New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a dark brown color that lets no light through. One finger of tan head with nice froth, no carbonation evident.
s - Smells of some dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and maybe some caramel or toasted malts.
t - Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Some bitter hops too.
m - High carbonation that stings the tongue and medium to full body.
d - A decent porter. Thought it had a nice smell and a decent taste; would have liked a little less bitterness though. A lower level of carbonation would have helped too. Worth a try and I would give it another shot.
04-01-2010 23:43:12 | More by mdfb79
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a pint glass, very dark brown, nearly opaque. Tan head that was about three fingers thick and retained well. Laced well in additon. Aroma of the coffee and roasted malts primarily. Taste has the bitterness from the malts, coffee flavors primarily. Feel is full bodied with some slight crispness. Good porter from a great local brewery.
03-28-2010 02:34:48 | More by jacobseyb
3.63/5 rDev -6%
This beer pours a deep mahogany color with minimal coffee with crème colored head. The smell is roasted coffee like malt with a sweet and herbal hop presence that's light and a kind of creamy smell, and I'm not sure where that's coming from.
Glug glug glug
The initial hit is the big roasty malts, with coffee and burnt toast taking the lead. This flavor is followed quickly by a big hop burst that all but erases the malt flavor. The end leaves the good flavors of both the malt and the hops, but from some reason these two flavors don't blend very well IMO. It's a nice idea to ramp up a porter with this many hops, but in this case it's kind of messy, not terrible but messy.
03-17-2010 22:10:40 | More by Thur123
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Pours a very dark brown, with garnet edges when held to the light. Not much head as it was poured -- what little's there is tan and oily.
S: Bitter. I can't tell if it's from roast grain or from hops, but it's astringent. There's a good dose of coffee, too, and a little dark chocolate. Nothing bad, but fairly weak.
T/M: Roasty, and with more chocolate than in the nose. Deep dark malt. There's some hop balance, more than in most porters I've had, but it's not the hop bomb that many reviews are claiming, at least not to me. The body's medium, with active prickly carbonation.
D/Overall: Nothing wrong with it, but nothing to write home about. Pretty standard hopped porter. I had it for dessert, which is where it belongs.
03-13-2010 20:01:37 | More by CharlatanSin
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
Poured into a pint glass. Color is dark, dark brown, head is about 2 ounces, nice and thick with mild looking carbonation.
Smells a bit vinegary and a bit roasty, with an average strength.
The taste is pretty bitter up front, but almost immediately after the roasty part of the aroma settles to the pallet. The bitter shows up on the finish too. There is a very mild grassy flavor too. Definitely an enjoyable flavor, but doesn't 'nail it.' It might be good to note that this 6-pack was on the clearance bin at the store, so it might be past its best-of date.
It has a great mouth feel, but I wouldn't say it has the best drinkability. I really like Avery, and this beer is pretty good, but not their best.
03-07-2010 01:32:46 | More by parris
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a deep black, like cola. Nice creamy, thick tan head with moderate lacing.
S: Mild roasted malts with some sweet aroma.
T&M: Semi-smooth with nice roasted malt flavors. Mild hopiness in the background that fades to a mildly sweet dry finish. Medium to full bodied.
Very drinkable for a porter. I am not a porter fan, but this is one of the best I've ever had.
03-04-2010 22:30:21 | More by cdizinno
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
pours a deep deep ruby black, almost looks like cola. thick frothy creamy head that lingers wonderfully.
not much on the nose. light roasted malts, bits of charcoal. very faint.
starts out a bit dry and the roasted charcoal like malts emerge. a touch of sweetness through out. like citrus hops, mainly grapefruit. nice dry charcoal finish.
fairly full bodied, nice medium carbonation that has a little bite. very easy going
very drinkable. nice and light and never really gets boring. has enough flavor to keep you occupied. ABV is a smidge high though. not something id stock up on but a nice treat here and there.
