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 MEsoJD
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with mocha head(adequate dissipation) and minimal lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, espresso, vanilla, and milk chocolate, and very faint coconut(where is it?).

T: Taste of vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, and a cherry/coconut aftertaste.

M: Smooth/creamy/milky, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not at all intruding).

O: Very tasty porter, but I find the coconut presence disappointing. I defiantly recommend, but it's kind of expensive. I suppose if I couldn't get black butte, it would be runner up(possibly). Anywhoo... Check it out.

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Photo of NWer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown into my 21st Amendment tulip. Minimal brown head dissipates quickly. No lace. Taste a bit tart with chocolate and I assume cocoa nut notes. This porter is enjoyable enough but nothing outstanding.
A solid effort by Maui Brewing.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep and dark, opaque, cocoa colored head, nice retention, nice lacing

S: deep roasted malts, chocolate, not much coconut on the nose, some coffee, almost astringent

T: bold roasty up front, bitter chocolate, slight astringency, coconut and vanilla on the finish

Mf: slick, medium carbonation

O: nice brew, which I got more coconut in it, but nice nonetheless

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 8/4/11, consumed on 9/16/11.

A- Brew is a deep black with barely any highlights. Two finger light mocha colored head that leaves sheeted lacing down my glass.

S- Coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla. Light chicory note.

T- Deeply roasted malts & toasted coconut dominates with bitter milk chocolate and vanilla adding to the complexity. Truely outstanding!

M- Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Pretty thick mouthfeel with a slight heat from the alcohol.

O- I love coconut, and I think this beer incorporated it perfectly. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (thanks Vitese) poured into a pint glass

A: Fairly standard pour leads to a 2-finger mocha brown head that billows out of the brim out the glass. Tight bubbles, frothy on top. Great retention, leaves a little lacing. Dark brown/almost black body, opaque of course.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, coconut, light molasses.

T: Moderate level of roasted malts (not weak, but not robust, medium roast level). A touch of sweetness in the middle that leaves a semi-dry finish. Hop presence is a little floral but not there too much and there's is very little bitterness (if any really). Coconut, chocolate, and coffee flavors play on an equal playing field.

M: Light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation, fairly smooth, a little creamy. Easy finish and drinkability. A little weak overall.

O: A light, clean (bitter-free) tasting porter with a rather light body that's highly drinkable. Nothing unpleasant about this, just not big or bold enough for my taste.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my first Beer Pairing Reviews. I Received a 12 FL. OZ 355 ML can of this in a trade w/ cfh64 & price is unknown. Poured from the well branded can w/ a Coconut filled with the Porter on the front & has 1814, ...LIKE HOT CHICKS ON THE BEACH, and Porter Brewed W/ Hand-Toasted Coconut on the front into a 16oz St. Louis Rams Pint Glass. Has CANNED 060911 on the bottom of the can.

I am pairing this up with ColdStone's Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream. Should be very enjoyable! I will be drinking over half the brew before enjoying the ice cream with it, to give it a proper review.

Aroma- Has strong roasty, light espresso aroma. Can't tell there is coconut in here but thats alright, that would be almost impossible to get a Porter to have this attribute.

Appearance- Pours a 5 finger, dark brown head that has great retention. Has a extremely dark brown body that is opaque. Leaves sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- Tastes as if the porter was put into a coconut shell! Very nice burnt taste and is very dry and roasty. The grains become sharp at the finish of the drink and thus has only a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and leaves only dark grainy/maltiness on the palate... Wish there was more coconut here.

Overall Impression- A very interesting brew! While I enjoyed over 3/4 of the can AND THEN started eating the Coldstone Ice Cream, this was very well paired and couldn't have enjoyed more! This Porter had only hints of the coconut but still a brew I have been wanting to try for a while. Thanks Brad!

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Photo of goldbot
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coconut porter is one of the more interesting beers I've heard of before; excited to try this one. Pours deep, deep brown, basically black out of the can. Thick, bubbly, light brown head tops the beer and dissipates quickly. A very smooth and mellow aroma - chocolate, almond, coconut notes. Lightly roasty with some caramel going on as well. The flavor is malty up front, a bit more roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and some dark chocolate. A deeper, more coffee-like, nutty malt flavor lingers on the tongue after drinking. Huge depth of flavor here, good complexity; a very smooth and mellow, balanced beer.

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Photo of hiku7
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this porter, though the coconut was very understated. Maybe as it should be. Just enough of a hint.

Pours a deep brown with slight garnet hues, with a light brown 2-finger head. No lacing.

Smell is caramel and toffee, with roasted malt giving it a coffee aroma, and some chocolate. Slight toasted coconut aroma as the beer warms. Taste is roasty with chocolate and spice in the finish. Yeast is very clean and doesn't play much of a noticeable role in smell and taste. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, creamy and slight sweet. Surprisingly strong carbonation adds a fizziness. Coconut seems to add a bit of oily slickness.

Very good porter with a twist. Will buy again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CoCoNut Porter ironically doesn't even have enough white over its top to emulate coconut shavings, let alone a proper beer head. As result, its oily black body ends up looking like coffee (which it coincidentally ends up tasting and smelling like too).

