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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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1,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 107
Gots: 77 | 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 CuriousMonk


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to funkyaudio for the extra. Poured from can (no date stamp) into a tulip glass. Pours blackish brown with a thick tan head to start out, then it disappears almost immediately leaving a collar of tan foam around the rim, lacework is minimal. The aroma is good, the strongest smell is the coffee with a strong chocolate aroma as well, there maybe some coconut, but not much which was disappointing as I expected more of it. The flavor is the same as the aroma, it tastes like chocolate milk with a little bitterness, the carbonation could have been higher as well.

Serving type: can

03-14-2011 21:24:38 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of seeswo


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head that fades fast. Looks good. Smells of chocolate, a hint of coffee and coconut. Smells really good. Taste is like the nose - creamy, milky chocolate, a bit of coffee and a hint of coconut. Very enjoyable and pretty big flavors for the style. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Silky and smooth. Very drinkable. Yum.

Serving type: can

03-13-2011 02:13:25 | More by seeswo
Photo of Flipadelphia84


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black, with a dark cream head that dissipates quickly.

S- Milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of toasty coconut.

T- Chocolaty, lots of coffee, a little sweet and the finish is a mixture of the toasted coconut and the coffee. I expected there to be more coconut flavor, but it has been sitting in the fridge for a while. None the less, it is very tasty.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation.

D- I could drink this all night or even all day on the beach.

I feel very lucky to have been able to try this delicious Hawaii brewed beer here in the corn fields of middle America. Thanks Camp!

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 00:48:34 | More by Flipadelphia84
Photo of cyrock1


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby Brown with a one inch dark tan head.

Smell: Light roast, the aroma is a little tight at first.

Taste: Malted milk chocolate with very faint hints of coconut, I expected it to be a little assertive in its coconut flavors but was happily dissappointed that it wasn't over the top.

Mouthfeel: Reminds me a little of a chocolate or milk stout in texture, fairly creamy and not hoppy at all.

Drinkability: The name is somewhat misleading, but a porter I will drink again. The fact that it comes in a can is a plus too, at least for those looking to take it to an outdoor venue where glass is not allowed or advised.

Serving type: can

02-28-2011 06:39:21 | More by cyrock1
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out pitch black with a few fingers of light brown head which exits quicker than expected.

Smells of cocoa puffs and mild toasted coconuts,

Oh wow, a smooth taste of marshmallow and milk chocolate, sweet and a hint milky.

Mouthfeel is exceptional and goes with the mellow but impressive flavor palate. Smooth, creamy, silky oh yes.

Very drinkable, its something I would pass on to a friend or even an enemy and make them a friend.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:38:39 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of rye726


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice porter from Maui brewing. And it comes in a can! Great stuff, glad we have it in Colorado. Nice dark pour. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate, coconut, coffee, vanilla and more dark malts. Great session beer. The coconut really goes well with the porter.

Serving type: can

02-22-2011 05:14:46 | More by rye726
Photo of SamN


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Supermarket Liquors and nearly fell over. I've wanted to try this for years and all of a sudden, here it is, a whole case of four packs staring at me from the bottom shelf. Noticed some other Maui brews that I'll have to come back to later to try.

Fizzy and loose head, crackling and noisy. Becomes pretty rocky with it's tan mocha head. Things to 1/4 finger depth rather soon. Smell is enourmous! Peanut butter, coffee, a sweet coconut edge, roasted malted barley. Sweetn soft, earthy, very good porter smells. Taste is up to par with the smell, delicious beer. The toasted cococut is a perfect compliment to the earthen, roasty flavors of the solid porter. Finish is almost crisp, relaxed and with a slight bittered linger. No flavors seem out of whack or unnecessary ,everything fits together quite well. A remarkable brew, probably the best Hawaiian beer I've had to date.

Fully met my expectations of a tasty porter supplemented deftly by experienced brewers to create a whole new beer. Absolutely a great beer.

Serving type: can

02-20-2011 22:21:25 | More by SamN
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to marisatheyounger for this.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head with average retention and meager amounts of lacing.

2.5 S: Hmmm. The nose is quite disappointing. I was hoping for a duet between dark malts and coconut, but that isn't the case. The coconut doesn't really show up at all. The malts don't deliver much on complexity and don't add much to the aroma. The main smell is ashy burntness. Not much else going on. Really dry and in need a some sweet component.

