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Death By Coconut - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 285
Hads: 1,286
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 169
Gots: 317 | FT: 21
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Porter | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: eawolff99 on 03-27-2014

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.
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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Not as good as I was hoping. It definitely tastes like sugar coconut candy. A little too sweet for me. Would have preferred real coconut flavor. I'd try it again.

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Belgian Snifter. Initial temp round 42 degrees and allowed to warm.

Deep dark brown. Not opaque, but close. Best part about the appearance is the head- medium-tan, thick & creamy. Seemed to fade pretty quickly, but it was damn near perfect for my eyes while it lasted.

The aroma is the perfect amount of coconut- not at all overpowering or sickeningly sweet. Maybe even a little too subtle for something with coconut in the name, but it's definitely there and the dominant aroma. Secondary aroma is sweet roasty malt.

The aroma profile doesn't really transfer to the flavor. Coconut takes a backseat- it's not at all like eating coconut chips. I'd say it's even less coconutty than coconut water. Tastes like a very solid porter, and between the aroma and aftertaste you definitely feel like you're drinking something with coconut. It's not the coconut equivalent of a good vanilla bean stout though.

Definitely feels over-hyped. It's a great porter- great balance of roastiness & sweetness (though on the sweeter side). Nice touch of uniqueness with the coconut adjunct. But it's really not that much better than a solid year-round like Deschutes' Black Butte. It's just not worth rushing to the store within hours of it landing to get some. Or the inflated pricetag. I will not be going out of my way like that for this ever again.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown to black with lots of carbonation. Smells and tastes just like a Mounds chocolate candy bar. Perfect porter body, full bodied but not too sweet or syrupy. The coconut flavor comes through so well. I only wish this was cheaper than $11 a 4-pack.

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

Poured this in a tulip on two different occasions, a fresh growler and a 4 pack of cans. Both were great, however the growler of the fresh stuff was rich in sweet coconut. That being said, out of the can you get a little more of the dark chocolate. They did a good job not making this beer taste like a stout with overly sweet sugary coconut added.

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass, with a one finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of fresh coconut and milk chocolate with a hint of dark malt and lactose. Flavor is milk and bitter chocolate, coconut, dark toasted malt with a hint of char, vanilla and lactose. Interesting finish of milk chocolate coconut and light charred malt. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Delivers what it promises, a semi-dry Irish/English porter with quite nice coconut flavor. The aroma and taste start had a clear Mounds Bar flavor to them; this is not as sweet or intense as that candy bar, but the chocolate and coconut flavors are remarkably close. Coconut nicely balanced with the chocolaty malt. A very nice flavored porter.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can into an oversized tulip. Paid £4.00 for a single can.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A two-finger in height, foamy, light-tan coloured head quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy broken lace.

The nose is unmistakably dominated by aromas of sweet toasted coconut and milk chocolate. Also noticeable, but not as prevalent are, lightly roasted malts, creamy lactose, sugar and vanilla. The taste follows suit. Sweet, rich, oily, desiccated coconut and creamy Swiss milk chocolate combine to give an initial flavour profile incredibly similar to that of a Bounty chocolate bar. Lightly roasted malts, darker chocolate and traces of vanilla reveal a little complexity, but only after the intense coconut begins to fade. Small amounts of lightly bitter cocoa and remaining roast begin to provide some balance before the after-taste brings another wave of sweet, coco-nutty chocolate goodness that lingers on the palate forever. In the mouth a medium body and soft carbonation give an incredibly slick, smooth and creamy feel, that starts wet, and dries out slightly towards the finish.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. A little drier roast character and greater bitterness in the finish would just increase balance and elevate it to outstanding status, ultimately as a dessert beer, it still smells and tastes delicious. Tracking down my can in the UK wasn't particularly easy, in fact I'm already regretting not buying more. Recommended.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass straight from the can.

Appearance: Dark brownish black color with a tan head that is pretty sutle from the beginning rising maybe half a finger's length with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Deep cocoa and light chocolate, sweet sugar scent...almost to the point of sugars melting the nostris.

Taste: Super unique, sweet cocoa, light brown sugars and light chocolate notes. Easy to love.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation but very sticky compared to any other porter I've had. Caramel notes at the end that hover the rest of your cheeks.

Overall: Great brew, took me by surprise and easily an awesome finisher. Best paired with dessert or to replace your dessert, drink with love my friends. Salud!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a frothy finger of dark khaki foam.

Dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, and roasty.

Toasted coconut explosion, vanilla, chocolate, and subtle roast.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet, and slightly bitter.

