Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
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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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Ratings: 2,308 |  Reviews: 919
Photo of Long813
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gordavidson
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 ChrisP802
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bboven
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of vitamin_g
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a nice light brown head which shrinks only slightly while drinking. Smell is only slightly of coconut but that works for me. Taste is nice for a porter - no smoky flavors that I can detect, but nice coconut, roast, and slight chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is also good - not too thick, not too thin, with good but not excessive carbonation. Overall, very good - the coconut flavor compliments a nice porter.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.
Thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way:

Appearance: dark brown black with a 2 fingered head

smell: roasted malts, coffee, coconut,

Taste: coffee, no coconut upfront but it's there in the back end.

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, smooth,

Drinkability: enjoyed this alot. more companies need to explore with coconut.



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Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for giving me a couple cans of this beer. Patrick is a great guy and excellent trading partner.

Pours with a nice creamy light tan head that shows pretty decent retention. Beer is a dark shoe leather brown color with a touch of light getting through around the edges. The head does eventually fade to a thin ring of foam. Spotty lacing remains.

Aroma is certainly that of a porter. Nice dark roasted malt without a charred or burnt smell. Can not say that I detect any coconut here.

I would say I get some nutty notes, just not specifically coconut. If anything there is a sense in the aftertaste. I think this makes sense since I read on the can that the coconut is toasted. I'm going to say it does add a layer of complexity to the flavor. Overall, very nice. The malt profile is consistent, smooth and very enjoyable. Again, nice roast, no burn. The more you play through the glass, the more you realize there is a hop presence that is providing a nice balance here. Some bittersweet chocolate notes come through.

Medium body, smooth with just a touch of grit in the finish. I'm overstating that, but my limited vocabulary can't determine the right word to use here. You can feel it on your tongue. (not a bad thing)

Very drinkable and a perfect beer for Massachusetts in Feb. Interesting to try it on the beach in Hawaii. Let's hope I have the chance to get back there one day.

Hats off to Patrick. Thanks man. Nice beer!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a little hotel glass

pours a rich, dark brown. Not cloudy, very little head. Smells of chocolate and coconuts, a little smoke and toffee.

Taste is strongly coffee and chocolate with a nice leavening of coconut, surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally light for a porter. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 02/01/11. Tulip glass.

Pours a dark cola with three fingers of foam about the same color as the can (light beige). Some lacing. Smell is roasted malts, smokiness that reminds me of a summer charcoal grill cookout, subtle dose of coconut and dark chocolate, fresh cream, some hoppy brightness. Hits each of the aromas you would expect from a porter, plus the coconut. Good stuff. Taste is roasted, smoky malt, subtle toasted coconut and coffee, with kind of a coffee bitter aftertaste. I like the subtlety of the coconut. I thought the taste was quite dry, and don't quite understand all the reviews calling it sweet. Medium body with an aggressive carbonation which gives it a bite like drinking a Coke. This isn't necessarily bad, but it does detract a bit from the smoothness. Overall an enjoyable porter that would go very well with barbecue, dessert, or by itself.

After having had this several times, I think the freshness really does matter for how much coconut you perceive. It's still noticeable at 3 months, but much more present at one month.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #3 of 8. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a cola brown with a minimal amount of tan colored head.

S- Toasted coconuts with a bit of roasted malts. Slight amount of sweetness in the nose.

T- I was expecting something that would be overly sweet with coconut flavors. To my surprise the coconut was not very sweet, but had a wonderful toasted quality that gave off a very unique flavor. Had a roasted malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with nice amounts of carbonation.

D- This is one hell of a session beer.

Overall, this beer is simple but unique. Great flavors and extremely drinkable for a porter.

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Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chcfan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, characterful porter that doesn't actually have any real coconut taste although the coconut probably adds to the feel and slightly unique character.

Black, bubbly, it has a huge, light brown head steadily shrinking to a ring and leaving some lace.

The aroma is toasty, earthy (wet soil) with hints of metal, dark chocolate and a hint of prune.

The taste is zesty but mostly thick and smooth, a pleasant, fairly rich "porter character" with some complexity. It is toasty with light blackstrap molasses, earthy with wet soil, hints of licorice, leaves, mocha, and chocolate ice cream. It is slightly oily.

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Photo of bicyclebill
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve78
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beardo
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spicelab
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With thanks to Mr Kennedy for being the Maui to Oz beer-mule.

Dark chocolate colour, with a two-finger coffee-coloured head that's on the light and fluffy side. Vanishes over a few minutes to leave a ring at the interface.

Sweeter than it is roasty, with gobloads of milk chocolate, latte, strawberries and cream, muscovado sugar - and certainly coconut. The roasted malt character is seriously nutty and a little woody. Yum-o.

Taste marginally favours the roasty side, with iced coffee, wood, coconut, dark sugar and milk chocolate. Nicely developed flavours and very tasty.

Very kind in the mouth with great even-ness across the palate. Medium bodied, largely a product of quite lively carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. The coconut is calibrated to perfection and does not obscure the base porter characteristics at all, which are anyway very solid. Really dig this.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Nonic glass

A: Pours very dark and smooth. Gives a soft 1 finger head.

S: Wonderfully sweet smell. You get the toasted CoConut up front with some chocolate on the back. This beer smells amazing

T: The coconut is more muted than you might think. Lots of chocolate malt and then the toasted coconut. The taste lingers nicely with a little coffee coming through near the end

M: Smooth and carbonated, would like it to be a little smoother, but that's pretty picky

O: Really happy with this beer. I had this when it first came out and I was not very impressed. My second try has proven to be much more successful. Gonna be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of pisano
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass
no born or best before date

A: Pours an opaque black with 2 plus fingers width of bubbly, light mocha colored head. Decent retention, but leaves only a small amount of lacing.

S: Toasted coconut is there, which is real nice, but there is also an acrid almost sour note that is bizarre and pretty prominent. Some roasted malt is there as well. I also get a dry, somewhat musty aroma like brown cardboard. Really a pretty strange aroma, but for some reason I kind of like it.

T: Again a bit odd. Initial taste is reminiscent of what I think licking a cardboard box would taste like. Once I get past that, some traditional porter flavors come out like roasted malt and rich dark chocolate. Toasty coconut is there, as well, although not as prominent as I hoped. Different, but again, I find myself drawn to the strange conglomerate of flavors.

M/D: Smooth, appropriately low carbonation, thicker than I anticipated for the style. Moderate drinkability. Really nice mouthfeel for a standard porter.

O: Overall, kind of a strange brew. Didnt think much of it at first, but it really grew on me as I slowly drank it. I would drink this again, but wouldnt go out of my way to obtain it.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78.6% out of 100 with 2,308 ratings
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