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 diamondc
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, fluffy mocha colored head, spotty lacing.

S: Espresso, chocolate mousse, not much coconut there.

T: Good roast flavor, not too bunt/acrid tasting like many other porters. Towards the end of the glass, I do get a toasted coconut flavor. This beer needs to warm up to room temperature for it to come on its own.

M: Not too heavy on the mouthfeel. Very prickly going down.

O: Good porter, the coconut doesn't really wow me though. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With thanks to MrKennedy for sourcing this from Slowbeer.

Pours lightish black (but resoundingly black) with tanned head. Head doesn’t last that long due to nature of can.

Smell is lots of roast, nuts, a sort of subtle fruitiness which I assume comes from the coconuts.

Taste is highly roasty with some astringency and some malt-funk.

Mouthfeel is medium, sweetness present but balanced, medium but highly noticeable carb.

Overall a very enjoyable beer with a substantial amount of roast, not hugely influenced by coconut though.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick and creamy tan head into a nonic that left good sheeting throughout. the body was dark black with a little reddish-brown around the edges.
s - vanilla sweetness with a roastiness to it.
t - roasty with some bittersweet chocolate.
m - bubbly and medium feel.
o - decent beer that improves as it warms. i don't think i'm getting much coconut, if at all. if i didn't know this was a coconut porter then i wouldn't have even thought about that.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in AZ by CE, much thanks
Canned 11/28/2011
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Maui's coconut porter is a great idea that, unfortunately, doesn't present itself well in execution. The toasted coconut had great potential, but is unfortunately subsumed under several other flavors, most notably an overabundant sweetness. I would be willing to give this another shot if I could find a fresher can, but since it's not locally available, I probably won't seek this out again.

Pours a very tall head (>3cm) out of the can, tan in color, and composed of large and medium-sized bubbles on top, smaller ones on the bottom: the result is something like the foam atop a root beer float. Retention is very good, the head lasting several minutes as it sinks down to a ring around the glass with a few small islands of residual foam; lacing is also very good, with large swaths and clumps along the glass' side. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color, but I'm still able to see the carbonation float up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is mostly of pleasant milk chocolate and baked chocolate cake with a hint of roasted malt and watery coconut juice behind it all. Not bad, but not very emphatic with its scents.

The front of the palate begins tasting roasted malts, milk chocolate, and a bit of stale sourness found in some porters: so good, so far. Mid-palate picks up continued roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a hint of lightly toasted coconut. Back of the tongue picks up sweetness, a twinge of ethanol, and noticeable toasted coconut in the closing moments of tasting. The sweetness is actually a bit too much for the beer at this point; I'm not sure what the cause is, but instead of the roasted or chocolate malt, or the toasted coconut, taking priority, it seems like the malt's sweetness takes center stage at the back of the palate, and continues through the aftertaste. Aftertaste is of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and an amount of sweetness that's bordering on cloying to me. More roasted flavor or coconut would have been a better lingering flavor.

Beer is medium-bodied with noticeable, but "soft" carbonation, causing this to foam up slightly on the palate and have an overall mouthfeel of smoothness. A bit watery around the edges and in the closing moments, a bit of a disappointment there. Closes out dry and satisfying.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patrick999
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This does throw a great looking pour into my glass. Thick foam and pretty damned dark. Aroma is more coffee and chocolate; I'm not really getting any obvious coconut.

This is a good dry, roasty-earthy-bitter down the middle porter. Whatever toasted coconut there is seems to be getting lost within the larger roasty profile. Coffee, chocolate, etc. I don't see what the big deal is. This is a perfectly good beer, but in all honesty I'd pull just as much or more coconut off beers that weren't brewed with it. I'd like it to be at least somewhat obvious that it's a coconut porter.

Kind of a thin, spiky mouthfeel that probably *would* be good in a beach setting.

