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 Murphious
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If it wasn't in the name, I would not have known there was coconut in this. Very weak aromas all around other than basic porter. Nice foam head and leaves lacing on the glass, but other than appearance, nothing to get me enthused. I expected a bit more from this after having Death By Coconut by Oskar Blues; coconut from Hawaii should be excellent, right? No.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a tan colored head. No lacing whatsoever and and it looks very foamy.

Smell is tricky to describe. Definitely some coconut/roasted almond smell going on here but also some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Not a strong smell by any stretch of the imagination.

Kind of watery for a porter with a balanced flavor. Coconut taste seems a little overwhelmed even though the beer overall isn't particularly strong.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can.
A: Pours a Dark Brown Black with a thin Tan head with pretty much no lacing.
S: Toasted malts with chocolate coffee and a hint of Coconut.
T: Very weak on the Coconut but a nice porter with toasted chocolate and coffee notes.
F: A light smooth porter.
O: Missing the Coconut but a good all round porter.

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Photo of ordybill
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of zuun
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I expected quite strong coconut flavor but I almost couldn't taste any. Maybe dark chocolate, or roasted nuts might be more close. Overall not bad, but not striking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, immediately noticeable that this is not a robust, imperial or porter that approaches stout like viscosity or heft. You get a 1/6" off white head. The aroma is a relatively complex mix of coconut, coffee, sugar, wood and toffee.

Taste still hits those coconut strides well. Not elite tier coconut beer by any means, but serviceable. Relatively smooth, probably from a lesser amount of roasted malt compared to the big boys. Chocolate malt need not always be subject to heavy bitter roasting. Price seems high for format, but still better than a bomber.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight toasted coconut. Overall very good!

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - canned on 9/7/16 stamped on bottom:

Pours very dark brown to black. The head thins quickly and eventually is just a minimal ring and wisp. Broken strands of trailing lace stick.

The smell is of coconut, chocolate powder, with a subtle dark earthy tone and a touch of dark bread.

The taste is of coconut and chocolate. The coconut blends in well. It doesn't dominate but it is noticeable. Slight roast and a slight hint of earthy hops balance the sweetness in the finish. Finishes semi-sweet.

A bit fizzy at first, but it settles. On the thin side of medium bodied. Could be smoother, but smoothness picks up somewhat as it progresses.

A solid chocolate-forward porter with a nice, fairly mild, coconut character.

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Photo of Peterock27
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had some high hopes for this beer but really had to search for the coconut taste. It wasn't apparent in the smell and took some creativity to find it on the palate. Pours like soda with a deep Amber color and moderate carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Taste is definitely malty with some hints of cocoa and coconut...took me a few sips to get to the coconut taste. Fairly drinkable at 6% but not a drink you could have more than 2 of.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear,dark brown with a fast falling tan head. A stream of effervescing bubbles . leaves a sheet of shimmering lace as you drink . Nose is roasty malt with plenty of soft coconut. A peppery nerbal hop and a little dry cocoa. Drinks so lightly and smoothly. For all the bubbles I saw there are not too many int he finish. Soft , roasty malt, softened by coconut and a little dry light brown sugar goes to the finish creamy and sumptuous but withoutany thick mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel. Easy flavors , good smooth body.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed with this beer. I was hoping for more of a coconut flavor. I didn't find it in this beer. I think the best coconut beer that I have had so far is Death by Coconut brewed by Oskar Blues. I enjoyed this porter but, just missed the coconut that was listed in the name.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Mostly black, with dark brown at the edges. A nice tan head that dissipated quickly, but leaves excellent creamy lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, toasted coconut, malted milk balls, hints of umami, almond milk, and vanilla.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, hints of subdued toasted coconut, toasted bread, touches of light roast coffee, sweet vanilla cream on the finish, finished balanced with bittersweet chocolate, and hints of earth.

F: On the light side. Ample carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy, but very light on the finish.

