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 carpezytha
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maui brewing coconut

Served in pint glass
A: Dark body, head dissapears quickly
S: Not a whole lot besides roasted coffee and toast.
T: Definite coconut meat flavor along with nutella on toast, Sumatra coffee beans roasted with Cardamom Turk style.
M: Mouthfeeel a little fleeting on the finish. A little too light bodied I think for this style.
D: As far as can beers go, this is definitely a drinker.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.44/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz can into my De Struise...Dark brown with a light tan head, great retention, ok lacing...Super light aroma, light sweetnes on the front, you would think that should be coconut but just get a little sweet chocolate and that is it, frankly disappointing as I wanted to be hit with coconut. There is a strange aroma of alcohol that seems to waft and fill the whole glass...The taste shows off the coconut, but this time to the extreme, there is so much sweet coconut in this is almost impossible to drink. Way to sweet, nothing else going on, if was more roasty maybe it would be better.

Interesting concept just not executed as it went to the extreme in aroma and taste. Unless you are a ticker and want Hawaii no need to try this.

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Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I had heard such good things about it. I didnt know if it was 10 bucks for a 4 pack before, but i'll always pay for quality (even though I was weary as they are in cans).

A- Pretty good. Dark dark brown with a decent head if poured agressive that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S- Smokk, light coconut smell.

T- This was where there beer shined, as it should. At first tatse I was like eh. Then as I got into it, the beer was excellent. Light for a porter but complex. Coffee, smoke, raisens, light coconut flavor that is all so good. Its excellent. Soooo close to a 5. I will definitly get it again.

M- Light but not in a bad way just light for a Porter.

D- Could drink these all day, which I normally wouldnt do with other Porters

Go out and get this. I dont think you will be disappointed, unless you dont like coconuts

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

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Dark brown/near black in color, with a thick, creamy tan head. Mainly just drank out of the can, but had to get a quick glimpse of it :)

Smell - Smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and hey, coconut! It's like an almond joy in a can!

Taste - Taste is similar to the smell. Classic roasted coffee/chocolate porter flavors, with a hint of coconut mixed in. Malts are dominant, but this brew is hopped well enough for a good degree of balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Of above average drinkability for a porter. I could have a few of these.

Overall - A very tasty and interesting take on the Porter style. This makes a great dessert beer. You'll love this one if you're a fan of Almond Joy or Mounds!

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Photo of Dlish
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Pours dark black, a hint of ruby red o nthe edges, Foam is about 3 figures but recesses very fast to a light lacing. The lacing completely disappears within 5 minutes of the pour.

S- Light coconut, roasted/burnt coffee, lots of chocolate malts.

T- Taste similar to the smell, with out the coconut. More roasted chocolate malt flavor to it. Everything is pretty pronounced and robust, nothing is unpleasant in the flavor or too crazy.

M- The least appealing part of this I say is the carbonated mouth feel, it feels a bit to harsh on the tongue. I think it should be toned down to mach the roasted flavor and the coconut aroma.

D- Overall I could knock back all 4 cans and not feel bad other then the price that I payed for it (4 cans for 10 bucks!) I actually brewed a clone before I had this, there pretty close Although I think my carbonation is also way to pronounced.

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

Looks: an inky dark brown with the faintest cranberry highlights. The head, about one finger thick, is fuzzy, fizzy, and the color of toasted marshmallow. After a minute, it collapses to a furry ring with some film.

Smells: like an almond joy. Toasted peanuts and almonds lead, along with dark chocolate and sweet coconuts. Yum.

Tastes: toasty. Nuts show themselves again, in the form of peanut skins. A light coffee bitterness is revealed, as are dark chocolate and a tiny bit of coconuts. I wish the tropical seed was more prominent.

Feels: lush. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and nearly creamy.

Drinks: like a solid porter. For a beer with coconut in the name, I'd like some more coconuts.

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

A - a solid dark porter that pours up a finger of dark tan head

S - vanilla and coffee up front, a very nice aroma, its hard to distinguish the coconut from vanilla aromas

T - the flavor resembles coffee liquer with vanilla, in the flavor, the coconut is a bit more discernible, that toasted nutty flavor that cocnut fans love

M&D - super smooth, surprised how well this aged, this can sat in my cabinet for 10 months and didnt expect much after so long and it completely surprised me, great beer

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Photo of a74gent
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer reviewed from prior notes - consumed 8/24/10

A nice beer, but I don't get anything I can distinctly say is coconut. There is a mild aftertaste that isn't true porter, but I'm not sure I'd say it is coconut either. Nice dark pour, mouthfeel is a little thin but overall a tasty drink. Nice carbonation but doesn't manifest itself as huge head.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nearly opaque (a dark mahogany) color. One finger of creamy tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Very robust milk chocolate aroma with pronounce caramel, as well. Smells like some sort of chocolate cake and the coconut makes a nice garnish on top.

T - Roasted grains, milk chocolate, nuttiness from the coconut, dry dirt and deep down some herbal, earthy hops. Not the robust coconut flavor I was expecting.

