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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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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 UTCengOwl
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see some more cans showing up in Texas. Aloha! Poured into a snifter.

The beer pours with a huge, creamy head. Awesome. However, it dies down far too fast. Dang. The liquid itself is black, but not lively. I guess this is just a step above average.

The nose is roasted espresso. Maybe some bitter chocolate in there, too. Pretty typical stout.

The taste of the beer is fairly similar to what I remember from Peche Mortel. Coffee dominates, but there's also some chocolate back there. T's a drying stout, but there's a hidden sweetness that balances it better than Peche Mortel. Maybe this is the coconut. Complex and layered. Nice.

Te mouthfeel is maybe a bit dry and grainy for what I want. Still fits the beer decently, though.

Overall, this is a good beer, but probably not something I'll buy another 4 pack of.

UTCengOwl, May 24, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/3/11 ink stamped on bottom of can. It was a very dark brown color. It had a large foamy brown head that slowly settled into a good collar and thin covering film. Good sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was espresso, toasted malt, chocolate, smoke and just barely some coconut. I'm a huge coconut fan so was disappointed that the aroma was barely there. With that said, it still had a great porter aroma. The taste was also really good and lead by the espresso and toasted malt. Again the coconut was not really there but still a great porter. Dry in aroma and taste but not overly. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall, a really great porter even if the signature coconut was MIA. Highly recommend if you can get it. This just entered the Texas market and am excited to try the other Maui offerings. Rotation - this would be a great beer on a nice cool fall or winter day. Probably not so much in the Texas heat though. [O;Y]

TexIndy, May 18, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pored into my kona brewery pint glass

Color: A heavy dark brown almost espresso like. It form a one finger tan head the dissolves slowly. This beer is well carbonated and leaves behind some light lacing.

Nose: Smokey, roasty, and nutty. Major roasted coffee in the forefront, followed by chocolate covered coconut. A creamy texture floats in the background along with light smokey oak.

Palate: A definite medium bodied beer. It boasts plenty of espresso flavors. In the mouth you also get an appearance of hazel nut and vanilla that later gets over taken by surfacing woody flavors that bring forth a honeyed coconut texture.

Finish: Long and robust, but not explosive. It goes down like a good iced coffee and it also leaves a trail of kind sweetness. This beer delivers complexity and excellent beer craftsmanship. Cheers! Maui Brewing Co

schmoopsbeer, May 18, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an impenetrable black. An aggressive pour leads to two fingers of head- cocoa colored. This looks more like a stout, especially with the head.

S- Smells very roast;, liquid smoke; sap leaking out of a campfire log; bittersweet chocolate. I'm supposed to be smelling coconut right? I'm not getting any.

T- Taste is also very roasty. Maybe more nutty, I might be able to get some coconut essence wafting up off my tongue and into my nostrils. Some more coffee flavor that wasn't in the smell. Yeah and the coconut is getting stronger with each sip- it's almost a coconut butter/oil kind of taste- still not super strong, but there at least.

M- No complaining about the mouthfeel. Some astringency that matches what I want out of a porter.

O- This is good, but somewhat pedestrian. I was hoping for something that knocks my socks off and this isn't it it. But still good.

zdk9, May 16, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 02/01/11. Tulip glass.

Pours a dark cola with three fingers of foam about the same color as the can (light beige). Some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, smokiness that reminds me of a summer charcoal grill cookout, subtle dose of coconut and dark chocolate, fresh cream, some hoppy brightness. Hits each of the aromas you would expect from a porter, plus the coconut. Good stuff. Taste is roasted, smoky malt, subtle toasted coconut and coffee, with kind of a coffee bitter aftertaste. I like the subtlety of the coconut. I thought the taste was quite dry, and don't quite understand all the reviews calling it sweet. Medium body with an aggressive carbonation which gives it a bite like drinking a Coke. This isn't necessarily bad, but it does detract a bit from the smoothness. Overall an enjoyable porter that would go very well with barbecue, dessert, or by itself.

After having had this several times, I think the freshness really does matter for how much coconut you perceive. It's still noticeable at 3 months, but much more present at one month.

pmarlowe, May 16, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours with a rich, dark coffee body sporting a hefty cap of dusty brown foam. Nearly opaque. Head retains throughout as a thin wisp of bubbles. Vegetal sweetness from the coconut blends with vanilla, caramel and toasted nuttiness aromas from the malt. Part fru-fru drink, part Guinness, but the blend somehow works for this porter.

