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Hodad Porter - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Hodad PorterHodad Porter

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 358
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 29.85%
Wants: 24
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pschul4 on 04-01-2013

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 358
Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just lucked out as I was there getting 2nd Fiddle and tried this beer as a tasted. Wound up getting a growler and glad I did. Just a very solid porter and I would absolutely buy it again if available when I next visit.

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Photo of -Rick
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark brown with a slight brown head that dissipated quickly
S: so nice, coconut, chocolate, vanilla. like desert!
T: like the nose, vanilla and coconut dominate the taste. the chocolate is not as prominent
F: a bit thin, and very little carbonation, almost a bit of a flat feel to this (could be because of the growler??)
O: a very nice porter, reminded me of a thin version of Last Snow. Well done!

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Photo of bluehende
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice porter a bit on the light side. Not surprising with only 5.5%. The coconut was nice and somewhat subtle. Overall a very good beer that you should try if you have a chance.

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Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this from the Fiddlehead brewery, fresh as you can, just as a taster at first. Ended up bringing home a growler, because it's not like anything I've had before.

I read the description - chocolate, toasted coconut and vanilla bean - and visions of some Rogue "for the lulz" abomination flashed through my head, but the smell alone sold me. It smells delicious. You can pick out the different elements, and it's got a toasty sweetness to it.

Flavor = delicious. I'm generally an IPA drinker, and before trying this the hands-down best porter I'd ever had was Breckenridge's Vanilla Bean, which I love. But Hodad is on another level. You can taste the coconut, and the vanilla, and the chocolate... but you can also taste the porter. No one element overwhelms or conflicts with any other one.

The consistency/mouthfeel is very nice, although I'm more of a consumer and struggle to accurately describe "mothfeel" (or use it in a sentence). It's got a pretty solid consistency without even approaching syrupy.

And it leaves a little something pleasant on your palate when it's gone.

Loved this beer, and brought home a growler after going to Fiddlehead mostly for their currently-available DIPA (Second Fiddle, which I have yet to crack open).

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Fiddlehead. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of khaki colored head. Lots of lacing. Really nice aroma. Coconut, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Almost like a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. The taste is more of the same. Coconut, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and some toasted malts. Again, somewhat reminiscent of a Samoa. Finish is a bit smokey with the coconut and chocolate. Medium bodied. Overall, an awesome Porter.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a very dark brown with a foamy, khaki 2 finger head.

S. Big chocolate aroma with roasted malts.

T. Backing up the nose right away I get dark chocolate and roasted malts. Then come the vanilla and nuttiness that I assume comes from the toasted coconut. Vanilla lingers. Delicious.

M. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that subsides quickly. A lingering silkyness that's very satisfying.

O. A very good beer. Hit a home run with what they were going for. Very happy with this.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, good card, lots of chocolate, toasted coconut, maybe some peanut. This is real good, but slightly light on flavor.....................................

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Photo of cosmicevan
2/5  rDev -51.5%

Enjoyed from a modern times tulip. Can dated 5/19/14 (4 months)

a- Pours a watery brown that settles darker in the glass. Massive mocha cream colored head. Frothy. Yeasty. Milkshake like.

s- toasted coconut, soft milk chocolate.

t/m/o- I am not a fan of coconut, so bear that in mind. Soft coconut over milk chocolate...and then a fairly big off putting metallic finish. the feel is a bit watery and thin, but has that porter char to identify the style. Not my thing at all. The coconut is mellow enough that I could dig it, but not a full can...but this metallic finish with the light coconut puts it over the edge for me.

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Photo of wildcat2015
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Everything prior to this out of Fiddlehead has been outstanding, but this one missed the mark for me. Pours a dark brown, rather small, light tannish head that disappears pretty quick.

