Coconut Hiwa, an American Porter by Maui Brewing Co.

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Coconut Hiwa is an American Porter brewed by Maui Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.


Pours a cola brown with a finger thick of bubbly tan foam that offers modest retention. Effervescence is visible and a few droplets of residue cling to the glass.


The aroma offers semisweet dark chocolate combined with a hint of coconut.

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Dark chocolate highlights the palate grounded by roast malt that delivers an earthy, coffee flavor. Surprisingly, coconut takes a back seat in this brew. Absent at first, it does appear more in the finish as the beer warms.


Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.


Considering its name, the porter’s use of coconut is surprisingly light. That’s likely to disappoint some who were hoping to enjoy a coconut beer. Otherwise, the Coconut Hiwa is an enjoyable, straightforward representation of the style.

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