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

A- Jet black with creamy tan head consistent at 1 finger with great lacing.

S- Espresso coffee notes, milk chocolate and a faint linger of coconut.

T- Sweeter chocolate and coconut notes more noticeable on the tongue, a faint bitter bite in the finish.

M- Low carbonation, full body.

D- Certainly a porter with a twist! Reminded me more of a sweet stout. Lots of nice flavors in there, and not too sweet with a bitter balance. Very tasty!

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Photo of TheHungryHiker
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured a rich, dark brown body with a long lasting,deep tan head.Good lacing.Low carbonation.

S= Coffee and dark chocolate. I was expecting some hints of coconut, but could not detect any.

T= Like the aroma, strong, dark-roasted coffee with a touch of dark chocolate.Rich malty body without the cloying sweetness, and just a touch of hops to offset the malts.

M= Smooth, full-flavored, port-like. Lingering coffee notes lasted for a good five minutes.

D= This porter would be excellent for dessert. I would pair it with a bittersweet chocolate torte with raspberrys,baked pears with chocolate sauce or almond biscotti. Or Gruyere cheese at the end of a meal.

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Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep and dark brown with two fingers of tan head which leave a great lacing that kept a thin ring of head all the way down.

S - Very dark, rich aroma with plenty of chocolate, sweet malt, and what smells more like a rich nuttiness than actual coconut.

T - Rich porter flavor fills the mouth, very classic American Porter maltiness and chocolate flavors fill the mouth. There is a hint of coconut in the aftertaste, but it isn't terribly strong.

M/D - Mouthfeel is slightly watery but very acceptable. Very drinkable twist on a porter that I would certainly get if I wanted a darker beer in Hawaii.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque black with 1 finger of light head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smell is of roasted malts with some chocolate and coconut hints.

T - Chocolate flavors mixed with the roasted malts nicely. Slight coconut taste, but it really isn't there all too much.

M - Very thin body, decent mouthfeel, but not great for the style. Good carbonation for the style. Finish is all roasted malts.

D - Decent drinkability. Good as a summer porter because of its light body.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Clear
H. Super Dark Red Almost Brown
N. Coffee Coconut and Slight Chocolate Hints

Ok, well we know I love beer from a can, as long as it is good beer from a can. This beer had a super light body that was smooth and pleasant to drink. The coconut really shines in this Porter. Its really amazing how the delicate flavors shine through but still dont over power the beer. The coconut plays well with the hints of dark chocolate and light coffee that is in this beer. THIS IS WORTH FINDING AND DRINKING ALL SUMMER IF POSSIBLE! Great Beer!

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

Got this as an extra from one of the awesome California traders. Thanks! Can dated 10/26/09.

Pours black with a nice little tan head that hangs around for quite a while.

The smell is full of sweet chocolate, caramel, light fruit and some well-hidden coconut.

The taste is chocolate and caramel forward. Lots of sweetness and a dash of coconut. I would have liked a more coconut laden brew, but this is very tasty regardless.

The creaminess is almost scary. Almost like eating mousse.

This was a great brew. Lovely after dinner and a good sipper. I'll make sure to grab more nest time I'm in their distrobution area.

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Photo of irishevans
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an opaque black but lets some light through at the bottom in a dark root beer clolor , with nice light raw sugar off white colored head, two fingers thick at first but dissolves to a thin film rather quickly (could be due to the weather on this island, it is my opinion that hawaii ruins beer).

N-your usual roasted malts, and a bit of coffee aroma, and then there is a bit of burnt coconut, and a funk I can't figure out, and a faint bit of what may even be banana.

T- much coconut there, and there does seem to be some banana in the taste as well. not so much of the usual porter flavors in the backbone, they are there, just not as present as I had hoped for based on the nose.

M- more "refreshing" than I would have liked out of a porter, I prefer them to be much more dry, even in a climate such as this. well placed amount of carbonation.

D- good drinker of a porter even as a tropical summer session brew. I will be drinking this as regularly as I can.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, Sam Adams glass, '022210' painted on can's bottom rim. Out of date!

A very good looking and dark Porter; barely penetrated by light to a mahogany glow and capped with an inch or more of cappuccino head that went to a substantial cap.

Hershey's syrup, toasted coconut, woodiness, roast, licorice, and grapes add up to a very rounded aroma.

Milk chocolate, sourness, herbal and spicy hops, fruity toasted coconut, char. It's simple and classic Porter; yet something more is going on. Somehow it is both to style and differently complex at the same time. The coconut is there and I think coming across strongly as wood. Must be esthers, lots of grape-like fruit.

A little thin with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles emphasize that wood and spice.

I'm glad this was kept below 6%. If I could get this more readily, I probably would as it is intriguing.

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

On tap at Pizza Port OB, San Diego.

