992: Coconut Porter

Name: Coconut Porter
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Lahaina, Hawaii
Style: American Porter
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.7%
First Brewed: 2005

Tasting Notes
Pours rich black with a tan foamy head, and the coconut is prominent up front from the first taste. The beer has a sound coffee backbone that helps with the bitterness and balance. An excellent addition to the dinner table, and particularly good with calamari and Cajun crab cake.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I didn’t go to Hawaii for the beer… but I will go back for the beer. Holy crap, did we discover one of the best beers ever made. We actually found it by accident. While on the island of Oahu, we stopped in for a drink at Yard House. I LOVE Yard House, as they have one of the most impressive beer selections of anywhere. Hundreds of beers on tap; not even kidding. One of the beers was the Coconut Porter from the Maui Brewing Company. We were in Hawaii, so why not try a beer from the island?

Now I don’t like coconut… but this beer might change my mind. The beer smells incredible, and tastes even better. Smelling this beer makes me want to take a bath in it. (Is that possible?) The beer is also quite smooth, with a bit of a kick toward the middle of the palate. Then you are hit with a smooth, somewhat sweet aftertaste that just sends you to the next sip.

Having left the island, we figured we could order this back home in the Hoosier state. Wrong… only on the FAR west coast and on the island. The beer is also only served in a can (1000 bottles and a can on the wall?) They have a good reason for only serving in a can, so I won’t hold it against them. It tastes just fine out of the can and just as good on tap. (We ended up going back to Yard House three more times while we were on the island.)

The beer is just so well balanced. I think part of the reason I like it is because I can’t get it here at home. Sheryl actually took a trip to California last year and brought a few four packs home with her. She even grabbed a four pack of their IPA. I have not yet visited the island of Maui, but I can’t wait to go back to Hawaii, if nothing more than this beer. That, and to meet the man who goes by @Hawaii on Twitter! (He doesn’t drink beer, but he comes from the place that produces this sweet nectar of the gods.)

This beer is fantastic. Even if you don’t like porter, give it a chance. You won’t be sorry. And don’t let the coconut part throw you off. I despise coconut, and love this beer. Well done boys… bottoms up!

Rating: 5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
I’m so excited about this next beer!  Our next one is my favorite beer EVER.  True story.  When Ricky and I went to Hawaii last year, we had to try some local beers, of course.  And we discovered that Maui Brewing Company made a Coconut Porter.  We had it on tap at Yard House, and it was AWESOME.  We had to buy some for later to drink at our hotel room.  I love porters and stouts, and this one replaced my old favorite, the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.  So you can imagine how sad I was when I found out that you couldn’t even buy the Coconut Porter too many places back on the mainland, and not anywhere past the west coast.  So sad… but it kind of made the beer even more special.  So special that I had to buy several 4-packs to bring back home with me when I was in San Francisco last August.  So, luckily, we actually have some at home, even though you can’t buy it here in Indiana.

I love the smell of this beer.  Heck, I love pretty much everything about this beer.  It pours a very thick, dark color, almost black.  Little to no carbonation.  And smells, well, like coconut.  It’s a very malty porter smell.  I could almost sit and sniff it all day.  I actually have smelled it a few times before taking that first sip tonight.  But I finally did.  The taste is… well, amazing. (Um, like I said, this is my absolute favorite beer ever.)  It has a chocolatey, malty taste that of course, has hints of coconut.  In my opinion, it’s the perfect malty flavor for a porter.  And the aftertaste is exactly what I expect.  The beer really just exemplifies a perfect porter, in my book.  Goes down smooth, not too sweet… hints of coconut, great aftertaste.  Obviously, I would buy this beer again.  Heck, I would go back to Hawaii for it… just name the date and I’m there!

Rating: 5/5

991 bottles of beer on the wall…

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