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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 123
Gots: 97 | 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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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

brandonwnw, Aug 18, 2014
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.

oregonskibum, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned 8/15/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice mocha head.

Aroma is - wow - rich, earthy, toasty... not really sure how to describe it. Chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar maybe? Must be the coconut throwing me off. Interesting aroma but I'm not sure I completely enjoy it.

Taste is just as confounding as the aroma. It's a standard porter but then the toasted coconut kicks in and I'm just not sure what to make of it. Not even sure if it is the coconut or just an unusual combination of malts. A little chocolatey, roasty... but still mostly just elusive. You could tell me they brewed this with molasses or Vegemite and it would make just as much sense to me.

Mouthfeel is fine, nothing much to say about that.

Overall this is just an interesting, unique beer. I don't know that I like it that much, but it's certainly not bad by any means either. It is full-flavored, that's for sure. Might have to come back to this one every 6 months or so just to see if I can make any more sense of it.

draheim, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lindalo112
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

color: Dark brown almost black
smell: chocolate,
taste: Balanced- it starts sweet and ends bitter, with a hence of coconut and creamy
carbonation: very low carbonation
head: light head and light hold
mouth-feel: heavy mouth-feel
- no hop aroma but had a hoppy finish

lindalo112, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, almost black but not quite. Reminds me of a bad cup of coffee. Has a nice tan head that thins quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasted oats, malts, coffee, and chocolate. I can't really smell any coconut.

T: Tastes like a typical porter. Thin bit toasty, and a little burnt (in a good way). I get a slight roasted essence followed by some nice sweetness. Not overly sweet, but almost a chocolate milk like flavor. Again, I'm not sure if I can pick up on the coconut. Perhaps coconut has a more subtle flavor that I'm just blatantly missing.

M: Thin but creamy (if that makes any sense). I will reiterate that it reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. It doesn't envelop the palate with sticky sweet notes.

D: An easy drinking beer. Nothing overpowering. Really solid. I like it, but I'd probably move on after a second glass.

O: I really like this beer, but I don't think it's anything really special. I'm glad to have tried it and would like to try it again in the future, but I'm not in a rush to seek it out.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of cyrock1
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby Brown with a one inch dark tan head.

Smell: Light roast, the aroma is a little tight at first.

Taste: Malted milk chocolate with very faint hints of coconut, I expected it to be a little assertive in its coconut flavors but was happily dissappointed that it wasn't over the top.

Mouthfeel: Reminds me a little of a chocolate or milk stout in texture, fairly creamy and not hoppy at all.

Drinkability: The name is somewhat misleading, but a porter I will drink again. The fact that it comes in a can is a plus too, at least for those looking to take it to an outdoor venue where glass is not allowed or advised.

cyrock1, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into City Beer Store tulip. Appearance is dark black , tannish minimal head, that diminished to nothing..smell is chocolate malt, coconut, and a little woodsy effervessence as well. Taste is smooth, starts out with semi-sweet cocolate, and finished with a subtle coconut flavor, and roasted malts definately apparent. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with bitey carbonation for a Porter..a good summer porter for sure..overall, good, not amazing, however very solid.

Beerswag, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a brown color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coconut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coconut, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and mouth feel. The metallic flavor, hopefully from wheat, was slightly off-putting.

Tone, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Dry roasty malt, very light touch of coconut.

L: Dark black, light tan head that dissipates slightly. Dusty head.

T: Dry roasty malt with some coconut sweetness near the finish. Medium low bitterness leads to some dark chocolate with additional toasted coconut.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium high carbonation.

Really enjoyed this, aroma was disappointing, but the taste had a nice subtle coconut that worked great with the roast. Carbonation was a little high, but glad i tried this.

bum732, Oct 20, 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 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.

DousedInStout, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking this sea side on my honeymoon in Hawaii, but I'll try to not let my surroundings cloud my objectivity.

Out of a plethora of macro lagers and overrated imports, this can is my one lifeline.

Pours dark brown with a stubborn foamy head that creates some nice lacing on the way down.

The smell is simple but pleasant: creme caramel and lush coconut. There's a bit of toast in the background, but the smell makes me think that sweetness will dominate this brew.

Mouthfeel is nice (on the full side of medium) with only slightly more carbonation than I usually like to see.

