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 zeff80
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt and a subtle coconut aroma. Good roasty flavor, mild coconut and some dark chocolate.

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Photo of atomicbeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark almost black brown with a rich tan head that fades quickly. Toffee aroma, a little burnt sugar, and some grain. Excellent balanced taste: dark cocoa, toasted coconut, burnt sugar, dark fruit, and a slight metallic tang. Mouth just a little thin. Flavors linger nicely. Well done!

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Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich dark brown with a finger of foamy tan head that sticks to the glass, a bit. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy, Whoppers, mild coconut, and mocha, is a good description. In the flavor, it's not an overly sweet beer, but, balanced. The mild bitterness lingers and builds, a little bit. The coconut, mocha, and slight java, are undertones to the dark roasted malts, but definitely present and accounted for. The feel is fairly dry, below average carbonation, medium thin body. Overall, I prefer D.B.C., because it's massive in the coconut department, but this is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can, gift from brother, into faceted mug. Restrained in its ambition, but deft in its execution, my first beer from Hawaii is a modest but excellent porter.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded a can of Baxter's Window Seat, a similar porter w/ coconut flavor and the same exact ABV, to my roommate Chris for this nice little beer! Cheers dude.

Pours a deep mahogany-brown with a thin, barely-forming off-white head that seems to lace kinda solidly after it's done sinking from a couple fingers. Nicely unfiltered with a pretty robust look to it, but that head formation and retention is meh. Good lace, for sure, but my first impression was average.

Nose is very coconut and coffee forward with some roasty malts, sweet vanilla and cocoa. Liking the chocolate-truffle like aspect this one has, honestly. Very sweet-smelling with some mocha notes, but I definitely do get some coconut in there as well. Toasted coconut is just one of those things that works perfectly with a robust porter base, and they did a nice job getting it to come through but not take over here.

On the tongue, I get Swiss Miss hot cocoa upfront, with light notes of vanilla, slight roast and espresso elements with notes of toasty coconut in there as well. The coconut gets a bit more apparent once the beer warms up to room temperature, which makes a lot of sense to me. One thing I like a bit better about Window Seat, which is an otherwise extremely-comparable beer, however, is the nutty and slightly-weird character brought by the almond flavor they use. This has some of the base beer coming through, but not as much as I'd like. It's pretty flavorful, but just slightly less impressive than I want it to be.

The feel on this is pretty solid as well, toeing the line between full-bodied and eminently drinkable. With a velvety smooth feel and only moderate carbonation to prickle the palate, I'm left with a pretty nice drinking experience that doesn't seem like it'd be too much to do several times in a session, unlike a lot of robust flavors. I appreciate the graceful inclusion of adjunct flavors, of course, and feel that fact only helps the success of this brew. After all, if this were just a boring ol' porter, it wouldn't be as appealing, especially give Maui's (extremely apt) penchant for involving tropical flavors in their beers!

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Photo of seedyone
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From can at home. Pours to a vigorous taupe foam. Aroma is a bit shy when cold but the very pleasant combined flavor of coconut & cocoa leaves a great impression. Typical texture for a porter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with a small head. The aroma is a very light coffee. The taste is also a light coconut taste that is not very appealing. This is coconut light which tastes a little watered down.

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Photo of MFMB
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 GormBrewhouse
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown blank with a nice white head, smell is a bit weak with a slight scent of coconut. Taste is great with the coconut smoothing all components of the brew out. Mouth feel is full, overall a very nice Porter.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 10/5/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance- dark but enough light comes in to lighten it a bit to a dark brown. Very thin beige head that leaves hardly a trace of lacing.
Smell - more mocha and cocoa, rather than coconut; nice enough, but seems to me a stronger coconut presence is warranted.
Taste - sweet medium roast coffee that comes off as a bit watered down.
Feel - too light and sweet for my liking; lacks the robust flavor and feel that I prefer.
Overall - I do appreciate that they didn't over do the coconut, but I feel like they under did it here.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can with canning date of October 5th 2016 into stein glass.

L: Deep black. Finger width tan head recedes slowly into a thin layer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, coconut.

T: Watery porter IMO. Coconut milk, coffee and cocoa taste. Weird.

