Pacific Northwest – If you are scratching your heads regarding the location then you aren’t alone. Many years ago we visited Maui, in the great island state of Hawaii. While relaxing we enjoyed all things cliché (including our honeymoon) and stopped into the Fish & Game Restaurant & Brewery, home to Maui Brewing Company. The name of the brewery wasn’t anything special, if you dismiss the fact that they were one of the few craft breweries in Hawaii.
While there, we enjoyed the local flavor including fish & chips, oysters (flown all the way from Vancouver, BC), and of course the beer. One of the beers tasted and enjoyed was the Coconut Porter, a beer that can only be described as a Porter with a Mounds chocolate bar dropped into it. The beer put a smile on both of our faces and eventually after consuming the rest of our beers, we left with the thoughts on coming back later in our honeymoon or during another visit.
It’s been several years since our last visit to Hawaii and although we plan to revisit soon, it’s comforting to know that Maui Brewing will soon be in Washington and Idaho (and yes they are selling in Oregon). So with the thoughts of Maui and that Coconut Porter we reached out the brewery how we could find ourselves with a can (or two) of Coconut Porter and well, you know where this is going.
By its characteristics Maui’s Coconut Porter leans more towards what the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) would classify as a Brown Porter. Traditionally Brown Porters took may of their cues from the malt rather than hops, producing dominant flavors such as coffee, chocolate, almond nuttiness, bread, and sometimes event licorice. But rather turn this into another history lesson we elected to crack the can open and try out the Maui Coconut Porter.
Coconut Porter is a dark and lightless ale that pours with a strong mocha foamy head which recedes leaving little in the way of lace.
Smelling this beer you pick up the main star coconut, some vanilla and an underlying roasted coffee with a minor spiciness.
Sipping this one cannot ponder the bits of vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, and some minor sweetness. The beer however is definitely average (weight) in regards to how it feels running across your tongue.
If you have some white fish (halibut, flounder, etc) this would go well, or maybe even with some breaded chicken and blue cheese.
You Should Try, if you live in Washington or Idaho you should take heart since this beer should be on the shelves during the summer time. Otherwise, who is up for a road trip to Portland for some Coconut Porter?
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.