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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 SirChugsAlot
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BVC for this one.

Pours a dark cola color with a finger of mocha colored head that fades kinda quickly but leaves a nice lacing

Smells of roasted malts, mocha, chocolate and caramel. Hints of coconut.

Taste is creamy chocolate, caramel with a very slight hint of coconut and a light bitterness at the end.

This is a pretty thick beer for the 5.7% abv. Well blended and tasty. Nice and smooth

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very gorgeous dark chocolate with almond lacing...

Smells of cacao beans...

Tastes like a Porter made for Summertime. A Porter like this could only come from Hawaii. Roasted coconut accents a traditional Porter malt base. Five different roasted malts were used, making a complex beer. Chocolate, caramel, peanuts, coffee, and dark fruits...

As mentioned above, this Porter was made for Summer!

Goes down way easy...easy to savor...easy to guzzle...It's up to you!

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Photo of Steasy66
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into snifter, thanks to Scalene for this brew via "Everything Local BIF"

A- Deep brown with medium dark head, not as dark as I expect a porter to be.
S- Very roasty, typical porter aroma.
T- Roasty, just a hint of sweetness, a little bitter at the end
M- Thin, but its a 6% porter so I guess that is to be expected
O- Glad I got to try this, probably wouldn't seek it out, but a nice beer, definitely the best (and only) canned porter I have had.

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Photo of beepill
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont get why it says this beer is retired. I just bought a 4-pack at Foodland in Kapolei, Oahu, this morning. The canning date on the bottom says '121913' so its relatively newish. Anyways, just poured into a whiskey glass from my hotel room.

A - pours a black-brown with a thin head that dissipates rather rapidly. Held up to artificial light and does not shine through. Solid darkness.

S - coconuts, rum, deep maltiness, sugarcane. Coconuts are the dominant smell. This beer smells so awesome.

T - as smell influences taste, the above mentioned notes dominated the palate. This is real coconut to me. I let it warm to room temperature (which is about 75 degrees here in Kapolei at 8pm) and the flavors are really enhanced. In addition to the dominant Coconuttiness, toffee, coffee, and dark chocolate notes emerge.

M - light carbonation, which is good for the style. It is also very refreshing and feels lighter than many other porters, which goes hand in hand with the environment here.

O - a beautifully well done beer. I am glad i was able to get my hands on it. I havent seen thison the mainland in a couple of years and had only tried it once before at that. The coconut shines and adds a wonderful element to this beer. Highly rec if you can get it! I will be buying a few more packs to bring home to SF.

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

A: Big old thick head, that continues to grown when you pour. Well carbonated. Big head, especially at the temperature of the pour (50 degrees…cold, I know)

S: Smells of coffee and ice cream. Not sure why I smell the ice cream, but it smells heavenly! Very slight notes of coconut.

T: Starts off very sweet, with the hit of coconut. The taste then moves into a little bit of a coffee flavor. Definitely not a typical porter.

M: Very smooth. Feels like 2% milk on the mouth.

D: I like the taste and how smooth it is, but this isn’t a beer that I would drink one after another. Kind of reminds me of a milkshake, how easy it goes down.

A very creative beer. Well done.

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Photo of challenja
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Smoke and Barrel Adams Morgan DC.

A: Nice midnight black appearance with a nice light mocha froth head that melts away in the glass.

S: Nice coconut sweet bread, cherry malt, ripe strawberry.

T: Fruity for a porter. Crisp mocha malt with chocolate bitters. Light instringent coffee. Green coconut husk and blackberries.

M: Nice crisp light mouthfeel with a splendid slippery slip and slide cool throat mouth wash.

O: A let down for a sure, I had higher hopes for this one, But its a really nice light porter for a crisp spring evening.

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Photo of mbudner
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Delirium snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2-finger, very bubbly light mocha head.

S- Smells nice and roasty with a heavy dose of toasted cocunut. I'm getting a slight about of coffee as well, but that might just be the nice burnt odor of the malts.

T- Nice flavor, pretty "one-note" but not in a bad way, just roasty, toasty malts with a touch of coconut (not nearly as much as I had anticipated based on the aroma. One down side is a slight metal-like taste in the finish. Very nutty.

