Coconut Hiwa Porter
Maui Brewing Co.

Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #107
Ranked #10,631
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Very Good
Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
Notes: Formerly CoCoNut Porter

A robust dark ale with hand-toasted coconut & hints of mocha.

30 IBU
Reviews: 960 | Ratings: 2,469 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was solid and Maui sounds solid in general but thus wasn't mind blowing after all. Still an exciting brew to have for dessert or to top off the night.

Apr 04, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this has the most satisfying "holding a can" feeling I have ever experienced.

other than that, it's a toasty/roasty porter.
fluffy dark-cream head with heavy lacing and fairly high retention
gooey molasses and mocha waves. toasted malt. overall, fairly close to those almond-joy bars, but with richer chocolate
body is fairly heavy, and carb is lower end. finishes dry with what i can only assume is the toasted coconut up for the last word.

overall, this is a beautiful beer, to look at and to sip on. I wasn't crazy about the dry-finish. It just seemed more intense than I would have liked, but that's strictly personal, and I can get over it in order to enjoy another round.

Jul 01, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge porter guy, generally a hop head. I’m often thrown off by thick dark beers, but the consistency/feel of this one is light enough to enjoy. Flavors: coffee, a good bit of toasted coconut, semi-sweet chocolate, and a touch of cigar tobacco right around the finish. Good stuff.

Mar 31, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a 1 inch thick, creamy, tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to end.

Sweet aroma of roasted malt, coffee, molasses.

Coconut comes through, also, chocolate, coffee.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

I was skeptical of coconut in beer but this is damn good!

Mar 07, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with two fingers of tan head. Rings of lace as the head drops.
Smell is molasses and dark roast coffee.
Taste is dark roast coffee with some molasses and cocoanut.
Mouth f eel is light to medium and good carbonation. The finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty and pleasant porter.
Canned on 08/06/19

Feb 16, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Normal pour into cylinder. Brew appears as nearly opaque, closer to a stout than a porter. Presents with a quicky dissipating 1 finger head. Low to medium carbonation. Good lacing.

S - Hints of sweet malt, chocolate, coconut, coffee (espresso?), bread.

T - Very smooth, not bitter, not synthetic. All the flavors come through in a very authentic way. There doesn't seem to be anything artificial here. Fantastic. The coconut is present but somewhat muted. That's not to say it's a dissapointment. Though, I'd say the star of the show is chocolate.

M - Ever so slightly lingering. Ever so slightly. However, this brew does finish pretty clean. I have no complaints. No oil slick, no outputting mouthfeel. Very nice.

D - I can't say I'd be throwing these back all day long. On the other hand, I will say that this is one delicious porter. Granted, it does have a lot of the characteristics found in a stout. Though this is a porter, I don't think calling this a stout would be far fetched in any way. Regardless of whatever name it adopts, I think it's worth a try. If I see this one again, I'd definitely pick up a few more. That should tell you everything and then some.

Jan 28, 2020
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weizendoc from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can purchased at Trader Joe’s for $2.50.
I don’t drink much porter, but am somewhat familiar..can’t imagine wanting anything else from this style. Yummy, fresh, non cloying & clean with just that hint of porter smoke.

*the coconut is probably only notable by suggestion of the name

Jan 11, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can. Purchased at Corks Liquors in Columbus Indiana. Not much smell. Good color. Light Porter. Leah cannot get any coconut flavor or smell, but I can get a hint of it.

Sep 17, 2019
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Lampro from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was a toasty, slightly malty porter with some strong coffee flavors - but where is the promised coconut? Good beer, but not what I was hoping for.

Aug 30, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a large amount of tan head that fades slowly. Not a strong smell, not too dark colored. Some coconut flavor, but not quite as much or as good as Dirty Little Freak.

Aug 02, 2019
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oil can from the local ABC. Love being able to make mix packs.

Pint glass pour. Black on brown pour. Cocoa head.

Smells slight char, toast, molasses & a nip of vanilla rum.

Taste is toasted malt & a little brown sugar. Vanilla, milk, earth & spice. A little watery. Good carbonation, maybe a little oxidized.

Just okay.

