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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 500
Hads: 1,025
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | 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 BWH3
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New World Porter

A: Deep brown but clear when held to the light. Vibrant reddish hues shine through as well when held to light. Average light caramel brown head with meager retention despite what I had come to expect from previous reviews.

S: Bold roast grain with waves of caramel, coffee and a light chocolate. Complex, well blended flavors create a rich aroma with a hint of roast nut flavor.

T: Rich roast notes come on stronger in the taste than the nose. The hops are more prominent as well although as a whole the beer is very malty with even balance between chocolate and coffee notes. The hops are citrus and crisp and help terminate the malts.

M: Medium bodied with good viscosity but poor head retention. Nice and still. 3.5

D: An excellent robust porter. One of my favorite Avery beers.

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Photo of Dantes
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown bottle. No date or ABV information on label. Blurb describes beer as “A traditional porter- big, black and bold- with a twist...It’s dry-hopped!” The label also depicts an “antique-style” map of North and South America.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: Shaker pint at ~50º

Appearance: A very dark brown body with ruby tints when held to the light. Generates quite a generous, rocky head, that’s surprisingly light-colored.

Smell: Strong but balanced, with a dark roasted grainy framework, with substantial hoppy notes, tobacco tar, and coffee bitterness. Quite complex.

Taste: There’s quite a lot going on with this beer. First, the dry-hopping really seems to work, with much of it appearing in the nose, while just the right amount finds its way into the symphony of flavors. This beer is founded on the substantial, roasted malt base, yielding nice coffee-like flavors, with hints of chicory, nuts, tarry tobacco, and blackstrap molasses. Heaped on top of this is the expected hoppiness tempered with some gentle, fruity, almost brown-ale-like sweetness. Maybe I didn’t find the hops so strident or citrusy because I love fuggles (an ironic hop for a “New World” porter). Finishes strongly like a porter should.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit too carbonated for me, resulting in a little thinness. In this respect, it fails to match a world-class porter like Fuller’s.

Drinkability: A really enjoyable, nice-drinking porter. Little alcohol impact. One of the better choices in one of my favorite style categories.

Backwash: I’m very surprised that so many people find this to be so hoppy (or too hoppy); or think it is so stout-like. I found this to be the opposite. It’s not as viscous or sweet as Fuller’s or as hoppy as Smutty’s Robust Porter. Maybe it's the technique, or the blend of hops; but the dry-hopping works for me here. A nice blend of the old and the new.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a old style atlas on the label. Described as a traditional porter with a twist - dry-hopping. No date info.

Appearance: Pours a very dark black-brown color with just a hint of red around the edges when held to the light. Nice head, that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it slowly fades.

Smell: Roasted aroma, a hint of bitter coffee, mixed with malt sweetness. Also noticably more hops than usual in a porter.

Taste: Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. Strong roasted flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The hops shine through here as well - blending nicely with the coffee bitterness.

Overall impression: A very interesting offering from Avery. Well balanced and drinkable despite the relatively high ABV and strong flavors. I wish this one was available year round.

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Photo of AveryAdams
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review here, who better to start with than one of my favorite breweries that also shares my name? This is the first time though that I've had the new world porter.

Served in a pint glass at about 55 degrees.

Appearance - Very dark, appears black initially but shining a light through it reveals that it is actually a deep ruby red. Head is a tan color with tight bubbles. Carbonation maybe a tad much for the style? Head retention is excellent. Looks good enough to drink.

Aroma - Aroma is less than expected, just not very powerful at all. What is present is grainy and malty. Alcohol is also noticeable though just slightly. Some slight fruitiness as well, really reminds me of figs but lately everything reminds me of figs. Very little if any hop smell. Pleasing aroma, just wish there was more of it.

Flavor - Malty, roasty and toasty. Sweetness well balanced with bitterness. Grain and cereal flavors are forefront, with roasted malt bitterness and hops secondary. Very well balanced flavor. Alcohol is also detectable, adding a nice spiciness. A little more bitter than I'd expect from a standard porter, but for me that's a plus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, carbonation is immediately noticeable on the tongue. Slightly creamy, smooth and pleasant, although again more carbonated than I would expect from a porter. Still not bad.

Overall - a very good beer! Another winner from Avery.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Earthy, rich and inviting! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, strong notes of coffee, dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of licorice, a touch of chalk, and lots of dark chocolate.

