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

Big thanks to fartingdog for throwing us this one!

Pours a lightly hazed dark brownish orange, bit of red as well in the edges, thick light tan head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, drops a bit of lacing, looks pretty good. Smell is great, chocolate, roast coffee, toast, coconut, toffee, bread, unrefined brown sugar, bit of licorice, vanilla, very nice. Taste is great as well, very heavy roast and chocolate, caramel sweetness, thick coconut and toast, vanilla, fig, toast is great in the finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation, nice roasty bitterness, the toasted coconut is easy to identify but doesn't take the beer over, but the carbonation is a bit sharp on the palate. This stuff is real nice. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of joepais
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again Santa (Deuane)
The can poured into my new Smuttynose snifter produced a good two fingers worth of tan thread that turned to a thin lace. The body was the typical black porter color.

Awesome aromas of chocolate and coconut it smells like a mounds candy bar, this is great stuff. The flavor is nice and balanced not too much bitterness from the roasted malts and not too much sweetness from the toasted coconut. The only thing I wish is that it was a little thicker in the mouthfeel department.

Another easy drinking Porter enjoyed every drop and was left wanting more. If I saw this in the store I would grad a 4 pack of this for sure

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby black with a decent head and a good amount of lacing.
Smells of chocolate, cocoa, sweet coconut.
Taste is just like the smell. The coconut comes through in the finish and as the brew warms. There's some spice, maybe sage.
Feels a little watery and slippery. Well carbonated and easy to drink.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alaskajoe for parting ways with one of these at the last tasting.

Pours a nice dark color with major ruby highlights. The head is kind of weak and carbonation seems a bit low. Moderate lacing.

Nose is roasted malt and some coffee. Bitter bean, chocolate malts. Slight candy coconut smell, like toaste shaved coconut, but not super strong in the nose.

Taste is pretty damn good. The coconut does not come out terribly strong at all and is not nearly as sweet as expected. The porter is nice and robust, roasted malt and burnt grains. Some coffee and a touch of chocolate in there. Chocolate malts. A good bitterness arises towards the finish, showcasing the robustness of the porter. The coconut is really just a dry accent here, this is very much a porter. Aftertaste holds onto bean bitterness and roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick here, and the carbonation is a touch too light. I like the viscosity of it alot, as it is just a touch thicker than your average porter, but I really think this one needs a slight carbonation boost.

Drinkability is solid. Certainly a very sessionable porter, and one I could easily sit down and drink a few of. Pretty much right where it should be drinkabilitywise, but again, a bit more carbonation would help this as well.

Overall this is a very nice porter, and a great session beer. Alot of flavor packed in there, and i like the coconut accent on it. I was kind of expecting a southerntierish blow the hell out the beer with adjuncts type of coconut sweetness, but the coconut is merely used as a spice or accent to this porter. And a very nice porter it is. Would buy this pretty regularly if we got it here. Would be awesome for hunting and fishing, cause of the cans. Good beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got the chance to try this a couple weeks back. From notes:

Light brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Light tan colored head left minimal lacing. Had this amidst a few other porters- somewhat of a tasting I suppose.

The aroma was sweet coconut, but I think it smelt of coconut much more than it tasted like it. The body was roasty and smooth with a subtle slightly sweet coconut note- kind of thin. Overall a little too sweet for me, but it was really cool to try. A lot of my friends were going nuts over it.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Pizza Port's bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with some dark red hues in the light. Three fingers of creamy milk chocolate tan head lasts a good while, leaving some nice lacing lattice work behind along with some thin retention. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, and a touch of hops. Tastes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, a touch of tobacco, coconut, vanilla, and slight bitter hop kick. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and creamy with good roastiness and a nice lightly bitter finish. Coconut isn't overpowering at all and meshes well with the other flavors. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, it was weird to drink beer this good out of a can. Pours dark brown with a 1 inch thick off-white head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, and coconut. Delicious blend of roasted coffee and hops, then moves into a smoother powdered cocoa, and finishes with a sweet coconut. Very nice.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zapata for the trade.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, completely opaque in the glass. A nice two finger khaki head rises afterwards. Smells roasted, almost sweet like milk though... Taste is a little too toasted and roasted for me. I've enjoyed plenty of RIS and other porters, but this one doesn't sit right with me. An interesting beer none the less.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours black with some ruby highlights along the bottom and 1 1/2 fingers of foamy burnt tan head. Thin creamy layer of retention leaves a solid latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very robust smelling with roasted chocolate malts dominating, as well as some coffee, floral hops, a smidge of vanilla, and yes, coconut that is very light but still discernable underneath the other notes.

The taste is a rich mix of roasty chocolate malts and coffee with some floral hop bitterness in the back. The coconut flavoring is indeed in the flavor profile as well, being much more prominent to me than in the aroma, and really possessing a nice milky quality to it that comes out more and more as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a thicker feel to it that carries all of those heavier flavors well.

