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Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
897
Ratings:
2,220
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
17.04%
 
 
Wants:
151
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318
For Trade:
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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark black with brown highlights; light ring of tan head; light movement

s: chocolate is dominant; coconut; burnt toffee; vanilla; syrupy sweet abv;

t: sweeter chocolate syrup; burnt coconut on the finish; further back on tongue darker roasted flavors develop in the sip along with the burnt toffee; light tartness; very smooth and drinkable

m: medium light mouthfeel; maybe a little aggressive; good balance of dry and cloying

d: a great beer that is absolutely worth a try

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down quick. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Coconuts are awesome. Subtle, but awesome. Caramel malt, some chocolate, earthy hops. A solid porter.

Taste: Coconuts, roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, earthy grassy hops, some caramel and vanilla. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, refreshing. A lighter bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this is a very good porter. A little light on the body, but a lot of great flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can into a snifter.

A - looks like black coffee with light-brown head on top.

S - coconut, sweet milk, a bit of chocolate and coffee.

T - really nice porter here. Coconut, some sweetness and a hint of coffee.

M - good, but seems a little overcarbonated.

O - I am always happy to have this brew and think it's a fine representative of the type.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black color. Poured a 1 finger light brown head that dissipated to an even skim that was thicker on the edges. Laced in thin, running sheets.

S: Chocolate, coffee and toasted coconuts. Also roasted nuts and peaty/earthy flavor.

T: Toasted malts; chocolate, caramel and nuts. Coconut, coffee and molasses in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering sweetness.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Good flavor and balance. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head. Smells super roasty and chocolatey with the faintest coconut smell. Tastes the same. The sweet chocolate and coconut flavor are not quite cloying. Nicely carbonayed. Tastes like a coconut foodie roll. Moderate thickness that's slick and smooth.

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Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Been wanting to try this brew for a while

The Coconut porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a very big 3 finger tan head that slowly fades. Not much lacing on the glass. Smell is somewhat fruity with a nice malted chocolate backbone. I'm not picking up any coconut in the nose. Taste is smooth with a nice finish. Flavors consist of traces of coconut, bitter chocolate, and some hops. No alcohol is present at all. Mouthfeel is silky smooth while fairly light bodied. This is a very drinkable brew, if I were able, I would stock my fridge with this beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz can into a Smuttynose pint.

Appearance- Black with a finger of mocha head that lasted about 30 seconds. Moderate lacing remains.

Smell- Roasty coffee, light toasted coconut, sweet chocolate malts, mild hop presence, cinnamon?

Taste- Roasty malts, light hops, light coconut, finishes with coffee. I want a little more coconut.

Mouthfeel- Lighter in body with ample carbonation. Probably a great beer to drink on the beach at sundown.

Overall- I like this beer a lot. Great porter with good flavor and body.

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Photo of ajayma
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. From a hard pour, the head puffs up momentarily before completely dying off. In the glass it looks just like Coca-Cola.

AROMA. Toasted coconut blended with sweet cream butter.

BODY and TASTE. A bit thin on the tongue, but with pleasant coffee, chocolate and coconut flavors at the start. The coconut adds an subtle dimension that plays surprisingly well with the beer's gentle roasted bitterness. Mostly dry, though toasted coconut and milk chocolate notes give the finish a tiny peck of sweetness.

AFTERMATH. Just plain fun! This would be great for late summer afternoons, when the temps drop into the low 70s, on a porch, some sweet wood-fired BBQ or a fat burger.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a sparce lacing.

This beer has a toasted coconut aroma. Ity smells sweet and malty. It have a very subtle chocolate aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A very nice toasted coconut flavor. Very nice. It has a malty sweet flavor as well, mixing in with some coffee.

This beer is crisp and smooth. It leaves a coconut like aftertaste. It is a little highte in carbonation than I would have expected.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is low enough in alcohol. The flavor though may become cloying after a time.