The aromas coming out of it are nice, it lets on to a subtle coconut flavor underwritten by vanilla and some very mild spices. The initial third of the beer was lovely, a soft coconut flavor accented by exactly what you smell initially. However, the deeper I got into the beer, the more overwhelming the coconut aroma and flavor to the point of not even finishing it, simply way too much. I like coconut, it felt good in the mouth, just a little light on carbonation, I don't even think it was too much coconut so much as not enough of the other flavors, it wasn't over-flavored, just over coconut'ed. All in all a disappointing beer from Fiddlehead, time to pop open another Second Fiddle to fix their image in my mind

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

on tap, and what a treat this is. an American robust porter with coconut (toasted) and cacao nibbs added. the additives do a ton for this beer, but the base is a silky smooth deeply chocolaty brew with a long roasty finish. the coconut adds more of a sweet tropical nuttiness than a truly coconut flavor, but its influence is beautiful and uplifting at the same time. the nibbs and some real raw earthiness and a deeper interplay of chocolate characters with the grain, its a great combination and all the proportions are spot on I think. velvety texture so easy drinking, and I think the alcohol content is right where it should be as well fir easy enough drinking and all season applicability. one of the better porters I have had in a long time. fiddlehead has evolved quickly in its few short years of existence.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another tallboy can from Fiddlehead, chocolate vanilla toasted coconut porter=intriguing. Canned on date reads 7/17/14. Thanks to Kimdog for this one.

Appearance - Pour into a pint glass is dark brown, just a little bit of clarity there. A tall beige head forms, and quickly falls to a thick ring and spotty cap for the duration. Bits of lace left behind.

Smell - Found this kinda off to start, seems lightly metallic and minerally and ...dirty almost? Chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts, dark fruit come out more with warmth, but still weak on the whole.

Taste - Decent chocolate vanilla kick, coconut I suppose, comes off to me more as general toasty nutty malts. Milk stout-like lactose flavors, some caramel malt, bits of dark fruit and licorice, grassy and earthy hop, biscuity malt in the finish. Definitely dessert-like but doesn't reach cloying levels of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light and kinda watery, a little lacking in the carbonation as well. Light hop bitterness.

Overall - Letdown for me. The taste, though not as good as expected, was pretty decent and complex, but the beer felt weak elsewhere.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yay tall boy cans! Thanks to billquirk (reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Decent fluffy mocha colored creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly Nice lacing, super dark almost pitch black.

Nose nice dark choc and cocoa, with a decent toasted coconut, more than I expected, nice mild vanilla, nice creamy dark malt, creamy choc etc. Mild fudgey

Taste brings more cocoa, dark choc, nice creamy vanilla and choc, little lactose creamy, with lighter coconut, toasted coconut, mild candy bar biscuity note. Mild bitterness in the background eighth touch of earthy grassy hop note. Finish is mild bitterness, creamy dried lactose feel, mild choc and hint vanilla, no coconut lingering.

Mouth is nice rich and creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, much better than I expected.

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

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, light coconut, faint roasted malts.

T - Taste is nice milk chocolate, great coconut, vanilla, creamy lactose. Very nice creamy milk chocolate, soft malts. Nice faint chocolate syrup.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer, nice chocolate and coconut notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at VT Brewfest.

A-Pours a very dark brown. Head is a thin, brown froth.

S-Lovely, yummy coconut. I am an admitted coconut beer addict, so this aroma nailed it for me. Chocolatey, roasty and again, delectably coconutty.

T-The chocolate and cocoa and roast and coffee usher in the delicious coconut flavor. Coconut flesh and toasted husk. Boom.

M-Lighter than anticipated. I actually enjoy the light body here. I made multiple trips to Fiddlehead's tent for this so it's drinkable to me.

O-Delicious. One of the best beers I tried during my most recent Vermint trip. Coconut Porter! One of god's gifts to me.

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Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into glass. Almost jet black with dark tan head. The chocolate and vanilla are dominant in both aroma and taste. Coconut and malty flavors are more hidden. Luscious mouth feel. This makes a wonderful dessert beer - if you can imagine such a thing.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of the best porters available to mankind. Would always fill a couple a growlers in passing (which was not often enough). Then the cans came... thank god for cans. Dropped the cash for a whole case for my private stock.

