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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 BeerManDan
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Poured a very dark brown, with a slight amount of tan foam. The smell of sweet coconut and chocolate fill the nose with a pleasant sweet aroma of the tropic's. The taste was the same as the aroma, except the taste of coconut was number one, the semi sweet chocolate was number two, with a slight hint of the roasted malts being number three. I just loved this porter. This will go as one of my favorites and will buy six packs upon six packs next time I visit Maui, next year for sure. Aloha and Mahalo to Maui Brewing Company!

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

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Like most porters, CoCoNut PorTeR pours a molasses brown color that is nearly black in the center of the pint glass with a caramel brown edge. A modest creamy tan head forms on the initial pour and leaves thin levels of lace down the sides of the glass.

This can has a little bit of time on it, so it is not as coconut-forward as a I remember. The aroma is moderately full, with milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and fully roasted malt that is just a touch burnt.

The age is most noticeable in the reduction of coconut flavor. There is a slightly dry milk chocolate flavor, with roasted malt notes, some toasted coconut, and a bit of vanilla.

There is a mouthfeel that I wish was a bit fuller and creamier. As it is, the carbonation is less creamy and more crisp than I like in my porters, with a medium body. There is a lightly oily, nutty nature to the mouthfeel, which definitely makes sense, given the ingredients.

Overall this is a great porter than can be consumed in quantity. There are not too many brewers making easily drinkable beers with coconut right now, so this is always a treat to have. I should review this, with a higher score, when I have another can fresh.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body with a huge tan head leaves heavy lacing. A great looking brew.
S - Lightly roasted malts, some coco sweetness. A hint of coconut.
T - Traditional porter, roasted malt, light coco. Coconut itself is quite subdued. Canned on 9/9/15. 3 months ago maybe it had faded? Coconut lingers and actually shows up as an aftertaste. It's a nice finish.
M - medium/thick a little too thick body low carb. Smooth as silk.
O - A nice subtle coconut porter. Definitely a different animal than Death by Coconut. Easier to drink.

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

A: pours black with a half inch of off white head which drops very quickly to a small mat
S: smells of coffee, chocolate, and a little roasty. I can't pick up any cocount. smells very good
T: Follows the nose with the addition of the coconut. Very complementary to the beer. Very coconuty on the swallow and disipates quickly
M: Full bodied with adequate carbonation, very smooth
O: This is a very tasty beer with a well done flavor twist. I kinda wish I had more and huge thanks to podunkparte for throwing this one in as an extra.

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

From notes, sampled week-ending 12/25.

Poured from a 12oz can into a New Belgium globe.

The tan head went crazy on my pour, but retreated quickly and left some nice lacing. This porter appears completely black.

Smell: Sweetness. Vanilla, dark malts, wood, wetness, chocolate.

Taste: The smell lines up with the taste; Nuttiness. Some bitter hops and dark roasted malts too, but mostly chocolate and vanilla. As it warms, the chocolate becomes dominant, and you can taste hints of roasted coconut. The small bitter taste is offset by the reserved sweetness.

MF: Rich and creamy. SMOOTH.

Drinkability is high for a porter. Good balance, a little complex.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a big tanned head.

The smell is roasted coffee,dark malts and burnt toast.

The taste matched the smell, rich dark,toasted malts,coffee and burnt toast which must have been the toasted coconut.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CoreyRhoads for this beer.

12oz. can poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark for a porter, completely black and doesn't let light through. 2 fingers of latte foam with decent retention but not much lacing.

S: Good porter aroma. Lightly roasted malts, not too bitter or harsh. A light cola aroma. Picking up just a bit a sweetness that might be from the coconut but really no other indications.

T/M: Coconut comes out a bit more in the taste and plays a good supporting role to a milky chocolate taste and texture. It's probably a good thing that the coconut doesn't get too big. Chocolate body is nice and is accompanied by some buttery creaminess and a touch of lightly roasted malt. Body is about medium with assertive carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and has a low ABV. Add tasty and you got yourself some pretty good drinkability. I was a bit worried about this one, thinking the coconut could easily get too potent and ruin things. Not the case here.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip. Almost black at first glance, but in fact it's very deep brown with some mahogany highlights. Head is modest and somewhat fizzy, but sticks around pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing here and there.

