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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 833
Hads: 1,884
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 150
Gots: 199 | 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:
Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Photo of Agold
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this in a trade with BeerThursdays.
Quick note about this before I even get to the beer its self. For some reason when I tried to pour this slowly it clung to the can and got a bit messy. Probably user error, but I know i know how to pour a can of beer. My retardation can't be that severe can it?

This beer is quite a dark brown with a large off white head which quickly recedes to a thin foam on top. Not much lacing to speak of. The aroma is roasty with a touch of coconut and chocolate. Taste is similar, and is quite light with a bit of sweetness and a bit more coconut than the aroma. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice, but is a bit short on carbonation. Overall this beer is nice and enjoyable. (723 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Very dark mahogany, nearly black, with some ruby highlights peeking out. Pours with ~3 fingers of brown, effervescent head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Nutty and roasty dark malts...coffee and coconut.

T- Roasty, burnt, chocolate and coffee, with the coconut tinge providing a nice smoothing of the flavors on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. A nice, smooth, almost creamy medium-full feel...

O- Good. Flavorful, easy drinking, and with a great feel...too bad I only have one....

Future outlook: Really exceeded expectations....too bad it was nabbed in California, and is not available here. (651 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a nice mocha head. Just as the name would lead you to believe, this one has a pleasant aroma. There is coconut, roasted malts, some coffee. Upon sipping this interesting beer, I taste some dark coffee, roasted malts and yes, some coconut, but nothing overpowering or too aggressive. MF leans towards full bodied, with a velvet texture. This one was fun to try, would be nice if some of this made it out closer to Connecticut. (505 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, a little coconut and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich black coffee flavor followed by background flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and a touch of coconut. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but both are on-target for the style and provide a good balance. The coconut flavor is a bit more subdued than I had anticipated, but it’s a nice complementary flavor in the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re looking for something a bit different within the style. (1,043 characters)

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

A: comes out of the can a deliciously dark brown color with a massive 2+ finger head... some nice lacing left on the glass.

S: toasted coconut, chocolate, subtle roasted malt

T: very well balanced flavor, coconut is not overpowering and really brings the roasted flavors together nicely. a nice burst of chocolate at the end with a little more coconut shining through. delicious.

M: medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: enjoyable porter that goes down easy. really makes me want to get back to the islands! (523 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Black, very dark. Finger and a half tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Hardly any lacing. Fairly carbonated.

S: Alcohol up front. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the background. Little toastiness. Maybe the slightest hint of coconut.

T: Roasted coffee. Nice toasted flavor. Slight chocolate hints. Again maybe getting a tad of coconut. No alcohol as in the smell.

M: Fairly thin for the style. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Like the toasty flavor. Didn't get the coconut flavor I was hoping for. If there would have been a bigger coconut presence, and the smell was bette, this would've been an A beer. (671 characters)

Photo of Devi0us
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black. Reminds me of a watered down stout in color. Had a massive 2 1/2 finger thick khaki head that speaks to you if you put your ear to it. Dissolves very slowly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Upon first whiff I smelled, you guessed it...coconut. Then the malts and dark chocolate dance their way into your nostrils.

T- As I sip this brew, dark malts and chocolate lead the parade of flavors to your palate. As you swallow this masterpiece, what you thought was dark malts and chocolate morph into a coconut finish.

M- This is medium bodied and very smooth. 

O- What we have here is the perfect dark beer for a hot day. The fact that it comes in cans makes it the perfect beer to bring anywhere. The ABV isn't that high so you can pound a few of these and still have a good time. (823 characters)

Photo of bbeane
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized DFH snifter... starts with a partially creamy, partially fizzy head that recedes quickly leaving little lacing. Beer is black in color with very little if any light coming through when held toward the light

S- Smells very chocolatey, VERY chocolatey at first wiff... after some swirls of the snifter a bit more of the burnt toasty notes come through

T- Very nice. Nicely balanced between chocolatey and toasty flavor... bit more chocolate at the start and a bit more burnt in the finish. Didn't really get much from the toasted coconut, but very enjoyeable all the same

M- Full body with light carbonation

O- This is gonna get a higher than average overall from me just because it seems its harder to find great flavorful stouts and porters like this one with a somewhat lower abv like this one ( My can says 5.7% despite the 6% listed on BA )

CHEERS!! (885 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very Cool graphics and coloring on the can.

