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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

New World PorterNew World Porter

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852 Ratings
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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002)
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Photo of HeyItsChili


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler filled at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with translucent light brown highlights reminiscent of a Coke, with a brown foamy head.

S - Bitter hops meeting with chocolate and coffee.

T - Hey, you got your stout in my IPA! Hey, you got your IPA in my stout! Chortle, laugh, snort. The initial flavor is somewhat chocolaty with a bit of coffee followed by a bitter hop aftertaste.

M - On the thin side of medium, creamy.

Notes - I have never tasted a beer like this - one that deftly blends the chocolaty/coffee taste of a stout with the hop punch of an IPA. Tasty.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2009 19:55:46 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of czfreeman


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep opaque brown-black toned color. Beautiful color, light tan head,creamy, frothy. delicious-looking porter.
Wow, aromas are just exactly what I want to bury my nose into when I think of a porter. Rich bitter chocolate, spiked with coffee-infused hops. Touches of malts and dark toasted grains throughout. I recently visited a local coffee brewery, and was greeted by many of these same delicious aromas.
this is a stellar flavored porter. lots of bitter cocoas, coffee,completly spiked with citric malt hoppiness, not too thick not sweet, perfect.
Avery has a winner yet again in my book, I will buy this one again.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2008 02:23:09 | More by czfreeman
Photo of peabody


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark reddish brown with two fingers of offwhite suds and lots of lacing around the glass.
Hoppy floral smell with some hints of caramel malts. Yeast and sugars finish off the aroma.
Taste is a dry hoppy flavor at first then a wateryness followed by a bittersweet malt sugar with a hop finish.
Aftertaste is very hoppy dry with a slight oilyness.
This is a great keg beer and I would like to drink lots at a time.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2008 00:00:22 | More by peabody
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/1/2005 $2.30 10 oz. on tap @ Cable Beverage 6.70%


Pours a pitch black rimmed with a foamy tan head that settles rapidly leaving slight lace.


Some sweet syrupy scents, possibly some cherry highlights coupled with coffee and a touch of hop bitterness.


Nice rich coffee/chocolate overtones with some subtle fruit characteristics (cherry mentioned in nose). This was billed as a porter/IPA, but it lacks the hop profile characteristic of an IPA. A nice example of the style with excellent mouthfeel, full robust coffee/chocolate flavors.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2006 17:45:02 | More by cbl2
Photo of Furlinator


3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque very dark brown. The 1/2 inch off-white head quickly fades to a thin film and a ring on top that leaves strands of lace.

The aroma is dominated by grapefruit and faint pine.

The flavor is mostly bitter hops and assorted citrus fruit (mostly grapefruit).

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This beer is suffering from a major identity crisis. It is classified here as an American black ale, the name implies that it is a porter and the label describes it as a black IPA. Whatever it is, it is a only a decent one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:08:59 | More by Furlinator
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1.56/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This porter had a great appearance when poured. It was a little more carbonated than I preferred.

We could definitely tell the difference of the dry-hopping process. This tasted bitter and very citrusy. Reminiscent of crossing a Shock-top with a porter look.

Not my style, as it claimed to have sweet caramel and chocolate characteristics. All I could taste was citrus and hops.

Will not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 11:05:01 | More by ESimmons
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really nice color- almost a transparent dark mahogany with a creamy film of sudsy tan on top.
smells very hoppy! I prefer my porters more traditional than this and I am beginning to feel about all the Avery beers as I do sam adams- they are all very similar. sam adams makes different styles, but they all taste the same. almost the same here with Avery.
2nd pour produces a two finger layer of beautiful head! beautiful head!!! tiny micro bubbles almost layered underneath the creamy tan on top. very pretty brew!
tasting the malts, kind of roasted. some chocolate/cocoa. a little bit of caramel. hop bitter on the sides of the tongue as it finishes. very nice taste; the malt to hop ratio is very balanced and the brew is enjoyable.
overall, it's good! i'm a little apprehensive in grouping Avery with sam adams but I do see a similarity in many of their beers. and I love the label on this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:56:08 | More by pkalix
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown (just shy of black) in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to couple of medium sized thick patches surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee. That is followed by light flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with a well hidden alcohol making it quite easy to enjoy. Very well balanced, I think of this more of a porter (than an American Black Ale) with some light to moderate hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:03:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Mongrel


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, this is a strange brew. It's like a cross between a porter and an IPA, but not just in a Black IPA sort of way. Appearance is nice -- very dark brown with hints of ruby and a light tan head that sees good retention and lacing. But the first major impression is the smell, which is utterly dank and hoppy. This was a big surprise from a beer billing itself as a porter. But there's also a confusing mention of being a Black IPA on the bottle.