03-04-2010 01:13:53 | More by hooliganlife
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
Had it on tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured a dark brown, near opaque with a smallish off white head that left a good bit of lace. Smell... hmmm, a bit of roastiness, but very heavy on the hops - citrus / pine - the bartender described it as a near Black IPA which seems fitting based on the aroma. Taste dominated by the hop profile - roasty malts seem to take the backseat, which is kind of a shame (for the style at least). Mouthfeel is a just a touch thin and not too exciting. Kind of an extreme Porter if there is such a thing.... interesting.
02-27-2010 05:00:21 | More by jpro
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
This is one of those times when I can't figure out how porters and stouts differ. Judging this like a stout, it's pretty good. Not great but good. Good malty and smokey aroma and flavor. Good dark color, great mouthfee. ONe to have if you see it at your local.
02-20-2010 20:50:22 | More by david18
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
12oz > chilled CBX pint glass.
Darkness. Not like motor oil, more like tobacco water. Head is off-white & quick, not much left but a film. Smell indicates the "black IPA" description I've heard of this puppy -- it's all roast + hops.
Oh yea, OK, black IPA. Obvious. Why they are even fooling with the name "Porter" is beyond me. It's damn near a hop bomb. All those bitter twangs going off on the back of my tongue, more roast up front.
Digging the mouthfeel. Hops are keeping the creaminess away. Not too thick either. Again the IPA qualities win out here.
Very drinkable. I get a real dry finish from porters, maybe it's relative to the color, but that dryness coupled with the hops makes me want more & more each sip I take. It's like heroin Pringles.
02-20-2010 04:59:05 | More by FutureCowboy
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Cola brown pour into a standard pint glass. Quite frothy 3 fingered tan head...nice looking glass. Ringed lacing after a few sips. Very soft aroma of vanilla and citrus.
Bitter up front with an immediate vanilla note. Citrus hops along with that classic porter roastiness. Good carbonation prick on the tongue. Unexpectanly hoppy...wow
Hoppy mouthfeel with a lingering hoppy goodness on the palate. Other than that vanilla note, this drinks more like a Black IPA which is fine for me.
02-19-2010 21:23:22 | More by RustyDiamond
3.63/5 rDev -6%
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness/bottled on date.
Appearance: Vigorous pour yields about a 1/4 inch fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Pours solid black.
Smell: Big, inviting aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and an unexpected booziness. There's a small hint of sharp hops, but not really what you'd expect considering the dry-hopping boasting on the label.
Taste: Lots of roasted and creamy flavors; milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, roasted malt, all rather sweet. It's a little hoppy up front, but any citrus/pine/grass/whatever hop character is masked entirely by the malt flavors. The hops primarily provide some bitterness and help keep the beer from being too rich or sweet. The malt flavors are nice, but not quite as deep as the smell and not really standouts in the world of porters and stouts.
Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation. Smooth and full-bodied. Despite the lightness provided by the hops, the feel ultimately gets to be a bit sticky and cloying.
Drinkability: I find myself strangely feeling the alcohol more in this 6.7% beer than I normally do for 10%+ beers, but such things are kind of mysterious. Regardless, I'd order this on tap if it were the only craft beer at a bar, but nothing about it makes me want to rush off and buy a 6pack.
An average porter with a nice, creamy taste (probably more suited for people with a bit of a sweet tooth though). The dry hopping doesn't seem to do much for this beer besides keep it from being too rich. It's probably stronger a few days after production or fresh on tap. Honestly, I'm not particularly interested in how it would taste with more noticeable hops, but it could be quite good.
02-14-2010 02:35:33 | More by Pahn
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.
Appearance: Nice initial head, but it doesn't last. Quite a bit of lacing (I looked at the glass the next day and saw same foam that had dried on the sides of the glass).
Smell: A nice combination of chocolate, malt and hop scents. Not too remarkable though.
Taste: The hops really come through in this one. The juxtapostion of the darker chocolate and roasted malt flavors and the very fruity hops is very good. It has a bitter finish, with fruit flavor, due to the hops.
