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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 Spider889
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can enjoyed on 9/24/11 at Freshcraft.

A - Black. Fairly thin looking. Has a quick-to-rise toffee colored head made up of fine foaming bubbles. No lace.

S - This is a nice porter. Chocolate and roasted barley with notes of vanilla.

T - Sweet and roasty. At first I was thinking vanilla was the additive but eventually the coconut did make itself known. In any case, the coconut didn't taste fresh - it was more like a pre-dried and shredded sweetened coconut. Milk chocolate rounds things out.

M - Medium bodied.

O - This is a fun beer to have access to. Definitely a sweet one though full of flavors and aromas of not only coconut but also sweet vanilla bean and chocolate.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz can, this was enjoyed after the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
A – Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Head leave a decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not great retention.
S – Good dark roasted malt, a hint of coconut and also some coffee. There is a mild chocolate note, but it’s hard to pin point it because of how its not as forward as the coffee and coconut.

T – This taste very similar to how it smells. A good amount of dark roasted malt up front mixed with a toned down coconut flavor that isn’t overwhelming, and then the coffee joins along with a good chocolate flavor that is as mild as it smells. Exceptionally balanced on all flavor levels.

M – Very much a medium beer, there isn’t anything thick or thin about this. And it’s a bit overly carbonated but that could come from the canning process.

O – Good twist to classic, impressed with how this is every time I enjoy it. Maui has got something in the brews they make.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to huadog for the chance to try this. From a can that was filled on 12/21/10 into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly recedes. When held to the light, it displays some lighter brown clarity around the edges. A tiny bit of spotty lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is roasty with a sweetness of coconut running throughout. Initially it had a bit of a mineral/metallic note that seemingly faded away to a bit of muddled hop character. Also included is a bit of a toasted and nutty smell that blends with some indications of chocolate.

The taste of this brew is roasty and somewhat dry upfront that leads into a toasty quality. There is a mineral-like hoppiness and then a smooth sweet taste of cocout that becomes more pleasant towards the finish. It leaves a lingering taste of roasted malt that is almost coffee-like and bitter chocolate mixed with some hoppy indications. The coconut is a mellow and pleasant inclusion. Well done.

Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew has seemingly no indications of alcohol and all together was put together quite well. It was just enough coconut to make it a little different and enjoyable. The toasted quality was welcomed but I didnt like the seemingly mineral feel that was throughout the middle of the profile. Other than that, it was well done and it is worth giving a try.

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Photo of mltobin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a nice mocha head. Just as the name would lead you to believe, this one has a pleasant aroma. There is coconut, roasted malts, some coffee. Upon sipping this interesting beer, I taste some dark coffee, roasted malts and yes, some coconut, but nothing overpowering or too aggressive. MF leans towards full bodied, with a velvet texture. This one was fun to try, would be nice if some of this made it out closer to Connecticut.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KevSal for sending this as an extra. 12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with little light shining through. The head is thick and eggshell hued and slowly settles to a thin froth on the surface.

S: Toasted coconut up front, with notes of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Coconut is dominant at first, but balanced nicely with toast, dark fruit, and smoky flavor. Hops dry out the finish, but the overall flavors are malt-dominant.

Notes: This beer is a bit light for the style, but still tasty as all Hell. Unique, flavorful, and from Hawaii... What more could one ask for? Drinkable to the max. CoCoNut is a very solid brew, and one I hope to seek out in the future.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can - Pours a dark brownish/black. Below average carbonation, no lacing whatsoever. Smells of strong coffee and chocolate. First sip is all dark chocolate and coffee with just a little coconut notes shinning through. A nice hoppy presence all make it work. Great bitter dark chocolate finish. A very fine beer from our 50th state!

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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 strongaf
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at PCC.

Overall, this was a pretty solid porter. The coconut shows up in the nose, along with some coffee. The coconut didn't really show up in the taste, however. The beer ended up being a little thin, but I definitely liked it overall.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting for this one. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a deep brown/black with about a finger of fine bubbled tan head. Very interesting aroma toasted coconut. Chocolate comes out also as it warms. Lots of roasted malt flavor and some chocolate sweetness. Coconut comes out in th finish. There is also some hop bitterness in the middle. A unique flavor combination that really works.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from one of the awesome California traders. Thanks! Can dated 10/26/09.

Pours black with a nice little tan head that hangs around for quite a while.

The smell is full of sweet chocolate, caramel, light fruit and some well-hidden coconut.

The taste is chocolate and caramel forward. Lots of sweetness and a dash of coconut. I would have liked a more coconut laden brew, but this is very tasty regardless.