Anyway, initially the flavor profile is really strange. You get that inky/roasty/burnt porter profile paired with stiff, dank, swampy hops -- all in one note. Bitterness comes not only from the hops, but also from really dark malts (possibly black patent) that also bring an ashy flavor to the table. It's almost a little off-putting at first, but it grows on you as the flavors mellow and meld.

Mouthfeel is bit thin for a "porter" but there's a very nice, long, dry finish.

Overall, this probably isn't my cup of tea, but I'm glad to have tried it. I'll stick with porters a little on the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 18:14:05 | More by Mongrel
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New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

New World Porter pours a large coffee and cream colored head that is dense and thick. It has great retention, becoming rocky as it settles, and leaves heavy lacing. Body is about as dark as brown can get, almost black. Aroma has roasted dark chocolate, coffee, and piney hops. A small touch of citrusy hops as well.

Taste starts with bitter roasted dark chocolate, then coffee with grapefruit and lemon, with a piney and slightly herbal hop finish, with a hint of vanilla. Roasty and piney aftertaste. Feel is maybe just a tad light for the style, with expected carbonation, great creamy feel.

Wow, I had high hopes for this one, and my hopes were far exceeded. This is the best Hoppy Porter/ Black IPA/ American Black Ale (whatever you wanna call it) I have ever had, easily surpassing Sublimely Self-Righteous (which is a great beer in its own right).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:13:26 | More by JG-90
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark mahogany brown, almost black.

The beer is very hop forward for the style. Clearly dry hopped aggressively with Columbus and Cascade as the brewer suggests. Piney, green forest, almost like spear mint, spicy herbal qualities. Some roasted and coffee come through as well.

There’s a richly creamy and milky quality in the front and some roasted malt and caramel sweetness. Then the beer shifts onto a predominant hop flavor. Pine, herbal, and black tea. It continues on with slightly bitter coffee. Some nuttiness in there as well.

This beer is really interesting. A cross between a black IPA and porter. The hops in this is extremely different for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:06:48 | More by dar482
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2.54/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Alright, after my experience with their Mephistopheles stout, I had high hopes for this porter from the Avery brewery. It starts out decent enough with the pour-- black as night with a good head and decent retention, but then the aroma warns me of trouble ahead... Hoppy? It's just a hint of hops, but then I'm shocked by the amount of hops I taste. WTF? This just isn't what I expect from a porter, but then I tend to judge porters by Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter and this is a far cry from that. This seems to be an attempt to satisfy the American urge to hop-up everything and it leaves me feeling a little pissed off. Enjoy, hopheads... This one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 18:50:37 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Photo of JeffH


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with tan head and decent lacing. The nose is all roasted malt and coffee with just a hint of hops. The palate follows the nose with hints of caramel and piney hops. The chocolate and hops come on stronger as the beer warms. I really like this, I'm not a huge porter guy so the hops cutting through the finish makes this much more enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 06:53:33 | More by JeffH
Photo of ZoomanCru


2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New World Porter – Porter (6.7%) - Avery Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with hints of red in different light. Two finger khaki head settles to a rocky half finger retention with tons of lacing up the the glass.

Smell: Deep roasted aromas with hints of meatiness and chocolate. Ever so slight volatility, and a very basic and reclusive hops aroma. Not super strong on aroma.

Taste: Some light roasted flavors on the foretaste, expanding in to a formidable bitterness that seems to arise from both the assertive hops and the dark malts. Slightly acrid in true taste. Very dry. Aftertaste is bitter with some very deep roasted flavors commingling with the hops acidity. Not really a whole lot going on. Has a pretty unpleasant alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied, but deep malts and high levels of hops make this beer seem dryer than it actually is. Because of this, perceived as thinner bodied as well. Carb is solid.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/6/14.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 19:12:02 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of kemoarps


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A crisp clear cola colour. Minimal head quickly migrates to the edges. decent lacing.