Mouthfeel: It feels like a creamy stout, with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.
02-14-2010 01:10:14 | More by Beerli
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured this into a New Belgium snifter.
Poured dark like a stout, but you could still see a little light through it. A really nice dark amber color when held up to the light. Smell was overpowered by the hops like an IPA, but one could get chocolatey undertones. Also a vague fruitiness in the hops. The taste reminded me of a good coffee stout that was given many times the regular hop dosage, but the two flavors actually compliment each other quite well.
One of the first porters I've had, and I was quite impressed. Definitely one to sit back and enjoy.
02-14-2010 01:06:22 | More by hopsworth
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Others like this beer and generally I'm a big fan of Avery; I'm just not a big fan, usually, of hoppy dark beers. There are some clashing qualities with this one. It's technically good, I guess, but aesthetically, not so hot. Served with a fine foamy light tan head and some lace. Color is a very dark mahoganey. Aroma is dark ripe fruit, hoppy, malty, roasty. Flavor's about the same. Finish ditto.
02-09-2010 03:01:54 | More by drpimento
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
Color: pours brown. sits a clear, dark ruby with thick creamy head
Smell: rich malt character with a light burnt and chocolate malt presence. light hop aroma seems to balance the malt pretty well. seems to be a presence of oxidation but may be the combination of aromas. light fruity esters
Taste: well balanced flavors of burnt malt, hops and bitterness. slightly roasty, burnt malt and hint of dark chocolate up front with more hop flavor coming through mid pallet and finishes slightly dry with a slight lingering bitterness
Mouthfeel: low-full body with moderate carbonation
Notes: malt is actually masked pretty well by the hops and bitterness. would have liked a more complex malt profile. pretty dry porter but not bad
02-04-2010 20:24:24 | More by Frosty80
3.23/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a rather nice almost black color. When held up to the light brown and red hues are shown on the sides of the glass. Half finger mocha brown head rises to the top before dying to whisps of foam. Lacing takes on more of a ringing form with this beer on the glass.
S- Big roasted malts in the front of the aroma with this beer. Some lighter chocolate notes follow for a short bit. There is a caramel like sweetness I pick up but do not know if it is from the faded citrus hops or not.
T- This beer sadly is a little metallic tasting. Nothing too bad but makes for a interesting front end taste. Metal and roasted malts are in the front duking it out for a second before roasted malts take over. Light caramel and chocolate notes in the middle with a faint citrus hops in the back. This bottle is a little past it's prime I think.
M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the lacking side. This doesn't make or break the beer though. Roasted malts with a semi-sweet taste dominate the palate and into the aftertaste. Almost a bit too watery in the mouth for my liking as well with the style.
D- There was something a little off (besides the metallic taste) that just made me say one and done. I will try this at a later date and see if I could get a better bottle.
02-03-2010 04:44:31 | More by alleykatking
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
A - Really nice dark ruby red. Very little head slightly creamy color.
S - First thing I noted was a strong hop aroma, followed by a roasty scent. Very good smell.
A - Roast, coffee, maybe a little chocolate, some hops.
M - Full, but this is where the beer looses me, as it's fairly astringent, and not a roast kind.
D - Overall, not bad, just suffers in mouth feel.
02-01-2010 00:24:07 | More by enfield249
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
I am slowly making my way through all of the Avery offerings and picked this up in a mixed six.
Pours a dark brown to black with a nice tan head.
First thing I notice is the nutty, malty aroma. Has a hoppy, sweet taste with a bit of a dry aftertaste. Tasty and easy to drink.
Overall a nice porter, I was a bit surprised to see that it is 6.7%, hides the booze well.
01-30-2010 01:55:07 | More by mirish72
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Pours a dark garnet-brown color with a modicum of light shining through. The tan colored head is tall and impressively dense, with a frothy and creamy texture. Retention is very robust, and lacing is excellent.
