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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,136
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 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
Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, big fizzy light coffee colored head that slowly recedes to a small cover with minimal lacing. Head and covering disappear. The coconut oils definitely killed the head on this 

Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, I'm looking for coconut but  if it's there, it's very faint.

Medium to light body, higher carbonation than most porters I've had. Slightly oily. A nice espresso-esq finish that goes down easy.

Taste: espresso, chocolate, maybe toasted coconut if I use my imagination. Very dry but pleasant.

Overall a good porter, it's relatively fresh, canned 6-27, and is an enjoyable beer. The problem is that the only effect from coconut I notice is the absence of head and lacing. A little disappointed.

ElmerBruisery, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of shwillivanilli
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- poured into a large snifter. dark, almost black in color. thick light tan head, settled quickly with minimal lacing. head remained thin and tan.

s- roasted malts, toasted coconut. light nose, but a different smell overall

t- roasty, to almost a coffee taste. finish clean with coconut note. nice toasted aftertaste lingers

m- velvety, good carbonation. surprisingly thin for style and flavor.

o- an enjoyable porter, not super heavy or super high ABV, only 6.0%. i enjoy the coconut a lot its a good compliment to the style. well balanced and very drinkable.

shwillivanilli, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of polisanl
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can to glass snifter.
Dark brown in color with slight tan head. Good carbonation. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley. The labeling description on this is on the money with "toasted coconut". At first sip you know can taste the dance between chocolate, toasted coconuts, dark coffee and roasted malts. The porter genetics appear to win the struggle over the coconut flavors, though. Would love to see the porter flavors toned down just a bit, but great nonetheless. Medium in the mouth. Worth seeking and trying.

polisanl, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark brown and muddy looking beer that produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated like an adjunct Lager. You can hardly see through it, and it left no lacing on my glass.

S - Roasted malt aroma's with dark chocolate and sweet coconut notes that all kinda sorta remind me of an Almond Joy. I also get lots of nuttiness and toffee notes. Very sweet smelling with soft floral and herbal hop notes. I gotta say that the coconut comes out allot more than I would expect.

T - Hops are more pronounced here than in the smell. Upfront I get a battle of herbal/floral hop flavors and dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. Mid to finish I pick up soft coconut that's mildly sweet, then it finishes pretty dry with traces of a mash between a Mr. Goodbar and an Almond Joy. A good deal of hop bitterness going on for a Porter as well.

M - I'm not really liking the feel. It's about a chewy and thick as a stout with the crispness of a Pilsner. Medium-full bodied.

O - Overall I'm a little disappointing in the brew. I liked the flavor profile but it was a bit wish washed together. I also didn't like the feel of the beer, way too carbonated! I could have another but I wouldn't ever buy it again. Worth a try though.

PintOHops, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

Poured vigorously into a wide nonic glass. The color is a muddy brown with a thick and fizzy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a flat appearance to the beer. Impressive initially, unsatisfactory after.

Right from the pour a rich chocolate, mocha aroma permeated from the glass. Once settled a noticeable coconut is present along with floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

First sip and although a light coconut is detected, it's quickly overpowered by roasted cocoa nibs and a significant floral and drying hops presence. Pretty darn hardy, it's thick yet very crisp and carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry and sits like a brick in the stomach. Resiny almost, giving off a perception of metal. More like a brown than a porter.

A unique brew but it needs to be taken down a notch in almost every way except the addition of coconut. The alcohol is also too noticeable for 6%.

JosiahS, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass
*Notes from 08/19/11

A: Maui CoCoNut Porter pours a sleek & dark looking black with more of a garnet towards the edges. Overly excited with bubbles. My pour yields a massive swirly dark mocha head that is ever-so cascading and lively. Big lace too.

S: Smells of milk chocolate. Roasty grains with a tiny bit of smoke to it. Chocolatey. Slight toasted CoCoNuttiness. Fresh clean ingredients.

T: Chocolatey roasted grains. Low moderate bitterness. A light toasty coconut effect. A touch on the sweeter side with some nice coffee & creme notes that perk as the beer warms. Slight alcohol presence. Light crisp finish. Tasty stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Nice dry clean finish.

D: Quite sessionable. Good flavors delivered on a smooth creamy texture with a nice crisp finish.

A very delicious Porter and one I rather enjoy. Really nice balance to it. And while I do recall getting more Coconut flavor in past tastings perhaps this was an older can and I suppose some of those oils/flavors would in fact fade overtime.

Nugganooch, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/ black with a very very light brown head.

S - A sweet smell. There isn't much coconut in the nose, but there is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - The dark chocolate and coffee flavors are the most prominent. There is also a very slight coconut flavor, but it is not very powerful. The finish is a slight bitterness from the hops, but it is a really tasty finish.

M - Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation that is pleasant on the tongue.

O - I am usually underwhelmed by porters, but this is quite tasty and has a lot of great things working in its favor.

3HovsepiansBrews, Aug 22, 2011
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.