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

Thanks to Weibull for this can!

Pours a deep, dark brown...almost black. A tan head made a quick appearance. It did leave some nice lacing behind, though.

The aroma was a bit light. I was hoping for more here. I picked up a faint coconut scent hiding behind the coffee and chocolate.

The flavor was better, though. The coconut, while far from dominant, was noticed more. Coffee and dry, dark chocolate are the main players.

Nice medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and silky. The low abv and the canned factor make this tasty treat pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can - Pours a dark brownish/black. Below average carbonation, no lacing whatsoever. Smells of strong coffee and chocolate. First sip is all dark chocolate and coffee with just a little coconut notes shinning through. A nice hoppy presence all make it work. Great bitter dark chocolate finish. A very fine beer from our 50th state!

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Cool.

Black liquid. Reasonable head.

Poured into a glass, but still smell the can. Do I smell a coconut or is it a subliminal message to the brain? Smell is not very good.

Tastes just like a Mounds bar. Or maybe an Almond Joy. The coconut is omnipresent.

Pretty smooth. Silky smooth actually.

I'm not big on coconut, in fact I hate'em. Bought this particular beer for the wife, who says it's instantly one of her favorites ever. Cool, maybe she'll stay outta my Founders Breakfast Stout.

Overall: if you like coconuts, you will love this well-crafted brewski.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The can design looks like one of those Starbucks coffee and cream drinks found in supermarkets. Short explanation of why cans are better than bottles, and lots of words and designs on the can. On to the beer:

Some ruby brown hues can be spotted at the bottom of my glass. The beer is opaque in color with a short-lived rocky head before it settles into a one centimeter creamy head. Wow, what a wonderful smell! Fresh coconut and semi-sweet baking choclate tease the nose, molasses creeps out too. Exceptional! Exceptional! One of the best smells I've run across in a beer.

My mouth waters as I anticipate the flavor in my mouth. Yummy yum yum! The flavors are great...semi-sweet chocoalte and molasses are the mainstays, with the coconut flavor close behind. The coconut gains its dominance towards the end of each drink. Has an Alomnd Joy finish to it.

...like hot chicks on the beach, CoCoNut PorTeR (eah! that hurt my eyes!) is mysterious, deceptive, and could never have too many.

Long overdue update on 4/12/11: CoCoNut Porter has become one of my favorites. It also makes a great desert beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black pour and head leaves fast. Light small bubbled persistent lacing remains.

S - Sweet burnt coffee, some coconut notes behind it.

T- Taste follows smell. Coffee, bitter chocolate, faint reminder of coconut.

M - Medium to light bodied. Not great coating. Good Carb. This beer had me going for gold until the 'M'. It's just thinner than I expected.

D - Having said that, it's very sessionable!

I took this, Old Chub and Dales on a camping trip lately.
GREAT stuff all!

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Photo of number1bum
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another from the mixed sixer I won when I beat mymrnngjckt in fantasy baseball. You suck Kevin.

Pours nearly pitch black, surprisingly dark for a porter, with just a bit of ruby around the edges and no light getting through. Head is a creamy khaki color. Retains quite well and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is not very powerful, but consists of some roasted malt and coconut. Unfortunately it's a real struggle to get even that.

Taste is much more robust than the smell; that's more like it. Nice roasted malt and coconut nuttiness. Bit of cocoa flavor and some earthy hops. Little bit of coffee, too. Very smooth and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body, appropriately carbonated and quite smooth.

This is a very tasty porter. The coconut is a subtle flavor, but it's definitely there. Quite drinkable. Tasty stuff.

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

I slammed quite a few of these bad boys when in Honolulu on my 24th bday. Review from notes:

Dark cola brown, near black, with a nice cap of tannish espressoy foam. Aromas of conut, dark roasted malts, condensed milk, coffee, chocolate, and more! Taste is very chocolate/coconut up front with more bitter malt/hop/coffee in the back end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and excellent, as is the drinkability. Great stuff.

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Photo of antilogic
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You can't judge a beer by its container I suppose. Although a canned beer, the appearance as it pours is a pretty opaque brown with a nice tan head.

This Hawaiian import definitely has some coconut aroma, but it's not as overwhelming as I thought it would be. The aroma is there, but in taste it's almost only an aftertaste. It's smooth and very drinkable and isn't too overpowering in any particular facet. I recommend it, but as more of a tasty session beer than something more memorable.

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Photo of cbourassa
2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a can given to me by a friend

A - The beer appears thick and black, like an ebony milkshake. There is a long head retention. Beer appears to be highly carbonated.

S - I detect roasted malt, chocolate, very faint whiff of coconut.

T - There is a chocolaty taste, but no hop flavor present. Tastes mild without any hint of coconut.

M - It seems to coat the tongue. The carbonation seems to be high for this style. Very unpleasant.