Overall, I was extremely enthusiastic to give this a go, but this is just so sweet. Too much so. Tone down the pure sugary sweetness and this would be killer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black as night and no light will seep through. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is primarily lightly toasted coconut but I also get some dark malt and lactose. The taste is very much in line with the aroma: toasted coconut leads the way with dark malt and lactose following closely behind. The mouth is silky and creamy.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/20/2015. "Baked & Toasted" can slogan. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, dark bread, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/bready malt and coconut/dark chocolate notes; with great strength. Taste of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, dark bread, light coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coconut/dark chocolate flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coconut/dark chocolate flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark color with a thin tan head.

S: Heavy toasted/sweet coconut aroma. No doubt what's in this beer.

T: Sweet coconut and tobacco on the front end followed by bitter coffee and toasted malt flavors.

F: Lighter than expected from such a dark beer.

Overall: Very interesting combination of heavy coconut in an Irish porter. Most beers with a special ingredient have a slight hint of that flavor but this is 50% coconut/50% porter flavor. Fun beer to try and a very nicely crafted beer overall (though I can't imagine drinking more than one).

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

Poured from a can into a tulip.

L: Pours an inky mahogany color, nearly black and impenetrable to light. Thin tannish head and delicate lacing.

S: Strong aroma of coconut, mixed in with chocolate and roasted coffee.

T/F: Taste follows the nose... nice roasted malts and coffee. Very strong coconut flavor which complements the porter better than I was expecting. Dark chocolate and a hint of spice. Smooth and almost creamy on the mouthfeel.

O: A very nice beer from Oskar Blues... and as a big fan of coconut I can really get into this. If you enjoy porters and like coconut this one is absolutely worth checking out.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Intense coconut mixed with sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Add a touch of liggt roasted coffee and some toasted malts. Sweet like a cocunut and chocolate bread pudding.

A: Dark brown and clear in appearance. Nice light brown head which falls to a smooth light brown froth covering the beer.

T: Big toffee cocunut and chocolate flavors. Sweet and sticky. Dances with a hot chocolate milk and a touch of liggt roasted malts. Overwhelmingly chocolaty with cocunut throughout.

M: Medium body with smooth and silky texture. Finishes a bit sweet and slightly sticky. Very little hops to prop up the sweetness. Although it's sweet the body and texture matches the flavors and aromas. Very much like drinking a hot chocolate.

O: Enjoyable beer and hits the description from the brewer. While it is a bit on the sweet side with the overwhelming coconut and chocolate flavors, it really stands out as an excellent dessert. Reminds me of a chocolate coconut bread pudding wits a malted caramel sauce.

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

Poured from can into 12 oz snifter (courtesy of Track 7 Brewing)...

L: Color a deep molasses brown, with a big tan, foamy head you could probably sculpt with

S: The aroma is COCO-NUTS ... yep, wicked coconut aromas with hints of vanilla and white chocolate ... not bad

T: Obviously the taste is coconut-forward, but it is more complex than the aroma ... the coconut leads to a dry finish with notes of milk chocolate and vanilla bean, and it's never overwhelmingly sweet ... very delicious

F: The lighter, crisp mouthfeel (true to the style) and moderate carbonation level is a perfect match for the flavor profile

This was my celebration beer after the Broncos' victory, and I was waiting to be disappointed ... but this was fantastic. The coconut aromas and flavors seem authentic, and the flavor profile was deliciously complex. Not too sweet, either. A definite winner (like my Broncos).

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Photo of 2ellas
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deeeeep black with a thin mocha head
Smell is straight coconut. It's lovely if you're into that, which i am
Taste is not as coconutty as the smell but still there
Good carbonation and nice slick Mouthfeel for a porter
I would seek this out. Good coconut flavor, not artificial or forced but great.

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Photo of bound4er
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. Dark brown appearance with a 2+ finger tan head that recedes ever so slowly. Smells really sweet with coconut, vanilla, maple syrup and a hint of soap. The sweet nose carries over to the palate with more coconut, vanilla, slight dark malt char and a kiss of hop spritz on the finish. Feel is medium bodied with almost no carbonation. This is my first coconut porter - I like what Oskar Blues has done here but one of these in a session is more than enough due to its sweetness.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So many reasons to be eager for this beer. The beer rep at the bodega telling me how rare, Dales Pale / G'Night being my favorites, and loving mind-bending blends that are not too fruity. Here goes. Try 6.

A. As always, Oskar's quality appears with an opaque yet still clear jet black pour, with a dense head, that lasts and splashes lace over the Duvel tulip.

