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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
Gots: 98 | 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 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
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 29, 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
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.