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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

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

A: Black with a mocha head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, surprisingly, not much coconut.

T: Coffee, chocolatey sweetness, and the coconut creeps in toward middle and is very present on the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Super smooth beer, great taste and mouthfeel. A solid beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a dark opaque brown, almost black - no light penetration at all. Capped with a thick 2 finger capuccino tan head that linger a good long time. Head eventually recedes leaving a nice, uniform layer of bubbles across the surface of the beer. Good looking porter.

S - Roasty - coffee and dark and milk chocolates. Touches of caramel malt sweetness, and just a hint of coconut. Smells smooth and rich.

T - Roasty and smooth. Silky and creamy. Coconut flavor is definitely present, but in a subtle way. Blends with the coffee and chocolate flavors which are more prominant. Coconut becomes more noticeable as the beer warms in the glass. Mild hop bitterness which only seems to sharpen the edge on the dark, slightly burnt and roasty flavors.

M - Thick, full bodied. Low/medium carbonation that adds a creaminess to the mouthfeel. I'm guessing it is the coconut that causes the nice oily feeling to this beer. It coats the tongue with flavor that lingers well after the swallow. For me, the mouthfeel is quite distinctive and adds to the experience of this beer.

D - Goes down very easily. The 5.7% alcohol does not make its presence known. This beer is very smooth and easy drinking. Could definitely have a few of these in one sitting. Despite the Hawaiian heritage, seems more appropriate to be drinking on a slightly cool night...on 2nd thought - a cool night on the beach - guess the Hawaiian thing works on this one.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from Hollingshead in CA.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth dark chocolate with good amounts of roasted malt and vanilla aromas as well. Not a whole lot of coconut in the aroma.

Tastes a bit different than it smells. Again, smooth dark chocolate flavors lead things off and are joined quickly by roasted malt flavors that bring the sweetness down a notch. Light vanilla flavors join in midway through the sip, and as it warms an underlying sweetness I attribute to the coconut makes itself apparent. Ending is mostly sweet with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the can pretty quickly and could have another, though I could see the sweetness becoming a bit too much after a while.

Overall this was a very good non-traditional porter. Worth a shot.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a CAN from Hawaii, no less! CAN you dig it? Two fingers of deep-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep cola-brown with ruby highlights. Nose was dark chocolate and coconut. Mounds, anyone? Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolate/coconut taste on the tongue that simply reminded me of having a Mounds bar in my mouth. Yow! Finish was equally sweet. I probably would not want this on a full-time basis, but as a dessert beer or one for a beer-phobic date, this would be perfect.

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

Big up to tzanio for the extra!

Poured into a pint glass, a rich black with dark amber highlights just around the edges. A finger of cappuccino head falls to a quarter inch. No lacing to report.

Immediate smell of toasted coconut -- beautiful! Some chocolaty malts join in, just a little vanilla, some roast smells.

Taste is about what I'd expect from a porter -- dark, roasted malt, some chocolaty sweetness, some bitterness from the roast & just a little tang of hops. The coconut is less present in the taste than in the smell, but it's there around the perimeter of the tongue.

As the beer warms, the coconut smell becomes even more apparent & inviting. The mouthfeel is moderate, a little drying from the roast malts & a little prickly.

All in all a good one -- the smell is great, & the taste doesn't quite deliver on the promise. Still very good, IMO, but I'd love to have a brew that matches that aroma.

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Photo of Hunter
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tar-black brew with a head of light brown foam. Minimal lacing effects.

Smell: Definite dark chocolate notes, light coffee, and the barest hint of coconut - enough to intrigue without overpowering.

Taste: Light for a porter. Essentially, this is like drinking a liquid Mounds candy bar. Coconut is sort of a love or hate flavor - it's reasonably subtle here, but if you don't like coconut you won't care for the brew. I gave it high marks since I love it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and not terribly cloying. Almost not "chewy" enough.

Drinkability: Even given my enjoyment of coconut, I gave the drinkability reduced marks because in a sense this is a novelty beer, not something I'd consider for regular consumption. But it DOES offer something new and quirky for those times one might like something different.

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

12 oz. can into a pint glass

Pours up a very dark brown/black with a bit of reddish highlights. A two inch plus tan head forms on top then falls back down to a cap that retains quite well. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is of chocolate mostly with a bit of earthiness to it. The coconut is noticeable, but not overly so. That is probably a good thing. A bit of a creamy lactose like sweetness is also there.

Taste is similar, chocolate first with a mild sweetness. The coconut shows up right at the start of the swallow and fades into some mild roasted malt character with more chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, average carbonation and quite smooth going down. Pretty drinkable as well.

This is a pretty tasty porter, I don't like coconut much but it's not really that prominent in this beer anyway. Wish this was available locally.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a quickly forming and quickly dissipating hard mocha-colored head. Dies down to nothing--looks flat after a couple minutes without so much as a swirl of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Very spotty, very wet lacing slides down almost too fast to call it lacing.

Smell is of sweet malts and dry, almost minerally-smelling toasted coconut. Not very nice when cold, the smell develops into something decent as it approaches room temp.

Taste is a pretty big letdown. Light roastiness and some dark chocolate and slight breadiness. A good amount of coconut comes out as it warms, but the thing is, I love toasted coconut, and I don't love this. Not bad, just not super flavorful.