Pours a shiny black color with no head whatsoever, just a few specks of foam. Seriously smells of cocoa and coconut. Normally I would not be a fan, but something here works to make it quite enjoyable. The taste starts out the same, but after a bit you get some really nice roasted malts coming in to help balance it out. Really smooth, and with a lighter body than I'd expect for a porter, but it goes nicely with the flavor. Definitely a bit on the sweet side, but not too much. For some this could be a great introduction to craft beer or darker beers. For me it is a totally refreshing beer - I probably wouldn't have more than 1-2 at a time, but you can be sure that I'll be picking up some cans of this, and trying some of the brewer's other beers.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down quick. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Coconuts are awesome. Subtle, but awesome. Caramel malt, some chocolate, earthy hops. A solid porter.

Taste: Coconuts, roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, earthy grassy hops, some caramel and vanilla. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, refreshing. A lighter bodied with a lower to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this is a very good porter. A little light on the body, but a lot of great flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to klevelandrocks for this amazing extra!!!

Poured from can into perfect pint glass

A- opaque brown that gives a one and a half inch beige head. No lacing.

S- muted roasted malts with only a slight Panama Jack tanning lotion smell.

T- this Porter tastes great! Chocolate and coffee with earthy tastes. Coconut is fleeting and not noticeable in every sip. If This was called a stout I wouldn't have a problem with That

M- about right for a Porter. Medium bodied with great carbonation that delivers the flavor to all areas of the palate.

D- pretty good. Not to sweet and goes down smooth. Great session beer. Wish I had more

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Photo of 7ways
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Appears to be a delicious porter.

Smell doesn't really remind me of coconut until I was almost done with the glass. Otherwise, roasted and chocolate malt, toasted nuts, pure vanilla, and other unidentifiable fruit flavors.
As far as taste... yeah there it is. Delicious. More chocolate and nuts, a hint of coffee. Coconut and faint hops round out the finish. For some reason I expected fresh coconut, but they probably toast it first, and that's how it tastes. Medium bodied like a good porter should be. A little tannic. Perfectly integrated. This is my kind of session beer, one of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a Adamdc. Thanks!

Poured this from a can into my tulip. Very dark brown with about an inch of tan head. This vanishes quickly to reveal spotty lacing. Coconut is a big front runner in the nose followed by a welcome presence of coffee and roasted malts. Initially I taste espresso beans and bitter cocoa. The finish delivers vanilla and the very anticipated coconut flavor. This medium bodied beer is nicely carbonated, but it feels a bit syrupy. This tasty treat seems prefect for a cool summer night spent on the back deck.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Dark brown pour, almost black. A finger of tan foam doesn't retain for very long, and there's not a whole lot of lacing left on the glass.

Very sweet nose. Coconut is dominant. Good coffee/roast underneath. Becomes more balanced over time, with warmth.

Great flavor, great balance. Perfect sweet/roast/bitter mix. The finish tastes just like coconut shavings, or flakes, or whatever they're called.

Solid body. Good texture. Lightly carbonated, soft and silky. Not watery like a lot of porters, which is a bonus for me. Very, very easy drinker, despite being pretty sweet. Great porter.

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Photo of bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweet find in the exhibitor's tent free beer fridge during Mondial de la Biere. I've been after trying this one for a long time!

Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head. Good retention and lace. Nice roast coffee aroma mixing with chocolate and sweet coconut delights the senses and smells awesome. The coconut is perfectly integrated into the flavour, lurking in the finish and providing a beautiful finish to a great beer. Its preceded by big chocolate notes, moderate coffee roast and caramel. This would have been a great porter even without the coconut, but its addition takes this beer to the next level. Medium body, with a silky smooth carbonation.

Well worth the wait.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a wide-mouth goblet.

A: Color is black that fades to a dark brown along the edges. Pours with a one-inch light tan head. Head dies off to a thin film and a decent ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Yup, definitely getting the toasted coconut. Get some sweet notes behind the coconut - reminds me of cookie. Some hints of vanilla and cocoa.

T: Coconut really fades in the taste and only makes a faint impression. Some chocolate, toffee, or caramel, a bit of earthiness are there. Comes across a little sweet up front. Finish has an odd note, I assume the coconut.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Seems appropriate for a porter.

D: The coconut adds an interesting dimension to this beer. I really enjoyed the smell and wish the coconut came through a little more on the taste. But overall, this is a decent beer and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Been wanting to try this brew for a while

The Coconut porter pours a deep brown almost black color with a very big 3 finger tan head that slowly fades. Not much lacing on the glass. Smell is somewhat fruity with a nice malted chocolate backbone. I'm not picking up any coconut in the nose. Taste is smooth with a nice finish. Flavors consist of traces of coconut, bitter chocolate, and some hops. No alcohol is present at all. Mouthfeel is silky smooth while fairly light bodied. This is a very drinkable brew, if I were able, I would stock my fridge with this beer.

