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|
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|
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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