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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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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 2,222
Photo of beerstallion
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Its black as night, no light coming through. 1.5 fingers of dark tan head. This looks amazing.

S: Hershey's. Its straight up chocolate with a little bit of coconut and coffee.

T&M: Taste is along the lines of the smell. A very bold chocolate flavor with only hints of coconut. This is a thick creamy beer and if it had less carbonation I would feel like I'm drinking a glass of Hershey's syrup.

O: I'm not sure where the coconut is, but this is a great chocolate porter!

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Photo of Pahn
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in wine glasses, split 2 ways with morningthief. Canned 1/27/11, drank 9/4/11. Thanks to shufon for including this can as an extra in a recent trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fizzy light tan head that quickly dissipates almost to nothing. Black with red orange highlights, little to no lacing.

Smell: At first, mild hints of coffee and coconut, with a suggestion of some dark malts and pastry. Weak. With warmth and time, the smell really fills out, with great cookie and pastry notes still highlighted by coconut, coffee, and some vanilla.

Taste: Starts off tasting a bit like a malty soda with black coffee and possibly imagined coconut.

Like the smell, the taste quickly gets better, with subtle but distinct coconut flavor and a lot of good cookie-like malt notes. By the end it's surprisingly complex, and very palatable. A bit on the sweet side, and not particularly bold, but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated, reminding me a bit of why I don't like soda (or "pop" if you prefer). Gets more forgivable as more flavors come out. Ultimately unremarkable, but goes fine with the sort of simple pleasure flavors.

Overall: Nice. Mild but well balanced, with a good amount of malty flavor. If many of the beers I drink and praise are meals, this beer is definitely a snack, but it's a crave-able enough snack. In the right situation it would be easy (and enjoyable) to put down quite a few of these.

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Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Surly pint. Thanks Ross. Dark brown and clear with a brown head that left fast. No lacing either. Very very good aroma with plenty of roast, toast, coffee, malt, and coconut.

The taste is a notch down from aroma but not all that much: malt and coconut, with coffee-roast finish. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Plenty of coconut aftertaste after a medium dry finish.

Overall awesome!

2.5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of vande
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark brown cloaked in blackness....thin sandy looking foam

S: vanilla, coconut, hints of chocolate and a dose of coffee... a pretty decent smell

T: get what the nose gives you... the coconuts a bit feint in the mix, yet it is a nice blend of the coffee and chocolate...there's a sweetness here which hits the taste buds and makes them smile

M: Smooth and Creamy.

O: Very happy I came across this. 4 pack for $10, 2 left to go :)

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Photo of sk8man121
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retail1LO for this extra!

12 oz can poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Nice-sized head settles quick and leaves no lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla bean, faint coconut. juicy dark fruits. Smells delicious.

T: Sharp hops up front are a pleasant surprise and certainly weren't present in the nose. Sweet malts follow, resulting in a finish of vanilla-tinged wood and bitter chocolate. I don't get much, if any coconut in the taste, which is a shame given the fact that it is nicely present in the nose.

M: Medium-low carbonation; silky and creamy, if not just the slightest bit thin.

O: Was very excited to try this when I saw the can, and glad I did! The coconut is certainly far from being overwhelming, and really serves as just a nice accent to this great porter. I look forward to hopefully drinking this again someday.

Well worth trying.

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber and brown streaked black with a fingers worth of dark tan head. A sticky tan lacing streaks down the length of the glass. The nose is dominated by rich chocolate malts, with some roasted notes as well as some vanilla and faint coconut. The coconut comes through much more in the flavor, though it still plays second fiddle to the chocolate. The coconut flavor mixed with the chocolate instantly reminded me of an Almond Joy candy bar, more smooth and rich than citrus flavored like you'd expect from a pina colada or sweeter drink. Coffee and toasted nut notes hang around as well. A really good amount of flavor without anything becoming overwhelming. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and medium body with a sweet, lingering finish. A very enjoyable beer that I hope I cross paths with again!

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a great brown/black opaque porter color with a robust coffee colored head.
S: Great blend of rich dark malt and toasty rich chocolate aromas. there is also a fantastic aroma of toasted coconut.
T: The overarching flavor is a great roasted malt flavor with a subtle coconut finish. Great complexity of dark malt and rich flavors. The coconut is a great balanced flavor that really adds an interesting twist.
M/O: Great mouthfeel. This is a fantastic porter that adds a great coconut flavor. It's great because its a new twist on a classic beer I like.

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, big fizzy light coffee colored head that slowly recedes to a small cover with minimal lacing. Head and covering disappear. The coconut oils definitely killed the head on this 

Nose: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, I'm looking for coconut but  if it's there, it's very faint.

Medium to light body, higher carbonation than most porters I've had. Slightly oily. A nice espresso-esq finish that goes down easy.

Taste: espresso, chocolate, maybe toasted coconut if I use my imagination. Very dry but pleasant.