M- Slightly over-carbonated for a porter compared to how I prefer the. Drinks a little thinner than I expected as well.

D- Very easy drinking. A great porter all around that I could sip on all night.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pitasoup for this can.

A - Pours rich, opaque brown with 3 fingers of big, rocky, tan head. Almost as if a super sized toasted marshmallow was sitting on top.

S - Fresh malty aroma with a hint of toasted coconut in the background.

T - Bang!! Coconut right up front, followed by the roast, hints of chocolate, a bit of graham cracker. Like a giant s'more made with roasted coconut marshmallows. Could use a touch more roast, but this is a tasty brew.

M - Creamy, but not too much. Not like a nitro brew.

O - Every time I try this beer, I taste some other subtle nuance. One of the best porters available.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served in a tulip, paired with a chocolate lava cake.

A: dark brown, almost black. very little head but a good amount of lacing that stuck to the glass all the way through.

S: coffee, bitter chocolate, not much coconut at first, but it started to come out as the beer warmed.

T: strong coffee and chocolate flavor, but with more of a sweet chocolate taste than is present in the aroma. the coconut is subtle but gets stronger throughout the brew.

M: medium bodied and dry. was expecting a bit more richness, but still a nice mouthfeel.

D: this was perfectly paired with the chocolate lava cake and it's very easy to imagine this beer being just as good on its own. the coconut wasn't overpowering (in fact, just the opposite- the coconut flavor was well balanced) and it wasn't too sweet. I was expecting it to be a bit more full bodied, but that certainly doesn't take away from an otherwise excellent brew.

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

Pours a dark cola brown with a decent two finger white head that disappears rapidly. Smells like cheap milk chocolate - like easter candy or crappy foiled gelt. A little bit of coffee backs it up. The first sip is pretty nice. Very toast and malty, with the aforementioned not-so-great milk chocolate (faintly comforting). A teensy bit of nutty, coffee tinged bitterness in the back. Not half shabby - and I pretty much hate coconut in all its forms (coconut milk doesn't count... mmm curry). Here it just adds a sweetness on the tail end that I don't really mind that much. The aftertaste isn't really my favorite, but hardly offensive - the aforementioned slight bitterness complements pretty well. Overall, the coconut is relatively muted. Mouthfeel is style appropriate - medium body and silky.

If you're into coconut, this'd be right up your alley. If you aren't, and even if you have a serious aversion, its still definitely worth a try. Solid porter, but I won't traveling to the islands for it.

A note on the cans - the look like minaturized Arizona pop cans. Thanks to bbothen for the bonus - even if the can design confused me for a sec.

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Photo of weazal
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Medium to light aroma consisting primarily of thin coffee. Light and sweet. Perhaps some mocha.

TASTE: Thick, full experience. Decadent without being overly sweet. Starts with slightly dark chocolate bitterness, giving way to a smooth, sweetness and finishing off with a definitely roasted character.

Full, rounded drink that's not over-powering. Pleasant and easy to drink while still being hearty.

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Photo of gregc
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from a trade, but im not sure from who, cause my girlfriend opened all my boxes and didn't remember.

Poured from a can into my pint glass, poured black with a dark brown head that quickly fades away.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate , some coconut and earthiness.
Flavor was very smooth, roasty , some chocolate and the smallest amount of coconut in the finish. A very smooth and drinkable beer, i wish it was sold around here, hopefully ill be able to get some more.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in a trade with EliottJW, thanks a lot man!

Appearance: Very dark brown or black with a 1.5 finger brown head that recedes slowly. Let's some, but very little, light through. OK lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla. This aroma reminds me more of a stout than a porter. Maybe the smallest hint of coconut in the nose.

Taste: Goes along pretty well with the aroma. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, burnt/roasted malts. Coconut comes out towards the middle of the sip and as you swallow. Finish is also roasty with some mild bitterness and a lingering dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: A semi-sweet and smooth beginning turns slightly bitter but still smooth middle and end. Creamy too, it coats the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability: Up there with some of the lower ABV stouts (as I feel this is drinking/tasting more like a stout than a porter) but overall not bad.