Well, this is supposed to be a porter that you can pound on the beach, and in that respect it works. It just isn't the creamy-coconut goodness I was expecting.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

canned on 12/22/11

Black opaque with a thin tan head and little lacing.

Rich chocolate aroma with coconut highlights.

The flavor blends chocolate, coconut and roasted grain notes. A bit of sweetness on the sides with a dry finish.

Medium body with a thin mouthfeel and abrupt finish. Tasty but not at all rich or complex.

Served at cellar temperature, but seemed a little fuller as it approached room temperature.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. 0111711 can date.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear, dark, purple-brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty but sparse with moderate cling but nice legs. Pretty standard.

S: Nose is liquorice, roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some coconut shavings. Nutty. Very subtle but pleasant and appropriate for the style.

T: Opens coffee bitterness. Liquorice, macadamia nuts, coconut shavings, and milky sweetness. Chocolate towards the middle with some roasted malt smokiness. Slightly metallic towards the end. More roasted malts at the finish with some coconut influences. Finish is coconut with a similar aftertaste plus some liquorice. Solid.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth. Goes down with some slight bubbles and prickliness. Finish is accented with a soft, subtle aftertaste that fades quickly. Nice.

O: This is no Opa-Opa Coconut porter, but its still a very solid representation on the coconut porter sub-style. Coconut is very muted in this one which is a little disappointing but the mouthfeel is very nice and its solid in ever respect. Worth trying.

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Photo of obrike
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...interesting brew to say the least. This beer's motto should be: BE PATIENT...IT GET'S BETTER

Poured a black/dark brouwn in my pint glass...decent head initially, but fades quickly...very little lacing left behind.

Slight hint of coconut; not what I was expecting...mainly burnt,sweet malt...what the heck?

What the? First sip was like sucking on an aspirin...quite tinny. Luckily, the brew did get a bit better as it warmed. Coconut and a little sweet malt did come out a bit more...thank God. Still, the initial blast of tin may have soured this for me.

I guess I'm in the minority on this one, but this certainly did not come off as an excellent brew by any means. Thankfully it's one of those beers that gets better as it warms, so be patient. The scent and taste certainly did improve as it sat in my pint glass.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a shaker pint. Thanks to coreyrhoads for the trade!! Pours a dark brown, blak with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malts followed up by a hint of coconut and some wood-like aroma. Flavor is definitely unique. I get a sharp crisp bite, not like most porters and then it sort of fizzles out with a hint of coconut flavor on the tail end. I am loving the whole canned thing, but I think I get a bit of aluminum typo flavor in the taste. I could just be dreaming it, though. Beer fizzles in my mouth. Pretty good drinkablilty, definitely something I will try again.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of porters, but this is awesome! Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy tan, two-finger head. The smell of coconut wafting from the glass is almost enough to subdue me alone. I'm not a fan of herb/fruit flavored beers, but the coconut flavor melds seamlessly with the heavy mouthfeel of the porter. Hop flavor is slightly noticable in the background, but has a pleasant hop bitterness. Or maybe its from the roasted barley. I served this beer with dessert at a recent dinner-party instead of the vintage port I was thinking of serving. Props to Maui Brewing Co. for such a unique beer; too bad I can't find it on the mainland.

On another note, Maui Brewing Co. is pioneering what they call the "Micro-Canning Revolution," denouncing previously held myths about canning premium beer. The revolutionary packaging method would be a total hit in the coastal areas of the US, especially San Diego. There is a growing majority of premium-beer connoisseurs who would like to have a canned option to enjoy beachside or poolside during the summer. I hope more breweries follow this trend in the future. I NEED better beer to drink at the beach!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to get my hands on this one for a while. I am not entirely certain that it was worth the wait. The beer was a dark malty color when poured into a snifter. There was about a half inch, off-white head which seemed a little unusual for a porter. The fluffy head made the aroma leap into my nose a little easier, sending notes of malt and flakes of coconut into a scent detector. The initial taste was a dark malty thrust with the coconut hints far in the background. Also present was a hint of nuttiness and something flowery that I could not identify. The thicker texture of the mouthfeel allowed the porter to coat the tongue and lending staying power to taste. For a porter, this is a nice drinker. Like most people, I did not buy this as a porter. The unique coconut spin on a porter is what will draw the attention of drinkers. In this respect, I found the beer disappointing because the coconut was not potent enough overwhelm my palate.

