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

Received as an extra in a trade with PretzelCity

Poured a rich black with brown fringes in light, huge pillowy head that faded fairly fast to a thick film that hung high on the wall of the glass
Smell was deep roasted barley with a big coffee and dark chocolate presence, no coconut noticed otherwise would have scored higher
Taste was very strong big coffee and dark chocolate again, only a very slight coconut note and its way in the back, the longer the beer sits the more the coconut sneaks out
Mouthfeel is a thin medium and very bright in the carbonation dept. almost too bubbly on the tongue
Drinkability- very good porter right up there near the top, if there was more of a coconut presence it would fit its name even better

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a very rich, creamy dark brown/black with a big fluffy espresso colored head. Wow, this looks so good. The foam slowly sinks away but leaves a thin layer of ultra creamy head on top.

Smells is lots cocoa, bitter coffee, brown sugar and I do get some whiffs of coconut. They apparently use "hand toasted coconut" that is thrown into the boil. This is a great smelling beer.

Taste is just what I was hoping for! Its rich, creamy and delicious. Lots of roasted coffee notes, sweet brown sugar, rich cocoa and some of that much desired toasted coconut. I am letting this one warm even more to bring out hopefully a bit more of that coconut.

This is one great porter, the coconut flavor might attract some people (like me) at first but take that away and you've still got a very, very good beer.

Thanks very much to JMBSH for this via a recent trade.

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

This finally made it to Colorado after a long wait.
Pours a thick burnt brown color with a ton of foam.
The nose is semi-sweet like a milk stout, but with faint coconut notes (pretty mild).
Flavor starts off dry and roasty but fades into a toasty reveal of the coconut flavors. Definitely milder coconut flavors compared with the other versions I've had. Still tasty, though. I'd assume they toasted raw unsweetened coconut, as it adds more of a blended porter character than expected. The flavor character is mainly in the finish. It's a tasty porter regardless.
Texture is thick and silky, but goes down easy.
Pretty good stuff, but it was a bit pricey, too.
Still, I'll happily come back to this since it's the only regularly produced coconut porter I can get.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A: Black, very dark. Finger and a half tan head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Hardly any lacing. Fairly carbonated.

S: Alcohol up front. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the background. Little toastiness. Maybe the slightest hint of coconut.

T: Roasted coffee. Nice toasted flavor. Slight chocolate hints. Again maybe getting a tad of coconut. No alcohol as in the smell.

M: Fairly thin for the style. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

O: A decent porter. Like the toasty flavor. Didn't get the coconut flavor I was hoping for. If there would have been a bigger coconut presence, and the smell was bette, this would've been an A beer.

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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 younger35
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a couple of these from TexasWayne a few days ago and have been dying to give one a whirl. This will be my first brew from Maui Brewing. Drank out of my Port Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown with a fizzy half finger dark tan head that recedes very very quickly. I don't know if the oils (or anything else for that matter) in the coconut kill head retention but there isn't a single trace of head on this thing.
Smell- Some nice dark roasted maltiness to start that may have SOME toasted coconut but I'm leaning more toward it's just me wanting to smell the coconut. Tinges of vanilla and loads of milk chocolate that seems to be the focal point as it warms. Really nice nose. Maybe they should drop the nut and just call this Coco Porter because that's the nose.
Taste- Right where the nose left off. Loads of rich milky chocolaty goodness that is reminiscent of carbonated Nestle Quick. I'm assuming the coconut is that woody vanilla like nuttiness that I get. It's a nice combination with the chocolate. Very light citrus bite toward the end that adds a bit of twinge that I wish was a bit lighter. Finishes with a long toasty nuttiness that lingers nicely.
Mouthfeel- On the lighter side as the aggressive carbonation really makes it feel a bit lighter than it probably actually is. Not terribly bad but I could use a bit more body or creaminess.
Drinkability- Well the look and feel of the beer isn't that great but come on, in reality that's not why we drink this stuff. The taste is really nice and although I would like more of a coconut flavor the beer is solid. Very chocolaty and quite tasty. Thanks again to Wayne for sending this my way!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

freebie my brother earned in a trade with brewerb

no date found on the can. poured into shaped pint glass.

almost opaque brown/black. tan head fades to wisps. minimal lacing.

aroma starts with roasted malt and earthy tones, with some esters, but is pretty phenolic. the coconut only really comes through in traces amongst the esters.

some otherwise smooth, sweet malts are a bit overpowered by a boozy and phenolic quality. toasted coconut is there, but only barely (and only if you look for it), as a side player. the mild bitterness helps to offset the the booziness.

ever so slightly thin, but smooth. moderate carbonation.


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Photo of sukwonee
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with 2 finger light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Coconut, roasty malt. That's about it. This beer does not have a strong smell other than the roastiness and slight nutty-ness.

