New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

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1,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-27-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/22/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and some slight hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance between the roasty, cocoa, and hop aromas and flavors.

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottling Code – "12345B7" = 2012, December 11, Tank B7
Tasted February 3 2013

A – Dark chocolate brown, almost opaque, some caramel/light oaky edges. Mocha/latte looking head leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S – Sweet. Milk, cream, and chocolate. Vanilla and molasses. This comes across as a milk stout, almost no hops coming through here.

T – Big bitter hops, bright and floral; semi-subdued by the heavy & sweet malt profile. Some coffee grounds and crisp biscuit malts come through as well.

M – Crisp & surprisingly light. Not cloyingly sweet like the aroma would suggest. Nice.

O – A conundrum of a beer. Huge sweet/milk stout aromas, but has a nice crisp/clean taste. A unique beer. Love it.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a bitter chocolate black. An oatmeal colored head hangs around for awhile leaving sheets of lacing as you drink.

The nose is slightly hoppy, with roasted malts and bitter coffee.

The taste is also a bit hoppier than usual. But a good rich assortment of charred grains, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate come it. Strong and rich.

Mouthfeel is dry and hoppy finish.

Overall, just not a fan of hoppy porters, but this is still incredibly well crafted. Avery never disappoint.

Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - black with some red around the edges; big, thick, cap of soft, dense, brown head that has decent retention

S - citrus, grapefruit, spicy hops, some peppery spice, faint chocolate

T - big citrus, orange, grapefruit, some mild peppery spiciness, chocolaty malts, some mild caramel and burnt sugar notes

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

The bottle claims "A Pioneer Black IPA". They're probably right. This is definitely more than a porter. The hops are really intense, but not overly bitter. The malts balance well with the hops. The overall drinkability is tremendous. I could drink a lot of this. It's definitely well worth finding and trying.

Photo of Boski
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown... almost black. Head dissipates very quickly although there is decent retention.

S: Very nice hop aroma. The hops seem to overpower everything else.

T: Big hop bite up front followed immediately by some chocolaty malt flavors. The hops really linger.

M: Though the hops stick around for a while it gets a little dull elsewhere.

O: This is apparently the "first black IPA"... though that would be like saying Robert Johnson is the first blues guitar player. Avery was definitely way ahead of the times when they made this style however. I enjoyed this beer greatly. I am partial to hoppy dark ones, and this one is definately worth a try. I would drink it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on: 09-20-2006

Avery New World Porter pours out a medium creamy head. The lacing is about as thick as you will see on a porter. Very nice. The body however was a bit thin. Slightly creamy.

Tasting notes would include strong dark malt, light coffee and dark chocolate. The porter was a little on the sweet side. The aroma notes featured chocolate, malt and molasses

Photo of The_1084
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark color with a creamy head, roughly 2 fingers in width and leaves a decent lace.

S - Has the aroma of citrus hops with a hint of coffee.

T - The citrus hops are noticed almost immediately. It fades away to a bitter coffee taste.

M - This is a dry beer with moderate-high carbonation.

O - I am not a huge fan of overly hopped up porters, but this one is not bad. For someone who enjoys the strong presence of tangy hops, this would be a good choice.

Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost black, a bit a light shines through at the edges, topped with a medium khaki head. The head fades slowly to a ring and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Floral hops and hints of roast malt or coffee. Not a very strong aroma on this one.

T- Citrus hops right away, not overly strong or bitter, this is balanced out by a roasted malt backbone with some mild notes of coffee in it. Finish is dry with a hint of hop bitterness and a final note of coffee.

M- Feels a little thin for me, might be on for the style but I was expecting a little more, carbonation is moderate as well.

O- Decent beer, I'm not a huge fan of hop up porters, but his one is one of the more drinkable ones I've run across, the 6.7% ABV isn't going to wreck you either.

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style and brewery. 6.7%. Listed as a "Black IPA" on its label. No bottled on or best before date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige-khaki colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and great retention. Decent lacing. Foamy and inviting. Colour is a dark nontransparent black. Perhaps an extremely dark ruby, but I doubt it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hoppy, with floral character taming the bitterness. Dark malts form the foundation. Some cream. No real proper porter notes. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts with some roasted barley. Strangely handled hops ride atop with no distinct character whatsoever. Some cream on the open. Pleasant off-berry malt flavour emerges on the climax and is a highlight of the brew. Balanced strangely, but alright. If this is truly a porter as stated on the website, it's a poor one - but I trust it's a black IPA - albeit an underwhelming one. Some layering but no true subtlety. I like the dark malts. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Creamy to an extent, but not horribly so for a porter. Smooth and wet, suiting the style and flavours. Adequately thick. Nicely carbonated. Fairly light on the palate for its depth of flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but far from unique or special. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its ABV nicely. Not Avery's best offering, but a decent one.

