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 Ninjakillzu
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L : Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Body is a very dark brown, almost black. The two finger brown head receded quickly.

S: Dark and milk chocolate, toasted coconut, slight dark fruit and woodiness.

T: Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, very slight woody bitter aftertaste.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft and foamy, with a slight warmth.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a one inch tan, creamy head and good lacing. Predominant smell is that of roasted coffee with no trace of coconut. Tastes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with just a hint of coconut. Not at all sweet, but not bitter. Medium bodied and carbonated, easy to drink. Wish there was a little bit more coconut.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/12/2015. The pour is a light mahogany brown color. In the glass, the body looks black but up the a light some ruby red highlights are shown along the edges and the head is thick, creamy with a light tan color. The aroma was a bit unexpected, lots of dark fruits, earthy molasses, good roasted qualities, a nuttiness, toasted coconut is evident, oats, smoked malts, and unsweetened cocoa. Medium mouth feel with lots of carbonation, it has a velvety sensation going down with a bitter roast aftertaste. In the flavor, I get milk chocolate, earthy (almost stale) hops, vanilla, unsweetened toasted coconut, roasted grains, toffee sweetness, and heavy cream. Nuanced complexity. I also noted a slight dry pepper skin quality that I get in beers brewed with chili peppers. Tastes like it has more age on it than it really does. Doesn't feel like a traditional porter; it has more of a stout consistency to it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown where only the brightest of lights pass. Good webby lace from a modest head.

I get the same metallic smell (iron) as I did from the Maui IPA. Distracting.

A bit of a gimmicky beer. I like the coconut, but the porter is a bit pedestrian. It starts with some toasted (chocolate) malts. The swallow and finish bring forth the coconut. It's nice but a simple twist.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown approaching black. Full tan head with chunky lacing. Sweet nose, toasted coconut, vanilla, nutty malt. Carbonation compliments body well. Toasted astringency from coconut, sweet sasparilla, yam, and pine form a pleasantly dry and sweet brew.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark, looks like a stout but with a thinner head. Smells like smoked coffee porter, no hint of coconut in the aroma. Slight coconut in the taste a little overwhelmed by the coffee and smoke flavor. Mouth feel is very nice for something shipped from the island to the east coast and sat in my fridge for a few weeks. I think this is a good beer to stash away for aging, the last one in the pack was better than the first and many weeks passed between tastings.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight smell of coconut but definitely came through in the taste. Chocolate/roasted malts. Goes down smooth, i will definitely be byying this again. Decent price as well.

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Photo of katsumi27
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Didn't smell coconut, only chocolate and coffee. Very smooth in taste, like the coffee I get from Papua New Geuina. Hint of chocolate but no coconut.

I'm only a noob in beer tasting so I'm giving you what I smell and taste.

The look is black with a nice head. For a coconut porter, I'd expect more coconut.

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Photo of NWSREM
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, translucent at the edges, small head quickly fades. Smell of coconut is first and foremost. Taste is also dominated by coconut with some chocolate and roast, not too sweet or desert-like but a bit mild in taste dept. Body is medium, smooth. Nice but could be a bit tastier.

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Photo of horshack7
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oh yes it's very dark with a dark beige frothy head about one finger thick that upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, wisps of coconut, chocolate malts roasted hops, bits of espresso in the back.

Taste: Chocolate malt bite in the front. Dark roasted hops and malts. Espresso, the coconut kicks in with some good force at the end. The finish is silky smooth with a full body. Cheers.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body with a huge tan head leaves heavy lacing. A great looking brew.
S - Lightly roasted malts, some coco sweetness. A hint of coconut.
T - Traditional porter, roasted malt, light coco. Coconut itself is quite subdued. Canned on 9/9/15. 3 months ago maybe it had faded? Coconut lingers and actually shows up as an aftertaste. It's a nice finish.
M - medium/thick a little too thick body low carb. Smooth as silk.
O - A nice subtle coconut porter. Definitely a different animal than Death by Coconut. Easier to drink.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, you're in Maui. It is reasonable to expect some coffee and coconut in your beer, correct? Thankfully, the Maui Brewing folks have pulled the roasted (burnt) malt, coffee and the ever-so-faintest hint of coconut together into one statisfying brew. I never pictured myself on the beach, swilling cans of this stuff. Instead, it the stuff of after-dinner, sunset views and the pure relaxation that comes from a trip to this place.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was traditional of a porter, but a bit darker than some. Frothy head stuck around for a while into the first drink or two, the aroma was like a nutty porter overwhelmingly coconut! The excitement faded as the taste was overwhelmingly coconut, much less than the smell. I'm sure they did what could be done, but will not buy this one again.

