You know what I hate? I hate it when people are just too subtle. Like when me and my wife were dating, well actually before we began to date, she said she practically had to hit me over the head to get me to respond to her very subtle advances. Good thing she is persistent. I finally mustered the courage to ask her out, and well now 25 years and 4 kids later I finally get it.
I’m a club you over the head kinda guy. If you just expect me to pick up on subtle cues forget it. It aint gonna happen. Like the lean in, who the hell came up with this piece of subtle garbage? If you want a kiss pucker up and get in my face, that I get. Lean in? What the hell?
So when Maui Brewing said they made a Coconut Porter, I was excited. Two flavors I love coming together in one brew. But you know what? It was lost on me…
As you can tell the Coconut Porter looked the part. It was dark chocolate brown and poured with about a one finger mocha colored head that left lacing all the way down the glass. The nose was where I began to suspect that my trip to coconut land might not have a happy ending. See there was very little coconut smell. In fact I would say it was more malty with some coffee and roasted nut smells rather than coconut goodness.
When I took a sip I was rewarded with a very nice porter. Full bodied and rich with tones of coffee, chocolate and a touch of hop bite on the backside where it belongs. But where was the coconut? What I was hoping for was that the cocoa flacor and the coconut would combine to give me a hint of Mounds candy bar flavor. Not happening. It was sweet and very flavorful, but the coconut was buried deep within.
I think it was more of an essence of coconut than an in your face flavor, and as I said before subtlety is lost on me. The coconut may have added a creaminess to the mouthfeel and a little more body and depth of flavor to the overall beer, but there was no real coconut flavor, so I was a little disappointed in that, but make no mistake, this is an awesome porter!
It really has great flavor, and I will buy it again because of it. The coconut is sublte…too subtle for me, but the overall flavor is a complete winner. So give it a try. Good to see another Independent brewer coming out of Hawaii. I am really glad Maui is now making great brews, and in cans no less.
So pass me a coconut and let the good times roll. Just don’t be subtle about it…