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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Reviews: 910 | Ratings: 2,266
Photo of wingman14
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Smell is strong roasted malt, not much coconut with some subtle sweet notes. Taste is malty, the coconut comes on at the end and stays through the aftertaste. Really yummy. This is the smoothest porter that isn't nitro I've ever had, so good. Overall a great beer, the coconut isn't overpowering and the balance is great. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 4-pack $6.88 Foodland
Dark black color
Smell of toasted coconut and coffee
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Taste of coconut, coffee, and chocolate comes through
Overall this is a really great beer. Nice to sip on and enjoy the flavors.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 ManapuaMan
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a chilled 4-pack from Foodland while on Oahu. Depending on the intensity of sunlight, either very dark brown or black pour with a thick, puffy brown head. Foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is enticing - roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and sweet coconut. Taste is on point - roasted malt, charred wood, bitter chocolate, caramel and coconut. The latter doesn't feel out of place like a hastily thrown-in adjunct - feels like part of the beer's overall construction. Finishes a little sweet but it works; you're not drinking a coconut porter to beat the heat. This beer was a nice surprise after having the IPA. Didn't expect much and this certainly exceeded expectations.

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at he source. Medium brown clear color with a modest but present light tan head. Huge toasted and nutty coconut aroma. Also some roasty malt. The taste was a great balance of the coconut and classic roasted porter flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into snifter

Dark Brown liquid, one finger billowy taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of coffee, coconut

Dark chocolate taste

Good beer

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, with a fairly strong coconut presence.

Flavor is more roasty than expected, with significant nut character that overwhelms the coconut and chocolate. As it warms, those notes emerge more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 051816. Served in a Maui Brewing pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, coconut, and mocha. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and nuttiness noticeable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, but there are other coconut brews that I prefer to drink. With that being said, I think it's definitely worth trying. It's an enjoyable porter. $3.49 a single can.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A first for me from this brewery. This fine porter pours a deep blackish brown with some light brown outlines, and a nice off white head of foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of cocoa, coconut, sweet malts, and cola. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with cola and medium dark cocoa on the front, light toasted coconut on the sides, and a sweet malt with a light herbal hops on the back. Nice mouth feel, lightly click and coating, smooth, and delicious. An excellent experience from a brewery far far away in the middle of paradise.


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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 5/18/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with some brown hues; fluffy light khaki head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of roasted malts along with cocoa and coconut. The flavors are nice, but has an odd tinny aftertaste. The chocolate and coconut is there. Roasted characteristics are present. It's not really sweet at all. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with a nice body to it and has moderate carbonation. Smooth.

This is a solid porter. Besides the odd aftertaste, it's fine.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with medium head. Smells of coffee and coconut water. The beer tastes of coffee upfront followed by tastes of vanilla, and finally an aftertaste of coconut water. Malts are strong and satisfying. All the tastes blend together very naturally. There's a great balance between the initial natural sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. Both are evident but not overpowering. Overall, a very refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml can into an oversized tulip. Paid £3.95 for a single can.

Pours an opaque, dark black body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A two-finger in height, mousse-like, light tan coloured head gradually reduces to a dense foamy cap and collar, leaving behind large rings of spotty, soapy lace.

The moderately roasty nose primarily consists of lightly charred dark malts and roasted coffee beans. Lesser amounts of dark chocolate and cocoa are noticeable underneath, with only hints of toasted coconut and vanilla becoming apparent towards the finish. Taste roughly follows suit. Upfront, dry, dark roasted malts and roasted coffee beans are sweetened by subtle notes of milk chocolate and hints of caramel malt. Traces of coconut and vanilla enter around the mid-palate, bringing a mildly nutty sweetness, before roast profiles quickly re-enter. In the mouth, a medium body and soft carbonation blend a reasonably smooth and crisp feel with excellent drinkability. On the end, lingering dark roast, plenty of acidic espresso coffee and bittersweet cocoa are outlasted by faint traces of residual toasted coconut and caramel sweetness.

