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Death By Coconut | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Intense fresh cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get 'em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin' "Pass. Dash. Hit." all winter long.

Added by eawolff99 on 03-27-2014

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has really nice toasted coconut, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste follows with chocolate and coconut, slightly sweet but overall balanced and easy to drink. Finish is more roasty with some nice coffee bitterness. Body is on the light side but has a smooth mouthfeel. Overall it’s a really good porter with intense natural coconut flavor and a good amount of chocolate.

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Photo of KevCan
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack of cans at the brewery in Longmont, CO, and brought them home to Arlington, VA in my luggage. "Canned on 12/28/15 at 11:04. Lovely bunch of coconuts". Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Very dark brown, healthy medium-brown head.

Smell: Smells strongly of a coconut chocolate bar. Extremely inviting!

Taste: Coconut porter through and through! Roasty, malty, and tons of coconut and a hint of chocolate. Sorry Maui Brewing, but this beats the hell out of your Coconut Porter.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: The most delicious coconut porter ever created, period. It's a crying shame it's only available once a year.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like chocolate. And I like coconut. This isn't bad. But it leaves something to be desired. A little thin for my taste, and I think that the ratings on here are a little high.

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Photo of phredbull
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a Pilsener glass. Big foamy tan head that subsides pretty quickly leaving a thin cap with little lacing. A bit of light shows through near the bottom of the glass, but it's basically pitch black. Smells of toasted, sweet coconut is in your face. Some vanilla & almond, but not really much hop or malt action happening in the nose. The taste is a bit surprising because at first there's a more standard porter-y profile; roasted malts, some bitter, earthy hops, but the coconut is there, and is prominent, but not artificial or overdone like some flavored beers can be. Some dark chocolate & an almost dark fruity sweetness. Finish leaves plum-y sweetness, hop & roasted malt bitterness. Feel is almost stout-like; a bit medium full, with active carbonation that gives an almost silky feel. A little sticky & sweet, but not cloying. Overall, it makes me think of Almond Joy candy, which I like a lot. It's like candy, & I could put away 2 or 3 of them easily. Is there a coffee version of this? That might be my perfect beer.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark chestnut brown in color; appears black in the glass. Pours with a huge 3 finger light brown head that slowly dies down leaving a thin, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Amazing aroma of toasted coconut, dark chocolate and sweet malt.

Taste: Starts with flavor of dark chocolate, then toasted coconut, then slight bitter grainy-malty flavor with toasted coconut aftertaste. Unique.

Feel: Heavier-side of medium body; smooth - very mild carbonation; very slight dark finish.

Overall: I really liked this porter and would gladly drink it again. Surprising flavor that is delicious.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nearly pitch black with a huge tan head and some spotty lacing. Notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, sweet chocolates, touch of caramel, earth and big coconut on the finish. Thinner side of medium body, pop of carbonation fizzles out leaving a drying finish. I love the coconut profile and think it plays well with a nice Porter base in this one.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A black body, opaque, with a light tan body, and some trace lacing on the glass.

S - Coconut, chocolate and cocoa powder, and alcohol, coming across like barrel notes. Together, it smells a lot like a tropical rum.

T - The coconut is dialed down in the open, and chocolate and roasted malts are front, but the middle sees the coconut rise, a sweet presence, with acidity and bitterness coming in on the close.

M - The one knock, this is slick in the open, but a bit of graininess becomes apparent in the middle and close.

O - One of the more balanced coconut beers. I like what they've done here, and I'll probably try this one again, hoping the slightly odd texture is not as prominent next time.

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Photo of bmeGT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much more balanced than other popular coconut stouts out there (cough-cough Last Snow). The chocolate and the coconut work well in harmony. Nice natural coconut flavor but not overly diabetic-sweet.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that held on tight. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa nibs and coconut pieces vie for top smell with dark chocolate swirling around in the middle.

T: Sweet and robust with coconut and cocoa bursting through. Dark chocolate and caramel malts do a taste tango beneath it all. I'm picking up that distinct dry Irish Stout vibe all throughout. Another critic was spot on: Almond Joy in a can.

M: Medium with dry, medium carbonation.

O: A fun and tasty porter made so much better with coconut. I see why this one is so popular.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black with a nice brown head that didn't leave any lacing or anything left on the top.

S: My nose is a little plugged but I'll see what I can get. I get a very strong coconut and molasses with almost a slight amount of vanilla.

T: Sweet Coconut shavings vanilla dark chocolate and a slight amount of sweetness almost like it's from cane sugar.

F: Full body and heavy mouth feel, has the perfect amount of carbonation to make this beer perfect!

O: Amazing beer from these guys all they seem to do is good stuff.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 12/14/15.. Four months to show up in NH?

Pours dark brown with crimson edging and a tan head. A partial skim coat and minor lacing for the duration. Aromatics are filled with coconut, chocolate, and vanilla. On the fuller side of medium bodied and creamy. A bit oily. Bakers chocolate, toasted coconut, and vanilla on the palate. Low bitterness and a light sweetness. Finishes with lingering coconut.

Tasty beer! I'd love to try an imperial version of this.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a huge khaki colored head.

The smell is big on both milk chocolate and coconut, as expected. To me, the aroma is nearly identical to an Almond Joy or Mounds bar.

The flavor is a blissful combination of the same. Milk chocolate, and sweet, toasted coconut. Definitely continuing to remind me of an almond joy candy bar. Delicious, really. Some of the roasted malt character comes through in the finish, and more as the beer warms up.