This thing started out too carbonated for my liking, but it develops nicely throughout the course of the glass. Medium bodied, this is almost too light and finishes too clean for my liking. Not bad by any means, just looking for more of that malty, chewy, thick consistency.

Highly drinkable. I could see people sessioning this big time.

Overall, I REALLY want to love this, but don't. Still pretty tasty, especially as it warms.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We need more beers in a can!

A: 2 fingers of frothy tan head over a black and ruby brew. Decent ring retention and a bit of lacing, though nothing overwhelming.
S: Big yummy malts on the nose. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, and a big toasted aroma that doesn't reveal too much coconut just yet.
T/M: A delicious and flavorful experience that mirrors the aromas. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some caramel. The toasted coconut pulls through in the flavor really nicely. Each sip ends on a slight metallic note, but that is quickly taken care of by a nice citrus hop. Smoky and wood come to mind, as well. Mouth is medium with medium carbonation, leaving yummy dark chocolate residuals behind.
D: This is truly a delicious porter. I'm not a huge fan of coconut, so it was nice that it is really subtle in this brew. I highly recommend this to porter lovers.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is an opaque bistre topped by a mousse-like mountain of buff colored foam. Head retention is impressive, taking several minutes to settle to a small slick sudsy pillow, with heavy disjointed lacing.

Rich, moderate roasted malt aroma, brown bread crusts, cocoa, and an occasional whiff of the toasted coconut. Faint hop scent provides a balancing note.

Light roast coffee and malt, coconut adds a slight sweetness, and there is a mouth-watering flavor similar to charred rice dislodged from the bottom of a large rice cooker (like you sometimes get in Korean restaurants). Mild astringency (from roasted malt) and tartness (from hops?) on the palate, with finish fading from sweet to bitter to toasty.

Not quite medium-bodied, with average carbonation. A very faint slickness on the tongue. Decent effervescence.

ABV just high enough to prevent you from guzzling the whole glass in one go (5.7%). Eminently drinkable, though the coconut (while in no way dominating) might put some people off after more than a couple glasses.

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Photo of papollo
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must admit, this beer was a disappointment to me. I was so excited when I found it and immediately snapped up a 4-pack of 12oz cans ($11.49+).

The familiar cusssh of the pop-top can led to a smell that at first was chocolate/coffee divination, as were the first few sips. Soon, however, the beer started to grow on me in a bad way. It's just too sweet for my tastes, which is odd for me to write because on the whole, I like rich, dark beers.

It kind of reminds me of movie theatre popcorn. When the smell first hits you you're drawn immediately to the snack bar. The first few bites (sips) meet the anticipation generated by the smell. About 5 minutes into it, you start to say to yourself "I should have stopped after the first few mouthfuls."

Sorry, Maui lovers - it looks & smells great, but that's about it for me.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to be very sad to not have this beer around me after I leave this wonderful

A: Pours (forgot how weird it is to pour a can into a glass) a deep mahogany brown, but black as black when not held up to a light. The one and a half inch head fades in a minute or two but sticks around as a thin cap but with little lacing.

S: At first smell, sweet as chocolate cake batter with some coconut shavings and fresh ground coffee on top, then we get into the swing of things when these aromas mix together with a slightly bitter smokiness that really ties this beer together and makes it sing.

T/MF: Sweet at first, right on the tip of the tongue then moves all across the tongue and gets deeper, darker and smokier. Chocolatey sweetness mixes wonderfully with toasted coconut, coffee-like bitterness and a slight fruitiness, I'm imagining raspberries and cherries but covered in dark chocolate. This being said the beer is not overly rich and heavy, it dances on the tongue and leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D: A fantastic beer, very difficult to just sip, but it's what allows the complexity of this beer to shine through. I'd say that one is about enough in one sitting, then you start to get coconut burps and those I can do without. Oh but I will this beer and Maui Brewing Company. Must return soon, hopefully they will be around for a while.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little taken back by beer in a can, but why not!

Pours nicely out of the can and into a pint glass. Pretty much pitch black, head fades and doesn't lace the glass, a bit disappointing.

I jumped deeply into the beer seconds after pouring it to find the "coconut", but find more of a sweet dark malt aroma.

Very porter like, with the coconut hidden in the background.

The carbonation is a bit crisp, with a thinner body then i would think for a porter. This is a great easy drinking brew with a punch, not too expensive.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #3 of 8. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a cola brown with a minimal amount of tan colored head.

S- Toasted coconuts with a bit of roasted malts. Slight amount of sweetness in the nose.

T- I was expecting something that would be overly sweet with coconut flavors. To my surprise the coconut was not very sweet, but had a wonderful toasted quality that gave off a very unique flavor. Had a roasted malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with nice amounts of carbonation.

D- This is one hell of a session beer.

Overall, this beer is simple but unique. Great flavors and extremely drinkable for a porter.

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

This is a good, characterful porter that doesn't actually have any real coconut taste although the coconut probably adds to the feel and slightly unique character.

Black, bubbly, it has a huge, light brown head steadily shrinking to a ring and leaving some lace.

The aroma is toasty, earthy (wet soil) with hints of metal, dark chocolate and a hint of prune.

The taste is zesty but mostly thick and smooth, a pleasant, fairly rich "porter character" with some complexity. It is toasty with light blackstrap molasses, earthy with wet soil, hints of licorice, leaves, mocha, and chocolate ice cream. It is slightly oily.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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