Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
883 Reviews
Read the review
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 883 | Ratings: 2,160
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can (I love saying that) with a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a an almost black color, with perhaps just a hint of amber to it. It is opaque when held up to the light, but did show a clear, dark chocolate color as I was pouring it. The aroma is nicely roasted with touches of tart, burnt grain, some dark chocolate notes, sharp espresso aromatics, a light roasted nut note, some light vanilla like notes and a dark sweetness that likely comes from both the coconut and the beer. Not overtly expressive of coconut aromatics, instead it melds into the normal dark grain notes. The aroma is quite nice though and definitely worth exploring for a bit.

This has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it with a bit of viscous heft, but somehow remains light and quaffable at the same time. Dark milk chocolate flavors combine with flavors of mocha ice cream and a finish that is reminiscent of a lightly bitter shot of espresso (though still a sweetened one). The finish has a deeply toasted, nutty note that lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. The chocolate flavors in this brew are quite pronounced and quite nice, this is really accented by the low hop character here (both flavor and hop bitterness are really not all that perceptible). As the beer warms up quite a bit, a very slight, burnt vegetal note becomes noticeable.

If given this beer blind I would never have guessed I was getting a coconut flavored brew, having said that, I can see how it influences the flavor profile, but one could do the same thing by manipulating standards beer ingredients (with perhaps some toasted oak note thrown in). None of that keeps this from being quite a tasty tipple though. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer; soft and creamy yet still quite quaffable.

 1,801 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and hints of coconut and chocolate. Very interesting.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and coconut. Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall an interesting porter. I liked it and thought it was a pretty standard porter with hints of coconut in the smell and taste, which was very appealing to me. If you like porters and coconuts check this out.

 576 characters

Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this, my first Hawaiian beer

This pours a nice finger of tan foam over a good dark brown body. The aroma is most similar to the coffee and chocolate that you would expect from a porter but this, surprise, has a coconut aroma along with some roasted characters and caramel. The taste is actually rather nice. I'm gonna be honest I really don't like coconut as a flavor, but it works really well here. The flavors of coffee and chocolate are there but the nice toasted coconut are pleasant with all of it. There is a slight bitterness in the mouthfeel that isn't really helping as far as I'm concerned, but it is a good carbonation and consistency to help it go down really smooth. It's a very drinkable beer and a pleasant surprise for something I had my reservations about.

 824 characters

Photo of Nate139
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - completely black, very thin tan head

S - strong roasted and chocolate, subtle sweet coconut notes

T - big roasted coconut and malty sweetness upfront, followed by chocolate and a faint hoppy bitterness at the end

M - medium-light in body

O - the nuttiness of the roasted coconut played well with the chocolate flavor. I think its a creative beer that everyone should try.

 379 characters

Photo of drumrboy22
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass. Beer was black in color, with a two-finger, light brown head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was chocolate, coconuts, malt and vanilla.

Taste was roasted grains, coconut, vanilla and a hint of hops and nuts. Balanced and easy drinking.

Very tasty, drinkable and flavorful. Nice to finally see Maui distributing to Colorado.

 411 characters

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

Served on Tap at Smoke and Barrel Adams Morgan DC.

A: Nice midnight black appearance with a nice light mocha froth head that melts away in the glass.

S: Nice coconut sweet bread, cherry malt, ripe strawberry.

T: Fruity for a porter. Crisp mocha malt with chocolate bitters. Light instringent coffee. Green coconut husk and blackberries.

M: Nice crisp light mouthfeel with a splendid slippery slip and slide cool throat mouth wash.

O: A let down for a sure, I had higher hopes for this one, But its a really nice light porter for a crisp spring evening.

 559 characters

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.

 305 characters

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another BIF beer at DC tasting.

A: Nice dark brown with a small head and just a little lacing.

S: Nice roasty chocolatey smell, and there is a little savory semi sweet note to it that doesn't scream coconut but suggests it.

T: Very nice roasted coffee and chocolate in the taste, the roast lingers nicely. Little bit of lactose sugars too. Do not taste any coconut, though there is a pecan like nutty flavor.

M: Medium body, good roasted feel, but it does seem watery and thinner than a usual porter.

Overall good.

 521 characters

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.

 423 characters

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

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Can courtesy of a traveling coworker. This beer pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a medium thin beige head that diminishes steadily. Aroma of coconut and roasted pralines. Medium body with flavors of coconut milk, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Touches of hops as well. The finish is creamy with a mild coconut aftertaste. Interesting and enjoyable overall.

 422 characters

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

Poured from Can into Pint glass.

Pours a black-brown, ruby highlight edges and a couple fingers of frothy cocoa colored head that slowly dissolves and leaves a nice thick ring around the glass. The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a some toasted coconut. The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malt and finishes sweet with a little more of the toasted coconut. Its medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Nice porter, I like that the coconut is slight which creates a nice complexity to the roasted and chocolate.

