Coconut Hiwa Porter
Maui Brewing Co.

Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #118
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,985
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
953
Ratings:
2,435
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Maui Brewing Co.
 
Hawaii, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
89
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: 953 | Ratings: 2,435 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan3279 for yet another great hookup.

Poured from a 12 oz. can (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that settles after a couple minutes to a thick, even coating. The body is a dark mahogany that resists all light penetration. Just a few light brown floaties can be seen at the edges of the glass. Some light lacing can be seen clinging desperately to the glass between sips but always seems to succumb to gravity.

The nose has a very rich, robust quality to it. It smells more like an American Stout than a Porter. Dark and milk chocolate intertwine with light notes of burnt coffee beans and chocolate milk. Just a touch of toasted coconut is discernible but has to be searched for. If you didn't know to look for it you would probably miss it.

Each sip starts out just like the nose with dominating flavors of milk and dark chocolate. Flavors of black coffee and chocolate milk are also there. As the beer is swallowed, roasted coffee bean flavors come out and are quickly joined by a smokiness (is this the coconut?). As these flavors fade, a bit of a coffee bitterness sets in at the back of the throat and slowly transforms into more of a grassy hops bitterness.

The medium body makes this very drinkable for such a dark beer. It is smooth and slick with no traces of stickiness or coating. The carbonation is very fizzy, cutting the body and increasing drinkability. While it does make dissecting the flavors a little difficult at the beginning of each sip, it does create a very enjoyable experience and slightly foamy swallow.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from a business trip to the west coast.

A: Pours an opaque very dark black in color with just the slightest hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer over the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: I really like the aroma of this beer with the heavy dark roasted malts and the wonderful smell of the toasted coconut. Some hints of molasses as well.

T: A very well balanced flavor to this beer, not too sweet and not too bitter. The taste follows the smell with the dark roasted malt body and a little bit of molasses sweetness. That is followed by some bittersweet chocolate and the toasted coconut.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: While this beer has the look of a stout, it is much lighter and easier to drink. The beer is very easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. I love the toasted coconut flavor without any additional sweetness, makes this beer very delicious. Definitely one to get again though next time might warrant a trip to Maui :)

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Photo of samtrillo
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose features black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted notes.

If you want to buy this because you like coconut and the idea of a coconut porter sounds delicious, then don't buy this. It's a porter. Bitter espresso finish. Dry cocoa aftertaste. Watery slightly sour mouthfeel. I don't know where they get off calling it coconut. I'm even drinking it with dark chocolate coconut almonds and still, almost nothing. Bit of a metallic taste too when I stretch for the coconut I get an unpleasant metal. Meet disappointed in this beer. Just call it a porter.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a tan colored head. No lacing whatsoever and and it looks very foamy.

Smell is tricky to describe. Definitely some coconut/roasted almond smell going on here but also some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Not a strong smell by any stretch of the imagination.

Kind of watery for a porter with a balanced flavor. Coconut taste seems a little overwhelmed even though the beer overall isn't particularly strong.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first from this brewery, thanks to dcloeren. Also interesting looking can, although canned 9/14/11, over a year old now unfortunately.

Pours a fluffy bubbly large darker chocolate colored almost 2 finger head, that fades fairly quickly at first, then slows a bit but eventually leaves nothing to cover the top, with spotty messy lacing, over super dark molasses brown color with barely any light coming through almost making it black looking.

Nose is nice, lots of chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, little syrupy like with caramel, vanilla, toasted biscuit, with nice toasted coconut undertones that come through fairly well, nice toasted coconut, nutty aromas, and chocolate, slight almond joy like nose.

Taste starts a bit syrupy and semi sweet, with a light caramel and syrupy like flavor. That quickly turns to nice cocoa, dark chocolate, fairly bitter dry chocolate powder. Also some vanilla, Then plenty of toasty, toasted coconut again, toasted almond, toasted grain, etc. Nice coconut that is light overall and heavy, but not overpowering. it does get a slight off flavor from the coconut oils breaking down, but that's most likely from the age. Little biscuit malt. Finish is semi bitter, earthy hop bitterness with a slight spicy quality, then nice coconut, chocolate, and vanilla lingering and quite dry.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied but still feels somehow watery, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice flavors of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and lots of toasty coconut. Pretty tasty, but not perfect, and the age shows a little. I would like to try it on draft sometime, hopefully in Hawaii. Wormtown NORM might be the only coconut porter better than this though.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed with this beer. I was hoping for more of a coconut flavor. I didn't find it in this beer. I think the best coconut beer that I have had so far is Death by Coconut brewed by Oskar Blues. I enjoyed this porter but, just missed the coconut that was listed in the name.

