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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 104
Gots: 76 | 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 Arenbeer


4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a million to Weibull for this amazing porter!!!!

12oz can into a Pint Glass

A- Solid black with a thin 1 finger tan head that doesn't leave to much lacing.

S- Roasted sweet coffee with a nice hint of coffee and coconut.

T- Delicious roasted dark malts compliment a sweet coconut coffee flavor that makes this beer so amazing. This porter will forever be my favorite. There's no other one like it, so well blended and so flavorful. Get Some!

M- Medium to full body with a nice creamy fullness that also has some chalky characteristics but not bad. Moderate carbonation on the tongue and a slight bitter dry finish.


Serving type: can

08-05-2010 01:35:16 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a slight ruby tinge when held up to the light. Head poured two thick fingers of fizzy tan foam, though this appears to be quickly dissipating.

Smell: aroma has plenty of chocolate and a little coffee as well as a noticeable coconut character. There's also just a hint of brightness that you see in some porters. Overall, quite nice.

Taste: the coconut isn't super prevalent here, but I feel like it really fills out the porter flavor. Adds a hint of sweetness and almost a tiny bit of vanilla. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good consistency and a pretty good level of carbonation. I like this one.

Drinkability: Maui Coconut Porter is really a solid, drinkable porter. I will definitely have this again if I ever happen to see it around.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 19:06:54 | More by flagmantho
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- pours like dark maple syrup, nearly black in the glass, with a rush of tan head that quickly dissolves into the dirty halo.

Smell -- Roast malt, molasses, maple syrup, faint coconut. Overall, mildly sweet.

Taste -- Plenty of roast maltiness, dark roast coffee-like notes, mild molasses sweetness, and again, the faintest shadow of coconut.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- This one didn't knock my socks off, and I couldn't taste much coconut. Beyond that, it's tasty and, while I was hoping for a fuller-bodied brew, the lighter mouthfeel made it especially easy-drinking.

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 22:09:13 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of djbreezy


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oregon Brewer's Festival in a mighty plastic mug.

appearance - dark with tan head, medium head, good retention

smell - coconut and roasty malt along with a bit of chocolate on the nose

taste - coconut, chocolate, roasted malt profile, big and flavorful, earthy

mouthfeel - medium body, not too light, just about right for a porter, exceptionally smooth

drinkability - smooth and rich, great for the style

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 03:06:43 | More by djbreezy
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear
H. Super Dark Red Almost Brown
N. Coffee Coconut and Slight Chocolate Hints

Ok, well we know I love beer from a can, as long as it is good beer from a can. This beer had a super light body that was smooth and pleasant to drink. The coconut really shines in this Porter. Its really amazing how the delicate flavors shine through but still dont over power the beer. The coconut plays well with the hints of dark chocolate and light coffee that is in this beer. THIS IS WORTH FINDING AND DRINKING ALL SUMMER IF POSSIBLE! Great Beer!

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 20:13:44 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of mithrascruor


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port OB, San Diego.

Pours a shiny black color with no head whatsoever, just a few specks of foam. Seriously smells of cocoa and coconut. Normally I would not be a fan, but something here works to make it quite enjoyable. The taste starts out the same, but after a bit you get some really nice roasted malts coming in to help balance it out. Really smooth, and with a lighter body than I'd expect for a porter, but it goes nicely with the flavor. Definitely a bit on the sweet side, but not too much. For some this could be a great introduction to craft beer or darker beers. For me it is a totally refreshing beer - I probably wouldn't have more than 1-2 at a time, but you can be sure that I'll be picking up some cans of this, and trying some of the brewer's other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 15:57:44 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Kelly88


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to klevelandrocks for this amazing extra!!!

Poured from can into perfect pint glass

A- opaque brown that gives a one and a half inch beige head. No lacing.

S- muted roasted malts with only a slight Panama Jack tanning lotion smell.