Taste: Interesting. This beer’s flavor is nowhere near as bold and assertive as the aroma. There’s still lots of delicious roasted malt up front, followed by lots of brown sugar and dark molasses-like sweetness, and the aforementioned touch of licorice, but they’re all much softer and subtler than the aroma, and after the first impression of the aroma, the flavor is a bit of a letdown.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good porter, with an absolutely, amazingly, spectacular aroma. If the flavor could’ve lived up to the aroma, this would’ve been a world-class porter. As it stands, it’s only a very, very good one, and still worth a drink or two.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice example of a porter on the robust side of the scale. Poured quite dark, even for a porter. Aroma was dark chocolate, not-quite coffee and a charcoal-ish roasted malt. Full and slightly creamy mouthfeel, jam-packed with roasted malt flavors. Nicely bittered, and, according to the bottle, dry hopped. Finish was strong and clean. Had this with pot roast and mashed potatoes, and it was a perfect pairing.

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Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite deep garnet to brown color, the head spumous in texture, prodigious in size, the lace massive sheets that cling strongly to the glass, both a light chocolate color. Nose is caramel, hop floral and a light bittersweet chocolate sweetness also present. Start is ambrosial; top is middling in mouth feel. Finish is perky in its carbonation, rigorously hopped, droughty malt aftertaste. Avery makes some fine brews if you not tried them, well worth the effort to find and sample.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain and a strong citric hop.

The taste consisted of some dry roasted coffee, some smoke and a fresh citric hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and well hopped porter.

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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a very deep brown color with a finger's worth of head. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey with some citrus and earthy hops. The taste is very good, with a nice amount of hop flavor joining the roast party. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated, and the drinkability is good. One of the hoppier porters I've had, and went great with the beef stew I paired this with.

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Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a 2 finger fluffy tan head. The head has nice retention. Some good lacing rings the glass.

S- Very nice chocolate aroma, some coffee, a bit of vanilla cream, and some great hoppy aromas. (Surly-Bender-ish)

T- Starts with notes of chocolate, and coffee then has a bit of grassy hopiness before it goes very dry on the finish with residual hop oil notes. There is almost suggestions of oak and bourbon.

M- Silky smooth with a larger mouthfeel due to the ABV.

D- This has a bit more ABV than your typical porters but I thought this gave what I would think an original porter may have tasted like after it was shipped in oak barrels.

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance – pours a VERY dark brown (not quite black) – with a chocolaty essence – light caramel colored head, but very little of it, and disappates quickly

Smell – chocolate is the first thing that I notice, along with a general sense of Earth – dirt/herbs/mint

Taste – obviously, chocolate and malts make themselves very apparent, also one of the rare occasions where the earthy/dirt smell actually come through in the taste (I know the idea of dirt taste isn’t appealing, but trust me, this is delicious).

Mouthfeel – very nice. Smooth, drinkable, moderate carbonation but not overwhelming. The alcohol level hovers around 6.5%, and is another element that is very apparent. Not quite as masked as other brews I’ve had, but not overpowering or imposing

Overall - not quite a porter, but a very nice black IPA. Flavors work well together, high drinkability – not super original or unique, but I will buy this again.

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Photo of jamiejohnson
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew, the flavors linger from start to finish. I'm still trying to figure out the subtleties of dry-hopping, but it seems clear that it adds to the complexity of the flavor. Avery's a fantastic brewery, one of the major players in the Colorado beer scene, and they obviously know what they're doing. Their New World Porter is an excellent product and I'll certainly buy it again. A cask version of this would be superb.

Hop it wet,
Hop it dry.
Hoppy says

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Photo of tastybeer
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks are quite nice. The big ol' friendly welcoming light brown head is beckoning me. Color is dark deep, redish brown and lets through a small amount of light in hazy fashion. Smell is tantalizing. Citrusy pine resin, grassy freshness, heavily roasted, burnt almonds, caramel, creamy cocoa, with an unexpected Belgian-like something...possibly yeastiness/fruity esters. There's certainly a lot to sniff. Taste has a like assortment of flavors. The flavors come through evenly and balanced. A pointy gradual bitterness extends through the finish as well. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, resiny textured and body could be a more fuller medium to back up the vast array of flavors and solid hoppiness. Easy to drink on the other hand though.

Good porter. I'd get it again.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of UA8
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a thin light brown head.

S- Scents of dates, dried citrus, and smoky roasted malts.

T- Leads with sweet caramel malts and touch of citrus, finish is smoky and herbal.

M- Nice and round near perfect for a porter.