M/D - Mouthfeel doesn't fill out the way I think it should and the carbonation isn't what it should be. The finish is slightly sweet. Pretty dull beer in general tho :-/

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black with a small, tight tan head that soon reduces to a mere ring around the glass.

This beer smells amazing. It hits my nose like an Almond Joy. Chocolate, nuts, cream and vanilla.

Bitter chocolate and lightly roasted malt with hints of dark brown sugar and nuts. Smooth, rich and velvety. Medium-full body with a little less than medium carbonation.

I could drink these all days simply to smell it over and over again.

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Photo of DanOLeary
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Deep sweet chocolate almost completely dominates the nose. A rustic dry hay-like presence is noted lingering in the background. This can come of as somewhat grainy as well. No hop aroma. No detectable coconut.

Appearance: Black. Black like the shadow of a thousand crows. A light tan head forms after the pour but fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. Light lacing.

Flavor: Sweet chocolate once again up front with a quick follow up of light coconut. The coconut adds a level of tartness, though it is very subtle. Roast presents itself toward the finish as well as a trace of hop bitterness. Finish is lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. I say this because the carbonation comes off a bit 'fizzy'. Roast dries out the palate toward the finish and carbonation scrapes the tongue dry.

Overall: A surprisingly sweet porter with just enough coconut milk presence in the mix to make it noticeable. I would welcome a splash more coconut, but it's probably very easy to go too far with that. Carbonation is too high for me, but it does make this beer refreshing. Even with the thermometer at 90 degrees F today, the beer goes down well.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a globe glass
Thanks to nicks6217 for providing the 4 pack via trade in Sydney

A-- Poured light brown and settled on black with some red tints on the bottom of the glass. Had quick fading mocha colored head. Topped at one and a half fingers and faded to film. No real read retention and shows medium carbonation with just a couple of lacing straks.

S-- Roasted malts stand out in this. Has a campfire sort of feel. Also sweet chocolate and faint bits of toasted coconut in this.

T-- First thought was mounds candy bar in a can! Sweet chocolate, coconut and roasted malts. As it warms up it the coconut reminds me more of coconut milk.

M-- A tad bit thin in the mouth but very good feel. Gets sweeter as it sits in my mouth and the coconut becomes stronger. A lot of sweet coconut finish in the mouth. Chocolate is not real strong but it is still sweet tasting.

D-- Great drinkability to this beer. It is thin at points but highly sessionable for what it has. A beach porter! Very much enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, rich, coffee and cocoa aroma. I get the barest hint of coconut. Interesting twist on the standard American Porter.

Pitch black with a short-lasted fluffy tan head. Good.

Rich, extracted coffee, hints of chocolate and plenty of roast. Good, solid porter though any coconut is lost.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A tasty porter with plenty going on and it's in a can which is a great plus.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and slightly see through when held up to the light. There is less than one finger of head that recedes quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is roasted dark malts, chocolate, toasted malt and coconut, some coffee and a hint of sweetness (perhaps from the coconut). The toasted coconut brings a nice element to the nose, I really like it with the porter.

Taste up front is roasty malts, not at all astringent, quite smooth, and lots of chocolate coming through. Flavor is a bit thin in the middle for my taste, but there are no off flavors and it is quite drinkable (I may be wishing for a stout character here...). The coconut comes through again with a toasted coconut sweetness that is mild and compliments the beer well. Finish is mild roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a smooth, toasty element.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation.

Overall this porter is smooth and easy drinking with a nice twist via the toasted coconut. I enjoyed drinking it and it goes well with the peppered lime chicken I'm having for dinner.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip.

Pours a deep rich dark brown clod with a light tan head that heaves minimal lacing. Pitch black with barely any color differentiation. Has a big coffee, toasted coconut and vanilla aroma. Taste is a bit off balanced with some bitter chocolate, no coconut and a touch of espresso. Mouthfeel is classic low carbonation porter but has a nice zing on the finish. Not the most drinkable beer IMO. Has a heavy mouthfeel and not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got another one of these as an extra, time to do a quick review.

A: A solid dark brown that has a nice glow when held up to the light. Generous head upon pouring settles to a one finger cap.

S: A dark roasted malt aroma very similar to that of a bakers chocolate. A little bit toasty as well, but more like toasted bread then toasted coconut.

T: A slight nutty coconut taste can be found right before the finish, but otherwise this has all the flavors you'd expect from an easy drinking porter. Semi-sweet chocolate alongside roasted malts and hardly the presence of a hop to be found. A little bit sweet, but also a little metallic in the finish, not sure if that's from the can (shouldn't be?) but I'm definitely picking up some mineral tones.

M: Proper thickness for a porter I'd say with the same amount of carbonations. Very creamy will also being drying once it leaves your mouth.

D: This is one I feel wants to be drank and enjoyed but without too much examination. I'd like to session on this more often if they were readily available in my area. While its not the coconut bomb they seem to be marketing themselves as, its a delicious porter from Hawaii. That counts for something in my books.

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Photo of seh410
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very, very black with no light coming through whatsoever. Thick, foamy dirty white/mocha colored head - about 2 fingers worth. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, coconut and nuts (maybe almond or pecan) dominate. Smells very roasted and toasted, lots of rich malts. This beer smells a lot like an Almond Joy or Mounds candy bar but a little less sweet and a little more toasted. Smells incredible, good enough to eat!

