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CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Co.

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CoCoNut PorterCoCoNut Porter

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846 Reviews

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Reviews: 846
Hads: 1,987
Avg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 149
Gots: 231 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

30 IBU
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Reviews: 846 | Hads: 1,987
Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter ironically doesn't even have enough white over its top to emulate coconut shavings, let alone a proper beer head. As result, its oily black body ends up looking like coffee (which it coincidentally ends up tasting and smelling like too).

The table for this unique beer is set early; the mocha-like smell that combines roasted coffee and milk chocolate now incorporates hints of toasted coconut. There isn't much sweetness or fruit about it, nothing like you'd find in a mixed drink or a dessert even, as the scent of burnt grain is just too strong and predominant. Smells quite decadent.

The taste is a patchwork quilt of cocoa liqueur, iced espresso, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. It tastes like a rich, gourmet tootsie-roll that's been infused with coconut milk and then lightly smoked over campfire. Again, the coconut is there, but with all the roasted grain and coffee-like overtones you have to hack your way through with a meat axe to get to it.

This is a beer that some will find too sweet for their tastes while others will find too bitter. In actuality, it is a fair bit of both. The coconut, while not tasted outright, contributes a backdrop of sugars whereas the malts have a very oily, almost astringent roast to them that is very much like that of coffee beans. (An ample dosage of American hops factors in too.)

Usually the most intoxicating thing about hot island beers is the imagery they offer; this one, however, also offers a ton of flavour and a unique and gratifying overall experience. Like all Maui Brewing brands, it seems bigger than Hawaii itself and fits less into the scopes of tourism or heritage than it does the new-wave American craft beer revolution. Recommended.

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Photo of Greencoat
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep brown with a dark tan head and little lace.

S- really nice porter smell: toasty and roasted with some malty notes. And of course the whole thing is accompanied by a strong coconut aroma.

T- the dark roasted malts gives thus beer a good dark chocolate taste, which pairs wonderfully with the coconut, almost like a mounds bar. The finish is smooth but bitter.

O- a really unique and tasty porter, I can never get enough coconut though.

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Photo of Soneast
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 07/19/10. Pours a burnt brown to black color with a touch of amber edges when held to a light. Grows a fizzy, half-inch thick, light brown colored head that seems to dissipate fairly rapidly.

Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate. There are some mild coffee-like roast qualities, a sort of dry, dark chocolate aroma and some toasted malt character. No coconut to speak of.

The flavor is where you find a hint of coconut. Once again pronounced roasted barley and dark chocolate flavor comprise the bulk of flavors, some dark caramels and a barely perceptible coconut flavor coming in after the swallow. The finish is nice and creamy, and well balanced. Neither hop bitterness nor cloying malt sweetness takes over.

The beer has a nice body with a complimentary amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking, and superbly balanced. CoCoNut Porter leaves a delicious, slightly roasty, chocolate flavor in my mouth. The coconut in this beer is hard to find, but the base porter itself is quite delicious, to the point that any coconut character is hardly necessary for me to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gracias to Einweizenbitte for this canister.

a- Dark brown with a big foamy billowy head. Looks similar to cola the way it pours.

S- Faint coconut aromas, some sweet chocolate, and and earthy aroma tinged with pecan. Smells disctinctive and interesting

T- Bright initial sweetness, almost cane sugar esque that quickly gives way to a dry earthy flavor ( coconut shell?) with hints of coconut and roasted malts. I got a funny metallic flavor initially, but once the beer warmed it dissipated. Cola flavor in this one also.

M- Just about right, a little on the thin side towards the end of the swallow. Very dry finish

D- It's an extremely drinkable beer. I enjoyed it and would definitely like to have this around.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and slightly see through when held up to the light. There is less than one finger of head that recedes quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark malts, chocolate, toasted malt and coconut, some coffee and a hint of sweetness (perhaps from the coconut). The toasted coconut brings a nice element to the nose, I really like it with the porter.

Taste up front is roasty malts, not at all astringent, quite smooth, and lots of chocolate coming through. Flavor is a bit thin in the middle for my taste, but there are no off flavors and it is quite drinkable (I may be wishing for a stout character here...). The coconut comes through again with a toasted coconut sweetness that is mild and compliments the beer well. Finish is mild roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a smooth, toasty element.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation.

Overall this porter is smooth and easy drinking with a nice twist via the toasted coconut. I enjoyed drinking it and it goes well with the peppered lime chicken I'm having for dinner.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, '022210' painted on can's bottom rim. Out of date!

A very good looking and dark Porter; barely penetrated by light to a mahogany glow and capped with an inch or more of cappuccino head that went to a substantial cap.

