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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 jhoban19
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served in a tulip, paired with a chocolate lava cake.

A: dark brown, almost black. very little head but a good amount of lacing that stuck to the glass all the way through.

S: coffee, bitter chocolate, not much coconut at first, but it started to come out as the beer warmed.

T: strong coffee and chocolate flavor, but with more of a sweet chocolate taste than is present in the aroma. the coconut is subtle but gets stronger throughout the brew.

M: medium bodied and dry. was expecting a bit more richness, but still a nice mouthfeel.

D: this was perfectly paired with the chocolate lava cake and it's very easy to imagine this beer being just as good on its own. the coconut wasn't overpowering (in fact, just the opposite- the coconut flavor was well balanced) and it wasn't too sweet. I was expecting it to be a bit more full bodied, but that certainly doesn't take away from an otherwise excellent brew.

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Photo of Sechavar
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay. I don't drink beer from a can. Once introduced to real beer, I was taught that to put beer in a metal container of any kind was sacrilege and should be looked down upon at every turn. However, with the progress of food technology, cans have been engineered to protect beer and preserve its flavor with little interference from it's metallic cage. So, the dilemma reveals its self.
I went to the San Diego beerfest this year and I heard of a beer made with toasted coconut. I had to have it. But upon my arrival to the long line that would lead me to deliciousness, I learned that Maui had run out. I believed my chance to get it on tap was lost. Finally I was convinced to have it out of the can. It was delicious. This wonderful coffee toasty malty smell was rising up out the can. But I poured it in to a pint glass anyway.
There's a big head on this sucker but that goes away pretty soon. And pretty soon, you will forget this comes in a can instead of the way awesome coconut shell mug portrayed on the can. The toasted coconut comes through really well, and leaves a wonderful aftertaste making it very drinkable. I would raise my coconut mug if I had one, but instead I'll raise my glass and tell you, "There is some good beer that comes in a can. And it's flipping delicious...No. Go get your own."

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz can from Murchmac - thanks man!

A: Pours a very dark black color with a few fingers of khaki colored head that settles down to a couple millimeter thick layer, but doesn't really lace the glass on the way down. Looks almost like an imperial stout at first glance.

S: Smells mainly like milk chocolate, roasted malts, and surprisingly coconut, some vanilla in there too (actually a tootsie roll scent is very much what i'm getting here)

T: Very much like the smell - moderately sweet milk chocolate, slight roasted malts, coconut and vanilla all meld together to make a solid flavor.

M: Very full mouthfeel, not creamy per se, yet coats the palate well with a good amount of carbonation although it makes it slightly dry

D: Good flavor with no alcohol taste, it's tasty enough where I want to keep drinking more sips so that's a good sign!

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

Poured from a 12oz can. Split with my A-B rep Chris who might I add is pretty amazing.

A- Pours a very deep brown color. Little 1/2 finger tannish head that dies rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass while I drank.

S- Upon first smell this was like a giant tootise roll smell. Nice roasted malts in the background mingle with a chocolate aroma. A light sweet coconut smell comes and goes. When this warms up you can can make out the coconut a lot better along with a light vanilla scent.

T- Big roasted malts upfront with some semisweet chocolate notes to this. The middle of the beer is where there was a strong coconut flavor before going into a light coffee/toasted flavor. As this warmed up in my hands I could taste the sweetness of the coconut more and more making it a very interesting beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel on this one. Carbonation was good letting the beer work around on the palate. Nice roasted malt/chocolate/coconut taste left on the palate. Semi toasted aftertaste with a sweet coconut in the background.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants to try something different and good. Glad I got to try this one out.

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

12 oz can poured into a little hotel glass

pours a rich, dark brown. Not cloudy, very little head. Smells of chocolate and coconuts, a little smoke and toffee.

Taste is strongly coffee and chocolate with a nice leavening of coconut, surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally light for a porter. Quite drinkable.

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

A - Black with ruby highlights and a tan off white head. Very appropriate for a porter.

S - Toasted coconut, chocolate and rich malt dominate.

T - Great fruit beers are great beers before the fruit and this definitely is. Roasty smooth porter invites the coconut and blends seemlessly instead of just adding a distracting flavor. Fantastic.

M - Medium Heavy body but not so much that it becomes so noticeable you wouldnt want more.

D - The only thing detracting this from a better score is that while I love coconut I couldnt drink a coconut beer all night before my palate wore out on it. Still a supremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of head sits atop a nearly black body. Smell is toasted coconut, freshly ground coffee, citrus hops, and a bit of chocolate and spices.

