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Porter - American
Ranked #175
Ranked #11,767
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated can.

Pours dark brown with an inch of beige head. Average retention and minimal lacing. Big coconut blast in the nose with shades of cocoa and vanilla following through. Light bodied with a thinnish, watery mouthfeel. Bakers chocolate and coconut on the palate. Finishes dry with lingering coconut.

Apr 24, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated leaving a light little cap of a film of a head. Lacing was slightly bubbly and somewhat stringy. The smell had some dry coconut, roasty coffee, subtle dry almond/nuttiness with a little bit of cocoa powder here and there. The taste was moderately bitter and roasty through the coffee and then some sweetness from the coconut and cocoa powder. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fine sessionable feel as a porter. Gets pretty dry on my tongue with the roasty to bitterness quality rolling on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good porter that I’d have again. Seems like "coconut" in a porter is the in thing.

Jun 15, 2017
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured a deep brown, nearly black body. One finger, light coffee colored head with very limited lacing.
S - Light roasted smell. Really didn't pick up the coconut.
T - Definitely a porter after taste.
F - Medium body with a slight dry finish.
O - A decent beer.

May 21, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This almond coconut porter pours a black color with a slight ruby tint, a fizzy, slight light tan head, and a fairly high amount of carbonation. The smell is sweet with fairly strong coconut and almond scents. It is a bit artificial, a little bit sunscreen like. The taste isn’t so sunscreen like, but it definitely has a slightly artificial quality. The coconut flavor is most prominent, but the almond flavor is also quite strong and fairly almond extract like. The flavor is sweeter than most porters, but not extreme. The malt notes are almost completely drowned out, but there is a slight roasted grains quality as well. The body is on the high end of medium, but it is a bit lighter than your average quality porter. This is definitely not bad, but it is not a great porter either. It is a nice dessert porter, but I couldn’t drink more than one at a time. If you really want a coconut porter I prefer the Maui Coconut Porter personally.

Mar 12, 2017
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Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a sucker for porters and stouts involving coconuts, so this is right up my alley. The can does say "natural coconut and almond flavors added" and that's apparent in the taste but I'm ok with that to a certain extent. Coconuts and almonds are expensive, man.

I drank it half out of the can like an animal and half in an Austin Street glass. But it does look like beer, so there's that. The only thing I didn't really like was a weird iron/metallic flavor in one of the cans. To me, almonds in general don't taste like much but you get the sense that they're trying to get the beer to taste like an Almond Joy. I'd get this again and enjoy it any day of the week.

I haven't tried Death by Coconut yet so I can't compare the two but if you have a chance to get Liquid Riot's Cuckoo for Coconuts, it's by far the best coconut beer I've had, especially on tap at their Portland location.

Feb 09, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; very deep brown; 1 finger medium khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate is predominant with deeply roasted grains in the background;

T: milk chocolate and almonds for a moment, then coconut comes to the forefront and stays through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: I was surprised at the amount of coconut in the flavor - more than most coconut beers;

Oct 06, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours near black, finger tan head fades quickly, not much lace. Mild roasty aroma with subtle coconut. Roasty taste, lots of char, burnt sugar notes, mild coconut. Thin semi slick feel. Decent brew.

Aug 13, 2016
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice coconut porter, not on par with death by coconut but it's a pretty good substitute given no alternatives. The almond note in the aroma carried into the flavor in a bit of a dusty mouth drying way. Interestingly, the complexity of this beer didn't change very much as it warmed up, I guess I was expecting it to. It's a relatively straightforward drinking experience. Some roasty characteristics, coconut flavor and aroma, astringency and vague nuttiness from the almonds, and that's pretty much what you're looking at.

May 21, 2016
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, smallish tan head which fades quickly, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, slight coffee-ish aroma and a touch of coconut.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the roasted malt aspect taking the front and center approach, subtle sweetness from the coconut with a nutty aftertaste, carbonation is medium-high and sharp, finishes with a slight roasted bitterness.

Glad they didn't go overboard and make this a cloyingly sweet wrecking ball although I wish they upped it just a bit.

May 16, 2016
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black in the glass with ruby red highlights. Got a finger of khaki-colored head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing.

S - Shredded coconut and almonds. Behind that are overly bitter coffee grounds.

T - A liquid Almond Joy. Vibrant and dessert-like chocolate and coconut with fresh coffee and cream. Some minor coffee bitterness, but its not burnt coffee grounds, but more dark roast coffee.

F - A tad thin, but not a deterrent. Very smooth with no cloying flavors.

O - A good dessert beer with a good base porter to boot.

Apr 08, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass on draft at the Holy Grail in Laconia NH. Pours a very dark brown with a one inch head that leaves behind little lace.

