Imperial Coconut Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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4.25/5
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Imperial Coconut PorterImperial Coconut Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by laxboy3496 on 04-28-2011

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Ranking:
#1,343
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
212
pDev:
8.47%
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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Prost76
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of roasted malt, coconut, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a good shot of milk chocolate (always welcome), a tinge of caramel, a lot of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), a decent amount of coconut, and light hops. A much more subtle flavor than I expected, but it still manages to be likable. Very well-balanced and flavorful.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O; This is a solidly made, highly enjoyable porter. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppie82
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Rock & Brews in Paia, Maui. Very dark brown-black appearance with medium foam upon pour. This just has a ton of roasted malt and especially coconut in smell. Screams you're about to drink a dessert beer, which it is. Plenty of chocolate in there as well along with loads of coconut. Roasty and dark. Quite sweet and smooth. No hint of booze. But it is a bit thin 9.4% abv.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't complete a formal review due to small serving size, but definitely one of the best coconut porters I've had to date. Wonder if they roasted the coconut first, as it was so nice and complimentary rather than abbrasive and artificial/ metallic as I've found it in some other beers. Would love to find a bottle!

Update: 10 oz tulip pour at Davis Beer Shoppe.

L: Black with brown edges. Limited tan head has surprisingly resilient head with a ring that never seems to dissipate and left mixed lacing.

S: Nice balanced prominent, yet not overpowering, nose. Semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, some roast and perhaps a smidgen of rye?

T: Coconut is so complimentary, blends, maintains influence without being artificial. Other elements follow nose prominence. Slightly sweet finish.

F: Medium bodied with low-medium carbonation, slick on the tongue and finish.

O: Outstanding porter for my palate and preferences, definitely want more...as evidence by seeking it out again the day after first taste. Definitely in the lead for my best beer of 2018.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The coconut falls off on this one pretty fast. Easy drinking for a high abv, but about 4 months old the coconut is almost not there. Recommended, but drink fresh

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Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours opaque dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is big coconut and light milk chocolate. Medium bodied and carbonation and sweet. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having tried Hiwa and enjoying it, this was on my short list. I'm sorry but this was a flop. I had high hopes. It smells like burnt coconut and rubbing alcohol. Tastes much like Hiwa, but with a cup of burnt alcohol.

It's basically a "get drunk faster" harsh version of Hiwa. Nothing original or exciting about this one. Just have a 4 pack and skip the bomber.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_roberts
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted coconut, caramel, fudge, marshmallow, toffee, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, cream, coffee, almonds, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coconut, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted coconut, caramel, fudge, marshmallow, toffee, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, cream, coffee, almonds, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted coconut, caramel, fudge, marshmallow, toffee, dark/brown bread, vanilla, cream, coffee, almonds, smoke, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coconut, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light sticky hops, chalky roast, and dryness. Zero warming alcohol for 9.4%. Overall this is an amazing flavored imperial porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coconut, cocoa nib, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. I love the regular beer, but this is definitely a huge step up on richness. Super fudgey and dessert like, but never cloying or overly sweet. Perfect balance of coconut, cocoa nib, and base porter malt complexity. A really amazing offering.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2017 batch. The nose is luscious, with coconut, milk chocolate, dried banana chips, and yeast rolls. On the palate, the flavor profile is a bit less balanced and enticing, with some baking soda on the finish. A solid improvement over the "regular" version of Maui's coconut porter, which I definitely enjoyed when first getting more into craft beer, but I'm not sure it's such a game-changer as to justify the significantly higher price point.

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Imperial Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 212 ratings