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Photo of Reema
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber brown with lighter brown edges. Smells of cold strong coffee, toasted malts, slightly charred, and with an extremely subtle toasted coconut. The coffee is very apparent but the coconut (especially for something called "CoCoNut Porter") is almost non-existent. Taste reflects the smell, strong initial coffee taste, toasted and slightly charred maltiness, small bitterness, leading into a subtle toasted coconut aftertaste. Again, very coffee forward but the coconut is very subtle, especially for something with coconut in the name. The feel is light and creamy, very drinkable with the flavor profile with is akin to a cold pressed coffee. Overall, this beer was a slight disappointment. It has great coffee and roasted malt scents and flavors but the coconut was way too subtle for my liking. If it was rebranded as a coffee coconut porter, I would have rated it much higher. This doesn't mean it was a bad beer though. In fact, this beer is very good but I was let down by the lack of a stronger or more noticeable coconut aspect.

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Photo of KevCan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at my dad's house. He bought it in a 4-pack of 12 oz. cans from Total Wine. Stamp on the bottom says Canned on 8/27/15. Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Pours a very deep dark reddish brown, almost black. It remains dark even when held up to the light. Great big frothy tan head on top that lingers for a while.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, but not much else.

Taste: Follows the smell, tons of roasted malt character. The coconut only enters in the aftertaste and is subtler than expected, but very enjoyable. Some hoppy bitterness rounds out the strong malt flavor. It's weird... with some sips I get a strong coconut kick, and with others I get none.

Feel: Light bodied, a bit thin, quite drinkable for a porter.

Overall: A really nice twist on the standard porter. The coconut is not overpowering, and in fact a bit hard to find, but pleasant overall.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice thick frothy head with big bubbles.

Aroma is deep deep coconut with hints or roasted chocolate. Like a ground dry mounds bar.

Taste is a little thin, I guess they is typical of a porter. Initially a light coconut flavor opening up to more roasted chocolate notes.

Good, but the coconut kinda disagrees.

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

Dark brown pour with a tall tan head that's quick to dissipate. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. Tastes like roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of coconut. A bit too light bodied than I'd expect from a porter, and for a coconut porter it's quite shy on the coconuts. But aside from that, a very good beer.

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

Out of a 12 oz. can into my Snorkel tulip; canned on 09/09/15
Poured a dark brown with a quickly disappearing light khaki head, leaves small islands of lacing.
Aromas of chocolate, coffee and of course toasted coconut.
A nice porter with roasted malts up front with hints of cocoa and coffee with a underlying taste of that toasted coconut and little bitterness and the back of tongue on the finish.
Light mouth feel on this one.
Overall, a decent porter; very easy to drink and delivers on what it says it is.

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Photo of safaricook
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black roasty porter that exhibits only a hint of coconut. Very enjoyable and dissapointing at the same time. Seems there was a recipe change. More coconut, please!
Interesting, I am having this for the second time and there is a great aroma and flavor of roasted coconut, just as it should be. I am adjusting my scoring accordingly.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much coconut in the taste...I understand that coconut is not an easy adjunct to get in the flavor profile but it's just not there. Not terrible but won't buy again.

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

This Coconut Porter has a nice aroma of toasted coconut. Flavors of chocolate and mildly roasted dark malts follow on the tongue. Black body with a cream head that trailed some lacing behind. Medium-weight and mellow, smooth with bittersweetness. Sweet chocolate with coconut overtones persist throughout. Mild carbonation. Some slightly sweet wet char aftertaste.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a Belgian Tulip or whatever.

I've never had this brew before but my main man SomethingClever gave me the hook-up once again. Let's get down with the brew. This pours a Handsome Dark Briwn the point it appears Black in the Glass. Nice Dark Brown hues Round the glass looking Mysterious. The brew was crowned with a fluffy Khaki Head of Foam. Looks pretty Outstanding!

Aroma should be a treat! Picking up first Coffee roast on the whiff. It's pretty intense and I digs it. Second waves molest your nasil passages with Cocoa and Roasted Barley complexity. Subtle Caramel in there too but my mind might be playing games on me. Smells pretty Banging if you ask me!

Let's taste this Muv! The initial flavor goes with Chocolate and Coffee that slaps the tastebuds around a bit. Second wave comes in and there is the Toasted Coconut in the distance. Enough to make itself known. A bit of caramel sweetness backs it up adding a Monds Bar appeal. This finishes smooth and slightly chalky with lingering Chocolate, Toasted Nuts and Coconut in the aftertaste. The feel on this is light smooth body with cola-esque carbonation.

Overall: This is a Tasty little Beverage. Nothing negative to say about it, outstanding Porter that brings Candy Bar to liquid form. I wish I had more of it! Could it have more Heft, sure. This, though, is fine just the way it is...this Brew is Recommended!

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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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,266 ratings.
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