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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 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 david131
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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Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

Pours a dark cola brown with a frothy light khaki colored head that fades quickly to a thin fizzy ring with little lacing. Aroma is very mild, dominated by a light coconut sweetness and very little else. Flavor starts with a mild roasty malt flavor, pretty much a non-descript porter and the finish is complemented with a smooth coconut sweetness. Body is a little thin for the style with medium carbonation. This is very balanced and smooth, and the coconut adds a unique dimension to it, but it's lacking in the body and any depth of flavor like some other american porters. It's a porter for drinking a six pack of, rather than savoring a single one and that's not a bad thing.

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

pours a dark cola with little to no head

light roasted malts with a light coconut and coffee aroma

light roasted malts, light hints of chocolate and coffee. a nice light coconut flavor through out and in the finish. i was expected more coconut flavor overall.

pours thick but the body is pretty middle of the road. lots of carbonation although smooths out as it warms.

pretty good, could be a bit more mellowed out and blended. comes off as a bit harsh for a porter. nice flavors though and a low ABV are crucial.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a million to Weibull for this amazing porter!!!!

12oz can into a Pint Glass

A- Solid black with a thin 1 finger tan head that doesn't leave to much lacing.

S- Roasted sweet coffee with a nice hint of coffee and coconut.

T- Delicious roasted dark malts compliment a sweet coconut coffee flavor that makes this beer so amazing. This porter will forever be my favorite. There's no other one like it, so well blended and so flavorful. Get Some!

M- Medium to full body with a nice creamy fullness that also has some chalky characteristics but not bad. Moderate carbonation on the tongue and a slight bitter dry finish.


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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a slight ruby tinge when held up to the light. Head poured two thick fingers of fizzy tan foam, though this appears to be quickly dissipating.

Smell: aroma has plenty of chocolate and a little coffee as well as a noticeable coconut character. There's also just a hint of brightness that you see in some porters. Overall, quite nice.

Taste: the coconut isn't super prevalent here, but I feel like it really fills out the porter flavor. Adds a hint of sweetness and almost a tiny bit of vanilla. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good consistency and a pretty good level of carbonation. I like this one.

Drinkability: Maui Coconut Porter is really a solid, drinkable porter. I will definitely have this again if I ever happen to see it around.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a perfect pint. I've been sitting on this one for a while, and just bought another 4-pack for trades, so thought it would be a good time to review.

A - Like black coffee, with some deep auburn highlights when held to the light. Three fingers of head that subsides to a thin ring around the glass. Very little lacing. Gentle swirling brings back perhaps a finger or so of head.

S - Pretty nice. The requisite porter aromas -- coffee, a bit of chocolate, and some earthiness, are in front, and I don't get as much of the coconut as I had expected (which is good). It's pretty subtle.

T - At first I didn't see what the fuss was about. Plenty or roastiness, a hint of sweet chocolate, nothing out of the ordinary for a porter. Then as it warms, and I get more of the finish, I get much more coconut, along with a hint of what I can only describe as potting soil -- which sounds bad but works with the above flavors very well.

M - Typical for the style. Somewhat thin, more carbonation than I would like. Not much in the way of coating.

D - At 5.7%, this is on the edge of a session beer, but I find that I could easily drink a 4-pack of this in an afternoon and still want more.

O - Well, looking back on the review, I'd have to say that this is one example of where it would be good to have a separate overall score, instead of just a sum of the components. It's better on the whole than each aspect of it combined. This is one beer that I'll miss after I return to the east coast. I'll have to stock up on it.

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

Pours a deep brown almost opaque...head is small and falls fast to barely a ring with no lacing.

I smell coco, fruit jelly, and bread. Dessert anyone?

Fruit and coco with a faint earthiness...burnt caramel and nuts at the end.

Wet, medium body, with very little carbonation.

This is not my favorite style...but still not a bad beer to drink...unique porter that is refreshing on a summer day.

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

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- pours like dark maple syrup, nearly black in the glass, with a rush of tan head that quickly dissolves into the dirty halo.

Smell -- Roast malt, molasses, maple syrup, faint coconut. Overall, mildly sweet.