T- this Porter tastes great! Chocolate and coffee with earthy tastes. Coconut is fleeting and not noticeable in every sip. If This was called a stout I wouldn't have a problem with That

M- about right for a Porter. Medium bodied with great carbonation that delivers the flavor to all areas of the palate.

D- pretty good. Not to sweet and goes down smooth. Great session beer. Wish I had more

Serving type: can

06-21-2010 00:57:50 | More by Kelly88
Photo of Bendurgin


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a Adamdc. Thanks!

Poured this from a can into my tulip. Very dark brown with about an inch of tan head. This vanishes quickly to reveal spotty lacing. Coconut is a big front runner in the nose followed by a welcome presence of coffee and roasted malts. Initially I taste espresso beans and bitter cocoa. The finish delivers vanilla and the very anticipated coconut flavor. This medium bodied beer is nicely carbonated, but it feels a bit syrupy. This tasty treat seems prefect for a cool summer night spent on the back deck.

Serving type: can

06-16-2010 01:39:36 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of oregonskibum


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a wide-mouth goblet.

A: Color is black that fades to a dark brown along the edges. Pours with a one-inch light tan head. Head dies off to a thin film and a decent ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Yup, definitely getting the toasted coconut. Get some sweet notes behind the coconut - reminds me of cookie. Some hints of vanilla and cocoa.

T: Coconut really fades in the taste and only makes a faint impression. Some chocolate, toffee, or caramel, a bit of earthiness are there. Comes across a little sweet up front. Finish has an odd note, I assume the coconut.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Seems appropriate for a porter.

D: The coconut adds an interesting dimension to this beer. I really enjoyed the smell and wish the coconut came through a little more on the taste. But overall, this is a decent beer and fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 05:38:49 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of busternuggz


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to chickencoop for sending me some of these in a trade!
Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Awesome opaque brownish black color with an inviting 1 1/4" light brown head, which quickly dissipates but hangs on for about half the beer with a thin remnant that reminds me of the creamy foam on a mug of hot chocolate. Leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is amazing roasty bittersweet chocolate with a little hint of coffee and some nuttiness, which I want to call toasted coconut but maybe its just the power of suggestion, as well as a wisp of caramel. Scents are slightly muted, I'd like them to come out more.
Taste follows the smell, great roasty chocolate that comes on just a little sweet and ends with bittersweet mild coffee notes, and a bit of charred flavor. Little hints of hazelnut throughout, with a nice lasting bittersweet aftertaste mingling all these flavors subtly.
Nice smooth and creamy texture with a slight viscosity that knows when to let go.
Very smooth and drinkable porter, I want to crack another one as soon as I'm done.
Awesome porter. Wish the coconut was more present, but that's about my only complaint. Wish I traded for more than a 4 pack.

Edit: The 2nd time I got some I tasted and smelled the coconut more, different batch maybe. So there you go.

Serving type: can

05-23-2010 21:45:01 | More by busternuggz
Photo of scottfrie


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into sniffer.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a dense dark brown head that quickly faded into a very thin scum.
S: Light sweet malt, caramel, and roasted nutty grains.
T: Toasted malt, dry grains, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, vanilla, roasted oats, milk chocolate, and maybe the vague taste of coconut oil in the finish and aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol in the finish as well.
M: A very good balance between the dry, roasted dark flavors and fruity sweetness. Carbonation is present and silky, and the body is slick yet chewy enough to have substance.
D: I was pleasantly surprised by this porter. The coconut is pretty hard to pick out, and I wouldn't know it was in it unless the can told me, but it is a delicious porter none the less. Body is smooth and the flavors are light yet complex. If not for the price I would buy this more often.