First sip seems mostly to be an empty coffee profile, but further into the glass this is revealing itself to have a complex subtlety to it that makes it quite enjoyable. Low ABV stouts and porters tend to have very weak flavor profiles, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have come across. No off flavors at all, only a slight bit of coffee bitterness. Great session brew in my opinion.

Medium bodied and very easy to drink, this beer is a winner for the style.

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Photo of Nick3
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark, dark brown and forms a fluffy head that dies a quick death. Nose is, you guessed it, coconut, but with some chocolate and molasses mixed in, really enticing smell. Beer is well balanced with a roastiness that carries through the entire drink. Finish leaves a mild chocolate flavor on your palate. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation a no noticeable alcohol bite, you can really drink this one quick and go back for more. I'd recommend this beer especially to those who only seems to drink Guinness and Newcastle.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black color. Tan head about half inch tall, although retention was lacking a bit. A little bit of lacing during the drinking period.

Really nice roasted aroma, dark chocolate and coconut. Couldn't detect any hop aroma.

Flavor of dark roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, toasted coconut. Like a dark roasted coffee without too much bitterness and a bit of coconut sweetness making this a nice dry porter overall.

Medium bodied. Bittersweet chocolate flavor lingers after each drink; I found that to be nice and pleasant between drinks.

Good drinkability, may be a little too rich after a while though. Although the brew doesn't sit too heavy, I'd imagine if you had 4 or 5 of these, they might get a little too sweet. Then again, having one or two would be a great way to start off or end your night.

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Photo of ajayma
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. From a hard pour, the head puffs up momentarily before completely dying off. In the glass it looks just like Coca-Cola.

AROMA. Toasted coconut blended with sweet cream butter.

BODY and TASTE. A bit thin on the tongue, but with pleasant coffee, chocolate and coconut flavors at the start. The coconut adds an subtle dimension that plays surprisingly well with the beer's gentle roasted bitterness. Mostly dry, though toasted coconut and milk chocolate notes give the finish a tiny peck of sweetness.

AFTERMATH. Just plain fun! This would be great for late summer afternoons, when the temps drop into the low 70s, on a porch, some sweet wood-fired BBQ or a fat burger.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Damn near pitch black with cola brown light streaming in through the very edges of the glass. The toasted tan crown shows some decent thickness with a creamy, frothy texture that displays some nice craters as it sinks. Shows decent retention before it deflates to a thin halo on top while leaving a little lace behind.

A: Big whiffs of roasted barley, cocoa, a little coffee, some toasty coconut that stays more subtle than expected, and some underlying earthiness that comes out more as I continue to probe around in here. This smells like a winner!

T: Opens up with lightly roasted malts that impart flavors of cocoa nibs blended with milk chocolate and a fresh helping of breakfast blend coffee. The toasted coconut is strategically added to avoid dominating the profile, and instead opts to stay subtle like the nose suggested to lend a very interesting variation in flavor in comparison to the average porter. I also pick up some mineral notes and toasted nuts, along with an underlying vanilla sweetness and some earthy hop notes that try valiantly to provide a little balance. Quite the flavorful Robust Porter here!

M: The mouthfeel of Maui Brewing Co.'s Coconut Porter is a little thinner than I expected, especially considering the way it looks, smells, and tastes. It does work well enough for this brew, though. It's medium-bodied with a slightly watery vibe right in the middle, but does offer a healthy carbonation that livens things up with a minor prickly bite that is careful to allow for some creaminess to develop underneath. A little more of a silky smooth feel and some chewiness would be ideal, though.

Notes: This is a pretty tasty porter! I had been putting off trying this brew in fear that the coconut would dominate and make this overly sweet. Luckily, that is not the case at all. It stays subtle and allows the rest of the flavors to shine with it, while keeping an even keel between sweet and bitter. Even if the mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my personal tastes, it turns out to be a minor complaint because it works sufficiently with the flavors at hand. Nicely done!

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Photo of EliottJW
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I should start off by saying that this stuff is dangerous... my room mate calls it candy beer...

It pours beautifully into a tulip... DEEP brown, not quite black, but with zero opacity. looks somewhat light, but it's sticky lace leads me to believe it will be a bit more full than it looks. turning the glass to an angle allows for it's mocha tan head to leave a sheet of lace going down the side.

smells of milk chocolate, some light roasted malts and... yeah, coconut... lots of coconut. This stuff is sweet through the nose and the mouth.

tastes like wet, crisp malts and coconut right off the bat... it's sweet, but not overly sweet. slowly, as you aerate the palate, the sweet malts turn a touch bitter and all you're left with is some coconut at the back of your throat. This beer is a treat, that's the best way to describe it. it's for desert.

mouth is wonderful on this one. medium and creamy, it's really perfect... I honestly wouldn't change a thing.

scary drinkable, just as I said. the only downside is I would expect a stomach ache after a few of these... it's real sweet and I wouldn't expect that to sit too well... especially not overnight.

