Coconut Hiwa Porter
Maui Brewing Co.

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American Porter
Ranked #115
Ranked #8,311
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly CoCoNut Porter

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

30 IBU
Reviews: 954 | Ratings: 2,445 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of weizendoc
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

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
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.

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Photo of Lampro
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.

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Photo of EnderFett11
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
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.

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Photo of stephens101
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.

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Photo of mynie
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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!

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Photo of eluvah
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

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
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.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of NedFredHead
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of seanh99
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was pretty close to perfect in their tap room and it is good here on the east coast. The smell of coconut is really nice and the beer is enhanced by the toasted coconut flavor

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Photo of stoumi
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No surprise that this porter pours a vary dark brown with a half a finger light brown head that quickly fades, leaving a thin veiling covering the top of the glass, but no lacing. Smell: It's definitely a coffee forward porter with hints of dark cacao nibs, a light coconut with a trace of roasted malts and caramel. Taste: It's more roasted malts and coffee up front on the palette, as the dark chocolate and cacao sneak in later. The coconut came after the swallow for me, but very, very light. Coconut Hiwa has a medium body and very light carbonation. Think I was expecting a bit more from this porter, which is didn't really deliver, a bit short on that full flavor I was looking for in a coconut porter.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a darker brown with a nice large tan head that slowly diminishes. Lacing as you enjoy it. Scents of coffee and vanilla in the nose, along with the roasted malts. The mouth gets the same, with vanilla coming through strong, although not overwhelming. Enjoyable!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown but definitely not black, maybe just short of opaque. Forms a one-finger tan head that lasts quite well, and quite a bit of visible carbonation, especially for style.

S: Coffee forward up front. But there are also cacao nibs, coconut, and vanilla. Roasted malts and malty sticky sweetness. Some bits of tobacco, caramel, and a light grassy hoppiness. It’s not Last Snow in coconut presence or sheer amount of nose, but it’s quite pleasant and nuanced.

T: Coffee again. Then bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs with the roasted malts. Flavors of coconut and vanilla and caramel, but none of them are as big as they were on the nose. Still a bit of drying tobacco though. It finishes with a fading mocha sweetness with the roasted and mild hop bitterness, and actually ends up more balanced than expected.

M: While maybe not watery, the body is relatively thin. And the significant amount of carbonation sensation highlights this more than I wish it did – it’s not obnoxiously over-carbonated, but it loses some of the silky mouthfeel I was hoping for. Low alcohol presence.

O: I had high hopes for this one, but they weren’t met. More coffee than chocolate, and not coconut forward like the name promised. The mouthfeel is what shut the lid on this for me though; it Just detracted from the beer as just a solid porter, even if the namesake flavors weren’t huge. It's nothing to run away from, but I don’t see me drinking this again.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost black dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves marginal lacing.
The aroma is dark roasted malts and only a touch of coconut. Chocolate joins the party in the flavor and the coconut is a bit more pronounced. The feel is pretty full for a porter, more like a stout. Overall better than I was expecting. Would buy again.

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Photo of Nass
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best by date on the bottom of the can. Excellent artwork I may add. This a pricey porter nonetheless. I am tasting that coconut in here. Decent porter & different tasting than your average porter due to the fruity coconut sweetness. This is an interesting take on the porter style but the cost is just a little bit outside of my expense range. Cheers! A-

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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