Appearance - Poured a deep dark brown witha 2 finger tan brown head that slowley dissipated into a nice foam ring. Light lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell - A very slight hint of coconut but not as much as I expected. Smells of nice toasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Chocolaty and a major coffee influence. Toasted coconut on the back end. Not much coconut at first but the more this warmed up the more the coconut flavor came through.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. A medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable because of the medium body and great flavor.

This beer was excellent. I recieved this beer in a trade with MrHirschybar and really wish I was able to get it in my area. Highly recommend!!! (892 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black with a monster explosive head that I could barely contain in a 16 oz glass, which dissipated after a bit leaving patchy lacing.

I smell typical porter smells, roasty and lightly burnt malts with little hops, although you might be able to perceive a touch of tropical island/coconuts if you use your imagination.

Taste is robustly malted, toasty with tinges of burnt malt, along with a tinge of coffee and sweet chocolate, and a mildly noticeable, but balanced amount of coconut.

I found the body to be medium with light, smooth carbonation, despite the initial explosion and monster head. Although there's some sweetness in the taste, the finish is dryer than expected.

Overall I believe this is my first sip of Maui brewery, and I do like it. This is a fine porter which certainly does make me want to try more selections from Maui brewing. The fact it's in cans is a plus, considering the number of miles this beer had to travel before I tasted it.

Purchased at Gabriel's superstore #60 in San Antonio, TX. (1,036 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterpiece Porter right here.

Classic dark brown body. Very pleasant aroma. Lightly sweetened vanilla with rich roasted malt, fringes of chocolate/ coffee and coconut.

This is one of the most balanced Porters in existence. Unlike a lot of Porters, there isn't a huge roasted overwhelming presence. Instead CoCoNut Porter offers something special. Amazing refinement, great sessionability, and managed to turn a style from something usually aimed towards Winter, to something you can enjoy on the hottest day of Summer.

Upfront it brings a rich yet creamy refined malt backbone. A blend of dark chocolate with hints of roasted barley. Delicate touch of vanilla, and soft sweetness - and a very lovely toasted coconut note to round everything out. Finishes with some nice floral/citrus hops to blend with the toasted maltiness. Very nice.

This is one of those beers that can be enjoyed in so many ways. It's straight forward, yet flawless in it's execution. A great alternative to the heavily roasted dominated Porters. The best part about this beer is the versatility, you can pair it with tons of different foods. Sushi, Barbecue, Cheese, Chocolate, Fish, Sandwiches. I think that the balance really brings something that you can enjoy with just about anything. It would be great with a light to medium body cigar, or anything toasty or nutty.

Surely one of the finest things to come out of Hawaii. (1,404 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taster poured from a 12oz can @ Elegance. Thanks Carl!
reviewed from notes.

pours a warm, dark brown - i can feel the west maui sunset...
good head, slightly off-white. pretty big nose - the cocunut was there, but i picked up just as much toasted malt, definitely nutty, but coconut? i guess a bit...

pleasing palate. not striking in any sense, but a very nice representative of the porter style - nutty, a bit of chocolate, tons of malt, maybe a bit of hazelnut? if not for the smell, i'm not sure i'd pick up the coconut.

mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit less carbonation would bump it to a 4.5 from me. (607 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Dark brown, near black but not viscous in any way. Half a finger of thick, light-tan head.

Smell. Chocolate and coffee. A little coconut and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee, caramel and a little toasty coconut.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very tasty porter. Nice flavours with nothing overbearing or offensive. Easy drinker. (417 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. Black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around my glass. Aroma of smokey malts coffee and some vanilla notes. Taste is more subdued than the nose, the smoke is there, very light coconut notes and finishes with coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth but maybe a little over carbonated. Pretty good, I was hoping for more coconut but it's not a bad all around porter (404 characters)

Photo of guinnessjim
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this in CA over a year ago...wasn't sure i was going to find it again.

