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 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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Photo of CrellMoset
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at an home tasting with fellow BAer proteus93, courtesy of Dan (who got it in a Secret Santa trade from that OTHER beer site, but that's ok). Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Rocky tan head, average retention, deep black body that may perhaps be sportin' some carbonation, but who the heck knows?

Aroma: Insanely pungent, I could smell it from halfway across the room. Cocoa nibs and coconut esters (whoa!) mix with some higher molecular weight alcohols.

Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate maltiness - highly roasted but not too much, though smoky in places. Definitely a porter here, though. Looks more extreme than it actually turns out to taste. There are some coconut esters here, but they're not as obvious as they are in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick, with medium carbonation. Pretty uneven, unfortunately.

Drinkability: Novelty of the coconut wears off pretty quickly. Fortunately, the backing porter is pretty solid, so it's still decent after that, though a little less interesting. Recommended.

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

this one is smooth, and slightly bitter at the end as all good porters should be. the toasted coconut comes in nicley in the middle, nice and creamy, and the begning is a nice dark carmal roast of the grains almost like a coconut coffiee blend, i can see why this one won gold at the 2006 world beer cup, if you can find one of theese get it and consider yourself luckey, i know i do!

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Photo of kyleec
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured rich brown with a foamy sweet head that lingered a minute in the glass.

S - sweet hint of coconut and milk, milk chocolate

T - First taste is the roasted chocolate flavor followed quickly by a subtle bit of coconut, balanced very well. Decent amount of carbonation. It was definitely a porter in the classic sense, only a little lighter due to the coconut. Extremely drinkable.

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

Pours a dark cola brown with a decent two finger white head that disappears rapidly. Smells like cheap milk chocolate - like easter candy or crappy foiled gelt. A little bit of coffee backs it up. The first sip is pretty nice. Very toast and malty, with the aforementioned not-so-great milk chocolate (faintly comforting). A teensy bit of nutty, coffee tinged bitterness in the back. Not half shabby - and I pretty much hate coconut in all its forms (coconut milk doesn't count... mmm curry). Here it just adds a sweetness on the tail end that I don't really mind that much. The aftertaste isn't really my favorite, but hardly offensive - the aforementioned slight bitterness complements pretty well. Overall, the coconut is relatively muted. Mouthfeel is style appropriate - medium body and silky.

If you're into coconut, this'd be right up your alley. If you aren't, and even if you have a serious aversion, its still definitely worth a try. Solid porter, but I won't traveling to the islands for it.

A note on the cans - the look like minaturized Arizona pop cans. Thanks to bbothen for the bonus - even if the can design confused me for a sec.

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Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark black hue with an average head and no retention.

S: Not as bold as an aroma as I would wish for. There are hints of milk chocolate, caramel, and toasted coconut.

T: Ahh yes, that is what I am talking about. I really dig this beer. Tons of roasted coconut from start to finish. The coconut melds into wonderful milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Someone at the table described it as a mounds bar and I have to agree.

M: Medium in body, smooth, easy drinking.

D: Very enjoyable and damn drinkable. I really like this one.

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Photo of m1ked
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wife brought this back from Maui. Eventhough readily accessible here on the mainland, I like to think this one tastes better.

A- Initially black liquid with a nice contrasting off white head, kind of a vanilla color. Then once I hold it up to a light, the edges of the glass glow a dark garnet color.

S- A sweet coffee chocloctish aroma wafts around my nostrils. Some vanilla notes with toasted coconut in there. Definetly not overpowering coconut. The chocolate flavor smells like when you open a packet of hot chocolate. Is it the power of suggestion, or do I detect a hint of metallic?

T- The coffee is still there, but much more subdued than the nose. The chocolate is there, more of a milk chocolate, that briefly gives you some bitterness, that then fades into a tanginess (a good one) that develops into the toasted nutty coconut flavor. This is a nice flavor to have lingering on your palate.

M- This is not a heavy beer at all. Despite its color it is actually light and refreshing. With that being said, there does seem to be a creaminess to it that I assume is the flavor tricking my tongue. Whatever it is, I like it.

D- Once again, despite being a porter, this would be a very sessionable beer for me. The flavors work well together, and don't over power. This is a unique beer that could have easily been a mess. I don't even like coconut that much, but I like this beer very much. I am glad I don't have to wait for our next trip to Hawaii to get it again.

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Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently acquired a can from lightindarkness. Thanks, Christian.

Appearance: Very solid looking. It pours a very, very dark brown color with an immaculate head. Carbonation appears to be active as this mocha color beast stands three and a half fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and left a nice coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very good, but a little short of falling into the upper echelon. There is a distinct coconut smell to it that's a little sweet smelling. It blends very well with roasted and chocolate malt aromas. Roasted malts are the stronger of the two. A funky burnt smell is present and is a slight distraction for me. It's really the only negative here. There's a bit of toasted nut and light coffee rounding it out.

