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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 HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some head behind. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black. The color is black but it seems to have a bit of a very dark brown hue to it. The texture seems to be a bit off for a porter but still close to what the style calls for it.

The beer smell has a really strong coconut note and it is really good. The beer still has the traditional porter smells such as milk chocolate, roasted black malts, and a strong caramel presence. The overall mix is fantastic and the coconut both shines and complements the other notes really well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has strong coconut notes along with the traditional notes. The other notes are dark chocolate, caramel, and a lighter roasted note than in the smell. The chocolate is especially strong.

The mouthfeel is a bit bubbly and carbonated for a porter. The biting carbonation reduces a lot of the heft from the beer. While the overall experience lacks the kind of smoothness and creaminess normally found in porters.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter and worth getting when you can. The coconut definitely adds and while it isn't the best crafted, it certainly is the tastiest.

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

355ml can, "canned on 052715", consumed on june 17 2015 while on vacation in hawaii

a: dark brown with tan head

s: light toasted coconut notes, leans more towards the cocoa-coffee smell

t: more coconut than in the aroma. lots of cocoa and toasted coconut. coffee-like finish with a moderate bitterness

m: medium-ish body, carbonation is a bit strong when cold, slight chalky dryness, i do like it though

o: a good brew that delivers on its coconut promise. can't wait to drink more of this while i'm here

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this for a while as I love coconut and I was very impressed. The beer pours very black and has a nice head. If I didn't know what it was I would have assumed it was a stout for sure. The coconut flavor is there, but is very subtle, which I like. I almost didn't taste it until the aftertaste. It does give the Porter a slight sweetness though which makes it highly drinkable. It's also very creamy. So all together, a really good beer that I look forward to having again

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Photo of Foyle
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 3'+ tan frothy head that drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: dark roasted malt is dominate, but there is some coconut sweetness as well, along with pungent earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied and a bit oily with a dry, powdery finish.

Flavor: coffee, cocoa, dark roasty malt, coconut is hidden towards the end of the taste, there is some lingering hop bitterness and slight alcohol warming in the throat.

Overall: complex and delicious.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -20.1%
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 -9.5%
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%
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 -8.5%
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 -12.3%
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%
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 -7.5%
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 +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%
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 -22.1%
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 -9.8%
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 +18.8%
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 -15.8%
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 -6.3%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.8%
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%
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%

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%

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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