Overall: This was probably the best beer I had while in Hawaii. I am glad to have brought back a few 4 packs, since I have never seen it in the continental US. Great beer, and I will buy it every time I see it.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to be very sad to not have this beer around me after I leave this wonderful

A: Pours (forgot how weird it is to pour a can into a glass) a deep mahogany brown, but black as black when not held up to a light. The one and a half inch head fades in a minute or two but sticks around as a thin cap but with little lacing.

S: At first smell, sweet as chocolate cake batter with some coconut shavings and fresh ground coffee on top, then we get into the swing of things when these aromas mix together with a slightly bitter smokiness that really ties this beer together and makes it sing.

T/MF: Sweet at first, right on the tip of the tongue then moves all across the tongue and gets deeper, darker and smokier. Chocolatey sweetness mixes wonderfully with toasted coconut, coffee-like bitterness and a slight fruitiness, I'm imagining raspberries and cherries but covered in dark chocolate. This being said the beer is not overly rich and heavy, it dances on the tongue and leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D: A fantastic beer, very difficult to just sip, but it's what allows the complexity of this beer to shine through. I'd say that one is about enough in one sitting, then you start to get coconut burps and those I can do without. Oh but I will this beer and Maui Brewing Company. Must return soon, hopefully they will be around for a while.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown....wouldn't call it black, and has reddish hues right around the edges. This has a mocha latte colored head that is rich and dense, a couple of fingers thick, and settles to a fine film over the brew. The lacing is modest at best, and it's hard to tell how carbonated the beer is, but I can see some small columns rising up.

S- I smell robust, toasted coffee beans and dark unsweetened baker's chocolate for the most part. There is a hint of sweetness that I don't smell in other porters....I'm guessing it's the coconut but I don't really smell the nut in particular. Mild bitterness on the finish, but mainly earthy dryness.

T- This is a very robust, very creamy porter, that's for sure. Again, dominant flavors of cocoa and some coffee bean, along with toasted malt, burnt brown sugar and some vanilla bean. The coconut flavor is slightly more noticeable but it is very modest, providing just a hint of milky lactose-like sweetness. The finish is a balancing act of bitter and dry....just enough to keep the glass close by for another drink soon after.

M- Super creamy, and such a well balanced flavor profile, this medium-full bodied porter is rich and exotic. Really gets me in the mood to lounge around and sip on this, while letting the afternoon sun pass me by.

O- A very well crafted brew overall! Slightly sweet, almost Guinness like, but more tropical. This is an excellent all weather dark beer, and would be great with a steak dinner or even as a desert brew. As it warms, the robustness gets even deeper and the buttery texture gets even smoother. When I go to Maui in a few months, this could very well be a go to brew for me!

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swnicholson in Black Booty 2009 for this 12 oz can.

A: The porter is a dark stout black that, even when held to light, doesn't waver in it darkness. A finger of head from the pour is busy lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is heavy on porter aromas, dark and rich with coffee and chocolate. Coconut adds a lush sweetness that changes the direction of the ale without sacrificing the porter's strong coffee profile.

T: I hate coconut. Having beared that deeply held secret, let me profess that I love this beer. The porter is strong, thick and delicious with the coconut flitting in like a barrel-aged profile, augmenting the porter at just the right times. The porter, as in the nose, is rich and full. Coffee dominates, followed by a cocoa powder and chocolate combo that is nearly as strong. Coconut lingers throughout, a sweet covalent bond uniting the porter atoms. The more I sip, the more I appreciate the coffee flavors. I normally drink my coffee black, but some coconut milk may be a nice addition.

M: The mouthfeel is rich and silky, mostly porter with just enough coconut to be noticed. Much, much better than I was expecting.

D: Thank you, sir, may I have another?!? An excellent porter that doesn't skimp on the coffee. Oh yeah, the coconut is a nice element as well.

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Photo of nataku00
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pub glass. Pitch black brew with very slight amount of tan head. Head was minimal after ~10 minutes.

