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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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987 Ratings

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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 Prospero
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a nice citrusy hop scent with a bit of coffee-like roastedness. Head was nice and foamy tan, not quite beige like some black ales have. Taste is pretty roasted but well balanced with hops. The malts don't tasted debittered so I felt like it tasted more like a porter like the name implies rather than a "pioneer Black IPA" as the label also states... Overall excellent full-bodied black ale with a nice coffee roasted malt flavor with just a hint of citrusy and piney hops, not too heavy which is nice for a black ale.

Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black with beautiful red hues at the bends in the glass. nice mocha colored head and outstanding window lacing.

S: Wow what a balance. Chocolate roasted malt and pungent pine hops.

T: deeply roasted and sweet malt up front followed by a hammer of hop bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. These are great flavor combonations and I really enjoy the transition from sweet to bitter.

M: Great body, just right. Average carbonation, nicely done. The alcohol is hidden but my gums have warmed up.

D: This beer is really nicely done. The ABV would suggest a great session beer, however, the flavors are so intense that it works perfect as a sipper. I would definitely purchase again.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I called the brewing company and this beer has a new labeling, but is considered the same beer. Now says "Limited Release" and "Black IPA" on bottle with brown colors on the label.

I remember liking this beer a lot more in college. Now with a slightly pickier palate, I just find this beer to be overly dry hopped for the style, and slightly unbalanced as a result. That might go away with some time. Really great beer otherwise though. The dark malt flavor, the alcohol content, the smell and the appearance of this beer are just outstanding. It is really appealing on every other level. I just feel like the beer flavor could clean up a bit with less hops added, and have the malt side of the beer dominate the flavors. The intense dry hopping of what seems to be American Hop varieties is sincerely conflicting with other flavors. Especially since I mostly get malts in the aroma. I wish I read the Black IPA in tiny text on the bottle. I would have chosen a more traditional porter (Anchor or Sierra). Even for I.B.A.s, this is a dry hopped porter, not what I think of for a I.B.A. or "Black I.P.A.".

On the other hand this beer would age very well. It's alcohol and antiseptic hop content give this a very decent potential lifespan. I plan to age and re-review this same six pack in a year or so.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the bearded beer guy. Had this beer a few times a while ago, so when I was told it turned into a hoppy porter, I was intrigued. Poured into a tulip, it pours a dark, dark brown with a thin, light tan head that dissapates quickly. Nice lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma, with pine dominating. Really good! Got some chocolate, mint and pine on the tongue. Really impressed with the mouthfeel on this one, though. Very creamy and full-bodied. Surprising for a hoppy porter! Very drinkable and enjoyable! Will pick up some more for sure!

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is extremely piney, slightly minty and woodsy; copious amounts of resinous hops take over with a very light touch of vanilla and toasted biscuitiness from the malt side.

Heavy, heavy bitterness from hops, but they still don't erase the tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. This is really the most balanced Black IPA I have ever had to be honest. I have yet to find a black IPA that wasn't too bitter or roasty but here it is.

The mouthfeel has small hints of carbonation and tiny bubbles which give you no problem whatsoever to have another sip. Not sure why they call it a Porter in the name and immediately on the packaging it says Black IPA, I don't get it but anyway, good job Avery. Couldn't drink these all night but a couple would be quite enjoyable.

Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan head into a snifter that left thick lace and sheeting throughout. the body was dark black.
s - very malty with a hint of hops. chocolate, burnt malts, coffee.
t - roasted malts with earthy hops.
m - medium thickness. very nice.
d - terrific porter, one of my faves.

Photo of Minkybut
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this odd beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black and poured a really nice head It also had great lacing. My hopes were high. The taste started off nice with a great burnt chocolate hit, however it was hopped. A hoppy porter is not my cup of beer. The beer also had a bitter finish like a Engkish Ale. I will not buy again.

Photo of wspscott
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At pazzos

A: dark brown, almost black. Starts with a thin dark tan head that drops almost immediately.
S: roasted malts and citrus hops
T: the hops are very obvious, lots of citrus combined with roasted and chocolate malts.
M: more carbonation than I like, along with a thinner body, makes for a rough feel
D: this is my third one, so they are doing something right. Like a roasty brown ale, with a heavy dose of hops, nice. Worth trying for a change of pace.

