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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
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 AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This porter was an amazing surprise. When I first noticed it in the store I saw that it was made with Coconut and was also a World Beer Cup Gold Award winner. This seemed completely counter intuitive to me since I am a cook and home brewer I am able to imagine tastes combinations before combining very accurately. This one was not connecting my head. Therefore I had to try it, regardless of the $10 for 4 cans price.

Now that I have tasted it, I would have paid $20! One of the best beers I have ever tasted and now, officially my absolute favorite porter.

The beer pours a wrongfully rich dark black that is impenetrable to a 100 watt light bulb. The head is incredibly thick, rich and long lived with a perfect tan coloring. The lacing is thick rick and slow to settle down the sides.

The nose is wonderful sweet malt, chocolate, nutmeg, roasted coconut, fresh cut grass and hints of the fragrant perfume orchid. It is a sweet floral nose with earthy undertones that is just fantastic.

The taste, the greatest surprise, is very much not overwhelmed by coconut. Even if you hate coconut, you will not hate this. There are notes of savory, sweet bitter and the subtle yet satisfying level of bitterness from the hops. The beer is perfectly balanced flavors that have a combination of bitter dark chocolate, some coffee, bread, heavy cream and rolls over the palate from savory sweet to bitter with almost no after taste. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy and super smooth.

I absolutely love this beer and it will become a staple for me. I rarely give 5 out of 5 for any beer. This is rare and wonderful treat. I just recommend letting it warm to about 54 degrees to get the complexity of the flavors. I took my from the fridge and let it set for about 20 minutes before pouring.

AtrumAnimus, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottom of can states: Canned on 05-04-2012... consumed on 07-24-2012

A: pour is a deep black with a solid fingers worth of head formation. massive lacing cause the head to retain in excess of a minute. The head has a consistency that lies directly between thin and foamy and is off-white in appearance

S: I pick up on a strong malt backbone, chocolate, coffee grounds and a slight smokiness. I do not pick up any coconut however which is disappointing.

T: Where's the coconut?!?!?! it has a decent balance of roasted malt barley (as the can indicates) and coffee grounds, and just an ever so slight hint of nuts. Hops and a smokey aspect dominate the finish.

M: medium-full bodied, finish is decent but doesn't leave much of a flavor.

O: went to Maui on my honeymoon and thought that this was a huge disappointment. The coconut was completely elusive (which makes me think that it must be consumed immediately fresh). Sells in 4-packs for a typical price, but I just don't find this one any more unique than any other porter. Disappointing

tut2528, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dark cola black with brown coming through the light on the edges. A frothy oatmeal colored head recedes to a bubbly wisp with a thicker ring, and loads of sticky lacing at the top of the glass.

Coconut aromas tickle the nose, in a sweet subtle way. This is not like sticking your face into some suntan lotion, it's not -- it's more in an around about sort of way. A touch of roasted malts and bitter chocolates as well.

Taste profile is again, not in-your-face. This is definitely a porter first and not a dessert. Roasted malts and the bitter chocolate profile comes out, but there's that whole coconut thing going on. It's just perfectly infused into the malt sweetness that it tastes natural. There's a small bitter hop finish as well.

The mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

Overall, if there's such a thing as a "refreshing" porter, then this is it. There's coconut here, but it's not as cloying and sweet as you may think. I think this beer is done just right, and very interesting.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of scot959
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

scot959, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Barbie
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Barbie, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +26.6%

hickmancase, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown with an enormous long lasting dark tan head. Nice lacing. Interesting porter aromas of dark malt and something pleasant that doesn't smell like coconut, but must be. Nice porter flavors with roasted malts, cocoa and a hint of coconut. This is the best low ABV porter I've ever had. Nicely done.

LiquidAmber, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very brown/black pour with 2 fingers of frothy tan head which quickly dissipated. sudden nutty smells once i popped the can open.. smell of roasted coffee, roasted grains, and overall smokyness followed. a toasty, yet sweet overall taste. the coconut seems to act like lactose in sweet stouts, but does have that coconut taste as well which makes this beer fantastic. usual suspects are there too (roasted grains, tobacco flavor, coffee beans). its' medium body does not take away from the silky smoothness one bit.. it's slightly creamy yet balanced perfectly with the amount of carbonation that it just goes down extremely smooth.

overall, this has got to be one of the best porters/dark beers in general i've ever had. i tip my hat to the brewers at maui, this is a damn fine beer.

facundoCNB, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with little light coming through. The head is a weakly textured, one finger offwhite color that fades away to a thin film quickly.