I love this beer... truly.

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Photo of carps12
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my st sebastiaan tuplip glass. Thanks to ipa247 for this extra that was a want of mine. Been looking to try this one. Pours black with a great frothy tan head. Smell is tangy mild coconut, mild roastiness and light chocolate with oak.

Tastes of sweet coconut covered chocolate. Pretty damn tastey. Also some wood characteristic finish with a pleasent roasted malt taste. Good carbonation, but not overdone. A great beer one should seek out.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a tiny bubbled tan head that leaves some lace as it fades

Smell: Milk chocolate and toasted coconut

Taste: Opens with a milk chocolate flavor that is quickly joined by the toasted coconut element; the coconut is even more apparent in the finish, which is filled with more milk chocolate and a hint of roasty coffee as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lovely combination that works well; just a trifle too sweet and that detracts from the drinkability

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

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Photo of mikey711
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this baby from a great trader mjl21.

A: Very vry dark brown, almost black. The head was pretty high on this one at almost three fingers but it simmered down to a finger and a half quickly. The last bit of head lingers for a while but the lacing isnt great.

S: Very nice toasty smell. The coconut and chocolate come through, smelling almost like a mounds bar. The chocolate is more pronounce but I am glad to see the coconut is there.

T: It does not taste like a mounds bar and the coconut is mild and i not super sweet like coco lopez. The chocolate still comes through nicely provides some roasted and bitter flavors.

M: For a porter with not alot of abv, there is nothing watery about this. Something about it is slightly harsh tasting and it is not silky smooth, but still quite nice.

D: A very nice beer to try, but I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

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

A friend brought a six-pack back from Maui including three of the Maui Brewing beers; this is the first I've tried. I really like the idea of a coconut porter, but nearly all among the few I've tried have been pretty mediocre -- one even verging on mildly offensive.

If, like me, you're enjoying this one from the can, let it warm up a bit before indulging. The aroma and flavor really benefit from the increase in serving temperature.

This one is dark and relatively full-bodied. Capped with a creamy coffee-brown tinged head and sporting light carbonation, this definitely a thick and robust example within the style. The aroma is very mild at first (especially if served too cold), mostly roasted malt. A few minutes on, I'm glad I let this warm before being too judgmental. It's starting to smell more like a mix between cocoa, vanilla and toasted malt.

On the other hand, the flavor is up front regardless of temperature. A relatively assertive hoppy bitterness precedes a rich, smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavor with a subtle hint of coconut. It's perhaps a bit too early to admit it, but this is probably the best coconut porter I've had yet. The aftertaste is a mix of coffee, chocolate and coconut -- very pleasant. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth, although this one obviously has some body. It almost has a bit of chewiness to it, like drinking a very smooth milkshake. I wonder if there's a bit of wheat in the malt bill. Whatever it is, it melds very well with the other ingredients.

It goes without saying that this is really drinkable. I'd bet folks who don't even like coconut all that much would enjoy this beer.

A really nice porter. The folks at Hale's trying to brew a coconut porter ought to have a few of these, throw out their old recipe and then try again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass.

A: Pours a black body with brown tones to it, capped by a finger of dark tan head. Retains poorly, receding into a thin cap on top with streaks of lacing down the sides.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and light coffee. I'm surprised that there isn't much coconut in the aroma; it smells to me like any other porter.

T: Coconut and roasted malt up front -- here's where the smell was lacking. Light coffee and light dark chocolate in the mid-taste, pulling into a sweet, but lightly bitter, finish where coconut reappears with vanilla.

M: Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Doesn't get too sticky or cloying at first, though it started getting too much by the end of the can.

D: I thought this was an interesting take on the style. I could go for another one sometime.

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Photo of MoBitter
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First tried this beer at Sone Brewery (Escondido, CA). I was a little skeptical when the CAN was brought to the table, but that feeling quickly disappeared when it was poured into a proper pint glass. Beer looked great with ample head. Loved this beer from the first sip - great coconut/vanilla aroma to accompany the balance of hops. Got better as it warmed (although I didn't give it much chance to do that!).

Encouraged a neighbor to try it a few nights ago, but he didn't care for it (he normally drinks "fizzy yellow beers," so no big surprise!).

This beer is a little pricey, if you can find it in the store (comes in 4-pack cans, ~$11).

If you like porters, I'm betting you'll like this one!


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Photo of mjl21
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Comes in at 5.7%. Date of 04/08/09 is stamped on the bottom of the can.

