Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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89
very good
2,290 Ratings
THE BROS
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Coconut Hiwa PorterCoconut Hiwa Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
mauibrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,290
Reviews:
917
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
332
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Mscarpen
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of taospowder
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Tech_Savy
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of dheldman
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of HZBeer
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of jlee922
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JosiahS
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

glass: nonic

Poured vigorously into a wide nonic glass. The color is a muddy brown with a thick and fizzy, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated leaving a flat appearance to the beer. Impressive initially, unsatisfactory after.

Right from the pour a rich chocolate, mocha aroma permeated from the glass. Once settled a noticeable coconut is present along with floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

First sip and although a light coconut is detected, it's quickly overpowered by roasted cocoa nibs and a significant floral and drying hops presence. Pretty darn hardy, it's thick yet very crisp and carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry and sits like a brick in the stomach. Resiny almost, giving off a perception of metal. More like a brown than a porter.

A unique brew but it needs to be taken down a notch in almost every way except the addition of coconut. The alcohol is also too noticeable for 6%.

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Photo of tut2528
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottom of can states: Canned on 05-04-2012... consumed on 07-24-2012

A: pour is a deep black with a solid fingers worth of head formation. massive lacing cause the head to retain in excess of a minute. The head has a consistency that lies directly between thin and foamy and is off-white in appearance

S: I pick up on a strong malt backbone, chocolate, coffee grounds and a slight smokiness. I do not pick up any coconut however which is disappointing.

T: Where's the coconut?!?!?! it has a decent balance of roasted malt barley (as the can indicates) and coffee grounds, and just an ever so slight hint of nuts. Hops and a smokey aspect dominate the finish.

M: medium-full bodied, finish is decent but doesn't leave much of a flavor.

O: went to Maui on my honeymoon and thought that this was a huge disappointment. The coconut was completely elusive (which makes me think that it must be consumed immediately fresh). Sells in 4-packs for a typical price, but I just don't find this one any more unique than any other porter. Disappointing

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Photo of samtrillo
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nose features black coffee, cocoa powder, roasted notes.

If you want to buy this because you like coconut and the idea of a coconut porter sounds delicious, then don't buy this. It's a porter. Bitter espresso finish. Dry cocoa aftertaste. Watery slightly sour mouthfeel. I don't know where they get off calling it coconut. I'm even drinking it with dark chocolate coconut almonds and still, almost nothing. Bit of a metallic taste too when I stretch for the coconut I get an unpleasant metal. Meet disappointed in this beer. Just call it a porter.

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Photo of Dirtydee5
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of juablu
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squidretired
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit of a disappointment. Not near as robust as I was thinking it was going to be. Pours dark with little or no head or lacing. The nose is mostly neutral, no really strong notes of anything. The taste and mouth feel are the same. When it was branded as "CoCoNut Porter" it was an entirely different beer.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours dark, barely passes the light thru the glass test - none got thru :). head dies quickly to a circle around the rim. faint lacing. aroma is hard to pin down for me, i think the coconut is throwing me off. for some reason i find it reminding me of firestone's velvet merlin, but with a (thankfully) faint hint of coconut. mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes, but i tend to like stouts a bit on the thick side. i'm glad i tried it, though i don't think i'll chase it down again. points for justifying their use of a can, rather than bottle, for several reasons (listed on can). an interesting brew to try, if only because it's different.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nearly opaque (a dark mahogany) color. One finger of creamy tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Very robust milk chocolate aroma with pronounce caramel, as well. Smells like some sort of chocolate cake and the coconut makes a nice garnish on top.

T - Roasted grains, milk chocolate, nuttiness from the coconut, dry dirt and deep down some herbal, earthy hops. Not the robust coconut flavor I was expecting.

M/D - Mouthfeel doesn't fill out the way I think it should and the carbonation isn't what it should be. The finish is slightly sweet. Pretty dull beer in general tho :-/

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty black with a 2 finger sticky tan head.

Smells of coconut and coffee.

Some good chocolate flavor up front. The aftertaste is completely coconut influenced. In fact the coconut overpowers other flavors and it's not one I love.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good.

I was curious about this one. I hate coconut. Me hating coconut won out. Trying to put that aside, this beer does do what it intends to although the coconut is fairly one note.

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Photo of lowers87
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Dark brown, medium carbonation
Smell: Obvious coconut aroma, background roasted coffee bean,
Taste: Tastes very similar to the smell, more of the coffee bean comes out in the taste, not to heavy, the roast is strong.
Feel: Light and not overpowering, doesn't feel like a strong beer.
Overall: Different type of beer, not too complex which is nice, recommend.

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Photo of yaksurf
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted, roasted fudgy chocolate and coconut. As it warms, the coconut dominates.

The flavor is a bit of a mess - acidic chocolate malts with a little coconut and some charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium boded and watery.

Overall, showed promise, but the flavors were very disjoint and it was thin and watery.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you like protein shakes, this may be the beer for you...

Appearance: Deep dark brown w/ adequete head

Smell: Tanbark, chocolate

Taste: Bitter, chocolatey, licorice...protein shake

Mouthfeel: Syruppy, lingering finish

Drinkability: A bit sickening after a while, there are certainly much better porters out there

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of airohead2001
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to glazeman for this one. This is a beer I've always wanted to try.

A - Nice light brown/tan/off white fluffy two finger head that fades after a minute or so. Beer itself is a chocolate colored brown that lightens as it gets closer to the walls of the snifter.

S - Smell is a little disappointing. No coconut at all. Just regular, old, porter.

T - Taste is actually great. Way better than I was expecting given the mediocre smell and appearance. Coconut? No. But it is a very BALANCED porter. Not too bitter or harsh, with just enough sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is so-so. Pretty thin.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent. The coconut in the title is certainly misleading, but beers shouldn't be rated in relationship to their name. This is a drinkable porter, and one I would definitely have again if ever given the opportunity.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JJFoodie for sending me a 4-pak of this as part of our trade.

Serving: Can poured into a pint glass

This pours typical to most porters and stouts. A nice dark brown/black body topped with a substantial 3 finger foam head that was all talk. It disappeared in seconds. The nose is nearly non-existent. I sniffed this glass for 30 seconds trying to find something, and I couldn't. I moved on to pinpointing the taste aspects, and eventually got some hints of earthy alcohol, but that was about it. The taste is absent of any coconut whatseover. I don't know where that comes from, but I couldn't find it. That being said, there's a nice taste of cocoa, small vanilla notes, and some nuttiness. This is a heavily carbonated beer and ever sip coats your tongues in bubbles and bitterness. This is decent, but falls short of what I was expecting.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Coconut Hiwa Porter from Maui Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,290 ratings.
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