Sunday, April 14, 2013

Maui Brewing Coconut Porter

I have heard an incredible amount of good things about the beers from Maui Brewing Co.  Now, I try not to judge a beer before I've had it, but it's hard not to have high expectations with Maui Brewing's Coconut Porter.  It has won medals in many beer competitions, including the World Beer Cup, United States Open Beer Championship and the San Diego International Beer Competition.  Arrowine in Arlington, VA had 4-packs of the Coconut Porter, and I picked some up without a second thought!  Let's check the stats on this beer, and see if it lives up to the hype!  

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter

Coconut Porter
American Porter
6.0% ABV
30 IBUs
12 oz can poured into tulip glass

Maui Brewing's Coconut Porter pours black with a two finger width tan head.  The tan head diminishes a bit, but leaves a nice amount of creamy head on top of the beer.  There are lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising  up in this one.  The Coconut Porter has a sweet vanilla/coconut creme aroma, with a bit of chocolate and roasted grains as well.  Flavors start off with roasted grains and coffee, which turn bitter towards the end of each sip.  The bitterness is complemented with sweet coconut which lingers in the aftertaste.  Carbonation levels seem higher than average, but the beer maintains a creamy texture throughout the session.  The body is medium, and the beer doesn't fill me up as I drink it, which is a good thing.

Neat turtle illustration on Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
Neat turtle illustration on Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter

Overall:  Maui Brewing's Coconut Porter is indeed a smooth and tasty beer.  I was initially worried it may be cloyingly sweet, but the coconut was more subtle than anything.  I'm glad I got to try this, but in the future I will probably stick to more locally made porters.  However, if you see it around, give it a try!

Have you had Maui Brewing Co.'s Coconut Porter?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. This beer is part of the 1001 Beers, series ;)

    I had it a few times and enjoyed it. Not the best porter I have had, but glad I tried it. I need to drink another for the series now.

    1. Yup, I include a "1001 Beers" in my tags now!

      Maui's porter was definitely a unique porter, but I still think it is better than a lot of other porters I've tried. A lot of porters tend to seem a bit watered down, but this one was nice and creamy! Do you have a favorite porter?

    2. Deschutes Black Butte Porter is amazing! Though, they don't distribute to this side of the country. I haven't had one in a while. Another is Sierra Nevada Porter. One of the best I have ever tasted.

      From there, I would have to do some research. Those are at the top of my list.

    3. I still have never had a Deschutes beer. Will definitely be checking them out for when I travel out west. Sierra Nevada Porter is definitely great.

      One of the best ones from the east I can think of is Victory's Baltic Thunder, although you don't find it our much these days, at least until they get their new brewery up and running.