Coconut Hiwa Porter | Maui Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of tigg924
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, dark brown, with one inch head and high carbonation. Smell is amazing coconut and chocolate. Taste starts a bit bitter with dark coffee roast that switches quickly to milk chocolate and big coconut. The finish is about as deep coconut as I have had. Did not care for the first taste, but the aftertaste is amazing on this beer. This is one I will get again.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this porter!

The light toasted coconut notes add such great flavor to this solid brew!

I will be picking up a sixer of these anytime I can, these are so enjoyable and sessionable for porter!

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz can. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. Smells of coconut, roasted malts and chocolate. Nutty even. Thin traditional porter with chocolate and roasted malts forward and coconut with a tiny amount of hops on the back end. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day. Not a lot of coconut detected. Very good traditional porter with a coconut twist.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, dark red brown with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on coffee and cocoa, nutty and malty, light smell of toasted coconut

T: light flavor of toasted coconut mixes with coffee and chocolate, very malt forward with only a pinch of hop bitterness at the finish

M: medium bodied and creamy

O: nice brew utilizing local ingredients that is true to the style

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a nice light brown head which shrinks only slightly while drinking. Smell is only slightly of coconut but that works for me. Taste is nice for a porter - no smoky flavors that I can detect, but nice coconut, roast, and slight chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is also good - not too thick, not too thin, with good but not excessive carbonation. Overall, very good - the coconut flavor compliments a nice porter.

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Photo of bsonk
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter- 6% abv.

A: very dark with an off white head that vanishes to a thin line on top.

S: coconut, roasted malt.

T: sweet, roasty malt, with pronounced toasted coconut. Very creamy-coconut-y like coconut milk, also has a chocolatey aftertaste.

M: thin and bubbly, creamy, very drinkable for a dark beer. Sweet creamy coconut and dark chocolatey malt lingers on the palate.

O: super good porter. Sweet and roasty and drinkable. Complex coconut/dark chocolatey flavor. One of my favorite beers. Unlike Kona beer which is contract brewed in Portland (making it a really local beer for me lol), you know they really shipped this Coconut Porter in from Maui at huge cost to the environment because they have to pack it in the reinforced aluminum cans that are thicker because they are designed to make it across the Pacific.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost opaque coffe/cola with 1" khaki head that lingers. Retention & lacing are both OK.

S: Big coconut & chocolate notes jump out of the glass. Some toffee, roasted almond. Actually detecting some vanilla as well. Smells enticing.

T: Leads with coconut & cola flavors. Mid palate features more of a roasty coffee slant along with a hint of vanilla, much like the nose. Finish is coconut, coffee & some hints of pitted fruit. Really delicious.

M: Low-to-moderate carb with a slick, creamy body. It drinks rich yet delicate.

O: Exceptional flavored Porter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan, finger width head. Sub-par retention, breaking down to a near barren surface and a ring of suds along the edge of the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey upfront with lesser coconut notes. Mild roast character.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with a touch more roast, resulting in strong mocha character upfront. Coconut comes in mid-taste with a strong undertone. Mild coffee roast bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium with bitey carbonation. A bit too 'lively' for a porter, but considering the source (Hawaii) it fits the climate.

Overall - Very good. Might consider buying it more often if it weren't $9-10 a 4-pack. I could definitely see this as a solid dark option on a hot, sunny day.

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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.

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

355ml can, "canned on 052715", consumed on june 17 2015 while on vacation in hawaii

a: dark brown with tan head

s: light toasted coconut notes, leans more towards the cocoa-coffee smell

t: more coconut than in the aroma. lots of cocoa and toasted coconut. coffee-like finish with a moderate bitterness

m: medium-ish body, carbonation is a bit strong when cold, slight chalky dryness, i do like it though

o: a good brew that delivers on its coconut promise. can't wait to drink more of this while i'm here

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this for a while as I love coconut and I was very impressed. The beer pours very black and has a nice head. If I didn't know what it was I would have assumed it was a stout for sure. The coconut flavor is there, but is very subtle, which I like. I almost didn't taste it until the aftertaste. It does give the Porter a slight sweetness though which makes it highly drinkable. It's also very creamy. So all together, a really good beer that I look forward to having again

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Photo of Foyle
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 3'+ tan frothy head that drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: dark roasted malt is dominate, but there is some coconut sweetness as well, along with pungent earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied and a bit oily with a dry, powdery finish.

Flavor: coffee, cocoa, dark roasty malt, coconut is hidden towards the end of the taste, there is some lingering hop bitterness and slight alcohol warming in the throat.

Overall: complex and delicious.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, pretty much black, with a frothy light brown head that settles to a thin layer and laces well.

S: Toasted coconut, a little chocolate, dark sugar, and roasty malt.

