Review: Maui Brewing Company CoCoNut PorTer

Author: Jason Harris
July 28, 2011

When I first started drinking microbrews, I wasn’t a fan of dark beer. I found it to be too thick and murky. However, as my palette has grown, I’ve taken dark beers and love them now. I especially love porters as I find them smooth and tasty.

This review continues the series on brews from Maui Brewing Company, a Lahaina-based brewery that is quite popular in Oregon. Today’s brew is the CoCoNut PorTer (I’m not sure what’s up with the capital letters) and I was very intrigued by this beer. Porter is a nice taste by itself, would the coconut add or take away from this experience? Also of note, I hate flavored beers – the ones ‘enhanced’ with berry flavors especially or orange citrus hints…not cool, dude.

Coconut Porter is a strong beer, coming in at about 6% alcohol. According to the web page, it’s made of six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand toasted coconut.

When I first opened the can, I could smell the hints of coconut and it excited my taste buds to see what the first drink would taste like. The experience is supposed to go like this: beginning with a malty-toasted first sip, then a followup taste of coffee and a finish aftertaste of coconut and hoppy spice.

However, when I first tasted the porter, I picked up on the malt overtones and the hoppy finish, but missed out on the coconut altogether. In fact, this could just be called porter in my book with no coconut at all.

With that said, I wasn’t disappointed at all – this is a GOOD porter that has a slight punch that isn’t overwhelming with malt, just enough to make you want more.  I like this porter a lot – not as much as Black Butte Porter, but it’s easily my second favorite, ever.

I hoped to have more coconut taste in this beer and was let down a bit. However, I’m going to pick up another can because maybe I just got a weak tasting batch.

Have you tried this beer?  What do you think?

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