Serving type: can

05-19-2010 22:24:59 | More by scottfrie
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of coconut and chocolate. Very interesting.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and coconut. Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall an interesting porter. I liked it and thought it was a pretty standard porter with hints of coconut in the smell and taste, which was very appealing to me. If you like porters and coconuts check this out.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 01:53:15 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Brez07


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark brown with 1 finger sandy colored head. Didn't get much lacing around the glass

S: Burnt sugar sweetness, chocolate and roasted malt. No coconut detected

T: Very similar to the smell. A nice roasted malt flavor, with chocolate and minimal hops. There is the slightest bit of coconut mixed in

M: Light to medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation. Fits the style very well

D: Easy to drink and I'm glad I could try it, but ultimately nothing special. It it was a local I'd purchase it again, but I don't plan on trading for it

Serving type: can

04-13-2010 22:14:51 | More by Brez07
Photo of IrieJackalope


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Jet-black as it enters the glass, foams up to a pretty good-sized head that leaves behind some lacing. There's a fair amount of chocolate in the nose, sweetness as well, I don't know if that's the coconut I'm getting. Taste is consistent with the smell; coconut is definitely detectable towards the finish. The body isn't too full but the maltiness leaves a semi-dry finish. Very smooth and very drinkable, a good take on the traditional American Porter.

Serving type: can

03-21-2010 22:33:57 | More by IrieJackalope
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter...

A: Pours jet black with a two finger tan head that falls pretty quickly to a thin ring around the edge, pretty creamy.

S: Big roasted chocolate malt, some toffee, a little sweetness detected. Smells heavier than I know this beer is...and coconut isn't really prevalent.

T: Taste falls very short of the smell, some roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and the coconut comes across as a bit of an afterthought...

M: Medium light body, fairly thin and lots of carbonation...pretty accurate for the style.

D: Very smooth and drinkable and the abv is dead on for a porter.

Serving type: can

03-20-2010 06:01:23 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of kungpao


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to MaxStout for an awesome trade.

A- deep dark brown with little to no visability when held to the light.

S- roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and other roasted smells (obviously coconut), though if this were a blind tasting I would never have guessed coconut.

T- A nice typical porter style background with a roasted coconut surprise. Its an interesting combination to say the least. The coconut taste itself is the star of the show but, its not coconut like I've tasted before. This is a complex and interesting take on a porter.

M- a bit thin, and little carbonation. Would have given a higher score if it was a bit more full bodied.

D- I love a porter, and can drink several in a row. The coconut makes this a bit less drinkable than an average porter. I wouldnt drink more than 2 with out something else in between.

Over all, this is a fun beer to try. If you enjoy porters and have accesses to this, I reccomend trying it.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 19:36:06 | More by kungpao
Photo of beagle75


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.

A: Deepest black in the center allows no light to penetrate. Light brown, transparent edges. Less than one finger of pale tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate smell is very appealing.

T: Slight ripe fruit and chocolate dominate the front-end flavors. This beer does not taste as sweet as it smells. Slight bitter astringency (burned malt) appears late. Earthy coconut volatiles fill the sinuses after sipping for a while.

M: Thin texture seems light-handed for the style. Carbonation is appropriately light.

D: This is an easy beer to drink, without offering any challenge. My concluding thought is that this beer is overpriced, at about $10 per four-pack.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 03:34:44 | More by beagle75
Photo of timbro81


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with not much light coming through on the edges. Nice initial head that settles to a fine ring that lasts throughout. Smell is great, semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, cream and a touch of black pepper. Taste is equally as impressive. A little slow to come alive in the mouth but once things get started it snowballs from there. Nice bitter/sweet chocolate notes, again a mild amount of coffee grounds, perhaps some vanilla. Good velvety mouthfeel. Dangerously sessionable.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 21:43:14 | More by timbro81
Photo of beertunes


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12oz straight glass. Poured a solid black with a tall, thick, deep tan head that had great retention, but zero lacing. The beer was very carbonated, bubbles clung to the sides like this was a glass of coke.

As the can snapped open I was hit with a great roasted and sweet scent. Upon further sniffing the roasted notes and sweetness combined nicely, without either dominating. The taste was very similar, great roast, a slight sweetness. Personally, I couldn't really pick out a coconut scent or flavor, but that sweetness had to come from somewhere.

