Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
2,259
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
323
For Trade:
4
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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.

SkÅL!

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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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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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,259 ratings.
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