Death By Coconut | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Death By CoconutDeath By Coconut

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Intense fresh cacao flavors swirl with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. This limited release specialty comes around once a year to satisfy that sweet tooth, so get 'em while you can before they disappear. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, this choconut goodness will have you yellin' "Pass. Dash. Hit." all winter long.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate black w/ruby highlight + a pile of sepia foam that rims. 4.25
Intoxicating suntan lotion chocolate syrup + bourbon barrel notes. 4.5
Chocolate truffle, brown sugar, Lithuania black bread, and big coconut hit in the middle, some root beer and a clean bitter end. 4.25
Sarsparilla root comeback.
Medium, smooth, round. 4

Crazy nose in big strokes doesn’t prepare you for the shiftiness of the flavor. Three amazing things happening: coconut is huge yet doesn’t dominate, sweetness is balanced by little hints of tree bark and rye bread, and it cleans up after itself entirely. Only flaw I can find is slightly high fizz that lightens the body a bit much, though I might be sorry if it didn’t. I even get the otherwise incongruous “Irish” tag ahead of the porter - in terms of drinkability (though not ABV) it sinks like a pint of plain.

The king of coconut porters, by some measure. 4.5

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Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a large head with very good retention, leaving clumps of lacing that cling to the glass.

The coconut is not understated on the nose, accompanying roasty notes of chocolate, toffee, coffee, and red grapes.

Translates well to the palate. The base porter is rich and roasty, and the coconut adds a delightful slant. Feel is fairly thick, especially for a 6.5% brew.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with a light tan soapy/creamy head supported by numerous streams of lace and leaving lace along the glass. The nose gives a huge kick of coconut, of the sunscreen variety. It's like it's from concentrate, and while it isn't exactly unpleasant it also seems artificial and drowns out any of the other things that are available in the taste. Which leads me to... the flavors of coconut seem more natural, and share the stage with nuttiness, chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel. Yes, now that is a crafted beer. It's sweet, but doesn't go too far. The body is rich, full, and gives a tickle of carbonation.
The nose gave me a scare that this was going to be an over-the-top death-by-flavor syrup sophomoric sugar bomb, but the flavor turned into a balanced, nicely stylized beer. The coconut was prominent but rested upon a sturdy foundation of rich malty flavors. I'm glad to see coconut get a good champion in the craft beer game, and I'm excited to see it progress.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/7/15; drank 1/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); a curtain of lace.

Bold coconut, milk chocolate & cream notes in the nose; very sweet!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Bold coconut, milk chocolate & sweet cream flavors; no booze heat. This toed the 'cloying' line but didn't cross it. Coconut lovers (aka not me) would drool over this...

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Photo of MinerBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark coffee color with a deep tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts and yes coconut. A really nice chocolate and coffee flavor with a hint of coconut. Nice feel with an easy swallow and no aftertaste. Would buy again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with dark brown hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick, billowy, dark beige foam with very good retention. Medium high dark malt, dark chocolate and sweet coconut aromas. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with soft medium carbonation and a light creamy feel. Dark chocolate flavors up front followed by sweet dark maltiness. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle. Grainy malt and dark malt flavors from the middle to the end. Sweet coconut flavor throughout. Finished very dryly with light grainy malt and sweet chocolate notes along with a big coconut presence. Definitely on the sweet side. Hop bitterness and dry finish cut the sweetness a bit. Good malty character and perfect hop bitterness.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich chocolate pour against back lighting produces a milky, frothy, mocha colored head one inch high and well lasting. Healthy, thick band lacing encircles the vessel.

S: Aroma was really strong of fresh coconut flakes, creamy milky chocolate, powdered cocoa, and sweet of very nice strength. A perfect blend of coconut and chocolate, both favorites of mine, well balanced with a lasting impression.

T: Flavor was deep, sweet cocoa, milky chocolate and of course dry coconut flakes, perfectly blended and balanced in smooth harmony. Soft bittering of dry chocolate comes on the trail.

M: Creamy, near full bodied mouthful has a nice carbonation texture, that is fulfilling on the tongue.

O: Disclosure: i am a big fan of both chocolate and coconut, some may not be, how i never figured these two would work so beautifully in a drink is beyond me. The balance is rich and deep, both of chocolate and coconut perfectly blended together making for a bold experience. A dessert style beer, rich, sweet, pairing well with cake. If you like coconut, then you really can't go wrong here. must have.

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Photo of kitch
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 6th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a dark brown hue on the edges, a two finger tanned head that had decent retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong coconut and vanilla with chocolate, caramel and biscuit.