Taste -- Plenty of roast maltiness, dark roast coffee-like notes, mild molasses sweetness, and again, the faintest shadow of coconut.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- This one didn't knock my socks off, and I couldn't taste much coconut. Beyond that, it's tasty and, while I was hoping for a fuller-bodied brew, the lighter mouthfeel made it especially easy-drinking.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let this be a lesson to tasting devotees: there is a fine threshold between beneficial warming of the tastebuds and interference. This tasting occurs in the former.

Luckily I saved the last of a $13 4-pack for this special occasion. The pour is chunky but promising, aroma is nutty, mostly, with the sour tinge of chalky, chocolatey coconut. Hints of acidic coffee but a complex, unordinary aroma overall.

First taste is somewhat thin, a little coppery, but a lot is going on behind the scenes. I would love to try a glassed-in, imperial version of this recipe. As the volume sinks downward, typical porter hues crop up, which are immersed in the fibrous, self-contained concept of coconut coffee. An intriguing, if not entirely successful combination.

A 4-pack is adequate for this brew. It's not a bad porter by any means, but personally I like to waft toward deeper flavors and textures in my heavy beers. Leech off some of the excess water in this one, and it could be a heavenly experience.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oregon Brewer's Festival in a mighty plastic mug.

appearance - dark with tan head, medium head, good retention

smell - coconut and roasty malt along with a bit of chocolate on the nose

taste - coconut, chocolate, roasted malt profile, big and flavorful, earthy

mouthfeel - medium body, not too light, just about right for a porter, exceptionally smooth

drinkability - smooth and rich, great for the style

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it poured black with one finger of khaki, modest retention, and decent lacing. The smell was very dark chocolatey, with a hint of toasted coconut, almond, and even a little alcohol essence. The taste seemed a lot smoother, with a big dark chocolate underpinning which eventually gave way to the nicely blended toasted coconut finish, which lingered afterwards. Little carbonation; smooth and medium-bodied. Nice to pair with a creamy dessert.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown pour, seems to have more clarity or less viscosity than I would have imagined, leaves the tiniest amount of head, off white. Aroma, definitely coconut and coffee it seems, or was that toffee and some woodyness.

Taste, good amount of coconut, not artificially sweetened from what I can tell, holds itself in check. Would have liked a rougher bitter, hoppier edge, but for a summertime porter, I guess smooth is the way to go. Chocolate comes through more down can. Price = ugh, $12 a 6 pack, but it is very drinkable.

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

On tap at the OBF yesterday.

CoCoNut porter pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and was probably this beer's best feature, showing coffee grounds, burnt toast, vanilla and perhaps a hint of coconut. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the vanilla really comes on strong in this moderately sweet porter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I thought the sweetness detracted just a bit from the beer's drinkability.

Not really getting the coconut factor in all this, but I thought this was otherwise a nice enough porter.

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

Maui Brewing Company--CoCoNut PorTeR--Like Hot Chicks On The Beach--Porter Brewed With Hand-Toasted Coconut--2010 12 oz. Micro-Can. 5.70% ABV. 30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Porter--Coconut. Dense lacy tan head. Opaque dark black color. Mild roasted coconut chocolate hop hint front. Creamy textured rich mild sweet slightly burnt black bread doughy coconut flavored smoke hint tasty Porter body. Dry harsh bitter coconut bite mild hop end. Tasty, but coconut at end detracts. Sampled 7/21/2010. 4- Pack $10.99.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gracias to Einweizenbitte for this canister.

a- Dark brown with a big foamy billowy head. Looks similar to cola the way it pours.

S- Faint coconut aromas, some sweet chocolate, and and earthy aroma tinged with pecan. Smells disctinctive and interesting

T- Bright initial sweetness, almost cane sugar esque that quickly gives way to a dry earthy flavor ( coconut shell?) with hints of coconut and roasted malts. I got a funny metallic flavor initially, but once the beer warmed it dissipated. Cola flavor in this one also.

M- Just about right, a little on the thin side towards the end of the swallow. Very dry finish

D- It's an extremely drinkable beer. I enjoyed it and would definitely like to have this around.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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