High C

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 1,200th beer. I wanted to try this for a while since it's a porter that drinks like a black IPA.

A - Can't knock the look it is a pretty solid dark brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - As expected it's a nicely hopped up porter with citrus hops and some underlying coffee and roast.

T - Fairly dry (as expected for a porter) and some piney hops mixed with some roast and a semi sweet finish. It's enjoyable but again dry and hoppy.

M - Medium yet dry.

Overall if you like Black IPA's you will like this. It's a shame it's not a touch more sweet to balance the dry hopped goodness.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Central Waters snifter.

Thick khaki colored head stands atop a dark brown base. Reddish-cola colored highlights pop when backlit.

Cocoa powder and hops on the nose with some bark woodiness as well. There's also a lactic milky quality here as well.

Milk and dark chocolate and woody hops. Dirty porter and a drying finish. Body is light and very creamy. Back end is very vegetative and herbal hoppiness that is wrapped up by the black patent malt.

Overall, this drank a bit more like a porter than a Black IPA, which worked just fine for me. An enjoyable, albeit slightly understated, hybrid.

Photo of dannydetox
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

eager to try this "new world" take on a porter. the beer pours a dark, dark brown with a light tan head in my sam adams glass. nose hits you with roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee primarily, with lesser notes of some floral hops hiding in there. taste is malty up front, then fades into some hop bitterness; i suppose this is where the black ipa side comes out. not as rich and mouth filling as a porter - somehow i was expecting more in the department. a good brew all around, though i would say definitely more of a dry porter than a black ipa.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New World Porter opens with a surprisingly hoppy nose, ripe with grapefruit, lemon, and touches of pine resin, and at first blush bears little resemblance to a porter, and much more to an IPA. After a few seconds the initial hop aromas fade slightly, revealing a much darker malt base rich with coffee, cream, baking whole wheat bread, and thick molasses. Touches of ash and pepper add a bit of spark, mixed in with a not-insubstantial dollop of caramel. As a whole, the nose is quite nice, bearing excellent aromas in well-balanced proportions. But even with the darker malt aromas at the most present, this beer still does not smell like a porter. The hops are simply too present in their pink grapefruit goodness, providing a strange introduction. Perhaps much of the problem here lies in the name, for while the beer is labeled a “porter” in its title, a small note on the side of the label denotes it as a “Black IPA”—something I didn’t notice until the strong hop aromas made me read the bottle more carefully.

On the tongue, the initial flavors are hops, rushing forward in grapefruit, lemon, mint, and pine resin with somewhat unbalanced strength. I say this because the malts prove a little difficult to locate against the hop onslaught, and only touches of coffee, ash, brown sugar, cream, and caramel make their way through. There is still a good bit of baking bread, however, and apricot fruit esters add a lovely sugary note. The aftertaste is, at first, a continuation of the bright, citrusy grapefruit and lemon hop notes, though after a while a runnel of ash makes it way through, providing for an interesting experience. Mouthfeel is a slightly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I quite liked the hop flavors in here, there simply weren’t enough of the darker, malty notes--certainly not enough to satisfy this drinker’s craving for a Black IPA. Without this label--i.e. if I were drinking this blind--the beer would actually be quite good, and I would simply assume I was partaking in a good IPA with some light touches of ash. But the contrast confuses my tongue, as does the slightly watery mouthfeel. So while there is much to appreciate in this brew, I think its labeling doesn’t work. Drink it as a straight IPA, then, and enjoy.

Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with light tan head that stays around. Pretty good lacing.

S: Toasty malts with whiffs of milk chocolate a bit of vanilla and floral hops.

T: Similar to the nose. Some roasted malt with some sweet malts, coco and a hint of vanilla. A decent dose of floral and citrus hops as well.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit prickly and slightly on the higher side.

O: A hoppier porter. Nicely done and pretty good drinkability.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle. Poured this into my CBS snifter for maximum drinking pleasure.