The coconut gets pushed aside flavor-wise, as heftier notes of dark roasted malt grains, coffee, and chocolate coat the tongue. A hint of sweetness lingers in the finish with more roast and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel walks the line between a thick, stout-like porter and that of the more traditional English counterparts. Not a bad beer by any means, but a tad gimmicky when all is said and done. Many better porters are out there to choose from...

wagenvolks, May 13, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque burnt umber, brief one finger head, low visible carbonation, no lacing.

S: chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts, coffee.

T: toasted almonds, caramel, chocolate, coconut oil or coco butter, pretty much Mounds bar in a can, and I mean that in the best way, it's very tasty, sweet but not too sweet, malty backbone, roasted coffee beans.

M: smooth and creamy, like drinking an iced latte.

O: really good, I went into this half expecting your standard overly flavored additive beer, but the coconut was pleasantly restrained and the beer itself top quality.

nickhiller, May 11, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Comes out black in color with dark brown highlights. Darker than the average porter. A tan cap comes close to erupting over the glass with an aggressive pour, but slowly goes away and leaves a nice ring around the top. A decent amount of lacing as well, it's a good looking beer.

It smells good, but doesn't smell as "coconutty" as I expected, at least initially. You have to wait a little while before any coconut aromas really make themselves present, but after it gets closer to room temperature, you can get a sweet coconut smell. Similar to a toasted coconut, almost like a toasted coconut doughnut. It smell's well malted, decent amounts of chocolate malts.

Tasty porter overall, and pretty well balanced. Now that it's warmed up a bit the coconut is more prevalent in the taste. It's not to strong without being subtle. Again hints of chocolate about. Kind of like a liquid mounds bar without being so rich and sweet, pretty good though.

Mouthfeel is truly unique. Medium bodied with a slight bitter bite at the end. I think this is the only portion where you can detect the hops. Overall it's pretty silky and smooth. This is the ideal summertime porter. This beer is incredibly drinkable. Overall a very good beer, I wouldn't mind having it around regularly.

Thanks chugalug06 for a 4pack in an oustanding trade!

AndyAvalanche, May 06, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Head is brown and very thick and rocky. It last a good while. No lacing.

S - Smell is of toasted grains with just a hint of coffee. There are also hints of sweet dark chocolate. Not picking up the coconut.

T - Again there are toasted grains with a more pronounced coffee flavor. Dark chocolate again in the finish. Not picking up coconut in the taste either.

M - Mouth feel is a little light, and carbonation is a bit high.

O - Overall this beer is just ok. Its a bit of a let down to be honest. For one I was hoping for more coconut profile considering its in the actual title of the beer and depicted on the label. At 9.99 a four pack I probably would not buy this again. A good beer. Just not as advertised in my opinion. I shouldn't have to dig for coconut flavor and smell.

depechemode1983, May 05, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and coconut. Taste is good, big and malty up front, settles in with some chocolate and coconut. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

tone77, May 03, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 0111711 can date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark, purple-brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty but sparse with moderate cling but nice legs. Pretty standard.

S: Nose is liquorice, roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some coconut shavings. Nutty. Very subtle but pleasant and appropriate for the style.

T: Opens coffee bitterness. Liquorice, macadamia nuts, coconut shavings, and milky sweetness. Chocolate towards the middle with some roasted malt smokiness. Slightly metallic towards the end. More roasted malts at the finish with some coconut influences. Finish is coconut with a similar aftertaste plus some liquorice. Solid.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Goes down with some slight bubbles and prickliness. Finish is accented with a soft, subtle aftertaste that fades quickly. Nice.

O: This is no Opa-Opa Coconut porter, but its still a very solid representation on the coconut porter sub-style. Coconut is very muted in this one which is a little disappointing but the mouthfeel is very nice and its solid in ever respect. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the suprise extra HopsSchnapps!!

Canned on 3-9-11
Drank 4-28-11

A - Deep dark Brown, milder aroudn the edges, 1/3" head disolves into thin covering with thicker edges. Mild lacing.

S - Big toasty maltiness. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Light sweetness (general sugary sweetness.)

T - Follows the nose quite well, big coffee/dk chocolate, slight hoppiness, then to a nice toasty sweet finish. No real big coconut flavor

M - Sharp carbonation up front, calms to a nice mouth coating. Well balanced mouthfeel overall.

O - Will gladly drink this beer again. I am kind of glad it wasn't as coconut-y as I imagined it would be.