A-Pours black with a nice one finger tan head that recedes fairly quickly into a tan layer that sticks around. As I consume it, the filmy layer changes into some really neat Rorschach test patterns. It leaves a few streaks of lace.

S-I can detect the toasted coconut initially. There is a little roast, some chocolate, and some vanilla sweetness. It is a tropical take on the porter style, but not in a citrusy hop way.

T-Fairly sweet from the start. I pick up on chocolate and toasted coconut right away. The roast flavor comes through after it has gone down. The toasted coconut lingers between sips. The vanilla in the nose isn't very noticeable.

M-The body falls on the uppper end of the medium spectrum. It has some spritzy carbonation. The roasted malts do dry out the tongue.

D-It's a very good lower abv beer. The can makes it extremely portable.

I had one of these when it was first released and was not very impressed. I thought this one was better and had a lot more flavor that wasn't only roasted malt.

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

This beer pours deep brown to black with about a one-finger tan head. Not much in the lacing department.

An aroma of roasted malts dominates, with a hint of chocolate and an even smaller hint of coconut (just barely noticeable).

Roasted flavors reign here, with lots of coffee and cocoa. Although barely perceptible in the initial tasting, the coconut flavor really shines a few moments later in the finish. As the beer warmed, there was slightly more coconut flavor... but by then there was not much beer left in the glass.

I liked this beer... but if I ever find it again, I'll let it warm a bit more.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees, I allowed mine to warm up about 5-10 degrees as I drank it.
A good friend of mine brought this back from Hawaii recently and I thank him for it.

Pours an extremely dark brown, so that it appears black, at first. Mild red highlights. Almost two-fingers of brown foam make the head. Retention is quite good. Lacing is good, but slick.

Big presence of dark chocolate. Mild notes of ground coffee. The coconut is present, but not as prominent as expected. Very light touch of vanilla.

First, this would be a good, solid, porter even without the coconut enhancement. Nice big flavors of roasted malts. Good notes of dark chocolates and some coffee flavors, as well. Then the coconut slips in. It's not as 'big' as you may expect it to be. It brings a nice toastiness to the brew, along with a wonderful, light, sweetness that seems to balance the whole thing out, quite nicely.

It's lacking abit in the area of body, sadly. It's just abit too thin, almost waterey. The carbonation, while not overpowering, seemed to be out-of-place with the rest of the brew. It didn't seem to be combined with everything else, I guess.

Despite my minor criticisms, this is a very drinkable beer. Now, I just wish that they had better distro, so I'd have better access to it.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly completely black in color, although when held against bright light, it reluctantly admits to being a dark brown. Roughly 1/4" tan / brown head.

S: Molasses, chocolate and toasted coconut scents.

T: Rich coconut milk, rich dark chocolate, and some chocolate milk tastes. Toasted coconut and chocolate on the second and third sips. Almost like a liquid Mounds bar. Very tasty.

M: Heavier, thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect for a regular porter. Reminds me of some imperial porters. Good, silky texture with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable with its excellent flavor, good texture, and moderate ABV. An excellent beer for dessert.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can received as extra in recent trade with with the overly generous ghengis22 big thanks bro...poured into la chouffe tulip

a-black, nice two and half finger coffee colored head the lingered for a while. very very nice lacing

s-smells sweet, like cocoa and coffee and maybe some toffee? very nice roasty smell up front...lingers in the nose for a bit afterward...

t-roasted caramel up front, espresso and coffee, sweetness in the middle followed slightly by the coconut..the coconut is not overpowering as i thought. theres something else there thats throwing me off but i cannot quite put my finger on it..oh well its not a bad thing..maybe its the hops

m-meduim with a nice bit of carbonation..coats the mouth well

d-i could have a few of these a night if it were more available...its not too heavy

overall a very nice porter with a interesting twist thats not overpowering at all. i was a little worried ill be honest but this is a good brew..trying the big swell next... man i cant get over these craft brews in cans...

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you like protein shakes, this may be the beer for you...

Appearance: Deep dark brown w/ adequete head

Smell: Tanbark, chocolate

Taste: Bitter, chocolatey, licorice...protein shake

Mouthfeel: Syruppy, lingering finish

Drinkability: A bit sickening after a while, there are certainly much better porters out there

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black with hints of cola around the edges with a tiny collar of bubbles.

Smells of dark baking chocolate, campfire toasted marshmallows, dry nuts and an overall dry cleanness. The subtle sweetness really stands out in a good way here.

Tastes of dark dry cocoa and again, a dry nuttiness with a slight electric sting. nice and clean here with a great balance of flavors.

Feels clean and crisp with a light and soft carbonation.

Easy and delicious. I didn't get much coconut, but it was still a well done beer.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,222 ratings.
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