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 gameface23
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a creamy light brown head.

S: Slightly nutty, some coffee notes, and caramel, but not overpowering by any means.

T: When cold, it's mostly chocolate malt. This beer really shines when it warms up a bit. Caramelized coconut and cocoa are the dominant flavors.

M: Medium bodied.

D: I enjoyed this beer. I was in Hawaii for my Honeymoon and I bought Maui Brewing Company's beers any time they were available at a restaurant or bar. The coconut porter is probably the best beer made in Hawaii.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

largadeer sent me one of these in a monster trade recently. Thanks, Chris!

Dark brown/almost black with a dense light brown head, this beer is solid for the style. Retention is excellent, and the lacework is quite excellent too.

The base porter is quite excellent, with prominent roast, dark chocolate bitterness along with some cocoa. As it warms up, the coconut comes to the front, fleshy but also well balanced. The combination of chocolate and coconut is quite excellent.

The palate opens with a combination of dark chocolate and coconut, fairly well balanced, much along the lines of what you'd expect a coconut truffle to taste like minus the richness. Mildly cola-like, I get a little bitterness towards the finish that could be hop-based (it's a little fruity). Mild medium-roast coffee bitterness is present as well. The finish is long with mild chocolate bitterness and some coconut flavor. Medium-light in body with a high level of carbonation and a great finish, this beer is pretty great and thoroughly drinkable. I'd drink another if I could

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

REVIEWED ON 09/11/2009
2009 VINTAGE - 12OZ. CAN

Brew poured a deep brown mahoghany in color, w/ a thin tan head that quickly diminished. Little to no lacing. The nose on this one was fantastic w/ toasted coconut and vanilla filling the room as soon as I cracked open the can. With more attention, I also picked up aromas of light espresso, and biscotti. However, the taste was a little disappointing, w/ notes of chocolate malt/espresso up front, and a finish of toffee and nuttiness, but it lacked the sweet dominant coconut taste I was yearning for. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, hung on the palate and finished dry. This has to be one of the better session brews of all-time, smooth as silk going down nice and easy.

Overall, a very nice sessionable brew from Maui. Would visit this one again, but am definately disappointed by the lack of coconut flavor in the taste.

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Photo of bret27
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to glass. A can??!? I do declare!

A: Very dark brown, almost black as an IS. Dark brown thick espresso looking head.

S: Toasted coconut, coffee, vanilla, sugar, sugar cane perhaps?

T: Coconut, vanilla cream, toasted bread, sweet, roasty. There's a strange bitterness at the end. Don't think it's hops, not really like alcohol either, maybe burntness?

M: Medium to thin bodied, slick and smooth.

D: Fairly good, but a little too sweet and creamy for me personally to drink a lot. The body and alcohol are not overpowering at all, the sweetness just turns me off.

Overall: Very good, but a little too sweet for me personally.

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

Snagged a 4 pack of cans at Bevmo for ~$8.

It pours a very nearly opaque black with a tall brown head. As the head dies off, it leaves little in the way of lacing.

Smell is definitely chocolate heavy, though there is a bit of roasted malt smell too.

Taste follows smell. Chocolate (the earlier description of fudge is apt) and a toasted malt. I'm not really picking up a lot in the way of coconut, though that doesn't detract from the beer at all. It tastes quite good.

It is far from a light beer, and nowhere near as chewy as a barleywine, which I guess would put somewhere in the vicinity of medium bodied. The beer leaves a little stickiness on your lips too.

Although it's not my favorite porter, this is usually a staple of my fridge, mostly because my wife is a fan. An additional benefit is that you can fit a lot more of these cans in the door of your fridge then you can bottles.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a pint glass courtesy of MASPuros.

A: Pours a dark cola with a tan head that fades to near nothing and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is excellent. Baker's chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and cocoa. It smells like fudge and had me very excited to take a sip.

T: Taste is chocolate/cocoa, sweet vanilla, and a roasted maltiness. Great stuff although I'm not picking up much coconut.

M: Mouthfeel is thin but this isn't exactly an Imperial Porter. It could be a bit creamier.

D: I would drink this all the time if I could buy it here.

Thanks for the can, Mike!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Can courtesy of a traveling coworker. This beer pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a medium thin beige head that diminishes steadily. Aroma of coconut and roasted pralines. Medium body with flavors of coconut milk, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Touches of hops as well. The finish is creamy with a mild coconut aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in a trade with EliottJW, thanks a lot man!

Appearance: Very dark brown or black with a 1.5 finger brown head that recedes slowly. Let's some, but very little, light through. OK lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla. This aroma reminds me more of a stout than a porter. Maybe the smallest hint of coconut in the nose.

Taste: Goes along pretty well with the aroma. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, burnt/roasted malts. Coconut comes out towards the middle of the sip and as you swallow. Finish is also roasty with some mild bitterness and a lingering dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: A semi-sweet and smooth beginning turns slightly bitter but still smooth middle and end. Creamy too, it coats the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability: Up there with some of the lower ABV stouts (as I feel this is drinking/tasting more like a stout than a porter) but overall not bad.

Glad I got to try this one. Wish there was a more prevalent coconut flavor. It might just be my digging, but it comes out a little more as the beer warms, but still not all that powerful, but all together not too shabby.

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

Received as an extra in a trade with PretzelCity

Poured a rich black with brown fringes in light, huge pillowy head that faded fairly fast to a thick film that hung high on the wall of the glass
Smell was deep roasted barley with a big coffee and dark chocolate presence, no coconut noticed otherwise would have scored higher
Taste was very strong big coffee and dark chocolate again, only a very slight coconut note and its way in the back, the longer the beer sits the more the coconut sneaks out
Mouthfeel is a thin medium and very bright in the carbonation dept. almost too bubbly on the tongue
Drinkability- very good porter right up there near the top, if there was more of a coconut presence it would fit its name even better

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

A big thanks to Tzanio for this one!

L: Pours a nice brown with red tints on the bottom with a big and light tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and burnt malts and a hint of something sweet at the end of it, most likely the coconut. It really has an intriguing aroma to it.
T: Like the nose, it has a nice burnt and sweet roasted malt taste and then a really slightly chalky, burnt, sweet coconut taste with a really roasted aftertaste.
M: Very crisp, slightly burnt and a tad milky with a really crisp finish and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is an AWESOME Porter. Really good stuff here.

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