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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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 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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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very Cool graphics and coloring on the can.

Appearance - Poured a deep dark brown witha 2 finger tan brown head that slowley dissipated into a nice foam ring. Light lacing on the glass the whole way down.

Smell - A very slight hint of coconut but not as much as I expected. Smells of nice toasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Chocolaty and a major coffee influence. Toasted coconut on the back end. Not much coconut at first but the more this warmed up the more the coconut flavor came through.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. A medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable because of the medium body and great flavor.

This beer was excellent. I recieved this beer in a trade with MrHirschybar and really wish I was able to get it in my area. Highly recommend!!!

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Photo of 7ways
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Appears to be a delicious porter.

Smell doesn't really remind me of coconut until I was almost done with the glass. Otherwise, roasted and chocolate malt, toasted nuts, pure vanilla, and other unidentifiable fruit flavors.
As far as taste... yeah there it is. Delicious. More chocolate and nuts, a hint of coffee. Coconut and faint hops round out the finish. For some reason I expected fresh coconut, but they probably toast it first, and that's how it tastes. Medium bodied like a good porter should be. A little tannic. Perfectly integrated. This is my kind of session beer, one of the best porters I've ever had.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass. There is a "canned on" date on the bottom of the can but I can't make it out.

A: Almost black, just a hint of brown and red around the edges. Tan head.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, a slight whiff of toasted coconut.

T: A damn fine porter in it's own right, but the toasted coconut really puts this one over the top. The coconut is very mild but it perfectly accents the other porter flavors. The finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: A very good beer. Worth seeking out for sure.

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

Appearance - Nice and dark with reddish hues, pour it aggressively and it has an awesome head. Looks incredible coming out of the can.

Smell - Smells like fresh coconut.

Taste - Creamy coconut with roasted flavors. (The first one I had was really cold, and still delicious, but I set one out and let it warm up some, this really opened up the flavor.)

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some creaminess to it, nice carbonation.

Drink - Perfect drink, very much a session beer I think. Too bad it only comes in four packs around $10 here.

Loved this beer, I had tried the collaboration coconut porter and wasn't all that impressed so I had my doubts about this porter when I bought it. But I was pleasantly surprised. Easily one of my favorite porters now.

Edit: last few times I have had this the flavor hasn't been as bold or delicious so I lowered it a bit.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a Belgian Tulip or whatever.

I've never had this brew before but my main man SomethingClever gave me the hook-up once again. Let's get down with the brew. This pours a Handsome Dark Briwn the point it appears Black in the Glass. Nice Dark Brown hues Round the glass looking Mysterious. The brew was crowned with a fluffy Khaki Head of Foam. Looks pretty Outstanding!

Aroma should be a treat! Picking up first Coffee roast on the whiff. It's pretty intense and I digs it. Second waves molest your nasil passages with Cocoa and Roasted Barley complexity. Subtle Caramel in there too but my mind might be playing games on me. Smells pretty Banging if you ask me!

Let's taste this Muv! The initial flavor goes with Chocolate and Coffee that slaps the tastebuds around a bit. Second wave comes in and there is the Toasted Coconut in the distance. Enough to make itself known. A bit of caramel sweetness backs it up adding a Monds Bar appeal. This finishes smooth and slightly chalky with lingering Chocolate, Toasted Nuts and Coconut in the aftertaste. The feel on this is light smooth body with cola-esque carbonation.

Overall: This is a Tasty little Beverage. Nothing negative to say about it, outstanding Porter that brings Candy Bar to liquid form. I wish I had more of it! Could it have more Heft, sure. This, though, is fine just the way it is...this Brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Kelly88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to klevelandrocks for this amazing extra!!!

Poured from can into perfect pint glass

A- opaque brown that gives a one and a half inch beige head. No lacing.

S- muted roasted malts with only a slight Panama Jack tanning lotion smell.

T- this Porter tastes great! Chocolate and coffee with earthy tastes. Coconut is fleeting and not noticeable in every sip. If This was called a stout I wouldn't have a problem with That

M- about right for a Porter. Medium bodied with great carbonation that delivers the flavor to all areas of the palate.

D- pretty good. Not to sweet and goes down smooth. Great session beer. Wish I had more

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

urchased in California, and carted back to Australia to crack open. I do love craft beer in cans - it's a shame no one in Australia does it.

Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown, with an opacity to it which causes the edges to glow slightly when held to the light. Head is very fine bubbled, almost creamy, a very pleasant milk chocolate colour. Lacing is decent, although the head becomes a bit filmy after a while. Looks very tasty. I approve.

Nose is delicious, really quite extraordinary, giving that lovely oaky vanillin American stout character of coconut sweetness, obviously without the straight oak. Rich and full, with slightly smoky roasted character, big chocolate notes and that lighter and fragrant coconut dancing over everything. It's a phenomenal nose. So full, so complex and so incredibly luscious and delicious. I've rarely had better.

Taste is smooth and full, and again extremely well mingled between the sweetness of coconut and chocolate, and the slightly more astringent roastiness. Still, it's a very smooth an d luscious beer throughout, only turning on a slight phenolic character on the very back. Feel is a little thinner than it could be, but something about the can gives is a very fine carbonation.

Overall, a fantastic beer, and a wonderful drinking experience. Such lovely flavours, so well integrated. Just delicious.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed six on the recommendation of my beer guru, who always steers me right. Excellent looking beer with a very interesting smell, you get the hint of coconut with the smoke, interesting mix. Taste is also surprising, very tasty. Not a big coconut fan, not a big smoke fan in my beer, but it works for me. I was almost surprised how much I like this beer. Very good beer that is very much worth a try because it is very unique, tasty, and easy to drink.

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Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I had heard such good things about it. I didnt know if it was 10 bucks for a 4 pack before, but i'll always pay for quality (even though I was weary as they are in cans).

A- Pretty good. Dark dark brown with a decent head if poured agressive that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S- Smokk, light coconut smell.

T- This was where there beer shined, as it should. At first tatse I was like eh. Then as I got into it, the beer was excellent. Light for a porter but complex. Coffee, smoke, raisens, light coconut flavor that is all so good. Its excellent. Soooo close to a 5. I will definitly get it again.

M- Light but not in a bad way just light for a Porter.

D- Could drink these all day, which I normally wouldnt do with other Porters

Go out and get this. I dont think you will be disappointed, unless you dont like coconuts

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Photo of djbow
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Really dark brown to black with a khaki or off-white head less than a finger thick. Head quickly dissipates.

S = Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and subtle roasty coconut aroma. As the beer warms the smell intensifies.

T = The taste follows the smell. Roasted malt sweetness, chocolate, coffee and coconut. The finish is dry due to some hop presence.

M = Dry, medium, smooth. Goes down easy and fast.

O = This is a great year-round beer and at 6% ABV you can session this one while you think of Hawaii and Hula girls. One interesting note, the more I drink this beer the more the taste reminds me of a muted Almond Joy. Ans I love Almond Joy bars. YUM! Cheers!

Glass = Imperial Pint.

Serving Temp 42F warmed to 52F before finish.

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Photo of iD9
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A robust, opaque black. Pours an alarmingly sturdy slightly off white head. Very consistent and very dense. Looks oh-so yummy.

Smell: The dry and chocolaty notes typical of a porter are present. There's also a slightly creamy "nose-feel" to it if that makes any sense, perhaps that's the coconut making itself known.

Taste: Oh yea, that's a good beer. I am not a coconut person by any stretch of the imagination but this is damn good. The dark, chocolaty, malty flavors of this porter are mixed in the sensual goodness of milky coconut. A tinge of bitterness from the hops makes a small appearance here but you have to be looking for it. What I notice about this beer is it doesn't have layered depth like some dark beers where each flavor announces itself on a different part of the tongue at different times, rather the flavors are blended together forming a new entity. Yum Yum.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied without being heavy. Its creamy and smooth. The lighter, less dry flavor of this brew lingers in your mouth without nuking your pallet. Just a fantastic little beer.

Drinkability: Alas, I have never given a 5 to a beer before and this will definitely not be the beer to break that mold. That being said, I have to stretch the finite expanse of my mortal imagination to conjure up the image of a more drinkable beer.

So good. One of my good friends here raves about this beer and now I know why. I will be waiting with great anticipation for this in the years to come.

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Photo of ckollias
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and no trail down the glass.

S: Toasted malt aroma with a coconut, coffee, and alcohol background.

T: Smooth and sweet toasted malts and coconut flavor balanced by some bitter, hoppy, coffee scents and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a smooth easy to drink porter with an interesting toasted coconut flavor. Absolutely worth a try.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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