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

Opaque black with just a hint of amber-chocolate around the edges and cratered tan foam that's slow to fade but leaves little lace. Baking chocolate, sprucey birch beer, and yes, some toasty coconut on the nose.
Milk chocolate, soil, caramelized sugar, some treacly black malts and a heavy dose of toast then slight woody hops.
Coconut only shows on the finish then a lean minty linger. Light-medium, chewy, quite lively; no hint of 6%.

Well layered malts give some real sweetness - fruit flies came straight for this one. Hops (Cascade and Columbus, seemingly) don't show up to the party. Lightness in body would keep me from calling this a porter, if I were asked. The carbonation does keep it from cloying, but overall I feel it hurts the body of what could be a more substantial porter, even though it probably suits hot weather.

Somehow less than it could be.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty black with a 2 finger sticky tan head.

Smells of coconut and coffee.

Some good chocolate flavor up front. The aftertaste is completely coconut influenced. In fact the coconut overpowers other flavors and it's not one I love.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good.

I was curious about this one. I hate coconut. Me hating coconut won out. Trying to put that aside, this beer does do what it intends to although the coconut is fairly one note.

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Photo of MAB
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coconut, or Cocoa and Nut?

To start with, this one is a real looker. Deep brown with an agressive, darker head.
The aroma was a bit muted, I thought. Definitely roasted malts and coffee notes.
Taste was solid. One thing I'll give credit to this brewery for: you don't wait for a taste to develop in your mouth. It hits you squarely in the taste buds.
Very much roasted grains first, with a chocolate note and some residual bitterness to finish. I didn't get coconut, at all.
The mouthfeel was very much as a porter should be.
Overall, this was a darned fine beer. I just wish that there could have been some real coconut flavor or aroma, somewhere.

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Photo of corylew
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours deep black with a tan head that stands tall.

Smells like a porter. Mainly roasted barley, slight hop bitterness, light amount of esters. And then, hidden amongst the flavors is that trophy of coconut.

Tastes like a porter. A very good porter at that. Well balanced, sweet chocolate and burnt tones without being heavy and packing a well measured amount of barley flavor. But what's that other flavor I'm getting? It's like there's a tiny little pina colada hiding somewhere in this glass.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly more carbonated than I like my darker beers, but it's from a can and I haven't really seen a brewery undercarbonate in cans correctly yet.

Overall: *steps up on soapbox* Hear yee hear yee... All yee brewers take notice. When you make a flavored beer, do not make the flavoring the only thing you can taste. You're brewers for crying out loud. If I wanted a porter that tasted like an island themed air freshener, I'd buy a wine cooler. This beer has performed a deed known to be nearly impossible, to hint at a flavoring, and have it compliment the beer without dominated it. Here's looking at you, Hell or High Watermelon. CoCoNut Porter is a great beer because it is first and foremost, a great porter. The coconut in it is just a silver lining that makes me like the taste of the beer more, as all beer flavoring should do.

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

Was able to try a can of CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Co. The color was a opaque dark with tan head that did not lace that well. The smell included roast, coconut, chocolate and light espresso. The taste was more dominated by roast and espresso....slight chocolate and not much coconut. The mouthfeel is a medium body porter that had minimal carbontation. Overall it is amazing!!!!

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Photo of cavedave
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to pjones for another delicious beer! no one drank this at hb club. Their loss now my gain today.

A beautiful beer that pours a darkest brown and turbid, covered with 4 fingers of lasting beige whipped cream.

Mmmm, milk chocolate and creamy light coffee with a very light tangy edge, and hints of candi and toffee. Coconut? MIA in bouquet.

Very sweet with sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, then a morph into the roastier flavors, which are very light in nature, some swet milk chocolate and creamy sweet coffee. Just the lightest hint of tart yeast, and even lighter hints of coconut toward the end of the sip as it warms.

Very light in the mouth, full of flavors and sweet at that, but no cloy, very clean, its strongest feature, the flavors shine here for sure. Nice finish, if a touch too lacking roast.

Nice American Porter that drinks like a lightish Milk Stout. Recommended

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Photo of pixieskid
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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 eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a tanned large bubbled head, that does not retain. A cola like appearance

S - Creamy chocolate and malt

T - Some nice creamy flavours up front with some chocolate and heavy vanilla. The finish is a little bitter. A tiny bit of coconut on the finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

O - This is a very drinkable stout that is very moreish. Coconut is nearly non-existent though.

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

A-Darkest kola hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and sporadic clingy lacing.

