Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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89
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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,274
Reviews:
911
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
329
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,274 |  Reviews: 911
Photo of Devi0us
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black. Reminds me of a watered down stout in color. Had a massive 2 1/2 finger thick khaki head that speaks to you if you put your ear to it. Dissolves very slowly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Upon first whiff I smelled, you guessed it...coconut. Then the malts and dark chocolate dance their way into your nostrils.

T- As I sip this brew, dark malts and chocolate lead the parade of flavors to your palate. As you swallow this masterpiece, what you thought was dark malts and chocolate morph into a coconut finish.

M- This is medium bodied and very smooth. 

O- What we have here is the perfect dark beer for a hot day. The fact that it comes in cans makes it the perfect beer to bring anywhere. The ABV isn't that high so you can pound a few of these and still have a good time.

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

Photo of schwaeh
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can received from scotchboy. Canned on 3/1/11.

A: pours black with a full finger creme colored head that slowly fades. Nice lookin' porter.

S: Smells of deep roasted malts, vanilla, and coconut cream. Some nuttiness from the coconut shell I assume. Reminds me of some type of ice cream.

T: This tastes very nice even though I don't enjoy coconut. Coconut, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Leaves a chocolate aftertaste with some slight hop bitterness once the coconut fades from your tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is top notch. This porter is very creamy allowing it to coat your mouth with the pleasant flavors. Good carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, due to my aforementioned thoughts on coconut. This is as refreshing and Hawaiian as any porter could hope to be. I'm very glad I got to try this beer, since it gets mentioned all the time. Definitely worth a stab.

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

Pours a thick black with a creamy head.

Smells of roasted malt.

Tastes of roasted malt (and coffee) and a lingering creamy/coconut flavor that is subtle enough that you wouldn't know, perhaps, what the flavor was blindly.

It's a nice, creamy, roasty, beer but not one of the better porters I've had. Also, I noticed a metallic taste that really took away from the up-front flavors.

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

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Rizalini
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark mahogany color, letting a little light through on the edges of the glass. Big foamy 2 finger light brown head the fades slowly, leaving little lacing.

S - Pungent roasty, nutty aroma.

T - Toasty just like the smell promises. On the back end, I'm getting a roast coffee flavor too.

M - Has a light mouthfeel, slightly overcarbonated for my liking.

O - This one definately gets better as it warms. So many of the flavors are masked when it's cold. Let this one warn up a little to fully enjoy it.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of theboozecruise
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can huh? Thanks to 3rd Row Tailgater for bringing this one back to me from Maui!

It pours a dark brown color with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. Fantastic looking beer!

The aroma is chocolatey malt with a little medicinal quality that might be the coconuts coming through.

The taste is rich and roasted with a very faint coconut flavor. It's nice but I wish it had more coconut!

Overall a really good porter. The can didn't seem to affect anything, I just wish it has more coconut.

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

Thanks Kyle2k10!

Blacker than expected. Decent light brown head with not a ton of lacing left behind. Can't really complain TOO much about this field.

You really have to search for the coconut. I must have tried some old cans because all I could smell was mild toasted coconut along with biscuit, almond/hazelnut, tobacco, and chocolate.

On the taste, more of the same from the aroma with some saving graces in balance. Smooth and woody, but tobacco is what I most sense. This is probably a great example of coconut in a beer when fresh, but it was just a slightly above average porter to me. It was dry and drinkable, but my main complaint is being called something it does not truly represent... again, that may have been because the cans were old.

Had that definite porter feel with the lighter body and higher carbonation, but it was almost too light at times. Watery mouthfeel. Not a repeat UNLESS I got it fresh (maybe even through a Randall with toasted coconut). That would probably be delicious. I love coconut, but this beer just didn't do it for me as much as I expected it would. It reminded me of Cigar City Maduro Brown, but more roasty and less quality.

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

Poured from 12oz can into pint.

A :: Opaque brown with a short-lived tan head.
S :: Roasted coffee and some chocolate. It took a second sniff to detect the coconut, but it is there. It wasn't as present as I expected.
T :: As it smelled; roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The coconut was very subdued and light. It finishes dry and chocolatey.
M :: Medium body, smooth, slightly oily and nicely carbonated
D :: Good porter overall, but I didn't get a strong coconut flavor. I can't say that's a bad thing however as the coconut was light and in the background as to not overpower the beer. I think that the lighter coconut flavor worked well here and added some sweetness to balance the roasted character. I could drink this again.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, near black, with a nice tan head

S-creamy iced latte with just a hint of coconut. medium strength

T-comes in with a thick taste of ground coffee. it slowly transitions to a long lasting after-taste of ground coffee with a hint of chocolate coconut. very simple

M-thick, soft carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely tasty but i don't find any uniqueness to it. i was hoping to find more coconut in this. this is just average.

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Photo of endovelico
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brew with beautiful brown highlights, small mocha head and some lacing.

Smell: The nose is intense with chocolate up front and coffee and caramel at the back. The chocolate kind of overwhelms everything.

Taste: Intense flavor of chocolate, burnt caramel and some very faint coconut.

Palate: Medium low carbonation. Low bitterness. Medium full body. Smooth finish. Faint lingering cherry chocolate candy flavor.

Overall: Kinda gimmicky. Not enough depth on the nose or tongue but it's a decent brew as a whole nonetheless.

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

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

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

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

Maui Brewing Company, Certified Made on Maui, CoCo Nut Porter. "…Like Hot Chicks on the Beach." What? Huh? Just gonna ignore that, not touch it, let it go.
"Porter brewed with hand-toasted coconut."

Dark brown, nearly black, fully opaque, with a full, flush dotted head of creamy tanned foam, leaving lots of lace. Looks good.

Aroma: there it is, freshly toasted coconut, straddled over a …I'm not sure. We get lots of coconut, though. Beautiful.

Taste: nicely hopped, lightly roasty, full-bodied. Cocoa and coffee linger below, and show themselves briefly, outside flashes of more coconut. A very tasty porter, robust enough, with a coconut flavor that never quits, but mellows a bit. Like hot chicks on the beach. I have a feeling you can use this phrase to end a sentence, the way they end fortune cookies with "…in bed." Maybe they do, perhaps it's a quaint local Maui-ism. "Hand toasted coconut…like hot chicks on the beach!"

Anyway. Nothing too "wow" about this one, but it's nice and I thank DA for it. Just like hot chicks on the beach.

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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stebow1289
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ordybill
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is a burnt orange to amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is vanilla, malt and coconut. The taste is malt and grain with some coconut.

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Photo of Kris450
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenspointexas
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ultrasrs
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BJB13
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

This one pours a little lack luster, not much life to the half finger tan head that was gone in less than a minute. The body is root beer in color and doesn't let much light through. The nose isn't very strong but the dark roast and sweet cocoa aromas are nice. The taste is a little more robust with the same dark roasted malts and sweet cocoa. The bitterness is low but within the style. Unfortunately I didn't get any coconut or hop flavors coming through. Bodywise it's a bit on the light side for the style with the carbonation a little high.

Not bad but seems a little mundane. I am keeping an eye out for some fresh/er cans in hopes of a better result.

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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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