But...there it was.

Pours like a stout from a can...nowhere as pretty as from a tap, but I'll take it. Head was light tan...no very full, but again...stout from a can. (i know it is a porter, but as i have never had a canned porter making it analogous to a stout)

Definite aroma of toasted coconut; very nice.

Taste was of a nice porter..little cocoa, vanilla maybe? Coconut was present, but not heavy. Benefited from warming a bit...flavors became more pronounced.

Felt like a porter going down. Little creamy, pretty smooth.

overall = good stuff (640 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Melted dark chocolate. Thin head drops quickly leaving a low lace.

S – Dark chocolate cake with fresh shaved coconut. Light rummy booze.

T – Delicious, dry dark chocolate with a lace of coconut. Like the nose, the coconut character is more fresh than condensed or sweetened. Booze on the back end mirrors the nose, and combines with the chocolate to impart an almost Kahlua-like flavor.

M – Medium light body is creamy. The finish is dry and leaves you with soft dark chocolate.

O – A very nice brew. Shade boozy. Great chocolate flavor. (556 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This can was given to me unsolicited by robwestcott. Thank you to Rob for the advocacy! This beer pours a Coca Cola like dark, dark brown with a thick and frothy beige colored head. The aromas consist of vanilla, chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and a milk stout like sweetness. It smells like no other porter I've had. The flavors are of sweet and bitter chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, and again a milk stout like sweetness. It has really good flavor the flavors are perfectly proportionate. It is a little light in body but I've noticed that porters and stouts are generally lighter from a can. I really like this beer and am glad to have it again. I recommend giving it a try if you're able. (699 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black body with subtle brown hues towards the edges. Two fingers of rocky khaki head. Lacing and retention are both quite nice.

Smells of cocoa, and dark chcolate. Light toasted coconut notes. Some vanilla too.

Tastes of dusty cocoa, roasty coffee notes, some dark chocolate, light toasted cocoa. Nice crisp/bitter hoppy finish, a little spicy even.

Dry, well carbonated, medium bodied. A touch spicy.

Really nice, refreshing porter. A must try. (477 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark mahogany color, letting a little light through on the edges of the glass. Big foamy 2 finger light brown head the fades slowly, leaving little lacing.

S - Pungent roasty, nutty aroma.

T - Toasty just like the smell promises. On the back end, I'm getting a roast coffee flavor too.

M - Has a light mouthfeel, slightly overcarbonated for my liking.

O - This one definately gets better as it warms. So many of the flavors are masked when it's cold. Let this one warn up a little to fully enjoy it. (573 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KevSal for sending this as an extra. 12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with little light shining through. The head is thick and eggshell hued and slowly settles to a thin froth on the surface.

S: Toasted coconut up front, with notes of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Coconut is dominant at first, but balanced nicely with toast, dark fruit, and smoky flavor. Hops dry out the finish, but the overall flavors are malt-dominant.

Notes: This beer is a bit light for the style, but still tasty as all Hell. Unique, flavorful, and from Hawaii... What more could one ask for? Drinkable to the max. CoCoNut is a very solid brew, and one I hope to seek out in the future. (716 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly eventually leaving a smattering of foam on the surface. Just a touch of lacing.

S: Roasted or scorched malt, roasted coffee, and dark unsweetened chocolate. A little sweet too.

T: Roasted malt and coffee lead the way. Unsweetened dark chocolate (you know like that baking kind your mom used to have in the pantry that looked really appealing but was really bitter and otherwise tasteless). A slight tinge of buttery sweetness.

M: Thick, hearty, robust. Strong body, dry bittersweet finish. Does have just a little bit of a 'shallow' feel.

D: Mmmm. Nice hearty porter with a great flavor and body.

