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 SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with fluffy tan colored head about a good two fingers. Dissipation of the head receded pretty slowly.
The smell starts off with sweet cocoa running into some vanilla, light fudge and a little bit of coconut.
The taste pretty much copied the aroma and preserves a nice level of sweet cocoa roaming into the aftertaste and residing in the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the malt to be the weight and run fairly smooth. Coconut comes back to help add a light creamy sort of feel clinging to my tongue.
Overall, this was an absolutely wonderful American Porter with coconut. I've actually heard this is called a Hawaiian styled porter and I know I would have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes tumbler glass.

Appearance : Chocolatey brown body with light strikes of cranberry and a head that doesn't quit. Towering, foamy, fluffy, gorgeous almond colored head @ 4 fingers, and recedes so slow it's like watching paint dry. Love it. A shade more opaque and it would be a solid 5.

Smell : Cocoa malts shoot right up the middle of the aroma, with booze, vanilla, lactose, and fudge surrounding it. Fabulous so far.

Taste : Chocolate hits first with a resounding pillar of smoked and/or burnt malt, following through to the finish with more char. I'm trying to get more of something...anything...but all I've got is chocolate out front and thick smoke all the way through. It's fairly one noted unfortunately. I don't taste the coconut that others are proclaiming here. Nor the level of sweetness.

Feel : Medium bodied, somewhat creamy although not delectably so; ends with a roast parch.

Overall : The flavor and feel leaves a bit to be desired...still, I'm convinced they did a good job on this porter. Is it worth the $5.99 I paid for the 4 pack? Yep. Would I buy a 4 pack again if I ever do see it? Nah, probably not. If there's one thing I've noticed from my haul from the Pacific region, it's that all of their porters and stouts are smoked/burnt, and all of their lagers are hoppy. This one falls right in with that categorization.

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Photo of lynxznet
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this in the cans on a whim.. The first thing I noticed was the smooth flavor and crisp finish, virtually no alcohol noticeable. The subtle tones of chocolate hit your taste buds and linger, yet I didn't notice coconut.

A quick whiff of the stout grants a soft distinctively nutty aroma, which is pleasant and very mild.

Overall, this is a decent beer and presented well. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into snifter

A: deep black no hints of light around the edge poured with a big head creamy looking but settles to less than a quarter of an inch soapy bubbles with a slightly off white head

S: chocolate with light hints of coconut robust nutty maltiness a little bit of sharpness and almost a hop spiciness to it

T: very nice malty roasted nut chocolate taste but I can't hardly taste the coconut it might play across the tongue lightly at the end up and show up for a second on the aftertaste. Not too sweet which is nice

M: nice creamy feel to it pretty stellar for a porter feels very full

O: While I think it is a very good porter I am a little let down by the coconut I was hoping it would be more in your face. That being said its a great porter that isn't sickly sweet and has a nice creamy texture and light light hints of coconut.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a pint glass

A: Medium brown body settles into the glass; small, khaki colored head quickly settles out to a small collar; spotty lacing.

S: Nose opens with hints of light roast and a distinctive nutty flash of toasted coconut. A hint of chocolate rises as the glass warms That coconut note smells great.

T: Toasted coconut flavor washes over hints of light roast, coffee, and a faint, powdered cocoa. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, given the other reviews I have read for this porter - the chocolate seemed muted beneath the coconut. Really, the nutty/toasted flavor predominated from first sip to finish. Still, a nice showcase if you like coconut.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A decent porter, with a nice emphasis on the toasted coconut, but would have liked a more rounded flavor profile with more cocoa/chocolate sweetness to balance out the nutty coconut and roast flavors that dominated. Still, I'm glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of ccg
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: black and opaque: barely any light gets through. Pours with almost an inch of light-colored foam that fades quickly.
Smell: Sweet, round, and lightly roasty. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Not much coconut that I notice specifically, at least in the beginning, but maybe that's what is giving it the soft, round smell.... Now that I've let it warm up a bit, more of a nutty scent is emerging and the coconut is noticeable. I must have had it too cold initially.
Taste: Where's the coconut? This porter has a light sweetness, and I'm getting roasty malt with hints of chocolate and vanilla, but if I were drinking it blind, I would not guess that it's a coconut porter. I might have guessed it was a thin chocolate milk stout.
Mouthfeel: about average for a porter. Not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: I was hoping for a really intense, coconut-forward profile, but this one is more subtle. It's good, and unusually sessionable for a porter, but I would definitely want to bump up the intensity on the coconut.