3.5 T: The taste is a hell of a lot better than the nose. It's still quite ashy and burnt, but there's an additional (and welcomed) layer of toastiness and even something like dark chocolate. The toasted cococnut is much needed for balance and adds a sweet coconut fruitiness. Borderline 4.0.

3.5 M: Medium body. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but otherwise smooth.

3.5 D: This one doesn't really wow me, but it has a good enough taste to be worth the drink.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 05:07:52 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of ChanChan


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maui Brewing CO Coconut Porter 12OZ can served in a stem glass.
Nose; first whiff is of coconut, it then gives off a synthetic aroma of banana, coffee, and caramel.
Taste: The first impression is of coconut. It is strangely followed by banana and perhaps a bit of clove. To me this porter comes close to tasting like a banana beer or maybe even a hefeweizen. After a bit the coconut comes back this time more pleasant and tastes more like real coconut. The mouth feel is medium bodied. It is not an extremely complex beer but the coconut makes for an interesting experience. This is a fun beer to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking this out of the can.

Serving type: can

02-16-2011 05:55:33 | More by ChanChan
Photo of Reagan1984


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for giving me a couple cans of this beer. Patrick is a great guy and excellent trading partner.

Pours with a nice creamy light tan head that shows pretty decent retention. Beer is a dark shoe leather brown color with a touch of light getting through around the edges. The head does eventually fade to a thin ring of foam. Spotty lacing remains.

Aroma is certainly that of a porter. Nice dark roasted malt without a charred or burnt smell. Can not say that I detect any coconut here.

I would say I get some nutty notes, just not specifically coconut. If anything there is a sense in the aftertaste. I think this makes sense since I read on the can that the coconut is toasted. I'm going to say it does add a layer of complexity to the flavor. Overall, very nice. The malt profile is consistent, smooth and very enjoyable. Again, nice roast, no burn. The more you play through the glass, the more you realize there is a hop presence that is providing a nice balance here. Some bittersweet chocolate notes come through.

Medium body, smooth with just a touch of grit in the finish. I'm overstating that, but my limited vocabulary can't determine the right word to use here. You can feel it on your tongue. (not a bad thing)

Very drinkable and a perfect beer for Massachusetts in Feb. Interesting to try it on the beach in Hawaii. Let's hope I have the chance to get back there one day.

Hats off to Patrick. Thanks man. Nice beer!

Serving type: can

02-12-2011 23:52:35 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ratedz


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for sending this in a recent trade.

Pours a dark brown/black with a massive 2-3 finger mocha colored head. The head fades relatively slowly and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose is full of chocolate and dark roasted malts. So far, I'm not picking up on any coconut smell, which is a bit of a disappointment given the name! There is a bit of a metallic scent in there also.

The taste starts off with a blast of roasted malts before a bit of hoppy bitterness comes into play. A hint of sweet coconut makes a brief appearance before it finishes with bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Very tasty, but I was expecting a bit more from the coconut.

Medium body and average carbonation, pretty much spot on for a porter.

Drinkability is high...the slight coconut taste kept me going back for another sip to enjoy that moment of sweetness that differentiates this porter from a regular one. Given the moderately low ABV, I can see it being relatively easy to down a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

02-10-2011 02:35:24 | More by ratedz
Photo of Vierenner


2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 4-pk on a recent trip to Honolulu.

A little bit of sweetness and a hint of coconut, but beyond that a hodgepodge of flavors. There's a bite at the end which I think takes away from this beer's experience. It seems to be tasting better as it warms and I would suggest future drinkers let it warm for at least 20 min after removing from fridge.

My plan is to enjoy my next 4-pk while in Hawaii -- I think it will taste much better then :)

Serving type: can

02-06-2011 22:37:18 | More by Vierenner
Photo of Beaver13


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted, roasted fudgy chocolate and coconut. As it warms, the coconut dominates.

The flavor is a bit of a mess - acidic chocolate malts with a little coconut and some charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium boded and watery.

Overall, showed promise, but the flavors were very disjoint and it was thin and watery.

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 06:11:13 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Gunslinger711


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to treehouse for this brew!

Served in a pint glass.

Pours dark with little head retention.

Has kind of generic porter smell to it, not catching any coconut scents yet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light compared to other porters I've had.