A) Deep rich brown color. Nearly a finger of khaki colored head, which settled to a dusting. Decent lacing too.

S) Coffee roast, mild pine and citrus, a bit of caramel is detectable as this warms up.

T) Darker malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee. There is a strong hop presence, mostly citrus. Lots of rind on the finish and aftertaste. No alcohol noted.

M) Medium body, decent amount of carbonation. Starts out smooth, moves to sticky, then prickly.

O) A good, and for the most part enjoyable beer. I don't drink a lot of Porters, so it's not a style in my wheelhouse, but this kind of reminded me of a black IPA. Worth a try....

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered light khaki head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Earthy and chocolate nose and flavor is baked-burnt chocolate with lingering grapefruit hop finish. $2.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a nice deep dark brown color that flirts with being black. There are some ruby highlights if you hold the beer up to the light. A brown head soon falls into the glass after the pour.

Aroma: The beer smells or roasted malts, chocolate, and medium roasted coffee.

Taste: The beer tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and finishes with a bitter coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body and silky.

Overall: The beer is a solid, maybe a little heavy for a porter at almost 7%. Definitely worth picking one of these up.

Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well it's certainly dark with about an inch worth of head that is beige in color.

Aroma: Roasted hops with some citrus notes. Molasses, dark fruits, light vanilla.

Taste: A little citrusy in the front but then it sweetends up quite a bit. Slight hop bite, molasses, traces of chocolate malts. Minor notes of vanilla.

Notes: Overall it's not too bad very drinkable start to finish. Cheers.

Photo of JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, opaque, with a cap of tan foam. Some lacing. Smell is chocolate, roast malt, spicy, earth. Taste starts toasty, roasted elements, semi sweet chocolate, sweetness, then a heavy washing of citric and resin and earthy hop bitterness, very nice. Reminiscent of black IPA. Mouthfeel seems a bit light, and the body doesn't hold up well enough to all the flavor. Seems brightly carbonated which goes well with the hop. Finish is clean, dry and the bitterness is lingering.

Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a foamy tan head, some decent lacing.

Roasty malts, faint cocoa and some hop notes as well.

Fairly similar to the nose, roasty and light cocoa notes mixed with a citric/pine hop character. Very nice blend in malts and hops.

A medium body with prickly carbonation.

A good porter, the additional hop notes are very well integrated.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with giant three-finger, tan, foamy and creamy head that lasted a while. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate roast and spicy hops.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Burnt and roasted flavors. Coffee and malt. Bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: The porter looks great in the glass. The aroma is appealing and the taste is what you would expect from a porter. Nice solid mouthfeel too.

Photo of mfavoino
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with almost a finger worth of tan head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Rich chocolate with subtle coffee notes. Roasted malts typical of a porter.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and dark malt backbone provide nice flavors. Surprised at how the hops are featured prominently, especially as it finishes. Slight bitterness and burnt malt lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an average carbonation level. Dry finish.

Overall: Liked the hop presence and chocolate sweetness. Drinkable and balanced.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is a pretty dark beer, but a little red light does shine through the bottom of the glass. Lacing is decent even thought the head dissipates rather quickly.

SMELL: Very pleasant. Raisins, chocolate malt and a touch of coffee. I would have preferred it to be a bit stronger though.

TASTE: Roasty malt flavors start out each sip as some citrusy notes creep in as well. Chocolate, toffee and coffee all enter the picture mid-sip and then the hops take over providing a spicy, bitter and earthy finish. Caramel also makes an appearance as the beer warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy and smooth, but the New World Porter does still have a bit of sparkle. It leans towards the sweet side up front, but dries out towards the end.

OVERALL: This porter teeters on the edge of the style almost falling into Black IPA territory, but it doesn't fall. It is still a Porter, a very American Porter, but a Porter nonetheless. the 6.7% can also sneak up on you.

Photo of bierguru
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz on draft at the gulu gulu in Salem ma.

A: a nice deep dark brown. With a finger of tan head. Beautful lacing. A nice looking beer.

S: not as pungent of an aroma as i ha hoped. Roastyness with a touch of chocolate. And a bit of earthy hop

T: much like the nose, chocolate, nice roastyness, finishes with a touch of hops... Overall very tasty

M: medium to heavy bodied, and a little bit chalky, with medium carbonation, a lil too chalky for me.

O: a solid porter not my favorite but still very solid...

New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.