Nice nose that's vaguely reminiscent of a fancy espresso drink spiked with coffee and coconut. In thickness of body and robustness of flavor, this beer blurs the lines between porter and stout, and comes rather close to crossing it at times. The toasted coconut is noticeable at all times, but not distracting; it complements the dark chocolate and roasted/burnt malt flavors quite well. A quick sting of bitterness at the swallow before a lingering smooth sweet finish.

Overall impression: Unique beer that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much coconut in the taste...I understand that coconut is not an easy adjunct to get in the flavor profile but it's just not there. Not terrible but won't buy again.

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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 azdback
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Ultra dark brown, almost black color. Poured a bit thick and viscous. Head is barely a finger and light brown and creamy in appearance.

Smell is sweet malts. Candy like aromas come from the coconut. There are also some vanilla and coffee hints. The coconut aroma is that of toasted coconut This is an amazing beer on the nose.

Taste is of lightly toasted coconut mixed with weak coffee and some vanilla. Pretty good tasting beer.

Mouth is what and American Porter should be. Deep and dark to the end. This one was a bit sweet for the style.

Overall I was really happy with this. Another brewery that is trying some off the wall things. Well commended!!! I truly enjoyed this and suggest you seek this out and tell the BA community what you think.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to get my hands on this one for a while. I am not entirely certain that it was worth the wait. The beer was a dark malty color when poured into a snifter. There was about a half inch, off-white head which seemed a little unusual for a porter. The fluffy head made the aroma leap into my nose a little easier, sending notes of malt and flakes of coconut into a scent detector. The initial taste was a dark malty thrust with the coconut hints far in the background. Also present was a hint of nuttiness and something flowery that I could not identify. The thicker texture of the mouthfeel allowed the porter to coat the tongue and lending staying power to taste. For a porter, this is a nice drinker. Like most people, I did not buy this as a porter. The unique coconut spin on a porter is what will draw the attention of drinkers. In this respect, I found the beer disappointing because the coconut was not potent enough overwhelm my palate.

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

Thanks to alaskajoe for parting ways with one of these at the last tasting.

Pours a nice dark color with major ruby highlights. The head is kind of weak and carbonation seems a bit low. Moderate lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and some coffee. Bitter bean, chocolate malts. Slight candy coconut smell, like toaste shaved coconut, but not super strong in the nose.

Taste is pretty damn good. The coconut does not come out terribly strong at all and is not nearly as sweet as expected. The porter is nice and robust, roasted malt and burnt grains. Some coffee and a touch of chocolate in there. Chocolate malts. A good bitterness arises towards the finish, showcasing the robustness of the porter. The coconut is really just a dry accent here, this is very much a porter. Aftertaste holds onto bean bitterness and roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick here, and the carbonation is a touch too light. I like the viscosity of it alot, as it is just a touch thicker than your average porter, but I really think this one needs a slight carbonation boost.

Drinkability is solid. Certainly a very sessionable porter, and one I could easily sit down and drink a few of. Pretty much right where it should be drinkabilitywise, but again, a bit more carbonation would help this as well.

Overall this is a very nice porter, and a great session beer. Alot of flavor packed in there, and i like the coconut accent on it. I was kind of expecting a southerntierish blow the hell out the beer with adjuncts type of coconut sweetness, but the coconut is merely used as a spice or accent to this porter. And a very nice porter it is. Would buy this pretty regularly if we got it here. Would be awesome for hunting and fishing, cause of the cans. Good beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra from augustgarage.. thanks! 12oz can into Snoop Dogg pint.

A- Moderate coffee brown. Minimal head. A bit lighter than porters, in the pour I saw ruby highlights.

S- Coconut. Dark fruit... sweet.