Tastes like a light version of a generic porter, somewhat dark, somewhat roasted. I catch a little bit of a coconut taste on the tail end.

Drinkability. If I was on the beach in Hawaii and craving a porter, I could put a few these down. Light and drinkable, a little lacking on taste, especially coconut smell and taste. I do appreciate it making the trip from Hawaii though.

Serving type: can

01-29-2011 05:14:35 | More by Gunslinger711
Photo of stakem


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to huadog for the chance to try this. From a can that was filled on 12/21/10 into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly recedes. When held to the light, it displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges. A tiny bit of spotty lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is roasty with a sweetness of coconut running throughout. Initially it had a bit of a mineral/metallic note that seemingly faded away to a bit of muddled hop character. Also included is a bit of a toasted and nutty smell that blends with some indications of chocolate.

The taste of this brew is roasty and somewhat dry upfront that leads into a toasty quality. There is a mineral-like hoppiness and then a smooth sweet taste of cocout that becomes more pleasant towards the finish. It leaves a lingering taste of roasted malt that is almost coffee-like and bitter chocolate mixed with some hoppy indications. The coconut is a mellow and pleasant inclusion. Well done.

Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew has seemingly no indications of alcohol and all together was put together quite well. It was just enough coconut to make it a little different and enjoyable. The toasted quality was welcomed but I didnt like the seemingly mineral feel that was throughout the middle of the profile. Other than that, it was well done and it is worth giving a try.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 00:41:33 | More by stakem
Photo of jsanford


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the darkest of browns with a creamy light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving a beautiful swirls on the surface and a thin ring. Spotty lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee. Smells great, very nice Porter aromas. However, where's the coconut? Perhaps I can detect a tiny bit, but there's not nearly as much as I'd hoped.
T - Again, very nice (but typical) flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and coffee, but I don't see where the coconut comes into play.
M - Creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation.
D - Had no problem with this one, but without the coconut it's just a regular porter, which I can get anywhere. Too bad, I've been excited about this one for a while.

Serving type: can

01-20-2011 03:38:21 | More by jsanford
Photo of Urbancaver


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with reddish hints... A bit of smooth white head... The head dissipates quickly but a lot hangs around the edges. Smells like roasted coffee with a bit of coconut :) smells great! Drinks very cleanly with lots of roasted malts the coconut comes through nicely. Very drinkable and a top notch beer !

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:45:29 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of beerpirates


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.
T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.
D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

Serving type: can

01-06-2011 20:15:11 | More by beerpirates
Photo of circlenine


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass 12/28/10. Reviewed on paper 12/28, transcribed into BA 12/29.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown with large two finger head and heavy lacing.

S: Very rich and roasty malt aroma. Missing seems to be the coconut. It would receive a 4 if I was able to place the coconut, but as poured it smells like an above average porter.

T: Toasted/roasted malts but where's the coconut? There was a nice roasty after taste that lingered shortly after sip but not overpowering or distracting.

M: Medium bodied. The bite of the carbonation seemed to overpower the taste a tad, until of course the after taste kicked in.

D: Tastes good, feels good, drinks good. Won't drink a 4pk in one sitting. One yes, maybe two in a sitting.

Comments: Expected it to be a little more sweet. Pleasantly surprised it wasn't as I don't have a sweet tooth. That having been said, I would have liked some coconut. Does it fade? Was mine not fresh?

Serving type: can

12-29-2010 15:03:31 | More by circlenine
Photo of chicagobeerriot


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking this sea side on my honeymoon in Hawaii, but I'll try to not let my surroundings cloud my objectivity.

Out of a plethora of macro lagers and overrated imports, this can is my one lifeline.

Pours dark brown with a stubborn foamy head that creates some nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is simple but pleasant: creme caramel and lush coconut. There's a bit of toast in the background, but the smell makes me think that sweetness will dominate this brew.

Mouthfeel is nice (on the full side of medium) with only slightly more carbonation than I usually like to see.

The coconut flavor is more restrained on the taste buds than it was on the nose. That's a welcome development as I was worried the beer might have an overwhelming extract quality to it. Instead, the flavor is quite natural. There's some Brown sugar sweetness which is balanced nicely by a bit of roast. I wouldn't mind a bit more boldness on the roast and more complexity in the sweetness, but overall this is a very good porter that deserves a try.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 00:15:06 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of weazal


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Medium to light aroma consisting primarily of thin coffee. Light and sweet. Perhaps some mocha.