T: Coconut, followed by some sweetness, roasty malt, coffee. It's very delicious. The flavour doesn't linger but the coconut flavour mixes in very well with the roasty base beer. Not much hop notes.

M: Decent amount of carbonation, medium body for the style

O: I have had this multiple times before and finally get around to reviewing it. It's one of my favorite porters that I can get pretty anytime. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice thick frothy head with big bubbles.

Aroma is deep deep coconut with hints or roasted chocolate. Like a ground dry mounds bar.

Taste is a little thin, I guess they is typical of a porter. Initially a light coconut flavor opening up to more roasted chocolate notes.

Good, but the coconut kinda disagrees.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees, I allowed mine to warm up about 5-10 degrees as I drank it.
A good friend of mine brought this back from Hawaii recently and I thank him for it.

Pours an extremely dark brown, so that it appears black, at first. Mild red highlights. Almost two-fingers of brown foam make the head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is good, but slick.

Big presence of dark chocolate. Mild notes of ground coffee. The coconut is present, but not as prominent as expected. Very light touch of vanilla.

First, this would be a good, solid, porter even without the coconut enhancement. Nice big flavors of roasted malts. Good notes of dark chocolates and some coffee flavors, as well. Then the coconut slips in. It's not as 'big' as you may expect it to be. It brings a nice toastiness to the brew, along with a wonderful, light, sweetness that seems to balance the whole thing out, quite nicely.

It's lacking abit in the area of body, sadly. It's just abit too thin, almost waterey. The carbonation, while not overpowering, seemed to be out-of-place with the rest of the brew. It didn't seem to be combined with everything else, I guess.

Despite my minor criticisms, this is a very drinkable beer. Now, I just wish that they had better distro, so I'd have better access to it.

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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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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Beem waiting to try this one.

A: Super dark witha a tan head that is 1/2 inch and fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I smell some sweet creamy roastiness upfront with some raisiny boozy coconut in the middle and dark chocolate on the backend. Very good.

T: Watery roasty coconut with a nice blended dark chocolate. Bitter hops in the middle and some faint grapefruit on the backe. Good.

M: Medium body with a decent carbonation feel. A bitter dry roastiness. Decent.

D: Goes down at a decent pace. Good.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but very good. Good to try once if you like porters.

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

12 oz. can into a pint glass

Pours up a very dark brown/black with a bit of reddish highlights. A two inch plus tan head forms on top then falls back down to a cap that retains quite well. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is of chocolate mostly with a bit of earthiness to it. The coconut is noticeable, but not overly so. That is probably a good thing. A bit of a creamy lactose like sweetness is also there.

Taste is similar, chocolate first with a mild sweetness. The coconut shows up right at the start of the swallow and fades into some mild roasted malt character with more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, average carbonation and quite smooth going down. Pretty drinkable as well.

This is a pretty tasty porter, I don't like coconut much but it's not really that prominent in this beer anyway. Wish this was available locally.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can marked 12/2010, poured into a NB Globe

A - Great big pour!! Lots of head! Thin lacing remains on the glass. Brew is very brown with lots of black, while head is straw color foam.

S - Big milk chocolate! Some nice coconut sweetness too. Very deep and dark. Definite roasty coffee

T - WOW! Coffee, coco, and nutty. Great taste.

M - Perfect carbonation! Very wet and deliverers fantastic flavor! Incredible smoothness!

O - Awesome brew, with 9 months on it, it only gets better!

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Photo of Docer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 4-pack here at The Beermongers...

- Nice dark murky brown color... little clear around the edges in my tumbler... thin mocha head down to just a slight trace of bubblies....

- Nice chocolate smell, sweet chewy coconut... like a macroon in liquid form. Nice earthy bitterness to it as well.

- I let it warm up a little bit, and a nice mild chocolate cocoa and coconut balanced porter is what we have here. Perfect sweetness and balance... roasty chocolate malt and a grainy oat-like finish. Love the blend of earthiness and bitterness with grain.

- Light to medium bodied.. not too chalky and thick... slightly drying.

- Overall this is a fantastic porter... this can hold up to a world class porter like Fullers quite easily. I rather like this, and for the price would certainly buy it again. Great session brew.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 kemoarps
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola bordering on black, with a frothy brown head that decorates the sides of the glass as I drink.

The nose is woody with an underbelly of coconut meat. Doesn't smell sweet as I had worried it might, this is more coconut husk than candy. Smoky with a twinge of chocolate.

The taste stays true to form with that toasty roasted coconut being the bacbone around which smoky malts and a touch of black coffee. Well constructed.

Very drinkable. Has that coconut creamy smoothness to it, and low carbonation lets it go down easy.

Overall it feels like a very well executed brew, though not one that I would rely on as a staple. It's tasty, but I don't think I could drink a coconut beer consistently. Try it at least once, though, and judge for yourself

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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