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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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846 Reviews

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Reviews: 846
Hads: 1,987
Avg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 149
Gots: 230 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Reviews: 846 | Hads: 1,987
Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, pretty much black, with a frothy light brown head that settles to a thin layer and laces well.

S: Toasted coconut, a little chocolate, dark sugar, and roasty malt.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, toasted coconut, a bit smokey, burnt toast, hint of vanilla, and an herbal woody note.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, rather drinkable.

O: Very tasty twist on a porter.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a porter glass.

Pours a deep brown that looks black when it settles inside the glass. Head forms into a finger of thick, layered foam that dissipates into a sticky layer of lace. 4.25

Mellow nose, but there's a nice dose of toasted coconut, dark chocolate and malty sweetness. Light caramel and vanilla and a touch of hop aroma round things out. 4.25

Tastes as advertised. Toasted coconut continues and the chocolate is abundant and imparts both sweet and bitter flavor, and there are subtler notes of caramel and vanilla. The finish lingers with baker's chocolate. 4

My mind occasionally wants more body from this brew, but other times it feels about right. The bitterness is surprisingly aggressive and I'm actually wondering why they didn't allow this to be a bit, just a tiny bit, sweeter. The carbonation is medium and feels just right. 4

Tasty brew that drinks easily and offers a lot of flavor and feel.

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Photo of lowers87
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark brown, medium carbonation
Smell: Obvious coconut aroma, background roasted coffee bean,
Taste: Tastes very similar to the smell, more of the coffee bean comes out in the taste, not to heavy, the roast is strong.
Feel: Light and not overpowering, doesn't feel like a strong beer.
Overall: Different type of beer, not too complex which is nice, recommend.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid porter poured nice dark brown from can. Roasted
Malts cocoa, coffee - very little coconut. Pleasant , medium
Bodied with the an finish. Pretty good American porter - enjoyed on recent visit to Hawaii. Not
Bad for style- but not worth high price point.

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Photo of jooler
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of head. Smells like any porter. Initial taste is of mostly coffee. I could barely taste coconut. I was excited for the coconut but was very let down. Not worth the price

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip. A dark brownish black with a finger of clingy, frothy light tan foam on top... Leaving a thick bar of lacing on the sides of the glass but otherwise breaks down rather quickly.

Aroma is that of malts rather than the signature ingredient ... Roasted coffee, lightly singed grains. There is a distinct candy bar note, burnt almond and sure, some coconut flakes. The taste is rather ashy up front but mellows out into cola and toasted nut territory along with some semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate covered coffee beans and vanilla. Reminds one of a Malibu chocolate bar as the bitter receptors acclimatize. Some herbal/tannic hop notes emerge in the semi-dry nutty finish. Solidly medium body and carbonation.

Although not my favorite porter by any stretch, I think this deserves props for not being overbearing on the signature ingredient and still conveying some unique character.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Draft, Social List, Long Beach, CA 2/22/15) Haven't had many porters in quite some time and this one has me interested in trying more. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight, sticky, off-white head lies scattered across a dark amber body, impenetrable to light. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark malt, cold coffee, and toasted coconut dominate the aroma. There are hints of vanilla and sweet alcohol as well.

Taste: The taste begins with roasted coconut, dark, slightly sweet malt, cold coffee, and hints of vanilla. As the taste progresses, cold coffee flavors ascend. These flavors play off against moderate herbal hops. Later in the taste, a fairly pronounced wood note appears,. The taste finishes with a long, lingering vanilla and wood note.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nicely done, a complex and beguiling example.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It smells mildly like coconut, but I wouldn't toss this at any coconut fanatics. They'd be disappointed. But as a nice rich porter, it had a great mouth feel and good flavors.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 15, 2015

12 oz can, English dimpled pint

A – Very dark brown to black, mostly opaque. A huge, frothy head of about two inches, medium tan in color, lingers for a long while on top, sudsy and gorgeous.

S – Coconut is very high in the mix, along with sweet chocolate and some toffee aromas. Maybe some vanilla in the background. Very sweet on the nose. Some earthy hops are present, though they contribute more bitterness here than anything else.

T – Very malty sweet, milky chocolate and sweet coconut, but not at all cloying. Again, some vanilla is present in the background, along with some darker caramel/toffee notes. The hop flavor is pretty limited here, some herbal/earthy quality, but contributing a moderate level of hop bitterness to help balance out the sweetness. The balance is towards sweet however.

M – Very high carbonation, sudsy from the moment the can is opened (I’ve had a couple gushers with these in the past). The body is medium, probably a bit heavier but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Fairly dry in spite of the sweetness in the flavor, malt sweetness and hop bitterness both present but balanced towards sweet.

O – This is one of my all-time go to beers. In spite of the darkness, it is highly drinkable any time of the year thanks to the high carbonation and the refreshing, different coconut flavors. Every time I think I probably won’t like this as much the next time I try it, it surprises me all over again. Perfectly crafted, preserves well in the can, goes down easy.

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Photo of B4PTSD
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer is alright. Like a few others that commented on here it does not taste like any coconut. The beer has a rich coffee like taste that isn't sweet. For the price of a 4 pack here in Hawaii I think it's not worth it. It's a decent porter in my opinion, but that's about it. It's still a quality beer it doesn't taste cheap. Different strokes for different folks. I love dark beer, but won't be getting another pack of this no time soon.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose features black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted notes.