 534 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Coconut Porter is a fresh handcrafted robust porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops, and hand-toasted coconut."
For some odd reason, warm days make me long for dark beers. This one hits the spot!
Coming out of the can, the beer appears a deep chestnut brown color, and in the glass it appears almost completely black. Solid 2 fingers of mocha-colored foam on top. Slowly, the head dissipates to a very thin layer of bubbles.
The aroma is of delicious taosted coconut mixed with the milk chocolate smells of the porter's dark malts. It is a gentle yet distinctive aroma!
Fills the mouth with rich nots of toasted coconut, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, and light suggestions of lactose sugar.
Mouthfeel is a medium-bodied texture, with enough lively carbonation to keep it from being "heavy". Biting finish, and a roasty aftertaste.
Enjoyable beer and I would most definitely drink this beer again. Probably would go extremely well with desserts and Hawaiian-inspired pork dishes.

 1,003 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for can #1/3!

A - This porter glugs from the can with a good clarity. Dark brown in color but black in the glass, the lack-luster light sand-colored foam disappears as quickly as a wave lapping on the shore. No lace to speak of.

S - Interesting and unique aroma! Strong dry cocoa and dark roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate with vanilla bean notes and low coconut in the background. The aroma is lop-less but not without balance. Awesome nose!

T - Very dry, acrid bitter roasted malts almost come across like and Irish stout. Bitter chocolate and dusty cocoa, black coffee but no real coconut. It's almost burnt-tasting. Still good though.

M - Soft, smooth, and creamy entry leads this full-bodied porter on a journey that finishes with little carbonation and a hefty dry, acrid bitterness.

D - It's a different porter. Definitely not bad-different but definitely not largely drinkable either. I couldn't imagine sitting on a Hawaii shore with this one though. It would require a cooler night around a bonfire perhaps.

 1,119 characters

Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice tan and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some head behind. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black. The color is black but it seems to have a bit of a very dark brown hue to it. The texture seems to be a bit off for a porter but still close to what the style calls for it.

The beer smell has a really strong coconut note and it is really good. The beer still has the traditional porter smells such as milk chocolate, roasted black malts, and a strong caramel presence. The overall mix is fantastic and the coconut both shines and complements the other notes really well.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The taste has strong coconut notes along with the traditional notes. The other notes are dark chocolate, caramel, and a lighter roasted note than in the smell. The chocolate is especially strong.

The mouthfeel is a bit bubbly and carbonated for a porter. The biting carbonation reduces a lot of the heft from the beer. While the overall experience lacks the kind of smoothness and creaminess normally found in porters.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter and worth getting when you can. The coconut definitely adds and while it isn't the best crafted, it certainly is the tastiest.

 1,244 characters

Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. can, canned 090312.

Appearance: A very dark brown body with a creamy, milky head the color of a darker tan. Some lacing but would have liked a bit more.

Smell: Sweet roasted aroma, coconut is pretty front & center with a good whiff of cocoa as well.

Taste: Creamy coffee at first then shredded coconut and creamy cocoa pile on.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a tad high but it's followed by a silky creaminess that's quite nice.

Overall: A real good flavored porter. Love coconut and this one showcases that very well.

 568 characters

Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a one inch tan, creamy head and good lacing. Predominant smell is that of roasted coffee with no trace of coconut. Tastes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with just a hint of coconut. Not at all sweet, but not bitter. Medium bodied and carbonated, easy to drink. Wish there was a little bit more coconut.

 335 characters

Photo of weazal
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: Medium to light aroma consisting primarily of thin coffee. Light and sweet. Perhaps some mocha.

TASTE: Thick, full experience. Decadent without being overly sweet. Starts with slightly dark chocolate bitterness, giving way to a smooth, sweetness and finishing off with a definitely roasted character.

Full, rounded drink that's not over-powering. Pleasant and easy to drink while still being hearty.

 408 characters

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep, rich black with circles of brown and crimson at the top and bottom respectively.

S - Peaty and earthy notes building on a strong malted base. Hints of coffee and liquorice. Coconut comes through beautifully fresh from the can.

T - Following, the nose; smoked malts, peat and prunes initially, followed by a little bitterness to the finish. Really pleasant but I'm left searching for additional flavours to flesh out the drinking between first taste and aftertaste. On the plus side this lightens the beer, making it more sessionable.

M - Creamy and satisfyingly weighty. Nicely balanced carbonation. Delicate.

O - Had heard good things and it pretty much lived up to expectations. The only real negative is that I'm left wanting heavier coconut in the flavor profile (-.25). I'd be very surprised if someone picked out that it was brewed with toasted coconut without smelling it first. Despite this it's a very nice wee beer and I look forward to having it on tap next week :)

 995 characters

Photo of KevCan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at my dad's house. He bought it in a 4-pack of 12 oz. cans from Total Wine. Stamp on the bottom says Canned on 8/27/15. Poured from the can into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Pours a very deep dark reddish brown, almost black. It remains dark even when held up to the light. Great big frothy tan head on top that lingers for a while.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, but not much else.

