CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 828
Hads: 1,863
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 149
Gots: 188 | FT: 1
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 tayner
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can my sister brought me back from Hawaii.

Poured a dark brown with a white head, lots of carbonation bubbles initially that settled fairly quickly.

Smell is of toasted coconut, roasted malts, and some bitter chocolate. Smells a bit sweet.

Taste was not as sweet as the smell. I can taste the coconut, but it isnt the sickening sweet coconut in a mounds or almond joy, but rather an unsweetened, toasted coconut. Beyond that there is some roasted malts that are bold but not burnt. Flavor is pretty rounded.

This one is a little thin but well carbonated and easy to drink. It is very good, but i do not know if i would travel to hawaii to get it. Course, if i was there I would certainly drink alot of them and bring home more! (740 characters)

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

Poured from it's unique can it is coal black with a wonderful cream 2in head, finally settling with 1/4in cap. This has a wonderful smell most notably of CoConut and rich notes of chocolate. Rich malts and roasted tones are profound. I also got a small piece of coconut floating on top of the cap (not sure if that is intentional, but it was definitely coconut). The flavor is very thick with chocolate and rich roasted nuts. There is not as prevalent a flavor of coconut, but there is subtle hints (which in my opinion is better). I was not expecting much from this brew, but was very impressed. I truly wish I had a six or twelve pack of this...according to my brother-in-law whom purchased this in Hawaii for me, you can only get this on the islands? Oh well, a reason to go visit! (784 characters)

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

Straight black with a tan and creamy lid.

Definite coconut in the nose. Sweet chocolatey and roasty with a bit of nuttiness. Smells like an almond joy.

Nice smooth medium body with a full and tickling carbonation. Light bittersweet chocolate shavings with toasted coconuts and roasted malts and nuts. The finish is dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

I didn't know if I would like this or not, but it's damn good. Even for one who is not big on coconut, I would definitely enjoy this one anytime. (505 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Thanks to Bernie and Linda for bringing this back from Hawaii!

A: Pours a dark pitch black with a small but very creamy dark brown head that leaves small spots randomly in the glass.

S: Awesome aromas of toasted coconut and dark chocolate! We could smell this all night long.

T: See above with notes of toasted malt. Tastes like an Almond Joy...if the Almond Joy was made from fresh, premium quality coconut and chocolate.

M: Thicker than most porters. Bittersweet and slightly dry with a sticky finish.

D: We could drink this all damn day! Seriously. This is that friggin' good! (669 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to fordest for this one. I was lucky to find somebody with one, and he came through big with his final one for me! Black pour, with a nicely lasting attractive brown head. Smell is a delicious sweet roasty creaminess at first reminding me of a good oatmeal stout. As it opens I think I can detect a tiny hint of coconut in the nose, and it comes off just a hint plasticy for a while, but not offensively so. Taste...Exceptionally smooth, creamy, slightly sweet and roasted with a noticeable, and perfectly highlighted toasted coconut flake flavor in the finish. Very nice! Full bodied, slightly thick, flavorful, and all around a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could get more readily... Just what I hoped it'd be, and easily one of my favorites. Worth getting if you have the chance! (798 characters)

Photo of StonePhil
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to come along a can of this along with the Maui brewing company's IPA as well.

This beer has a dark brown almost opaque appearance that pours with a small tan head. The aroma of the beer is a mix of chocolate and coffee as well as a few slight tart characteristics. The mouth feel is enjoyable with a smooth finish that complements the chocolate and malt tastes of this fine porter. The drink-ability was another plus of this beer that I hope to stumble upon on many more occasions. (507 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark color out of the can and into the glass. There is a pleasantly large, slightly off white, foamy head, which lasts. The smell is a nice mixture of coffee, with slight hints of coconut. A very enjoyable taste, coffee, with a coconut finish. A very nice beer that I would certainly drink again and recommend. Enjoy! (330 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wetherel for this unique treat.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a thin black with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a small layer of bubbles. Stickiness is minimal at best. Smell is a perfect combination of coconut and chocolate malt. Smokey barley with a carmelized sweetness in the nose as well. A mild earthy hop aroma makes its presence known. Charred wood flavor up front followed by an artificial coconut milk. Barley and cocoa powder make up the aftertaste. Milky medium bodied texture in the mouth, fits quite well. Soft carbonation coats throughout. There have only been a few porters that I have enjoyed, this one definitely fits in to that category. So glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks again wetherel! (784 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01/12/08- Had on tap at a local restaurant in Kauai.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass.

Appearance- A light off brown colored pour, followed by a 1/2 inch head which leaves a bit of lace trails in it's wake.

Smell- A bit of heavy roasted malt, a bit of very dark chocolate and a minor touch of coconut.