The table for this unique beer is set early; the mocha-like smell that combines roasted coffee and milk chocolate now incorporates hints of toasted coconut. There isn't much sweetness or fruit about it, nothing like you'd find in a mixed drink or a dessert even, as the scent of burnt grain is just too strong and predominant. Smells quite decadent.

The taste is a patchwork quilt of cocoa liqueur, iced espresso, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. It tastes like a rich, gourmet tootsie-roll that's been infused with coconut milk and then lightly smoked over campfire. Again, the coconut is there, but with all the roasted grain and coffee-like overtones you have to hack your way through with a meat axe to get to it.

This is a beer that some will find too sweet for their tastes while others will find too bitter. In actuality, it is a fair bit of both. The coconut, while not tasted outright, contributes a backdrop of sugars whereas the malts have a very oily, almost astringent roast to them that is very much like that of coffee beans. (An ample dosage of American hops factors in too.)

Usually the most intoxicating thing about hot island beers is the imagery they offer; this one, however, also offers a ton of flavour and a unique and gratifying overall experience. Like all Maui Brewing brands, it seems bigger than Hawaii itself and fits less into the scopes of tourism or heritage than it does the new-wave American craft beer revolution. Recommended.

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Photo of n2185
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a foamy ring with a little lacing.

S: Some roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate aromas. There are some floral aromas in there as well. The sweet coconut is there, but subtle.

T: Again, roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate flavors. There are some smoke and char flavors as well. The coconut is almost unnoticeable and may just be my imagination. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, the carbonation goes well with the char and smoke flavors, but keeps it from being creamy.

O: A pretty decent porter, but I really wish there was more of a coconut presence. Not a bad beer at all, though.

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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 mdagnew
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can bought online from

Poured almost completely black... tan head poured fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... good roasted nuttiness, light vanilla, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces, faint coconut...

Taste - Where is the coconut ?? I can just make out the slightest hint coming through the roasted malts but was expecting much more than this... some dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, slightly metallic, sooty, dark druits, coffee..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... fairly drinkable

Overall - A bit disappointed with this one... it's a pretty run of the mill porter with just the faintest trace of coconut...

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Photo of beerstallion
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Its black as night, no light coming through. 1.5 fingers of dark tan head. This looks amazing.

S: Hershey's. Its straight up chocolate with a little bit of coconut and coffee.

T&M: Taste is along the lines of the smell. A very bold chocolate flavor with only hints of coconut. This is a thick creamy beer and if it had less carbonation I would feel like I'm drinking a glass of Hershey's syrup.

O: I'm not sure where the coconut is, but this is a great chocolate porter!

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Photo of Pahn
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in wine glasses, split 2 ways with morningthief. Canned 1/27/11, drank 9/4/11. Thanks to shufon for including this can as an extra in a recent trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fizzy light tan head that quickly dissipates almost to nothing. Black with red orange highlights, little to no lacing.

Smell: At first, mild hints of coffee and coconut, with a suggestion of some dark malts and pastry. Weak. With warmth and time, the smell really fills out, with great cookie and pastry notes still highlighted by coconut, coffee, and some vanilla.

Taste: Starts off tasting a bit like a malty soda with black coffee and possibly imagined coconut.

Like the smell, the taste quickly gets better, with subtle but distinct coconut flavor and a lot of good cookie-like malt notes. By the end it's surprisingly complex, and very palatable. A bit on the sweet side, and not particularly bold, but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated, reminding me a bit of why I don't like soda (or "pop" if you prefer). Gets more forgivable as more flavors come out. Ultimately unremarkable, but goes fine with the sort of simple pleasure flavors.

Overall: Nice. Mild but well balanced, with a good amount of malty flavor. If many of the beers I drink and praise are meals, this beer is definitely a snack, but it's a crave-able enough snack. In the right situation it would be easy (and enjoyable) to put down quite a few of these.

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Surly pint. Thanks Ross. Dark brown and clear with a brown head that left fast. No lacing either. Very very good aroma with plenty of roast, toast, coffee, malt, and coconut.

The taste is a notch down from aroma but not all that much: malt and coconut, with coffee-roast finish. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Plenty of coconut aftertaste after a medium dry finish.

Overall awesome!

2.5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of vande
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark brown cloaked in blackness....thin sandy looking foam

S: vanilla, coconut, hints of chocolate and a dose of coffee... a pretty decent smell

T: get what the nose gives you... the coconuts a bit feint in the mix, yet it is a nice blend of the coffee and chocolate...there's a sweetness here which hits the taste buds and makes them smile

M: Smooth and Creamy.

O: Very happy I came across this. 4 pack for $10, 2 left to go :)

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Photo of sk8man121
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retail1LO for this extra!

12 oz can poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Nice-sized head settles quick and leaves no lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla bean, faint coconut. juicy dark fruits. Smells delicious.

T: Sharp hops up front are a pleasant surprise and certainly weren't present in the nose. Sweet malts follow, resulting in a finish of vanilla-tinged wood and bitter chocolate. I don't get much, if any coconut in the taste, which is a shame given the fact that it is nicely present in the nose.