Taste: Follows the smell, tons of roasted malt character. The coconut only enters in the aftertaste and is subtler than expected, but very enjoyable. Some hoppy bitterness rounds out the strong malt flavor. It's weird... with some sips I get a strong coconut kick, and with others I get none.

Feel: Light bodied, a bit thin, quite drinkable for a porter.

Overall: A really nice twist on the standard porter. The coconut is not overpowering, and in fact a bit hard to find, but pleasant overall.

 880 characters

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

Second really impressive beer from this brewery...Big Swell IPA is good also. Poured into a pint glass...Dense black color, some light coming through when held to a light. Nice tan head and some lacing.

Aroma is strong and very pleasant. Roasted malt, some chocolate and a nice hint of cocoanut.

Tastes good....flavors the same as the aroma. The coconut is a nice touch. The balance between malt and chocolate flavors is just right.

Mouthfeel is rich enough. Must be some balancing bitterness because it is not too sweet. Nicely carbonated...Goes down easy.

A good year-round go-to beer.

 591 characters

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

Poured from an attractively decorated can into a standard pint glass. A thinnish coffee-cream tan head laced the glass for the duration. Very dark brown to black in color, with only a small blood-red orb appearing through the darkness when held up to the Hawaiian sun. Aromas of intense toasted coconut, and milk and dark chocolates. Flavors of leathery hops hit the palate first, followed by mounds of toasted as well as burnt coconut, baker's chocolate, coffee with cream, and hints of black licorice, ending on a slight sour cherry note. What a great concept for a porter. Well done!

 586 characters

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!

 486 characters

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

Pours a dark brown colour; clearly brown though, up to the light. Head is virtually non-existent. Thin film of beige lace but nice and sticky. Yeah, looks quite good, not great.

Smells very banana-esque but lots of rich English toffee sweetness and chocolate as well. Mostly sweet - brown sugar is a keynote - with nice fresh banana and a touch of coconut flesh as well. Not bad; in fact quite nice.

Taste is pretty decent. Nice and chocolatey with more of that tropical character - lots of banana and fair hit of coconut as well, more toasted/dessicated in character this time. Roastiness comes through, not very bitter but chocolatey-sweet with a hint of wood smoke on there too. Yeah, hint of oak? Anyway, it's good fruit and tropical notes backing up - not balacing, not complementing, but coinciding with - the mild roasty chocolatey flavours. A mild beer but lots to like.

Texture is alright. Fairly smooth, very very dry at the back though which is unfortunate.

A very enjoyable beer though, distinct tropical spin on the porter style.

 1,046 characters

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

CoCoNut Porter ironically doesn't even have enough white over its top to emulate coconut shavings, let alone a proper beer head. As result, its oily black body ends up looking like coffee (which it coincidentally ends up tasting and smelling like too).

The table for this unique beer is set early; the mocha-like smell that combines roasted coffee and milk chocolate now incorporates hints of toasted coconut. There isn't much sweetness or fruit about it, nothing like you'd find in a mixed drink or a dessert even, as the scent of burnt grain is just too strong and predominant. Smells quite decadent.

The taste is a patchwork quilt of cocoa liqueur, iced espresso, vanilla bean and roasted nuts. It tastes like a rich, gourmet tootsie-roll that's been infused with coconut milk and then lightly smoked over campfire. Again, the coconut is there, but with all the roasted grain and coffee-like overtones you have to hack your way through with a meat axe to get to it.

This is a beer that some will find too sweet for their tastes while others will find too bitter. In actuality, it is a fair bit of both. The coconut, while not tasted outright, contributes a backdrop of sugars whereas the malts have a very oily, almost astringent roast to them that is very much like that of coffee beans. (An ample dosage of American hops factors in too.)

Usually the most intoxicating thing about hot island beers is the imagery they offer; this one, however, also offers a ton of flavour and a unique and gratifying overall experience. Like all Maui Brewing brands, it seems bigger than Hawaii itself and fits less into the scopes of tourism or heritage than it does the new-wave American craft beer revolution. Recommended.

 1,721 characters

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

A: Don't take my word on this as written in stone - my light bulb burned out just before popping this sucker. Appears to be very dark brown without any light penetration. Two finger tan head quickly dissolves into a half-finger and there it stays.

S: Nose is delicious, like sweet milk chocolate and toasted barley.

T: Very nice malt landscape with this one. If it wasn't called the CoCoNut Porter, I'd have never guessed there was coconut in it. This isn't a bad thing, and I won't dock points for it. It's got a bit of bitterness both derived from hop and some roasted grain. Chocolate flavors are the real showcase of this beer. Very tasty!

M: I'm not sure if it's from the coconut or not, but this has a fairly creamy body that's very evident right before the bitter finish sweeps it away.

O: If this were available in my state, I'd drink on it with decent regularity. Since it isn't, I look forward to my next opportunity to drink it again.

 949 characters

Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.