Photo of rsgcwhite
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a incorrigible map geek, I appreciate any beer with a historical map on the bottle. In fact, I enjoyed the usage of the revised edition of Abraham Ortelius's New World Map (this one dating from about 1595 corrected an unseemly bulge in South America present in the earlier editions). Awesome.

Alright, onto the beer - pours a rich, lingering head on a deep brown body.

The aroma is more complex than I had imagined. The initial smell is herbal hops - a flower garden in a porter iis an infrequent first impression. Other lingering smells appear with concentration - spruce, earthy malt, and caramel make this a really interesting take on a porter.

The first sip is impressive; dry hops up front, fading into roasted malts with hazelnut coffee. The finish is sweet and resinous, lingering on your tongue for what seems like hours. It's like waving your love goodbye from a slow moving train - each moment is a vivid, Kodachrome slow motion replay.

The balance between malt and hops is almost unparalleled. I get the sense that there are a lot of hops in this beer - but they balance an equally tremendous amount of chocolate and caramel roasted malts.

Mouthfeel, despite the fantastic dry hopped flavors, was, to put it rudely, 'moderate' - it has all the malty wetness and hoppy dryness you would expect. Glorious.

A robust porter with dry hops, brilliantly executed. If seafaring conquistadors, failing to discover the gold and gems that embodied their dreams of the Americas, were given this porter instead - each man would have gone home happy. Western civilization would be forever changed.

Dry hopped porters, away!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery New World Porter on tap at Mahaffey's Pub in B'more, MD, served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very brown, bordering on black. Decent head, good lacing and retention. A better-than-average-looking porter.

Smell: Intense roastiness, some faint chocolate. Farm-fresh dairy and aromas of barely-cooked eggs.

Taste: Seaweed salad! Very unique taste, love it. Sugars and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, full flavor.

Drinkability: High! Goes down easy, not too filling. Tasty.

I'm usually not a big fun of regular porters but this one won me over. A beautiful balance of taste, mouthfeel and aromas.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and piney hops. The beer smells very hoppy for a porter.

The flavor is heavy on the pine with some roasted malt and chocolate mixed in. Medium bitterness. This beer may be listed as a porter, but I think it is a Black IPA all the way. Very enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of claybeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a rich mahogany, wet leather brown. It's dark enough you can't see any light through it. The head is a creamy coco color and laced the glass fairly well as it reduced to a film over this beer. The nose isn't very pleasant at first. Some molasses notes with some burnt tobacco and grain. There are defiantly some hops and coffee notes that stick to the tongue. There is some sweet brown that show up on the second sip. The finish is long! It is longer than I would like but it's flavors change as it lingers which makes it very enjoyable. The lingering flavors make it a slow drinker.

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown mahogany. Big chunky tan head. thick foamy laces.

Roasty coffee and toasty caramel. With Grapefruit and pine on top. A hoppy porter mmmm.

Roasted coffee and dark spiced bread. Grapefruit Pine and herbal hop blast. Nice big piney resin bitterness that flows into a big roasty smokey finish.

Sticky, chewy, rich, full bodied. Smooth with a kick of astringency.

Lovely roasted and smoked porter with some tasty dry hoppage. Love me a good hoppy bitter porter.

Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark brown, almost black. The liquid is clear. The three finger head slowly sinks sown to an uneven lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is dry and roasted with luxurious notes of sweet coffee, almonds, toffee and nuts. Some dark chocolate and a bitter-sour note of herbs and plants.

The taste is sweet-sour-bitter with a fine blend of bitter hops and sourish malty flavours. Some fresh grounded coffee, dark chocolate, mocha cream and sweet notes of cookies and a touch of dough. The aftertaste is a bit dry with lots of roasted notes and a hint of burned malt (rubber, coal). The finish is creamy with dry roasted flavours.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles almost sharp. The liquid is smooth and a little thick.

