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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

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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 profzoom
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a deep chocolate brown. The head is a tad whiter than one would normally expect from a porter.

The aroma is sweet, with a roasted coffee bean quality to it. The taste is similar at first, a little sweet with that porter-like kick to it. Yet it has much more of an alcohol aftertaste to it than you would expect from a beer with this relatively low ABV.

Overall, a decent porter, but probably not one I will seek out in the future.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry, roasted flavor that boasts of chocolate and black patent malts along with a bitter hop aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a complex flavor that extends from creamy chocolate and black malts to a hoppy finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. I love the hop character. It really adds to the already good aroma and taste.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid brew by Avery. Pours a thick brown, almost black and creamy. Smells of malted and roasted grains. Chocolate and bittering decorate the aromas. Tastes also, chocolatey and roasted, along with caramel, toffee, and coffee. High hop flavors penetrate the taste upfront and ride the beer into the finish. Unique grassyness, pineyness, and esters in a porter. Tastes more like a Baltic Porter, only without the Lager flavors or Noble hops. Although not to style, all hopheads will love it.

Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stopped by the Avery brewery yesterday and they still had a little of this left, and I'd ironically never tried it.
It's dark, but not as murky as many stouts or similar porters.
The smell is of coffee, cocoa, and hops...which surprised me a bit.
Flavors were very similar. The description on the taps was a dark IPA...and that's actually how it tasted, but with a hint of coffee and sweetness.
At 6.7% ABV, it's potent but still vert drinkable as a borderline session brew.
I'm glad I stopped in as this brew is one I look forward to for next year!
Thanks to Larry for inviting us in on a Saturday and for even giving me an early sample of the 2005 Beast!

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

A creamy yellowed tan head rests lazily atop a black body with gleaming mahogany highlights. The head retention is fairly good, and it leaves craggy rings of thin lace as it slowly dwindles. The nose is chocolatey, caramelish, fruity, roasty, and citrusy/piney-hoppy. It's crisp in the mouth with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation and medium-light body. The flavor is rich with notes of dark, bittersweet chocolate; dull caramel; coffee grounds; and fruity (berry-like, softly citrusy, and with some mild vinous undercurrents). It's solidly bitter, and just a touch acidic from the dark malts, leaving it to finish quite dry with a firm, lingering bitterness.

Photo of Maestro
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This black beer is opaque. The head is thin, but holds up throughout. The lacing is thin.

Smell: The smell is sweet, as if it is a milkstout. Coffee and chocolate are noticeable. The bottle claims that it is dry-hopped but I don't detect that in the nose.

Taste: Tastes like a milk stout to me. Lots of roasted malt. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation provides for a bubbly brew.

Drinkability: I probably won't come back to this beer.

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

Avery = how cool. Only drawback is the no bottled date. But a great black / brown edge pour, foamy head ,. Nice lacing. Malty & chocholate aroma, transferred to the taste too! Mini hop bit at the end of the quaff, and a slight sour (old ale?) finish, but a good thing. Full & creamy, had only 2 outside on the deck in 88 degree temp, they still flowed fine !

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

The bottled version pours dark brown, almost black, revealing deep crimson highlights when held to the light. An awesomely creamy tight head the color of chocolate milk shows no signs of stopping even at the bottom of my glass. Lacing is crusty and heavy, hanging like stucco. The last inch of beer still has a 1/4 in. cap of foam, awesome!

The nose is chock full of dark toasty malt notes of chocolate, strong dark coffee, scorched caramel, and generous pine and citrus hops.

Bittersweet flavors of dark malts, bakers chocolate, black caramel, molasses, burnt brown sugar, espresso coffee, and sticky pinecones dipped in orange marmalade. Perfectly balanced. Way better hop to malt ratio than tap version. Some time in the bottle has smoothed out those dry-hopped edges you found on tap.

Body is big medium , creamy and rich, with a silky smooth mouthfeel and nice and light carbonation. Drinkability is ridiculous.

Definately one of the best non-imperial American porters. Almost Imperial at 6.7 % abv.

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


This pours nice and dark dark brown and leaves a nice fluffy head. It dissipates, but leaves an island and a ring which sticks foam to the side.

Smells chocolatey and malty.

Taste is incredible. Rich chocolate, malty, and some dry hop at the end to clean the pallete.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.

Finish has a bitter snap and cleanses quickly with a dry hop end.

This is one really really really good brew. I recommend it highly!