S: Too strongly of coconut over top of roasted malts, vanilla, sugar, and cocoa. (Too sweet and too much coconut.)

T: Well, you gotta let it warm. Upfront because the coconut is so dominant in the aroma, you wade through that to some roasted malts with a abundant vanilla and caramel sweetness. There's a little bittering and then a long ride with cocoa and toasted coconut .. balanced by more roasty bitterness in the finish. Interesting. (But too sweet and fruity for me)

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of body, tickle and carbonation. Smooth as in all beers Oskar.

O: Flavors and aromas rise to better heights when it warms, and it's definitely best saved to dessert. But as a go-to beer, even in this east coast blizzard, I think mind-bending / flavor bending is better executed by our home-town Carton than in this coconut.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The snow CANtinues to fall with no let-up in sight. Now, I am watching Hockey Night In CANada as Montreal visits Toronto for an old-school CANadian hockey tilt. Earlier, the Porter dropped off some CANs for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm). No lie! Oskar Blues CANtacted me to see if I would be interested in adding some of their latest creations and while the Crowlers got shared, this & Hotbox Coffee Porter (previous) are mine, all mine!

From the CAN: "Pass. Dash. Hit."; "CANs [-] Infinitely Recyclable"; "Coconut Chocolate Choconut"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out".

This time, the Crack! went as planned and as such, I was able to CANduct an inverted Glug. This raised two fingers of fluffy, light-tan head that hung around just long enough for a photo op to occur before becoming wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was redolent with coconut! It smelled like coconut oil and I was reminded of a summer afternoon at the beach. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like biting into a Mounds bar! I really tasted shredded coconut, followed by dark chocolate. What is the Girl Scout cookie with coconut, caramel & dark chocolate? Caramel deLites! That's closer to the taste. This is just fantastic. Remember, I am a self-avowed hophead who generally eschews sweets, but this was a winner! It was amusing in terms of its excellent mélange of flavors and wholly evocative of the # 2-selling Girl Scout cookie. They might have been going for Mounds, but the caramel malt caused them to overshoot that mark. Finish was sweet, no doubt, with the coconut flavor lingering well past the swallow. Wild!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, +1 finger head of tan foam.

Smell is so strong of coconut nothing else makes it to my nose.

Coconut and a mild roast, kinda sweet, hints of smoke.

Thick body, smooth mouthfeel.

Good for what it is but I don't fancy it.

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Photo of marieli
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Est. starting temp around 48+ degrees. This was a very difficult beer to evaluate. Coconut was definitely forefront in smell and taste, but not too much. I enjoyed it. What spoiled this for me was the carbonation-way too much. Due to tap? Don't know, but I would not try this again because of that. I might need to try out of can because there was tremendous potential.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

I get big chocolate and coconut aromas. It smells like candy.

The taste is just as big as the aroma. It is loaded with chocolate and coconut.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I am not a coconut chocolate candy fan, but this beer may sway me. It is delicious with huge flavors and aroma. If you are a fan of chocolate and coconut seek this beer.

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Photo of hardy008
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a two finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa, and plenty of coconut.

Tastes like it smells, with some dark roasted malt. More sweet than bitter.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, and well worth buying.

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

Pours dark brown with a brown-orange head.
Smells like an almond joy bar, kind of a fake coconut smell but still pleasant.
Tastes amazing. Sweet, slighlty roasty, and big coconut.
Kind of slick on the mouthfeel.
Will buy this again.

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Photo of SStein
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head and lacing. As you pop the can it is pure coconut bliss. The nose is the same coconuty slice of heaven. The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, with a touch of that coconut. The only distraction is how highly carbonated this is, in my opinion slightly too much to allow it to go down smoothly. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

...and I would die a happy man. Oskar Blues is on my short "can do no wrong" list along with Prairie Artisan, Jester King and Founders. We're incredibly stoked that they're setting up camp here in Austin with a new brewery and tasting room.

This is a beautiful porter with an inch of manilla head (poured into a Mason) on top of an opaque, mahogany body. The coconut scent is prominent upon cracking the can and, as advertised, dominates the coffee-accented taste profile. Full-bodied with a nice hoppy sustain, it sticks to the palate for a while.

Perhaps I am a little biased at the moment, as I just had a Hurricane Malt Liquor, just because I needed to "tick" the American Malt Liquor beer style (which gave me quite a buzz, as well). Death by Coconut cleansed my palate like Jesus. This is a Top 20 beer for me.

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Death By Coconut from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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