S-Toasted coconut,dark roasty mocha,barley and ripe blackberries.

T-Toasted coconut first up followed by dark fruit,cherries coated in dark belgian chocolate,a touch of herbal and fruity hops and is finished with the bitterness of a dark expresso.

M-Light bodied and sessionable.

O-Its nice and fresh and the coconut is balanced perfectly and would revisit cheers.

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

12oz can (canned 8/15/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice mocha head.

Aroma is - wow - rich, earthy, toasty... not really sure how to describe it. Chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar maybe? Must be the coconut throwing me off. Interesting aroma but I'm not sure I completely enjoy it.

Taste is just as confounding as the aroma. It's a standard porter but then the toasted coconut kicks in and I'm just not sure what to make of it. Not even sure if it is the coconut or just an unusual combination of malts. A little chocolatey, roasty... but still mostly just elusive. You could tell me they brewed this with molasses or Vegemite and it would make just as much sense to me.

Mouthfeel is fine, nothing much to say about that.

Overall this is just an interesting, unique beer. I don't know that I like it that much, but it's certainly not bad by any means either. It is full-flavored, that's for sure. Might have to come back to this one every 6 months or so just to see if I can make any more sense of it.

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Photo of drpimento
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, really good porter! Let the can warm some out of the fridge then poured a giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy tan head that quickly settled to some islands, a ring, and a little lace. Color is almost opaque black brown; in the narrowest part of the glass it was clear. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of coconut. Flavor's much like nose with malt, roast, sweet, and carbonic tang on top, other stuff later. Body and carbonation are smack on. Finish is like flavor with certain flavor lasting longer than others, but in a satisfying way. I could have a few more of these.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown that is almost black. It has a huge, frothy, mocha colored head with good retention that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: A big roasted malt presence and a huge earthy scent is the backbone for the aroma. There is also a nice touch of sweet coconut.

T: Once again, as in the aroma, there is the huge roasted malt presence. It has a unique soil-like earthy taste that is sort of overpowering. It leaves me wondering- what happened to the coconut?

M: It is medium bodied and very smooth. Nothing extraordinary here, pretty much a feel you'd expect from a porter.

O: After the great appearance and nice aroma, I was thinking I was really going to enjoy this beer. Unfortunately, for me, the taste fell short and was overpowered by the earthiness. There are many other porters out there that I would rather have than this one, especially at over $10 for a four pack.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pors a dark brown with a tan head. Slow carbonation.

It smells roasty. Not a lot of hops working, but highly malty.

It doesn't taste like the kind of coconut one would expect. The roasted coconut flavors give it a wonderful roasty taste. It fits wonderfully into the porter milieu.

It's pretty thich bodied but it's got an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is my favorite beer from my trip to the Aloha State. It's not what I expected, it's better.

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Photo of kmatlack
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Canned 7/21/11.

A- Pours a very dark brown-black with a very foamy jagged khaki colored head. Lots of bubbles floating up to the top. No visible lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of dark chocolate, roasted coconut, bready, yeasty, dark fruits, oats.

T- Identical to the nose. Same notes, a little more toasted coconut on the aroma side of the house but still delicious. Very tasty porter, alot going on.

M- Slick mouthfeel, too much carbonation, a little thin but very drinkable.

O- A delicious porter and glad i get to enjoy it regularly.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of an awesome trade. Surprisingly, my first craft beer from a can.

I'm not a big fan of coconut, so I'm not so sure about this one.

A - Pours dark brown/black color. Thin white head dissipates into nothing quickly. The beer looks basically uncarbed after 15 minutes.

S - Good smell. Nice porter smells with sweetness from the coconut.

T - Very good and smooth. I really enjoy this. Nice tasting porter with some sweetness from the coconut. The coconut definitely doesn't overpower, but is a nice compliment to the beer.

M - Starts off excellent, but the beer is literally flat 10-15 minutes into the tasting. Strange.

Overall very good beer. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mnbears fan for this one, my first Hawaii beer and state tick #41.

A: A slow, straight pour into the upright glass results in a voluminous three-finger head of pillowy light-brown foam. Retention is strong, but it’s a bit light on the lace.

S: Hmm. It’s quite roasty – sharply so. Dark chocolate and ash are the most prominent aromas, although there’s definitely a hint of heavily toasted coconut as well. I was expecting something significantly sweeter, but this is certainly not bad at all.