Even without the coconut present, this would have come off as a quite robust and easy drinking Porter. The coconut just adds some additional sweet qualities that balances out a lot of it's roasty nature. Good stuff that I would gladly get into again.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- insane mass of head, and an obsidion body beneath it! i like! left some lacing, and the head takes its time leaving.

S- COCONUT, a tad of roasted crystal malt, lots of sweet smells, such as plum, and a little fig.

T- A very thin body at first, then you are greeted with a subtle amount of coconut and a sweet, mellow finish. I like how easy this is to drink.

M- A little thin, but its exactly as advertised! I'm impressed with this beer.

D- at 10.99 a 4 pack its a little steep but beyond that, 5.7 abv i could drink this all day!

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

Pours like sludge from a golden 12 oz. can into a pint glass. A very deep brown pour with some ruby highlights and a half inch head which settles quickly to a thin tan surface film.

Smells of roasted coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Occasional notes of coconut rise to the surface, halfway between fresh shaved coconut and coconut milk.

Taste of coffee segues to a coconut close and with just a touch of spice. Otherwise the brew offers a rich mouthfeel and solid drinkability. A lively porter with a unique finish.

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

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for including this in a recent swap. Poured from a 12oz. can into my nonic tumbler. Appears a slightly translucent dark brown color with a good two fingers of tan foam. Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, nuts, and toasted coconut. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, toasted coconut(didn't expect the coconut to be so apparent, but yeah it's certainly in there), milk chocolate, vanilla. Very tasty and complex. Wonderful mouthfeel. Rather full bodied and reminiscent of an oatmeal stout, nice and chewy. Medium carbonation, just right. Reminds me of a liquid Mounds bar, minus the sweetness and the fact that I don't have to floss the coconut shreds from my teeth afterward.

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

12oz can, thanks goodbyeohio for this one

appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass, nice dark mahogany body with a creamy tan head and light retention

smell: sweet chocolate aromas, toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon and milk chocolate...nice

taste: This creamy porter is unique and quite tasy - sweet milk chocolate and toasted coconut, dry malt, vanilla but the bourbon appears to be all in the nose. tasty!

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, very nice

drinkability: good

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fartingdog hooked me up with one of these (and a bunch of killer stuff from his cellar) when we visited in september. thanks dave!

12oz can. sampled nov 22/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black and showing just a touch of garnet around the edge when held to light. a small very dense brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is good. milk and dark chocolate, with just a hint of toasted coconut coming through. the coconut presence is really light and complimentary. it almost wouldn't even stand out if you didn't know to look for it. light roast. touch of alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. toasty. maybe just a hint of smoke.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate again. the lightly toasted coconut comes through a little stronger than it did in the aroma, but still manages not to overpower. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. low bitterness level. i'd generally expect more bitterness and hop presence from the style, but i think the brewers have done right taming that down as i think it would have clashed with the delicate flavour of the coconut.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i'm not a huge coconut person, but this works really well. just enough to compliment without overpowering. good stuff that i'll definitely be looking for again.

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

A: Dark brown with a decent mocha head. Some light penetrates at the edges.

S: Nice roasted malt with a very satisfying sweetness that is likely from the coconut.

T: No coconut in the flavor really. It starts with a pretty good roast that fades in the midpalate to sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a thinness towards the end of the palate.

D: Not a bad porter but I don't specifically get any coconut in the flavor.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All right... more canned goodness, this time from sunny Maui. I hope I get lai'ed.

It pours a porter black with a one finger tan head. Smells like chocolate, coffee and coconut. A lot of coconut actually... more than I thought even though the name of the beer is sort of a giveaway.

Along with the coconut, I get a lot of roasted malt and dark chocolate upon first sip. Pretty much stays true the entire glass. Minimal carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

You know, this beer is what it is... a coconut inspired porter. No real surprises in store. It's extremely yummy but I don't know if it can shake being a novelty for me. Ah hell, it's good. This mainlander will order some more in the future.

This is my first experience with Maui Brewing Company and would like to search out other offerings.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a impenetrable dark brown that looks black. light brown head, quick dissipation, practically no lacing.

S: aromas of rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light hint of coconut. some cherries as well.

T: big and rich. tons of chocolate, coffee, light hints of tobacco. light coconut, some serious cherry flavors. wonderful roasted malts. like a cherry Mounds candy bar. very intense palate for a porter.

M: low carbonation level, which is really enjoyable. medium to full bodied for the style. big palate on this one, very chewy.

D: ABV is according to style, and the flavor is just phenomenal. well worth getting and drinking over and over again. very drinkable.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CoreyRhoads for this beer.

12oz. can poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark for a porter, completely black and doesn't let light through. 2 fingers of latte foam with decent retention but not much lacing.

S: Good porter aroma. Lightly roasted malts, not too bitter or harsh. A light cola aroma. Picking up just a bit a sweetness that might be from the coconut but really no other indications.