If you want to buy this because you like coconut and the idea of a coconut porter sounds delicious, then don't buy this. It's a porter. Bitter espresso finish. Dry cocoa aftertaste. Watery slightly sour mouthfeel. I don't know where they get off calling it coconut. I'm even drinking it with dark chocolate coconut almonds and still, almost nothing. Bit of a metallic taste too when I stretch for the coconut I get an unpleasant metal. Meet disappointed in this beer. Just call it a porter.

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Photo of Matonika
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: is very dark and black
S: is bitter coco and licorice and a faint coconut smell.
T:is a good porter clean tasting, spicyness and licorice. With a SOY sauce taste. Of you have ever had Thai dark soy sauce this is reminiscent of it. But it does not have a sweetened or toasted coconut flavor. It is good for the price point.

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Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really liked this beer. One of few I have to completely disagree with the ratings. Maybe people are thrown off by the coconut, but it's a solid porter, with a smooth, full mouth feel, and a well balanced coconut flavor in the finish.

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Photo of Southside830
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint around the edges when held to a light.
S: I mainly got black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate or cocoa powder.
T: Follows the nose closely. Black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate or cocoa powder. Hop bitterness mid tongue balances the beer. Dry on the palate and easy to drink. No harsh flavors here.
O: A solid Porter. There are better alternatives but this brew is still solid. Sadly I got no coconut flavor at all.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into tulip 5/12/14

A dark cola with enough clarity to see half way to the other side under the large and loose foam that falls quickly leaving just a couple random patches of lace

S chocolate, vanilla, earthy leafy hops, coco powder, and a hint of coconut oil in the background, reminds me of tanning oil but its faint

T just a hint of char, more earthy notes, almost nutty, not far off the smell, tastes good but not all that intense

M somewhat light for a porter but the bubbles fluff it up a little, a little slick on the palate and I think there's more flavor on the finish then while your drinking it

O one of those beers that's good but could use more of everything, if they pumped up the intensity this would be memorable

I've heard about this beer and was stoked to pick it up in my local market but at nearly 16$ a 4 pack I can't see myself buying it again

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 082814 at 40 degrees into a nonic
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, clear
Flavor of roasted malt, not really picking up any coconut, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75
Somewhat disappointed - this is an adequate porter but I was hoping for some coconut taste and didn't find any.

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Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with red highlights and a thick caramel head with good retention.
Delicious aroma with lots of high grade cocoa chocolate and coffee. Hints of almonds and vanilla. Feels very natural, I could smell this forever.
Flavor with notes of spices, coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, dark fruits, vanilla and burnt coconut. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness. The coconut is mild, not predominating.
Light to medium creamy body with good carbonation.
Very drinkable, assertive and flavorful Porter. Nice burnt coconut and coffee marriage.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour dark wood like brown in color with a big finger and a half fluffy tan head. Aroma is a robust porter to style with notes of coco powder, chocolate malt, herbal hops and a slight metallic note on the end. Taste follows the nose with flavors of coco, chocolate malt, some faint hints of coconut and slightly metallic in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap at Chuck's 85 St. Dark colored, not much head and somewhat cloudy. A little lace lingers with each sip. Aroma of coffee and espresso with a bit of smoky coconut. Sweet tasting, with bread and a tad bit of sourness. Very light for a porter. Not much carbonation and a fairly short finish.

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Photo of cbutova
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%

Can brought back from Flagstaff, AZ. Full notes taken when consumed.

A- Can pours out with a black body but not an oily thick appearance. The head is frothy and creamy rising just above a finger with decent retention. A sheet of lace followed by spots.

S- Cocoa powder and toasted coconut make up most of whats happening here with a malty overall feel. Roasted, caramel and toasty cereal grains with slight hops.

T- Chocolate malts provide the biggest flavors with a decent amount of toasted coconut right beyond it. Mediumly roasted grains, moderate sweetness, caramel, cereal and light earthy hop notes. Dark fruit hints.

MF- Fluffy and foamy consistency to a light end body as far as modern Porters go. Carbonation is moderately high and perpetuates the texture. Finishes with slight roast bitterness.

A good porter with an emphasis on cocoa roasty malts and toasted coconut coming in just below that. Could use just a tiny bit of body to support those flavors.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev 0%

Twelve ounce can.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 1" thick mocha head which lingers before settling to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Roast, malts, mild chocolate, very faint coconut (could be power of suggestion) and vanilla.

T: Dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts with a hint of toasted coconut on warming.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy, roasty finish.

O: Expecting lots more coconut here, but still a decent porter.

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Photo of Drogon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

I wanted to drink some taste of the islands that I have been to several times because I love COCONUT. This was a great porter. Creamy and rich, but just one problem. It didn't taste like coconut very much. I was looking forward to some good coconut taste because it's hard to find any coconut beer. The other great coconut beer that was brewed by Goose Island Bourbon County Stout w/ Coconut is only limited release and only in Chicago! I've seen people selling bottles of that or $100!
Overall taste- This is a great beer that after it warms a little has just a tad of coconut after taste
but instead of just putting more into what it says on the label and picture into the actual taste a lot more people would buy this niche beer.

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Photo of scratch69
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Loads of foamy lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Tiniest hint of coconut.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth.

Overall- Overall a pretty good beer, but I was a little disappointed in this. I was expecting more coconut flavor from a beer with "coconut" in it's name.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A dark brown/black color with a nice thick tan head and light wet lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt, with a hint of sweet coconut.

Taste – Taste is similar to the smell, but also includes hops.

Mouthfeel –Lightly carbonated, smooth, and creamy, with a mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability – The coconut is mild, and I think even people that don’t like coconut would enjoy this. It’s goes down easy, and is a great effort from Hawaii. Another reviewer said this would go well with angel food cake and I think he’s right.

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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.