Hershey's syrup, toasted coconut, woodiness, roast, licorice, and grapes add up to a very rounded aroma.

Milk chocolate, sourness, herbal and spicy hops, fruity toasted coconut, char. It's simple and classic Porter; yet something more is going on. Somehow it is both to style and differently complex at the same time. The coconut is there and I think coming across strongly as wood. Must be esthers, lots of grape-like fruit.

A little thin with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles emphasize that wood and spice.

I'm glad this was kept below 6%. If I could get this more readily, I probably would as it is intriguing.

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Photo of Lnc3
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a large head and was fairly dark. The aroma smelled of a little bit of coffee with more chocolaty undertones. This is a very creamy beer that stays in the mouth for quite a while. You can detect no hops and has a nice malty sweetness. This porter was very enjoyable and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served in a tulip, paired with a chocolate lava cake.

A: dark brown, almost black. very little head but a good amount of lacing that stuck to the glass all the way through.

S: coffee, bitter chocolate, not much coconut at first, but it started to come out as the beer warmed.

T: strong coffee and chocolate flavor, but with more of a sweet chocolate taste than is present in the aroma. the coconut is subtle but gets stronger throughout the brew.

M: medium bodied and dry. was expecting a bit more richness, but still a nice mouthfeel.

D: this was perfectly paired with the chocolate lava cake and it's very easy to imagine this beer being just as good on its own. the coconut wasn't overpowering (in fact, just the opposite- the coconut flavor was well balanced) and it wasn't too sweet. I was expecting it to be a bit more full bodied, but that certainly doesn't take away from an otherwise excellent brew.

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Photo of gameface23
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a creamy light brown head.

S: Slightly nutty, some coffee notes, and caramel, but not overpowering by any means.

T: When cold, it's mostly chocolate malt. This beer really shines when it warms up a bit. Caramelized coconut and cocoa are the dominant flavors.

M: Medium bodied.

D: I enjoyed this beer. I was in Hawaii for my Honeymoon and I bought Maui Brewing Company's beers any time they were available at a restaurant or bar. The coconut porter is probably the best beer made in Hawaii.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weibull for this can!

Pours a deep, dark brown...almost black. A tan head made a quick appearance. It did leave some nice lacing behind, though.

The aroma was a bit light. I was hoping for more here. I picked up a faint coconut scent hiding behind the coffee and chocolate.

The flavor was better, though. The coconut, while far from dominant, was noticed more. Coffee and dry, dark chocolate are the main players.

Nice medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and silky. The low abv and the canned factor make this tasty treat pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Beer Pairing Reviews. I Received a 12 FL. OZ 355 ML can of this in a trade w/ cfh64 & price is unknown. Poured from the well branded can w/ a Coconut filled with the Porter on the front & has 1814, ...LIKE HOT CHICKS ON THE BEACH, and Porter Brewed W/ Hand-Toasted Coconut on the front into a 16oz St. Louis Rams Pint Glass. Has CANNED 060911 on the bottom of the can.

I am pairing this up with ColdStone's Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream. Should be very enjoyable! I will be drinking over half the brew before enjoying the ice cream with it, to give it a proper review.

Aroma- Has strong roasty, light espresso aroma. Can't tell there is coconut in here but thats alright, that would be almost impossible to get a Porter to have this attribute.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention. Has a extremely dark brown body that is opaque. Leaves sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- Tastes as if the porter was put into a coconut shell! Very nice burnt taste and is very dry and roasty. The grains become sharp at the finish of the drink and thus has only a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and leaves only dark grainy/maltiness on the palate... Wish there was more coconut here.

Overall Impression- A very interesting brew! While I enjoyed over 3/4 of the can AND THEN started eating the Coldstone Ice Cream, this was very well paired and couldn't have enjoyed more! This Porter had only hints of the coconut but still a brew I have been wanting to try for a while. Thanks Brad!

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of an awesome trade. Surprisingly, my first craft beer from a can.

I'm not a big fan of coconut, so I'm not so sure about this one.

A - Pours dark brown/black color. Thin white head dissipates into nothing quickly. The beer looks basically uncarbed after 15 minutes.

S - Good smell. Nice porter smells with sweetness from the coconut.

T - Very good and smooth. I really enjoy this. Nice tasting porter with some sweetness from the coconut. The coconut definitely doesn't overpower, but is a nice compliment to the beer.

M - Starts off excellent, but the beer is literally flat 10-15 minutes into the tasting. Strange.