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

A good porter overall, but I was surprised at how little of a coconut presence there is. I would say very close to non existent. For that matter, the cocoa/chocolate is weak too. It has a nice roasted malt flavor, but that's about it. I recommend The Brew Kettle's, Oskar Blues, or NoDa's if you are really trying to track down the best coconut porter

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Photo of youknowho
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious coconut and coffee notes on top of a traditional porter flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a great beer. i have had the pleasure of trying this one soo many times. poured from a can to a pint glass

nice burnt amber color with a smooth and even head of off white that coats the sides of the glass and really offers up a nice and well rounded view.

aroma of caramel, coconut, vanilla, other sweet notes, lots of stuff going on here but maintainig its session drinkable factor the whole time. smooth and creamy with lots of caramel and hints of grain bouncing around all over, clean finish with just the right amount of flavor.

overall an outstanding beer i would love to try again

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Photo of katsumi27
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Didn't smell coconut, only chocolate and coffee. Very smooth in taste, like the coffee I get from Papua New Geuina. Hint of chocolate but no coconut.

I'm only a noob in beer tasting so I'm giving you what I smell and taste.

The look is black with a nice head. For a coconut porter, I'd expect more coconut.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Charred walnut with sepia highlights. Some stouts aren't this dark. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a fetching crown the color of wet sand. This is good looking beer that leaves even better looking lace. So far, so excellent.

The nose delivers a modest amount of chocolate malt and almost no coconut. I expected the brewers to use coconut oil, but it looks like they went with toasted coconut instead.

It takes a while for coconut to appear, both within each mouthful and in general. Finally, on the finish, it begins to seep in at the edges. Coconut is one of those flavors that can be easily overdone, especially in something like beer, but it's too subtle here. Warming turns up the flavor knob from 3/10 to 5/10.

Coconut or no coconut, this is a well-brewed porter. Baker's chocolate and coffee beans lead the way, thanks to no fewer than six different malts. I'm not sure why the brewery calls it 'robust', however. Compared to Michelob Amber Bock perhaps, but not compared to a real robust porter.

The body/mouthfeel is pretty close to where it should be. It needs a fraction more heft and a few more bubbles, as long as they result in creaminess rather than fizziness. Then again, if the beer is being consumed on the beach, or at least in hot and humid weather, the slightly light mouthfeel is probaby ideal.

Maui Brewing CoCoNut PorTeR is good beer that stands out because it comes in cans and because it uses an ingredient that is considered to be exotic. Although it doesn't venture as far outside the box as it should, better to have a coconut-accented porter than a porter-accented pina colada.

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Photo of bashiba
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured like a fresh can of cola with a slightly darker end result and a light sticky tan head.

The smell has a nice mild roasty black malt nose.

The flavor is very mild with a bit of sweet roasty grains and a touch of chocolate, there are some sweet undertones that could be the coconut, but I would never make that connection without it being on the can. The hops are very mild as this is very malt dominated.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Overall this would make a decent dark session beer, creamy and easy to drink, but the coconut aspect is pretty mild.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Destral (I think). Thanks man!

I mean seriously, who doesn't want to drink something that says 'with hand toasted coconuts'? It's already got 3/4 of the people in its corner due to the packaging.

A- Nice and dark, like daddy likes 'em.

S- I know my sense of smell is for shit, but I'm getting very little scent from this.

T- Pretty nice. A little too much carbonation, but good flavor. Plus, as an extra, this shit just looks good when you open it up, pretty unique for us down in FL.

M- Good, a little light but not bad.

O- Not too bad at all. It's no Duck Rabbit (or whatever the hell they call it) Baltic Porter or Cigar City Jose Marti Porter but it definitely is worth a try.

