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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 yeastsipper
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours an opaque black with a big frothy head. Pretty stuff. Smell is interesting if not overly complex. I really get some sweet malt and coconut. The coconut reminds me of suntan lotion - and I mean this is a positive way. Not sure how much is my imagination (or marketing), but this is a porter with a bit of tropical edge. Pretty cool.

Taste is good. Taste is much like the nose, with some roasty malt and coconut. Some light chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is a touch light for me, but this is highly drinkable. Kudos for taking a pretty standard style (for my experience) and giving it a cool twist. This is a porter I could drink on a sunny day or at the beach. Right on.

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Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little spendy at $10.99 for a four pack, but considering where this is from... I'll let it slide. Plus, this has been a beer that I have wanted to try since I first heard of it.

Pours a flat deep dark brown color with a nice off white head.

Smells a little sweet, with toasted notes, maybe a hint of coconut and chocolate.

Taste is nice. Light chocolate, sweet cream, malts, with hints of toasted coconut and coffee. Finish is crisp with a touch of mineral hop bitterness. Flavor profile is very nice, flavorful, but not too heavy. Maybe a little too sweet for my liking, but still quite a good beer.

Mouthfeel is good and full without being too heavy.

Drinkability is very good. Very nice porter that has lots of flavors, but doesn't overpower you with too much alcohol. I'd happily drink more than one these. Nice porter, well done Maui Brewing!

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Photo of bboven
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, black appearance. Initial large head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

Smells like a mounds bar. Huge coconut and chocolate aroma. Not much else, but it's nice.

Again, tastes like a mounds bar. The coconut is huge and chocolate follows closely behind.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, not drying.

Overall, a very tasty, interesting beer that I couldn't drink more than one of because of the sweetness. Definitely good and worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color. Whatever frothy head that was there from the pour is completely gone. This has a very cola like look in the glass. Smell is highly roasted malts and just a slight hint of coconut. Taste is very roasted almost burnt malts and just mild coconut lingering underneath. There is quite a bit of bitterness coming from something in here. Can't quite put my finger on it and figure it out but it's definitely there. This is a little thinner than I was expecting. Completely clear around the edges. Very enjoyable to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of RyanC84
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to oobawa for sharing. You do kinda owe me for teaching you everything I know. And not making me the best man in your wedding...

A: Deep brown almost black pour. One finger head that doesn't stick around for any substantial amount of time. Seems a little light for a porter, but I'm in a good mood so what the hell.

S: Mmmm...Coconut, coffee, followed by a very sweet malt.

T: Coconut, sweet malt, and chocolate. A truly unique tasting porter.

M & D: The mouthfeel is a little thin and could use a touch more carbonation. Still goes down way to easy. If this was readily available I would grab a four pack to keep in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of coati858
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. This recent batch we got here in San Diego (iirc the born on date was late '08) has a lot more coconut flavor than the batches we got in 2008.

The previous ones tasted like a well balanced porter with just a hint of roast coconut. This one I had a few nights ago had bright fresh coconut taste, very tasty and drinkable and not overbearing as long as you like coconut ... but why would you be drinking this if you didn't?

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have tried three of these Maui canned beers. This one is the heavy. Fairly thick and full. When you pour it you immediately know it's for real.

The color and aroma hit you immediately. The taste is right there. The roastieness makes it taste chocolaty, but those must be roasted coconuts. Hawaii has a gem here, a really unique brew that is not just unusual, it is good.

Unlike many brews like this, Coconut Porter doesn't hit you and then leave you flat. It is very drinkable. Unfortunately,
I don't have any others to drink! I would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of KeefD
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown bordering on black, large two finger head with nice lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty, some nuttiness and just a hint of coconut to round things out. Smells fantastic! Taste follows suit with the nose, plenty of chocolate and roasty malts, and the coconut becomes much more prevalent than the nose lets on. Toasty and roasty, lightly sweet. Body is a tad to thin for such a good tasting stout. This thing would be out of the park if it had a little more umph. Very nice though, and very drinkable. Glad I had the chance to try this one. Thanks go out to alexd3891 for sending a 4 pack my way!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the canning info that takes up 25% of the design on Coconut Porter (excuse me: CoCoNut PorTer). Now that glass is harder and harder to recycle, cans are the way to go. And for traders, they have a clear advantage over bottles. Speaking of traders, thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this my way. It's eastward journey ends here!

This is a beautiful beer--two fingers of rocky, fluffy toasted brown head atop an incredible black void that rivals many Russian Imperial Stouts.

Aroma is gentle, with roasted characters up front and a peculiar, unusual smell wafting its way in...wait, it's the coconut. It's not like the coconut you smell in greasy sun-tan lotions or in bags of the shredded stuff. It's very...earthy. But the nose is subtle and doesn't give you a sense of what this is going to taste like...

Flavor favors the roast elements of the malt mingling clean and easy with the coconut. The coconut is toasted, and that very much comes through in the flavor without overshadowing the main flavor of the nut meat. Hops are barely detectable; finish is chocolatey, and also nutty and hearty, like a warm slice of fresh-baked dark bread.

