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Death By Coconut - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 717
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 153
Gots: 156 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Death By Coconut is an Irish porter aged on dessicated coconut and dark chocolate from Robin Chocolates in Longmont. (Shamrock Brewing Collaboration)
45 IBUs
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Photo of breadwinner
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You always feel a little bad getting wowed by one of these adjunct-laden beers. It feels like cheating. And yet, the proof is in the pudding, and this pudding tastes like coconut chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie...which is to say awesome. Even better than the taste is the nose, which approximates the aforementioned cookie incredibly well, nothing artificial, nor even overly saccharine. Just delightful. Palate is a bit one note, sure, but it's also tasty as heck, and it wasn't a struggle to finish the can. I actually thought it hit its sweet spot somewhere between 45+ and coolish cellar temps, perhaps because by the very end of the glass the lack of body has become a bit more noticeable, while that in-between cool managed to conceal it a bit. Honestly, this beer touches on some of those great coconut-infused flavors you get from the best barrel-aged stouts, just sans the bourbon/without the mouthfeel/but also at $10 a sixer. Hard to argue with that. Drink up, kids!

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Photo of petmoo23
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours like coca cola, tan head with fine bubbles.

S-Heavy vanilla, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, milk.

T-High level of deliciousness, coconut, chocolate milk, cola, vanilla, no indication of hops. Flavor has a wow factor.

F-Easy to drink, quaffable, creamy but light.

O-Fun drink, really delicious and fresh tasting. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is wow!! Pours dark full tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is amazing you can really smell the coconut and a little chocolate. Very smooth in the mouth. You get a good coconut taste upfront and then a little chocolate flavor on the back end. This is an amazing beer!!

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like 'Death By Coconut' this beer delivers. Its pegged as an Irish Stout, yet it doesn't exactly finish dry. Roasted malts and toasted coconut aroma for days. The flavor follows up without being cloying in anyway. If you're looking for something with a little bit of sweet body and quality coconut flavor you've found it with Death By Coconut. Puff, Puff, Pass.

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Photo of DoctorD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very strong coconut smell, and the coconut taste is powerful as well (and lingers). I find the coconut flavor to be a little artificial like eating a Mounds bar, more than the subtle coconut flavor from the Maui Coconut porter. As it warms the flavor becomes even more pronounced. The mouthfeel is thin like you expect from a porter - this could be an epic beer if they dropped the coconut flavor in a thick and hearty stout like Ten Fidy.

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Photo of Reema
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: can into a shaker pint

Pours almost black, with dark brown edges when held up to the light. Smell is amazing. Toasted coconut, milk chocolate, raw coconut, colada scents, and a small roasted cacao scent. Essentially smells like Mounds candy. Probably one of the best smelling beers out there. The taste reflects the smell only the coconut is much less pronounced and only present in a slight toasted coconut aftertaste which was a disappointment after the great coconut scents, though it is still a very good chocolate forward porter. Feel is light and creamy, which works with the flavor and candy like characteristics. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great coconut forward properties that are much more present in the scent than the taste.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

Smell and taste do a pretty marvelous job of melding dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and toasty coconut. The flavor takes things a bit further by adding a sweeter, creamier component that drinks like coffee with coconut cream and sugar. It's enjoyable save for the fact that the thinness and bitterness kind of take away from the party. It's like a no-touching strip club. Or blue balls.

But in all seriousness, this beer is tasty as all hell and simply drinks a little thinly in a way that doesn't celebrate the rich, decadent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite enjoyable but A little too sweet for my taste. How do they get all this sweetness out of coconut and chocolate? There has to be sugar added somewhere along the line. 4.00

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Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color and clear. A large amount of head settles to a thin brown thread. Very minor lacing as it goes down.

Smell is overwhelmingly chocolate with subtle coconut, Vanilla, and coffee.

Taste is coconut, chocolate, coffee, and malt.

Medium to light mouthful and a bit thin but moderately creamy. Carbonation is medium. Finish is a bit dry.

A more forward coconut beer than Maui's but a little lighter (not that it's a negative). Flavors are simple and enjoyable. Easily drinkable. Try it next to Maui's.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer! It has a very strong coconut aroma! The taste has a light coconut flavor but it is very smooth. Definitely a beer to have more than once!

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Death by coconut

Poured from 12 oz can dated 11/12/2015 into nonic pint.

A: Very dark brown with 2-3 finger dense light tan head that lasts forever and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Almonds, coconut, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T: Unsweetened toasted coconut, almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla, and rich dark chocolate. Flavors coming through nicely without being overly sweet. I think the mounds bar analogy holds true here.

M: Full bodied but not thick with an almost creamy texture.

O: Excellent beer. If I had ready access to more, it would be a staple in the fridge.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only when held up to a bright light are traces of dark red visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head also left some specks of bubbles dotting the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted coconuts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of toasted coconuts from start to finish. There are also some hints of chocolate and cocoa, but these are mostly overshadowed by the coconuts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is true to style as a porter as it isn't doesn't have a heavier body. There are a nice amount of coconuts in the both the smell and taste. The only drawback with this beer is that it might be considered as being one dimensional since it's all about the coconuts and you only get some of the chocolate to peek through in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/20/2015 enjoyed 11/25/2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.

Look - Dark brown. Not what I would call black. Thin tan head quickly fades to nothing.

Smell - Coconut. Chocolate. Coffee. Nutty.

Taste - Coconut. Chocolate. Milk. Artificial.

Feel - Water as opposed to cream. Heavy with the feel. Carbonation tingles. Sits fine.

