Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly CoCoNut Porter

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

30 IBU

Added by TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Dark brown/near black in color, with a thick, creamy tan head. Mainly just drank out of the can, but had to get a quick glimpse of it :)

Smell - Smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and hey, coconut! It's like an almond joy in a can!

Taste - Taste is similar to the smell. Classic roasted coffee/chocolate porter flavors, with a hint of coconut mixed in. Malts are dominant, but this brew is hopped well enough for a good degree of balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Of above average drinkability for a porter. I could have a few of these.

Overall - A very tasty and interesting take on the Porter style. This makes a great dessert beer. You'll love this one if you're a fan of Almond Joy or Mounds!

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Photo of shigg85
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a pint glass at Vivo! in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Completely different from the tap compared to the can. Loved it this time! Pitch black, chocolatey looking with a thin dark head. Sweet Kona coffee flavor with a bit of bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Foams up nicely when you spin it, releasing some macademia nut scents.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark-as-night black color with just enough carbonation to know it is not flat. Pour is accented by small off-white bubbles that slowly rise throughout consumption

Aroma is actually the star of the show- coconut notes, with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I was impressed that I could smell it without even pouring!

Taste is well balanced- maybe the slightest bit sour. Heavy toasted flavors that are not hidden in the least. The chocolate comes through nice- have to admit the coconut does not come through in the flavor, but that's OK. Light for how dark in color it is.

Nice beer.


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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 1/4" tan head over black liquid.

S: roasted malts, clean yeast and coconut.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate and coconut in the finish

M: thin viscosity and a moderate level of large carbonation

O:. Very tasty and drinkable. Seems sessionable.

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Photo of guinnessjim
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this in CA over a year ago...wasn't sure i was going to find it again.

But...there it was.

Pours like a stout from a can...nowhere as pretty as from a tap, but I'll take it. Head was light very full, but again...stout from a can. (i know it is a porter, but as i have never had a canned porter making it analogous to a stout)

Definite aroma of toasted coconut; very nice.

Taste was of a nice porter..little cocoa, vanilla maybe? Coconut was present, but not heavy. Benefited from warming a bit...flavors became more pronounced.

Felt like a porter going down. Little creamy, pretty smooth.

overall = good stuff

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with a large tan head that fades quickly. The nose is an intense toasted coconut and the taste follows (older cans have a much faded coconut presence). It's a really smooth porter (watery, drinkable, light-ish bodied) and is highly drinkable...coconut is just an added benefit. This is a very tasty beer that is completely worth trying.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a finger of slighty off white head. Good amount of lacing for a porter.

S: Smells like toasted coconut. If you gave this to me blind I probably would have said Macaroons. Very sweet as well.

T: Very toasted taste. A nice sweetness is right there. The coconut taste is not in your face but it is there. Again more of a macaroon kind of taste.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: The dryness could cut down on it a bit but a really good beer. Thanks brent56k for this in a trade. Solid totally different beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a very rich, creamy dark brown/black with a big fluffy espresso colored head. Wow, this looks so good. The foam slowly sinks away but leaves a thin layer of ultra creamy head on top.

Smells is lots cocoa, bitter coffee, brown sugar and I do get some whiffs of coconut. They apparently use "hand toasted coconut" that is thrown into the boil. This is a great smelling beer.

Taste is just what I was hoping for! Its rich, creamy and delicious. Lots of roasted coffee notes, sweet brown sugar, rich cocoa and some of that much desired toasted coconut. I am letting this one warm even more to bring out hopefully a bit more of that coconut.

This is one great porter, the coconut flavor might attract some people (like me) at first but take that away and you've still got a very, very good beer.

Thanks very much to JMBSH for this via a recent trade.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, rich, coffee and cocoa aroma. I get the barest hint of coconut. Interesting twist on the standard American Porter.

Pitch black with a short-lasted fluffy tan head. Good.

Rich, extracted coffee, hints of chocolate and plenty of roast. Good, solid porter though any coconut is lost.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A tasty porter with plenty going on and it's in a can which is a great plus.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice brown tight head that doesn’t stick around for to long, in the aroma is roasted chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and a slight coconut sweetness that to me comes off as more of an almond smell. Nice initial bitterness on the tongue followed by chocolate and hazelnut flavors. The malt sort of falls apart in the middle and the beer finishes light, making it a nice porter for a hot day, but I was hoping for a bigger mouth feel.

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Photo of corylew
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours deep black with a tan head that stands tall.

Smells like a porter. Mainly roasted barley, slight hop bitterness, light amount of esters. And then, hidden amongst the flavors is that trophy of coconut.

Tastes like a porter. A very good porter at that. Well balanced, sweet chocolate and burnt tones without being heavy and packing a well measured amount of barley flavor. But what's that other flavor I'm getting? It's like there's a tiny little pina colada hiding somewhere in this glass.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly more carbonated than I like my darker beers, but it's from a can and I haven't really seen a brewery undercarbonate in cans correctly yet.

Overall: *steps up on soapbox* Hear yee hear yee... All yee brewers take notice. When you make a flavored beer, do not make the flavoring the only thing you can taste. You're brewers for crying out loud. If I wanted a porter that tasted like an island themed air freshener, I'd buy a wine cooler. This beer has performed a deed known to be nearly impossible, to hint at a flavoring, and have it compliment the beer without dominated it. Here's looking at you, Hell or High Watermelon. CoCoNut Porter is a great beer because it is first and foremost, a great porter. The coconut in it is just a silver lining that makes me like the taste of the beer more, as all beer flavoring should do.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Coconut Porter I've had. Impressed. A lot going on this can. Never had a Maui Brew before. Iconic and enticing me to try more from Maui. Purchased from Carmine Street in the West Village.

