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New World Porter - Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

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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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Reviews: 500 | Hads: 1,025
Photo of fretlessman71
4.58/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Wonka
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of cncbofh
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of edchicma
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.07/5  rDev -46.6%
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.)

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Photo of oracle
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Truh
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Looks like someone put the lable on by hand, it has many bubbles. Hey, but it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside.
Pours a deep rich brownblack with ruby red tints.
The thick reddish brown head recedes slowly and leaves a layer of sticky lace in it’s wake.
Aroma is roasty, caramel malt, and citrusy hops.
Flavor is roasty coffee, chocolatey, with a light grapefruity finish.
Goes down a little too easy, before I knew it I had 3, and was feeling pretty good :-).

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Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, Chris (clvand0) stepping up to the plate with this one. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It poursa deep ruby red color with one finger of head. There is just a touch of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with lots of coffee and chocolate flavors. Smells almost like a mocha capuccino. The taste is more chocolatey than coffee, slightly sweet. Lots of roasted malt character to it as well. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a porter, and the drinkability fairs well. Another nice Avery beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown color with a small ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is chocolatey, with a touch of raisiney sweetness as well. Very interesting. The flavor is chocolate, moving towards a raisiney finish. I like it. The feel is nice and thick, somewhat coating in the mouth. This is a nice, chewey porter. The flavors are nice, but I would like to see more chocolatey flavor.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: If I had my eyes closed, I’d swear this was an IPA. Bright grapefruit and pine hops smells, not a whiff of malt to be found.
Appearance: Black glass with tiny edges of clear brown. Capped by a dark tan head that collapsed, leaving a solid ring of lace. The lace continues like a curtain down my pint glass.
Flavor: It’s an IPA! Well, it does finish with a definite burnt coffee flavor which is a nice twist. At third sip I do get some dark roasted malts (and hops) some bitter chocolate (and hops) and a bit more espresso flavors (did I mention hops?), but this is unlike any Porter in my book.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a creamy texture. A bit oily and leaves a long coat. Carbonation is a bit high, but not fizzy.
Overall Impression: Very interesting. One mother trucking load of hops here. I’m not a porter fan, so the twist is welcome in my house. Complex and enjoyable. Style schmyle.

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Photo of far333
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with no light coming through. Thick and chunky light-brown head with lumps like oatmeal. The head hangs out for a while and slowly drops down. Sweet and roasty smell, deep espresso and bitter chocolate. Intense flavor with rich raisin, sharp molasses, and bitter chocolate and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. A little tannic. Bitter coffee lingers, with a slight hop bitter running beneath. Very rich and intense flavor, but very satisfying. Thanks to Brent for this one.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into the ubiquitous 16-oz logo'ed pint glass. Appeared to be an almost rosy black. some creamy-beige head was present, but dissipated fairly quickly. Brew smelled very nice, a big malt backbone with a hit of "dry-hopped sweetness". Taste was really good, nearly outstanding. Brew is rich in complex malty flavors, with coffee and sweet/nutty flavors domminating. The hops provide a nice balance to the brew without distracting from the distinct porter taste. Brew could nearly be called an imperial or double porter! Great mouthfeel and very high drinkibility. Very undemanding on the palate and very rewarding. This was an unexpected gem.

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Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and deep brown color, I can't see through the glass when held up to a light, decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, has a chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate flavors, full body with a thick mouthfeel, nice bitter hoppy finish.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good tasting beer, the alcohol was very prevalent in the beer's flavor. It pours a dark brown in color with very litle head. Lace does from on the glass, but it slides back down in to the beer rather quickly. The flavor was chocolate and malt. Slight coffee flavors too. However, the alcohol taste was just slightly too strong for me preference.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a hint of red showing thru when held up to the light with a creamy head that settles into a soapy-like finish.Big roasted malt hits the nose as well as some nuttiness and just a hint of cocoa,smells big and bold.Taste is also of deep roasted malt and earth,with some sweetness coming on more as I drink the hops dont come into play much u can tell they are there but not overly done.A big robust porter full of complexities very well done from Avery.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with ruby highlights and a medium, fluffy tan head. Aroma is dark malt and molasses with cocoa and a hint of wine. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

Taste is dark roast malt and very dry. Lots of hints of Viennese coffee, dark bitter European chocolate, a trace of burgundy and smoke. More espresso and cigar tobacco come out as the glass empties. Dry hopped but not a real noticeable hoppy flavor at first, although the bite is still there. The familiar citrusy pucker of the hops emerges in the latter half of the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and very clean with a dry, malty aftertaste. Very up-front, bold and complex flavor. If anything, it tries too hard; I like my porters a bit more subtle than this. This is very close to a strong dry stout.

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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 Dogbrick
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as good as Fuller’s but still a great Porter. Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick light brown head. Thin, spidery lacing throughout. The aroma is roasty with hops and cocoa. Medium-bodied with a nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is roasty and lightly hopped and lasting. I liked this one.

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