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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

959 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 18
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 ChazMania
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A) a little flat, only small head that faded quickly. Dark dark brown, good color.

S) kinda light, nothing really eminating from the glass, just a slight roasted toffee type smell.

T) Fizzy and a bit tart. I'm used to Porters being more full flavored than this.

M) Again, a tad sharp on the tongue. I like my porters on the creamy side, this is thin.

D) I bought a 6er, certainly I will finish it, but I won't be buying again as there are too many good beers to be had.

ChazMania, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ultimately, while I enjoyed this beer, it didn't blow me away.

Poured very nice - dark black with a 1 finger tan head that eventually dies but leaves some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate.

Tastes good. Good amount of coffee and chocolate - lots of roasted flavors. Also has a good hop bite.

M: Slightly on the thick side for a porter, with decent carbonation.

D: Overall, pretty drinkable.

Good for the style - it just didn't impress me too much. Still, recommended.

rallison, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a pitch dark black, just the slightest of ruby hues. The head is enormous, a big two inch thick tan head, sticks around for a while, and leaves lots of lacing all over the place, a thick ring around the top. Off to a very good start. The aroma is nice, a little on the faint side, but nevertheless a hefty load of dark, roasted, black, succulent malts, chocolates and dried hops abound. Give it a little more umph, and I'm a huge fan.

The taste didn't shy away at all though. Big black malts, chocolaty goodness in perfect quantity, some coffee to go with it. The hops are in just the right balance, faint and leafy I think. And also faint is some caramel sweetness. The mouth is pretty good, the body medium and steady throughout, good carbonation, and overall makes out for just a really just a great porter.

objectivemonkey, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a half inch of foamy, mocha head. The head falls kind of quickly, but leaves lots of lacing behind. I was surprised, this is darker than the Out of Bounds stout I just had before it.. Not as attractive overall, and I don't mean to compare the two, it's just that they seem very similar with only slight differences in the appearance.

Lots of roasted-ness in the nose, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Also notes of citrus and hops, lemons, and toasted nuts.

Incredibly toasted malt taste along with chocolate. A mild hop bitterness, but sort of a caramel sweetness along with a sort of dark fruitiness.

Decent alcohol warming effects take over quickly. Medium to heavy bodied and fairly creamy. Goes down smooth. Pretty heavy for a porter, but I'm not complaining. Wonderful beer.

dogger6253, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at AJ's at the end of October for $1.79.

Beer poured a dark brown with ruby undertones. The tan head was two fingers on the pour and sustained long after. Nose is somewhat present, of toasted sweet malts. Taste is well balanced between the roasted chocolate malts and the dry hop bitter finish. Beer is sweeter than usual for the style. Mouthfeel is almost perfectly smooth, perhaps because of the amount of time is sat in my fridge. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very nice porter that I plan on trying again!

arizcards, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown, almost pitch black. A very light brown head which disappears pretty quick, but then again, I didn't have the greatest pour.
S - Not much to the nose. Some roasted malt and a little chocolate.
T - Very strong chocolate, roasted sweet malt, and smokiness, all which balance well. I don't know what it is about porters, but they always taste a little like lake water near the end of the glass, although this is less than what I've tasted before. Maybe it's the bitterness that's coming off tasting like that.
M - Medium-bodied. The flavors are there until the end, so there's a great taste on the palate all the way through. Pretty carbonated as well, which could be good or bad, depending on your preference.
D - The flavors don't overwhelm, but the beer gets a little boring near the end of the glass. Somewhat filling too. A good example of a Porter, and I'll drink it again no doubt, but I'll reach for other versions of this style over Avery's Porter.

Gatch, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of westweasel
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gorgeous - Dark brown liquid which appears clear, but so dark you can't see through it. Poured with a 1" thick creamy tan head, of which 1/2 inch was above the rim of the glass. The foam left great lacing all along the sides of the glass as it went down.

Smell - Roasty and sweet... a little bit of coffee and a little bit of pine.

Taste - Very bitter and roasty, a little ashy. I really like porters that have a depth of flavors. This beer has so much bitterness, it drowns everything else out. Maybe this would be more appealing after lots of aging.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium, with a bitter, dry finish.

Drinkability - Not as good as I had hoped. I would have preferred this more if it was less bitter and a lot smoother.

westweasel, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC. . . .

A: Pretty close to black with a 2-finger, bubbly khaki head. Real good head retention and nice walls -- not rings, walls -- of foamy lacing.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, though I did feel this was served too cold, which could detract from the strength of the smells early on. What was there was appropriate for a porter -- predominantly roasted malt with some roasted coffee beans more prevalent as it warmed, along with a hint of smoked peat or charcoal.

T: Good porter flavors all around -- coffee, smoked malt, a hint of dark chocolate and a dry bitter charcoal finish.

M: A little bit too much carbonation, in my opinion, which made it feel like it was on the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D: OK. Nice and flavorful, but a little too much carbonation for my quaffing pleasure. It took me longer to get through this 20 oz pint than it did for me to finish the same sized serving of Hog Heaven, which is substantially stronger.

Notes: A solid porter, but the carbonation levels -- while helping to create a nice head -- seemed to slow me down. I'll bet this would feel great on the cask, however, and would go down much more smoothly.

Kendo, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very good looking black until held up to light where you can see through its clear red hues. Pours with a rocky fluffy head that has some pretty good staying power and some nice lace too. The smell is fantastic, clean chocolate and a bit of roasted malt come out.

The taste, smooth bittersweet chocolate with a touch of roasty malt that gives it a nice bitterness in the end. The roastiness hangs around the mouth for quite a while and gives you sort of a lingering coffee taste. The mouthfeel really makes this great, as the carbonation is low and fine, giving it a smooth mouthfeel.

MiScusi, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sooo glad I re-reviewed this one. Turns out my original sample was seriously off. Initially was about a 3.5 and a rare buy. Now 4.5 and heavy rotation.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into a pint glass. It had a black color that showed mahogany highlights when against a bright light. It had a huge tannish head from a healthy pour that settled into a constant 1/4" inch foam with great lacing. The smell was great - roasted malts, coffee and some sweetness (the original sample had a weird piney smell that thankfully wasn't in this one). The taste was amazing. This is exactly what I want in an Am Porter. Great roasted taste from start to finish with some bitter but not too much at the end. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Overall this is an amazing beer that I highly recommend. This one will be a player in the rotation for sure (4.5, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking a lot of the Avery lineup lately, and the New World Porter was next in line.

Pours a deep orange-brown color with a thin one-finger orange-white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma conjurs up images of vanilla, molasses, roasted cocoa, dark cherry, and sour mash. Very complex smells in here for a porter. And it's tasty too. Flavors that hit noticeably are nutty cocoa and chocolate with dark fruit. Finishes strong with a bitter coffee sensation. Gotta love the hop content here; it really takes hold and is quite pleasant if you like hoppy beers. Mouthfeel is competent. Overall, this is a very good beer. I wouldn't hesitate to grab a sixer of this at the store, or order a round for unsuspecting friends. I think they would thank me for it. Well done.

Atlas1, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of isubsmith
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brown color, creamy dense head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Very nice nose - lots of roasted malt and coffee. Hints of sweet caramel malts.

Taste is very smooth.Sweet malt, very light hops. Light on the roasted coffee and roasted malts. Very smooth, very light carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

isubsmith, Feb 26, 2007
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
New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.