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 blackie
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cool can design, poured into a wide snifter, an initially low dark khaki head quickly turns to nothing but a thin ring, the beer itself a deep brown in color, black at the center

s: the base porter is nice and fairly typical - deep roasted barley with a nice dark chocolate edge, some darker caramelized malts, tending towards the sweet side, toasted coconut is easily identified, adding a smooth vanilla-esque note, definitely a nice addition, hops mild

m: carbonation on the lower end of things, but still a touch prickly, body around moderate with a slightly thin feel at the finish

t: opens up with deep roasted barley flavors and some dark chocolate/cocoa, drier than the aroma would indicate but still holding a residual caramel sweetness on the back of the palate throughout, the coconut is perhaps less obvious here - clear but maybe less so if you're not looking for it, finishes with drier roast flavors and toasted coconut - actually probably more evident in the finish than elsewhere

o: a solid porter made just slightly more compelling with the carefully dosed coconut addition, enough to compliment but still tease a bit, balanced and drinkable, like this

single can from the Liquor Mart in Boulder

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdagnew
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted, roasted fudgy chocolate and coconut. As it warms, the coconut dominates.

The flavor is a bit of a mess - acidic chocolate malts with a little coconut and some charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium boded and watery.

Overall, showed promise, but the flavors were very disjoint and it was thin and watery.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark black hue with an average head and no retention.

S: Not as bold as an aroma as I would wish for. There are hints of milk chocolate, caramel, and toasted coconut.

T: Ahh yes, that is what I am talking about. I really dig this beer. Tons of roasted coconut from start to finish. The coconut melds into wonderful milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Someone at the table described it as a mounds bar and I have to agree.

M: Medium in body, smooth, easy drinking.

D: Very enjoyable and damn drinkable. I really like this one.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and no trail down the glass.

S: Toasted malt aroma with a coconut, coffee, and alcohol background.

T: Smooth and sweet toasted malts and coconut flavor balanced by some bitter, hoppy, coffee scents and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a smooth easy to drink porter with an interesting toasted coconut flavor. Absolutely worth a try.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some head behind. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black. The color is black but it seems to have a bit of a very dark brown hue to it. The texture seems to be a bit off for a porter but still close to what the style calls for it.

The beer smell has a really strong coconut note and it is really good. The beer still has the traditional porter smells such as milk chocolate, roasted black malts, and a strong caramel presence. The overall mix is fantastic and the coconut both shines and complements the other notes really well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has strong coconut notes along with the traditional notes. The other notes are dark chocolate, caramel, and a lighter roasted note than in the smell. The chocolate is especially strong.

The mouthfeel is a bit bubbly and carbonated for a porter. The biting carbonation reduces a lot of the heft from the beer. While the overall experience lacks the kind of smoothness and creaminess normally found in porters.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter and worth getting when you can. The coconut definitely adds and while it isn't the best crafted, it certainly is the tastiest.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ordybill
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is a burnt orange to amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is vanilla, malt and coconut. The taste is malt and grain with some coconut.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,291 ratings.
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