PhineasGage, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of rcfunk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard a lot about this brewery and this beer prior to first tasting it. I was really impressed.

The beer looks like a robust porter should in my book: deep, nearly opaque brown with a pale tan head which lingers around the glass.

It smells good too. Roasted malt with just a hint of coconut invite you to take a sip.

I noticed as the beer warmed up a little in the glass the coconut flavor became increasingly pronounced, especially up front. I was impressed by how well it melded with the beer as a porter. I never felt like I was drinking a flavored beer, just a good porter, albeit unusual porter.

I really enjoyed this beer and I also appreciate the reasons why Maui Brewing cans their product.

Well Done.

rcfunk, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a canned on date of 030411. Pours pretty black with a creamy cap of light brown head. Retention and lacing both quite good.

Nose is roasty malt, toasty almonds and a light dusting of coconut flakes. Hops are pretty minimal. I was hoping for a bit more coconut to be honest.

Cocoa powder with roasty and nutty malt are the main flavor components with coconut and hop presence both bringing up the rear. The coconut is slick and oily almost, with very little sweetness coming forth. I almost think it could benefit from a little more sweetness and body. It is a pretty enjoyable beverage though, and I am glad MBC has decided to come to Texas, I will surely buy a couple four-packs of this each year.

twiggamortis420, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 03/11/11

Black opaque body. Three and a half finger sandy white head. Retention is fair, fades back leaving a slim cap. Spotty lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Fairly straight forward aroma. Sweet chocolate and lightly toasted caramel up front. Slight caramel flavor just behind.

Sweeter chocolate and caramel flavors upfront. Toasted coconut sits on the back of the palate. This porter leans a bit too far to the sweet side. More of a roasted characteristic would provide much more balance.

Medium bodied porter, moderate carbonation. The texture is smooth. Medium finish, the sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue.

Enjoyable beer for the most part. Very approachable and would work well as a dessert beer. The sweetness is just a bit much for me, one can would be enough and then it is time to move on.

kzoobrew, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of wrightro07
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: the appearance is black with a brown found in the edges when held up to the light. Little head retention which was disappointing.
S: The smell is really good on this beer. Huge in caramel and chocolate malts. Also the slight spicy smell in the background.
T: The taste is nice a full for a porter. Lots of strong malt characteristics with spices.
M: A little too carbonated for my taste but really has a smooth feel.
O: This is a very nice porter to kick back and enjoy.

wrightro07, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from the other Matt, thanks! Poured into a Russian River tion glass.

Beer is black with a sort of lazy head that forms a monolayer of bubbles that slowly falls away, not much lacing, carbonation appears low.

Aroma is roasty, mildly sweet, pretty nice, no coconut yet.

I waited to serve this beer until it was almost room temperature, but I didn't get much coconut, some in the late portions of the palate but I can't say for sure that if I didn't know that there was coconut in there that I would have guessed so. The beer is a little thin and mildly sweet with some decent bitterness from the roast in the back. Overall it is a decent porter and I'd have it again. I wish the coconut were more obvious.

drabmuh, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cool can design, poured into a wide snifter, an initially low dark khaki head quickly turns to nothing but a thin ring, the beer itself a deep brown in color, black at the center

s: the base porter is nice and fairly typical - deep roasted barley with a nice dark chocolate edge, some darker caramelized malts, tending towards the sweet side, toasted coconut is easily identified, adding a smooth vanilla-esque note, definitely a nice addition, hops mild

m: carbonation on the lower end of things, but still a touch prickly, body around moderate with a slightly thin feel at the finish

t: opens up with deep roasted barley flavors and some dark chocolate/cocoa, drier than the aroma would indicate but still holding a residual caramel sweetness on the back of the palate throughout, the coconut is perhaps less obvious here - clear but maybe less so if you're not looking for it, finishes with drier roast flavors and toasted coconut - actually probably more evident in the finish than elsewhere

o: a solid porter made just slightly more compelling with the carefully dosed coconut addition, enough to compliment but still tease a bit, balanced and drinkable, like this

single can from the Liquor Mart in Boulder

blackie, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a very rich, creamy dark brown/black with a big fluffy espresso colored head. Wow, this looks so good. The foam slowly sinks away but leaves a thin layer of ultra creamy head on top.

Smells is lots cocoa, bitter coffee, brown sugar and I do get some whiffs of coconut. They apparently use "hand toasted coconut" that is thrown into the boil. This is a great smelling beer.