TASTE: Thick, full experience. Decadent without being overly sweet. Starts with slightly dark chocolate bitterness, giving way to a smooth, sweetness and finishing off with a definitely roasted character.

Full, rounded drink that's not over-powering. Pleasant and easy to drink while still being hearty.

Serving type: can

12-25-2010 22:49:37 | More by weazal
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, egg shell colored head, web of lacing.

Impressive. I was nervous, a little afraid that this beer may have been over hyped. One whiff and my concerns faded away. Coconut. Real coconut. Genuine, toasted, no artificial BS coconut. And its masterfully integrated with the roasty cocoa malt aromas. Like Coconut and Porter were born for each other.

And that synergy carries over to the palate. A spectacular fusion of flavor. Nothing seems out of place here. Toasted coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, Italian roast coffee. Coconut and chocolate stay for the finish too. Bitterness provides balance, but just enough.

Creamy, smooth, it glides over the palate.

Its a shame it comes in a 4pk, 4 just isn't enough. Drink it all day long. Coconut Porter is proof that flavored beer doesn't have to be a bad thing. This beer tastes like coconut, there is no mistaking it. But its all in balance. It still tastes like real beer, not a gimmick. Shocked by how well they pulled this thing off. Well done.

Serving type: can

12-24-2010 05:02:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of laituegonflable


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour; clearly brown though, up to the light. Head is virtually non-existent. Thin film of beige lace but nice and sticky. Yeah, looks quite good, not great.

Smells very banana-esque but lots of rich English toffee sweetness and chocolate as well. Mostly sweet - brown sugar is a keynote - with nice fresh banana and a touch of coconut flesh as well. Not bad; in fact quite nice.

Taste is pretty decent. Nice and chocolatey with more of that tropical character - lots of banana and fair hit of coconut as well, more toasted/dessicated in character this time. Roastiness comes through, not very bitter but chocolatey-sweet with a hint of wood smoke on there too. Yeah, hint of oak? Anyway, it's good fruit and tropical notes backing up - not balacing, not complementing, but coinciding with - the mild roasty chocolatey flavours. A mild beer but lots to like.

Texture is alright. Fairly smooth, very very dry at the back though which is unfortunate.

A very enjoyable beer though, distinct tropical spin on the porter style.

Serving type: can

12-23-2010 02:13:28 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Wisconsinality


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Delirium tulip.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown with a a nice finger worth of head. The head dies down quickly but does leave some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- As expected from the name, coconut is very apparent to go along with a good malt base, hints of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. There is also a faint grassy undertone to the beer as well.

T- The malt and coconut are pretty evenly balanced. Dark chocolate adds a little bit of bitterness but it balances out the coconut.

M- Medium bodied with nice soda like carbonation. There is some bitterness in there as well and somewhat dry on the finish.

D- This is one of the best flavored and easy drinking porters around. I am normally not a fan of coconut but this beer is very balanced that the coconut doesn't become overwhelming.

Serving type: can

12-18-2010 20:39:02 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

urchased in California, and carted back to Australia to crack open. I do love craft beer in cans - it's a shame no one in Australia does it.

Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown, with an opacity to it which causes the edges to glow slightly when held to the light. Head is very fine bubbled, almost creamy, a very pleasant milk chocolate colour. Lacing is decent, although the head becomes a bit filmy after a while. Looks very tasty. I approve.

Nose is delicious, really quite extraordinary, giving that lovely oaky vanillin American stout character of coconut sweetness, obviously without the straight oak. Rich and full, with slightly smoky roasted character, big chocolate notes and that lighter and fragrant coconut dancing over everything. It's a phenomenal nose. So full, so complex and so incredibly luscious and delicious. I've rarely had better.

Taste is smooth and full, and again extremely well mingled between the sweetness of coconut and chocolate, and the slightly more astringent roastiness. Still, it's a very smooth an d luscious beer throughout, only turning on a slight phenolic character on the very back. Feel is a little thinner than it could be, but something about the can gives is a very fine carbonation.

Overall, a fantastic beer, and a wonderful drinking experience. Such lovely flavours, so well integrated. Just delicious.

Serving type: can

12-16-2010 00:19:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.