Overall very good beer. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with PretzelCity

Poured a rich black with brown fringes in light, huge pillowy head that faded fairly fast to a thick film that hung high on the wall of the glass
Smell was deep roasted barley with a big coffee and dark chocolate presence, no coconut noticed otherwise would have scored higher
Taste was very strong big coffee and dark chocolate again, only a very slight coconut note and its way in the back, the longer the beer sits the more the coconut sneaks out
Mouthfeel is a thin medium and very bright in the carbonation dept. almost too bubbly on the tongue
Drinkability- very good porter right up there near the top, if there was more of a coconut presence it would fit its name even better

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a pint glass

A: Medium brown body settles into the glass; small, khaki colored head quickly settles out to a small collar; spotty lacing.

S: Nose opens with hints of light roast and a distinctive nutty flash of toasted coconut. A hint of chocolate rises as the glass warms That coconut note smells great.

T: Toasted coconut flavor washes over hints of light roast, coffee, and a faint, powdered cocoa. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, given the other reviews I have read for this porter - the chocolate seemed muted beneath the coconut. Really, the nutty/toasted flavor predominated from first sip to finish. Still, a nice showcase if you like coconut.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A decent porter, with a nice emphasis on the toasted coconut, but would have liked a more rounded flavor profile with more cocoa/chocolate sweetness to balance out the nutty coconut and roast flavors that dominated. Still, I'm glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this can. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is coconut, caramel and chocolate. About what I expected.

The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and coconut. The chocolate notes are very similar to dry, powdered hot chocolate and is a little bit chalky.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from Hollingshead in CA.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth dark chocolate with good amounts of roasted malt and vanilla aromas as well. Not a whole lot of coconut in the aroma.

Tastes a bit different than it smells. Again, smooth dark chocolate flavors lead things off and are joined quickly by roasted malt flavors that bring the sweetness down a notch. Light vanilla flavors join in midway through the sip, and as it warms an underlying sweetness I attribute to the coconut makes itself apparent. Ending is mostly sweet with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the can pretty quickly and could have another, though I could see the sweetness becoming a bit too much after a while.

Overall this was a very good non-traditional porter. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a large tan head on top, probably 2 fingers worth in my Cigar City goblet. Slow dissipation to a still nice layer of foam on top and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Mostly dark chocolate and a little bit of roasty malt. There is a little bit of coconut and a hint of coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma, mostly dark chocolate with traces of coconut and roasty malt. Slight sweetness at the end where this is a bit more coconut.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a touch of creaminess.

O: Like this more than I thought I would, since I am not a huge coconut fan, but the flavor is subtle and adds the right amount of flavor.

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like sludge from a golden 12 oz. can into a pint glass. A very deep brown pour with some ruby highlights and a half inch head which settles quickly to a thin tan surface film.

Smells of roasted coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Occasional notes of coconut rise to the surface, halfway between fresh shaved coconut and coconut milk.

Taste of coffee segues to a coconut close and with just a touch of spice. Otherwise the brew offers a rich mouthfeel and solid drinkability. A lively porter with a unique finish.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown body with some mohagany hue around the edges. The head is thin and did not retain much.

The smell is a ton of dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted coconut. It's a very robust scent.

The chocolate is also heavy in the taste and takes the form of baker's chocolate. The coconut is much more subdued then in the smell, but adds a nice touch to the chocolate. The finish is a deep roasted coffee and earthy spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth yet carries a crisp bite of carbonation.

This was a fun brew. The coconut adds a nice touch with a smoothing effect.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a rather large medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coconut is clearly noticeable with some roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some fresh roasted coconut and some dry roasted malt. Bitterness is well controlled and coconut is well balance and more then a novelty. Body is a bit thin for the style but carbonation is pretty good. I could see this going well with some coconut chocolate cake.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in the glass, the head is a solid mass of tan brown foam. It's kind of impressive how solid the head is.

S: There is a nice bready note, as well as a lot of cocoa powder chocolate. The coconut is there in the finish, although it gets a little lost in the dark grains.

T: The cocoa powder smell comes through again in the flavor as well as some roasted grains. The finish has a bit of coffee to it as well as a hint of the coconut. There is almost a little bit of a milk stout thing going on.

M: Medium in body. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. There is a really creamy quality to this.

O: Overall I really like it, rich and chocolaty. Although I wish there was a bit more of the toasted coconut flavor in there.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Coconut Porter has a nice aroma of toasted coconut. Flavors of chocolate and mildly roasted dark malts follow on the tongue. Black body with a cream head that trailed some lacing behind. Medium-weight and mellow, smooth with bittersweetness. Sweet chocolate with coconut overtones persist throughout. Mild carbonation. Some slightly sweet wet char aftertaste.

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CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.