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 pajfuwen
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fubudu187
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich dark brown with a finger of foamy tan head that sticks to the glass, a bit. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy, Whoppers, mild coconut, and mocha, is a good description. In the flavor, it's not an overly sweet beer, but, balanced. The mild bitterness lingers and builds, a little bit. The coconut, mocha, and slight java, are undertones to the dark roasted malts, but definitely present and accounted for. The feel is fairly dry, below average carbonation, medium thin body. Overall, I prefer D.B.C., because it's massive in the coconut department, but this is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can, gift from brother, into faceted mug. Restrained in its ambition, but deft in its execution, my first beer from Hawaii is a modest but excellent porter.

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Photo of Momon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded a can of Baxter's Window Seat, a similar porter w/ coconut flavor and the same exact ABV, to my roommate Chris for this nice little beer! Cheers dude.

Pours a deep mahogany-brown with a thin, barely-forming off-white head that seems to lace kinda solidly after it's done sinking from a couple fingers. Nicely unfiltered with a pretty robust look to it, but that head formation and retention is meh. Good lace, for sure, but my first impression was average.

Nose is very coconut and coffee forward with some roasty malts, sweet vanilla and cocoa. Liking the chocolate-truffle like aspect this one has, honestly. Very sweet-smelling with some mocha notes, but I definitely do get some coconut in there as well. Toasted coconut is just one of those things that works perfectly with a robust porter base, and they did a nice job getting it to come through but not take over here.

On the tongue, I get Swiss Miss hot cocoa upfront, with light notes of vanilla, slight roast and espresso elements with notes of toasty coconut in there as well. The coconut gets a bit more apparent once the beer warms up to room temperature, which makes a lot of sense to me. One thing I like a bit better about Window Seat, which is an otherwise extremely-comparable beer, however, is the nutty and slightly-weird character brought by the almond flavor they use. This has some of the base beer coming through, but not as much as I'd like. It's pretty flavorful, but just slightly less impressive than I want it to be.

The feel on this is pretty solid as well, toeing the line between full-bodied and eminently drinkable. With a velvety smooth feel and only moderate carbonation to prickle the palate, I'm left with a pretty nice drinking experience that doesn't seem like it'd be too much to do several times in a session, unlike a lot of robust flavors. I appreciate the graceful inclusion of adjunct flavors, of course, and feel that fact only helps the success of this brew. After all, if this were just a boring ol' porter, it wouldn't be as appealing, especially give Maui's (extremely apt) penchant for involving tropical flavors in their beers!

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Photo of Oakley
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wontonst
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From can at home. Pours to a vigorous taupe foam. Aroma is a bit shy when cold but the very pleasant combined flavor of coconut & cocoa leaves a great impression. Typical texture for a porter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with a small head. The aroma is a very light coffee. The taste is also a light coconut taste that is not very appealing. This is coconut light which tastes a little watered down.

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

Pours a deep brown to black with little head. The smell is fairly non existent with a little light chocolate on the nose but not much else. Taste is of toasted malts, cocoa and very light coconut.the coconut is there but it is very mellow in fact the beer is a very mellow beer overall as nothing really stands out in this beer good or bad. It's smooth medium body.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown blank with a nice white head, smell is a bit weak with a slight scent of coconut. Taste is great with the coconut smoothing all components of the brew out. Mouth feel is full, overall a very nice Porter.

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Photo of jp32
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 10/5/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance- dark but enough light comes in to lighten it a bit to a dark brown. Very thin beige head that leaves hardly a trace of lacing.
Smell - more mocha and cocoa, rather than coconut; nice enough, but seems to me a stronger coconut presence is warranted.
Taste - sweet medium roast coffee that comes off as a bit watered down.
Feel - too light and sweet for my liking; lacks the robust flavor and feel that I prefer.
Overall - I do appreciate that they didn't over do the coconut, but I feel like they under did it here.

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

Photo of BdM
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can with canning date of October 5th 2016 into stein glass.

L: Deep black. Finger width tan head recedes slowly into a thin layer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, coconut.

T: Watery porter IMO. Coconut milk, coffee and cocoa taste. Weird.

F: Light-Medium body. Decently smooth.

O: Pretty disappointed in this.

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

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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,274 ratings.
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