Glad I got to try this one. Wish there was a more prevalent coconut flavor. It might just be my digging, but it comes out a little more as the beer warms, but still not all that powerful, but all together not too shabby.

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Photo of camp0474
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/25/11

Enjoyed this one fresh while in Hawaii

A: Pours a solid black with deep red near edges with nice dark tan head.

S: Heavy toasted and smokey malt blended with sweet vanilla. Bitter chocolate and toasted coconut. Some faint coffee.

T: Heavy toasted and smokey malts. Very robust. Coffee, bitter chocolate, smokey vanilla. Toasted coconut adds a great sweetness and battles the potent malts. Good mellow coconut flavor, not overpowering like you may expect. Detecting some hoppy bitterness in back. A great flavored beer.

M: Coconut oils linger to provide a smooth balance. Does not finish dry. For this much strong malt flavor I expected very dry but the coconut fights it the whole way through. Great medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. So much flavor and so well balanced. As a porter it would be solid, but the coconut makes it even better.

Super toasty smokey malts on display with a unique way to balance.

Glad I brought back a few 4-packs with me in my carry-on.

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Photo of KevCan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at my dad's house. He bought it in a 4-pack of 12 oz. cans from Total Wine. Stamp on the bottom says Canned on 8/27/15. Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Pours a very deep dark reddish brown, almost black. It remains dark even when held up to the light. Great big frothy tan head on top that lingers for a while.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, but not much else.

Taste: Follows the smell, tons of roasted malt character. The coconut only enters in the aftertaste and is subtler than expected, but very enjoyable. Some hoppy bitterness rounds out the strong malt flavor. It's weird... with some sips I get a strong coconut kick, and with others I get none.

Feel: Light bodied, a bit thin, quite drinkable for a porter.

Overall: A really nice twist on the standard porter. The coconut is not overpowering, and in fact a bit hard to find, but pleasant overall.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours an opaque black with a big frothy head. Pretty stuff. Smell is interesting if not overly complex. I really get some sweet malt and coconut. The coconut reminds me of suntan lotion - and I mean this is a positive way. Not sure how much is my imagination (or marketing), but this is a porter with a bit of tropical edge. Pretty cool.

Taste is good. Taste is much like the nose, with some roasty malt and coconut. Some light chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is a touch light for me, but this is highly drinkable. Kudos for taking a pretty standard style (for my experience) and giving it a cool twist. This is a porter I could drink on a sunny day or at the beach. Right on.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is something that I've been wanting to get around to for quite some time. A porter with a twist of coconut which makes it sound delicious. First reviewed on December 25. 2011.

Poured a 12 oz can, no label present, into a JFF is my BFF pint glass.

A: Canned carbonation is always something that blew my mind, it poured 3 fingered being nice and tan. The head goes down slowly and beautifully. This porter is completely black and it even fills its corners with blackness. Carries a nice slow lacing.

S: A nice chocolate and coffee with wood (might be a slight alcohol though) comes through. Definitely not weak, but damn it smells nice.

T: A chocolate presence definitely comes throughout. The woodlike presence comes out smoky toasty. I feel like if they say this a coconut taste then the taste is the body of the coconut roasted adding a smokiness to this beer. The obvious coffee also comes through.
Tasting this again on August 12, 2013 the promised coconut body appears all the way through when it is cold, but as it warms it only shows at the very end of its taste (Will not change original score because of this, but it adds if anything).

M: This comes amazingly creamy with an almost full body and the carbonation comes through moderately. This creaminess comes through as it was a Milk Stout and damn that's from a porter.

O: This definitely feels like a porter and damn does it taste great. On the can its advertised that this won Gold in 2006 as a Herb and Spice Beer and I could see how it did this. I admit I truly can't taste the coconut, but damn does this beer taste great. I am such a sucker for porters and this is obviously another one that I have fallen in love with.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black with a small, tight tan head that soon reduces to a mere ring around the glass.

This beer smells amazing. It hits my nose like an Almond Joy. Chocolate, nuts, cream and vanilla.