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

Pours from one of those attractive cans into an IKEA pint glass a very dark brown with a hint of tan head, not much. Smells like a mass of cocoa powder and roasted malt. Earthy hop note, not much coconut so far, but something different... an unusual waxy smell that is at first offputting but then, not.

Bigger than I thought. Expecting a tropical coconut treat, imagine my surprise at finding such a ballsy, roasty porter with a big streak of astringency running through it. Rough around the edges - even at 5.7% I believe I detect an alcohol note. That said, underneath it all there is a certain softness. Is that the coconut? I don't really taste it so much as feel it. A gentle wave of soothing oiliness that prepares the palate for the next moutful.

Medium thick and tightly carbonated. Not what I was expecting. A very good beer. Fairly intense, full flavored porter that doesn't pull punches. That said, I know of a couple of beers that do the same - more coconut, please.

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured a rich, dark brown body with a long lasting,deep tan head.Good lacing.Low carbonation.

S= Coffee and dark chocolate. I was expecting some hints of coconut, but could not detect any.

T= Like the aroma, strong, dark-roasted coffee with a touch of dark chocolate.Rich malty body without the cloying sweetness, and just a touch of hops to offset the malts.

M= Smooth, full-flavored, port-like. Lingering coffee notes lasted for a good five minutes.

D= This porter would be excellent for dessert. I would pair it with a bittersweet chocolate torte with raspberrys,baked pears with chocolate sauce or almond biscotti. Or Gruyere cheese at the end of a meal.

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

Photo of strongaf
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at PCC.

Overall, this was a pretty solid porter. The coconut shows up in the nose, along with some coffee. The coconut didn't really show up in the taste, however. The beer ended up being a little thin, but I definitely liked it overall.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with canned on aloha date 01/06/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery, generously provided as an extra from Texan 956. Excited to have this beer; the premise sounds lovely.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark milk chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass with some cola color showing near the edges. Two fingers of creamy khaki-chocolate head with some nice scattered lacing. Head is very fully and creamy. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is pretty standard for the style, but still nice. Not really pulling any distinct coconut aromas from this. Mostly all milk chocolate, lactose / cream, mild toffee / marshmallow fluff, and dark barley / coffee roast. Smells nice, but it could be better.

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, lactose sugars. Still not pulling any distinct coconut out of this, but it sure is delicious. Light to moderate bitterness / roast.

M - The feel is silky smooth, fluffy, and creamy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A very lovely texture, and dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a delicious beer, but I clearly wouldn't know this was brewed with actual coconut without being told. As far as porters go however, the beer is delicious, and I would absolutely have this again if it was available to me. More coconut wouldn't hurt though, just sayin.

Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 082814 at 40 degrees into a nonic
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, clear
Flavor of roasted malt, not really picking up any coconut, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75
Somewhat disappointed - this is an adequate porter but I was hoping for some coconut taste and didn't find any.

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Photo of dcotom
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davelem
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with no real substantial head formation, but I was running my damn mouth, so I could've just missed it.

Smell: Pleasant aroma; a blend of chocolate, coconut, dark malts, and morningtime coffee.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of roasty coffee and baker's chocolate and, of course, there's the toasted coconut shavings. Medium sweetness. Light, earthy hops and bitterness. Sweetish finish where the coconut really gains a hold over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy porter is what it is. And in a can, no less. The addition of coconut breathes a bit of new life into the humble, sometimes lackluster porter style. I feel a trip to Hawaii would be entirely wasted on me, as I'd spend a considerable amount of it at the Maui Brewing Co.

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

Muchas gracias to sirpsycho for this as an extra in a trade. Couldn't wait for the weekend to try this so here it goes.
Poured a very dark brown from a can into a pint glass. Has a nice heads but settles down quite quickly to form a small wispy ring.
Smells very nice lot and lots of chocolate malts and hints of toasted coconut.
Taste awesome lovely chocolately flavors blended nicely with the coconut. A slight metallic taste takes a little away from the brew some.
Very smooth and creamy reminds me more of some stouts that I've had more than a porter. This is probably one of the best porters I've ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2435 ratings