Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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89
very good
2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,289
Reviews:
917
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
332
For Trade:
3
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Photo of earljones199
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured almost black with a frothy dark mocha colored head that left droppy lace

S- Pretty sweet aroma, lots of vanilla, some cocoa, and a smell that is coconut like.

T- Big dominant roasted malt flavors, roasted coffee, some unique sweetness that does taste a little coconut like

M- Very smooth, lighter to medium body, very drinkable, goes down like water, finishes semi-dry

O- This beer has great drinkability with great roasted malt flavors although I didn't really get any coconut flavor

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Photo of brdc
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small can, poured into a snifter.

Near pitch black, it has a relatively small tan head, with little retention.
Nice aroma, coffee beans and chocolate. I did not notice anything coconut related at the beginning, but as it warms up, toasted notes become quite prominent (but no coconut).
Medium bodied, easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol as expected. Again, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted notes; at the very end, perhpas some conut, but it could be my imagination. Some sweetish notes in the middle, relatively dry finish.
Certainly not robust as the can states, but very well crafted and flavorful.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.18/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of light tan head.

S: Cocoa nibs, roasted malts, and coconut. A bit of caramel sweetness, and a touch of cardboard. Faint.

T: A touch of roasted malts, but extremely faint. I don't think I've ever tasted such a flavorless beer, including BMC.

M: Quite thin with average carbonation.

O: This is impressively flavorless. I've really never had a beer with such little flavor. I guess there aren't any flaws, though.

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Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes, can into a pint glass.

This hawaiian treasure has a deep black brown color with a large foamy caramel head. It smells of toasted malts and warm chocolate with touches of espresso and subtle coconut. Sweet malts blended with mild coconut and vanilla flavors balanced with some bitter coffee notes that goes down easy with a nice body.

Verdict: Probably the best beer from Hawaii, this one is really drinkable, not a pretentious porter by any means and a great beer to enjoy in a glass or right out of the can with friends.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a bit biased when it comes to this beer, I was born and raised in Maui...moved well before I started drinking beer though.

So, found a can of this in the back of the "cellar" the other day, was canned over a year ago. Figured it was about time to drink it...have had it many times but usually on the fresh side.

Pours a deep dark brown, with a 2 finger tan head.
Aroma;incredibly roasty, coffee, milk chocolate.
Taste; matches the nose but the best way to describe it is toasty...could be the fact that the coconut is toasted. The only time I have really ever detected an actual note of coconut is when it's super fresh...it's been a while since I have had that happen.

Thought it was time to review this beer, as it is a personal fav of mine. I'm stoked that it held up as well as it did; it's an excellent beer and am also glad that it is becoming more and more available...was even available for a short time here in Paris!

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with reddish hints... A bit of smooth white head... The head dissipates quickly but a lot hangs around the edges. Smells like roasted coffee with a bit of coconut :) smells great! Drinks very cleanly with lots of roasted malts the coconut comes through nicely. Very drinkable and a top notch beer !

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Big leopard spotting covers the glass.

S- dark chocolate, some roast, get so,e sweetness but not any coconut.

T- roasted malts, coffee, and some sweet maple.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some effervescence.

O- very good porter, but I don't really get coconut from this coconut porter.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9-21-10
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured a thick three fingers of foam, the tan head dissipated really slowly. Dark in complexion, can't see any carbonation nor light through the brew

S - Coconut, little vanilla but a fair amount of chocolate and malt. No aroma of hops any where

T/M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy tasting porter

D - Very easy drinker. One that I can for sure have more than one of! Got this as an extra from PretzelCity, Big thanks to him!

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Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass
*Notes from 08/19/11

A: Maui CoCoNut Porter pours a sleek & dark looking black with more of a garnet towards the edges. Overly excited with bubbles. My pour yields a massive swirly dark mocha head that is ever-so cascading and lively. Big lace too.

S: Smells of milk chocolate. Roasty grains with a tiny bit of smoke to it. Chocolatey. Slight toasted CoCoNuttiness. Fresh clean ingredients.

T: Chocolatey roasted grains. Low moderate bitterness. A light toasty coconut effect. A touch on the sweeter side with some nice coffee & creme notes that perk as the beer warms. Slight alcohol presence. Light crisp finish. Tasty stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Nice dry clean finish.

D: Quite sessionable. Good flavors delivered on a smooth creamy texture with a nice crisp finish.

A very delicious Porter and one I rather enjoy. Really nice balance to it. And while I do recall getting more Coconut flavor in past tastings perhaps this was an older can and I suppose some of those oils/flavors would in fact fade overtime.

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Photo of number1bum
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another from the mixed sixer I won when I beat mymrnngjckt in fantasy baseball. You suck Kevin.

Pours nearly pitch black, surprisingly dark for a porter, with just a bit of ruby around the edges and no light getting through. Head is a creamy khaki color. Retains quite well and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is not very powerful, but consists of some roasted malt and coconut. Unfortunately it's a real struggle to get even that.

Taste is much more robust than the smell; that's more like it. Nice roasted malt and coconut nuttiness. Bit of cocoa flavor and some earthy hops. Little bit of coffee, too. Very smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth.

This is a very tasty porter. The coconut is a subtle flavor, but it's definitely there. Quite drinkable. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of mecmd
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head with great retention. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble on the side. The head left some lacing on the glass. The appearance of the beer is really good.

Nose: A very rich dense roasted malt with some earthy, toasted, roasted, and a burnt note. Other aromas are molasses, toasted coconut, floral, a smokey note, phenols, and grainy.

Taste: A rich flavorful porter, the malt is smokey, earthy, toasted, roasted and has a burnt character ( but it is more an undertone). Other flavors, molasses, floral, pine, peat, phenols, and some bitter sweet chocolate.

The mouth feel is robust but medium body. It has the look and feel of a stout, but it is not.

Overall: This is a a really good porter, rich, robust flavor, and very satisfying. However, the coconut is an undertone, I was hoping for more pronounce flavor. I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,289 ratings.
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