L-Dark brown with no real light passing through
S-Medium sweet porter scent
T-Dark brown sugars, burnt chocolate, iced espresso, coconut ending
F-Medium body, low carbonation with pleasant burnt notes
O-Suprized. Sits well and quite enjoyable

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into tall glass.

Appearance: Opaque black that pours a massive tan head that mostly dissipates.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate accented roasted malts with a strong coconut kick.

Taste: The sweet and toasty coconut is very dominant at first but then it deepens with expected chocolate, coffee and bitter hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is a little lighter than most for the style. Very creamy, with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, this has a lot of flavor. The addition of coconut makes this a surprisingly refreshing Porter. I have edited this review after trying again in January of 2011, when I enjoyed it a lot more.

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Photo of paulxqx
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love coconut... like a lot. When I saw this beer, you can imagine how excited I must have felt.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, small java colored head that was fine, crisp and quickly dissipated. Seems to have a yellow glow, even though it is very dark.

S: A sweet chewy coffee, chololatey roasted coconut. Like candy.

T: A sweet and golden flavored coffee. Roasted to perfection. Subtle taste of coconut. Not quite as much as I would like. Malt and coffee dominant, sweet with a coconut subtlety.

M: Smooth and fine, small amount of carbonation, but just right.

D: A great beer, very drinkable, and completely enjoyable. I would not mind having one of these while laying in the sand... drinking it from a coconut shell in Maui.

Definitely try once or twice, or six times.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dig this interesting twist. Dark cocoa color, a whiff of unsweetened chocolate in the aroma. First sip creates a distinct impression of . . . I'm not kidding . . Tootsie Roll. Mild milk chocolate, light brown sugar. It wasn't until half-way through the beer, and after it warmed a bit, that I was able to parse-out the coconut. At that point, my impression was a bit of Mounds candy bar. Bottom line - candy counter in a can.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.55 Typical American porter in appearance, deepest dark mahogany with a great frothy tan head..almost looks like a root beer float. Lovelly aromas..nice malty roasty with a gorgeous toasted coconut. Wonderful pick me up at this time of year. Flavour is much the same as the aroma..except maybe a tad less coconut, but very pleasurable. The palate kinda lets it down. Its a bit on the thin side, but that does lend to improved drinkability. Overall really nice beer. great from the can.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 geryeb624
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Big ups to Kala1073 for hooking me up with a want.

A- Pours a nice dark brown to black color with a rich, foamy tan head.

S- Roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Also a little something extra, almost a spice note.

T- Tastes like a porter, roasted malts and bitter coffee and chocolate dominate, but I'm only picking up the slightest hint of coconut. A nice creamy sweetness come through, though, maybe a sign of the coconut. Nice porter taste either way.

M- A little thin for my liking, but ample carbonation and some creaminess.

D- Very drinkable, goes down easy and the sweetness from the coconut balances nicely.

A very nice, surprisingly refreshing porter from the islands. Not a huge coconut flavor, but it does contribute a nice sweetness. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.

T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown liquid with a light brown head that is thin but creamy.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and just the lightest hint of bananas. Sweeter smelling than most porters, but considering the name, this seems fitting.

T- Cocoa, coffee with cream, vanilla, and a hint of coconut. Unique and tasty.

M- Unbelievably smooth. Like liquid velvet.

D- A thoroughly enjoyable take on the style. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- DArk Nearly opaque grainy brown head, head doesn't linger

S- Coffee roasty, Malty and Bread. Slight coconut

T- dark and roasty coconut undertones mixed with toffee and molasses

M-Flat on the tongue towards the back, A little like coffee, no creamyness at all

O- This is a great tasting beer, I think it would compliment fish and fruit very nicely. I could hold its own with some spicy stuff I think, Thai Spicy not Mexican Spicy. Tasty. The Coconut does get lost a little in the beer but I would have another!

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Photo of ChanChan
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maui Brewing CO Coconut Porter 12OZ can served in a stem glass.
Nose; first whiff is of coconut, it then gives off a synthetic aroma of banana, coffee, and caramel.
Taste: The first impression is of coconut. It is strangely followed by banana and perhaps a bit of clove. To me this porter comes close to tasting like a banana beer or maybe even a hefeweizen. After a bit the coconut comes back this time more pleasant and tastes more like real coconut. The mouth feel is medium bodied. It is not an extremely complex beer but the coconut makes for an interesting experience. This is a fun beer to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking this out of the can.

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Photo of IllNate
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of tan head with good retention. Nice lacing too. Smells malty and sweet with a hint of toasted coconut, reminds me of some milk stouts I've had. Taste follows with some black malt with coffee, followed by some malty sweetness and hints of coconut. Really well done, not overpowering at all. Mouthfeel is probably the low point for me, a little too fizzy. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pors a dark brown with a tan head. Slow carbonation.

It smells roasty. Not a lot of hops working, but highly malty.

It doesn't taste like the kind of coconut one would expect. The roasted coconut flavors give it a wonderful roasty taste. It fits wonderfully into the porter milieu.

It's pretty thich bodied but it's got an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is my favorite beer from my trip to the Aloha State. It's not what I expected, it's better.

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Photo of bboven
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, black appearance. Initial large head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

Smells like a mounds bar. Huge coconut and chocolate aroma. Not much else, but it's nice.

Again, tastes like a mounds bar. The coconut is huge and chocolate follows closely behind.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, not drying.

Overall, a very tasty, interesting beer that I couldn't drink more than one of because of the sweetness. Definitely good and worth a try if you can get it.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,253 ratings.
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