Photo of Sixpack595
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Great looking beer, deep ruby red when held up to light. Tight tan head, almost as even and finely textured as nitro poured. Great lacing. Aroma is good, chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is a big letdown. Hoping walks all over everything else. Hop bitterness is the dominant element. Yea, theres some sweetness, a bit of chocolate, but its all buried in hop bitterness. Not much of a porter, almost like a really half-assed RIS.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice robust porter from Avery. I always have a hard time giving a bad score to a porter on its appearance due to its ability to hide flaws. This one had such a wonderful, mocha-colored, head that was insanely sticky. The deep,near-opaque, body has a burnt-orange tint. The is filled with roasted maltiness and java. The taste is very burnt with a coffee-grind finish. The is a very full-bodied porter that is enjoyable. With all that said, it is just another average/above average porter that you run into often.

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

Poured a wonderful deep mahogony with full opaqueness and a cafe au lait head with patchy bubbles here and there. The nose was split between a burnt coffee flavor and hoppiness. The taste was about the same with a roasted flavor in the beginning full of oats and chocolate, the middle was full of fresh hops and the finsh was a burnt grain flavor. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Tasty!

Photo of fretlessman71
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to Beaver13 for turning me on to this beer – he didn’t buy this one for me, but the first one I ever had was due to his generosity, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge him for his good taste.

Avery hasn’t made a beer that I haven’t liked, and I’ll tip my hand – I’ve had this before, and it’s terrific. IIRC, this is a dry-hopped Porter… brilliant!

APPEARANCE: Translucent dark root beer brown. Head is ENORMOUS – half the beer is still in the bottle, awaiting its turn to be drank. Tight, firm bubbles… I might go take a walk while this settles down.

Okay… back. Only 2 inches left of this head, and the lacing left behind by the first inch is beautiful! Quite a sight.

AROMA: MMMMmmm… hops! What a pleasure to be able to SMELL them in a porter! Decent malt as well, but the hops certainly take center stage here.

FLAVOR: It’s quite odd for me to taste hops right off in a porter (forgive me – I’ve had so many porters over the last few months they were all beginning to taste the same), and this is a nice change. Every sip carries the tell-tale tongue-tip-tingling of a strong hop presence. Coffee and chocolate in the middle – nice balance – but this is a hop bomb (and I mean that in a good way). And why not?

MOUTHFEEL: Nice spiciness, medium weight, clean finish.

DRINKABILITY: This is a great late spring or early fall brew. I could see myself lifting a few of these on a brisk September evening out on someone’s deck in the mountains… as long as I’m not driving home afterwards; the 6.7% ABV is somewhat winding-mountain-road-driving prohibitive.

OVERALL COMMENTS: You know, this really doesn’t fit the style for a porter, what with all the hoppiness and such… and you know what else? I just don’t care. OUTSTANDING beer!

Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big rocky and lacy tan head settles over clear dark maroon/brownish liquid. Hoppy nose with coffee undertones. Initial malt sweetness blends nicely with roasty coffee tones and above average hoppiness for the style. Finishes bitter and dry, very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Wonka
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz.

Appearance – dark like a porter should be; creamy head with good retention; lace has good coverage but its paper thin - its actually miraculous it lives - tab it the 'little lace that could'

Smell – roasted malt; hops come through

Taste – roasted dark chocolate; good bitterness that’s so unique for a porter; some caramel midway; some hop zip at close with smoke and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel – nice even moderate feel

Drinkability – good palate setup and not too dry at close; no negative surprises

Its strange to bombard a porter with dry hopping but what the heck, I’m glad Avery went for it.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This porter masquerades as a stout in appearance, with a dark, almost black color topped by a creamy tan head, with lots of lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey, with a bit of a hoppy thing going on

Taste: Unusual for a porter - starts out with a wallop of chocolate malt but finishes with a strong dose of hops

Mouthfeel: Creamy, stoutlike body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Adam Avery has created his own "New World" interpretation of a porter, with a creamy mouthfeel and an assertive hoppy

Photo of cncbofh
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark tawny color... nearly black. Nice tan head.

The smell was full of hops with a nice malt background. The taste was a wonderful combination of dark roasted chocolate malts and strong citrusy hops with a bit of a sour note. The balance is incredible and, amazingly enough, they both go well together.

The mouthfeel was thin but complex... the alcohol was warming but not overpowering.

