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 Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's not a secret that I hate coconut. However, I have had several coconut beers that I like. This, sadly, was not one of them.

Solid black pour with a small tannish head that mostly dissipated, leaving a few stray bubbles on top. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roasty malts, not a whole lot of coconut. Taste came off a bit like a Mounds bar, but I found it much too sweet, intense and cloying with sugary sweetness, like coconut candy (I'm assuming there is such a thing). It wasn't entirely bad overall, but just too much for me to handle. It's supposed to be beer, not a malty mixed drink. Body was medium. This one might be for some, but not for me.

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Photo of FBarber
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin opaque black color. Thick tan head dissipates quickly leaving a tan slick on top of the beer.

Smell is very malty with a touch of chocolate. Not much coconut on the nose. About what you'd expect from an american porter.

Taste has some chocolate and coconut up front with lots of malts. Coconut is very subdued, almost non existent if you aren't looking for it. Pretty good, except there is a noticeable metallic flavor to the beer. This is somewhat lessened as the beer warms, but its still there. All the flavors seem a bit on the watery side. But thats also part of the feel side of things.

Feel is very thin, even for a porter. Mild carbonation. Easy drinking, but it better be when its this thin.

Overall its not a bad beer, its just alright. Not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured dark black with a fluffy, light cocoa-colored head that lingers, lacing up the glass. The smell of sweet coconut and licorice is prevalent. The taste is thin and tinny, but has a bit of a hoppy aftertaste that is not unpleasant, but it soon disipates into a bitter finish on the tongue. The mouthfeel leaves little to encourage you to hold it in your mouth. Overall, the beer is drinkable, but not great. The coconut and hops kind of battle each other.

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Photo of zuun
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I expected quite strong coconut flavor but I almost couldn't taste any. Maybe dark chocolate, or roasted nuts might be more close. Overall not bad, but not striking.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to treehouse for this brew!

Served in a pint glass.

Pours dark with little head retention.

Has kind of generic porter smell to it, not catching any coconut scents yet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light compared to other porters I've had.

Tastes like a light version of a generic porter, somewhat dark, somewhat roasted. I catch a little bit of a coconut taste on the tail end.

Drinkability. If I was on the beach in Hawaii and craving a porter, I could put a few these down. Light and drinkable, a little lacking on taste, especially coconut smell and taste. I do appreciate it making the trip from Hawaii though.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to marisatheyounger for this.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head with average retention and meager amounts of lacing.

2.5 S: Hmmm. The nose is quite disappointing. I was hoping for a duet between dark malts and coconut, but that isn't the case. The coconut doesn't really show up at all. The malts don't deliver much on complexity and don't add much to the aroma. The main smell is ashy burntness. Not much else going on. Really dry and in need a some sweet component.

3.5 T: The taste is a hell of a lot better than the nose. It's still quite ashy and burnt, but there's an additional (and welcomed) layer of toastiness and even something like dark chocolate. The toasted cococnut is much needed for balance and adds a sweet coconut fruitiness. Borderline 4.0.

3.5 M: Medium body. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but otherwise smooth.

3.5 D: This one doesn't really wow me, but it has a good enough taste to be worth the drink.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Very dark brown. Creamy cola colored head forms and lasts quite long. Spotted etching remains, along with a scattered film.
(5 / 3)

Heavy chocolate, medium coconut, medium-light roast, light caramel. Very light herbal hop, and very light fruity esters.
(4 / 10)

Moderate roasted malt. Medium-light nuttiness. Light chocolate. High hop bitterness. Light acidity from the roast. Light herbal hop. Light vegetal characteristic starts on the finish and continues throughout the aftertaste. Stale-like qualities.
(3 / 12)

Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Moderate astringency.
(3 / 3)

The aroma gave me the initial impression that this beer was going to be stellar. However, the complex, beautifully balanced aroma did not carry through to the taste. The flavor was messy and had some off-flavors. Where is the taste of coconut?
(2.5 / 5)

(3.2 / 33)

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark chocolaty color, very foamy light brown head. Smell is traditional porter, a bit of espresso and coconut in it. Flavor starts a bit sour, but mellows a bit in the back of the mouth. I only pick up a hint of coconut, wish it was a bit stronger. Mouthfeel seems a bit bright for a porter, very carbonated. A good porter overall.

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Photo of Murphious
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If it wasn't in the name, I would not have known there was coconut in this. Very weak aromas all around other than basic porter. Nice foam head and leaves lacing on the glass, but other than appearance, nothing to get me enthused. I expected a bit more from this after having Death By Coconut by Oskar Blues; coconut from Hawaii should be excellent, right? No.