Taste: Lots of rich roasted malt flavor, a little burnt chocolate and hints of coconut. I think it tastes really great but I'm a little disappointed by the amount of coconut. I love coconut and was hoping that the beer would taste as coconutty as it smelled. Still, it's really good and the coconut actually reveals itself a bit more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel, a little oily and coats the tongue nicely.

Notes: Drinkability is excellent. I love that this beer is so rich and flavorful with just 5.7% ABV. I could definitely drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Big ups to Kala1073 for hooking me up with a want.

A- Pours a nice dark brown to black color with a rich, foamy tan head.

S- Roasted malts with a little chocolate and coffee. Also a little something extra, almost a spice note.

T- Tastes like a porter, roasted malts and bitter coffee and chocolate dominate, but I'm only picking up the slightest hint of coconut. A nice creamy sweetness come through, though, maybe a sign of the coconut. Nice porter taste either way.

M- A little thin for my liking, but ample carbonation and some creaminess.

D- Very drinkable, goes down easy and the sweetness from the coconut balances nicely.

A very nice, surprisingly refreshing porter from the islands. Not a huge coconut flavor, but it does contribute a nice sweetness. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a can while vacationing in Oregon.

a-black color with no head despite an aggressive pour.
s-It smells like I want to drink it. There is a little coconut, less than I expected, in the smell and a strong roasted coffee smell.
t-Full and complex taste that starts with a malty chocolate taste, that tails off into a slight coconut, and finishes with a nice strong coffee.
m/d-Very full bodied beer that leaves a sweet roasty coating in the mouth. Not a real fast drinker, but it is real smooth. Overall a real good beer that is "Like Hot Chicks on the Beach."

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CoCoNut pours a dark chocolate brown with a mocha colored head that takes its sweet time to fade to lace. There's a nose of toasted coconut, vanilla, and cold coffee. It almost smells like an Almond Joy tastes.

On first sip, the roasted malt profile dominates but leaves room for a chocolate hit and a really smooth hop finish. This beer has great body and mouthfeel like black velvet (like the paintings, not the whiskey).

This one is all about the balance--and Almond Joy. That's it in a (coco) nutshell: balance and candy, just like life.

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Photo of goatxpower
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with a thick beige head

S- smells SO good. This beer smells like you are sticking your nose into a can of Almond Joy. One of the best parts of the beer is the smell.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, and toasted coconut. The taste is a very well balanced blend of these flavors. Coincidentally, it also tastes very similar to an Almond Joy. Great beer.

M- Slides down the back of our throat nicely. Couldn't chug it, but wouldn't really want to.

D- I drink 1 or 2 of these every once and a while and I'm as happy as a clam. This isn't really a session beer, but it also doesn't really claim to be. It is a great beer, but maybe on a one can at a time basis.

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Photo of nataku00
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pub glass. Pitch black brew with very slight amount of tan head. Head was minimal after ~10 minutes.

Smells mainly of toasted malt, expresso, and a small hint of coconut. Very robust aroma.

Sipping the beer, the bitter bitter chocolate is upfront, with some of the sweetness from the malt and coconut coming at the finish. Slightly syrupy beer that coats the tongue well. Carbonation was at an appropriate level, not too effervescent, but enough to help deliver the beer's smell to your nose and taste onto your taste buds.

Very easy drinking beer. Had a couple of cans over a period of two hours.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well everyone raves about this beer so I thought I would try one.

A- Dark with a medium pour and nice head. Looks like a porter.

S- Roasted malts, a kind of coffee smell, chocolate and vanilla are there slightly, and a super subtle coconut smell.

T- This isn't bad, but the coconut is not as prominent as I would have liked it. Now I wasn't expecting it to be like a malibu shot in a beer, but there could have been more IMO. I enjoyed the beer for being a solid porter, but the coconut is yet to be seen for me.

M- Good feel, thicker then most porters which is a plus for me.

D- Very easy to drink. Good session beer, too bad it is expensive per can.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Virtually black, but a bit light showing through the bottom of the glass reveals a dark brown beer. Pours with a large light tan head that slowly reduces to a stable surface coating. No lacing.

S: Toasted malt. Chocolate. Marshmallow. And the fait aroma of coconut.

T: Heavily roasted malts and a slight sweetness. Cocoa and a nuttiness that is not necessarily coconut. Flavors are light, but pronounced and the beer has a clean taste to it. Ends with a long, light finish.

M: Medium in body. On the lighter side for the style, but the lightness works well for this particular beer. Lower carbonation.

D: The lighter body lens to an easy drinkability. This is a flavorful and fun, yet still serious beer. Very enjoyable.

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

A- A dark brown liquid with a light brown head that is thin but creamy.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and just the lightest hint of bananas. Sweeter smelling than most porters, but considering the name, this seems fitting.

T- Cocoa, coffee with cream, vanilla, and a hint of coconut. Unique and tasty.

M- Unbelievably smooth. Like liquid velvet.

D- A thoroughly enjoyable take on the style. Smooth and drinkable.

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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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