palate with an emphasized roast & chocolate character, sweet/syrpuy texture, & long finish. Although this is definitely a dessert beer, this is one that I'm completely enjoying, one that I highly recommend, & one that I'll absolutely buy in the future! A must try in my opinion!

BevMoAndrew, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of bret27
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to glass. A can??!? I do declare!

A: Very dark brown, almost black as an IS. Dark brown thick espresso looking head.

S: Toasted coconut, coffee, vanilla, sugar, sugar cane perhaps?

T: Coconut, vanilla cream, toasted bread, sweet, roasty. There's a strange bitterness at the end. Don't think it's hops, not really like alcohol either, maybe burntness?

M: Medium to thin bodied, slick and smooth.

D: Fairly good, but a little too sweet and creamy for me personally to drink a lot. The body and alcohol are not overpowering at all, the sweetness just turns me off.

Overall: Very good, but a little too sweet for me personally.

bret27, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with PretzelCity

Poured a rich black with brown fringes in light, huge pillowy head that faded fairly fast to a thick film that hung high on the wall of the glass
Smell was deep roasted barley with a big coffee and dark chocolate presence, no coconut noticed otherwise would have scored higher
Taste was very strong big coffee and dark chocolate again, only a very slight coconut note and its way in the back, the longer the beer sits the more the coconut sneaks out
Mouthfeel is a thin medium and very bright in the carbonation dept. almost too bubbly on the tongue
Drinkability- very good porter right up there near the top, if there was more of a coconut presence it would fit its name even better

sliverX, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served in a tulip, paired with a chocolate lava cake.

A: dark brown, almost black. very little head but a good amount of lacing that stuck to the glass all the way through.

S: coffee, bitter chocolate, not much coconut at first, but it started to come out as the beer warmed.

T: strong coffee and chocolate flavor, but with more of a sweet chocolate taste than is present in the aroma. the coconut is subtle but gets stronger throughout the brew.

M: medium bodied and dry. was expecting a bit more richness, but still a nice mouthfeel.

D: this was perfectly paired with the chocolate lava cake and it's very easy to imagine this beer being just as good on its own. the coconut wasn't overpowering (in fact, just the opposite- the coconut flavor was well balanced) and it wasn't too sweet. I was expecting it to be a bit more full bodied, but that certainly doesn't take away from an otherwise excellent brew.

jhoban19, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a little hotel glass

pours a rich, dark brown. Not cloudy, very little head. Smells of chocolate and coconuts, a little smoke and toffee.

Taste is strongly coffee and chocolate with a nice leavening of coconut, surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally light for a porter. Quite drinkable.

snaotheus, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of head sits atop a nearly black body. Smell is toasted coconut, freshly ground coffee, citrus hops, and a bit of chocolate and spices.

First sip seems mostly to be an empty coffee profile, but further into the glass this is revealing itself to have a complex subtlety to it that makes it quite enjoyable. Low ABV stouts and porters tend to have very weak flavor profiles, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have come across. No off flavors at all, only a slight bit of coffee bitterness. Great session brew in my opinion.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink, this beer is a winner for the style.

alcstradamus, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a tiny bubbled tan head that leaves some lace as it fades

Smell: Milk chocolate and toasted coconut

Taste: Opens with a milk chocolate flavor that is quickly joined by the toasted coconut element; the coconut is even more apparent in the finish, which is filled with more milk chocolate and a hint of roasty coffee as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely combination that works well; just a trifle too sweet and that detracts from the drinkability

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of kylesobrien
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought a six-pack back from Maui including three of the Maui Brewing beers; this is the first I've tried. I really like the idea of a coconut porter, but nearly all among the few I've tried have been pretty mediocre -- one even verging on mildly offensive.

If, like me, you're enjoying this one from the can, let it warm up a bit before indulging. The aroma and flavor really benefit from the increase in serving temperature.

This one is dark and relatively full-bodied. Capped with a creamy coffee-brown tinged head and sporting light carbonation, this definitely a thick and robust example within the style. The aroma is very mild at first (especially if served too cold), mostly roasted malt. A few minutes on, I'm glad I let this warm before being too judgmental. It's starting to smell more like a mix between cocoa, vanilla and toasted malt.

On the other hand, the flavor is up front regardless of temperature. A relatively assertive hoppy bitterness precedes a rich, smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavor with a subtle hint of coconut. It's perhaps a bit too early to admit it, but this is probably the best coconut porter I've had yet. The aftertaste is a mix of coffee, chocolate and coconut -- very pleasant. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, although this one obviously has some body. It almost has a bit of chewiness to it, like drinking a very smooth milkshake. I wonder if there's a bit of wheat in the malt bill. Whatever it is, it melds very well with the other ingredients.

It goes without saying that this is really drinkable. I'd bet folks who don't even like coconut all that much would enjoy this beer.

A really nice porter. The folks at Hale's trying to brew a coconut porter ought to have a few of these, throw out their old recipe and then try again.

kylesobrien, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass.

A: Pours a black body with brown tones to it, capped by a finger of dark tan head. Retains poorly, receding into a thin cap on top with streaks of lacing down the sides.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and light coffee. I'm surprised that there isn't much coconut in the aroma; it smells to me like any other porter.

T: Coconut and roasted malt up front -- here's where the smell was lacking. Light coffee and light dark chocolate in the mid-taste, pulling into a sweet, but lightly bitter, finish where coconut reappears with vanilla.

M: Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Doesn't get too sticky or cloying at first, though it started getting too much by the end of the can.

D: I thought this was an interesting take on the style. I could go for another one sometime.

Arbitrator, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees, I allowed mine to warm up about 5-10 degrees as I drank it.
A good friend of mine brought this back from Hawaii recently and I thank him for it.

Pours an extremely dark brown, so that it appears black, at first. Mild red highlights. Almost two-fingers of brown foam make the head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is good, but slick.

Big presence of dark chocolate. Mild notes of ground coffee. The coconut is present, but not as prominent as expected. Very light touch of vanilla.

First, this would be a good, solid, porter even without the coconut enhancement. Nice big flavors of roasted malts. Good notes of dark chocolates and some coffee flavors, as well. Then the coconut slips in. It's not as 'big' as you may expect it to be. It brings a nice toastiness to the brew, along with a wonderful, light, sweetness that seems to balance the whole thing out, quite nicely.

It's lacking abit in the area of body, sadly. It's just abit too thin, almost waterey. The carbonation, while not overpowering, seemed to be out-of-place with the rest of the brew. It didn't seem to be combined with everything else, I guess.

Despite my minor criticisms, this is a very drinkable beer. Now, I just wish that they had better distro, so I'd have better access to it.

coldmeat23, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly completely black in color, although when held against bright light, it reluctantly admits to being a dark brown. Roughly 1/4" tan / brown head.

S: Molasses, chocolate and toasted coconut scents.

T: Rich coconut milk, rich dark chocolate, and some chocolate milk tastes. Toasted coconut and chocolate on the second and third sips. Almost like a liquid Mounds bar. Very tasty.

M: Heavier, thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect for a regular porter. Reminds me of some imperial porters. Good, silky texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable with its excellent flavor, good texture, and moderate ABV. An excellent beer for dessert.

jnn4v, Aug 24, 2009
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.