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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
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 msolar
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at Red Bones the other weekend after ordering their only non-Guiness stout; Gritty’s Black Fly Stout. I thought it was ok, but wasn’t a huge fan. I liked the Black Fly Stout a lot better and was surprised that this ranked higher on BA.

Most of the reviews surprised me as I didn’t think it was a very ‘stouty’ beer as it wasn’t very dark (especially in comparison to the BF Stout) and tasted a bit sweeter than I expected.

That being said, I’ll probably take OldEngineOil’s advice and try some of their other beers. Or just give this NW Porter one another shot.

msolar, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours into my pint glass a very dark black with a nice huge rocky khaki colored head with great retention. There is some good sticky lacing too.
Dark roasted malts characterized by aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, a smooth sweetness and a more recognizable hoppiness than expected for the style but very pleasant.
Intitial flavor is of bitter roastiness with a chocolate character that slowly takes over with a sweet touch. A bit of flowery hops in the background that balances out the pronounced roastiness.
A bit more of stout characteristics but whatever the style is its a nice tasty beer.

Matthew, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Deep opaque brown with a tan one inch colored head that lasts forever. Settles to a thick cap, with layers of solid lacing.

Dark roasty coffee aromas along with a little bit of hop aroma in the background. A little bit of grain comes through from the roasted malt.

Bitter roasty malts that are nicely complemented by a smooth creaminess that lasts as long as the beer lingers in the mouth. A light tinge of hop bitterness forms in the back of the mouth. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. The feel is smooth and graceful. For the amount of alcohol, it's very well hidden behind the darks malts. The finish has lingering bitter grain, cream, and a light bitterness.

This is a highly enjoyable porter, with a smooth feel that's very welcoming. If porters are your thing, you will probably love this. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found another six pack of this here in Raleigh for the first time in six months. Loved it back then and still love it now. Avery boasts that what makes this porter different is that it's dry hopped. This is definitely evident in the aroma. Hops also are not shy in the taste as well. For a hophead like me, this beer is great for the winter months. If I want a dark beer on a cold night and am also in the mood for an IPA, I'll certainly look for this stuff.

atsprings, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a nonic.

A deep maple in color that is nearly opaque with a hue of ruby. A dense, coffee colored head that recedes from the outside-in, leaving an ice cream scoop of foam in the nonic's center. Ringed and cascading lacing that barely leaves a centimeter untouched on the glass' sides.

Deeply, roasted maltiness with bitter hints of dark chocolate, oats, and robust espresso. A lingering whaff of smoke that brings out a dry, nutty aroma with bittered coffee beans. Awesome!

Smoke with notes of cedar, reminiscent of a Rauchbier that prelude a rich and robust malt character. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and off hints of dark caramel. The hop presence is rather aggressive with pine and spruce flavors. Following a moderate bitterness is an espresso and cedar-smoked aftertaste.

Full bodied; a great balance of such intense flavors. Despite the richness, this Porter has a remarkably smooth mouthfeel.

What intense flavors and balance! Probably fits the Baltic Porter style, more than an American Porter, but I can't deduct points for that. Impressive on nearly every front.

NEhophead, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of OldEngineOil
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was really not up to par with the usually very high quality of Avery's brews. It is the only bad experience that I have had with beer from this brewery. Go with one of their stouts instead. If you are in the area, the brewery is worth a stop also.

OldEngineOil, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery just a couple days after bottling. Pours a three finger brown head that took a loo-oong time to settle. Very dark liquid that has brown edgings when held to light. Smells ashtray roasty is very potent with an oily and grasy hop undertone. I say undertone, but the flavor is very strong. The roast is just very potent.

Tastes dry roasty and potently hopped. Perhaps williamette hops. Finish is ashtray roast. Dry, but with enough a caramel sweet beneath to keep the roast in line. Woody and earthy. Enjoyable winter treat. Md-thick mouthfeel and md-heavy carbonation.

mentor, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This mahogany brew forms an elegant lace, and thick tan head. When it's in a well lit pint glass, there are pleasant hints of red in its depths. The complex appearance embodies an equally complex brew.

The aroma of vanilla, coffee, and mint is enticing, as are the flavors that blend coffee, chocolate and rich barley notes. The beer is neither exceptionally bitter, nor acrid. It is robust and full bodied, yet smooth, benefiting from a transparent yeast.