It's very sweet for it's style, but I think this was intended. Tasty. Very tasty. This could easily be classified a dessert beer.

Chocolate and Coconut. What you see is what you get.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into tulip like glass. 10/23/15.

L. DRk dRk dRk brown with a light tan head, maybe a finger and moderate lacing.
S. Such nice, light, delicate, natural coconut aroma. Light malt sweetness and maybe a touch of moca and coffee.
T. Again light coconut, not overwhelming at all. Nice sweet malt and then the coconut lingers on the finish.
F. Moderaltly creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 12/14/15

L-Pours black with only the slightest light making its way through. The head is tan and approximately 2 fingers high. The head recedes to a thin film with some very spotty lacing.
S- The nose lives up to it's name with coconut in spades. The coconut is so pervasive that it's hard to pick up the roasted qualities of the porter.
T-The taste is initially some bittersweet chocolate, but it is quickly replaced by the coconut. This is easily the strongest display of coconut in a beer that I've ever had. The coconut is strong enough to take away much of the bitterness derived from the roasted malt or hops. This could be interpreted as either good or bad depending on what you are looking for in a beer. I might like it better with a little more bitterness and slightly toned down coconut.
F-The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. The dry finish also helps here.
O-This is easily the best exhibition of coconut in a beer I've had. Probably a little more than I personally like. Still if your a big fan of coconut, you will like this beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. The aroma lives up to it's name with a ton of coconut and chocolate. The taste is solid as well with a nice roasted malt backbone along with chocolate, coconut, and a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of brian44556
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can at 50 degrees into a teku.

Pours a deep black, with a chocolate head. Decent retention with mild lacing.

Toasted coconut and chocolate on the nose.

Coconut, roasted malts, and sweet chocolate on the palate.

Good mouthful, a bit thin, but well carbonated.

Another good offering from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Willster333
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler - nice thick creamy head and smells very distinctly of roast/dried coconut but not quite as strong as I was imagining beforehand. Taste is very refreshing and smooth - mainly chocolate + coconut flavors which seem to slip off the tongue with little or no aftertaste quickly after sipping. Doesn't feel heavy or thick in any way.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£4.50):
Not a bad beer but not great either, probably one of the worst from the brewery I've had without being a poor offering. Lots of coconut notes & flavours kicked the beer off, there was some good sweetness too & it was definitely well carbonated. An enjoyable beer but I was hoping for a lot more from it & it's not one I'd have again I'm afraid; Maui's CoCoNut Porter is much better in my opinion.

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Photo of Nematode9
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a 5-month-old can. Amazing nose on this beer. It's loaded with flavor and the coconut doesn't seem to have faded after 5-months on the shelf. Still has decent chocolate flavor too.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - I wonder what about chocolate and coconut makes this a particularly 'Irish' porter?

This beer pours a deep, dark brown colour, with bright basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few random splatters of island group lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells just like Bounty candy bars (sweet coconut and milk chocolate), with a bit of roasted caramel malt, some melted butter, further vanilla/licorice sweet notes, and some very tame earthy and floral hop bitterness. The taste is more cocoa-forward, the medium bittersweet version presiding, alongside some reduced copra meatiness, a heady caramel/toffee malt, musty butterscotch, some indistinct red berry fruitiness, and more plain earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite light and nimble on its tiny frothy feet, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a caressing creaminess there from the get-go. It finishes sweet, but moderated just enough to keep things from running off the rails.

Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable flavoured porter, with both the chocolate and the coconut really bringing their A-games. Not too warming, and easy to drink, either with dessert, or frankly, all on its own. Choconut, indeed.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early January for $3.49. Canned on 11-17-15.

Beer poured dark brown with a decent off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is sweet, of cocoa and coconut.

Taste is on the sweeter side although not cloyingly so. Cocoa and coconut are very prevelant to marry up nicely with the base porter brew.

Feel is fairly smooth.

Overall this is a wonderful dessert beer. One in a session is plenty. I will definitely get this for the holiday dinners next year!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour is average with a good color, good clarity and a tan head that lasted well enough. Nose is toasted coconut and malt scents brimming with cacao. Taste is light , smooth and chocolate comes forward on the palate to reveal a soft expression fo the coconut. Roasty notes are mild, hints of cream. It's sweet and finishes sweet. It has moments where it drinks like a liquid chocolate bar. Mouthfeel is silky. It's got some bubbles but it's slow to finish. Somewhat one dimensional in flavor. Cocoa is bittersweet and there is brown sugar. earthier and more mild over all with a creamy and lighter middle.

As it warms the coconut settles down and it drinks more like a drier chocolate biscuit. It grew on me by the end but I can't really say that I like it.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that quickly fades.
The aroma is loaded with coconut as chocolate and roasty notes.
Taste is loaded with coconut as well. Lots of dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee in the middle with a sweet toasted coconut finish. With the dark chocolate and coconut flavors, this is Mounds bar in a can.'
Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth.
Very tasty, quite sweet. definite just one at a time for this beer. Nice dessert.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a chimay goblet.Smell is a rich coconut mixed with slight chocolate.Taste is fantastic.The Oskar Blues people have two real big hits with me.Ten-fidy and this.A very rich tasting beer.Don`t know how they made this work but it`s great.If you haven`t tried this go for it.It`s worth a try.If your a big coconut fan this is for you.Rock on.

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Photo of Tommo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While the overall coconut character carries this past the finish line, it is wildly sweet. I would buy a can or two again, but overall its insanely sweet and lacks much depth

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