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Photo of tigg924
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown, with one inch head and high carbonation. Smell is amazing coconut and chocolate. Taste starts a bit bitter with dark coffee roast that switches quickly to milk chocolate and big coconut. The finish is about as deep coconut as I have had. Did not care for the first taste, but the aftertaste is amazing on this beer. This is one I will get again.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this porter!

The light toasted coconut notes add such great flavor to this solid brew!

I will be picking up a sixer of these anytime I can, these are so enjoyable and sessionable for porter!

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

12 Oz can. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. Smells of coconut, roasted malts and chocolate. Nutty even. Thin traditional porter with chocolate and roasted malts forward and coconut with a tiny amount of hops on the back end. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day. Not a lot of coconut detected. Very good traditional porter with a coconut twist.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, dark red brown with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on coffee and cocoa, nutty and malty, light smell of toasted coconut

T: light flavor of toasted coconut mixes with coffee and chocolate, very malt forward with only a pinch of hop bitterness at the finish

M: medium bodied and creamy

O: nice brew utilizing local ingredients that is true to the style

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a nice light brown head which shrinks only slightly while drinking. Smell is only slightly of coconut but that works for me. Taste is nice for a porter - no smoky flavors that I can detect, but nice coconut, roast, and slight chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is also good - not too thick, not too thin, with good but not excessive carbonation. Overall, very good - the coconut flavor compliments a nice porter.

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Photo of bsonk
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter- 6% abv.

A: very dark with an off white head that vanishes to a thin line on top.

S: coconut, roasted malt.

T: sweet, roasty malt, with pronounced toasted coconut. Very creamy-coconut-y like coconut milk, also has a chocolatey aftertaste.

M: thin and bubbly, creamy, very drinkable for a dark beer. Sweet creamy coconut and dark chocolatey malt lingers on the palate.

O: super good porter. Sweet and roasty and drinkable. Complex coconut/dark chocolatey flavor. One of my favorite beers. Unlike Kona beer which is contract brewed in Portland (making it a really local beer for me lol), you know they really shipped this Coconut Porter in from Maui at huge cost to the environment because they have to pack it in the reinforced aluminum cans that are thicker because they are designed to make it across the Pacific.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost opaque coffe/cola with 1" khaki head that lingers. Retention & lacing are both OK.

S: Big coconut & chocolate notes jump out of the glass. Some toffee, roasted almond. Actually detecting some vanilla as well. Smells enticing.

T: Leads with coconut & cola flavors. Mid palate features more of a roasty coffee slant along with a hint of vanilla, much like the nose. Finish is coconut, coffee & some hints of pitted fruit. Really delicious.

M: Low-to-moderate carb with a slick, creamy body. It drinks rich yet delicate.

O: Exceptional flavored Porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan, finger width head. Sub-par retention, breaking down to a near barren surface and a ring of suds along the edge of the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey upfront with lesser coconut notes. Mild roast character.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with a touch more roast, resulting in strong mocha character upfront. Coconut comes in mid-taste with a strong undertone. Mild coffee roast bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium with bitey carbonation. A bit too 'lively' for a porter, but considering the source (Hawaii) it fits the climate.

Overall - Very good. Might consider buying it more often if it weren't $9-10 a 4-pack. I could definitely see this as a solid dark option on a hot, sunny day.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some head behind. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black. The color is black but it seems to have a bit of a very dark brown hue to it. The texture seems to be a bit off for a porter but still close to what the style calls for it.

The beer smell has a really strong coconut note and it is really good. The beer still has the traditional porter smells such as milk chocolate, roasted black malts, and a strong caramel presence. The overall mix is fantastic and the coconut both shines and complements the other notes really well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has strong coconut notes along with the traditional notes. The other notes are dark chocolate, caramel, and a lighter roasted note than in the smell. The chocolate is especially strong.