Taste: Sweet-ish milk chocolate, coconut and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I preferred the taste over the aroma as I felt that the coconut was a bit overpowering in the aroma. This was not the case with the taste which was on the sweet side but still nicely flavoured. An easy drinking Porter.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of coconut and chocolate. Taste starts out with dark chocolate then halfway through taste of coconut chocolate. Very tasty brew and I would definitely buy again and again and again!!!

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very refreshing porter----tastes of milk chocolate and mild coconut (especially given its name)....
thin, as expected, with a nice balance of sweet and dry, making it very easy to drink...simple yet very well-done

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Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Carolina Ale House in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a black colored beer with a large tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, coconut and roasted malt. The taste is very similar to the nose except that the roasted malt is more pronounced. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, with a foamy, tan head. Decent retention and lots of sticky lacing on my glass. The aroma is cocoa, coconut, toasted malt and vanilla. The flavor reminds me of eating a mounds bar. Dark chocolate and coconut. A very well balanced beer, the coconut is not overdone. A bit of cocoa bitterness in the finish. A nice beer to have for a treat.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coconut and bitter dark chocolate, a barrel aged taste. Pours an opaque black with a tan head. Dry at first, becoming sweeter as the temperature warms up. Or as I relax! Slightly silky mouthfeel, Overall great on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, brownish tinge on the edges, with a light tan head that is pillowy and retains at about a quarter inch for a pretty long time. Eventually dissipates to suds.

Smells of caramel, vanilla, biscuit, and fresh coconut.

Tastes of caramel, biscuit, coconut milk, toast, coffee bean, and a woody dry finish.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very tasty. Good amount of coconut flavor over a solid dry porter. The dryness balances the sweetness of the coconut. Drinks very easily, definitely worth revisiting.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was craving some coconut and remembered this was in teh fridge. Canned 10/4/16.. "carried by swallows", I guess they could grip it by the husk.

Pours a darker fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a fair pace, a little lacing, very dark brown pretty much black color with very little light getting through.

Nose brings loads of coconut, first wave is the coconut rum and sun tanning oil, then into fresh shaved coconut and coconut chocolate candy, a little dark chocolate cocoa, and some caramel with nougaty fudge, some creamy lactose notes I think.

Taste again loads of coconut, thankfully a little more subdued than the nose, more chocolatey flavors with dark chocolate and cocoa, with a little creamy oats and milk chocolate, mixed with a touch of caramel and nougat, with plenty of shredded fresh coconut and a little coconut rum like, and a touch of a spicy hop in the background, faint warming booze late, a little sticky on the finish but attempts to dry, lingering cocoa powder and coconut.

Mouth is med bod, somewhat creamy maybe oats in there, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, if def delivers the promised coconut and death by it isn't far off, nose was almost all coconut, flavor had some nice mixes in there, if you want a mounds bar in beer form this gets you in the right direction for sure.

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Photo of IKnoGoodBeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good flavorful beer with of course coconut flavor. I had other coconut flavored beer and this one rates up there but still had one better. Over all good beer, now I need to try the barrel version

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Photo of gshak
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the can at refrigerator temperature, into a goblet.
A - Pours opaque black, with a billowing cappuccino head of about 3 fingers' width of tight bubbles. Excellent looking pour!
S - I could smell cocoa dust, vanilla and milk chocolate even as I was pouring. The coconut, I get much later. Gently roasted malt lets you know that this is very much a porter. Very appetizing.
T - Milk chocolate opens up the palate, with roasted sweet malts. Coconut takes over after a few minutes. As the beer warms up, the cocoa dust and milk chocolate aromas are lost, and it is all coconut, and only noticed in the taste. The hop bitterness is never noticed, but it exists to bring about a very subtle balance in this concoction. Not too many flavours, but what exist, are so extremely well layered and executed.
M - Medium, and very filling.
O - A very well imagined and executed take on a very traditional style of porter. A repeat buy is most definitely recommended.

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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/17/16, it pours so dark mahogany brown that it looks black except at the edges where the light hits the glass, then it looks reddish. The head was 2 fingers thick and a whipped looking foamy tan color with lots of bubbles in it, fading very slowly and leaving lacing good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

The coconut is very strong and hit my nose a few inches from the glass. After the fresh coconut, which reminds me of suntan lotion, comes mild coffee grinds, cocoa powder, faint brown sugar and vanilla. It's so coconut dominant that it smells like the real thing, and while it's not balanced that smell is impressive.

Tastes like a Mounds chocolate bar. Complete with toasted coconut, vanilla, cocoa powder, smoked grains earthy notes, charred wood, dark chocolate cake and coconut water. It lacks some of the rich malty porter flavors that normally come with the style, but the flavor is really enjoyable and this brew is easy to drink.