The vanilla and coconut are all very well represented, but it is the chocolate that truly captures this beer making it a treat before or after dinner. Drop a scoop of ben & jerry's vanilla in your next pint of Hodad...I DARE YOU.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can donated to my beer fridge by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is tawny brown with a small off white cap. Aromas include caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate, light roast, earthiness. Sweet roast and mild chocolates up front, followed by a touch of vanilla and a mild hop bitterness in the back. I was a little disappointed to see "natural flavors" on the description (steps down from soap box). Fairly light in body and pretty easy drinking. Overall, solid.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/05/14 notes. Had never heard of this brewery before and loved it; thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing it.

a - Pours a deep, dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, coconut, toasted malts, caramel malts, cocoa, and light coffee. Awesome nose with a lot going on. really like it, very complex.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, nuts, coconuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, cocoa, toffee, espresso, light cream, vanilla, and coffee. Nuts in the taste and more chocolate, really nice and complex again.

m - Thin body and no carbonation at all. Easy to drink but a little more body and a little carbonation would make this much better.

o - Overall a really great beer; loved seeing such a complex dark beer in a can and at a low ABV. Tons going on, I really loved it. The only thing to improve this beer would be a little bit of carbonation and a little more body, otherwise I loved it. I had never heard of these guys but my friend also said 2nd Fiddle is great, going to have to look for that.

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Photo of fatsnowman22
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Porterlike, tan on the edges to dark center
S- Vanilla cookie, artificial
T- Artificial cookie soda
M- Medium to light body

O- Tasted more like a soda than a beer. Enjoyable and fun but not really beer like. If you like dessert and have a sweet tooth I could see the enjoyment.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into a tulip

A - Nearly jet black. Get ruby red on the edges when tilted up to the light

S - Vanilla and cocoa. Chocolate syrup and roasty.

T - Coconut comes through more on the taste than the smell. Roasted malts and chocolate.

M - Not too thick, decent carbonation.

O - A great dessert beer. Smells fantastic and taste is reminiscent of macaroons. Delicious.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks earljones199 for the awesome extra!

A - dark brown/black with a half finger of head

S - brownie batter, a hint of coconut, cocoa. Very sweet.

T - the brownie batter flavors from the smell are here and the coconut definitely comes through. The roasty malts are nice and there's a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied and creamy. Low carbonation. Just right for a porter.

This is a great porter that is sweet, but not cloying. The sweet flavors are nicely balanced out with the roasty malts.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a lot of tight tan head. Nose is fairly roasty with a decent bit of rich malt and notes of dry chocolate. Taste is even stronger roast and almost burnt, dry chocolate, decent malt complexity. Medium body, strong carb, fairly soft feel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the one pint can poured into a shaker glass. No apparent bottling or expiration date but it was a limited edition from this past winter. Sampled on May 4, 2014.

Dark brown pour with a tremendous, foamy tan head that lingers and laces. Not quite black but almost there.

Great aromas of toasted chocolate and vanilla malts and a hint of the coconut. Little to no hop notes.

The body is smooth and creamy and fairly bold.

The coconut comes forward more in the taste than I picked up on the nose and it merges beautifully with the chocolate and vanilla. Dry finish. Easy drinking. I could put a few of these down quickly.

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Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to utopiajane for leaving this one in the cooler, found today, appreciated the surprise for sure!

This baby pours coal black, nice lighter than a stout look, but thickish for a porter and opaque. Only a finger of tan head, but it manages to last for the ride. A swirl leaves a fine bubbled lace wallpaper on glass.

Quite a bit going on in a low strength aroma, light roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a vanilla sweetness underlaid that makes it a subtle, delicious bouquet.

Taste is wonderful, medium strength, just delicious. Chocolate, clean roasty notes, some herbal bitter to it I believe to be hops that matches the roast/coffee hand to glove, and vanilla and coconut as supporting flavors lead to a wonderful end of sip that is just bitter enough to turn this up to 11 in the taste department.

Thin in the mouth for style perhaps, but it sure lets the flavors shine, and this ends up to be really refreshing, with beautiful clean finish.

What a delicious porter, can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a small tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, hint of coconut

T-chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, little coconut, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little thinner than I would prefer

O-good flavor and like that it is not overly sweet, just wish it was a little heavier in body

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Hodad Porter from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.