D- This beer is super drinkable I think its my favorite porter but with that said it really acts more like a hoppy dark ale with a touch of smoke than a traditional porter. Its flavors are soft smooth and very appealing to me for a beer that I could just sit around and drink.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Shows only litle brown head when pooring in and a almost black beer make presentation style like. Nose is very creamy, hazelnut, coffee and flowery hops. Overal a fresh and good impression. Taste shows a full malty and creamy maltbody that has lots of bittercacao and coffee. Aftertaste is bitter roasty and good hops. Mf is very oily and creamy and overal taste is well balanced. The low carbonisation makes mouthfeel even more pleasant. Yes this is a fine beer, bitter, roasty ad creamy.. just as it should be for a porter.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a thick tan head. Nose of toasted malts followed by a good serving of aromatic hops. The taste again very roasty and rich with some nice bitter hops to keep balance. A dry medium body with good carbonation. This is for sure one hoppy American porter. A very good example and right up there with Anchor and Fullers.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark, dark brown (nearly black) beer, allowing only slight highlights through with a strong backlight. Tan head, big and frothy and very attractive. Moderate retention with pretty decent lacing.

S-Initially, I picked up on the chocolate and roasty malts that I expect from a good porter. Then I realized how hoppy the aroma really is! Some very piney hops push their way through the maltiness to provide a pleasant addition.

T-Roasty black malts and chocolate with some hints of coffee, especially on the finish. Good bitterness with a prominent hop character shining through, mostly a dank pine like in the aroma. The strong hop character melds well with the blacker malt flavors.

M-Medium-low carbonation doesn't detract from the beer's intricate flavors, and the fullish body helped drape my palate in flavor. Very enjoyable.

D-A very good, different porter than I am used to. The hoppiness was to a degree that I haven't seen a lot with porters, so I'm please to see how this beer progressed, and that it was done well.

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Photo of WJVII
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep brown color that is pretty solid with light transparency on the sides when held to the light. The head is modest at best but very sticky. The aroma is sweet and has a nice hop smell that you miss in most porters. That alters the taste and gives it more bitterness (to my liking). A little off for a straight porter, but the flavor is nicely balanced. Definitely a good brew, but not over the top outstanding.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into broad mouth glass
Appearance: Opaque black with a half inch off white head that dissipated slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee take the forefront as expected but then a big waft of hop aroma comes out. Grapefruit, orange, heavy pine, everything that you'd want from an IPA's aroma is in this porter, it's amazing. Finally the malt comes back to finish off the scent with some toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: This is something else. I've never tasted a porter, or a beer for that matter, quite like this. I remember reading either in a thread or in someone's review that they thought this was more like a black IPA and I can totally see where they are coming from. There's definitely typical porter flavors in there, (chocolate, coffee, toffee, hazelnut) but the hop flavor is very pronounced. It's like a chocolate covered grapefruit, doesn't sound too appetizing but this is delicious. Unlike the aroma, the citrus hop flavors are the first to show in the taste and then it finishes off with a smooth chocolate and subtle coffee. The finish is nice and bitter. Man this is good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a nice amount of carbonation and bitterness that bites the tongue.

Drinkability: I could see this being a little intense for some but for me it's just right, I could easily drink this all night.

Overall: This one blew me away, some Avery I like and some I don't care for but this might be one of the best American porters I've ever had. If you have a taste that ranges the whole gamut when it comes to beer, try this. It'll satisfy your hop head needs while still giving you the nice dark malt flavors you'd expect from a porter.

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Photo of hopsworth
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of walleye
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured black with with deep mahogany edges with a brown head with lots of lacing. aroma, the caramels came out strong, than came the malts, chocolate, hints of hops. flavor, toffee, caramel, malts, chocolate, dark fruits. a very good beer.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's New World Porter pours from the bottle a nice near opaque color. The smell is nice and malty, with carmel undertones wafting through. The tasty is malty, with additional pleasantly matched bittering. There is a mild after taste of caramel and hops which adheres to the tip of the tongue. This is a very nice porter. Keep an eye out for this and gice it a try. Enjoy!

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Photo of RappAttack
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark dark brown with a thin tan head that sticks to the side as you chugg :)
S: rousted coffee with a grassy hoppyness very interesting
T: the coffee comes through nicely and then a nice earthy hop bitterness there at the end
M: decent carbonation, drinks like an ipa but backed up by malty porter goodness
O: a winner in my book, it like the out of bounds stout but with more of a hoppy kick at the end i went out on a limb here andpicked up a whole sixer and im sure glad i did

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New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.