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

This pours very deep dark brown, almost black. There are some chocolate highlights around the edge. Nice 3 finger tan head. The lacing is very minimal.
Very nice smell, dark, roasted malts and some traces of natural coconut.
Much like it smells, very nice mild coconut, doesn't overpower, still a little sweet for my taste. A nice dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a crazy-lively, tall, frothy head...but then it was on an airplane less than 24 hours ago, so maybe that stirred things up a bit. Nice, deep cola appearance with a thin film of foam once things die down.

The aroma is so rich and chocolatey with mild fruity esters coming out to play along with some coffee and brown sugar. Very nice.

Very roasty up front with a little dark baker's chocolate in the middle with a dry, slightly tart finish. Finishes long with a hint of iron lingering in the aftertaste all underpinned by some wonderful toasted coconut notes and hints of caramel. It all works really well. Really, just an outstanding integration of coconuts into a fine porter.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Highly attenuated. Not bad but probably the weakest aspect to an otherwise stellar beer.

Incredibly enjoyable to drink and one I think I could happily give a go at sessioning. Full flavoured and enjoyable but without going over the top and there's just enough coconut to keep you interested but not so much that you'd get sick of it.

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

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Very dark with a smallish tan head. This actually looked like a RIS as opposed to a porter to me.

S: Very slight hint of coconut, which is nice, as I was hoping the cocunut flavor wouldn't overpower everything else. Primarily getting chocolate malt on the nose.

T: Hey - this is pretty good! Not to sound like a snotty Northeast guy, but I was not expecting much from a Maui brewery! Again, the coconut did not overpower the brew, which I did appreciate. I was getting chocolate and coffee primarily.

M: Very smooth and on the heavy side.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. I don't have that much experience with American porters, but I still got the feeling that this wasn't exactly the best representation of the style. Not a bad thing in my mind, as this was still a good beer.

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is a deep rich brown color, topped by a lively two fingers of head that is not unlike that of a coca-cola. Aroma of roasted dark malt and toasted coconut. Palate is mainly dark roasted malt up front, with a mild hoppy bitterness coming through right before the swallow. The coconut shows up on the swallow and lingers through the finish, providing a pleasant sweetness that lingers for a little while.
Body is full and creamy, but not overly rich. This is an interesting take on a standard porter, but I would have liked to see a slightly more assertive coconut presence.

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Photo of Bajasith
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was finally able to get some of this brew in a can. Twice I have been to Maui and both time not able to make time to visit brewery... Next time I will.

App: Very dark almost like a cola with a nice tan head.

Smell: Very unique earthy smell as roasted malts and chocolate emerge and a hint of coconut.

Taste: Very pleasant. Light chocolate, sweet cream, malts, with hints of toasted coconut and coffee.

M/D: Creamy with hints of light sweet caramel on my tongue. Very smoothe and pleasing as the coconut flavour is mild. I could drink some of this brew all day with some coconut/galic shrimp from the North Shore.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to chickencoop for sending me some of these in a trade!
Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Awesome opaque brownish black color with an inviting 1 1/4" light brown head, which quickly dissipates but hangs on for about half the beer with a thin remnant that reminds me of the creamy foam on a mug of hot chocolate. Leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is amazing roasty bittersweet chocolate with a little hint of coffee and some nuttiness, which I want to call toasted coconut but maybe its just the power of suggestion, as well as a wisp of caramel. Scents are slightly muted, I'd like them to come out more.
Taste follows the smell, great roasty chocolate that comes on just a little sweet and ends with bittersweet mild coffee notes, and a bit of charred flavor. Little hints of hazelnut throughout, with a nice lasting bittersweet aftertaste mingling all these flavors subtly.
Nice smooth and creamy texture with a slight viscosity that knows when to let go.
Very smooth and drinkable porter, I want to crack another one as soon as I'm done.
Awesome porter. Wish the coconut was more present, but that's about my only complaint. Wish I traded for more than a 4 pack.

Edit: The 2nd time I got some I tasted and smelled the coconut more, different batch maybe. So there you go.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into sniffer.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a dense dark brown head that quickly faded into a very thin scum.
S: Light sweet malt, caramel, and roasted nutty grains.
T: Toasted malt, dry grains, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, vanilla, roasted oats, milk chocolate, and maybe the vague taste of coconut oil in the finish and aftertaste. Just a hint of alcohol in the finish as well.
M: A very good balance between the dry, roasted dark flavors and fruity sweetness. Carbonation is present and silky, and the body is slick yet chewy enough to have substance.
D: I was pleasantly surprised by this porter. The coconut is pretty hard to pick out, and I wouldn't know it was in it unless the can told me, but it is a delicious porter none the less. Body is smooth and the flavors are light yet complex. If not for the price I would buy this more often.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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