T- Coconut, dark fruit. Redundant, I know. Coffee (sweet cream). Mild sweet milk chocolate. Actually, coconut milk, now that I think of it.

M- Good, sweet, but not overly so.. It was smart to keep the ABV (relatively) low.. I could see this one turning syrupy quick if it was 7 or 8%. As it is, pretty damn good.

D- Moderate. A good beer, prob. wouldn't want more than 1 or 2... but I liked it and think I'd buy it if I came across it.

I'm not the biggest coconut fan, either... but actually think it made the beer. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can from a 4-pack from BevMo in Mira Loma, CA. in April 2008. Price not recorded (around $9.00?).

Pours a beautiful dark brown, with a healthy tan head that sticks around a good long while. Aromas of coconut are solidly represented among the muted (for a porter) dark roasty malt notes.

It gets really interesting in the flavor area- the coconut is there, but much more mellow- the roasty notes come out, almost smoky, very campfire earthy goodness. Strong toasty, roasty, coffee, burnt pecan shell notes swirl and overcome the coconut. Sitting on the beach late at night watching the Pacific tides roll in under the muted lights of the far off hotel towers? Not a bad image for this one---

I like it, even if porter isn't one of my favorite styles...

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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 teromous
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cans are great, except they're a pain in the ass to pour slowly into a glass. I ended up having some run down the side of the can.

A: Dark brown, appearing nearly black except as light passes through. Excellent fluffy tan head with great foamy lacing.

S: I get a lot of chocolate and coffee smell from the beer. I pick a roasted coconut smell too. It smells just like a chocolate coconut doughnut sitting next to a cup of coffee.

T: It tastes very good. I pick up a lot of the same flavors as I smelled...the same coffee and coconut. I like that I can taste the coconut. It doesn't have the same chocolate flavor that pops out from the smell...tastes like a plain coconut doughnut.

M: The beer is a bit thin as far as porters are concerned. It's a lighter bodied beer that is very easy to drink. I would have liked more body to the beer. The bitterness and carbonation are nice though, which makes up for the body.

O: Overall I would drink it again. It's not just a novelty coconut beer. It's actually very good for a porter. Again, I wish there was more body...but the flavor stands out very well. I would drink it again, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint. If memory serves me well, this is the first canned craft brew I've ever had.

Appearance: A beautiful darkened, reddish tinged color. This is how all great porters should look. Poured a wonderfully huge head, which slowly settles to a thin ring.

Smell: I can smell that roasted coconut 3 feet away from me. Bringing my nose to the glass, I immediately pick up roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. The coconut is slightly apparent, but adds sweetness to the already sweetened, dark malts.

Taste: Strong coffee and sweet malts, but there are some nutty and fruity tinges as well. The coconut is barely noticeable, but definitely enhances the sweetness. With mere slight bitterness, this is a very well balanced porter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warm, and very sweet. There is significant thickness to this beer, and definitely noticeable carbonation on the palate. Quite an easy beer to drink, and ideal for a cold, misty day.

Overall: This is a fantastically balanced porter that should be tried to be believed! No idea how people in the always gorgeous climate of Hawaii could find the opportunity to drink something this warming, but as its the only state that grows coffee, I wouldn't be surprised if this is used often for breakfast.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, dark red brown with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on coffee and cocoa, nutty and malty, light smell of toasted coconut

T: light flavor of toasted coconut mixes with coffee and chocolate, very malt forward with only a pinch of hop bitterness at the finish

M: medium bodied and creamy

O: nice brew utilizing local ingredients that is true to the style

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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 Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a Adamdc. Thanks!

Poured this from a can into my tulip. Very dark brown with about an inch of tan head. This vanishes quickly to reveal spotty lacing. Coconut is a big front runner in the nose followed by a welcome presence of coffee and roasted malts. Initially I taste espresso beans and bitter cocoa. The finish delivers vanilla and the very anticipated coconut flavor. This medium bodied beer is nicely carbonated, but it feels a bit syrupy. This tasty treat seems prefect for a cool summer night spent on the back deck.

