Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
2,313 Ratings
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 MFMB
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown to black with little head. The smell is fairly non existent with a little light chocolate on the nose but not much else. Taste is of toasted malts, cocoa and very light coconut.the coconut is there but it is very mellow in fact the beer is a very mellow beer overall as nothing really stands out in this beer good or bad. It's smooth medium body.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can.
A: Pours a Dark Brown Black with a thin Tan head with pretty much no lacing.
S: Toasted malts with chocolate coffee and a hint of Coconut.
T: Very weak on the Coconut but a nice porter with toasted chocolate and coffee notes.
F: A light smooth porter.
O: Missing the Coconut but a good all round porter.

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - canned on 9/7/16 stamped on bottom:

Pours very dark brown to black. The head thins quickly and eventually is just a minimal ring and wisp. Broken strands of trailing lace stick.

The smell is of coconut, chocolate powder, with a subtle dark earthy tone and a touch of dark bread.

The taste is of coconut and chocolate. The coconut blends in well. It doesn't dominate but it is noticeable. Slight roast and a slight hint of earthy hops balance the sweetness in the finish. Finishes semi-sweet.

A bit fizzy at first, but it settles. On the thin side of medium bodied. Could be smoother, but smoothness picks up somewhat as it progresses.

A solid chocolate-forward porter with a nice, fairly mild, coconut character.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola bordering on black, with a frothy brown head that decorates the sides of the glass as I drink.

The nose is woody with an underbelly of coconut meat. Doesn't smell sweet as I had worried it might, this is more coconut husk than candy. Smoky with a twinge of chocolate.

The taste stays true to form with that toasty roasted coconut being the bacbone around which smoky malts and a touch of black coffee. Well constructed.

Very drinkable. Has that coconut creamy smoothness to it, and low carbonation lets it go down easy.

Overall it feels like a very well executed brew, though not one that I would rely on as a staple. It's tasty, but I don't think I could drink a coconut beer consistently. Try it at least once, though, and judge for yourself

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Obtained via trade. Thank you Lunch. 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep brown with a huge pillow of a tan head. Excellent retention. Little to no lacing, what's there is sparse and patchy.

S: Very nutty and woody with underlying milk chocolate and vanilla. whiff of hop oils. Faint coconut milk and toasted coconut.

T: Everything revolves around a malty sweet, cola-like base. Nutty, bakers chocolate. Mildly smokey and a touch acrid. hollow hop bitterness. A sweet milky taste is really all that the coconut seems to contribute. Finishes sweet with tastes of the aforementioned milk and some charcoal.

M: Medium-thin in body. Somewhat astringent. A pleasant creaminess is cut by the abundant, aggressive carbonation.

O: It's a crushable little Porter made more drinkable because of its medium-dry nature. Coconut is on the subtler side. It has grown on me over the years.

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Photo of Justin82
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 082814 at 40 degrees into a nonic
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - broken rings and stalactites of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, clear
Flavor of roasted malt, not really picking up any coconut, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75
Somewhat disappointed - this is an adequate porter but I was hoping for some coconut taste and didn't find any.

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Photo of scratch69
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Loads of foamy lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Tiniest hint of coconut.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth.

Overall- Overall a pretty good beer, but I was a little disappointed in this. I was expecting more coconut flavor from a beer with "coconut" in it's name.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can picked up on the islands by good friend and coworker Michelle E. Shared with my brother SAS.. 1/2" tan head.. very dark brown brew.. only slightest hints of red and brown highlites when held to a light.

Aroma is really chocolaty.. and nutty.. a little toast.. I guess if you combine all this together, it reminds me slightly of an Almond Joy candy bar.

Flavor mirrors the aroma pretty well with a dusty overtone that goes from front to back. Nutty chocolate and just a little toasted coconut. Body is fairly light as expected and carbonation is light which helps lend to a very smooth mouthfeel.

All in all, I would pick this up fairly frequently if I had access to this on a regular basis... not as a novelty, but more as something different.

Big props to Michelle.. She is a BA, she just doesn't know it. I will intervene at some point. :)

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a tanned large bubbled head, that does not retain. A cola like appearance

S - Creamy chocolate and malt

T - Some nice creamy flavours up front with some chocolate and heavy vanilla. The finish is a little bitter. A tiny bit of coconut on the finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

O - This is a very drinkable stout that is very moreish. Coconut is nearly non-existent though.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the can a deep dark chocolate brown with dark dark red highlights to a sun king shaped pint glass with a 2 finger tan / mocha loose bubble head leaving minimal retention.

aroma of dark nuts and creamy hot chocolate.

sweet, dark and nutty. chocolate and toffee up front, and the coconut appears as the beer warms.

sweet, thick, creamy, medium carbonation

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Melted dark chocolate. Thin head drops quickly leaving a low lace.

S – Dark chocolate cake with fresh shaved coconut. Light rummy booze.

T – Delicious, dry dark chocolate with a lace of coconut. Like the nose, the coconut character is more fresh than condensed or sweetened. Booze on the back end mirrors the nose, and combines with the chocolate to impart an almost Kahlua-like flavor.

M – Medium light body is creamy. The finish is dry and leaves you with soft dark chocolate.

O – A very nice brew. Shade boozy. Great chocolate flavor.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let this be a lesson to tasting devotees: there is a fine threshold between beneficial warming of the tastebuds and interference. This tasting occurs in the former.

Luckily I saved the last of a $13 4-pack for this special occasion. The pour is chunky but promising, aroma is nutty, mostly, with the sour tinge of chalky, chocolatey coconut. Hints of acidic coffee but a complex, unordinary aroma overall.

First taste is somewhat thin, a little coppery, but a lot is going on behind the scenes. I would love to try a glassed-in, imperial version of this recipe. As the volume sinks downward, typical porter hues crop up, which are immersed in the fibrous, self-contained concept of coconut coffee. An intriguing, if not entirely successful combination.

A 4-pack is adequate for this brew. It's not a bad porter by any means, but personally I like to waft toward deeper flavors and textures in my heavy beers. Leech off some of the excess water in this one, and it could be a heavenly experience.

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Photo of Stephen_Hawkings_Drool
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 Devi0us
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zanico
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schwaeh
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2,313 ratings
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