I found this an elegant well-hopped American porter that doesn't forget about drinkability.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color, in the glass it looks black unless held up to the light, then deep brown highlights are noticeable. There is one fat finger of head that takes over a minute to dissipate to a frothy tan layer on the surface. There is some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted and chocolaty malts with a nice touch of bright, citrusy hops. There is some fruitiness too, but it's hard to tell if it is from the yeast, malts or the hops because there are some dark, fig-like aromas as well as brighter smelling fruits. Overall a very complex, sweet and inviting nose with chocolate dominating.

Taste follows the nose a bit, nice amounts of chocolate and roasted malts with some caramel backing it up. Midway through there is a nice earthy flavor that emerges and the finish brings a balancing hop bitterness and roasted elements along with subtle, bright hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice coating feeling and medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is complex and adds something new to the traditional porter with the hop aroma and flavor. I enjoyed drinking it but it doesn't exactly fit into the porter taste that I usually look for. I would drink this again.

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why took to long to get this one. This is part of several Avery products I recently purchased.
Pours with a luscious thick and creamy head and seems reasonable heavy even before sampling. Very dark with garnet highlights in light. Lacing of the head upon settling.
Aroma has a distinct yeast quality that is nearly as strong as the roasted malt. Some coffee and a little chocolate. Mild hop quality sharpens the aroma some.
Rich porter flavor that hints on being too sweet. Nicely balanced with the hoppy flavor (appearing second actually) and the bitterness (which cut that sweetness right as it approaches the excess mark). Long finish with both hop and malt bittereness and dryness. Nice grassy hop flavor.
Fully moderate feel. Again rich, but cutting off just in time. Creamy and smooth carbonation.
Pretty big, in a richness way cuts final score a tad. But the flavors are good and it's an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Ghenna
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass after sitting out of the fridge for 15minutes. Dark amber color with lots of well retaining and laced frothy latte colored head. First smell is of hop, followed by traditional porter/dark malt smells. Medium hop bitter and dry finish are the predominant flavors, but porter malts give it a choco/coffee aspect and a good body. Definitely not what I expect in a porter, but not bad.

Photo of rembrant
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- frothy tan head on black opaque.
Aroma,surprised by a very fruity leading edge,some grape juice,some blackberry. Second sniff....Piney,woodsy resinous hops take over...very light touch of vanilla,toast from the malt side.

Taste--Leads with very dark chocolate and some roasty/ earthy then a snappy hops zing steps in and it becomes hard to find a clear view of the malt side. Quite hoppy for a Porter. A nice hops but even a bit off balance if judged as an IPA. Sort of a maverick, says "Porter" on the label but drinks as a dark IPA. The big hop show obscures any malt side complexities or flaws. It's not a solid Porter...though is a pretty good whatever it is. I happened to buy this and a big DIPA....thinking I wanted a PORTER for balance. Ironically the big DIPA was almost Stoutish in it's complexity and balance while the Porter acted the IPA role.

In it's price range, New World did a nice job of being "big",and the competition tends to be a little more $...as a dark IPA, but in the Midwest,Edmund Fitzgerald at this price is the consumate Porter.

Mouth, there's a big transition from an initial sweetness to a all hops middle and then a finish with a breif hint of coffee and a lasting hops. About a medium body,a bit light for Porter.

Drinkable? Pretty refreshing,some sparkle and not very dense while somewhat under-sweet. While it's a " Not - Porter" It's still a decent drink with a tasty hops show.

Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark, very dark, brown into the glass, almost black and no chance of seeing through this one. The head is high but not as dark as one would expect, lingers a bit and leaves lots on the glass and a small lid on top of the beer.

S: A healthy dose of coffee with some tones of light chocolate bars in the background. Still you sense the hops that shine through together with clear hints of citrus and grass. Also, I like the well balanced touch of soy that stays with you trough out.

T: Heavy, heavy bitterness from hops, surprisingly much if you ask me, but still it doesn't erase the tastes of dark chocolate and tar. It hasn't got the same variety as the nose and somewhat adds to the complex feeling of this beer.
Small hints of carbonation and tiny bubbles which gives you no problem whatsoever to have another sip.