Smells mainly of toasted malt, expresso, and a small hint of coconut. Very robust aroma.

Sipping the beer, the bitter bitter chocolate is upfront, with some of the sweetness from the malt and coconut coming at the finish. Slightly syrupy beer that coats the tongue well. Carbonation was at an appropriate level, not too effervescent, but enough to help deliver the beer's smell to your nose and taste onto your taste buds.

Very easy drinking beer. Had a couple of cans over a period of two hours.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black, with a dark cream head that dissipates quickly.

S- Milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of toasty coconut.

T- Chocolaty, lots of coffee, a little sweet and the finish is a mixture of the toasted coconut and the coffee. I expected there to be more coconut flavor, but it has been sitting in the fridge for a while. None the less, it is very tasty.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation.

D- I could drink this all night or even all day on the beach.

I feel very lucky to have been able to try this delicious Hawaii brewed beer here in the corn fields of middle America. Thanks Camp!

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Photo of JDV
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to fordest for this one. I was lucky to find somebody with one, and he came through big with his final one for me! Black pour, with a nicely lasting attractive brown head. Smell is a delicious sweet roasty creaminess at first reminding me of a good oatmeal stout. As it opens I think I can detect a tiny hint of coconut in the nose, and it comes off just a hint plasticy for a while, but not offensively so. Taste...Exceptionally smooth, creamy, slightly sweet and roasted with a noticeable, and perfectly highlighted toasted coconut flake flavor in the finish. Very nice! Full bodied, slightly thick, flavorful, and all around a very enjoyable beer that I wish I could get more readily... Just what I hoped it'd be, and easily one of my favorites. Worth getting if you have the chance!

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Photo of turbine2475
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks go to BrewBakerE for the chance to try this brew:

A - Pours black with a massive cream colored head that dissipated quickly into a light ring leaving no lace.

S - Dark fruits, burnt tobacco, burned grainy malts resembling a grass fire (not in a bad way), and roasted coconut.

T - Roasted malts, light chocolate, roasted coconut, and a spice that I can't put my finger on.

M - Lighter then I thought it would be, but not in a bad way. Hefty carbonation with a lingering flavor from the roast.

D - Good brew. Excellent complexity, but not overwhelming. Light enough to drink on a hot day and sessionable ABV makes it easy to have several. Would pick more up in the future if given the chance.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wetherel for this unique treat.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a thin black with a one finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a small layer of bubbles. Stickiness is minimal at best. Smell is a perfect combination of coconut and chocolate malt. Smokey barley with a carmelized sweetness in the nose as well. A mild earthy hop aroma makes its presence known. Charred wood flavor up front followed by an artificial coconut milk. Barley and cocoa powder make up the aftertaste. Milky medium bodied texture in the mouth, fits quite well. Soft carbonation coats throughout. There have only been a few porters that I have enjoyed, this one definitely fits in to that category. So glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks again wetherel!

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Photo of oggg
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Mala's Ocean Tavern in Lahaina on Maui, the waiter cracked open a can of this Coconut Porter and poured it straight down into a frosted pint glass. 4 inches of foam came up and I told him I would do the pouring...

This beer, when handled gently, pours a gritty brown black color with a chocolaty foamy head that lasts quite a while. It looks thick. On the nose I get a lot of toasted barley with a blast of coffee. I guess you could call it toasted coconut if you were looking for it. On the tongue the beer feels huge with slightly sweet toffee, toasted barley, then a surge of coffee and finally a lingering burnt note that is perfect. No fruity esters and the hops are in the background only. Smooth with a balanced finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall: not sure I found the coconute, but this makes a great coffee porter.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this can as an extra from miikezombie, Thanks man, very generous.

Poured from can into pint goblet - Canned 03/04/11

A: Poured Lava Stone Black w/ one and half finger head that dissipated into a non- existant lacing,Good carbonation.

T: Deep roasted malts, bitter coffee,slight coconut hints,mild hops.