Incredible lightness of texture, though in no way wimpy or watery. Just a smooth delicateness, velvet-soft and ever-so-slightly sticky, in a good way.

Well dang, if I never have another one, I'll probably remember this flavor forever. Doesn't hit you over the head with novelty, or come at you with too much sweetness. It lets the coconut do what it does, and remains a good sensible porter to boot. Sure wish I had greater accessibility to this, I could see this being a regular go-to beer. Another great beer from a can!

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown nowhere near black but still very dark. Produces a two-finger tan head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate are dominated by what at first smells seems to be an oak scent which after a few smells turns out to be a light coconut shell. It doesn't smell that strong coconut as it does wood, but you can tell its there.

T&M: Don't worry, the lack of coconut in the smells is made up in taste. Roasted malts hit first the come a wave of oaky coconut taste with slight hints of vanilla, turning into a roasted chocolate finish. Very good flavor, I think they nailed the coconut perfectly! I just wish the flavor overall could have had a bit more to it, I know not all beers need to be bold, But I felt like I could have been getting so much more out of this one. For what it is though it is amazing. The lack of carbonation and an only light-medium body kind was a let down.

Overall: wonderful flavor for a unique beer. Mouthfeel could have been better, but overall I'm very impressed. If only this stuff made it to Minnesota...or out of Cali for the matter.

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Photo of paulxqx
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love coconut... like a lot. When I saw this beer, you can imagine how excited I must have felt.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, small java colored head that was fine, crisp and quickly dissipated. Seems to have a yellow glow, even though it is very dark.

S: A sweet chewy coffee, chololatey roasted coconut. Like candy.

T: A sweet and golden flavored coffee. Roasted to perfection. Subtle taste of coconut. Not quite as much as I would like. Malt and coffee dominant, sweet with a coconut subtlety.

M: Smooth and fine, small amount of carbonation, but just right.

D: A great beer, very drinkable, and completely enjoyable. I would not mind having one of these while laying in the sand... drinking it from a coconut shell in Maui.

Definitely try once or twice, or six times.

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Photo of natasharai
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 2 inches of tan bubbly head that dissipated over a few minutes. The beer is black in color not letting any light through.

Smell: Roasty wood smell, with some chocolate and coconut, and something resembling coffee...

Taste: Strong coconut flavor, sweet malty chocolate, some brown sugar almost maple flaovrs then ends with a roasted coconut flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sweet feel, medium carbonation, nothing special

Drinkability: Really sweety, pretty drinkable though, good flavors. Lives up to the name!

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Photo of stumac
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours solid black with a nice brown head. the nose is very pungent. chocolate, big malts, coconut, sweetness from everything (malts, coconut, etc). the taste is dry malts up front followed by coconut sweetness in the finish. the coconut really gives this beer some depth because it is so fresh and tropical in the taste. big roasty malts. full bodied, medium carbo, an instant classic.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this one. 12oz. can served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured two shades shy of black. Half inch off-white head recedes into a skim. Nose is big on roasted coffee, followed by toasted coconut. Taste follows nose; roasted character is in the forefront but the coconut clearly comes out immediately after. Also picked up a milky quality. Mouthfeel is thin, slightly watery and lightly effervescent. Decent drinkability and flavor for the abv. I'm not a huge coconut fan, but this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Our friend, Bill, brought this back from a recent trip to Hawai'i, therefore I'm indebted to him for saving us the time (and airfare). A 12 oz. can, 'certified made on Maui' (as opposed to other so-called Hawai'ian beers (Kona? mostly brewed by Widmer in Portland, OR). Poured to pint glass; date stamped: 080408.

Name actually reads: "CoCoNut PorTeR". Why the screwed up capitals/lowercases I have no idea...

A: Dark, rich and extremely close to 'black'. Billowing tan head of cream builds to almost 2-fingers and lasts about 2 minutes before falling rapidly to a thick gauze. Lace sticks in blanketing sheets. A pretty pour, very pretty.

S: Aroma is simple: powdered dark cocoa with a notable coconut shaving aroma. Yum.

T: Rich chocolate, tons of roasted malt and a definite presence of toasted coconut. The coconut imparts a sort of vanilla-like flavor, only slightly sweet. A spicy, intensely flavorful porter.

M: After an initially jolting tang (I read somewhere about the notoriously hard water, from springs sourced through mineral-rich lava beds), this began to grow on me. It's not a very 'smooth' porter in the traditional sense, but has a building mouthfeel that coats and leaves a lasting chocolate bittersweet-ness.

D: Absolutely would like to have this again. Maui should be proud of this one and the fortunate few who have access to it should enjoy regularly. Recommended.

Thanks again, Bill.

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Photo of ronhocker
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of a can, which I was glad to see more breweries moving towards cans.