AllThingsNinja, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color, that, when held up to a light, has a slight ruby red tint to it. The head is thick, fluffy, and light brown. It fades very slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

The first thing I noticed about the aroma, was as I was pouring it, it was strong. Malty caramle sweetness. Also, some slight citrus hops. It has a nice coffee aroma also.

This beer tastes great. It has a coffee flavor. It tastes like sweet caramel. It has a slight hop flavor also.

This beer is very smooth. It is well carbonated for the style. It is balanced to perfection. It leaves a malty aftertaste.

I think this beer would make an excellant session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: This is probably one of the best Porters I have ever had. I was expecting a booring beer with out much taste. Unfortunately, I get that a lot from Porters. What I got this time was an amazing beer. WOW.

OStrungT, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3oz sample at the Spagio Cellars' October Beer Social. The color nearly opaque very dark brown, with patches of mahogany near the bottom. The head fluffy and off-white.

The nose is filled with chocolate, cocoa, and rich coffee. The taste offers more of the same, along with smoky notes, a touch of caramel, a little coffee bitterness, and a flourish of hops.

It's well balanced, medium-bodied yet creamy, with a dry finish. Drinkable for the style. I dig it.

Osiris9588, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Young's Oatmeal Stout Pint Glass

One of the most interesting things about the pour into the bottle was that the beer seemed to "fall" out of the bottle. After the initial pour, seriously, not a drop, or drops, remained in the bottle. Like the beer thought the glass was a better place to be than the bottle.

Smell is of sweet mocha and a hint of vanilla coffee

Tastes of sweet coffee, a touch of nuts, and mocha. A good everyday Porter. Taste is above par for the style, even after tasting it at varying temperatures. Seems to me that they tried to re-create an English Porter. And don't get me wrong, its spot on for taste and drinkibility. But just not what I expected from Avery.

Overall, this is a good beer and should be regarded as such. And worth trying and seeking out if you like Porters, but don't go to the ends of the earth.

leftmindedrighty, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark, Porter like dark. Carbonation is light. The head is flat, a baby pinky, tan in color, no lace.

The smell is good fruity notes rising from the toasty but not burnt malt. Nice

The Taste is very nice, very good, mild toasty malt, slight dark fruit notes.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but lacks a good carbonation feeling.

The drinkability is good. A verynice standard porter. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - As black as the night itself (okay, dark brown) with a small brown head. No big clumps of lacing, but the entire glass got covered in tiny circles of bubbles.

S - WHOA! It is like being kicked in the face by a cow - a ca-cow. Which is also cacao if you can spell. A bit of burnt malt aroma too.

T - Strong chocolatey malts with a bit of coffee and burnt malt. Aftertaste is some lingering chocolatey-ness with a strong characterless bitterness. After these two fade there is a bit of a taste like burnt bread that lasts even longer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and chewy. It isn't refreshing.

D - Abominable. Porters should be quaffable. It is bold and potent (as I have come to expect from Avery), but not enjoyable to drink. It's lingering flavors and lack of refreshing palate make this hard to finish. This is the sort of beer that I take one sip, and then I don't want another sip until about two minutes later when the awesome smell makes me think, "Come on, it must be good if it smells like this." Sigh. If only that were true. After I drank most of my glass, it became very easy to drink! Yeah, I will pass on this porter in the future. But don't worry, I've got more Avery brews in the fridge!

mrasskicktastic, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet/roasted malts, and toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is kinda sweet malty, with a nice toffee/caramel finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A nice porter from Avery, would recommend for sure.

Wasatch, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yet translucent tootsie roll brown. Damn good looking mocha head frothy and thick and hanging around for the party.

Hard to pull alot of aromas out which I blame on improper glassware by the Boston's Bistro. However for bigger beers and belgians they genrally use proper glassware. Anise, floral piney hop, and a roasted dark chocolate.

Solid porter and unique. Rich and masculine, roasted chocolate malt, some smoke, bitter cocoa, vanilla, anise, black cherry, finishes with a bitter hop and lasts 30 seconds. Blanaced and complex.

Thick creamy mouthfeel with multiple layers. Drink 1,2, or 4

mcallister, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.89)
pours a very dark mohogany with a thin off with head.
the aroma is chocolate, malty.
the flavor is malty rich, balanced chocolate, hopsack, lingering spice.
this is a great porter, EXECLLENT!

plaztikjezuz, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns, with a slight redish hue. Thin tan head, with decent retention, and a nice lace. Smell is sweet, but roasted, with a hint of chocolate.Body is thin for a porter. Taste is of is rich, with chocolate, roasted coffee, and a nice smooth, but bittered coffee like finish.Liked this one a lot.

riversider76, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent porter. Very robust. Could be much better, but this is much more like a stout than a porter. Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily, but I was in the mood for an actual porter.

