Appearance: Opaque dark black hue. Forms a large, foamy, tan head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Surprisingly mild nose of by-the-book porter. Some sweetness.
Taste: The standard porter style can be pretty boring sometimes. It’s
nice to see breweries try to change it up with non-traditional
ingredients like Maui Brewing has done with their Coconut Porter. Or at
least that’s probably what the intent was since the coconut doesn’t come
through in the palate all that much. I’ve had other coconut porters
where it was more pronounced, but here it’s a subtle flavor on the
backend. The beginning and middle are pretty nice, though. A light
sweetness throughout with a vanilla, cola-like flavor. Not much in the
way of hops or bitterness, though, nor is there much overt maltiness for
that matter (which is odd considering it’s made with six types of
malts). This is a rather simple, direct, repetitive palate. Yet what’s
here is sweet and tasty and makes for a good dessert beverage without
the chutzpah of an imperial brew.
Drinkability: Maui Brewing Coconut Porter is a bit big for the style at
6% ABV, but it doesn’t drink like it as it has the weight of something
more sessionable. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and slightly fizzy, but
finishes clean with no cloying aftertaste. The palate is mild enough to
appeal to drinkers of all calibers.