Good smooth porter with a lot of chocolate taste and a lot of residual sweetness, perhaps from the toasted coconut. Not sure when the coconut is added to the brew, but I might guess at the end to give it the sweetness, but this would require filtering to make sure no yeast went to work on the new sugar.

This beer goes for $14+ a 4 pack on the island, but it is quite good.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what canned beer needs, a big tasting porter with low ABV. Full bodied , chocolate notes on the midbody and some coconut on the finish(though less than I thought). The beer is well balanced and has enough smoothness to make the drinkability quite high. A real pleasure to find a good porter in a can.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very cool extra from googzoid10. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a very dark brown-nearly black hue. Pours with an approximately one finger creamy creme brulee colored head that has pretty good retention but eventually fades to a collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see glimmering red colors shining through.

S-The initial impression of the nose is of sweet flavored coffee. Upon further examination one can detect coconut, toasted malt, and chocolate in the nose.

T- The toasted coconut and malt characters come out more for the flavor than they do the nose and are the main character upfront. The finish becomes sweeter as the toasted flavors fade some and allow for the other characters to emerge. What lingers is an impression of toasted malt, chocolate, and a sweet coconut flavor.

M-Great porter mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and medium weight body that is wonderfully smooth and silky.

D- This is a great porter and I am happy to have the opportunity to try it. The sweet and toasted flavors compliment each other very well and develop a nice balance. The flavor is also not cloying in any way.

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Photo of brewgnome
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this great porter at the Maui Brew Pub while visiting Maui. I really enjoyed the richness and flavor of the coconut. I liked so well I bought a six to bring home, but ended up drinking it on the beach with my son. Had to buy more to bring home! If you are in the islands find this porter!!

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Photo of scifan
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias to sirpsycho for this as an extra in a trade. Couldn't wait for the weekend to try this so here it goes.
Poured a very dark brown from a can into a pint glass. Has a nice heads but settles down quite quickly to form a small wispy ring.
Smells very nice lot and lots of chocolate malts and hints of toasted coconut.
Taste awesome lovely chocolately flavors blended nicely with the coconut. A slight metallic taste takes a little away from the brew some.
Very smooth and creamy reminds me more of some stouts that I've had more than a porter. This is probably one of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of raoulduke37
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black with lighter brown highlights - Head retention is minimal and lacing is non-existent.

S - Pretty bad. The coconut does not compliment the smoky porter smell.

T - It tastes decent. Ripe fruits, but also a little taste of something sour. Coconut flavor is prevalent in the background.

M- Smooth and creamy, like a good porter should be.

D - If this were at a bar with the normal selections for Ventura, this one would finish second to Amstel Light for the next round.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA beer drinking glass. Dark brown in the glass with faint strips of reddness shining through. Solid 2 fingers of mocha brown froth. Right away, aromas of sweet roasted coconut and Nestle quik chocolate. Nicely balanced flavors of sweet coconut, roasted malt and bitter hops. Coconut felt in the mouthfeel, but not overly so. Unique beer...pretty good.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color, basically black. Very dark compared to most porters I have had. Deep ruby, almost violet highlights when held up to light. The dissapointing thing here was the head and retention. A thin layer of bubbly foam on top quickly fades to nothing. Very spotty lacing at best.

S - Big aroma of coffee and chocolate. I get more fresh roasted coffee than anything else, but there is definitely some bitter sweet chocolate notes. Great smelling beer.

T - Bittersweet chocolate with hints of fresh roasted coffee. The taste seems to be the inverse of the nose with chocolate being the dominant force. Both flavors are very strong though. The sweetness carries throughout even as a nice middling earthy hoppiness comes through mid-drink. Finishes bitter sweet, much like it started. Still not tasting the coconut here though

M/D - Medium to full bodied, a little more crisp than most porters. Would like to see it a little creamier. Still, a very good porter from the islands.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a rather large medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coconut is clearly noticeable with some roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some fresh roasted coconut and some dry roasted malt. Bitterness is well controlled and coconut is well balance and more then a novelty. Body is a bit thin for the style but carbonation is pretty good. I could see this going well with some coconut chocolate cake.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. can into shaker pint on 2/3/09. Thanks to d0ggnate for including this as an extra in the current GATM BIF.

A - Poured a deep, dark brown-colored body with burgundy highlights around the edges and almost two fingers of rich tan foam that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left behind some sticky lacing.

S - Initial aroma is surprisingly chock-full of fudgy, milk chocolaty goodness, while the toasted coconut character resides in the background. Some roasted malt is also present, but this is all about the chocolate.

T - Much like the aroma, the flavor opens with smooth, rich milk chocolate and just a hint of toasted coconut meat. Some dark roasted malt makes an appearance, but the malt consists of primarily sweet caramel and chocolate notes.

M - Thick and robust body with a touch of carbonation and an overall slick, oily mouthfeel. Finishes with just a hint of earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - This one exceeded my expectations. I was expecting more coconut, but instead I was treated to a robust porter with plenty of chocolate sweetness and lots of body. The drinkability is simply fantastic with this one, perhaps the easiest drinking porter I've ever had.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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