F: Light-Medium body. Decently smooth.

O: Pretty disappointed in this.

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Photo of Murphious
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If it wasn't in the name, I would not have known there was coconut in this. Very weak aromas all around other than basic porter. Nice foam head and leaves lacing on the glass, but other than appearance, nothing to get me enthused. I expected a bit more from this after having Death By Coconut by Oskar Blues; coconut from Hawaii should be excellent, right? No.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a tan colored head. No lacing whatsoever and and it looks very foamy.

Smell is tricky to describe. Definitely some coconut/roasted almond smell going on here but also some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Not a strong smell by any stretch of the imagination.

Kind of watery for a porter with a balanced flavor. Coconut taste seems a little overwhelmed even though the beer overall isn't particularly strong.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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 zuun
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I expected quite strong coconut flavor but I almost couldn't taste any. Maybe dark chocolate, or roasted nuts might be more close. Overall not bad, but not striking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, immediately noticeable that this is not a robust, imperial or porter that approaches stout like viscosity or heft. You get a 1/6" off white head. The aroma is a relatively complex mix of coconut, coffee, sugar, wood and toffee.

Taste still hits those coconut strides well. Not elite tier coconut beer by any means, but serviceable. Relatively smooth, probably from a lesser amount of roasted malt compared to the big boys. Chocolate malt need not always be subject to heavy bitter roasting. Price seems high for format, but still better than a bomber.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight toasted coconut. Overall very good!

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Peterock27
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had some high hopes for this beer but really had to search for the coconut taste. It wasn't apparent in the smell and took some creativity to find it on the palate. Pours like soda with a deep Amber color and moderate carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Taste is definitely malty with some hints of cocoa and coconut...took me a few sips to get to the coconut taste. Fairly drinkable at 6% but not a drink you could have more than 2 of.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear,dark brown with a fast falling tan head. A stream of effervescing bubbles . leaves a sheet of shimmering lace as you drink . Nose is roasty malt with plenty of soft coconut. A peppery nerbal hop and a little dry cocoa. Drinks so lightly and smoothly. For all the bubbles I saw there are not too many int he finish. Soft , roasty malt, softened by coconut and a little dry light brown sugar goes to the finish creamy and sumptuous but withoutany thick mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel. Easy flavors , good smooth body.

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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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Mostly black, with dark brown at the edges. A nice tan head that dissipated quickly, but leaves excellent creamy lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, toasted coconut, malted milk balls, hints of umami, almond milk, and vanilla.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, hints of subdued toasted coconut, toasted bread, touches of light roast coffee, sweet vanilla cream on the finish, finished balanced with bittersweet chocolate, and hints of earth.

F: On the light side. Ample carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy, but very light on the finish.

O: A bit lacking on the coconut in the taste. Otherwise, it's a solid porter.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours an opaque pitch black with a tan, creamy head that dissipates into a thin blanket of tiny brown bubbles covering the surface.

A: Mostly bitter dark chocolate, with subtle nuances of coffee, coconut, and toasted almonds. A faint hint of freshly toasted bread follows.

T: Semisweet chocolate and unexpected cashew like nuttiness blanket a roasted coconut afterthought. Not at all what was initially presumed by the aroma.

F: Smooth, silky, but follows with a bit more than desirable carbonation. Bitterness is only present from its roasted qualities as no hop presence is detectable.

O: I was expecting a desert like porter, and to be perfectly honest, was a bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of FBarber
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin opaque black color. Thick tan head dissipates quickly leaving a tan slick on top of the beer.

Smell is very malty with a touch of chocolate. Not much coconut on the nose. About what you'd expect from an american porter.

Taste has some chocolate and coconut up front with lots of malts. Coconut is very subdued, almost non existent if you aren't looking for it. Pretty good, except there is a noticeable metallic flavor to the beer. This is somewhat lessened as the beer warms, but its still there. All the flavors seem a bit on the watery side. But thats also part of the feel side of things.

Feel is very thin, even for a porter. Mild carbonation. Easy drinking, but it better be when its this thin.

Overall its not a bad beer, its just alright. Not something I'd pick up again.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,268 ratings.
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