Taste: Wow! This is really a tasty porter! The coconut flavor is indeed sweet and is a perfect complement to the other flavors. It's really unique. Roasted and chocolate malts are very tasty and really work well with the coconut element. Light coffee flavor is secondary, but adds some depth and character. Toasted nut flavor emerges on the tail. Oddly enough, there really isn't a burnt flavor to it. I was expecting it from the nose. Frankly, that works in this porter's favor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very, very smooth. Nice and creamy feel. Carbonation is active, but well done. Drinkability is likewise very high. With such a low abv and great flavor, it's difficult to face the fact I only have this one can.

This is one impressive porter. I was really stoked to see it arrive and it didn't disappoint. I was told the coconut flavor might have dropped off a little since the can was a few months old. But, it tastes great to me. The coconut flavor is alive and well. The only negative aspect of this beer is the burnt smell to it. If Maui could work that out of the nose, it'd be slightly improved. Still highly recommended.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma includes chocolate, some caramel-like sweetness, roastiness, ground coffee, and faint hints of toasted coconut. Hops don't seem to be featured on the nose. The coconut aroma becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Appearance is a very dark black color, opaque, it formed a thin, light tan head, with large dispersed bubbles. The head did not retain well and this is a knock against a robust porter.

Taste focuses on roasted grains and includes dark chocolate, caramel, and some coconut. The coconut flavor isn't overpowering, just present enough to make you wonder has been added to this tasty robust porter. Hop flavor seems to be of the noble variety with a medium level of bitterness. It finishes medium dry, a small lingering bitterness, more focused on the roasted grains.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and clean.

Very drinkable robust porter. Don't let the "coconut" throw you off. Sure, there is coconut flavor here but this is first and foremost a robust porter. Lots of roasted grain flavor - coffee, chocolate, a little sweetness, and hints of coconut flavor. Great combination, I could easily drink the rest of this 4 pack in one sitting.

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

This is the first "craft" beer I've had in a can, so I was quite excited to try it.

The beer is very dark brown in appearance, almost black. Light brown head, about 1/4 inch thick and it dissipated quickly.

The smell was very pleasant, with a slight coconut aroma and a hint nuttiness.

The beer had a roasted barely taste, with faint carmel flavors. Unfortunately I could not taste any coconut.

Mouthfeel was just average. I found the beer had a lot of carbonation, almost a bit too much.

Overall, I thought the beer was not too complex, but had a rather one dimensional flavor. Still, it was quite enjoyable and worth a try.

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

I love beers where the sum is greater than the parts....

Pours a delectable pitch black with a frothy head that dissipates rather quickly but sticks around the edges...

Aroma is a pungent, sweet toasted coconut backed by a deeply roasted coffee note. A bit one-dimensional (or, two, as it were), but it's enticing.

Taste is a silky smooth coffee-coconut foreward experience... no real hops to speak of except for a nice balancing bitterness. A bit of milk chocolateishness to the sweetness. It's not too sweet, and its silky smooth (I realize I already said that, it bears repeating). An easy, enticing to drink brew. No more than medium bodied. It would go well with dessert, or as a nice, after dinner sessioner.

It's not going to steal the show, necessarily, but it'll always be a handsome compliment to it.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dense brown hue, thick layer of tan shaving cream-like head, minimal lacing

Smell is coffee and dark chocolate malts, roast and bready malts, light hint of earthy hops and booze

Taste is mostly roasted malts with a good dose of dark chocolate and coffee, earthy hops, a hint of actual coconut lingers on the edges of the palate especially during the bitter finish

Mouthfeel is thin-bodied, watery smooth texture, carbonation is pretty high and prickly here

Drinkability is fair, a great and unique porter with tones of coconut that accentuate the malt profile without being too overwhelming, very exciting but I wouldn't drink a whole lot of this at a time, strangely the alcohol seems stronger than it should be at 5.5%

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

I don't know if I think I like this beer because of its rarity in the midwest or if I really like it. After four (not in a row) of them, I finally came to a conclusion. I really like this beer! It pours dark ruby, with a nice big white head that disappears rapidly. Chocolate malty smell w/little coconut that invites you to drink.
spicy, smooth, rich flavor that improves with warming. This beer should not be drunk cold. Before I drank one of these beers I had a piece of chocolate covered macadamia nut that my great beer trader sent along,( atigerlife ) and what a difference that made! this beer absolutly was more complex and wonderful. Now, it's hard not to have a piece of chocolare before or during one. If you can get it, you should. You won't be dissapointed.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
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