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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
Gots: 96 | 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 MarkVegas
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head with some lacing

Nose has roasted malt right off the bat, then some chocolate, then lastly the sweet coconut to round it out.

Tastes just like it smells malty, chocolaty, with some coconut characteristics to round it out. Tastes like a night on a Hawaiian beach.

Mouthfeel is like it should be. Medium body and pretty good carbonation.

Overall this beer is exactly what a "Hawaiian Porter" should be. Paradise in a can. Love this beer for what it is, a Coconut Porter.
I've had this beer more than once and thoroughly enjoy it every time I have it.

MarkVegas, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of schwaeh
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can received from scotchboy. Canned on 3/1/11.

A: pours black with a full finger creme colored head that slowly fades. Nice lookin' porter.

S: Smells of deep roasted malts, vanilla, and coconut cream. Some nuttiness from the coconut shell I assume. Reminds me of some type of ice cream.

T: This tastes very nice even though I don't enjoy coconut. Coconut, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Leaves a chocolate aftertaste with some slight hop bitterness once the coconut fades from your tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is top notch. This porter is very creamy allowing it to coat your mouth with the pleasant flavors. Good carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, due to my aforementioned thoughts on coconut. This is as refreshing and Hawaiian as any porter could hope to be. I'm very glad I got to try this beer, since it gets mentioned all the time. Definitely worth a stab.

schwaeh, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Preey's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate scents along with some coconut

T - Like the nose starts off roasty and chocolaty the coconut come out in the finish and tastes stronger than it smells

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a pretty good beer generally I'm not into coconut but I liked what it added to the taste this one is worth picking up sometime if you see it around

armock, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maui coconut porter 5 abv,

A: This beer has a low viscosity with small cola bubbles. There is a dr pepper color at the edges

S: It smells like a solid porter with the traditional chocolate and malt, however, this imparts strong smells like macaroons and caramel. It feels like a watery bakery, something like sugary sweetness whose succor has not been beat from the cane.

T: The taste is a light sweet roasted nut with mild coco malt. There is no middle, however, the one noteworthy taste is a praiseworthy coconut finish with fleeting dryness. Ultimately, it is disheartening to close the taste with a disappointing watery residual

M: Minimal coating is presented throughout with no exceptional stickiness. Not terribly filling and the transportation costs make this too expensive to be considered for a worthy session beer either.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, however, it’s greatest virtue serves as its greatest vice. It just isn’t interesting to mow through coconut after coconut. It’s like making out with an Almond Joy technician for an hour. The coconut is delicious but after a while you want to move on, you grow up, you stop eating Snoballs and you seek more from life.

Narrative: Day 157, the sand seems to have retreated to a more south eastern sedimentation, signaling the coming of the vernal equinox. I never thought that I would spend almost a half year on this god forsaken island but here I am, carving my exploits into another coconut tree using coconut shards to commemorate this day. Milk in milk out. It seems coconuts are the only vexing produce available and I long for variety. A crate washed up on shore and I prayed for provisions or a flare gun, lamentably, only a driftwood case of Coppertone presented itself. The smell was too much to bear. I fear that I am going mad sustaining only on a diet of coconuts. There is a pun available somewhere but my rancid coconut breath can hardly utter such trifles. I long to hold my beloved and drink a pina colada with her as soon as I escape; someday.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, near black, with a nice tan head

S-creamy iced latte with just a hint of coconut. medium strength

T-comes in with a thick taste of ground coffee. it slowly transitions to a long lasting after-taste of ground coffee with a hint of chocolate coconut. very simple

M-thick, soft carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely tasty but i don't find any uniqueness to it. i was hoping to find more coconut in this. this is just average.

AdamBear, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Chris for bringing this back from the Mountain Brewers Festival.

A: Pours a deep deep brown - almost black. Aggressive, center pour leads to a beautiful mocha 2 finger had that disappears relatively quickly leaving a thin ring along the top. Lacing is spotty and ind inconsistent. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: Toasted malts and barley, chocolate and coffee are the highlights of this brew. I'll take the brewer's word for it that there is coconut in here cuz the other notes are just really in your face - in a good way.

T: Following the nose almost to the T - with the coffee and chocolate taking center stage with the toasted malts following closely behind. I was able to pick up faint coconut on the tongue which was welcome. Hops add to the bitterness of the brew towards the end of the swallow.

M: Thick and chewy, crisp and refreshing. Plenty of carbonation. Sticky coating leaves a wonderfully bitter aftertaste.

O: This is a really delicious beer. I'm really glad I was able to try it and I'll be looking for more of this as well as the Imperial. Both really wonderful brews.

suspect, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Greencoat
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Don't take my word on this as written in stone - my light bulb burned out just before popping this sucker. Appears to be very dark brown without any light penetration. Two finger tan head quickly dissolves into a half-finger and there it stays.

S: Nose is delicious, like sweet milk chocolate and toasted barley.

T: Very nice malt landscape with this one. If it wasn't called the CoCoNut Porter, I'd have never guessed there was coconut in it. This isn't a bad thing, and I won't dock points for it. It's got a bit of bitterness both derived from hop and some roasted grain. Chocolate flavors are the real showcase of this beer. Very tasty!