D - I was not impressed. Generally speaking, I would not go out of my way to have another.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

freebie my brother earned in a trade with brewerb

no date found on the can. poured into shaped pint glass.

almost opaque brown/black. tan head fades to wisps. minimal lacing.

aroma starts with roasted malt and earthy tones, with some esters, but is pretty phenolic. the coconut only really comes through in traces amongst the esters.

some otherwise smooth, sweet malts are a bit overpowered by a boozy and phenolic quality. toasted coconut is there, but only barely (and only if you look for it), as a side player. the mild bitterness helps to offset the the booziness.

ever so slightly thin, but smooth. moderate carbonation.


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Photo of nrbw23
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a fairly thin tan head that recedes into a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Not too much lacing on this one.

S- Dark roasted malts, touch of chocolate and coffee. Got even better as it warmed and I could pick up some of the coconut then.

T- Roasted malts come out with some chocolate. Slightly smoky, the coconut comes through nicely.

M- Light carbonation and some what lighter in body than I expected.

D- Very interesting and easy to drink.

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gimme from my lil buddy ~ Mr. Mustachio. Highly anticipated, greatly appreciated & well worth the wait. When my coconut freak sister in law saw it in the refrigerator she said she wasn't leaving until I opened it. I willingly obliged.

A ~ Predominantly black, opaque body with ruby edges showing when back lit. Khaki colored, foamy head with good retention & nice lacing.

S ~ Very nice. Coffee, cocoa & creamy malts with a pleasant & not overpowering hint of toasted coconut. Fresh & clean.

T ~ Nothing unnatural or artificial about the taste. Coffee & bitter chocolate with a little nutty smoke, toasty malts & the ghostly presence of fresh, toasted coconut. Well blended all around. My sister in law looked like she was gonna cry!!! "OH YEA! You GOTTA get more of this~ PLEEEEZE!"

M ~ Creamy, chewy crisp & clean with a superb finish. Full bodied & deeliscious.

D ~ Hard to beat & hard to beleive it's from a can! This is a well done Porter that's a little different, very approachable & very easy to drink & enjoy. Too bad it's not as easy to find. I'll be trading for more.

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Photo of brdc
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small can, poured into a snifter.

Near pitch black, it has a relatively small tan head, with little retention.
Nice aroma, coffee beans and chocolate. I did not notice anything coconut related at the beginning, but as it warms up, toasted notes become quite prominent (but no coconut).
Medium bodied, easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol as expected. Again, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted notes; at the very end, perhpas some conut, but it could be my imagination. Some sweetish notes in the middle, relatively dry finish.
Certainly not robust as the can states, but very well crafted and flavorful.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a finger of slighty off white head. Good amount of lacing for a porter.

S: Smells like toasted coconut. If you gave this to me blind I probably would have said Macaroons. Very sweet as well.

T: Very toasted taste. A nice sweetness is right there. The coconut taste is not in your face but it is there. Again more of a macaroon kind of taste.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel.

D: The dryness could cut down on it a bit but a really good beer. Thanks brent56k for this in a trade. Solid totally different beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Charred walnut with sepia highlights. Some stouts aren't this dark. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a fetching crown the color of wet sand. This is good looking beer that leaves even better looking lace. So far, so excellent.

The nose delivers a modest amount of chocolate malt and almost no coconut. I expected the brewers to use coconut oil, but it looks like they went with toasted coconut instead.

It takes a while for coconut to appear, both within each mouthful and in general. Finally, on the finish, it begins to seep in at the edges. Coconut is one of those flavors that can be easily overdone, especially in something like beer, but it's too subtle here. Warming turns up the flavor knob from 3/10 to 5/10.

Coconut or no coconut, this is a well-brewed porter. Baker's chocolate and coffee beans lead the way, thanks to no fewer than six different malts. I'm not sure why the brewery calls it 'robust', however. Compared to Michelob Amber Bock perhaps, but not compared to a real robust porter.

The body/mouthfeel is pretty close to where it should be. It needs a fraction more heft and a few more bubbles, as long as they result in creaminess rather than fizziness. Then again, if the beer is being consumed on the beach, or at least in hot and humid weather, the slightly light mouthfeel is probaby ideal.

Maui Brewing CoCoNut PorTeR is good beer that stands out because it comes in cans and because it uses an ingredient that is considered to be exotic. Although it doesn't venture as far outside the box as it should, better to have a coconut-accented porter than a porter-accented pina colada.

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Photo of iceball585
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick brown head that faded quickly to a thin layer

S- Milk chocolate, coconut, sweet, hint of smokeyness

T- Mild coconut, vanilla, sugar, dark chocolate, woody, light fruity flavor

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, slightly watery finish

D- Definitely worth trying (if you can find it)

My friend brought me back one of these from his trip to Hawaii. It was good but nothing to go crazy over, although the coconut flavor was very interesting and original.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a New Belgium globe glass. There is a "canned on" date on the bottom of the can but I can't make it out.

A: Almost black, just a hint of brown and red around the edges. Tan head.

S: Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, a slight whiff of toasted coconut.

T: A damn fine porter in it's own right, but the toasted coconut really puts this one over the top. The coconut is very mild but it perfectly accents the other porter flavors. The finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: A very good beer. Worth seeking out for sure.

