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CoCoNut Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

Added by TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

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Photo of Hands22
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. 

A- pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that faded quickly, leaving a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer. 

S- roasty coffee dominates. Get some sweetness in the toasted coconut. 

T- roast coffee carries through to the flavor. The coconut comes through as a sweet taste on the back end. Finishes semi-sweet but the roast grain does add a bit of dryness. 

M- medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. 

O- a very good example of the porter style. The coconut is there but gets a bit overwhelmed by the strong roasted malts. As it warms the coconut picks up some. Kind of reminds me of coffee and doughnuts.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch charlie for this
Canned 03/04/11

A - Deep brown body with a big loose light brown head.

S - Big roasty nose, some coconut, some sweet dark fruits, a very enjoyable smell.

T - Lots of roast, some sweet dark fruits, nice balance to nose, having trouble tasting any coconut. But its fine, a bit too sweet perhaps.

M - very smooth, medium body.

O - a pretty good beer, wish it was a little bit more coconutty.

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Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Dry roasty malt, very light touch of coconut.

L: Dark black, light tan head that dissipates slightly. Dusty head.

T: Dry roasty malt with some coconut sweetness near the finish. Medium low bitterness leads to some dark chocolate with additional toasted coconut.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium high carbonation.

Really enjoyed this, aroma was disappointing, but the taste had a nice subtle coconut that worked great with the roast. Carbonation was a little high, but glad i tried this.

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Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with a one finger light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate and molasses along with a good balance of coffee beans and a touch of hops. Really nicely crafted sweet porter. Initial hit of sweet chocolate, not overly sweet, but very nice. Little kick of roasted coffee and hops before a sweet creamy finish. Hints of vanilla, coconut and coconut milk to finish off this tasty brew. Really complex flavor profile.

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Photo of Shumania
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Canned on 6/27/11

a: dark black with a large 2 finger beige fluffy head.

s: Good kick of chocolate with some coffee in there and the hint of coconut.

t: Bitter coffee and sweet chocolate play very well off each other and the coconut adds something nice in there as well.

m: Perfect creaminess to this beer while remaining drinkable.

o: A great porter! Good chocolate and coffee flavors.

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Photo of merzeone
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oc Can received as a gift from my brother JsonParris

A: Pours a brown chocolate color with dark ruby red on the edges 2 to 3 Fingers head that dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes but that layer seems to stick around.Excellent lacing.

AR: Mostly Chocolate/ Cocoa & vanilla aromas followed with a bit of roast and minimal coconut. Minimal to no hop presence. Maybe a little bit of yeast esters (fruity) nothing to bad im just catching it at the very end.

T: Wow Creamy Coconut Mixed with some vanilla and chocolate tasted even better then it smells. Towards the end I get that little bit of roast just enough to make it pop with no astringency at all. Even though this is on the sweeter side its not malty. Good amount of hops to balance the taste out. Damn Tasty.

M: Perfect Carbonation, Great creamy taste but not heavy I would give this a medium body feel it does finish on the lighter side so it makes it easy to drink.

O: This is seriously a delicious beer, The coconut gives it that refreshing flavor so drinking it on a hot day wouldn't be a problem but the creaminess and a touch of roast makes it easy to drink in the colder months as well. Im Highly impressed. Its a good addition to the porter family.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pitasoup for this can.

A - Pours rich, opaque brown with 3 fingers of big, rocky, tan head. Almost as if a super sized toasted marshmallow was sitting on top.

S - Fresh malty aroma with a hint of toasted coconut in the background.

T - Bang!! Coconut right up front, followed by the roast, hints of chocolate, a bit of graham cracker. Like a giant s'more made with roasted coconut marshmallows. Could use a touch more roast, but this is a tasty brew.

M - Creamy, but not too much. Not like a nitro brew.

O - Every time I try this beer, I taste some other subtle nuance. One of the best porters available.

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Photo of MNFirefly
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this porter is wonderful. It has a slight coffee aroma besides the coconut. When I poured the beer, it had a very thick and frothy head.

I wanted to enjoy a local Maui beer while sitting on the beach and this is definitely one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing i noticed when i poured this beer was the unique light amber color. The beer's aroma is of smoky wood and a light floral taste.the beer has the perfect amount of lace, head and carbonation. It is surprisingly traditional porter in taste, as the coconut is barely detectable. Overall this beer surprised me, it is alot better than I expected. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of porters.

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Photo of BJA
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into perfect pint glass

A: Jet black with a tan head. I got about 1 inch of head that dissipated down in a few minutes and left a lil’ cap on the beer as I drank it down.

S: Dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, a bit of coffee with roasted malt in the background. The coconut scent is a bit sugary.

T: I get a good amount of dark chocolate with roasted malt. There is a sweetness to it as well and that coconut flavor. I get vanilla in the finish and aftertaste.

M: It has a medium mouthfeel leaning toward a bit of heaviness. It has a medium finish

O: I like this porter a lot. It is very drinkable. The sweetness is balanced very well. It always stayed at a perfect spot and never overwhelmed me.