An excellent but very different porter. Highly recommended!

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on guest tap at The Tap. Also found the next day at The Sunset.

This porter poured a very dark brown, almost black, with red chestnut around the edges, and with creamy, light brown foam that persisted a long time and clung to the glass. The smell was surprisingly hoppy with bitter, resinous hops, mixed with cocoa malt aroma. The taste was correspondingly very resinously hoppy and malty (chocolate and cocoa flavors) with a rather hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was dry, smooth, and crisp with medium body and moderate carbonation. The malt and hops lingered in the aftertaste. This was a rather nice, and somewhat different porter, with the difference being the hops.

Photo of edchicma
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew started with a great head and dark color...smell was a tad over on the hoppiness scale with very little malt quality. Smell was more that of an IPA. Taste equally was more hoppy than expected....malt was light on the front...nice dry finish though. Mouthfeel was slightly harsh which also affects drinkability. Overall a decent brew but not a great representation of the style.

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

Once again...thanks to Downtown Wine & Spirits for bringing in these.
Pours a dark black w/ a dark tan two finger head...top notch lacing going on as the head settles, but never fades.
For me, the unusual experience of smelling hops first off in a Porter is happily greeted. You just know there will be plenty of other things going on to balance this beer out.
Dark chocolates and butter rum aromas on the surface as well.
The taste is a bitter, yet mellow burst of coffee and malt takes over. Again, a touch of hops, but I would not consider this beer to be overly hoppy by any means. The mouthfeel is decent...maybe a bit thin for its style. The aftertaste is also a bit bitter, but does not linger...very refreshing. Easily a session brew in my opinion...another keeper from Avery.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.05/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A beautiful label does not make a great beer. Too bad, this label is very nice.
Pours a rich, dark, deep ruby red, almost brown but not quite. Good head and good lace.
Smell is hoppy with just a hint of roasted malt and nothing else.
Taste is like a weakly flavored porter mated with an IPA. Just hops, a slight hint of toasted malt and some coffee hint in the aftertaste. And noticeable alcohol. No complexity, no balance.
Mouthfeel: medium body, effervescent on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability: If you want a porter, get something else. Should be labeled a dark IPA. Would be more accurate, surely. (I know, don't call you Shirley.)

Photo of oracle
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of porters, but Ed insisted that I just had to try this one last night. Thank you, Ed. I owe you a favor.

This beer arrived a typical porter opaque black color. What was really different about it was the head. about 2 inches of foam so dense and stiff, you could have sculpted it with a putty knife. I've never seen a head this dense and creamy on a porter without being a nitro tap (which this was not).

Smell was actually somewhat difficult to detect. I practically had to bury my nose in the foam to smell anything. I finally got traces of sweet carmelized malt but not much else.

The taste on other other hand was very upfront. This is one absolutely outstanding porter. Heavy sweet malt rolls around on the tongue for an extended period. Faint traces of coffee and fruit in the finish.

I'm amazed that this beer doesn't have a higher rating.
Absolutely outstanding.

Photo of Truh
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was funded by the king for this trip with this one on 2/20/2005. 16-oz. pour in a shaker at the Cambridge Bukowski’s.

Cavernous, cumulus fluff of tightly encrusted carbonation with a huge stick. Almost salty presence on nose, and a soap/oak smokiness with an undercurrent of caramel, A very surprising hop chalk presence is immediately noted on mouth, and the present roast character does not seem to blend well with the former, creating an almost toothpaste flavor; pine essence and black licorice jump around. Cannot recommend this one.

Photo of Citadel82
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours mahogany briown with ruby highlights witha a creamt tan head that laces the glass with couds of thick foam.

Smell is sweet malt and floral and citrus hops.

Taste is caramel with a citrus/cascade hops finish.

A medium bodied brew that refreshes like an IPA and does not have that full bodied profile one would expect in an "old word porter."

Very drinkable. This may not fit the usual porter profile but it is a tasty beer.

Photo of gbontrag
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoulda known - "new world" - means hops. Burnt brown which is almost black. Brown froth, holds.
Delicious chalky burnt malts, and sweet - molasses. Too green aroma, too green flavors on top. But it's good. I would have much preferred this with toned down hoppage. It'd be a better porter with less hops.
addendum: I'm not going to change the review score because this doesn't strike me as a porter. It's damn good though. Beautiful fruits lead into ruby grapefruit. Yeah, yeah I can drink this easily.

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