Jul 30, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer finally answers affirmative to that age old question of whether or not a porter can make for a fine beach beer. With a lighter than medium body and certain crispness, this coconut laden toasty brew goes down quickly and beseeches to be followed by another, and another. So glad to have this one readily available while visiting the big island.

Jun 08, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to say, that old school can that's pictured in the BA profile is much more interesting than the current one.

Standard porter pour: dark ruby with a nice brown head.

Smells like a standard American porter: bittersweet, lightly rough barley, dry hops, and a wee hint of coconut sweetness.

Tastes like the kind of porter I miss: dry, beerish, and with just a little smooth kiss of coconut sweetness on the back end. Very professionally done. Nothing gimmicky.

Jun 08, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coconut Hiwa pours a black color, with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Weaker aroma, but sweet and toasted coconut flavors. Flavor is mellow, but nice toasted malty backbone, with a nice mix of subtle sweet toasted coconut. Good body and feel. Overall, not bad at all, good full bodied porter, with easy subtle coconut flavors.

May 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 7/19/16; drank 10/5/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head; frothy lace.

Fresh earth, sweet coconut & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

Coconut & fresh earth flavors up front; smooth milk chocolate notes on the finish.

Sweet, flavorful & enjoyable; I'd have another!

Feb 26, 2019
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eluvah from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer to drink when I am on the beach in HI. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere but they go down easy. Never think about drinking a porter on the beach on the mainland. Maybe I should. Great coconut and chocolate taste that goes down smooth

Feb 13, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Maui Brewing Co. Dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, no lacing. Light coconut water, mild milk chocolate and a bit of roast. It works well here, fairly straightforward porter with a good coconut flavour to it. Lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, slight char on the finish, dab of espresso.

Jan 28, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There's a fingernail of beige on top. The aroma is of dark malt, mocha, and coconut. I'm tasting coconut and mocha. The mouth is very light and smooth considering how dark this appears.

Jan 25, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, brown, clear, with a sandy head.
Aromas of sweet chocolate, vanilla.
Mild chocolate notes, touch of coffee, with some sweetness, vanilla, medium body and carbonation, easy drinking, dry finish. Not much in the way of coconut though.
Well balanced porter, lightly roast without bitterness; great feel; very approachable and enjoyable any time of year.

Jan 02, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is very dark brown and had a thick foamy tan head. The beer smells sweet and a hint of coffee, reminded me of a sweet mocha drink. The taste is similar, dark coffee and a sweetness which assume is the coconut. The beer reminds me more of a stout than a porter.

Nov 29, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark brown color. The head is tan, 2 finger, and has good retention. There's some very nice lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is fairly weak. Just very slight. Just a hint of mocha.
Taste - Interesting. I get the coconut, and then the mocha kicks in on the backside.
Decent body. Just about where I'd expect for such a beer. Nice carbonation feel in the back of my throat.
Solid and delicious stout. A pleasure to drink.

Nov 12, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Light roasted aroma with java and coconut. Light bodied but somewhat creamy at the end. Roasted malts, mocha java and coconut on the taste. Moderate carbonation. Decent beer.

Nov 03, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice coconut porter that would have been even better had the porter been slightly richer and creamier. Nice very dark brown, almost black color with some tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of roast coffee, a little chocolate and coconut. Tastes of dark roast coffee and chocolate - almost like a mocha coffee drink - along with some nice coconut notes, caramel, vanilla creaminess and malt. There was a little less smooth richness than I was expecting with a typical porter. Nice smooth mild mouthfeel, just wish it was a little more creamy. Good carbonation, actually a surprising amount that I normally wouldn't have expected for a porter.

Oct 21, 2018
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NedFredHead from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a very slight red tone. I think the coffee and chocolate hints (the former more prominent than the later) come through, whereas the coconut was lacking. More carbonation than I expected. Overall a balanced, medium-bodied stout, but nothing special.

Oct 20, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown and opaque with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of chocolate, and dark toasted notes.

Tastes of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Not really getting any coconut.

Medium, foamy body with moderate carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Sept 18th, 2018. Nothing very coconut about it.

Sep 19, 2018
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