Hodad Porter - Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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Fiddlehead Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Dark brown. Black in the glass, but transparent at the edges. Decent cream head.
Smell - Lots of vanilla. Overwhelmed by vanilla. Traces of chocolate and coconut. More chocolate than coconut.

Taste - Bitter roasted malt. Still a lot of vanilla. Coconut is a little lost. Bitter roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's super thin. Medium light, objectively, but too thin for the style. I realize it's just a porter, but still.

Overall - Pretty tasty, despite being too light. More richness would support a good flavor base.

Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with very little head, and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like pure and rich coconut and chocolate.

Lots of toasted coconut in the flavor, some great chocolate, a little bit of caramel, slightly reminiscent of a samoa cookie from the girl scouts. Some vanilla too.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Had no idea this existed, this was nice.

Photo of Adirondacks
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth beer with pure ingredient taste of cocunut, hint of chocolate and nice vanilla profile. Great dessert beer but can be drank anytime.

Photo of wildcat2015
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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

Photo of RoninTK3
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of founddrama
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa. Coconut is the uh… dominant flavor there. A dessert beer for someone who's rather have a beer than a dessert? So yeah. Dessert.

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Photo of cosmicevan
2/5  rDev -51.6%

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.

Photo of pschul4
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fiddlehead brewing out of Vermont is doing nothing but one-offs other than their base IPA

Here is there coconut porter which I fell in love with

A- Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that sticks around to chat for a while

S- Lots of coconut and lactose in the nose along with some chocolate

T- So good! Coconuts kills it and the vanilla/cocoa/roasted malts balance everything perfectly

M- Light, but its a porter not a stout. SO BACK OFF!!

O- This is better than Three Hour Tour GASP!

Photo of Chico1985
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Fiddlehead tap takeover at Farmhouse Tap & Grill

A-dark, rich, brown like a chocolate cake, pours a small mocha head
S-lots of cacao, vanilla, some coconut
T-amazingly sweet, but not too sweet. a friend of mine referred to it as 'cake batter'. Lots of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate coming through the malt of a porter.
M-very rich, dark, but sweet.
O-it's a nice beer that adds some twists to the porter style. Very good, would certainly get a growler fill of it if I found it on tap at the brewery

Photo of UFOsandBeers
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just Wow. is all i really have to say after drinking this one. Me and my brother had taken a random ski trip to Stowe, Vermont and we where lucky enough to snag a case or two of these guys. The mix of chocolate and toasted coconuts hit your mouth instantly, makes a good dessert beer for sure!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black hue with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

Wow. A great mix of chocolate, vanilla and toasted coconut in the nose. Reminds me a bit of a girl scout samoa cookie.

Starts off with cocoa, which gives way to the toasted coconut with a good touch of vanilla bean in the background.

The vanilla and toasted coconut combine for a "nutty" aftertaste.

Is it just me or would this make an excellent dessert beer? I'm not sold on the price ($12.99 is steep for a 5.5% porter) but the taste alone is inspiring. Makes me wonder. What if they bump up the gravity and kick up the toasted coconut part? That would rule.

Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Easter candy coconut heaven. What a treat!

Photo of fatsnowman22
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into a HF snifter

appearance is perfect...quarter inch coffee colored head that recedes to the edges...dark as all hell

smell is pretty weird...didnt like it much and does not reflect the upcoming taste...think "rotten almonds"

taste is absurd...chocolate, nuts, slight coffee, and coconut that doesnt appear until the swallow...kind of a first for me in that the initial taste and the aftertaste are like 2 different beers...the extra dimension of this beer is pretty unique

mouthfeel is perfect....borderline stout consistency, even

overall i loved this beer...what a surprise...the only thing that stopped me from giving this a near perfect rating was the nose...not even that big of a deal with a taste like that, though....will definitely seek this out again in vermont and will definitely be seeking out more fiddlehead goodies

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