M: I'm not sure if it's from the coconut or not, but this has a fairly creamy body that's very evident right before the bitter finish sweeps it away.

O: If this were available in my state, I'd drink on it with decent regularity. Since it isn't, I look forward to my next opportunity to drink it again.

Greencoat, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matty D. Martin for the share. Out of a 4-pack, two seemed borderline infected, and two are pretty good. This review is for a good can. The brew pours a coffee-brown hue, visibly thinner, and is capped with a tan froth that recedes quickly. The nose offers some roastiness and some small coffee hints. I don't get coconut aromatically. The flavor actually reveals a bit coconut, just a hint. It is not very sweet, more of a straight-up porter, offering notes of roast, coffee grounds, and herbal hoppiness. As it airs out, the coconut is more pronounced. The feel is relatively thin. Overall, pretty nice, but not outstanding; I wish this beer was good as it theoretically sounds.

ktrillionaire, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola color with a small light brown head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Head fades too fast.

Smells is of some mocha like roasted malts.

Tastes of chocolaty malts rounded out by coconut. Roasted malts hit up front and give off some sweet chocolate along with mild coffee notes. Coconut makes an appearance on the end and adds depth to make this very tasty. A good combination of flavors that are not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium, but carbonation is a little flat. I can get some creaminess, but I expect more.

Overall, I was fairly surprised by this given some of the other Maui brews and a large amount competition from other American porters.

ocelot2500, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Appears black, opaque, with a fluffy ilght brown head. Shortens quickly but leaves some lacing.

Some burnt smells, roasty malt, coffee, and extremely faint coconut.

Roast and burnt flavors up front, followed by bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Coconut on the back end with a lingering fresh sweetness.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth and creamy, with a quick finish.

Well balanced, pretty good but not amazing.

Allpe45, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of spicelab
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With thanks to Mr Kennedy for being the Maui to Oz beer-mule.

Dark chocolate colour, with a two-finger coffee-coloured head that's on the light and fluffy side. Vanishes over a few minutes to leave a ring at the interface.

Sweeter than it is roasty, with gobloads of milk chocolate, latte, strawberries and cream, muscovado sugar - and certainly coconut. The roasted malt character is seriously nutty and a little woody. Yum-o.

Taste marginally favours the roasty side, with iced coffee, wood, coconut, dark sugar and milk chocolate. Nicely developed flavours and very tasty.

Very kind in the mouth with great even-ness across the palate. Medium bodied, largely a product of quite lively carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. The coconut is calibrated to perfection and does not obscure the base porter characteristics at all, which are anyway very solid. Really dig this.

spicelab, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Very dark mahogany, nearly black, with some ruby highlights peeking out. Pours with ~3 fingers of brown, effervescent head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Nutty and roasty dark malts...coffee and coconut.

T- Roasty, burnt, chocolate and coffee, with the coconut tinge providing a nice smoothing of the flavors on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. A nice, smooth, almost creamy medium-full feel...

O- Good. Flavorful, easy drinking, and with a great feel...too bad I only have one....

Future outlook: Really exceeded expectations....too bad it was nabbed in California, and is not available here.

DoctorDog, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a nice mocha head. Just as the name would lead you to believe, this one has a pleasant aroma. There is coconut, roasted malts, some coffee. Upon sipping this interesting beer, I taste some dark coffee, roasted malts and yes, some coconut, but nothing overpowering or too aggressive. MF leans towards full bodied, with a velvet texture. This one was fun to try, would be nice if some of this made it out closer to Connecticut.

mltobin, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, a little coconut and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a rich black coffee flavor followed by background flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and a touch of coconut. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild but both are on-target for the style and provide a good balance. The coconut flavor is a bit more subdued than I had anticipated, but it’s a nice complementary flavor in the beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re looking for something a bit different within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Black, very dark. Finger and a half tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Hardly any lacing. Fairly carbonated.

S: Alcohol up front. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the background. Little toastiness. Maybe the slightest hint of coconut.

T: Roasted coffee. Nice toasted flavor. Slight chocolate hints. Again maybe getting a tad of coconut. No alcohol as in the smell.

M: Fairly thin for the style. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Like the toasty flavor. Didn't get the coconut flavor I was hoping for. If there would have been a bigger coconut presence, and the smell was bette, this would've been an A beer.

doughanson78, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized DFH snifter... starts with a partially creamy, partially fizzy head that recedes quickly leaving little lacing. Beer is black in color with very little if any light coming through when held toward the light

S- Smells very chocolatey, VERY chocolatey at first wiff... after some swirls of the snifter a bit more of the burnt toasty notes come through

T- Very nice. Nicely balanced between chocolatey and toasty flavor... bit more chocolate at the start and a bit more burnt in the finish. Didn't really get much from the toasted coconut, but very enjoyeable all the same

M- Full body with light carbonation

O- This is gonna get a higher than average overall from me just because it seems its harder to find great flavorful stouts and porters like this one with a somewhat lower abv like this one ( My can says 5.7% despite the 6% listed on BA )

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very Cool graphics and coloring on the can.