Taste- All the flavors are there, but some of them aren't prevelant enough. The roasted malt really comes through the most and covers up the other flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee mix and mingle, while the coconut really is downplayed here.

Mouthfeel- One of the most highly carbonated porter I have ever had. Wayyyy too many bubbles.

Drinkability- Cut down the carbonation and mix the flavors a bit better and you have a winning beer. As is, just ok. Would have again though if in Hawaii as there really isn't much choice. (844 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I find coconut flavor rather unpleasant, but this beer is wonderful. Pours a half finger of dark caramel head over a pitch black liquid. Fizzy soda pop kind of carbonation. Smells dry. Coffee and delectible coconut. Vanilla. Alcohol is mild and comes across as a bit of spice zing. Perhaps some oily.

Tastes rich caramel. Mounds candy bar without the sticky sweet granulated sugar. Nice and refined richness. Chococlate and dark toffee with just a subtle hint of coconut. Coffee in a rich dark lingering flavor. Coconut carries a berry ester and milky wonderful. Perfect use of coconut in a fantastic sweet dark beer. Touch of nut. Light body which tends to stick, but dry carbonation cleans it away without any hope.

Delicate, yet complex. Truly phenomenal. Add some caramelly oxidation from time in my cellar and this beer would be a masterpiece. (850 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good American porter!

Appearance: Black, with light carbonation and little to no lacing..teenytiny head.
Smell: Dark chocolate and coconut. Mmmmm. Mounds Bar.
Taste: Very true to is style. Resiny and bitter to start, followed by notes of dark chocolate and malt, with a slight chocolate coconut finish. A unique and complex Am.Porter.
Mouthfeel: Full and lively, smooth to finish.
Drinkability. Great! I'd love pairing this with a blackberry sorbet or a tiramisu, though I could drink this anytime, too. (519 characters)

Photo of jletts
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an attractively decorated can into a standard pint glass. A thinnish coffee-cream tan head laced the glass for the duration. Very dark brown to black in color, with only a small blood-red orb appearing through the darkness when held up to the Hawaiian sun. Aromas of intense toasted coconut, and milk and dark chocolates. Flavors of leathery hops hit the palate first, followed by mounds of toasted as well as burnt coconut, baker's chocolate, coffee with cream, and hints of black licorice, ending on a slight sour cherry note. What a great concept for a porter. Well done! (586 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for bringing this goodie to egajdzis' pre-Kennett party the night before the event...
Appears a a dark brown with a small tan head that fades into a hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of nuts, caramel, cream, coconut, wood, and sweet cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a decent, smooth mix going on with nothing overpowering the brew. The coconut is subtle and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, robust, and nutty. (497 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with brown highlights. 2 finger brown head that is slightly chunky. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a collar. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of coffee, toffee, light toasted coconut. Rather sweet with some light hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Lighter feel than most porters.

Overall, delicious. Very impressive brew from this impressive brewery. Very, very drinkable. Surprisingly nice for a hot summer day--so fits Hawaii. (501 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My parents brought me a six pack of Maui Brewing's beers from a recent trip. The beer pours a deep mostly opaque black with a nice brownish head. The aroma is tons of rich sweet chocolate, a damp hoppiness and plenty of coconut. The flavor is very similar, starting off with sweet chocolate, caramel and roasted malts, then drifting into the coconut flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. As I drink the beer the coconut flavor seems to fade a bit in intensity. There is a nice light astringency that goes well with the dark malty flavor. (538 characters)

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

Pours black but if you inspect it it's actually a coca cola clear brown liquid.. The head is a medium tan bubbly thing that isn't too impressive. The smell is roasty first and foremost. I can also detect a sweetness, not really sugary but more like a cream sweetness. The taste is pretty roasty. At first you don't get much other than the roast but there is also a sweetness in there to balance it. The coconut that comes through is mostly in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild. As it warms up the beer becomes really smooth and less roasty. Drinking this beer doesn't really make me think of coconuts, so I wouldn't say that flavor is overpowering. It's just a nice sweeter porter, but less of the chocolate sweet of maybe a Black Butte and more of a dairy sweet. (766 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite the fine looking porter. Nearly black with a thick pillowy mocha head with substantial substance reminiscent of molten lava. A thin lace rings around my oversized snifter.

The nose on this beer is amazing. The smell of musty bitter coconut blends in with a milk chocolate aroma that just screams drink me. Yet you don't want this wonderful elixir and its aroma to leave your side. A very good amount of coconut is present and wonderful. Some other darker grain aromas with bits of dark fruits hide underneath.