Smells starts out with typical porter notes: roast bordering on char, chocolate, a little sweet. There's something juicy about it, too, which I know is the hops, but if I hadn't had this before might be difficult to pin down.

The taste deviates from the smell primarily in the presence of the hops: they are big bold and in front. For this reason, I think of this is more of a black IPA/CDA than the porter as which it is advertised. Citrus and cocoa/coffee give way to an almost piney twang... it's hard to pick out specifics from the hops as they blend so naturally with the bitter chocolate and char.
The finish is all about those hops, too, but smoothe enough to not distract.
The first time I had this beer I was just getting into craft beer, and was a big porter/stout fan who didn't like hops very much. I went in expecting a traditional porter. I did not like this beer then. Now, several years later, knowing what to expect and with a further experienced palate, I can appreciate the well built brew that sits in front of me. Go in knowing what it is and you will probably enjoy it. Go in expecting mellow soft and roasty and you will be disappointed.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-30-2014 02:05:19 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle 1.99 at WFM (-10% if you buy mixed 24)

Appearance: Pours blackish, stout-like brown body with a rich, toffee brown head. Only a bit of lace.

Smell: An early spring, dark, earthy nose of burnt wood, barley, toasted sugars, and chocolate followed by piney hops.

Taste: Follows smell but more powerful: Roasty malts, charcoal, wood fire, smokey with bittersweet chocolate and hints of caramel and coffee. Richly hoppy, grassy, haylike bitterness follows through a long finish. Very pleasant bitter, burnt long finish, almost tobacco like. Original, "a pioneer black ipa indeed".

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied with a great finish. A real beer body mouth feel.

O: Hearty, original, hoppy, robust, manly. Makes me definitely want another and to go back for the six pack. Heavier and sweeter than an IPA, more wintery.

Could be Avery's best?

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:50:47 | More by Act25
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black, though against the light a bit of mahogany is present. A mocha colored, marshmallow like head. Lace all over the glass!
Smell - sweet hop aroma, some chocolate brownie which is very nice!
Taste - very tasty, hop forward, but well balanced with the standard, but terrific malt backbone of the black ale style!
Feel - surprisingly light for the style and for the 6.7% ABV. Refreshing and a nice bitterness from the hops.
Overall - I love the style, and this is a fantastic representation and at a great price point!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:43:21 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of tone77


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, coffee, bit of citrus. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, just a bit of hops, good flavor overall. Feels medium to full bodied in the mouth and overall, while not as hoppy as other beers of this style, is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:55:10 | More by tone77
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into teku; brown/black with a nice thick tan head that sits for a while, leaving fine lacing as it slowly descends.
Smells of hearty grain and earthy hops, toasted malt and a hint of herbal bitterness.
Taste follows nose; nutty, toasted grain with a dark sweetness moves into herbal/leafy hop bitterness. Finishes with sweet grainy flavors lingering with a hint of crisp bitterness left over.
Mouthfeel is medium-thin but smooth, nice.
Overall, a lovely take on the black ale style. I was a bit confused when I saw this one list "porter" and "black IPA" on the same bottle, but after tasting it, I understand. It really is a middle ground between the two.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 05:43:39 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 1 finger of medium tan over a pitch black body with orange/ruby highlights

S - chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, herbal hops, pine, citrus

T - citrus, pine, chocolate and coffee notes, touch of sweetness; pine stands out in the finish with a touch of alcohol

M - oily, chewy, medium body; medium carbonation

O - New World is a complex and tasty black IPA. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:44:51 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Gryphon69


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Black IPA, check the lower right corner of the label.

12oz bottle
no date
oversized wine glass

A- pour fairly aggressive produced a very light tan head about 1 finger high, with apparent carbonation bubbles, head faded within 2min to a thin layer. Very dark brown that is hard to see thru, but under a light it is not murky at all, quite clear in fact.
The bottle name is New World Porter, but off to the side it states it is a Black IPA.

S- chocolate, coffee, malt, some vanilla, citrus and mild hoppiness. Swirled in the glass it is overwhelming citrus, pine and hops.