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, toasted coconut, a bit smokey, burnt toast, hint of vanilla, and an herbal woody note.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, rather drinkable.

O: Very tasty twist on a porter.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a porter glass.

Pours a deep brown that looks black when it settles inside the glass. Head forms into a finger of thick, layered foam that dissipates into a sticky layer of lace. 4.25

Mellow nose, but there's a nice dose of toasted coconut, dark chocolate and malty sweetness. Light caramel and vanilla and a touch of hop aroma round things out. 4.25

Tastes as advertised. Toasted coconut continues and the chocolate is abundant and imparts both sweet and bitter flavor, and there are subtler notes of caramel and vanilla. The finish lingers with baker's chocolate. 4

My mind occasionally wants more body from this brew, but other times it feels about right. The bitterness is surprisingly aggressive and I'm actually wondering why they didn't allow this to be a bit, just a tiny bit, sweeter. The carbonation is medium and feels just right. 4

Tasty brew that drinks easily and offers a lot of flavor and feel.

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Photo of lowers87
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
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 ThaneMcC
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid porter poured nice dark brown from can. Roasted
Malts cocoa, coffee - very little coconut. Pleasant , medium
Bodied with the an finish. Pretty good American porter - enjoyed on recent visit to Hawaii. Not
Bad for style- but not worth high price point.

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Photo of jooler
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of head. Smells like any porter. Initial taste is of mostly coffee. I could barely taste coconut. I was excited for the coconut but was very let down. Not worth the price

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip. A dark brownish black with a finger of clingy, frothy light tan foam on top... Leaving a thick bar of lacing on the sides of the glass but otherwise breaks down rather quickly.

Aroma is that of malts rather than the signature ingredient ... Roasted coffee, lightly singed grains. There is a distinct candy bar note, burnt almond and sure, some coconut flakes. The taste is rather ashy up front but mellows out into cola and toasted nut territory along with some semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate covered coffee beans and vanilla. Reminds one of a Malibu chocolate bar as the bitter receptors acclimatize. Some herbal/tannic hop notes emerge in the semi-dry nutty finish. Solidly medium body and carbonation.

Although not my favorite porter by any stretch, I think this deserves props for not being overbearing on the signature ingredient and still conveying some unique character.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Draft, Social List, Long Beach, CA 2/22/15) Haven't had many porters in quite some time and this one has me interested in trying more. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slight, sticky, off-white head lies scattered across a dark amber body, impenetrable to light. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark malt, cold coffee, and toasted coconut dominate the aroma. There are hints of vanilla and sweet alcohol as well.

Taste: The taste begins with roasted coconut, dark, slightly sweet malt, cold coffee, and hints of vanilla. As the taste progresses, cold coffee flavors ascend. These flavors play off against moderate herbal hops. Later in the taste, a fairly pronounced wood note appears,. The taste finishes with a long, lingering vanilla and wood note.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nicely done, a complex and beguiling example.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It smells mildly like coconut, but I wouldn't toss this at any coconut fanatics. They'd be disappointed. But as a nice rich porter, it had a great mouth feel and good flavors.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 15, 2015

12 oz can, English dimpled pint

A – Very dark brown to black, mostly opaque. A huge, frothy head of about two inches, medium tan in color, lingers for a long while on top, sudsy and gorgeous.

S – Coconut is very high in the mix, along with sweet chocolate and some toffee aromas. Maybe some vanilla in the background. Very sweet on the nose. Some earthy hops are present, though they contribute more bitterness here than anything else.

T – Very malty sweet, milky chocolate and sweet coconut, but not at all cloying. Again, some vanilla is present in the background, along with some darker caramel/toffee notes. The hop flavor is pretty limited here, some herbal/earthy quality, but contributing a moderate level of hop bitterness to help balance out the sweetness. The balance is towards sweet however.

M – Very high carbonation, sudsy from the moment the can is opened (I’ve had a couple gushers with these in the past). The body is medium, probably a bit heavier but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Fairly dry in spite of the sweetness in the flavor, malt sweetness and hop bitterness both present but balanced towards sweet.

O – This is one of my all-time go to beers. In spite of the darkness, it is highly drinkable any time of the year thanks to the high carbonation and the refreshing, different coconut flavors. Every time I think I probably won’t like this as much the next time I try it, it surprises me all over again. Perfectly crafted, preserves well in the can, goes down easy.

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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 samtrillo
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
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 Matonika
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: is very dark and black
S: is bitter coco and licorice and a faint coconut smell.
T:is a good porter clean tasting, spicyness and licorice. With a SOY sauce taste. Of you have ever had Thai dark soy sauce this is reminiscent of it. But it does not have a sweetened or toasted coconut flavor. It is good for the price point.

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