The mouthfeel is a bit bubbly and carbonated for a porter. The biting carbonation reduces a lot of the heft from the beer. While the overall experience lacks the kind of smoothness and creaminess normally found in porters.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter and worth getting when you can. The coconut definitely adds and while it isn't the best crafted, it certainly is the tastiest.

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

355ml can, "canned on 052715", consumed on june 17 2015 while on vacation in hawaii

a: dark brown with tan head

s: light toasted coconut notes, leans more towards the cocoa-coffee smell

t: more coconut than in the aroma. lots of cocoa and toasted coconut. coffee-like finish with a moderate bitterness

m: medium-ish body, carbonation is a bit strong when cold, slight chalky dryness, i do like it though

o: a good brew that delivers on its coconut promise. can't wait to drink more of this while i'm here

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this for a while as I love coconut and I was very impressed. The beer pours very black and has a nice head. If I didn't know what it was I would have assumed it was a stout for sure. The coconut flavor is there, but is very subtle, which I like. I almost didn't taste it until the aftertaste. It does give the Porter a slight sweetness though which makes it highly drinkable. It's also very creamy. So all together, a really good beer that I look forward to having again

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

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 3'+ tan frothy head that drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: dark roasted malt is dominate, but there is some coconut sweetness as well, along with pungent earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied and a bit oily with a dry, powdery finish.

Flavor: coffee, cocoa, dark roasty malt, coconut is hidden towards the end of the taste, there is some lingering hop bitterness and slight alcohol warming in the throat.

Overall: complex and delicious.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, pretty much black, with a frothy light brown head that settles to a thin layer and laces well.

S: Toasted coconut, a little chocolate, dark sugar, and roasty malt.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, toasted coconut, a bit smokey, burnt toast, hint of vanilla, and an herbal woody note.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, rather drinkable.

O: Very tasty twist on a porter.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a porter glass.

Pours a deep brown that looks black when it settles inside the glass. Head forms into a finger of thick, layered foam that dissipates into a sticky layer of lace. 4.25

Mellow nose, but there's a nice dose of toasted coconut, dark chocolate and malty sweetness. Light caramel and vanilla and a touch of hop aroma round things out. 4.25

Tastes as advertised. Toasted coconut continues and the chocolate is abundant and imparts both sweet and bitter flavor, and there are subtler notes of caramel and vanilla. The finish lingers with baker's chocolate. 4

My mind occasionally wants more body from this brew, but other times it feels about right. The bitterness is surprisingly aggressive and I'm actually wondering why they didn't allow this to be a bit, just a tiny bit, sweeter. The carbonation is medium and feels just right. 4

Tasty brew that drinks easily and offers a lot of flavor and feel.

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Photo of lowers87
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark brown, medium carbonation
Smell: Obvious coconut aroma, background roasted coffee bean,
Taste: Tastes very similar to the smell, more of the coffee bean comes out in the taste, not to heavy, the roast is strong.
Feel: Light and not overpowering, doesn't feel like a strong beer.
Overall: Different type of beer, not too complex which is nice, recommend.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid porter poured nice dark brown from can. Roasted
Malts cocoa, coffee - very little coconut. Pleasant , medium
Bodied with the an finish. Pretty good American porter - enjoyed on recent visit to Hawaii. Not
Bad for style- but not worth high price point.

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Photo of jooler
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of head. Smells like any porter. Initial taste is of mostly coffee. I could barely taste coconut. I was excited for the coconut but was very let down. Not worth the price

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip. A dark brownish black with a finger of clingy, frothy light tan foam on top... Leaving a thick bar of lacing on the sides of the glass but otherwise breaks down rather quickly.

Aroma is that of malts rather than the signature ingredient ... Roasted coffee, lightly singed grains. There is a distinct candy bar note, burnt almond and sure, some coconut flakes. The taste is rather ashy up front but mellows out into cola and toasted nut territory along with some semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate covered coffee beans and vanilla. Reminds one of a Malibu chocolate bar as the bitter receptors acclimatize. Some herbal/tannic hop notes emerge in the semi-dry nutty finish. Solidly medium body and carbonation.

Although not my favorite porter by any stretch, I think this deserves props for not being overbearing on the signature ingredient and still conveying some unique character.

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

(Draft, Social List, Long Beach, CA 2/22/15) Haven't had many porters in quite some time and this one has me interested in trying more. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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