T: Follows the nose. Coconut is present but subdued, while sharply roasty malts really carry the day. Bitter dark chocolate stands out in particular, with some dry hops bitterness complementing it on the finish. Tasty enough, but nothing to write home about.

M: A little thin, a little prickly, and not that great.

O: I’d like to rereview this one at some point in the future, as this can was nearly a year old and I have a suspicion that the coconut might have been much more of a player in a fresh can. As it was, this was a solid but unremarkable porter, and gained very little from its unique adjunct.


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Photo of rstone57
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Celtics Tervis Tumbler Pint glass.

Color is black with a thumb's width of dark, carmel colored head. The head dissipates to a thin film that remains throughout.

Smell is dark chocolate mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate with subltle coconut and malt with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a great, unique, dark chocolate porter with a hint of coconut that isn't in your face.

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

A: Pours jet black with a large tan head on top, probably 2 fingers worth in my Cigar City goblet. Slow dissipation to a still nice layer of foam on top and sticky lacing left behind.

S: Mostly dark chocolate and a little bit of roasty malt. There is a little bit of coconut and a hint of coffee.

T: Similar to the aroma, mostly dark chocolate with traces of coconut and roasty malt. Slight sweetness at the end where this is a bit more coconut.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a touch of creaminess.

O: Like this more than I thought I would, since I am not a huge coconut fan, but the flavor is subtle and adds the right amount of flavor.

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

Picked this one up as part of a mixed 6-er at the awesome Pono Market on Kauai. Great place for beer and food.

Deep black in appearance, with a hint of red. Nice head, and superb spoke-style lacing.

Nose was creamy coconut liqueur, sweet and slightly roasty. Very nice. The word I used that night was 'divine'.

Taste was deceptive. I got roasted bittersweet cocoa up front, followed by a rich, full-on toasted coconut wave. The finish seemed more roast and burn.

A welcome treat for the taste buds, and an experience worth revisiting. Too bad I can't get this in Indiana anytime soon!

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Nonic glass

A: Pours very dark and smooth. Gives a soft 1 finger head.

S: Wonderfully sweet smell. You get the toasted CoConut up front with some chocolate on the back. This beer smells amazing

T: The coconut is more muted than you might think. Lots of chocolate malt and then the toasted coconut. The taste lingers nicely with a little coffee coming through near the end

M: Smooth and carbonated, would like it to be a little smoother, but that's pretty picky

O: Really happy with this beer. I had this when it first came out and I was not very impressed. My second try has proven to be much more successful. Gonna be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Desaparecido. Thanks Ed!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a light layer.

S - roasty aroma with hints of cocoa more than coconut.

T - rich, roasted malty flavor with very subtle coconut mixed in.

F - medium bodied with a smooth drinking feel.

O - a good tasting porter.

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Photo of Hands22
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. 

A- pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that faded quickly, leaving a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer. 

S- roasty coffee dominates. Get some sweetness in the toasted coconut. 

T- roast coffee carries through to the flavor. The coconut comes through as a sweet taste on the back end. Finishes semi-sweet but the roast grain does add a bit of dryness. 

M- medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. 

O- a very good example of the porter style. The coconut is there but gets a bit overwhelmed by the strong roasted malts. As it warms the coconut picks up some. Kind of reminds me of coffee and doughnuts.

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

Thanks a bunch charlie for this
Canned 03/04/11

A - Deep brown body with a big loose light brown head.

S - Big roasty nose, some coconut, some sweet dark fruits, a very enjoyable smell.

T - Lots of roast, some sweet dark fruits, nice balance to nose, having trouble tasting any coconut. But its fine, a bit too sweet perhaps.

M - very smooth, medium body.

O - a pretty good beer, wish it was a little bit more coconutty.

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Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Dry roasty malt, very light touch of coconut.

L: Dark black, light tan head that dissipates slightly. Dusty head.

T: Dry roasty malt with some coconut sweetness near the finish. Medium low bitterness leads to some dark chocolate with additional toasted coconut.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium high carbonation.

Really enjoyed this, aroma was disappointing, but the taste had a nice subtle coconut that worked great with the roast. Carbonation was a little high, but glad i tried this.

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Photo of uustal
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black/brown with a one finger light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate and molasses along with a good balance of coffee beans and a touch of hops. Really nicely crafted sweet porter. Initial hit of sweet chocolate, not overly sweet, but very nice. Little kick of roasted coffee and hops before a sweet creamy finish. Hints of vanilla, coconut and coconut milk to finish off this tasty brew. Really complex flavor profile.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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