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Photo of Etan
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a stout glass. Sent by lokieman as an extra.

A: Pours a very dark brown with an off-white, slightly browned head. Decent retention with some sticky lacing.

S: Hot cocoa, coffee roast, condensed milk, maybe a hint of coconut.

T: Weak chocolate and metallic roast. A bit milky, some mild coconut, slight hop leaf. Solvent fuzzy flavor in the finish.

M: A little carbonation. Between thin and medium-bodied.

O: Drinkable, but poorly executed.

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Photo of davey101
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/12/2011. Pours a dark brown body with a one finger high khaki head. Aroma is pretty standard for a porter. Roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee. Just a touch of the coconut. Flavor is kind of a let down. Bitter roasted malts with some dirty coffee. Almost no coconut presence. I know this wasn’t fresh, but I was excited to find this on a road trip. Pretty weak.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep deep chesnut color with what appears to be good clarity but cant really make it out. about a half finger of tan head settles out. Smells of asphault, dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Medium bodied but lively carbonation breaks up the body making it feel a bit thinner. Burnt malts on the tip of the tongue along with dark chocolate flavors with a bit of licorice and anise. A little astringent on the back end and overall a lot of roasted flavors. Coconut comes through almost barely and in the form of a "burnt" coconut taste. really have to look for it which might be a good thing since i hated kona's coco brown. Goes down nice and easy though for such having so many robust and roasty flavors. A little messy at parts with the coconut flavor adding close to nothing but as a porter not bad. A little pricey but that might have to due with how far it had to travel to get to me.

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Photo of B4PTSD
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer is alright. Like a few others that commented on here it does not taste like any coconut. The beer has a rich coffee like taste that isn't sweet. For the price of a 4 pack here in Hawaii I think it's not worth it. It's a decent porter in my opinion, but that's about it. It's still a quality beer it doesn't taste cheap. Different strokes for different folks. I love dark beer, but won't be getting another pack of this no time soon.

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Photo of a74gent
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer reviewed from prior notes - consumed 8/24/10

A nice beer, but I don't get anything I can distinctly say is coconut. There is a mild aftertaste that isn't true porter, but I'm not sure I'd say it is coconut either. Nice dark pour, mouthfeel is a little thin but overall a tasty drink. Nice carbonation but doesn't manifest itself as huge head.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single can that I picked up in Seattle. Poured into a pint glass. Not much carbonation or lacing. Smell had a hint of coconut, but the taste really lacked it. Tasted more like a weak chocolate porter. Mouthfeel was thin for the style. Lost points with me overall because it really didn't live up to its billing.

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Photo of kungpao
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to MaxStout for an awesome trade.

A- deep dark brown with little to no visability when held to the light.

S- roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and other roasted smells (obviously coconut), though if this were a blind tasting I would never have guessed coconut.

T- A nice typical porter style background with a roasted coconut surprise. Its an interesting combination to say the least. The coconut taste itself is the star of the show but, its not coconut like I've tasted before. This is a complex and interesting take on a porter.

M- a bit thin, and little carbonation. Would have given a higher score if it was a bit more full bodied.

D- I love a porter, and can drink several in a row. The coconut makes this a bit less drinkable than an average porter. I wouldnt drink more than 2 with out something else in between.

Over all, this is a fun beer to try. If you enjoy porters and have accesses to this, I reccomend trying it.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Head is brown and very thick and rocky. It last a good while. No lacing.

S - Smell is of toasted grains with just a hint of coffee. There are also hints of sweet dark chocolate. Not picking up the coconut.

T - Again there are toasted grains with a more pronounced coffee flavor. Dark chocolate again in the finish. Not picking up coconut in the taste either.

M - Mouth feel is a little light, and carbonation is a bit high.

O - Overall this beer is just ok. Its a bit of a let down to be honest. For one I was hoping for more coconut profile considering its in the actual title of the beer and depicted on the label. At 9.99 a four pack I probably would not buy this again. A good beer. Just not as advertised in my opinion. I shouldn't have to dig for coconut flavor and smell.

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Photo of Peterock27
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had some high hopes for this beer but really had to search for the coconut taste. It wasn't apparent in the smell and took some creativity to find it on the palate. Pours like soda with a deep Amber color and moderate carbonation. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Taste is definitely malty with some hints of cocoa and coconut...took me a few sips to get to the coconut taste. Fairly drinkable at 6% but not a drink you could have more than 2 of.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to mlaroche for bringing this over from Cali, been on my wants list for quite awhile.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a large foamy head, fades very fast but there was a lot of it to fade, leaves no lacing, kinda cola-ish.

