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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007)
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Photo of 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
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
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.