T/M: Coconut comes out a bit more in the taste and plays a good supporting role to a milky chocolate taste and texture. It's probably a good thing that the coconut doesn't get too big. Chocolate body is nice and is accompanied by some buttery creaminess and a touch of lightly roasted malt. Body is about medium with assertive carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and has a low ABV. Add tasty and you got yourself some pretty good drinkability. I was a bit worried about this one, thinking the coconut could easily get too potent and ruin things. Not the case here.

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Photo of blklab2007
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can poured into a snifter has a dark chestnut brown color and a thin layer of frothy thick brown head. aroma has bakers chocolate, light toasted coconut, thick chewy malt, and faint underlying hops. chewy nose and a little nutty. mouth feel is medium thick with fine carbonation and good coating. flavor is loaded with malt, heavy chocolate, coffee notes, and more toasted coconut than anticipated. sweetness is enough to keep the bitterness in check and the finish is roasted sweetness with a long duration. really full and chewy bordering on milkshake with roast that just puts it over the top.

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

Big thanks to swnicholson for tossing in this one of many extras.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a huge, foamy sugar cookie--colored head that produces a bar or two of lacing as it slowly sinks to just a blanket.

S: Simple but inviting aromas of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and yes, hints of fresh shaved coconut. However, I likely wouldn't have been able to pinpoint the coconut aroma had I not known this was a coconut beer.

T: Yeah, this is a tasty stout. I said stout, not porter. Big flavors of sweet chocolate and roasted malts, tad of coconut and bitter(chocolate)ness on the finish. Really delicious.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied with mild carbonation. Real winner here as well.

D: I'd certainly call this both a highly drinkable and sessionable beer. I would seel this beer out, and will likely do that shortly after I finish this one. It's canned too, which is a plus.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another donation from jtrockchalk. 12 oz can poured into pint glass.
A - Nearly black with 2 finger tan head that diminished a bit quickly. Thin lacing on glass.
S - Toasted malt, milky chocolate, coffee, and very subtle toasted coconut.
T - Well roasted malt, milk chocolate with notes of coffee with a subdued toasted coconut on the finish.
M - A bit lighter on the mouthfeel than some porters, but very balanced and palatable. Surprisingly clean on the finish.
D - This is VERY drinkable. Anyone put off by the fact that it comes in a can and is called 'coconut porter' should give this a try. It's one of the most drinkable porters I've tried. Too bad it isn't readily available here. I would always keep it on hand.

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

thanks to pretzelcity for the trade.

A - A deep tiger's eye pour with a sand head that disappears after a bit, some lacing.

S - Caramel, candy, maybe a little butterscotch (not in a bad way), and quite a bit of coconut.

T - Okay, I need to level with people now. Coconut is one of the most polarizing flavors that I've encountered amongst my friends and comrades. You either dig it or you don't. I happen to like it a lot, that's why I wanted to get the beer. Starting out, the coconut is not a huge flavor, but roastiness, coffee, and a hint of burnt sugar give way to the coconut quite a bit as it warms. It's really quite nice for someone who likes coconut. For a friend that does not, it might not be a pleasant experience. Some vanilla also comes through in the warming. Fantastic.

M - Quite creamy, I like that in a porter, or any beer for that matter. Coats the tongue just enough, pleasant aftertaste. Would go great with angel-food cake. A little bit of alcohol comes at the end when it warms.

D - This is definitely something I would have every day if forced to only drink one beer... in Hawai'i. But since that isn't the case, I will say that, while it isn't something that I would go absolutely bonkers for, it's certainly a beer with having once or twice at the end of a nice day.

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

Cool looking can.

A- Deep brown cola color with a monster brown head.

S- toasted grain and chocolate malt in the nose as well as sweet creamy coffee aromas.

T/M- Burnt coconut appears late on the finish, its flavor is not as abrupt as i thought it would be, no alcohol burn, very slight bitterness and notes of burnt stone fruit and some yeasty notes as the beer warms. Light in body.

D- Good drinkability, i expected something more extreme but im pretty satisfied.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a sparce lacing.

This beer has a toasted coconut aroma. Ity smells sweet and malty. It have a very subtle chocolate aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A very nice toasted coconut flavor. Very nice. It has a malty sweet flavor as well, mixing in with some coffee.

This beer is crisp and smooth. It leaves a coconut like aftertaste. It is a little highte in carbonation than I would have expected.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is low enough in alcohol. The flavor though may become cloying after a time.

Overall: This was probably the best beer I had while in Hawaii. I am glad to have brought back a few 4 packs, since I have never seen it in the continental US. Great beer, and I will buy it every time I see it.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with no real substantial head formation, but I was running my damn mouth, so I could've just missed it.

Smell: Pleasant aroma; a blend of chocolate, coconut, dark malts, and morningtime coffee.

Taste: Dark maltiness tasting of roasty coffee and baker's chocolate and, of course, there's the toasted coconut shavings. Medium sweetness. Light, earthy hops and bitterness. Sweetish finish where the coconut really gains a hold over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy porter is what it is. And in a can, no less. The addition of coconut breathes a bit of new life into the humble, sometimes lackluster porter style. I feel a trip to Hawaii would be entirely wasted on me, as I'd spend a considerable amount of it at the Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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