Taste is just what I was hoping for! Its rich, creamy and delicious. Lots of roasted coffee notes, sweet brown sugar, rich cocoa and some of that much desired toasted coconut. I am letting this one warm even more to bring out hopefully a bit more of that coconut.

This is one great porter, the coconut flavor might attract some people (like me) at first but take that away and you've still got a very, very good beer.

Thanks very much to JMBSH for this via a recent trade.

indiapaleale, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of beerman207
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing on with some more west coast reviews. I got married in Maui so it's about time

A: Dark brown color, nice light brown head with some lace left behind

S: Smell is chocolate, malt, coffee, even a little coconut

T: Whopper balls, coffee, faint taste of coconut

M: Mild carbonation, easy to drink

O: Outstanding brew and it's in a can. Love it.

beerman207, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jesse (arniepnminne) for this trade offering!

Solid black body with a massive two finger head of tan foam. Decent retention, but not much in the way of lacing.

Mostly a cola scent, but there is some malt notes with just a whiff of coconut if you dig deep enough.

A nice chocolatey and roasty porter base infused with toasted coconut. Some vanilla bean notes as well. Quite flavorful, yet very drinkable.

Medium bodied, creamy carbonation with a dry feel. Really clean finish.

The complexity of this actually really surprised me. Not as in your face coconutty as I had hoped for, but a really well integrated flavor to work with the overall beer. This is a one of a kind beer that I really enjoyed.

jera1350, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kalei for these cans. Out of my Trappist Rochefort glass...

A- Deep brownish black. Pours with a nice light chocolate colored head. The head retreats quickly, and there is pretty much no lacing.

S- The smell is quite pleasant. Scents of coconut and vanilla mostly, with strong nutty notes. I get some hints of chocolate as well.

T The aftertaste is quite robust and roasty, with some spice coming through. Again, mostly coconut, vanilla, nut, and chocolate. Good complex taste for a beer of this nature.

M- A little too much carbonation. The body is a little watery too, but not too bad. If I would do anything to this beer, I'd reduce the carbonation and thicken it a tiny bit.

O- For a sessionable porter, it is really nice and tasty. I'd keep this stuff in my fridge if it was around, as I could see non-beer junkies liking this too. Pretty good...


Gfunk720, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tall glass.

Black porter look. The coconut aroma is subtle and pleasant. A creamy maltiness with gradually accumulating coconut flavor. yes, sort of an oddity or gimmick, but coconut flavor meshes well with roasted porter maltiness and this brew is a nice experience.

kenito799, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/12/2010.

Served cold into a pint glass, CoCoNut Porter is a very dark brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. The head is thick and creamy off-white in color. As it settles there is some really good lacing.

Aroma is not as coconut-y as I expected but it does have a really solid porter aroma. A little chocolate and coffee. It reminds me of a milk stout in terms of aroma.

Flavor is sweet but not sugary or cloying. A nice roasty malt base with just the right amount of coconut. It's never overwhelming and actually compliments the porter well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Smooth and well-balanced.

Overall this is better than expected. I had heard bad rumors about smell and taste like sunscreen but it's totally well done.

GilGarp, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice medium brown with orangish highlights. Settles fairly black in the glass with only a sliver at the bottom showing its brownness. A small crown of cocoa brown foam laps at the top briefly before fading to a good skim and inky lacing spread about.

Aroma is of toasted coconut, or pretty much straight up like a Mounds candy bar. Not a boomingly huge nose mind you, just a solid presence that's clean, chocolatey, and wholesome. A bit of roasty browned or darker malt adds a nice tang to it as does some milkyness amd soft creamed coffee.

Taste imitates the nose quite nicely with a clean overall profile thats round, wholesome, and full on yummy and tasty as heck. A bit more chocolate calls to the front with an added tone of milken cream tang over the top. Coconut emerges with toasted aspects impressioned about here and there. Mainly middle ground to some of the finish where it tends to become more milky and creamy tanged with a very light tone to milk chocolate. The coconut is what seems to linger as you go. A very nice little kiss on the palate and tongue.

Smooth, milky, creamy, clean, wholesome, within a slightly lighter medium body. Very reminscent of a milk stout in my mind with some coconut milk added within its tangy tone.

Drinkable by the gallons. Yum! This is one fun tasting little porter. Serve this in a cracked open coconut and Oh My! That would be awesome me thinks.

tavernjef, Mar 29, 2011
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.