Maui Brewing has always been on the periphery of my vision when buying beers from the fancy-pants grocery store. I glance, see that they are in cans, see that they average about $10USD for a pack, and decide to buy something else. Never did I think that I was passing up something truly good; it is probably just overpriced and is unimpressive. Well, this Coconut Porter is really quite good.
Oh yeah, these are canned beers. Like I said a few posts ago, I am just going to review canned beers, from here on out, forever. That's because canned beers are the future. You are living in the past, man, if you are drinking out of a bottle! I will call you Old Timer, and slam a can of craft beer down in front of you. Yeah, I probably wont do any of that, but I will use my little blog to espouse the virtues of canned craft beers. So, expect to be converted, Old Timer.
Canned beer is great. Bottled beer is also great. The thing about cans is, they are much more friendly. You ever see someone smash a can of Shift over someone's head at a bar fight? No, because the drinker of cans knows and loves the environment and, by proxy, humanity in general. Sure, glass can be recycled, but cans can be recycled for cash. Also, according to the box that Shift comes in, that can could be a brand new beer in as little as 60 days. AMAZING!
Maui Brewing's Coconut Porter is a fine example of a craft beer. According to the cans, it won the World Beer Cup for Herb and Spiced Beer. Now, is coconut an herb or a spice? The brewing process involves tossing in toasted coconut. I know that coconut is a very dividing flavor, but it works really, really well with the porter. The Coconut Porter pours moonless night black, and a wispy head sticks around. The nose is dominated by malts, and just the ever so slight hint of hops. That is exactly how I like my porters. Tasting this beer, you are introduced to a whole new world of malts. It is perfect. The finish is nice, with barely a hint of coconut. Not enough to be off-putting, but a very unique finish. This beer is very dry, and a solid sip should hold you for quite a while.
Coconut Porter is rated at a modest octane 6%ABV. It also comes in 4 packs, but I feel that it is worth about $2.50/beer. I mean, it had to come over an ocean just to get to the fridge!