The ABV is completely hidden and the feel is thin and watery, with mild carbonation and a flat general feel that fades off on the dry side and leaves a lingering coconut taste. Sweet, but not cloying and very easy to drink.

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Photo of tripledbrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan/chocolate head. Has a nice faint smell of coconut along with nicely roasted malts.
Tasty coconut with a little chocolate. Nothing overpowering, nicely balanced.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black
S - This coconut nose is perfect, not too sweet the image of drinking coconut milk straight from the coconut comes to mind. Other than that a nice milk chocolate smell and roasted malts.
T - Obviously coconut but other than that mostly slightly bitter chocolate.
F - Very mild for a porter/stout

I only got two cans of this but am already regretting not getting more. A very good beer.

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

L: great looking beer, pitch black, 2 fingers of milk chocolate head
S: coconut, roasted malts, coconut, chocolate, coconut. A shit ton of coconut
T: on par with the nose, nice tasting stout with a ton of coconut
M: great body for the abv
O: wow, I don't even like coconut but this is a great beer. at this abv the amount of flavor is hard to find.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a can of Oskar Blues Death By Coconut for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one since I heard about it and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's pretty typical for this brewery and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over one fingers worth of creamy and slightly fizzy dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coconut being the first to show up, it's a little sun tan lotion like, but for the most part it's full of fresh cut coconut aromas and it goes right into a nice chocolate like aroma to make for an aroma that reminds me of a Mound bar. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart dark malt, light caramel malt, light sweet malt and light grainy aroma. This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects seem to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coconut still being the first to show up and this time it imparts all the same aspects, but the sun tan lotion aspect barely shows up and it goes into that same chocolate aspects to give it a mound bar like flavor. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little more sweetness taking it's place and it has a nice coconut and light chocolate like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, but I wish the malts showed up a little more to give it a little better balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish the carbonation was a little lighter with a thicker body.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and it's a very nice example of the style, it had all the key aspects that I was looking for and if it had a little better mouthfeel and balance it would be pretty much right where I want it. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is, this is just what I think of when I think of a coconut Porter. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, it's this beers biggest weak point and it could use some work. I would buy this beer again when looking for a coconut porter and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was little impress with all the coconut flavor they were able to cram into this beer. It's one of the better Oskar Blues beers I've had and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty coconut porter, keep it up.

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Photo of matcris
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown with 2+ fingers of soapy, tan head, that sticks around. Mild lacing. Aroma is big coconut and mocha. Same for flavor. The feel is pretty full carbonation, a little creamy, a little dry on the finish, and medium body. Overall, very good stuff. It is as advertised.

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Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love coconut, but don't necessarily want to be killed by it, whether that is by one dropping on my head, or just simply overkill of flavor. That being said, and metaphorically speaking, I am excited to see just how this one "kills" by coconut.

A thick and fluffy tan froth conquers this dark brown brew. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, a pinch of brown sugar and gum. Smooth and roasty with simple notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and faint, well-integrated coconut in the finish. A bit of sticky syrup is left on the lips. Medium in body but immanently drinkable.

If I had a gun to my head (pardon the pun), I would say this one kills softly.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz can, poured into a nonic)

L: very dark reddish brown liquid... tan foam that doesn't hold so well... looking through, pretty bright relative clarity... this glass has been meticulously cleaned and still the head is sizzling out - no tiny bubbles jetting up from the base of the glass...

S: the coconut aroma is strong out of the can - hardened, large, dried(?) chunks - it does have a density and intensity as if it's an extract... maybe getting a bit of a cola and an acidic black patent roast at the top and to the back, but it's definitely being drowned out by the signature aroma... no hops, very little alcohol (maybe a slightly spicy essence)... overall, inviting

T: wow, huh... this is kinda very much like a liquid Mounds bar - a good bit sweeter than expected, with not enough bitter roasty flavors to balance - they only accent... not syrupy sweet on the back end, thankfully, but the flavor of sugary coconut, mid-dark chocolate chips, and some twinkles of dark crystal malt linger... the flavors seem to balance out as it goes, but it remains just slightly too sweet

F: approaching medium-bodied, with a mild, thin syrupy viscosity through the finish... very mellow warmth in the back of the throat, cascading down the chesty cavity... delicate prickly sear on the tip of the tongue... the extra body is actually necessary here to carry the candy-like flavors

O: the fact that it says 'Irish Porter' on the label seems a bit ridiculous - a joke?... I could see having one of these with a slice of coconut creme pie, if one wanted to pummel the senses - might also go well with char-grilled shrimp and pineapple, who knows?... couldn't sit a knock back a few neat though

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