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

Can't get enough of this stuff. In my experience, best enjoyed fresh and only slightly cool. Brings out the best flavor.

Pours a sticky dark brown filling up to blackness. A sandy head eventually recedes to very little at all, and leaves only a few spots of lace.

The nose on this beer makes me wish I could create an air freshener out of it, but then I supposed I'd have to waste some beer in the process and that's just not worth it. Molasses sweetness over chocolatey dark grains. Coconut is mild, and comes in the form of smelling more like a mounds candy bar than anything else, only better because it's beer. Some classic porter earthiness peeks out from the background, but stays nicely balanced.

Full roasty malt flavor, sweetening to a deeper chocolate and toasted grainy bread. Again, coconut adds a notable yet subtle enhancing flavor, again like a mounds candy bar. Hints of burnt wood and bark. A very pleasantly balanced flavored porter, with a little extra sticky sweetness.

Feel is smooth and slightly sticky. Nice full medium body gives it plenty of feel all the way through the sip.

Very drinkable. Really pleasant taste, nice feel, and nothing over done or interfering with the experience. A nice beer to have around if you can.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Jet black with very minimal head. Lots of burnt coffee and coconut on the nose.

A bit watery in the mouthfeel but this was made up for in the flavor and drinkability. Sweet chocolate and coconut flavors. Very well balanced and drinkable.

This was a home run for me. A very different type of porter. Excellent example of a real good canned beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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

Consumed 08/30/08.

Pours a very dark brown with almost no head. Only the tiniest ring of tan foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Very aromatic: chocolate and coffee notes waft into the nose from well over a foot away. Up close, the coconut aroma can be discerned as well.

Medium mouthfeel, a little thicker than a typical porter, could use a touch more carbonation.

Flavor is surprising; in my experience adjunct beers tend to be overwhelmed by their novelty character (cough cough Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean cough cough). Strong coffee and more restrained chocolate notes flow well with a bitterness that reminds me more of ashes than smoke. The coconut only appears as a subtle note towards the end of the swallow. A little alcohol warmth shows up after a few enthusiastic swallows, making me wonder of the beer's ABV is a little underreported...

Well done, brewers! It's not an every day drinker for me, but I will gladly have this again if I see it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a one and a half finger tan head with no lacing. Dark brown color.

Smells like a liquid version of a mounds bar. Coconut, roasted chocolates, great smell.

I was expecting more coconut, but I like how its hidden and is very subtle. Excellent porter tastes in this, coffee, roasted chocoaltes, espresso, I love the extra little kick of coconut.

Someone else said it best. The best tasting thinnest beer I ever had.

Really good beer, run, dont walk to get it.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a light tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of foam.

S- The smell certainly improves as it warms, but begins with a dark, malty sweetness, accented by a mild coconut aroma.

T- Smokey and delicious with a very mild coconut flavor. Notes of cocoa and caramelized sugar. A lot of malt comes through as well.

M- Relatively thick for a porter, but still effervescent

D- This beer goes down very easily. It's so refreshing cold, but gets so complex and delicious as it warms. I really enjoy this beer and wish I could get more here in NY.

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

What can I say, when I saw this at BevMo I bought four 4-packs, without even reading a review. I ended up buying two more 4-packs shortly thereafter. I wanted others to enjoy it, so I traded away about 2 full 4-packs, and pretty much drank the rest. The wife loves it and says I should always keep some in the fridge.

A: dark black, nice light tan head that quickly dissipates

S: Like a sweet porter. Nice caramel, malty sweet with a hint of the coconut.

T: The taste is amazing, it's sweet without overpowering, the coconut is there, but also not overpowering. Tastes MUCH better as it warms, and the flavors enhance substantially. DO NOT drink this straight out of your fridge!

M: It is pretty thick for a porter, almost bordering stoutiness. I like the mouthfeel quite a bit, very good for a canned beer.

D: This is going to be a pretty regular beer around my place. It's not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but it's worth keeping a few around to share with others, especially if they are not very beer savvy. It's a great way to start inexperienced drinkers on "dark" beer.

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

Pours a deep brown with nice tan head. As soon as you pour this beer a whiff of coconut hits you. Hops? I couldn't pick up any aroma but coconut. Taste is robust with malt being balanced by the hops and roasted coconut flavor. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Drinkability? Why only a 4-pack? Please someone get me a case of this-because the 4-pack isn't going to last. Excellent beer with high drinkability.

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Photo of gford217
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can courtesy of CrellMoset poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with only a hint of mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. The two-finger off-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves decent lacing.

S: Big sweet toasted coconut aroma with roasted coffee in the background. There is also a big sweet malt background.

T: Taste is huge on the toasted cocunuts - so sweet and so tasty. There is also a bit of coffee and dark chocolate on a sweet malt base.

M: Mouthfeel is silky smooth with strong carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D: This porter is absurdly drinkable. I wouldn't trust myself if I had a lot of this in the fridge. Sweet, but not overpoweringly so, this is a fantastic porter.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.
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