Atmosphere is good. Dark intimidating appearance, and a nice frothy head (especially for a can). Nose is not complex, but heavily toasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Tastes a lot like it smells. Toasted malt, coffee, the bittersweet taste of unsweetened chocolate, and just a subtle hint of buttery sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (1,086 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for checking this one off my wants list!

Pours a dark nut brown and settles very dark black with little light showing through. A fine line of tan head sits a top briefly and leaves no lacing.

The nose def. has a coconut presense to it. Followed by the tropic fruit lies some cocoa and roasted malts.

The taste is a bolder expression of the nose. The coconut is there but not overbearing. A bit of a banana taste is noticed aling with ths coconut. The roasted barley and malts comes tgrough and is toasty. Coconut flavor is noticeable throughout.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on but a bit less carbonation would have done this beer justice. Medium body.

Overall, excellent brew with a nice coconut presence that isnt too much but instead adds to what seems an already great porter. (802 characters)

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

Good to see some more cans showing up in Texas. Aloha! Poured into a snifter.

The beer pours with a huge, creamy head. Awesome. However, it dies down far too fast. Dang. The liquid itself is black, but not lively. I guess this is just a step above average.

The nose is roasted espresso. Maybe some bitter chocolate in there, too. Pretty typical stout.

The taste of the beer is fairly similar to what I remember from Peche Mortel. Coffee dominates, but there's also some chocolate back there. T's a drying stout, but there's a hidden sweetness that balances it better than Peche Mortel. Maybe this is the coconut. Complex and layered. Nice.

Te mouthfeel is maybe a bit dry and grainy for what I want. Still fits the beer decently, though.

Overall, this is a good beer, but probably not something I'll buy another 4 pack of. (827 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade as an extra from KevSal.... thanks Kevin!

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Jet black with significant 2-finger head that quickly dissipated. Left some minor lacing.

S - MMM... good. Lots of roasted malts and toasted coconut, along with some chocolate notes. Smells amazing.

T & M - Similar to the smell. Lots of roasted malts, toasted coconut, sweet chocolate. Decent carbonation and nice body.

Overall - Definitely one of the best porters I have had in a while. The sweetness of the coconut compliments the roasted malts very well, but it's not overpowering. Everything blends really well. Too bad I don't have better access to this. Loved it. (677 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didn’t go to Hawaii for the beer… but I will go back for the beer. Holy crap, did we discover one of the best beers ever made. We actually found it by accident. While on the island of Oahu, we stopped in for a drink at Yard House. I LOVE Yard House, as they have one of the most impressive beer selections of anywhere. Hundreds of beers on tap; not even kidding. One of the beers was the Coconut Porter from the Maui Brewing Company. We were in Hawaii, so why not try a beer from the island?

Now I don’t like coconut… but this beer might change my mind. The beer smells incredible, and tastes even better. Smelling this beer makes me want to take a bath in it. (Is that possible?) The beer is also quite smooth, with a bit of a kick toward the middle of the palate. Then you are hit with a smooth, somewhat sweet aftertaste that just sends you to the next sip.

Having left the island, we figured we could order this back home in the Hoosier state. Wrong… only on the FAR west coast and on the island. The beer is also only served in a can (1000 bottles and a can on the wall?) They have a good reason for only serving in a can, so I won’t hold it against them. It tastes just fine out of the can and just as good on tap. (We ended up going back to Yard House three more times while we were on the island.)

The beer is just so well balanced. I think part of the reason I like it is because I can’t get it here at home. Sheryl actually took a trip to California last year and brought a few four packs home with her. She even grabbed a four pack of their IPA. I have not yet visited the island of Maui, but I can’t wait to go back to Hawaii, if nothing more than this beer. That, and to meet the man who goes by @Hawaii on Twitter! (He doesn’t drink beer, but he comes from the place that produces this sweet nectar of the gods.)

This beer is fantastic. Even if you don’t like porter, give it a chance. You won’t be sorry. And don’t let the coconut part throw you off. I despise coconut, and love this beer. Well done boys… bottoms up! (2,064 characters)

CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 833 ratings.