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Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown with an enormous brown foamy and even fizzy head--decent retention that eventually fades to a thin film; lacing is okay

S: Roasty chocolate malts with subtle coconut aroma; the pleasant fruity coconut sweetness meshes well with the roasted dark chocolate malts

T: Up front mostly roasted malts that are a touch sour--seems a bit disappointing until the roasted coconuts invade, helping to bring the roasted malts up to par; chocolate and some dark fruits are subtly prevalent as well

F: A touch thinner that I would want, even for a porter

O: A nice take on the style; I wish it had slightly more body but this is quite the refreshing and unique beer

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes, can into a pint glass.

This hawaiian treasure has a deep black brown color with a large foamy caramel head. It smells of toasted malts and warm chocolate with touches of espresso and subtle coconut. Sweet malts blended with mild coconut and vanilla flavors balanced with some bitter coffee notes that goes down easy with a nice body.

Verdict: Probably the best beer from Hawaii, this one is really drinkable, not a pretentious porter by any means and a great beer to enjoy in a glass or right out of the can with friends.

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Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Abbey Burger Bistro in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Phenomenal burgers and a really well-rounded beer list in taps and bottles.

At the pour it raised a nice tan head. Even though it was a sizable glass, I couldn't pour the whole can due to the head. It didn't last too long though and I got the rest of it in there. A nice dark copper color to this one with a nice glow.

The malts really shine in this one, as it should be, with earth and nutty notes complimenting the expected roasted aroma. The taste follows this smell and the roast really takes over. A slight hint of chocolate, but not sweet chocolate. I struggled to find the coconut until I paid more attention to the wash. It's there, but don't expect the sweetened coconut we're used to or even the usual type of toasted coconut you can get on your sundae. This tastes more like coconut "meat" scraped right out of the shell and then toasted without anything else added. They say there are spicy hops in the finish. I didn't get that for one reason or another.

This beer has the classic body for a porter. I've had better porters, but this one is well worth getting and trying.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz can, this was enjoyed after the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
A – Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Head leave a decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not great retention.
S – Good dark roasted malt, a hint of coconut and also some coffee. There is a mild chocolate note, but it’s hard to pin point it because of how its not as forward as the coffee and coconut.

T – This taste very similar to how it smells. A good amount of dark roasted malt up front mixed with a toned down coconut flavor that isn’t overwhelming, and then the coffee joins along with a good chocolate flavor that is as mild as it smells. Exceptionally balanced on all flavor levels.

M – Very much a medium beer, there isn’t anything thick or thin about this. And it’s a bit overly carbonated but that could come from the canning process.

O – Good twist to classic, impressed with how this is every time I enjoy it. Maui has got something in the brews they make.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark black with just a bit of lighter brown mixed in and a big covering of frothy and even creamy chocolate covered head. The head fades down slowly and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a nice mix of roasted and even slightly burnt chocolate malts with some milk and coconut sweetness and a touch of earthy hops.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of roasted chocolate malts and some toasted coconut sweetness. Through the middle, the chocolate flavor seems to get a bit more rich with a bit of burnt flavors and a touch of earthy hops. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, toasted coconut, and just a bit of burnt malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels silky smooth with just a bit of a syrupy and slightly chewy feeling.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice level of sweetness with the traditional American Porter elements. The toasted coconut is really nice.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with mocha head(adequate dissipation) and minimal lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, espresso, vanilla, and milk chocolate, and very faint coconut(where is it?).

T: Taste of vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, and a cherry/coconut aftertaste.

M: Smooth/creamy/milky, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not at all intruding).

O: Very tasty porter, but I find the coconut presence disappointing. I defiantly recommend, but it's kind of expensive. I suppose if I couldn't get black butte, it would be runner up(possibly). Anywhoo... Check it out.

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Photo of NWer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown into my 21st Amendment tulip. Minimal brown head dissipates quickly. No lace. Taste a bit tart with chocolate and I assume cocoa nut notes. This porter is enjoyable enough but nothing outstanding.
A solid effort by Maui Brewing.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep and dark, opaque, cocoa colored head, nice retention, nice lacing

S: deep roasted malts, chocolate, not much coconut on the nose, some coffee, almost astringent

T: bold roasty up front, bitter chocolate, slight astringency, coconut and vanilla on the finish

Mf: slick, medium carbonation

O: nice brew, which I got more coconut in it, but nice nonetheless

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 8/4/11, consumed on 9/16/11.

A- Brew is a deep black with barely any highlights. Two finger light mocha colored head that leaves sheeted lacing down my glass.

S- Coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla. Light chicory note.

T- Deeply roasted malts & toasted coconut dominates with bitter milk chocolate and vanilla adding to the complexity. Truely outstanding!

M- Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Pretty thick mouthfeel with a slight heat from the alcohol.

O- I love coconut, and I think this beer incorporated it perfectly. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (thanks Vitese) poured into a pint glass

A: Fairly standard pour leads to a 2-finger mocha brown head that billows out of the brim out the glass. Tight bubbles, frothy on top. Great retention, leaves a little lacing. Dark brown/almost black body, opaque of course.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, coconut, light molasses.

