25.Mar.2010 Reviews of Brews: Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Porter

It’s been ages since I reviewed a beer here, and I recently picked up a brew I couldn’t go without mentioning. In other words, I had to mention it!

Maui Brewing Co.'s Coconut Porter


First, a sidenote…

I love canned beers. I prefer them to bottled beers and that’s often something I’ve gotten teased about. I’m not sure why canned beers have such a bad reputation, but I think there’s something enjoyable about them. They just seem preferavle to me, be it the feel in your hand as you sip or the comparative ease in disposal after a night of drinking. You snap open that pop tab you’ve grown to know and love throughout a childhood of guzzling down Mountain Dew and you’ve got delicious beer right there in your fist—it’s perfect! Last summer I picked up a microbrew that came in a can. It was the first canned microbrew I’d ever seen, so I was intrigued. On the box, it had an explanation about why canning beers is actually a superior method for delivering delicious ales and porters to your taste buds. Maui Brewing Co. succinctly and effectively sums up the advantages of canning microbrews on this Coconut Porter, so I’m going to reprint it here…

Welcome to the MicroCanning Revolution…
Cans eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping our beer fresher than in bottles!

Cans are lighter, chill quicker and can be enjoyed on beaches and in sensitive environments. Aluminum is the most recycled and most eco-friendly material.

I prefer cans, they make sense for drinking beer in diverse locales and are better for the environment! Excellent!

On to the beer…

I snagged this brew at a specialty grocery store for the steep price of $9.99 for a four pack. The price may have been elevated due to the nature of the high-class grocery I was in, but the beer was tasty enough to make me forget the exorbitant amount I paid for it. If I only had two words to describe this porter, I’d go with tasty and smooth. At 5.7 percent ABV, this porter goes down extremely easy with a full taste that ends with something I initially mistook for chocolate. The hand-toasted coconut, which was responsible for my initial thought of “chocolatey,” worked into this beer makes for a downright sweet deliciousness I’ve rarely tasted in a truly excellent beer. If you can find it, I highly recommend you buy, drink and enjoy the heck out of it!

Also, it was a Gold Award winner in the World Beer Cup’s herb and spice beer category, so if you don’t want to take my word for it, take that.

Find a porch on a warm evening, crack open a can and enjoy! If you can find a massive hand to do so with, all the better!

(Sorry for the poor picture quality. I just snapped a few quick shots with my computer’s webcam.)

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There are 7 Comments to "Reviews of Brews: Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Porter"

  • bill says:

    hmmmm…. I have a vacation coming up and I might have to get a cooler of that for the beach. What do you think Jimbo? beach-worthy brew?

  • Jim Gibbons says:

    Depends on the time of day, in my opinion. I wouldn’t choose to drink this on the beach in the heat of the day, but as the sun begins to go down I think it’d be an awesome beach beer. Maybe something lighter, then pop this brew out closer to dinner time.

  • Matthew L says:

    Jimbo, I’m with you on the cans – have you tried Butternuts Beer & Ale from upstate NY? They’re the ones with Porkslap Pale Ale. I haven’t tasted anything bad from them.

  • Jim Gibbons says:

    Damn! I saw Porkslap a few times, but never tried it. I’ve tried this Hell or High Water Watermelon Wheat (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/735/4202) and a few canned beers from Denver Breweries, but never the Porkslap. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled out here in Portland for it, but I;m not optimistic about it.

    Still, I suppose there are plenty of interesting canned beers out here to try. I shall not overlook one of them like I did with the Porkslap.

  • Dave G says:

    I see your point rJimmy regarding some of the positives with cans but that doesn’t mean bottles are my favorite. I have come to the conclusion that beer taste best from a mug or larger mouth glass. Just seems to provide the best taste to me : no aluminum flavor or gas which oftens occurs with cans and/or bottles.

  • Jim Gibbons says:

    Oh, by all means pour your canned beer into a pint glass! The can will just keep the beer fresher than a bottle till it gets there and then can be recycled more easily!

  • Dave G says:

    got it – I plan on pouring a few during the NCAA semi’s later today.