S: A solid dark, roasty malt aroma dominates. There are also bright citric hop notes, especially for the style. Nutty, with light hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness.
T: A firm roasted malt flavor with moderate caramel sweetness up front. A bold, forward hop presence adds citric and piney flavors and a strong bitterness for the style. There's a second dose of charcoal/chocolate flavor into the finish providing a pleasant counter to the hops.
M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly sprightly for the flavor profile. There's a firm dryness into the finish thanks to the roasted malt and robust hopping.
D: A very good porter from Avery. I enjoy hop-forward porters and stouts, and this is no exception. However, I feel the hops in this one overshadow what I perceive to be a very tasty malt complement a bit more than I'd prefer. Not exactly balanced, but I'm all for blurring the lines between porter and IPA.
01-28-2010 04:29:21 | More by Clydesdale
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into an Avery pint glass. Beer was a dark, reddish brown color, with a two-finger, rocky, light brown head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.
Aroma was pine, hops, sweet dark fruits and caramel.
Taste was bitter citrus hops, roasted grains, malt, almonds and wood.
A nice twist on the style. I love the IPA edge to it. Very good, balanced and easy drinking. Will seek this out again.
01-20-2010 03:02:57 | More by drumrboy22
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
I had heard this was a hoppy porter so I picked it up. Dark brown, light tan head. Smells odd like dark malts and a bit of pine sap. The taste does have a hint of hops but its also robust but the finish is a little bitter. This porter was juts weird, I was hoping for something like alpha klaus.
01-09-2010 02:26:37 | More by ArrogantB
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany with three fingers of light tan head. The head subsides slowly, but leaves tons of lacing.
Smell: Chocolate and sweet, dark fruits. A hop presence is definitely noticeable. Some citrus in the background.
Taste: A blend of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. The hops are there, but come through mostly in the aftertaste. This is one of the most balanced beers I have ever tasted. All of the flavors are noticeable, but none overpower the other. There is an undercurrent of dark chocolate throughout, and the hops don't show up until the aftertaste, preventing this from tasting like a dark IPA. The roasted malts combined with the dark fruits are the first flavor to hit the tongue, but they combine with each other beautifully. This is an outstanding porter.
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, with good carbonation.
Drinkability: Wow. The alcohol is present in the taste, but it tastes so good that it's easy to drink quickly. This is a great porter, and is a perfect example of a balanced beer. No one flavor dominates, but all combine together beautifully.
01-06-2010 04:35:06 | More by StarlightSeraph
4/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head that stayed as a layer and left a sheet of tiny speckled lacing on the walls of the glass.
Aroma is smokey, roasted malts and lots of piney hops.
Taste is piney hops upfront with the roasted malt taking up the middle ground and a bitter, espresso-like finish.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel.
Easy to drink and quite tasty.
01-04-2010 00:23:03 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
I picked this up at Quick six, poured from the 12oz into a goblet
A - dark chocolate shade, opaque w/ thick light tan cream. The retention is good w/ very small beading. Highlights of rust at the base accent the appearance
S - A very malty nose w/ lots of chocolate malt and subtle caramel w/ mild green/pine hop accent
M - The feel has subtle spice and plenty of roast w/ pretty high bitterness level, the hoppy acidity w/ moderately high effervescence. Slightly sweet w/ mild char note- this could pass for an American Stout feel-wise to me. The porter is very nutty w/ roasted texture in the finish
T - The taste has notes of dark rich chocolate, tobacco and mild coffee w/ bitter pine accent from the hops. The porter has lots of dried fruit and coffee notes as it warms - currant, biscuit and dried orange rind notes w/ a mild toast crust flavor.
The pine sap taste is there and has a dark sugar tinge as it finishes
D - A very hoppy roasty almost burnt tasting porter- it seems more like an American stout style wise. I like it but would prefer less hop flavor in a porter -even a robust porter. The roasted taste seems to distract slightly lowering the drinkability IMO.
12-14-2009 10:56:25 | More by Slatetank
New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.