Thursday, August 25, 2011
Day 30 (8/23/2011): CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing Co.
Definitely another one that I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while. I've never had a coconut porter (or any coconut beer), so I was intrigued when I first heard of it.
It pours a dark, dark brown with a mocha head. Definitely nice looking. The smell is largely chocolate, with roasted grains and a slight hoppiness also showing up. Sadly, I'm not getting any coconut from it at all.
The taste is a great balance between sweet milk chocolate and a little bitterness from the roast. I get a little hint of coffee and (sadly again) an even slighter hint of coconut. It is probably on the sweeter side on the sweet/roasty scale, which I actually prefer.
The mouthfeel is nothing to go wild about: smooth and creamy carbonation with a medium body. Good, but nothing notable.
This is a good tasting porter, and without the claim of being a coconut porter, I would probably rate it higher. Much like the issues I had with Stone's Japanese Green Tea IPA, if you're going to put an unsual addition in your beer, I want to be able to taste it. Otherwise, why wouldn't I just drink another porter such as Edmund Fitzgerald or Founders Porter? Oh well. I still enjoyed it; I just wanted an experience that was a little more out of the ordinary. I give CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing Co. a B+.
Style: American Porter
Beer Advocate: A-
Acquired via a generous Beer Advocate in Oregon. Not entirely sure where this is distributed, but I've never seen it around.