Smell is toasted coconut, vanilla, roasted almonds, and some biscuit.

Taste follows nicely but even better. The coconut is very mild and because it is toasted it is much more to my liking, I found Oskar Blues too much coconut for me. The roasted almond flavor shines, with biscuit and vanilla very faint, but noticeable.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, nice carbonation, not dry, and very approachable.

Overall wish it had a little more girth and nicer on the eyes, but a nice beer.

Apr 01, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown color with a 3F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass.
The head quickly resolved.

Aroma: strong coconut and almonds. Nice balance.

The body is a bit light, and the carbonation medium. I would have preferred a thicker body
in the beer to give it more heft.

Taste: coconut and some almond, chocolate with warming. The taste is excellent, but not as pronounced as the aroma.

Overall: quite enjoyable. The body is a bit light. Otherwise another excellent beer from Baxter, which brews easy drinking, and flavorful beers.

Mar 06, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I recently had a chance to try Maui Brewer's CoCoNut Porter. I'm looking forward to see how this compares.

Dark brown color where light passes along the edge of the glass. Small head but it leaves plenty of interlocking spots and streaks.

This is a darker Porter with more burnt smells than typical. In the background I get a little coconut.

The flavor is strongly coconut with a bit of milk chocolate (as in creamy) but not as sweet. I don't get any almonds which would make this more like a Mounds bar than an Almond Joy. This beer tastes as advertised, worthwhile to try as a novelty.

Feb 14, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with tawny head
Smell of almond milk, coconut cream, toast, chocolate and coffee. The taste is the same as the smell. Heavy coconut. Sickly sweet. Low carbonation.

Feb 08, 2016
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sooo close
L - black with a thin tan head
A - almond joy, caramel and malt
T - follows nose, but could use a bit more roast bitterness
F - a little light bodied

Feb 07, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They ain't lying in the description. Right away I got an aroma of almonds and coconut. Heavy presence in the head. Taste very similar. If you like almonds and coconuts, which I do, you will like this beer. Mouthfeel thinner than a stout, so pretty much right on for a porter. Very nice!

Feb 06, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/23/15

Pours dark maroon almost black with a creamy khaki colored head. Smells like coconut, almond, grassy pine, and lightly roasted malt. Tastes like coconut, roasted malt, mild chocolate, almond, with light piney grass. Feels light medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice coconut almond porter.

Feb 01, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coconut. Taste is coconut, rich chocolate, delicious, a mounds bar has nothing on this beer, a touch of almonds are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a top quality beer worth seeking out.

Aug 20, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, light porter with quite a bit of caramel on the palate - far more so than any real roastiness. As such, it comes across - like Sixpoint's Beast Mode - almost like a Vienna lager in its malt presentation.

Very easy to drink, with hints of coconut showing through, but ultimately a huge miss from what I want in a porter.

Aug 16, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark into the glass with an off-white head. Coconut is evident in the smell and taste. Love the can design - reminiscent of the old clipper flights! Enjoyable.

Jul 03, 2015
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dhurrikane from Colorado

4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably easy to drink for a porter. Very smooth, very easy to drink. Rich and delicious with the smell and taste of coconut. Reminds me of a tropical coffee blend. Absolutely buying again.

Apr 20, 2015
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ILikeGoodCider from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz can poured in a BEX Teku glass.

L: Nice, 1/4" tan head. Deep, dark brown like a good porter should be.

S: I get good coconut up front, but not too much else aside from the normal nutty porter backbone.

T/M: Wow. Almond Joy in a glass. Really tasty. Coconut, chocolate, roasted almonds. Thin-ish feel, but by design. For a 6% porter, it's spot on.

D/O: I could drink this all day.

Apr 18, 2015
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid. Well balanced and not too flavor forward on the almond coconut which in my opinion compliments instead if overpowers. Perhaps a bit thin on the mouthfeel but a great overall porter

Apr 10, 2015
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seedyone from New York

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Hansome pour. Good looks, not much froth or lacing but the aroma & taste make up for that. I found this to be a very well balanced brew. A true treat for the taste buds. The promise of coconut & almond don`t disappoint.

Their presence are well in tune with the balanced standard porter backdrop. Truth be told they help support the texture that I have found lacking in some porters.

The coconut can be a bit upfront for some, but I truly enjoyed it.

Now if these guys could espresso it up a bit....but that`s me.

Well done.

Apr 01, 2015
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nimrodblack from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The local brewpub was carrying this on draft as a guest beer. I don't have the palate to generally detect very tiny nuances of flavors added in although the brewers often scream about the whatever-ingredient that is in there that is undetectable to most people. This is not that beer. Very silky smooth and a clear coconut flavor. This was an unexpected treat.

Mar 26, 2015
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