O: A bit lacking on the coconut in the taste. Otherwise, it's a solid porter.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: It pours an opaque pitch black with a tan, creamy head that dissipates into a thin blanket of tiny brown bubbles covering the surface.

A: Mostly bitter dark chocolate, with subtle nuances of coffee, coconut, and toasted almonds. A faint hint of freshly toasted bread follows.

T: Semisweet chocolate and unexpected cashew like nuttiness blanket a roasted coconut afterthought. Not at all what was initially presumed by the aroma.

F: Smooth, silky, but follows with a bit more than desirable carbonation. Bitterness is only present from its roasted qualities as no hop presence is detectable.

O: I was expecting a desert like porter, and to be perfectly honest, was a bit underwhelmed.

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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 wingman14
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Smell is strong roasted malt, not much coconut with some subtle sweet notes. Taste is malty, the coconut comes on at the end and stays through the aftertaste. Really yummy. This is the smoothest porter that isn't nitro I've ever had, so good. Overall a great beer, the coconut isn't overpowering and the balance is great. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 4-pack $6.88 Foodland
Dark black color
Smell of toasted coconut and coffee
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Taste of coconut, coffee, and chocolate comes through
Overall this is a really great beer. Nice to sip on and enjoy the flavors.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good porter overall, but I was surprised at how little of a coconut presence there is. I would say very close to non existent. For that matter, the cocoa/chocolate is weak too. It has a nice roasted malt flavor, but that's about it. I recommend The Brew Kettle's, Oskar Blues, or NoDa's if you are really trying to track down the best coconut porter

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a chilled 4-pack from Foodland while on Oahu. Depending on the intensity of sunlight, either very dark brown or black pour with a thick, puffy brown head. Foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is enticing - roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and sweet coconut. Taste is on point - roasted malt, charred wood, bitter chocolate, caramel and coconut. The latter doesn't feel out of place like a hastily thrown-in adjunct - feels like part of the beer's overall construction. Finishes a little sweet but it works; you're not drinking a coconut porter to beat the heat. This beer was a nice surprise after having the IPA. Didn't expect much and this certainly exceeded expectations.

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at he source. Medium brown clear color with a modest but present light tan head. Huge toasted and nutty coconut aroma. Also some roasty malt. The taste was a great balance of the coconut and classic roasted porter flavors. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into snifter

Dark Brown liquid, one finger billowy taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of coffee, coconut

Dark chocolate taste

Good beer

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty, chocolatey, with a fairly strong coconut presence.

Flavor is more roasty than expected, with significant nut character that overwhelms the coconut and chocolate. As it warms, those notes emerge more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 051816. Served in a Maui Brewing pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, coconut, and mocha. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and nuttiness noticeable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, but there are other coconut brews that I prefer to drink. With that being said, I think it's definitely worth trying. It's an enjoyable porter. $3.49 a single can.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A first for me from this brewery. This fine porter pours a deep blackish brown with some light brown outlines, and a nice off white head of foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice light sudsy lacing. Nose of cocoa, coconut, sweet malts, and cola. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with cola and medium dark cocoa on the front, light toasted coconut on the sides, and a sweet malt with a light herbal hops on the back. Nice mouth feel, lightly click and coating, smooth, and delicious. An excellent experience from a brewery far far away in the middle of paradise.


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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 5/18/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with some brown hues; fluffy light khaki head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of roasted malts along with cocoa and coconut. The flavors are nice, but has an odd tinny aftertaste. The chocolate and coconut is there. Roasted characteristics are present. It's not really sweet at all. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with a nice body to it and has moderate carbonation. Smooth.

This is a solid porter. Besides the odd aftertaste, it's fine.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with medium head. Smells of coffee and coconut water. The beer tastes of coffee upfront followed by tastes of vanilla, and finally an aftertaste of coconut water. Malts are strong and satisfying. All the tastes blend together very naturally. There's a great balance between the initial natural sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. Both are evident but not overpowering. Overall, a very refreshing and tasty beer.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,261 ratings.
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