Appearance - Poured a deep dark brown witha 2 finger tan brown head that slowley dissipated into a nice foam ring. Light lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell - A very slight hint of coconut but not as much as I expected. Smells of nice toasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Chocolaty and a major coffee influence. Toasted coconut on the back end. Not much coconut at first but the more this warmed up the more the coconut flavor came through.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. A medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable because of the medium body and great flavor.

This beer was excellent. I recieved this beer in a trade with MrHirschybar and really wish I was able to get it in my area. Highly recommend!!!

thegodfather1076, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black with a monster explosive head that I could barely contain in a 16 oz glass, which dissipated after a bit leaving patchy lacing.

I smell typical porter smells, roasty and lightly burnt malts with little hops, although you might be able to perceive a touch of tropical island/coconuts if you use your imagination.

Taste is robustly malted, toasty with tinges of burnt malt, along with a tinge of coffee and sweet chocolate, and a mildly noticeable, but balanced amount of coconut.

I found the body to be medium with light, smooth carbonation, despite the initial explosion and monster head. Although there's some sweetness in the taste, the finish is dryer than expected.

Overall I believe this is my first sip of Maui brewery, and I do like it. This is a fine porter which certainly does make me want to try more selections from Maui brewing. The fact it's in cans is a plus, considering the number of miles this beer had to travel before I tasted it.

Purchased at Gabriel's superstore #60 in San Antonio, TX.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taster poured from a 12oz can @ Elegance. Thanks Carl!
reviewed from notes.

pours a warm, dark brown - i can feel the west maui sunset...
good head, slightly off-white. pretty big nose - the cocunut was there, but i picked up just as much toasted malt, definitely nutty, but coconut? i guess a bit...

pleasing palate. not striking in any sense, but a very nice representative of the porter style - nutty, a bit of chocolate, tons of malt, maybe a bit of hazelnut? if not for the smell, i'm not sure i'd pick up the coconut.

mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit less carbonation would bump it to a 4.5 from me.

robbrandes, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Dark brown, near black but not viscous in any way. Half a finger of thick, light-tan head.

Smell. Chocolate and coffee. A little coconut and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Dark chocolate, vanilla, roasty coffee, caramel and a little toasty coconut.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A very tasty porter. Nice flavours with nothing overbearing or offensive. Easy drinker.

Rutager, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. Black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates into a ring around my glass. Aroma of smokey malts coffee and some vanilla notes. Taste is more subdued than the nose, the smoke is there, very light coconut notes and finishes with coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth but maybe a little over carbonated. Pretty good, I was hoping for more coconut but it's not a bad all around porter

jcartamdg, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of guinnessjim
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this in CA over a year ago...wasn't sure i was going to find it again.

But...there it was.

Pours like a stout from a can...nowhere as pretty as from a tap, but I'll take it. Head was light tan...no very full, but again...stout from a can. (i know it is a porter, but as i have never had a canned porter making it analogous to a stout)

Definite aroma of toasted coconut; very nice.

Taste was of a nice porter..little cocoa, vanilla maybe? Coconut was present, but not heavy. Benefited from warming a bit...flavors became more pronounced.

Felt like a porter going down. Little creamy, pretty smooth.

overall = good stuff

guinnessjim, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This can was given to me unsolicited by robwestcott. Thank you to Rob for the advocacy! This beer pours a Coca Cola like dark, dark brown with a thick and frothy beige colored head. The aromas consist of vanilla, chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and a milk stout like sweetness. It smells like no other porter I've had. The flavors are of sweet and bitter chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, and again a milk stout like sweetness. It has really good flavor the flavors are perfectly proportionate. It is a little light in body but I've noticed that porters and stouts are generally lighter from a can. I really like this beer and am glad to have it again. I recommend giving it a try if you're able.

aasher, May 31, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black body with subtle brown hues towards the edges. Two fingers of rocky khaki head. Lacing and retention are both quite nice.

Smells of cocoa, and dark chcolate. Light toasted coconut notes. Some vanilla too.

Tastes of dusty cocoa, roasty coffee notes, some dark chocolate, light toasted cocoa. Nice crisp/bitter hoppy finish, a little spicy even.

Dry, well carbonated, medium bodied. A touch spicy.

Really nice, refreshing porter. A must try.

billshmeinke, May 31, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for checking this one off my wants list!

Pours a dark nut brown and settles very dark black with little light showing through. A fine line of tan head sits a top briefly and leaves no lacing.

The nose def. has a coconut presense to it. Followed by the tropic fruit lies some cocoa and roasted malts.

The taste is a bolder expression of the nose. The coconut is there but not overbearing. A bit of a banana taste is noticed aling with ths coconut. The roasted barley and malts comes tgrough and is toasty. Coconut flavor is noticeable throughout.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on but a bit less carbonation would have done this beer justice. Medium body.

Overall, excellent brew with a nice coconut presence that isnt too much but instead adds to what seems an already great porter.

ChugginOil, May 25, 2011
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.