Grab A Beer: Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter

March 11th, 2010 · 14 Comments · Beer Reviews

Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter
Alcohol by Volume: 5.7%

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Intro: Maui Brewing Company has been in business since 2005 and their brewpub is a popular destination for the throngs of tourists that visit Maui every year. They also distribute three of their beers in cans, including the CoConut Porter. Sadly, we do not see their beers here in Seattle, yet. But, you should make sure to get some on your next trip down south to Portland.

Description: Pours a very dark brown but not quite black with a nice fluffy head that sticks around. Aroma of sweet chocolate and Almond Joys. For the most part, I absolutely love the flavors in this. More Almond Joy with toasted coconut, sweet chocolate and good roast. I am a huge fan of this style, and this is a great effort. Many examples of this style tend to finish with an out-of-place bitterness that knocks things out of whack. The only change I’d make is to maybe thicken this up a bit, but it’s very smooth and drinkable as is. I want more.

Verdict: Find at all costs
Availability: Sadly, we picked this up in Oregon and it is not currently distributed in Washington. Pick some up on your next trip down south.

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Commercial Description/Press Release:

Our Coconut Porter is a classic robust porter spiced with all natural toasted coconut. It is black in color and crowned with a creamy, dark tan head. It begins with a malty-toasted-coconut aroma followed by a rich, silky mouthfeel with tastes of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. It then finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice to balance the finish. 5.7% alc. 30 IBU


14 Comments so far ↓

  • Deverie

    Yum! I heard a great review of this beer on Craft Brew Radio, too – sounded delicious then and it sounds delicious now!!

  • Brian

    Heard from the brewmaster recently that they should be getting distributed in WA soon! Can’t wait…

  • +Russ

    Sounds delicious. I loved the Stone / Maui Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter collab so I hope to see this in Seattle soon…..

  • Kaiser

    Brian – that is great news! Thanks.

  • Lost

    Wow. I would love to get my hands on this beer. Coconut should be easier to find in a brew.


  • Frank Belson

    We can get this beer in Bellingham, you should be able to get it in Seattle. Had a couple the other day, liked the porter, thought the IPA was average.

  • Steve

    First time poster, long time lurker. I grew up in Ballard and homebrew. For this review: really? I have tried this a few times and can’t quite get myself past the dessert component of this beer that can’t stand by itself without a server in Hawaii suggesting you pour it on your sundae. If you think this is something that could be on tap and match up, please let me know. Otherwise, I am not sure it is worth the acclaim you indicate. Was this one of those beers you typically indicate that they sent you a sample to check out? Otherwise, I’ll wait for more critical acclaim.

  • Kaiser

    Hey Steve – to each their own:-)

    I’m not alone in thinking this is a good beer. Not that their ratings are gospel, but 224 users on BeerAdvocate give this an average grade of an A-, and 387 users on Ratebeer give this a score that is in the 96% of the porter style.

    This is one of my favorite styles, and this is one of the top 3 examples of a coconut porter that I’ve had (that I can think of).

    I paid for this beer, and even if I had not I resent the implication. But, I suppose it comes with the territory.

  • Steve

    My apologies for any offense. And yes, to each their own. I’m not one for flavored beers, which I should have put at the beginning of my comment. I enjoy your posts and want to encourage you and hope that the community you have created can accept a counterpoint against flavored beers. Again, sorry for offending you and keep up the good work. – Steve.

  • Kaiser

    I think we can all accept the fact that not everyone is going to love this beer as much as me, or others that give it praise. All comments are for sure welcome on any reviews!

    Just don’t think that I’ll ever give a beer a fluff review because I received it as a sample. It’s nice to get samples, but I don’t care enough to bs people into thinking a beer is good just because I got it free. Any opinions I have on this site are just that…my opinions. But, I open myself up to people thinking that just by the fact that I do review samples sometimes.

    Thanks for the comments, and thanks for reading!

  • DraughtE

    I concur. This is an excellent beer. We just returned form the islands and couldn’t get enough of it. Looking forward to it being available in Seattle.

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  • Pat1073

    This is available in Seattle. Saw it at Westwood (W. Seattle) QFC on 9/2/10.

  • JB

    @Frank: I know it’s been over a year, but where in Bellingham can you get this beer? I had it in Hawaii this year and have been craving it since!

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