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 nimrod979
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can to a pint glass. Color is essentially black. Creamy tan colored head sits on top.

Fantastic chocolatey aromas. Bitter dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malts. Coffee aromas and hint of toasted coconut. Such a big and inviting nose leads to big roasted malt flavors.

There is a constant unrefined cocoa bitterness throughout. Some lingering hop bitterness. Just a bit of smokiness in the roasted malts. Coffee and the slightest bit of toasted coconut sweetness. You don't get much of it.

The beer is rather thin and oily with some abrasive carbonation. Not the smoothest or cleanest drinking beer. Just not too impressed with the mouthfeel.

Overall though, I'd say it's a pretty solid beer. It's dominated by the bitter cocoa aroma and flavors but is offset with just a bit of sweetness and smokiness to give it a little depth.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks canjeeps for this sweet extra!

a - opened and filled my ccb snifter. creamy tan with a generous white head...talking like 3 fingers that hung out for the party. thick lacing that slid along the glass as a whole. very different for a porter.

s - coconut and vanilla chocolate. i happen to not be a fan of coconut, but this is as advertised.

t - again coconuts all day...covered in chocolate. not a fan of coconut, so this is not a beer for me, but if you like coconut, give it a shot.

m - good carbonation and medium bodied.

o - overall, this is a well made beer and tastes like coconut, just a shame i don't like coconut...fortunately my wife does and she loved the beer.

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

I drank a bunch of these while vacationing in Hawaii. Probably my favorite offering from the islands that I've had there.

A- pours A deep black with nearly no light coming through. Thick and creamy tan head that shrinks to a small thin layer with just a small amount of lacing.

S- dark chocolate, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, toasted coconut, black licorish. Also a bit of hops come through after agitating it a bit.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate that tastes just a bit smoked or charred. The coconut comes through and pairs nicely with the chocolate. A slight presence of hops leaves a bitterness on the back end.

M- carbonation is right on for a porter. Pretty silky, but would like it to be just a bit heavier.

This is a solid porter. I feasted on this beer while in Oahu and will likely go back to it on my next visit to Hawaii.

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

Pours a dark cola bordering on black, with a frothy brown head that decorates the sides of the glass as I drink.

The nose is woody with an underbelly of coconut meat. Doesn't smell sweet as I had worried it might, this is more coconut husk than candy. Smoky with a twinge of chocolate.

The taste stays true to form with that toasty roasted coconut being the bacbone around which smoky malts and a touch of black coffee. Well constructed.

Very drinkable. Has that coconut creamy smoothness to it, and low carbonation lets it go down easy.

Overall it feels like a very well executed brew, though not one that I would rely on as a staple. It's tasty, but I don't think I could drink a coconut beer consistently. Try it at least once, though, and judge for yourself

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black. Head is coffee with too much cream. Creamy head dwindles to a thin ring pretty quickly. Some lacing. Almost opaque, but clear around the edges.

Smell: Loads of chocolate. We're talking all chocolate malt aromas. Runs from milk to the faintest touch of bitter baker's chocolate. Coconut is prevalent and adds a silky smooth aroma to the chocolate backing. Sweet, definitely smells sweeter than expected. Some booze and roasted malts aplenty.

Taste: Toasted coconut and creamy chocolate. Nice compliment of roasted malts balances at a level just shy of burnt. Touch of smoke and an earthy/woody punch on the back. Nice amounts of flavor, but lacks some depth. Cocoa lingers on the back of the sip. Drops of vanilla amid the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Starts creamy, but becomes a bit drier as it warms. Carbonation is on point for the style, but doesn't quite jive with the almost creamy mouthfeel. Almost drinks like a heavy lager.

Overall: Definitely good, and the use of coconut is perfect. I'm thinking this doesn't travel all that well as the flavors seem a little out of balance and breadth.

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Photo of iadler
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alpine beer pub.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head with no sign of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, unsweetened toasted coconut, coffee beans, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla.

T- Toasted coconut and dark chocolate upfront followed by coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and some smoke.

M- Medium csrbatnarion and a light body. Too thin and watered down.

O- Coconut definitely stood out and worked well with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Wish the body was a little more full and robust though.

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

12oz can poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- coffee black with a frothy, off-white head and slight light penetration that reveals a lighter brown hue.

S- coffee, coconut, toffee, vanilla

T- coffee comes on strong to start and slowly fades to vanilla and finishes with a very flavorful coconut.

M- thin to start, approached medium as it warmed.

