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Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly CoCoNut Porter

A robust dark ale with hand-toasted coconut & hints of mocha.

30 IBU

Added by TurdFurgison on 03-12-2007

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Photo of chinabeergeek
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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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I have waiting to try for years. Pours blackest brown out of the can settling into the glass letting through no light. A creamy two finger thick khaki colored head has amazing retention leaving waves of lace. Nose has tones of fresh tootsie rolls, burnt smokey malt, zesty minerals and toasted coconut but just a hint. Big creamy roasted malt is like a tidal wave that coats the tongue and mouth throughly. A dark consistant richness drives the palate. There is a hint of coconut on the end of the flavor profile. Folowed by a short peppery spice feel. Mouthfeel is thick and saped off with a mineral nuttiness. This is a nicely drinkable beer but I was looking for a lot more coconut.

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Photo of rsawyer
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting in Waikoloa Village, Big Island Hawaii, enjoying this beautiful porter, poured from a great looking 12 oz can.

A- Most would assume I have Coke in my glass- Deep dark with a hint of brown. The head is tan, and while evident upon the first pour, quickly recedes.

S- Amazing smell! I am getting hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, coca-cola, and a hint of sweet coconut and vanilla.

T- Similar to the smell... very nice. But I am getting a really nice bakers chocolate / Pipe tobacco finish.

M- More carbonation than I tend to like in a porter, but nice smooth and thick.

D- Awesome beer. Number one Porter for me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of BrewerB, thanks man. Dark black, not much head. It smells roasty, and good, hints of coconut. The flavor is a robust porter, roasty with only the slightest hint of coconut, maybe its the power of suggestion? Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin and this is easy to drink but I don't think I'd want more than one at a time.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome head. 2+ fingers of khaki foam that protrudes from my standard pint glass. It's pillow-like, and billowing. The body, of course, is standard porter. Opaque DARK brown. No lacing.

S - Usual porter affects but with a bit of petting-zoo. And not in the good kind of spontaneously fermented "horseblanket" sort of way. Chocolate malts, y'know. Nothing standout, and the petting zoo smell is a little off-putting.

T - Taste manages to round itself out a little bit as a brew. Definite well-water aspect, with an almost metallic finish. Coconut hardly noted on the finish. After giving time to warm a little more, it comes together in a "Hey, this is a porter" way.

M - Lighter, creamy, nice carbonation.

D - There's a few aspects about this beer that would deter me from buying/seeking it out again. It definitely has potential that isn't quite realized, while I think this could just be an off batch.

Notes: After all the buzz surrounding this beer, I must admit I'm a bit dissapointed. I expected a liquid Mounds bar and got little more than a Mounds bar that was floating in some well-water for a few days.

Worth a try for those that are curious.

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Photo of goethean
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as a gift from beereality.

Has kind of a funny aroma. Definite toasted coconot note, but also a strange funky note.

Grainy, dry full-bodied, muddled, muddy confused complexity. Malty. Slight roasty bitterness. Too many malts? Finish is not crisp.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a medium tan head that has pretty good retention. Smell is lightly roasted and overall sweet. Chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee, toasted coconut, grassy hops. Taste is much of the same. Good sweet malts with light roast again. The hops provide a solid bitterness near the end. It's pretty nice aside from an overly sweet flavor that lingers in the finish. It's like a Werther's but more milky and creamy. If not for that, this would be the real deal. Pretty smooth and almost silky, just a little thin. Drinks pretty well also.

Thanks to jhenry04 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.

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Photo of Crosling
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Very nice appearance, with a dark brown color and well lasting foam. Nose doesn't have a lot of character but shows light traces of banana, toasted coconut and dark malts. Flavor shows notes of roast, coconut, cocoa and coffee. Silky mouth feel does impressive. It's a nice beer with good balance, but I was expecting more vibrant flavors and aromas. Would like to try again, but was expecting this to be a little better.

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

Finally worked out a trade and received a 4-pack of this fabled brew from CoreyRhoads. Big thanks Corey!

A-Deep dark brown with barley noticeable deep ruby highlights along the edges. Crazy, frothy, thick tan head that receded to a small cap that left nice lace.

S-Dark roasted malt with hints of coffee and a bit of a burnt quality. This is not a roust aroma but it is present for sure.

T-Dark roasted malt with a healthy dose of espresso and toasted coconut flavour in the background. This is fairly complex and absolutely delicious!

M-Medium bordering on medium-light body with a nice silkiness. Ends very smooth with a building dryness.

D-A 5.5% session drinker with ALL this flavour....crazy! This would be a 5 if it wasn't for the building dryness...I would have to take a break and wet myself down a bit....before cracking another.

Another craft beer from a can that kicks ass! Great job Maui Brewing!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dkachur. I didn't expect I would care for this a great deal, and was very plesantly surprised! Taken from notes:

A: A deep chestnut brown. Not quite opaque, allowing a deep brown highlight around the edges.

S: The roasted malts come out with chocolate scents. Slightly smoky, The coconut comes through pleasantly - moreso than I thought. Very pleasant.

T + M + D: Soft carbonation, semi-creamy. Malty, chocolate, coconut, could use a little more carbonation. Certainly a porter. It could potentially be a better sessionable if it were slightly lower (5.7%).

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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