Overall a good porter, it's relatively fresh, canned 6-27, and is an enjoyable beer. The problem is that the only effect from coconut I notice is the absence of head and lacing. A little disappointed.

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

a- poured into a large snifter. dark, almost black in color. thick light tan head, settled quickly with minimal lacing. head remained thin and tan.

s- roasted malts, toasted coconut. light nose, but a different smell overall

t- roasty, to almost a coffee taste. finish clean with coconut note. nice toasted aftertaste lingers

m- velvety, good carbonation. surprisingly thin for style and flavor.

o- an enjoyable porter, not super heavy or super high ABV, only 6.0%. i enjoy the coconut a lot its a good compliment to the style. well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of polisanl
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can to glass snifter.
Dark brown in color with slight tan head. Good carbonation. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley. The labeling description on this is on the money with "toasted coconut". At first sip you know can taste the dance between chocolate, toasted coconuts, dark coffee and roasted malts. The porter genetics appear to win the struggle over the coconut flavors, though. Would love to see the porter flavors toned down just a bit, but great nonetheless. Medium in the mouth. Worth seeking and trying.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark brown and muddy looking beer that produced a 1-2 finger head that dissipated like an adjunct Lager. You can hardly see through it, and it left no lacing on my glass.

S - Roasted malt aroma's with dark chocolate and sweet coconut notes that all kinda sorta remind me of an Almond Joy. I also get lots of nuttiness and toffee notes. Very sweet smelling with soft floral and herbal hop notes. I gotta say that the coconut comes out allot more than I would expect.

T - Hops are more pronounced here than in the smell. Upfront I get a battle of herbal/floral hop flavors and dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. Mid to finish I pick up soft coconut that's mildly sweet, then it finishes pretty dry with traces of a mash between a Mr. Goodbar and an Almond Joy. A good deal of hop bitterness going on for a Porter as well.

M - I'm not really liking the feel. It's about a chewy and thick as a stout with the crispness of a Pilsner. Medium-full bodied.

O - Overall I'm a little disappointing in the brew. I liked the flavor profile but it was a bit wish washed together. I also didn't like the feel of the beer, way too carbonated! I could have another but I wouldn't ever buy it again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

Poured vigorously into a wide nonic glass. The color is a muddy brown with a thick and fizzy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a flat appearance to the beer. Impressive initially, unsatisfactory after.

Right from the pour a rich chocolate, mocha aroma permeated from the glass. Once settled a noticeable coconut is present along with floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

First sip and although a light coconut is detected, it's quickly overpowered by roasted cocoa nibs and a significant floral and drying hops presence. Pretty darn hardy, it's thick yet very crisp and carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry and sits like a brick in the stomach. Resiny almost, giving off a perception of metal. More like a brown than a porter.

A unique brew but it needs to be taken down a notch in almost every way except the addition of coconut. The alcohol is also too noticeable for 6%.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this after having (too) many in Hawaii months ago, Nice black body with a fluffy, sand coloured head. Creamy, chocolate and light coconut scent. Sweet chocolate, coconut and a decent hoppy bitterness in the taste. Very smooth, creamy -almost oily- mouthfeel. Great, rich and tasty beer. Well worth seeking out. My can says 6.0%, not 5.7%.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This does throw a great looking pour into my glass. Thick foam and pretty damned dark. Aroma is more coffee and chocolate; I'm not really getting any obvious coconut.

This is a good dry, roasty-earthy-bitter down the middle porter. Whatever toasted coconut there is seems to be getting lost within the larger roasty profile. Coffee, chocolate, etc. I don't see what the big deal is. This is a perfectly good beer, but in all honesty I'd pull just as much or more coconut off beers that weren't brewed with it. I'd like it to be at least somewhat obvious that it's a coconut porter.

Kind of a thin, spiky mouthfeel that probably *would* be good in a beach setting.

Well, this is supposed to be a porter that you can pound on the beach, and in that respect it works. It just isn't the creamy-coconut goodness I was expecting.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Tom for this thoughtfully included extra. Can into my mini snifter for shits and giggles.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Head fizzles to a thin ring and is quite short lived. Lace? Don't talk about lace!

Smells of a less sugary incantation of a Mounds bar.

Flaked coconut, butterscotch and a firm punch of tapioca. Finish is moderately bitter with a smattering of leafy hops and unsweetened dark chocolate.

Body is light and fizzy. Ample carbonation leaves a tingling finish. This could be dialed down a bit.

Overall this is a decent stout that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try and would drink again, but not actively seek out.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass
*Notes from 08/19/11

A: Maui CoCoNut Porter pours a sleek & dark looking black with more of a garnet towards the edges. Overly excited with bubbles. My pour yields a massive swirly dark mocha head that is ever-so cascading and lively. Big lace too.

S: Smells of milk chocolate. Roasty grains with a tiny bit of smoke to it. Chocolatey. Slight toasted CoCoNuttiness. Fresh clean ingredients.