O- unique, but not weird. This is a beer that I would gladly try again. Thanks to Kstrickler and StarRaptor for sending some of this to me, thereby allowing me to enjoy it multiple times!

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Photo of 01001111
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, dark chocolate brown.

S: The toasted coconut is fairly prominent. Slight hints of chocolate.

T: Toasted coconut, toasted malts; neither burnt nor smoky, just pleasantly charred. The coconut again figures heavily into the taste but not in an overbearing fashion. Creamy, a little sweet, and more hints of chocolate; this is closer to a good stout than a porter.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: One of the most enjoyable modern craft porters. Great taste, well balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Obtained via trade. Thank you Lunch. 12oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep brown with a huge pillow of a tan head. Excellent retention. Little to no lacing, what's there is sparse and patchy.

S: Very nutty and woody with underlying milk chocolate and vanilla. whiff of hop oils. Faint coconut milk and toasted coconut.

T: Everything revolves around a malty sweet, cola-like base. Nutty, bakers chocolate. Mildly smokey and a touch acrid. hollow hop bitterness. A sweet milky taste is really all that the coconut seems to contribute. Finishes sweet with tastes of the aforementioned milk and some charcoal.

M: Medium-thin in body. Somewhat astringent. A pleasant creaminess is cut by the abundant, aggressive carbonation.

O: It's a crushable little Porter made more drinkable because of its medium-dry nature. Coconut is on the subtler side. It has grown on me over the years.

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

12 oz. can poured into my Stone tulip. Canned on 9/22/2011.

A: Great, dense, chocolate brown color. Huge 3 finger mocha head faded to a thin collar and left some spotty lace.

A: Chocolate, biscuit malt, toasted character, with notes of cherry wood and earthy hops. Since this is about 3 months old the coconut has faded and is really not noticable.

T: Again chocolate forward with nice notes of biscuit and toast. Cherry, vanilla, wood, and an earthiness rounds out the flavor profile. No hint of the alcohol.

M: Full body and thick. Great levels of carbonation.

O: This is one fine beer. Although the coconut has faded, the base beer is fantastic. I love porters, and this is one of the better ones I've had. Great look and flavor to the beer. I bet when fresh the coconut makes it even better.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a globe.

A- Dark black, nearly opaque. Little to no light penetration, some slight dark brown edges. 1/2 -1/4" deep tan head. Quickly dies down, but consistent, sticky lacing remains. 

S- Very nice roasty, toasty aromas. Hints of cocoa, very mild coffee, with a nice toasted nuttiness. Toasted coconut aroma melds in very nicely hind it all, adding a very slight sweetness to the nostrils as well. 

T/M- Dark malts upfront. Surprisingly harsh, at first. Let it warms up a bit. Smooths out nicely as you drink it. Toasted coconut on the finish, not at all over powering.  The toasted quality of it really fits in nicely with the malt profile. No noticeable hop flavor, but very good balance in the beer. Could stand to be little more substantial in the mouthfeel.  Would also benefit from a creamier texture. Carbonation is a little heavy to me.

Overall, this was very good. I tend to avoid fruit beers, but this was a pleasant surprise.  Would pick it up occasionally if we actually got it here in MO.

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Photo of larryi86
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 9/12/11 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Toasted coconut, roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee.

T- Toasted coconut, roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, and a slight acidic/metallic after taste that is actually enjoyable after two or three sips.

M- Smooth, creamy, silky, medium body.

O- A nice porter that is easy to drink. At first I was not sure what to expect from a beer with coconut, and it was nice to see it be so tasty. Very happy I tried this, probably will grab a few more cans soon.

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

12oz Can - Thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 8 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted/toasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/toasted taste. There is only just a hint of coconut taste.. and it's not the type of taste I was expecting either. It's a burnt coconut type taste, not so much of a coconut oil flavour. It ends with a toasted and chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – While it really wasn't what I was expecting, it's still a delicious and highly drinkable beer. I'd drink it again anytime.

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

Pours out an opaque dark brown with plentiful mocha foam. Foam fades without lacing.

Smell is top notch - toasted coconut, coffee, chocolate malt, and bready malts all make their presence felt. It's rich and malty.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the nose. It's still tasty, but a bit less robust than I was expecting. Starts out with coconut, then fades into bready malts. Not much sweetness or chocolate - almost tastes a bit watery.

Feel is solid - medium bodied and aggressively carbonated. It's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Overall - solid beer. I'm happy to have tried it, but won't seek it out.

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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'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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,268 ratings.
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