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 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 raoulduke37
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black with lighter brown highlights - Head retention is minimal and lacing is non-existent.

S - Pretty bad. The coconut does not compliment the smoky porter smell.

T - It tastes decent. Ripe fruits, but also a little taste of something sour. Coconut flavor is prevalent in the background.

M- Smooth and creamy, like a good porter should be.

D - If this were at a bar with the normal selections for Ventura, this one would finish second to Amstel Light for the next round.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased in CA recently, poured into a tulip.

A - Nice 3 finger head that's just a little bit tan sitting on a fairly black body.

S - Very nice - chocolate, toasty malt, and some sweetness. Already exceeding expectations...

T & M - This was surprising. It's a very well built porter that has quite a bit of balance. Slightly sweet, more accurately rich... A modest amount of chocolate and roasted porter taste, with just a hint of coconut at the end. I paired it with steak, and that brought out the sweet coconut even more. I was happy to have it more present.

D - Very nice. Rich without being overly heavy. I think I'd buy this often if it was around here in MN. I don't even particularly like coconut. Weird.

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

Received in trade as an extra from KevSal.... thanks Kevin!

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Jet black with significant 2-finger head that quickly dissipated. Left some minor lacing.

S - MMM... good. Lots of roasted malts and toasted coconut, along with some chocolate notes. Smells amazing.

T & M - Similar to the smell. Lots of roasted malts, toasted coconut, sweet chocolate. Decent carbonation and nice body.

Overall - Definitely one of the best porters I have had in a while. The sweetness of the coconut compliments the roasted malts very well, but it's not overpowering. Everything blends really well. Too bad I don't have better access to this. Loved it.

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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 airohead2001
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a beer I've always wanted to try.

A - Nice light brown/tan/off white fluffy two finger head that fades after a minute or so. Beer itself is a chocolate colored brown that lightens as it gets closer to the walls of the snifter.

S - Smell is a little disappointing. No coconut at all. Just regular, old, porter.

T - Taste is actually great. Way better than I was expecting given the mediocre smell and appearance. Coconut? No. But it is a very BALANCED porter. Not too bitter or harsh, with just enough sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is so-so. Pretty thin.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. The coconut in the title is certainly misleading, but beers shouldn't be rated in relationship to their name. This is a drinkable porter, and one I would definitely have again if ever given the opportunity.

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

A: Black body with mocha head(adequate dissipation) and minimal lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, espresso, vanilla, and milk chocolate, and very faint coconut(where is it?).

T: Taste of vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, and a cherry/coconut aftertaste.

M: Smooth/creamy/milky, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not at all intruding).

O: Very tasty porter, but I find the coconut presence disappointing. I defiantly recommend, but it's kind of expensive. I suppose if I couldn't get black butte, it would be runner up(possibly). Anywhoo... Check it out.

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

This brew pours a dark-as-night black color with just enough carbonation to know it is not flat. Pour is accented by small off-white bubbles that slowly rise throughout consumption

Aroma is actually the star of the show- coconut notes, with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I was impressed that I could smell it without even pouring!

Taste is well balanced- maybe the slightest bit sour. Heavy toasted flavors that are not hidden in the least. The chocolate comes through nice- have to admit the coconut does not come through in the flavor, but that's OK. Light for how dark in color it is.

Nice beer.


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Photo of surfer4life
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

A - Pours a thick dark black with a huge brown head that quickly recedes to a few bubbles around the rim. No Lacing.

S - Emmm. Chocolate and toffee dominate. Small hints of coffee and coconut, but this is one of the richest smelling porters I've smelled.

T - Delicious coffee and coconut flavor, with some chocolate and toffee involved. Almost exactly what I caught in the nose. Nice a sweet in the front with a good bitter hoppy finish. This is a complex beer and very very good.

M - This has a heavy body with high carbonation. Not overly cloying with the coconut and has good drying on the finish.

D - Comes in a 6pack of cans and is delicious and fairly inexpensive. I'd say very drinkable.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brownish black with a light brown or light tanish head.

S - Coconut and coffee, chocolate

T - Sweet roasty malts with coconut and a rich coffee taste. Hops on the end are really well balanced.

M - Smooth, good carbonation, nice rich body that is a little thinner than medium body, but definitely not light bodied. Rich tasting but a smooth light swallow

O - Such a tasty porter. I would drink this often if I could get my hands on it regularly. I recommend it.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a person who usually doesn't drink a whole lot of Porters, this beer is fantastic! Poured a dark chocolate brown with a foamy tan head with great lacing. The nose is packed full of sweet chocolate, coconut, banana and coffee. The palate was silky smooth with all the flavors working together in balance. Overall this is definetley a great beer!

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

This is one of the 1st American Porter's that really wowed me a while back, so I decided to revisit and review

Can poured into an IRS goblet

A- Almost jet black with a faint dark ruby hue on the edge. Poured with a small tan head that stayed on the edges and lightly spot laced the glass

S- STILL AMAZES ME! Smells like a macaroon floating on a mocha with toffee swirled in.

T- More chocolate than the nose, but all the other elements are still there. So roasty and tasty

M- This is the only part that lacks a bit for me. It's far from being watery, but I feel it would really improve the beer if it were a little more viscous.

D- I can still down the 4 pack in one sitting no problem! Great beer to sit back with and just sip and relax...

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Photo of sh00ky
2.51/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Interesting gimmick, but it goes a little overkill with the flavor… kind of like a hot sauce that gets its "reputation" from merely burning your tongue off. Would love to try it in draft form to see if perhaps it was just a bad batch (as it seems to be well regarded by everyone else on here), but I was wholly unimpressed with the canned variation. Love Maui Brewing Company's other beer though so I wouldn't talk anybody out of experimenting.

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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 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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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