M: Medium-low carbonation; silky and creamy, if not just the slightest bit thin.

O: Was very excited to try this when I saw the can, and glad I did! The coconut is certainly far from being overwhelming, and really serves as just a nice accent to this great porter. I look forward to hopefully drinking this again someday.

Well worth trying.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber and brown streaked black with a fingers worth of dark tan head. A sticky tan lacing streaks down the length of the glass. The nose is dominated by rich chocolate malts, with some roasted notes as well as some vanilla and faint coconut. The coconut comes through much more in the flavor, though it still plays second fiddle to the chocolate. The coconut flavor mixed with the chocolate instantly reminded me of an Almond Joy candy bar, more smooth and rich than citrus flavored like you'd expect from a pina colada or sweeter drink. Coffee and toasted nut notes hang around as well. A really good amount of flavor without anything becoming overwhelming. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and medium body with a sweet, lingering finish. A very enjoyable beer that I hope I cross paths with again!

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a great brown/black opaque porter color with a robust coffee colored head.
S: Great blend of rich dark malt and toasty rich chocolate aromas. there is also a fantastic aroma of toasted coconut.
T: The overarching flavor is a great roasted malt flavor with a subtle coconut finish. Great complexity of dark malt and rich flavors. The coconut is a great balanced flavor that really adds an interesting twist.
M/O: Great mouthfeel. This is a fantastic porter that adds a great coconut flavor. It's great because its a new twist on a classic beer I like.

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, big fizzy light coffee colored head that slowly recedes to a small cover with minimal lacing. Head and covering disappear. The coconut oils definitely killed the head on this 

Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, I'm looking for coconut but  if it's there, it's very faint.

Medium to light body, higher carbonation than most porters I've had. Slightly oily. A nice espresso-esq finish that goes down easy.

Taste: espresso, chocolate, maybe toasted coconut if I use my imagination. Very dry but pleasant.

Overall a good porter, it's relatively fresh, canned 6-27, and is an enjoyable beer. The problem is that the only effect from coconut I notice is the absence of head and lacing. A little disappointed.

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

a- poured into a large snifter. dark, almost black in color. thick light tan head, settled quickly with minimal lacing. head remained thin and tan.

s- roasted malts, toasted coconut. light nose, but a different smell overall

t- roasty, to almost a coffee taste. finish clean with coconut note. nice toasted aftertaste lingers

m- velvety, good carbonation. surprisingly thin for style and flavor.

o- an enjoyable porter, not super heavy or super high ABV, only 6.0%. i enjoy the coconut a lot its a good compliment to the style. well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of polisanl
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can to glass snifter.
Dark brown in color with slight tan head. Good carbonation. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley. The labeling description on this is on the money with "toasted coconut". At first sip you know can taste the dance between chocolate, toasted coconuts, dark coffee and roasted malts. The porter genetics appear to win the struggle over the coconut flavors, though. Would love to see the porter flavors toned down just a bit, but great nonetheless. Medium in the mouth. Worth seeking and trying.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark brown and muddy looking beer that produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated like an adjunct Lager. You can hardly see through it, and it left no lacing on my glass.

S - Roasted malt aroma's with dark chocolate and sweet coconut notes that all kinda sorta remind me of an Almond Joy. I also get lots of nuttiness and toffee notes. Very sweet smelling with soft floral and herbal hop notes. I gotta say that the coconut comes out allot more than I would expect.

T - Hops are more pronounced here than in the smell. Upfront I get a battle of herbal/floral hop flavors and dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. Mid to finish I pick up soft coconut that's mildly sweet, then it finishes pretty dry with traces of a mash between a Mr. Goodbar and an Almond Joy. A good deal of hop bitterness going on for a Porter as well.

M - I'm not really liking the feel. It's about a chewy and thick as a stout with the crispness of a Pilsner. Medium-full bodied.

O - Overall I'm a little disappointing in the brew. I liked the flavor profile but it was a bit wish washed together. I also didn't like the feel of the beer, way too carbonated! I could have another but I wouldn't ever buy it again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

Poured vigorously into a wide nonic glass. The color is a muddy brown with a thick and fizzy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a flat appearance to the beer. Impressive initially, unsatisfactory after.

Right from the pour a rich chocolate, mocha aroma permeated from the glass. Once settled a noticeable coconut is present along with floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

First sip and although a light coconut is detected, it's quickly overpowered by roasted cocoa nibs and a significant floral and drying hops presence. Pretty darn hardy, it's thick yet very crisp and carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry and sits like a brick in the stomach. Resiny almost, giving off a perception of metal. More like a brown than a porter.

A unique brew but it needs to be taken down a notch in almost every way except the addition of coconut. The alcohol is also too noticeable for 6%.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this after having (too) many in Hawaii months ago, Nice black body with a fluffy, sand coloured head. Creamy, chocolate and light coconut scent. Sweet chocolate, coconut and a decent hoppy bitterness in the taste. Very smooth, creamy -almost oily- mouthfeel. Great, rich and tasty beer. Well worth seeking out. My can says 6.0%, not 5.7%.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,261 ratings.
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