T: Moderate level of roasted malts (not weak, but not robust, medium roast level). A touch of sweetness in the middle that leaves a semi-dry finish. Hop presence is a little floral but not there too much and there's is very little bitterness (if any really). Coconut, chocolate, and coffee flavors play on an equal playing field.

M: Light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little creamy. Easy finish and drinkability. A little weak overall.

O: A light, clean (bitter-free) tasting porter with a rather light body that's highly drinkable. Nothing unpleasant about this, just not big or bold enough for my taste.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Beer Pairing Reviews. I Received a 12 FL. OZ 355 ML can of this in a trade w/ cfh64 & price is unknown. Poured from the well branded can w/ a Coconut filled with the Porter on the front & has 1814, ...LIKE HOT CHICKS ON THE BEACH, and Porter Brewed W/ Hand-Toasted Coconut on the front into a 16oz St. Louis Rams Pint Glass. Has CANNED 060911 on the bottom of the can.

I am pairing this up with ColdStone's Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream. Should be very enjoyable! I will be drinking over half the brew before enjoying the ice cream with it, to give it a proper review.

Aroma- Has strong roasty, light espresso aroma. Can't tell there is coconut in here but thats alright, that would be almost impossible to get a Porter to have this attribute.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention. Has a extremely dark brown body that is opaque. Leaves sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- Tastes as if the porter was put into a coconut shell! Very nice burnt taste and is very dry and roasty. The grains become sharp at the finish of the drink and thus has only a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and leaves only dark grainy/maltiness on the palate... Wish there was more coconut here.

Overall Impression- A very interesting brew! While I enjoyed over 3/4 of the can AND THEN started eating the Coldstone Ice Cream, this was very well paired and couldn't have enjoyed more! This Porter had only hints of the coconut but still a brew I have been wanting to try for a while. Thanks Brad!

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Photo of goldbot
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coconut porter is one of the more interesting beers I've heard of before; excited to try this one. Pours deep, deep brown, basically black out of the can. Thick, bubbly, light brown head tops the beer and dissipates quickly. A very smooth and mellow aroma - chocolate, almond, coconut notes. Lightly roasty with some caramel going on as well. The flavor is malty up front, a bit more roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and some dark chocolate. A deeper, more coffee-like, nutty malt flavor lingers on the tongue after drinking. Huge depth of flavor here, good complexity; a very smooth and mellow, balanced beer.

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Photo of hiku7
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this porter, though the coconut was very understated. Maybe as it should be. Just enough of a hint.

Pours a deep brown with slight garnet hues, with a light brown 2-finger head. No lacing.

Smell is caramel and toffee, with roasted malt giving it a coffee aroma, and some chocolate. Slight toasted coconut aroma as the beer warms. Taste is roasty with chocolate and spice in the finish. Yeast is very clean and doesn't play much of a noticeable role in smell and taste. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, creamy and slight sweet. Surprisingly strong carbonation adds a fizziness. Coconut seems to add a bit of oily slickness.

Very good porter with a twist. Will buy again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter ironically doesn't even have enough white over its top to emulate coconut shavings, let alone a proper beer head. As result, its oily black body ends up looking like coffee (which it coincidentally ends up tasting and smelling like too).

The table for this unique beer is set early; the mocha-like smell that combines roasted coffee and milk chocolate now incorporates hints of toasted coconut. There isn't much sweetness or fruit about it, nothing like you'd find in a mixed drink or a dessert even, as the scent of burnt grain is just too strong and predominant. Smells quite decadent.

The taste is a patchwork quilt of cocoa liqueur, iced espresso, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. It tastes like a rich, gourmet tootsie-roll that's been infused with coconut milk and then lightly smoked over campfire. Again, the coconut is there, but with all the roasted grain and coffee-like overtones you have to hack your way through with a meat axe to get to it.

This is a beer that some will find too sweet for their tastes while others will find too bitter. In actuality, it is a fair bit of both. The coconut, while not tasted outright, contributes a backdrop of sugars whereas the malts have a very oily, almost astringent roast to them that is very much like that of coffee beans. (An ample dosage of American hops factors in too.)

Usually the most intoxicating thing about hot island beers is the imagery they offer; this one, however, also offers a ton of flavour and a unique and gratifying overall experience. Like all Maui Brewing brands, it seems bigger than Hawaii itself and fits less into the scopes of tourism or heritage than it does the new-wave American craft beer revolution. Recommended.

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Photo of n2185
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a foamy ring with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate aromas. There are some floral aromas in there as well. The sweet coconut is there, but subtle.

T: Again, roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate flavors. There are some smoke and char flavors as well. The coconut is almost unnoticeable and may just be my imagination. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, the carbonation goes well with the char and smoke flavors, but keeps it from being creamy.

O: A pretty decent porter, but I really wish there was more of a coconut presence. Not a bad beer at all, though.

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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.