Maui Brewing Co.
My first experience with Maui Brewing Co. was at a local beer festival a few years ago, and it happened to be CoCoNut PorTeR. Since then, I’ve been hoping to get my hands on a can again, but since Maui’s closest distribution to South Carolina is Virginia, it wasn’t likely.
Fortunately, I got the hookup the other day.
The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color. There’s a small brownish head, but it disipates pretty quickly.
The smell is dark, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and toasted coconut. Nothing really stands out, but one of the beer’s big appeals is the fact it’s brewed with hand-toasted coconut. That shows up slightly on the nose but is great once you taste it.
There’s a good bit of carbonation on the front of the tongue, which pops open the taste buds. There’s a very smooth mouthfeel to it. The dark, smooth chocolate is the first thing that hits you, and on the back is the roasted qualities. As you swallow, the coconut takes over your mouth. It’s like biting into one of those chocolate-covered coconut candies while drinking a cup of strong coffee. The rich, roasted flavors all blend together so well as you drink it and become even more pronounced as it warms up.
Just as good as I remember. Just as good as I hoped it would be.