The coconut flavor is more restrained on the taste buds than it was on the nose. That's a welcome development as I was worried the beer might have an overwhelming extract quality to it. Instead, the flavor is quite natural. There's some Brown sugar sweetness which is balanced nicely by a bit of roast. I wouldn't mind a bit more boldness on the roast and more complexity in the sweetness, but overall this is a very good porter that deserves a try.

chicagobeerriot, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can huh? Thanks to 3rd Row Tailgater for bringing this one back to me from Maui!

It pours a dark brown color with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. Fantastic looking beer!

The aroma is chocolatey malt with a little medicinal quality that might be the coconuts coming through.

The taste is rich and roasted with a very faint coconut flavor. It's nice but I wish it had more coconut!

Overall a really good porter. The can didn't seem to affect anything, I just wish it has more coconut.

theboozecruise, Aug 13, 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 scratch69
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Loads of foamy lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Tiniest hint of coconut.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth.

Overall- Overall a pretty good beer, but I was a little disappointed in this. I was expecting more coconut flavor from a beer with "coconut" in it's name.

scratch69, Aug 14, 2014
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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 devilben02
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown with a dense, foamy head. The aroma is rather mild, with notes of light coffee, a hint of chocolate, and toasted malt. The flavor is largely driven by the robust nuttiness, but it is also quite sweet and has a subtle kiss of the toasted coconut underneath. The texture is smooth and almost creamy, but a bit too thin to support the hearty porter flavors. Overall, it is mild, smooth, and quite pleasant, but it is a bit too thin and a bit too sweet for my liking. The use of coconut is different and interesting, though, and although it could be considered a bit gimmicky for a brewery from Maui, I thought it was a nice touch that made me want to search for this beer.

devilben02, Oct 14, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black color with a nice 1.5 finger brown foam head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. A very aromatic brew with lots of smell of rich chocolate and some coffee taste. A little blander than I was expecting given the aroma, nice dark malt taste, but little chocolate smell in the taste. This light bodied beer is very drinkable with a nice level of carbonation, but not overly so. Overall, a very good beer.

cyclonece09, Sep 01, 2012
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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
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really sure why this beer in doubled in the database. The other listing has more reviews, but this one says "Review all production beers (cans, etc) under this location."

Sixer of cans brought back from Hawaii, this is the last of them. Canned 10/03/11.

Black body, good tannish-brown head, decent lacing. Good head retention.

Aroma on this one is great. Can smell chocolate from a few feet away from the can, before even pouring. Roasty and coffee notes compliment the chocolate.

Taste is a little light for a 6% porter, but leans more on the chocolate side of things. The coconut is really only detectable near the finish of the beer, and makes it more interesting than normal.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but good.

Overall this is a good porter, bold aroma, would have guessed less than 6% abv all considered. Would like to see more coconut character.

zachary80, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another from the mixed sixer I won when I beat mymrnngjckt in fantasy baseball. You suck Kevin.

Pours nearly pitch black, surprisingly dark for a porter, with just a bit of ruby around the edges and no light getting through. Head is a creamy khaki color. Retains quite well and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is not very powerful, but consists of some roasted malt and coconut. Unfortunately it's a real struggle to get even that.

Taste is much more robust than the smell; that's more like it. Nice roasted malt and coconut nuttiness. Bit of cocoa flavor and some earthy hops. Little bit of coffee, too. Very smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth.

This is a very tasty porter. The coconut is a subtle flavor, but it's definitely there. Quite drinkable. Tasty stuff.

number1bum, Sep 30, 2008
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 endovelico
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brew with beautiful brown highlights, small mocha head and some lacing.

Smell: The nose is intense with chocolate up front and coffee and caramel at the back. The chocolate kind of overwhelms everything.

Taste: Intense flavor of chocolate, burnt caramel and some very faint coconut.

Palate: Medium low carbonation. Low bitterness. Medium full body. Smooth finish. Faint lingering cherry chocolate candy flavor.

Overall: Kinda gimmicky. Not enough depth on the nose or tongue but it's a decent brew as a whole nonetheless.

endovelico, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a tanned large bubbled head, that does not retain. A cola like appearance

S - Creamy chocolate and malt

T - Some nice creamy flavours up front with some chocolate and heavy vanilla. The finish is a little bitter. A tiny bit of coconut on the finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

O - This is a very drinkable stout that is very moreish. Coconut is nearly non-existent though.

eric5bellies, Nov 18, 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
CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.