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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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Ratings: 1,143
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 BilbosNuts
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown that is almost black. It has a huge, frothy, mocha colored head with good retention that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: A big roasted malt presence and a huge earthy scent is the backbone for the aroma. There is also a nice touch of sweet coconut.

T: Once again, as in the aroma, there is the huge roasted malt presence. It has a unique soil-like earthy taste that is sort of overpowering. It leaves me wondering- what happened to the coconut?

M: It is medium bodied and very smooth. Nothing extraordinary here, pretty much a feel you'd expect from a porter.

O: After the great appearance and nice aroma, I was thinking I was really going to enjoy this beer. Unfortunately, for me, the taste fell short and was overpowered by the earthiness. There are many other porters out there that I would rather have than this one, especially at over $10 for a four pack.

BilbosNuts, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rstone57
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Celtics Tervis Tumbler Pint glass.

Color is black with a thumb's width of dark, carmel colored head. The head dissipates to a thin film that remains throughout.

Smell is dark chocolate mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate with subltle coconut and malt with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a great, unique, dark chocolate porter with a hint of coconut that isn't in your face.

rstone57, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a large tan head on top, probably 2 fingers worth in my Cigar City goblet. Slow dissipation to a still nice layer of foam on top and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Mostly dark chocolate and a little bit of roasty malt. There is a little bit of coconut and a hint of coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma, mostly dark chocolate with traces of coconut and roasty malt. Slight sweetness at the end where this is a bit more coconut.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a touch of creaminess.

O: Like this more than I thought I would, since I am not a huge coconut fan, but the flavor is subtle and adds the right amount of flavor.

mdaschaf, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of a mixed 6-er at the awesome Pono Market on Kauai. Great place for beer and food.

Deep black in appearance, with a hint of red. Nice head, and superb spoke-style lacing.

Nose was creamy coconut liqueur, sweet and slightly roasty. Very nice. The word I used that night was 'divine'.

Taste was deceptive. I got roasted bittersweet cocoa up front, followed by a rich, full-on toasted coconut wave. The finish seemed more roast and burn.

A welcome treat for the taste buds, and an experience worth revisiting. Too bad I can't get this in Indiana anytime soon!

secondtooth, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Desaparecido. Thanks Ed!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a light layer.

S - roasty aroma with hints of cocoa more than coconut.

T - rich, roasted malty flavor with very subtle coconut mixed in.

F - medium bodied with a smooth drinking feel.

O - a good tasting porter.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

ColdPoncho, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

bum732, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

uustal, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Shumania
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Shumania, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

ronniebruner, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BJA
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

BJA, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

dbossman, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Naugros, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

ngeunit1, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of MEsoJD
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

MEsoJD, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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

homebrew311, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

YourMomDrinksBud, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

goldbot, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

hiku7, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

biegaman, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured almost completely black... tan head poured fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... good roasted nuttiness, light vanilla, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces, faint coconut...

Taste - Where is the coconut ?? I can just make out the slightest hint coming through the roasted malts but was expecting much more than this... some dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, slightly metallic, sooty, dark druits, coffee..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... fairly drinkable

Overall - A bit disappointed with this one... it's a pretty run of the mill porter with just the faintest trace of coconut...

mdagnew, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of vande
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark brown cloaked in blackness....thin sandy looking foam

S: vanilla, coconut, hints of chocolate and a dose of coffee... a pretty decent smell

T: get what the nose gives you... the coconuts a bit feint in the mix, yet it is a nice blend of the coffee and chocolate...there's a sweetness here which hits the taste buds and makes them smile

M: Smooth and Creamy.

O: Very happy I came across this. 4 pack for $10, 2 left to go :)

vande, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of charliedvrs
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber and brown streaked black with a fingers worth of dark tan head. A sticky tan lacing streaks down the length of the glass. The nose is dominated by rich chocolate malts, with some roasted notes as well as some vanilla and faint coconut. The coconut comes through much more in the flavor, though it still plays second fiddle to the chocolate. The coconut flavor mixed with the chocolate instantly reminded me of an Almond Joy candy bar, more smooth and rich than citrus flavored like you'd expect from a pina colada or sweeter drink. Coffee and toasted nut notes hang around as well. A really good amount of flavor without anything becoming overwhelming. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and medium body with a sweet, lingering finish. A very enjoyable beer that I hope I cross paths with again!

charliedvrs, Aug 31, 2011
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.