S: Oh wow, this is nice and strong. Roasted malts, chocolate, hints of cream, and of course, coconut. I love how this smells - let's see if the taste stacks up.

T: It's not quite as amazing here, but that's damning it too much, because it's still a great tasting porter either way. Initial flavors are strongly roasted malts and coffee, before giving way to bittersweet baker's chocolate, nuts, and coconut. Not the most complex, but nicely flavored; a light vegetal note on the finish is the only flaw here.

M: Textbook porter - light bodied, slightly astringent, and quite dry, with low residual sugar and a bittersweet finish. The carbonation is fairly powerful too, perhaps even a bit flabby. Still, it's very hard to fault overall drinkability.

O: A damn nice porter with a slight twist...if it were just a touch cheaper, this would be among my regular beers. Definitely a repeat purchase, though.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Danny1217, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter
Maui Brewing Co.
Style: American Porter
ABV: 6.00 %

Brewed with toasted coconuts. (thanks to FrothyBeverage for the sample)

LOOK: Dark brown colored brew with an off white brownish head. Leaves plenty of lace on the glass. There was a small amount of sediment.

SMELL: Roasted malts, brown sugar, coconut milk, and coffee all emerge from the glass.

TASTE: This coconut porter has a robustly malty flavor profile, with alot of charcoal, coffee, smoke, and chocolate notes. The espresso flavors work well with the brew and contributes to a balancing bitterness. There is some vanilla/caramel like note from the coconut used in brewing, lending a milk sugar cream sweetness to the black coffee flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied and well carbonated, leaving a sweet malty taste in the finish.

OVERALL: A fine use of coconut in brewing, this is a world class porter with considerable character. Delicious beer from a remote location.

Stinkypuss, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, dark brown, opaque body. Thick, creamy, chunky tan head that reduces in size quickly, leaving a thin film. Smell emits slightly charred grains, hop bitterness, mocha and cocoa. Lightly burnt toast and a bit of milk chocolate, coupled with a nice bitterness make up the taste; a bit of espresso. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, clean.

A distinctive and enjoyable addition to the porter beer family. Would have liked the head to hang in there. The real draw is the taste -- a pleasing, coffee-like roasted flavor, smoothed out nicely with the roasted coconut sweetness. Good stuff...

beergoot, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Shasty
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Shasty, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of tbizzle0
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

tbizzle0, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ScubaSteve00
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ScubaSteve00, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Jmick28, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Dankuel
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a brandy snifter glass. Ok head on first pour, however nice residual left behind once it settles. Smells strongly of milk and coconut up front with a slight hint roasted malts in the background. Taste upfront is analogous to the aroma; milk and coconut upfront, with the bitter roasted malt taste following soon after. Has a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. The coconut really tames the porter and blends nicely. I am curious to how this would taste on tap.

Dankuel, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a pint glass at Vivo! in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Completely different from the tap compared to the can. Loved it this time! Pitch black, chocolatey looking with a thin dark head. Sweet Kona coffee flavor with a bit of bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Foams up nicely when you spin it, releasing some macademia nut scents.

shigg85, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ejw127
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ejw127, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/12/2011. Pours a dark brown body with a one finger high khaki head. Aroma is pretty standard for a porter. Roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee. Just a touch of the coconut. Flavor is kind of a let down. Bitter roasted malts with some dirty coffee. Almost no coconut presence. I know this wasn’t fresh, but I was excited to find this on a road trip. Pretty weak.

davey101, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MJGTi
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

MJGTi, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Grohnke
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(BA / BJCP)

Very dark brown. Creamy cola colored head forms and lasts quite long. Spotted etching remains, along with a scattered film.
(5 / 3)

Heavy chocolate, medium coconut, medium-light roast, light caramel. Very light herbal hop, and very light fruity esters.
(4 / 10)

Moderate roasted malt. Medium-light nuttiness. Light chocolate. High hop bitterness. Light acidity from the roast. Light herbal hop. Light vegetal characteristic starts on the finish and continues throughout the aftertaste. Stale-like qualities.
(3 / 12)

Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Moderate astringency.
(3 / 3)

The aroma gave me the initial impression that this beer was going to be stellar. However, the complex, beautifully balanced aroma did not carry through to the taste. The flavor was messy and had some off-flavors. Where is the taste of coconut?
(2.5 / 5)

(3.2 / 33)

Grohnke, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Peller80
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Peller80, Jul 08, 2012
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.