As usual a good beer from Avery, but I was a bit thrown off by the hoppy taste.

Photo of Lukafer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, almost black with at least two fingers of dark, tan head. I get some hops, chocolate and maybe some cocoa on the nose. Tastes are hops at the front, then sweet chocolate and a hop finish. The hops are there enough to notice, but their not obnoxious or like a black IPA. This beer is creamy with a great amount of carbonation. Porters are usually hit or miss with me and this one is definitely a hit. Drinkability is great Nd I could easily kill a few of these, very good beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours burgundy with a nice tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacings.

S: Smoked ham and dark dried fruits. Sweet malt and hops, not to piney considering where they're from. Chocolate and faint coffee.

T: More pine in the taste, but still not too strong. Roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits. Lots of chocolate and faint coffee.

M: Moderate carbonation togehter with a smooth mediumfull body. Aftertaste is nice and bitter.

D: Goes down smoothly. Nice American Porter.

Photo of ryno09
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a huge pillowy 2 finger Khaki colored head. Dark mahogany color with deep ruby red around the edges. Leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass.

Aroma - What's that? They dry-hopped it? Yep, you get floral/grassy hops on the nose along with your typical roasted malt . There's some chocolate as well.

Taste - Some bitterness up from, from the Columbus hops mixed with dark chocolate notes. Midway through roasted and caramel characteristics push through and carry the flavor home with a slight kick from the hops. The finish is very smooth with a chocolately caramel taste lingering in your mouth with some of the bitterness from the hops. No alcohol presence whatsoever. As it warms up, not only do the malt characteristics increase but so does the hop presence.

Its name is very fitting as this is truly an American style of robust porter. The use of the higher AA% Columbus is definitely not typical in a porter although they are using Fuggle as well (I wish I knew what they were dry-hopping with). With a higher ABV the increased hop presence helps tame the sweetness of it. Excellent chocolate and caramel notes. A smooth drinking beer with high drinkability.

Photo of LinusBohman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature in a tulip-glass.

A - Dark, but not completely black more of a very dark brown color. At first a big head that disappeared in a minute and disintegrated into just som small islands of head floating around in the beer. The head was colored beige.
There are some bubbles from the carbonation.

S - Really piny from the hops to me. Smells more like an IPA than a porter. I can also find some fruitiness that leans towards citrus.
Some chokolate is also there with a touch of roasted a smell of coffee.

T - The first thing that hits me is the hops wich are quite bitter with a big taste of pine. This is to me the dominant flavour. But in the back I can find some of the porter flavours of licorice, chocolate and coffee.

M - Dry as the comedy of an old conservative who hasn´t laughed since WW2. The body is neither thick of thin.
A bit like licking a pine.

D - A new taste to me that was more of an IPA with a touch of porter than the other way around. But the marriage of the two is a fresh feel in the beginning although one bottle is enough for me.
I will most certanly drink this one again allthough not to often.

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, a beige head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of dried ripe fruits, raisins, dates and figs. Some vinous, port, aromas. Roasted malt, toasty and some coffee notes.

The taste is rather sweet, fruits, sherry and coffee and cocoa beans giving some alcohol presence but mostly a good bitter finish.

A weak carbonation, smooth and a bit oily, a slightly dry finish.

A good porter, rather sweet.

Photo of thecarster1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, two plus fingers of head that looks like a mix of coke and an ice cream float, deep dark brown black color, head fades slowly and leaves it's mark all over the glass. beautiful.

s- lots of roast, chocolate milk and dark, clean malt, toasty, hop kick in the back end, some earthy bitterness, some sweetness, bready.

t- mmm, this sure is a dry hopped porter, and very well done at that, i've got all the perks of both shining out here. big, roasty, roasty, chocolately, then the hops kick into gear with some bitterness and earthyness - maybe a citra hop?

m- full to medium body, goes down easy, coating.

d- i wanna drink this with a huge steak, garlicky mashes potatoes and roasted asparagus, this would pair perfectly. i will definately drink this beer again.

New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.