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 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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Photo of Shumania
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Canned on 6/27/11

a: dark black with a large 2 finger beige fluffy head.

s: Good kick of chocolate with some coffee in there and the hint of coconut.

t: Bitter coffee and sweet chocolate play very well off each other and the coconut adds something nice in there as well.

m: Perfect creaminess to this beer while remaining drinkable.

o: A great porter! Good chocolate and coffee flavors.

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Photo of merzeone
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oc Can received as a gift from my brother JsonParris

A: Pours a brown chocolate color with dark ruby red on the edges 2 to 3 Fingers head that dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes but that layer seems to stick around.Excellent lacing.

AR: Mostly Chocolate/ Cocoa & vanilla aromas followed with a bit of roast and minimal coconut. Minimal to no hop presence. Maybe a little bit of yeast esters (fruity) nothing to bad im just catching it at the very end.

T: Wow Creamy Coconut Mixed with some vanilla and chocolate tasted even better then it smells. Towards the end I get that little bit of roast just enough to make it pop with no astringency at all. Even though this is on the sweeter side its not malty. Good amount of hops to balance the taste out. Damn Tasty.

M: Perfect Carbonation, Great creamy taste but not heavy I would give this a medium body feel it does finish on the lighter side so it makes it easy to drink.

O: This is seriously a delicious beer, The coconut gives it that refreshing flavor so drinking it on a hot day wouldn't be a problem but the creaminess and a touch of roast makes it easy to drink in the colder months as well. Im Highly impressed. Its a good addition to the porter family.

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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 MNFirefly
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this porter is wonderful. It has a slight coffee aroma besides the coconut. When I poured the beer, it had a very thick and frothy head.

I wanted to enjoy a local Maui beer while sitting on the beach and this is definitely one that I highly recommend.

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

The first thing i noticed when i poured this beer was the unique light amber color. The beer's aroma is of smoky wood and a light floral taste.the beer has the perfect amount of lace, head and carbonation. It is surprisingly traditional porter in taste, as the coconut is barely detectable. Overall this beer surprised me, it is alot better than I expected. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of porters.

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Photo of BJA
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into perfect pint glass

A: Jet black with a tan head. I got about 1 inch of head that dissipated down in a few minutes and left a lil’ cap on the beer as I drank it down.

S: Dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, a bit of coffee with roasted malt in the background. The coconut scent is a bit sugary.

T: I get a good amount of dark chocolate with roasted malt. There is a sweetness to it as well and that coconut flavor. I get vanilla in the finish and aftertaste.

M: It has a medium mouthfeel leaning toward a bit of heaviness. It has a medium finish

O: I like this porter a lot. It is very drinkable. The sweetness is balanced very well. It always stayed at a perfect spot and never overwhelmed me.

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

A: Dark, dark brown with an enormous brown foamy and even fizzy head--decent retention that eventually fades to a thin film; lacing is okay

S: Roasty chocolate malts with subtle coconut aroma; the pleasant fruity coconut sweetness meshes well with the roasted dark chocolate malts

T: Up front mostly roasted malts that are a touch sour--seems a bit disappointing until the roasted coconuts invade, helping to bring the roasted malts up to par; chocolate and some dark fruits are subtly prevalent as well

F: A touch thinner that I would want, even for a porter

O: A nice take on the style; I wish it had slightly more body but this is quite the refreshing and unique beer

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

From Notes, can into a pint glass.

This hawaiian treasure has a deep black brown color with a large foamy caramel head. It smells of toasted malts and warm chocolate with touches of espresso and subtle coconut. Sweet malts blended with mild coconut and vanilla flavors balanced with some bitter coffee notes that goes down easy with a nice body.

Verdict: Probably the best beer from Hawaii, this one is really drinkable, not a pretentious porter by any means and a great beer to enjoy in a glass or right out of the can with friends.

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Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Abbey Burger Bistro in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Phenomenal burgers and a really well-rounded beer list in taps and bottles.

At the pour it raised a nice tan head. Even though it was a sizable glass, I couldn't pour the whole can due to the head. It didn't last too long though and I got the rest of it in there. A nice dark copper color to this one with a nice glow.

The malts really shine in this one, as it should be, with earth and nutty notes complimenting the expected roasted aroma. The taste follows this smell and the roast really takes over. A slight hint of chocolate, but not sweet chocolate. I struggled to find the coconut until I paid more attention to the wash. It's there, but don't expect the sweetened coconut we're used to or even the usual type of toasted coconut you can get on your sundae. This tastes more like coconut "meat" scraped right out of the shell and then toasted without anything else added. They say there are spicy hops in the finish. I didn't get that for one reason or another.

This beer has the classic body for a porter. I've had better porters, but this one is well worth getting and trying.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz can, this was enjoyed after the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
A – Pours a pitch black color, small light brown head. Head leave a decent lacing on the sides of the glass, but not great retention.
S – Good dark roasted malt, a hint of coconut and also some coffee. There is a mild chocolate note, but it’s hard to pin point it because of how its not as forward as the coffee and coconut.

T – This taste very similar to how it smells. A good amount of dark roasted malt up front mixed with a toned down coconut flavor that isn’t overwhelming, and then the coffee joins along with a good chocolate flavor that is as mild as it smells. Exceptionally balanced on all flavor levels.

M – Very much a medium beer, there isn’t anything thick or thin about this. And it’s a bit overly carbonated but that could come from the canning process.

O – Good twist to classic, impressed with how this is every time I enjoy it. Maui has got something in the brews they make.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark black with just a bit of lighter brown mixed in and a big covering of frothy and even creamy chocolate covered head. The head fades down slowly and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a nice mix of roasted and even slightly burnt chocolate malts with some milk and coconut sweetness and a touch of earthy hops.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of roasted chocolate malts and some toasted coconut sweetness. Through the middle, the chocolate flavor seems to get a bit more rich with a bit of burnt flavors and a touch of earthy hops. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, toasted coconut, and just a bit of burnt malts that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels silky smooth with just a bit of a syrupy and slightly chewy feeling.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice level of sweetness with the traditional American Porter elements. The toasted coconut is really nice.

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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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,259 ratings.
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