Overall this is a good beer and a solid, well-crafted porter. It’s easy drinking, but still full of roast, chocolate and coffee flavours. Ultimately though, the coconut profiles are much less pronounced than expected. At £3.95 a can, I can’t see myself picking up another any time soon, I’d much rather have a standard non-coconut porter or the much better Oskar Blues offering Death by Coconut.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/03/15

Pours black maroon with a creamy dark beige foam head. Smells milky sweet with fudge, dark chocolate, roasted malts, toasted coconut, and mild piney grass. Tastes like dark chocolate fudge, roasted cereal malts, toasted coconut, mild cherry, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice coconut porter.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into glass

Black, white head, good head retention. Roasty aroma, maybe a touch of the coconut. Same with taste, good balance, not too sweet nor dry. Medium bodied.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. The aroma and taste both feature a nice aroma body with a lot of roastiness with moderate coconut flavors in both the nose and on the palate. Overall, solid but I would like a little more coconut.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into Sleeman glass.

Pours a clear, dark cola brown with two fat fingers of creamy tan head that leaves puffy clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of coffee milkshake, semi-sweet cocoa powder, dried vanilla pods, roasted coconut and mild bitter hops.

Tastes of chocolate covered coffee beans, melted brown sugar, roasted coconut and more plain leafy hops.

Feels light and mild. Medium bodied with carbonation that is a bit thin. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Not a whole lot of coconut, but pretty good.

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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 ThrewRedButter
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Pitch black in the glass with ruby red highlights. Two fingers of almond-colored head which stuck around forever.

S - Dark roast coffee with a touch of coconut. Hersehy syrup taste on the back end

T - Toasted coconut, iced coffee, bitter dark chocolate and coffee grounds on the finish

F - Still slightly thin even at 6%, but not watery. Calm feel and bitter coffee stick to everything

O - Coconut was lacking, but still there enough to be noticed. A thin mouthfeel, but this is still a solid coconut dessert beer.

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Photo of Stephen_Hawkings_Drool
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into pint glass.

Color was a nice dark brown with a thick frothy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Smell mostly consisted of chocolate milk, coffee & caramel. Really didn't get too much in the way of coconut. Tasted like a good porter with lots of roasted malt, caramel, coffee and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Still no coconut in the flavor profile. Overall a nice brew, but the coconut was lost in the richness of the coffee and chocolate. Would be great on a hot day with a scoop of butternut pecan ice cream. BEER FLOATS!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is sweet and milky like a chocolate shake. Taste is really well balanced with a nice malt and chocolate sweetness up-front but gets slightly bitter on the finish with a bit of coffee roastiness and also hoppy notes. Body is rich and smooth with low carbonation making it really easy to drink. I don't really get intense coconut notes but overall it's a really tasty porter.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this brew while on vacation with my wonderful family in Hawaii. The beer is solidly black twitch a dark brown head. The aroma is solidly porter...roasted.malt an a hint of hops. The taste, though, is mpsweeter than expected. And I did could perceive some of the coconut that's in the BOM. Full in body and pleasant.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass; dark mahogany color with nice carbonation and brown toffee head. Toasted malts, hint of coconut, coffee and chocolate to the nose. Medium body, easy on the palate. Coconut is subdued by coffee and chocolate but it's a decent brew! Certainly not a Funky Budda Last Snow but I'd have another.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can. Canned on 2015-06-19.

A: Opaque black. 1 finger high foam.
S: Celery (!!). Coconut. Roasted coffee.
T: Coconut milk. Cocoa. Hints of sourness. Medium low bitterness. Dry.
M: Full bodied. Creamy.
O: Overall quite nice. Although the initial celery like aroma is a sign of some faults.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I suppose this is another example of American ingenuity; putting local ingredients together and making it into a tasty brew despite not being able to imagine coconut being good in ale.
This porter was better as it warms, the coffee flavors came out more to balance the coconut.

On the "1001" list, arguably should not be on the list... although the coconut was an interesting stroke, just not good.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into tulip. 9/22/15.

L. Mid ought back with an off white color head with nice retention.
S. Sweet dark malts on the nose. Nice toast, sweetness with a hint of caramel. Not getting that much coconut though.
T. Coconut shines through in the palate, but not over powering. Delicate and dry. Nice dry malt notes with light chocolate notes as well.
F. Lighter feel with light carbonation.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,266 ratings.
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