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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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of BenHoppy
1.54/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why is this beer rated so high? Horrible beer, possibly worst I ever had. Look is dark chocolate so starts off good, however taste is club soda vodka with a drop of coconut syrup. Does not taste like a porter nor does it taste like a beer. Coconut flavor is super subtle. I would recommend never to be consumed by anyone.

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1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

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1.82/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pour- I poured into a tall goblet. Poured thick and nicely with a non-aggressive pour.

Appearence-With a non-aggressive pour it produced a very nice 3 finger width, darker tan head. Very dark with reddish tints, and very appealing at first. After a minute or so, the head dissipates and will not come back (even with glass swirling). Lacing is pretty much non-existent.

Smell- If u smell the inside of the can, you can smell a hint of coconuts (almost like a coconut chocolate candy bar). The beer in the glass however, especially after 5 minutes in the glass, has a hint of rubbing alcohol. This is also apparent later in the aftertaste.

Taste- Even though very creamy, it was light to light-medium bodied. Maybe a taste of the roasted barely, coffee and hops, but definitely no coconuts.

Aftertaste- Like I just used Listerine mouthwash. The alcohol taste returned after getting hints of it in the smell. Also, a slight bitterness like in an IPA, as well as coffee.

Conclusion- Very appealing appearance for like 30 seconds and that is the best part of this beer. After a few minutes, there is a non-existent head that will not return (even with glass swirling) .This beer closely resembled a flat soda pop, and tasted like one too. I liked this beer less with each drink. Drinkability very low, unless you like drinking mouthwash.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep brown with a tiny bit of a tannish head and not much if any lacing as it goes down. Understandable given the fatty nature of the coconut. Nose is a bit of roasted coconut and some roasted malt. Hints of something semi-astringent and acrid. Taste is quite off. Tastes nearly of stomach acid and is incredibly harsh. Nothing wrong with the can as it was split with a few others who thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if it was roasted coconut taken to the extreme or something else, but I could barely swallow the first sip and the second one I couldn't handle. Trying to stay unbiased, the mouthfeel was a bit light, but there wasn't a big issue with it. Drinkability was severely affected by the putrid taste; sorry to say that I really did not enjoy this, a disappointment after having wanted to try it for awhile.

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.18/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of light tan head.

S: Cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and coconut. A bit of caramel sweetness, and a touch of cardboard. Faint.

T: A touch of roasted malts, but extremely faint. I don't think I've ever tasted such a flavorless beer, including BMC.

M: Quite thin with average carbonation.

O: This is impressively flavorless. I've really never had a beer with such little flavor. I guess there aren't any flaws, though.

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

Photo of jrallen34
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz can into my De Struise...Dark brown with a light tan head, great retention, ok lacing...Super light aroma, light sweetnes on the front, you would think that should be coconut but just get a little sweet chocolate and that is it, frankly disappointing as I wanted to be hit with coconut. There is a strange aroma of alcohol that seems to waft and fill the whole glass...The taste shows off the coconut, but this time to the extreme, there is so much sweet coconut in this is almost impossible to drink. Way to sweet, nothing else going on, if was more roasty maybe it would be better.

Interesting concept just not executed as it went to the extreme in aroma and taste. Unless you are a ticker and want Hawaii no need to try this.

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2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can given to me by a friend

A - The beer appears thick and black, like an ebony milkshake. There is a long head retention. Beer appears to be highly carbonated.

S - I detect roasted malt, chocolate, very faint whiff of coconut.

T - There is a chocolaty taste, but no hop flavor present. Tastes mild without any hint of coconut.

M - It seems to coat the tongue. The carbonation seems to be high for this style. Very unpleasant.

D - I was not impressed. Generally speaking, I would not go out of my way to have another.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Interesting gimmick, but it goes a little overkill with the flavor… kind of like a hot sauce that gets its "reputation" from merely burning your tongue off. Would love to try it in draft form to see if perhaps it was just a bad batch (as it seems to be well regarded by everyone else on here), but I was wholly unimpressed with the canned variation. Love Maui Brewing Company's other beer though so I wouldn't talk anybody out of experimenting.

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2.52/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.59/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a Tulip glass poured out of the can, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: black bordering on a dark brown a la Moose Drool, dense-ish head, off white head bordering on beige

Aroma: very little in this department, vague hints of chocolate and a slight nuttiness to it but nothing overwhelming, didn’t really stand out at all

Taste: very earthy, no apparent coconut flavor at all. I have to admit that I really was skeptical about this beer being some sort of beer popsicle artificial coconut nightmare and that I would be disappointed but it turned out to be the opposite, I was disappointed not by the flavor but by the lack of it.

Mouthfeel: creamy bordering on the weak to watery side, nothing to write home about.

Overall: really un-impressed, I had heard a lot of hype about this beer but when push came to shove I was incredibly underwhelmed, honestly the only reason I would pick this up again is for the convenience of canned porter.

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2.59/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can. Black head which fades real zippy.

This is my first USA porter from a can and was looking forward to seeing how coconut marries with a porter, however having tasted two other Maui canned ales hopes were not high.

Overall fears were confirmed. I did get a nice chocolate nose, but on tasting I was shocked at how sapplingly dry this ale is. I also did not get any hint of coconut whatsoever. If anything this tasted like maybe some husk was in this particlar batch. Overall the noticable alcohol taste along with a quite harsh dry roasted malt made this one I would avoid (in a can) in future.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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