T- First drink lets you know that this is in fact a Black IPA, lots of citrus and hops up front and continues right to the end, the middle you get a touch of the chocolate that is quite low compared to the smell. Finish is clean, citrus and slightly dry.

M- Smooth, medium body, slight slickness. Little bit of fizziness that fades quickly.

O- The label tells you it is a Black IPA, the name is misleading unless you read the small print. I found it to be pretty good. Not quite as hoppy as some, which I find very nice. I plan on getting more. Solid Black IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:21:08 | More by Gryphon69
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, darker than I expected. Can't see through it. Thin and light tan head.

Smell: Picking up some light coffee notes, not much else.

Taste: Earthy and I get coffee as the primary flavor. Hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light and relatively dry, pretty bitter for a porter. Hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty good, not great. My favorite porters have more complex flavors and this one is pretty straightforward, but I do like it. Not particularly moved but wouldn't turn one down if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:04:29 | More by Aleks_P
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely dark brown in the Pilsener glass. A fine-grained foam sits nicely on it. A rich, velvety mouthfeel with plenty of prickly carbonation. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

The flavor is a little winey to start. Dark roast malt with a fruity flavor and lots of burnt sugar. The typical notes of chocolate and coffee. A malty sweetness that is nicely balanced by the bitter aftertaste. Just enough hops without overwhelming the roasted flavors. Tangier than most Porters. The head is quite excellent, lasting to the bottom of the tall glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 05:38:11 | More by mactrail
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review taken from notes(Late Feb. 2013)

12 oz brown bottle with neat Avery label art. I actually remember buying this because of the art on the label. It's appealing to me. Anyway, poured Into a tulip style/stout pint glass.

A - first look is nearly black in color but the true color of very dark brown reveals itself once examined more closely. Maybe some slight hits of dark ruby, but it's more of a dark brown that appears to be a soft black mass. Small, Medium Brown colored head forms on top That does leave a trace of lacing on the glass.

S - Pure black malt paired with small whiffs of dark chocolate. Hop profile smells cascade black ipa/ale like. Somewhat resinous and just Right down rich dark aromas with a hint of spice in the backdrop.

T - black and chocolate malts feature as the star of this flavor, but it's co-star hop profile is almost as talented constantly stealing the spotlight. This isnt the traditional porter flavors im accustomed to, but the dry hopped flavor still provide good flavor. It has a bit of roast to it, but an equal amount of caramel sweetness with both being dominated by the black malts and cascade like hops. Maybe a touch of some weird dark fruit just before the finish.

M - Pretty medium bodied but still has a good thickness to the overall feel. Its not flawless, but it let's you know you are sipping a black colored ale. Abv goes nearly unnoticed and the drinkability is there.

O - I enjoy Avery brews. Personally this isn't an ale I'd throw the 'porter' tag on by any means as its more of a traditional American Black ale. Not sure I'd even go with black ipa but it definitely had characteristics of both the porter and black ipa. For me it's quite the interesting and unique beer. Not sure what the release on this is whether it's year round or seasonal, but this was fresh and pretty enjoyable. Not something I'll crave all year long, but something that is worth picking up again. It's complexity and depth character are present and paired with some Avery class it's worth a go for anyone. It is for me anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 14:17:10 | More by BradtheGreat7
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a two finger mocha shade, settling to one finger after a while. As it fades, lots of webbed lacing remains on the glass.

S: The tone this one takes in general is "hops first, porter second", with plenty of earthy, lemon, pine, and grapefruit notes emanating from the hop profile. As it warms up, a faint amount of roasted barley and chocolate appear.

T: The hops here are front loaded on the palate, opening with flavors of lemon and pine. The midtaste and finish sees an increase of roasted, coffee-forward notes along side an upsurging 'ping' of hop bitterness. Granted, I let this one sit in the fridge for 2 months before opening (and God only knows how fresh it was when I picked it up), but this is a bit more balanced than I was assuming.

M: On the lighter side in terms of texture without being watery. The finish has a pleasant drying sensation, as well. Easy to drink.

O: Even with a few months on it, it's pretty damn good - or maybe it's pretty damn good BECAUSE it has a few months on it? Not sure. Would buy again, though; one of the more successful robust porters I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 21:00:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
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