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

Written 09-08-2008. Moved to this location once it was realized that this review was posted under the brewpub's version of CoCoNut Porter.

First off, this review (and most nearly all reviews written under this moniker) was done by Wiseman Nick. It was later amended by Wiseman Justin.

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown liquid with light brown head. Initial head is about a half finger, but this quickly dissipates to a fizzy ring clinging to the edge of the glass. From the pour consistency looks a bit thin, but maybe I'm just not used to seeing porters poured from cans. EDIT: Viscious pour resulted in MASSIVE brown head. Looks pillowy, marshmallowy awesome! Wiseman Justin knows how to pour a can beer. Three fingers easily mushrooming over the top of the glass. Still too light of a color to give it a much higher rating.

Smell: I could smell this from several feet away. Coconut and milk chocolate - just like a Mounds bar. Some roasted malts give off a slight bitter/burnt aroma if you really get your nose in there. Smells great!
Wiseman Justin: I completely agree this beer smells delicious. I'd give it a 5 but we tend to round down when a disagreement occurs. 4.5 is still an exceptional score.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coconut, and a touch of alcohol are the first tastes that come to mind. This would probably be a good porter on its own, but the coconut blends in perfectly and really steps this brew up a notch. Aftertaste is surprisingly dry - tastes like Malibu Coconut Rum.
Wiseman Justin: I don't really taste the alcohol, if you really try you can almost tell I guess.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a porter, and not as smooth as anticipated. Alcohol produces a pretty obvious numbing sensation, and alcohol flavor dominates the aftertaste for the most part.
Wiseman Justin: I do not taste any alcohol flavors as an aftertaste. I get coffee coconut mocha flavors going on. My mouth does feel slightly numb but I think it's from the not smooth texture of the porter. Wiseman Nick thinks the alcohol is still present but not as strong.

Drinkability: This is a pretty sweet beverage. Great for a dessert beer, but otherwise I wouldn't want to drink more than two. Unfortunately I have a ton of them right now; I'll be using them for trade and appending this review.

Edit: Wiseman Justin: I completely and utterly and obnoxiously disagree with the drinkability rating. The first time I sat down to drink this I downed three easily and would have gone for more except Wiseman Nick the B(#*$&!! he is cut me off. (Wiseman Nick "there my beer you can't keep drinking this S#*^ I'm trying to trade it for other things) I have not had a porter with a higher drinkability than this one. It's delicious and for a porter very light, but in a good way. Not all porters should be light, but for a light porter this beer is exceptional. Since I have the password to this account I changed the drinkability rating from 3.5 to 5.0 suck it wiseman nick!

EDIT: Wiseman Nick: they're* dumbass, and yes THEY'RE MY BEERS! GIT UR OWN!

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Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Can!!!!
A) Pours with an active head - tan in color. Settles after a bit to leave no lacing. Mahogany in color.
S) Coffee, fresh roasted! Subtle hints of caramel malt in the mix along with some bready notes.
T) Although the coconut was not present in the aroma (as it shouldn't be due to coconut's low aromatics) it is very present in the front end of this brew. Could be coconut extract but the taste is too genuine, I'd guess it is flakes. Rich coffee flavors along with some chocolate and bread tones.
M) Crisp, not too fizzy - hence the loss of head and lacing. Full body. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) A worthy brew - I'd be curious to know if the carbonation is like this on all cans or just mine. Head retention could be a bit better.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into City Beer Store tulip. Appearance is dark black , tannish minimal head, that diminished to nothing..smell is chocolate malt, coconut, and a little woodsy effervessence as well. Taste is smooth, starts out with semi-sweet cocolate, and finished with a subtle coconut flavor, and roasted malts definately apparent. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with bitey carbonation for a Porter..a good summer porter for sure..overall, good, not amazing, however very solid.

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Photo of jooler
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of head. Smells like any porter. Initial taste is of mostly coffee. I could barely taste coconut. I was excited for the coconut but was very let down. Not worth the price

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,195 ratings.
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