Thick and creamy decadent mouthfeel. The coconut melds so perfectly with the porter it's a match made in heavan. Chewy coconut flavors with chocolate undertones and a hint of blackberry. More dark grains just make this a wonderful experience and an easy drinking masterpiece. (793 characters)

Photo of wardough
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Big old thick head, that continues to grown when you pour. Well carbonated. Big head, especially at the temperature of the pour (50 degrees…cold, I know)

S: Smells of coffee and ice cream. Not sure why I smell the ice cream, but it smells heavenly! Very slight notes of coconut.

T: Starts off very sweet, with the hit of coconut. The taste then moves into a little bit of a coffee flavor. Definitely not a typical porter.

M: Very smooth. Feels like 2% milk on the mouth.

D: I like the taste and how smooth it is, but this isn’t a beer that I would drink one after another. Kind of reminds me of a milkshake, how easy it goes down.

A very creative beer. Well done. (674 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a porter should look like: Dark with a huge 3-finger frothy head.
S: Rich with a chocolate bent. Has a syrup smell near the end.
T&M: Like a good cup of coffee. Smooth with slight carbonation, but ends with a coco fullness. very impressed with this beer in a can.
D: Should have bought more of this because I can see that the 6-pack is going to go very soon. Wonderful beer. I'm glad this is finally making it toward my side of the island. (447 characters)

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

I only got a 4 ounce taster of this at the stone 11th anniversary festival so I will do my best. It poured from a can with a dark chocolate color standard of any porter. The cocunut really came through the roasted dark malt in the smell which was a huge plus. It tasted very roasty and nutty and the cocunut was not over powering but just right. It was medium on the mouthfeel, not an extremely viscous porter which was nice on the hot day. Extremely drinkable even for those who may not be in to porters. I definitely want to get my hands on some of this beer. (561 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event.

Color is dark with a good amount of head and slight lacing.

Aroma is incredible, roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate, and some coconut milk.

Tastes very interesting, coffee, roasted malts, coconut is a nice addition to the syle.

Mouthfeel is very silky, like drinking coconut milk with coffee and chocolate. Drinks pretty easy. (383 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mala's Ocean Tavern in Lahaina on Maui, the waiter cracked open a can of this Coconut Porter and poured it straight down into a frosted pint glass. 4 inches of foam came up and I told him I would do the pouring...

This beer, when handled gently, pours a gritty brown black color with a chocolaty foamy head that lasts quite a while. It looks thick. On the nose I get a lot of toasted barley with a blast of coffee. I guess you could call it toasted coconut if you were looking for it. On the tongue the beer feels huge with slightly sweet toffee, toasted barley, then a surge of coffee and finally a lingering burnt note that is perfect. No fruity esters and the hops are in the background only. Smooth with a balanced finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall: not sure I found the coconute, but this makes a great coffee porter. (828 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of porters, but this is awesome! Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy tan, two-finger head. The smell of coconut wafting from the glass is almost enough to subdue me alone. I'm not a fan of herb/fruit flavored beers, but the coconut flavor melds seamlessly with the heavy mouthfeel of the porter. Hop flavor is slightly noticable in the background, but has a pleasant hop bitterness. Or maybe its from the roasted barley. I served this beer with dessert at a recent dinner-party instead of the vintage port I was thinking of serving. Props to Maui Brewing Co. for such a unique beer; too bad I can't find it on the mainland.

On another note, Maui Brewing Co. is pioneering what they call the "Micro-Canning Revolution," denouncing previously held myths about canning premium beer. The revolutionary packaging method would be a total hit in the coastal areas of the US, especially San Diego. There is a growing majority of premium-beer connoisseurs who would like to have a canned option to enjoy beachside or poolside during the summer. I hope more breweries follow this trend in the future. I NEED better beer to drink at the beach! (1,151 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

This was an interesting - and good - roasty, chocolate-y porter. Taste is quite interesting with the introduction of coconut. I've always enjoyed coconut with chocolate, and this beer brings them together nicely. Lots of coconut in the flavor here. Cappuccino flavors are also nicely present. And chocolate of course.

I quite enjoyed this. A unique porter, and one that worked surprisingly well. Highly recommended for at least a try. I suppose the body could be slightly stronger for me to really love this beer, but it's also about par for the style. (596 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big dark bubbles form and quickly dissappear, likely due to the oil in the coconut. Opaque black.

S - Toasted coconut and chocolate. Very good.

T - I get almost nothing when it first hits my tongue, but then a cake-like blend of toasted coconut and chocolate shows up. Aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate with a hint coffee.

M - Creamy, but light... again reminding me of a light moist cake.

D - Easy enough to toss back, but there is also a complexity if you are looking for that sort of thing.

I've only got the one sample can, I can definitely say I would drink this again. I think they nailed the coconut perfectly, and the base beer is chocolatey goodness.

Thanks to Noxious26 for the can! (716 characters)

CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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