Overall - Brew Kettle Kitka is the only other similar beer I've had. I remember Kitka being very artificial and this is, but as much. This is a good beer for lovers of coconut.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku pint. Bottom of can says Canned On 11/02/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Wonderful aroma of hazelnut, almond, chocolate, caramel and, of course, coconut.

T- Flavor follows suit with milk chocolate, more hazelnut and, of course, more coconut. The sweetness is there but held in check by the roasted malts and slight hop bitterness. So very drinkable.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a surprisingly full body for a porter.

O- Some have said there's not enough coconut in this beer, some have said there's too much. My opinion lies somewhere in the middle since I feel there's plenty of coconut but the chocolaty quality shines through moreso.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby brown. Islands.

Rich fresh tropical coconut. A strong reminder of Hawaii. Not much else there but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Great smell.

There is a soft base beer here that is very present. It is neutral by itself but the light coconut elevates this to a good beer.

Coconut in the background and in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than I'd like. Would be delicious if it was creamier and richer.

I'd like a denser, chocolatier, stronger version. This, I hate to say, is relatively boring. Perhaps a good introductory craft beer.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is dark brown, with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is strong coconut and vanilla. Taste is coconut, roast malt, chocolate and vanilla. Feel is medium light with medium carbonation. Really good beer. Would def drink again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-11-25 in Columbia, PA from a fresh 12oz can.

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger tan head and nice lace.

S - Sweet roasted coconut, milk chocolate, latte, medium roasted grain.

T - Plenty of roasted coconut mixes with equally rich porter flavors. There's more char in the taste than in the aroma, which is a nice balance to the coconut sweetness. The chocolate flavor is more dark than milk. The coffee/latte flavor is also present. There's some balancing roast and hop bitterness but the overall impression is rich and luscious.

M - Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy body. Substantial. Creamy. Viscous. Really nice.

O - Anyone that like the combination of coconut and chocolate should like this beer. I do.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Dark Brown to black, pours a finger of tan head which disssipates relatively quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S: Coconut. Some chocolate and vanilla.

T: Mostly coconut with a light chocolate taste.

F: Thin bodied, but goes done creamy smooth. Lightly carbonated.

O: I prefer Maui's porter with its coconut subtleness, but I liked this and will buy it again.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely dark brown with a light tan head. Smells strongly of fake coconut of and nothing else. Tastes strongly of fake coconut, pretty cloyingly sweet.. Extremely thin in spite of the strong sweetness. Very disappointing. Was hoping for a Wormtown Norm substitute and got something worse than a melted mounds bar.

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Photo of Lucular
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from a 4-pack purchased for $11.99. Tons of coconut aroma and flavor but not too sweet (or too bitter). Nicely balanced and a real treat to drink.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ian for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of huge coconut, nice dry finish with light chocolate as well. Rich coconut flesh and coconut oil. Super fresh and bright.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more great coconut flesh and coconut oil. Good chocolate as well, like a rich mounds bar. Milky coconut too with a pleasant dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, dry finish, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was really coconut heavy with light chocolate and a nice dry Irish porter finish.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.49. Canned 10/23/15. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a dark brown, like black tea, that rests in the glass near black with two fingers of tan head. A thin, persistent haze remains throughout and leaves some wide bands of lace.

Smells of toasted coconut, roast, cocoa and caramel. The nose is subdued but pleasant.

The flavors are soft and smooth and follows the nose. Nice, rich coconut is the star along with some milk, mild chocolate, faint roast and caramel. Great balance of sweetness along with just enough roasty bitterness. Very easy to drink.

Light body which somehow achieves an almost creamy texture. Carbonation is fairly soft. Coconut, lactose sweetness and a touch of mild roast create an enjoyable finish.

Irish stouts are typically a bit too weak for my preferences but Death By Coconut is really good. It still has a lighter body than I'd prefer but it is on for the style and it even achieves something close to creamy. This one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really great beer with tons of coconut on the nose and the taste. I was very happy that the coconut remained. My only gripe would be that it was pretty thin, but that is obviously expected with a porter with a lower ABV. Either way this is a great beer.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 10/28/2015

a: black with light mocha colored one finger head. head subsides at a decent rate to razor thinness
s:toasted coconut for miles. a rich and decadent coconut at that. very slight chocolate in the background.
t: toasted coconut comes across prominently here as well (though not as prominent as it does in the aroma). However the coconut taste seems a touch artificial here. Quite sweet. a slight taste of flat cola which is somewhat unappealing as flat cola tends to be.
m: medium carbonation. slightly syrupy. a bit thin but expected somewhat.
o: This might be one of my top 10 smelling beers. However, it gets a bit disappointing in the taste with the artificial aspect to the coconut. Not something I'll seek out again. I do recommend trying it at least once, especially for coconut heads.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned Nov 2nd, 2015 drink it all up.

Dark walnut brown body, with thick opaque appearance barely any light getting through. Head cascades up real nicely, thick and rich at an easy four fingers but with control. Thick topped cap, long standing booming foamy staying power, with soft retention and a brown espresso head. Great looking porter.

What an excellent toasty coconut aroma on this beer. Probably the best smelling coconut I have had on any brew at all, thick toasty rich, sweet coconut and hints of brown sugar toast. Feels and smells just like toasted coconut. A big one note impressive blast but as good as it gets, with near perfection missing only some of the other styles qualities by this enticing aroma.

Palate brings real nice qualities. Skim milk flavor and body, but just enough to keep it light and full, and also easy drinking. Milky texture with large amounts of coconut toast in the palate. Finishes with mild sensing roast grain, barely a hint of chocolate coming out but just slightly, as the milky coconut comes out in excellent aromatics.

A big booming easy drinking coconut beer, wonderful stuff death to us all indeed.

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Death By Coconut from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.