The creaminess is almost scary. Almost like eating mousse.

This was a great brew. Lovely after dinner and a good sipper. I'll make sure to grab more nest time I'm in their distrobution area.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with canned on aloha date 01/06/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery, generously provided as an extra from Texan 956. Excited to have this beer; the premise sounds lovely.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark milk chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass with some cola color showing near the edges. Two fingers of creamy khaki-chocolate head with some nice scattered lacing. Head is very fully and creamy. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is pretty standard for the style, but still nice. Not really pulling any distinct coconut aromas from this. Mostly all milk chocolate, lactose / cream, mild toffee / marshmallow fluff, and dark barley / coffee roast. Smells nice, but it could be better.

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, lactose sugars. Still not pulling any distinct coconut out of this, but it sure is delicious. Light to moderate bitterness / roast.

M - The feel is silky smooth, fluffy, and creamy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A very lovely texture, and dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a delicious beer, but I clearly wouldn't know this was brewed with actual coconut without being told. As far as porters go however, the beer is delicious, and I would absolutely have this again if it was available to me. More coconut wouldn't hurt though, just sayin.

Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter ---4/5.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed with this beer. I was hoping for more of a coconut flavor. I didn't find it in this beer. I think the best coconut beer that I have had so far is Death by Coconut brewed by Oskar Blues. I enjoyed this porter but, just missed the coconut that was listed in the name.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, light cream and coffee head at a half inch, dissipates to a film and retains there indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, light spices, and caramel malts.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, mild chocolate and coconut sweetness, and some dry hop bitterness.

Body is medium with fizzy tingles of carbonation on the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

A really good porter with just the right amount of coconut to make it interesting without making it weird. Not the greatest ever, but cool for being unique and having a good flavor and I would have it again.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks chickencoop

Right off the bat Ill admit I was looking for more coconut. I love coconut, so I was hoping for a beer that showcased it. When cold, the coconut only appeared to me as a faint nuttiness in he back end. As the beer warmed up, the coconut flavor became more robust but still took a back seat to the base beer.

Coconut porter still stands as a good brew. Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt. Semi-sweet up front, nutty bitterness in back. Pretty standard stuff. The mouthfeel seemed thicker than many porters that I have had, which in this case was not a bad thing. I really think this is a better beer when it warms up a bit - chocolate, coconut, and well pretty much every flavor became less muted.

Great porter, just wish it showcased coconut more. Tasty and easy to drink. Ill bust one open and drink it right out the can, yah I said it.

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Photo of DanOLeary
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Deep sweet chocolate almost completely dominates the nose. A rustic dry hay-like presence is noted lingering in the background. This can come of as somewhat grainy as well. No hop aroma. No detectable coconut.

Appearance: Black. Black like the shadow of a thousand crows. A light tan head forms after the pour but fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. Light lacing.

Flavor: Sweet chocolate once again up front with a quick follow up of light coconut. The coconut adds a level of tartness, though it is very subtle. Roast presents itself toward the finish as well as a trace of hop bitterness. Finish is lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. I say this because the carbonation comes off a bit 'fizzy'. Roast dries out the palate toward the finish and carbonation scrapes the tongue dry.

Overall: A surprisingly sweet porter with just enough coconut milk presence in the mix to make it noticeable. I would welcome a splash more coconut, but it's probably very easy to go too far with that. Carbonation is too high for me, but it does make this beer refreshing. Even with the thermometer at 90 degrees F today, the beer goes down well.

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Photo of hops202
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into stone glass.

Pours a nice deep black with hints of very dark red. Nose has some roast and chocolate, not much coconut. Taste has slight coconut, mainly roast and a cream sensation similar to a milk stout with slight bitter chocolate. Reminds me of a good milk stout and/but certainly quite delicious for a porter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, seems to have more clarity or less viscosity than I would have imagined, leaves the tiniest amount of head, off white. Aroma, definitely coconut and coffee it seems, or was that toffee and some woodyness.

Taste, good amount of coconut, not artificially sweetened from what I can tell, holds itself in check. Would have liked a rougher bitter, hoppier edge, but for a summertime porter, I guess smooth is the way to go. Chocolate comes through more down can. Price = ugh, $12 a 6 pack, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kalei for these cans. Out of my Trappist Rochefort glass...

A- Deep brownish black. Pours with a nice light chocolate colored head. The head retreats quickly, and there is pretty much no lacing.

S- The smell is quite pleasant. Scents of coconut and vanilla mostly, with strong nutty notes. I get some hints of chocolate as well.