O: Overall I was expecting a coconut flavored syrup mess, Instead I was surprised that this porter actually tastes like a porter ,It does have enough coconut to observe the flavor however it's by no means overwellming and it only compliments a well blended and balanced poter - Very well done.

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Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with a one finger light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate and molasses along with a good balance of coffee beans and a touch of hops. Really nicely crafted sweet porter. Initial hit of sweet chocolate, not overly sweet, but very nice. Little kick of roasted coffee and hops before a sweet creamy finish. Hints of vanilla, coconut and coconut milk to finish off this tasty brew. Really complex flavor profile.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is an opaque bistre topped by a mousse-like mountain of buff colored foam. Head retention is impressive, taking several minutes to settle to a small slick sudsy pillow, with heavy disjointed lacing.

Rich, moderate roasted malt aroma, brown bread crusts, cocoa, and an occasional whiff of the toasted coconut. Faint hop scent provides a balancing note.

Light roast coffee and malt, coconut adds a slight sweetness, and there is a mouth-watering flavor similar to charred rice dislodged from the bottom of a large rice cooker (like you sometimes get in Korean restaurants). Mild astringency (from roasted malt) and tartness (from hops?) on the palate, with finish fading from sweet to bitter to toasty.

Not quite medium-bodied, with average carbonation. A very faint slickness on the tongue. Decent effervescence.

ABV just high enough to prevent you from guzzling the whole glass in one go (5.7%). Eminently drinkable, though the coconut (while in no way dominating) might put some people off after more than a couple glasses.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pitasoup for this can.

A - Pours rich, opaque brown with 3 fingers of big, rocky, tan head. Almost as if a super sized toasted marshmallow was sitting on top.

S - Fresh malty aroma with a hint of toasted coconut in the background.

T - Bang!! Coconut right up front, followed by the roast, hints of chocolate, a bit of graham cracker. Like a giant s'more made with roasted coconut marshmallows. Could use a touch more roast, but this is a tasty brew.

M - Creamy, but not too much. Not like a nitro brew.

O - Every time I try this beer, I taste some other subtle nuance. One of the best porters available.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from the International Beer Shop, into a Brooklyn tulip. Definitely should've reviewed when in Maui last year, this was sublime, but hey, that's holidays!

Black appearance, no light permeating through. Tan coloured foam that poured to two fingers and receded to a level just above film. Wavy lacing.

Smells initially of chocolate milkshakes then coconut and vanilla. Nice, interersting and always good to stick the snout into the glass.

Tastes of coconut of course, some light vanilla and a little bit of chocolate. But does everything its sets out to very well.

Decent body, not too sweet, pretty drinkable: this didn't take an age, nor did the pint at Kapalua.

Thanks to mulder1010 for introducing me to this a year or so ago, an eternal favourite. Does what it says very, very well. Fun, enjoyable and sessionable. And its in a can. Love it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown with an enormous long lasting dark tan head. Nice lacing. Interesting porter aromas of dark malt and something pleasant that doesn't smell like coconut, but must be. Nice porter flavors with roasted malts, cocoa and a hint of coconut. This is the best low ABV porter I've ever had. Nicely done.

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Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally worked out a trade and received a 4-pack of this fabled brew from CoreyRhoads. Big thanks Corey!

A-Deep dark brown with barley noticeable deep ruby highlights along the edges. Crazy, frothy, thick tan head that receded to a small cap that left nice lace.

S-Dark roasted malt with hints of coffee and a bit of a burnt quality. This is not a roust aroma but it is present for sure.

T-Dark roasted malt with a healthy dose of espresso and toasted coconut flavour in the background. This is fairly complex and absolutely delicious!

M-Medium bordering on medium-light body with a nice silkiness. Ends very smooth with a building dryness.

D-A 5.5% session drinker with ALL this flavour....crazy! This would be a 5 if it wasn't for the building dryness...I would have to take a break and wet myself down a bit....before cracking another.

Another craft beer from a can that kicks ass! Great job Maui Brewing!

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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