The beer pours to a damn near black color with some ruby highlights. Thin little tan head that recedes to a ring.

The smell is a bit thin and roasty. Black patent malt, roasted barley. Very dry and light on the aroma. The taste is a little better. Full bodied and roasty. Dry and chocolatey. Only a slight bit of a soured porter taste. Good, but a little bit robust for the style.

neonbrown82, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, off-white/tan head, a little retention, some lace.

S: Chocolate, mocha, and a slight British fruity ester aroma.

T: Pleasant bittersweet balance, light roast (a little much for a porter?), mocha, nice British fruity esters, hint of astringent acidity. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & silky smooth. Carbonation is lower than moderate.

D: Quite good.

Thanks for sharing Mike!

Derek, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

cbl2, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown body, not quite opaque. Light tan head. Fluffy 3/4" initially but reduced to a thin layer of dense bubbles. Laces beautifully by grabbing all over the glass. Very nice for a porter.

Nice aroma of chocolate with some bittersweet notes a touch of toffee and fainting hints of black coffee. Overall solid, simple and inviting. First off I note the body and carbonation when I taste this first, fairly full bodied and crisp with carbonation. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers. Flavor comes on as bittersweet chocolate again and then to a toffee in the end. A little sweetness and a bit of roasted bitterness in the end. Nicely done. Really reminds me of the chocolate coating on those Riesin candies I used to eat.

Overall good drinkability, nicely flavored porter with a good mouthfeel.

blitz134, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of denjen
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: Never one to truly enjoy Porters, I was hesitant to try this. I did enjoy that it seemed to have more prevalent hops that other porters, and came across with more roasted malts than buttery sweetness. Over all I'd have to say it is definitely drinkable.
Jen: Okay, so I really only expect the best from Avery every time I pick up one of their brews, so, this being a porter, I was ready for a soft let down. But it never came. The brew smells of toasty malts with a mild smokey background. The taste brings more of the same. A blend of toasted malts and roasted coffee beans with a hint of baking chocolate. This is a very different porter, as it is dry-hopped to give it that little something at the end. This may not be my favorite, but it rose up to the occasion.

denjen, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark dark brown with ruby highlights. A huge billowly tan head. Smells of roast and chocolate. Taste is a hearty roastiness, chocolate, coffee bitterness. I didn't find it to have as much hop character as it bragged about. The mouthfeel was medium, but much thicker than sierra nevada's porter. Drinkability was a little less than Sierra nevada's porter due to the thicker feel and 6.7 abv. This is one of the tastiest, and most robust porters I've had. There are many stouts out there with much less character.

rtratzlaff, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dry-hopped Robust Porter from Avery? Oh hell yeah!

Packaged in a 12 oz. brown bottle adorned with an attractive label featuring an ornamented map of the Americas. Served in a Willie Becher pub glass.

Color is black with a creamy beige head and sticky-icky lacing properties. Carbonation makes its way to the surface in a science-fiction bubble-shaped alien spacecraftesque manner.

The aroma is a phenomenon of sorts, as it promises the chewy caramel I crave blasted with the intrinsic essence of spicy coniferous trees.

Mouthfeel is intense and full. The creamy sensation gets clobbered halfway through as big bitter takes over for a bristling finish.

The taste is fantastic with a dogpile of chocolate malt, sweet caramel and intense hops.

This beer is very flavorful and enjoyable to drink. This is no English Porter as evidenced by the assertive bitterness and upfront hop aroma. I very much enjoyed this cutting-edge American-brewed bastardization of a classic English style.

froggyfrog, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark brown in color, not letting any light light through. Two finger two head with good retent and leaves lacing.

S- roasted malts, rich chocolate aromas, and sweetness. Considering it was dry hopped i was expecting some hop aromas.

T- starts off with roasted and chocolate flavors, ends with grainy hop flavor. Flavors increasing delightful as the brew warms.

M- smooth with just a hint of drying effect at the finish. Nice body, sits wonderfully on the palate.

D- no doubt an american porter. I love what the dry hopping does for this brew. Creative and flavorful, this is a very enjoyable porter.

tonistruth, Jun 15, 2006
New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.