Bitter chocolate and lightly roasted malt with hints of dark brown sugar and nuts. Smooth, rich and velvety. Medium-full body with a little less than medium carbonation.

I could drink these all days simply to smell it over and over again.

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

pored into my kona brewery pint glass

Color: A heavy dark brown almost espresso like. It form a one finger tan head the dissolves slowly. This beer is well carbonated and leaves behind some light lacing.

Nose: Smokey, roasty, and nutty. Major roasted coffee in the forefront, followed by chocolate covered coconut. A creamy texture floats in the background along with light smokey oak.

Palate: A definite medium bodied beer. It boasts plenty of espresso flavors. In the mouth you also get an appearance of hazel nut and vanilla that later gets over taken by surfacing woody flavors that bring forth a honeyed coconut texture.

Finish: Long and robust, but not explosive. It goes down like a good iced coffee and it also leaves a trail of kind sweetness. This beer delivers complexity and excellent beer craftsmanship. Cheers! Maui Brewing Co

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Photo of goethean
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from beereality.

Has kind of a funny aroma. Definite toasted coconot note, but also a strange funky note.

Grainy, dry full-bodied, muddled, muddy confused complexity. Malty. Slight roasty bitterness. Too many malts? Finish is not crisp.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this porter!

The light toasted coconut notes add such great flavor to this solid brew!

I will be picking up a sixer of these anytime I can, these are so enjoyable and sessionable for porter!

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Photo of Shumania
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Canned on 6/27/11

a: dark black with a large 2 finger beige fluffy head.

s: Good kick of chocolate with some coffee in there and the hint of coconut.

t: Bitter coffee and sweet chocolate play very well off each other and the coconut adds something nice in there as well.

m: Perfect creaminess to this beer while remaining drinkable.

o: A great porter! Good chocolate and coffee flavors.

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Photo of Dlish
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Pours dark black, a hint of ruby red o nthe edges, Foam is about 3 figures but recesses very fast to a light lacing. The lacing completely disappears within 5 minutes of the pour.

S- Light coconut, roasted/burnt coffee, lots of chocolate malts.

T- Taste similar to the smell, with out the coconut. More roasted chocolate malt flavor to it. Everything is pretty pronounced and robust, nothing is unpleasant in the flavor or too crazy.

M- The least appealing part of this I say is the carbonated mouth feel, it feels a bit to harsh on the tongue. I think it should be toned down to mach the roasted flavor and the coconut aroma.

D- Overall I could knock back all 4 cans and not feel bad other then the price that I payed for it (4 cans for 10 bucks!) I actually brewed a clone before I had this, there pretty close Although I think my carbonation is also way to pronounced.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I expected a thick creamy beer that would taste like bubbly suntan lotion, but it was surprising...

Pours jet black, hints of tan with a a light tan foamy head.
Immediate smell of chocolates with a light coconut aroma.
No hop bouquet.

Beer has moderate body, actually thinner than what I expected from a porter. Coconut flavors wafting around, with a very lingering finish. I can actually taste the toasting of the coconut in this. Several chocolate flavors mixed in. Beer is decently carbonated. Sticks around on the tongue.

This might be the first session porter I have had, but the coconut might catch up to you even though it seems fairly balanced. I haven't gone past 2 yet...

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let this be a lesson to tasting devotees: there is a fine threshold between beneficial warming of the tastebuds and interference. This tasting occurs in the former.

Luckily I saved the last of a $13 4-pack for this special occasion. The pour is chunky but promising, aroma is nutty, mostly, with the sour tinge of chalky, chocolatey coconut. Hints of acidic coffee but a complex, unordinary aroma overall.

First taste is somewhat thin, a little coppery, but a lot is going on behind the scenes. I would love to try a glassed-in, imperial version of this recipe. As the volume sinks downward, typical porter hues crop up, which are immersed in the fibrous, self-contained concept of coconut coffee. An intriguing, if not entirely successful combination.

A 4-pack is adequate for this brew. It's not a bad porter by any means, but personally I like to waft toward deeper flavors and textures in my heavy beers. Leech off some of the excess water in this one, and it could be a heavenly experience.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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