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Photo of shehateme
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured on draft at Flyinf Saucer Addison, Tx
Where's the coconut??

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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 katsumi27
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 GFD400
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, big fizzy light coffee colored head that slowly recedes to a small cover with minimal lacing. Head and covering disappear. The coconut oils definitely killed the head on this 

Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, I'm looking for coconut but  if it's there, it's very faint.

Medium to light body, higher carbonation than most porters I've had. Slightly oily. A nice espresso-esq finish that goes down easy.

Taste: espresso, chocolate, maybe toasted coconut if I use my imagination. Very dry but pleasant.

Overall a good porter, it's relatively fresh, canned 6-27, and is an enjoyable beer. The problem is that the only effect from coconut I notice is the absence of head and lacing. A little disappointed.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

01/12/08- Had on tap at a local restaurant in Kauai.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass.

Appearance- A light off brown colored pour, followed by a 1/2 inch head which leaves a bit of lace trails in it's wake.

Smell- A bit of heavy roasted malt, a bit of very dark chocolate and a minor touch of coconut.

Taste- All the flavors are there, but some of them aren't prevelant enough. The roasted malt really comes through the most and covers up the other flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee mix and mingle, while the coconut really is downplayed here.

Mouthfeel- One of the most highly carbonated porter I have ever had. Wayyyy too many bubbles.

Drinkability- Cut down the carbonation and mix the flavors a bit better and you have a winning beer. As is, just ok. Would have again though if in Hawaii as there really isn't much choice.

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Photo of Briken
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with foamy brown head with little retention and lacing. Chocolate aroma with the faintest hint of coconut. Chocolate with a touch or foasted malts with a light coconut finish. Silky smooth but a tacky/fuzzy mouthfeel that lingers.

This is a good porter but I couldn't seem to get much coconut out of it and I'm pretty sensitive to it. Most of what can be tasted is a nice subtle finish. However, it does leave a rather conflicting feel. It coats the roof of your mouth and leaves a coating that is fairly unpleasant, much like sucking on coconut. Certainly worth a try if nothing else because it's a good porter

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got the chance to try this a couple weeks back. From notes:

Light brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Light tan colored head left minimal lacing. Had this amidst a few other porters- somewhat of a tasting I suppose.

The aroma was sweet coconut, but I think it smelt of coconut much more than it tasted like it. The body was roasty and smooth with a subtle slightly sweet coconut note- kind of thin. Overall a little too sweet for me, but it was really cool to try. A lot of my friends were going nuts over it.

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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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for finding this for me.

A - black with a large, dense cap of dark brown head that has good retention

S - big roasted malts, toasted coconut, faint coffee and chocolate

T - huge roasted malt character with toasted coconut coming through; underlying coffee notes; rather intensely bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice concept. The coconut works well with the roasted malt character. Unfortunately, it's more bitter than what I'd look for in a porter. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A: Nice dark and rich dark brown/black in color. Little head and faint lacing.

S: A bit smokey, with hints of coffee and malt.

T: Not getting a lot of coconut here. If I didn't know it was in there, it would've passed me by. It tastes like a really nice and charry canned Porter. Considering the ABV, I'm fairly pleased with it.

M: You can feel the forced carbonation big time, but all things considered it ain't bad, and packs a reasonable weight.

O: Maui Brewing's CoCoNut Porter was a nice way to start the night. It wasn't quite what I had expected and a bit of a letdown from the coconut department. I'd certainly drink it again if offered, though wouldn't put a lot of effort into search it out.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,274 ratings.
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