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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

946 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  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 Spineypanda
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

Pours dark dark brown, almost black and has a good head with nice retention and lacing.
Smells of light malts nothing like a strong porter.
Tastes really bland.. not a bad flavor by any means but lacking in some department, maybe if it is a bit warmer it will be nice.

Not my favorite. Not bad.

Spineypanda, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body with a tall, lasting, tawny brown head. Thin, delicate layers of lace on the way down.

Smell: A bright, earthy nose of burnt barley, toasted sugars, and chocolate boosted by fragrant wafts of zesty, citrus-scented hops.

Taste: Initial impressions of bittersweet chocolate and well-roasted chicory with a slight backing of caramel. Conservative sweetness throughout. Chiefly citrusy hops with lesser hints of pine and spice. The moderate hop bitterness commingles nicely with a slight burnt malt presence. Slight grassiness which only increased upon warming. You get a lingering of charred malts and hop bitterness on the tongue beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's been about a minute since I've last seen this one around the Atlanta area. This one's a hearty porter that's a bit more hopped up than most. Certainly worth giving a bottle or pint a go.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Got this one at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI.

Poured into a pint glass, a massive froth quickly accumulated and nearly crested the lip of the glass. Brimming over the top, the khaki colored head looked like an asteroid of foam.

Smells like a chocolate chip cookie, no joke. Sweet malts as well, and a light hop aroma. Not citrusy, not really piney, but just hops.

Taste is all over the place. Balanced, yet tantalizing in many directions. Sweetness, dryness, hoppiness, malts. No smokiness, just a touch of roast.

Not to dry on the mouthfeel, leaves behind a faint taste of chocolate.

Quite the interesting Porter from Avery. Different from most porters I have had which are mainly Michigan brewery offerings.

midnite2sixman, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with tints of red, produced a 3-finger off white/frothy head without an aggressive pour. Retention was wonderful, sticks around long and left some nice rings.

S - Upfront is that off-style APA/IPA dry hoped aroma, dry & fruity with notes of pineapple/prune/grapefruit. Beneath is soft chocolate/caramel/toast bread. I like the dry hop twist on the style.

T - First off I got fruity hop characteristics like pineapple/grapefruit combo, unfolding into soft mocha/chocolate flavors with mild smokiness somewhere. Finishes with more fruity hop flavors & lingering hop bitterness/smokiness. More smoky/dark chocolate flavors as it warmed.

M - Mildly crisp, more smooth, chewy, and almost silky like texture. Around full bodied, but the crispness makes it feel lighter.

D - A little less drinkable than your average Porter, I could probably enjoy a couple pints for sure. I like the dry hop twist on this one, pretty good and worth a try. I might have this one again sometime. Recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass Donegal mug. No frehsness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Very dark brown with ruby edges and solid 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention and scattered scallops of lacing.

S: Very hoppy aromatics with citrus, floral, tobacco, and pine layered on sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted maltiness.

T: A delicious and underrated porter with substantial dark maltiness, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate countered with orange, pine, and some floral and leafy hops aromas that provide a contrast of sweet and bitter in every taste. Enough porter shines through, and the hoppiness is not harsh or way over the top but significant. This is a unique porter for it's combination of sweet chocolate maltiness and bitter, floral hoppiness. A great flavor profile.

M: Feel is very good with medium-full body, medium carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Aftertaste is lightly mineral at first followed by sweet chocolate then with black coffee and tobacco hops in the finish.

D: A superb hoppy American porter to keep you from getting bored with the same old sweet or midl porters -- grabs with both serious sweetness and bitterness in one package. A really good beer from Avery.

argock, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

jacobseyb, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Thur123
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Thur123, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

CharlatanSin, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of parris
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

parris, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

cdizinno, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

hooliganlife, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

jpro, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

david18, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of FutureCowboy
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

FutureCowboy, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

RustyDiamond, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Pahn
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Pahn, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Beerli
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Beerli, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of hopsworth
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

hopsworth, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

drpimento, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Frosty80
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Frosty80, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

alleykatking, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of enfield249
3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

enfield249, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

mirish72, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Clydesdale, Jan 28, 2010
New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.