The body was very good, but perhaps just a touch thin for the style. Drinkabilty was excellent. I can see this easily becoming my "heavier" beer for spring and summer.

Overall, a top-notch brew that's worth some effort to obtain. A job well-done.

Serving type: can

03-06-2010 00:28:36 | More by beertunes
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Can into Pint glass.

Pours a black-brown, ruby highlight edges and a couple fingers of frothy cocoa colored head that slowly dissolves and leaves a nice thick ring around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a some toasted coconut. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt and finishes sweet with a little more of the toasted coconut. Its medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Nice porter, I like that the coconut is slight which creates a nice complexity to the roasted and chocolate.

Serving type: can

01-27-2010 04:48:52 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of yemenmocha


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance with black color that remains black when held to light. Head is a light tan color and has plenty of thickness and resilience long after the initial pour. Nose is also very appetizing with some soft coconut, roasted malt, and a whiff of hop character in the background. On the palate the flavors are a little subdued, with a thin, watery body, and not as much roasty flavors or coconut that the nose suggested I would find. Easy drinking though, but not the beer I expected based on the nose.

Serving type: can

01-25-2010 04:58:19 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of spointon


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color with a 1/2" brown head that settled pretty fast. No lacing of note.

S= Very nice aroma of toasted coconut, sweet dark malt, and faint coffee notes. The coconut really added a nice aspect to this aroma profile.

T= Some coconut but unfortunately much less prominent than in the nose. Otherwise, a pretty typical (but good) porter flavor. Sweet malts, lightly roasted grain, and a kiss of earthy hops. Finished pretty toasty, probably from the coconut.

M= Lighter side of medium body with a modest carbonation and lightly watery feel.

D= A very drinkable beer that in my opinion is a B+ porter that gets elevated by its unique coconut aroma. I wish the coconut was stronger in the flavor area, but still a great beer.

Serving type: can

01-22-2010 05:48:50 | More by spointon
Photo of DousedInStout


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

This one pours near black with ruby highlights and a tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty - the coconut is present but not overwhelming, as are other scents of lactose, raisins, cola, and a hint of milk chocolate. The taste that follows is very similar - all chocolate, cola, and coconut with no hop presence. I really appreciate the natural, and not overly done, coconut taste. The carbonation is a bit low - and with such a sweet tasting beer, makes the mouthfeel a bit cloying and coating. Overall though, a unique porter worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 16:35:19 | More by DousedInStout
Photo of BevMoAndrew


4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

The Maui Brewing Coconut Porter pours a very dark brown in the glass with a tan froth that dissipates quickly & above average lacing when froth is present. Rich aromas of milk chocolate, subtle smoke, roasted coconut shavings, subtle espresso, roasted malts....damn...this beer smells rich, robust, sweet, full, & awesome! This beer is really only 5,70% abv?!? All of the aromas turn into flavors on the palate with an emphasized roast & chocolate character, sweet/syrpuy texture, & long finish. Although this is definitely a dessert beer, this is one that I'm completely enjoying, one that I highly recommend, & one that I'll absolutely buy in the future! A must try in my opinion!

Serving type: can

01-16-2010 23:51:12 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of bret27


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to glass. A can??!? I do declare!

A: Very dark brown, almost black as an IS. Dark brown thick espresso looking head.

S: Toasted coconut, coffee, vanilla, sugar, sugar cane perhaps?

T: Coconut, vanilla cream, toasted bread, sweet, roasty. There's a strange bitterness at the end. Don't think it's hops, not really like alcohol either, maybe burntness?

M: Medium to thin bodied, slick and smooth.

D: Fairly good, but a little too sweet and creamy for me personally to drink a lot. The body and alcohol are not overpowering at all, the sweetness just turns me off.

Overall: Very good, but a little too sweet for me personally.

Serving type: can

11-16-2009 07:56:50 | More by bret27
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.