For something called CoCoNut PorTer, I'm hardly picking up any coconut which is mighty disappointing, the aroma is actually pretty weak, only can make out a little roasted malt and a metallic smell.

Taste is very carbonated, maybe a bit too much, almost cola like, not picking up the metallic taste that I thought was going to be there after the smell, so that's an improvement, still hardly enough coconut presence to be deserving of such a title, it does have a sweet syrupy aftertaste though.

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Photo of Southside830
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint around the edges when held to a light.
S: I mainly got black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate or cocoa powder.
T: Follows the nose closely. Black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate or cocoa powder. Hop bitterness mid tongue balances the beer. Dry on the palate and easy to drink. No harsh flavors here.
O: A solid Porter. There are better alternatives but this brew is still solid. Sadly I got no coconut flavor at all.

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Photo of WarfieldDesigns
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an extremely dark brown with a tan colored head. No lacing whatsoever and and it looks very foamy.

Smell is tricky to describe. Definitely some coconut/roasted almond smell going on here but also some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Not a strong smell by any stretch of the imagination.

Kind of watery for a porter with a balanced flavor. Coconut taste seems a little overwhelmed even though the beer overall isn't particularly strong.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has been a while since I had this. I remember really liking it, lets see if my tastes have changed over the years...

A: Pours a pitch black color. Almost opaque. A two finger tan head rises with good retention. Some lace is left behind as well.
S: Big roasted malt in the nose. Kind of burnt as well as some acrid coffee. Some sweetness lingers.
T: Big roasted malt and coffee. A bit more sweetness. Some vanilla and chocolate flavors.
M/D: A lighter body than I would like. Just a bit to thin and watery. Easy enough to drink though. The initial harsh acrid character quickly fades and makes this enjoyable.

I still like this, but it is not the beer I remember. I don't know if my tastes have changed or what? It is still enjoyable, and worth a try however.

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Photo of bashiba
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured like a fresh can of cola with a slightly darker end result and a light sticky tan head.

The smell has a nice mild roasty black malt nose.

The flavor is very mild with a bit of sweet roasty grains and a touch of chocolate, there are some sweet undertones that could be the coconut, but I would never make that connection without it being on the can. The hops are very mild as this is very malt dominated.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Overall this would make a decent dark session beer, creamy and easy to drink, but the coconut aspect is pretty mild.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maui coconut porter 5 abv,

A: This beer has a low viscosity with small cola bubbles. There is a dr pepper color at the edges

S: It smells like a solid porter with the traditional chocolate and malt, however, this imparts strong smells like macaroons and caramel. It feels like a watery bakery, something like sugary sweetness whose succor has not been beat from the cane.

T: The taste is a light sweet roasted nut with mild coco malt. There is no middle, however, the one noteworthy taste is a praiseworthy coconut finish with fleeting dryness. Ultimately, it is disheartening to close the taste with a disappointing watery residual

M: Minimal coating is presented throughout with no exceptional stickiness. Not terribly filling and the transportation costs make this too expensive to be considered for a worthy session beer either.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, however, it’s greatest virtue serves as its greatest vice. It just isn’t interesting to mow through coconut after coconut. It’s like making out with an Almond Joy technician for an hour. The coconut is delicious but after a while you want to move on, you grow up, you stop eating Snoballs and you seek more from life.

Narrative: Day 157, the sand seems to have retreated to a more south eastern sedimentation, signaling the coming of the vernal equinox. I never thought that I would spend almost a half year on this god forsaken island but here I am, carving my exploits into another coconut tree using coconut shards to commemorate this day. Milk in milk out. It seems coconuts are the only vexing produce available and I long for variety. A crate washed up on shore and I prayed for provisions or a flare gun, lamentably, only a driftwood case of Coppertone presented itself. The smell was too much to bear. I fear that I am going mad sustaining only on a diet of coconuts. There is a pun available somewhere but my rancid coconut breath can hardly utter such trifles. I long to hold my beloved and drink a pina colada with her as soon as I escape; someday.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes verbatim on 10/5/10

A: Dark brown beer with near excellent clarity. I think this can was over-carbed. had to pause four times to get into glass. Head is a whipped tan several finger which tried to never go away.

S: Toasted chocolate and coconut. Unique. sweet, cocoa, herbal. Sweet and nice.

T: Less coconut than anticipated. Okay, chocolatey. Finish is dry with coffee tones. Finish resonates for quite some time.

M: Over carbed. Makes beer feel quite light (because it's all foam). Dry finish.

D: I've had this before and the beer was much better, too bad I'm reviewing based on this one. Will revisit later and edit.

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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,253 ratings.
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