T: Chocolatey roasted grains. Low moderate bitterness. A light toasty coconut effect. A touch on the sweeter side with some nice coffee & creme notes that perk as the beer warms. Slight alcohol presence. Light crisp finish. Tasty stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with a lighter than expected mouthfeel. Nice dry clean finish.

D: Quite sessionable. Good flavors delivered on a smooth creamy texture with a nice crisp finish.

A very delicious Porter and one I rather enjoy. Really nice balance to it. And while I do recall getting more Coconut flavor in past tastings perhaps this was an older can and I suppose some of those oils/flavors would in fact fade overtime.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/ black with a very very light brown head.

S - A sweet smell. There isn't much coconut in the nose, but there is dark chocolate and coffee.

T - The dark chocolate and coffee flavors are the most prominent. There is also a very slight coconut flavor, but it is not very powerful. The finish is a slight bitterness from the hops, but it is a really tasty finish.

M - Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation that is pleasant on the tongue.

O - I am usually underwhelmed by porters, but this is quite tasty and has a lot of great things working in its favor.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JJFoodie for sending me a 4-pak of this as part of our trade.

Serving: Can poured into a pint glass

This pours typical to most porters and stouts. A nice dark brown/black body topped with a substantial 3 finger foam head that was all talk. It disappeared in seconds. The nose is nearly non-existent. I sniffed this glass for 30 seconds trying to find something, and I couldn't. I moved on to pinpointing the taste aspects, and eventually got some hints of earthy alcohol, but that was about it. The taste is absent of any coconut whatseover. I don't know where that comes from, but I couldn't find it. That being said, there's a nice taste of cocoa, small vanilla notes, and some nuttiness. This is a heavily carbonated beer and ever sip coats your tongues in bubbles and bitterness. This is decent, but falls short of what I was expecting.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another BIF beer at DC tasting.

A: Nice dark brown with a small head and just a little lacing.

S: Nice roasty chocolatey smell, and there is a little savory semi sweet note to it that doesn't scream coconut but suggests it.

T: Very nice roasted coffee and chocolate in the taste, the roast lingers nicely. Little bit of lactose sugars too. Do not taste any coconut, though there is a pecan like nutty flavor.

M: Medium body, good roasted feel, but it does seem watery and thinner than a usual porter.

Overall good.

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

Thanks to Dubinsky for this. Poured from can into Mad Elf tulip.

Very dark like and porter would be.
Sweet, malty smell. I'm not really picking up any coconut.
Taste is sweet and malty.
This beer is very smooth in the mouth. Goes down velvety.
Overall, this is a really good beer. I don't really get/smell/taste the coconut, but it is stil a great porter.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this beer before. Seeing as I got this from Chris (Cavery) I thought I’d give it a whirl. Thanks Chris!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark viscosity. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Vanilla, coconut, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted roasted malts.

Taste – Quite similar to the aroma. There is a nice coconut flavor mixed in with the bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Finishes with a nice malty roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – I really enjoy this beer. I will say this does taste a bit different from in past, however, it is still a solid porter.

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Photo of Coplains
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at a local store, intrigued by the coconut.
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours really dark with mocha foam. No lacin,g. On the glass. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Tastes sweeter than most porters with the faint hint of coconut. Different, but very good. First time I have had a coconut porter, would enjoy comparing to another.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can marked 12/2010, poured into a NB Globe

A - Great big pour!! Lots of head! Thin lacing remains on the glass. Brew is very brown with lots of black, while head is straw color foam.

S - Big milk chocolate! Some nice coconut sweetness too. Very deep and dark. Definite roasty coffee

T - WOW! Coffee, coco, and nutty. Great taste.

M - Perfect carbonation! Very wet and deliverers fantastic flavor! Incredible smoothness!

O - Awesome brew, with 9 months on it, it only gets better!

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Photo of Treebs
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad boy as an extra in a trade, Thanks Brad! Poured from a can into my DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown/black with a tan fluffy head. That sticks around for a little bet then subsides slowly to a thin pillow of film. Not really much lace.

S: I'm picking up the aromas slight toasted coffee and some dark chocolates. There is a slight sweetness to the nose that must be the toasted coconut.

T: Ah, the nose made the brew have such high hopes, but it fell flat. There is a slight roast from the coffee, but that's about all I'm getting. There is also a very slight metallic taste that I can only imagine is the can. The brew might be a little too cold so I'm going to let it warm up a bit. Even after letting the brew warm it still underwhelmed and the taste was relatively unchanged.

M: Nicely carbonated with a pretty thin body for the style. There is a nice sweetness left on the palate that I wish came through on the initial taste.

O: This was a solid porter overall, but the taste was lacking pretty muted. Even after I let the brew warm a bit there still wasn't much there.

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Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown with a tan head.
S- Roasty malt small.
T- Starts with the roasted malt flavor and ends with a coffee taste.
MO- Creamy feel. Worth trying if you get to the islands. Although this was my favorite brewery in Hawaii not my my favorite beer.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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