T The aftertaste is quite robust and roasty, with some spice coming through. Again, mostly coconut, vanilla, nut, and chocolate. Good complex taste for a beer of this nature.

M- A little too much carbonation. The body is a little watery too, but not too bad. If I would do anything to this beer, I'd reduce the carbonation and thicken it a tiny bit.

O- For a sessionable porter, it is really nice and tasty. I'd keep this stuff in my fridge if it was around, as I could see non-beer junkies liking this too. Pretty good...


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Photo of Sechavar
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay. I don't drink beer from a can. Once introduced to real beer, I was taught that to put beer in a metal container of any kind was sacrilege and should be looked down upon at every turn. However, with the progress of food technology, cans have been engineered to protect beer and preserve its flavor with little interference from it's metallic cage. So, the dilemma reveals its self.
I went to the San Diego beerfest this year and I heard of a beer made with toasted coconut. I had to have it. But upon my arrival to the long line that would lead me to deliciousness, I learned that Maui had run out. I believed my chance to get it on tap was lost. Finally I was convinced to have it out of the can. It was delicious. This wonderful coffee toasty malty smell was rising up out the can. But I poured it in to a pint glass anyway.
There's a big head on this sucker but that goes away pretty soon. And pretty soon, you will forget this comes in a can instead of the way awesome coconut shell mug portrayed on the can. The toasted coconut comes through really well, and leaves a wonderful aftertaste making it very drinkable. I would raise my coconut mug if I had one, but instead I'll raise my glass and tell you, "There is some good beer that comes in a can. And it's flipping delicious...No. Go get your own."

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, dark brown - almost black. Aggressively poured a 3 finger fluffy tan colored head that hangs around in the glass for an eternity. Leaves an awesome lacing on the glass.

S: Wofts strong roasted malts and tons of dark chocolate. Also getting smells of black coffee.

T: The taste is really good, but I really don't get much coconut. I get chocolate and roasted malt, which is really good. I also taste a good deal of coffee. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness.

M: The body of this isn't great. I had to stop and remind myself that this IS just a porter, so it isnt supposed to be super full, but that's what I was expecting for the look. That being said, it's still a little light for my liking of a porter. The carbonation is good though.

O: Overall, an above-average beer, and I am glad I got to try it. If I wasn't expecting coconut I would've actually rated it higher, but I felt a little dooped by that expectation. Really good tasting, but I got very little coconut.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Poured from a can into a wine glass (was the only thing available).

Its black with a creamy, off white, slightly brown head with almost no carbonation. There's some lacing left behind. The smell is mostly roasted malt with a slight coconut aroma. The taste is predominantly roasted malts with a good amount of sweetness, some mild bitterness and the coconut shows up in the finish. Its medium bodied, not much viscosity. I can't detect carbonation in the taste. Its also fairly easy drinking and I could see this a good session porter.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter
12 oz. can
Canned 012114 jet ink on the bottom of the can
Served in an 8 oz. hotel glass

I picked up a 4 pack of cans this afternoon at a convenience store in Kauai.

This beer pours a jet black, opaque in appearance with a khaki colored head on top. I get whiffs of malts and sugary sweetness in the nose.

This porter has a nice mouthfeel to it. Dark roasted malts with hints of espresso, chocolate and cocoa. I taste some sugary sweetness with a pleasant toasted coconut profile. There is a mini hop snap on the finish that provides a mini bite.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours brown, with a somewhat fizzy off-white head, thick, fair retention.

S: A lot of coconut meat, though it is astringent at times, light coffee.

T: Coconut juice at first sip, some charcoal and herbal bitterness hits next. The beer ends with some dark chocolate and a sweet coconut note.

M: Light-bodied, a tad on the thin side, oily.

D: A tasty porter from Maui, a dark beer that gives you a tropical feel is something I like, nice to see more canned microbrews. A tasty porter that I think is worthy of its hype.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with no real substantial head formation, but I was running my damn mouth, so I could've just missed it.

Smell: Pleasant aroma; a blend of chocolate, coconut, dark malts, and morningtime coffee.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of roasty coffee and baker's chocolate and, of course, there's the toasted coconut shavings. Medium sweetness. Light, earthy hops and bitterness. Sweetish finish where the coconut really gains a hold over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy porter is what it is. And in a can, no less. The addition of coconut breathes a bit of new life into the humble, sometimes lackluster porter style. I feel a trip to Hawaii would be entirely wasted on me, as I'd spend a considerable amount of it at the Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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