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 OldeGolde
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant surprise that I picked up a single can as an impulse buy at the register. Packaged last November, but 8 months later it seems totally fresh. This is a mad drinkable, housable, sipable, and crunchable coconut porter. Plenty of malty porter flav, thick yet smooth in the mouth, with a heavy coconut flavor on the tip of the tongue that disappears immediately as you coast off into toasty malt town.

Could def house a few of these bad boys! CHEERS!

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Photo of amano_h
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not that you care of course, but I'm deathly allergic to coconuts; even the coconut water they sell at the gym make my extremities bloat up and makes me nauseous, so the title "Death by Coconut" seems somewhat appropriate both anecdotally and contextually for a brew that oozes coconut from start to finish.

Whereas my physiological inability to consume raw coconut and (most) coconut-based products has incepted (in a Hollywood sense) an irrational fear or an inkling to avoid it at all costs, I've found out in recent years that for some reason beers which use coconut as an adjunct ingredient do not seem to trigger the same reaction that Almond Joy, Thai Curry, and Bullet Proof Coffee seem to on my innate immune system -- else my obituary would have without a doubt read "Death by Coconut."

This brew smells like death. And by death I mean there is so much coconut packed in to the small can that each aromatic molecule that escapes the aluminum prison where the dark amber liquid is held seemingly throws water balloons packed with coconut water at your face. There's a strong wax-like almost artificial quality that quickly follows the initial coconut flood which I assume is a side product of desiccation and maybe toasting (the skin?) but the coconut impact in this beer is neither subtle nor temporary; about 25 minutes after pouring into the glass the smell of death still lingered within the glass.

The sensation on the palate is slightly more complex than that of the nose. Hints of cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, and a wee bit of roasted malts come to the rescue after the tidal wave of white death decimates all that stands in its way. The secondary flavors are regrettably faint but sufficient to provide depth to what could otherwise be an outstandingly one-dimensional beer. The sensation of coconut on the tongue is neither as rich nor as intense as it was on the nose; the best way to put it would probably be that where the coconut on the nose reminded me more of artificial coconuts, the flavor on the tongue seems to be closer to what you'd expect from the beige ball of death with a straw drilled into the top that tourists can't seem to stay away from when visiting exotic locales.

Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel; textbook oily and slick texture. A restrained but pleasant amount of carbonation typical of the style, even though I have no idea what makes this brew an "Irish" Porter as opposed to just a "Porter" or a "Coconut Chocolate Porter." But then again the can reads "Pass Dash Hit" on top, so I guess I won't question Oskar Blue's cannabinoid logic.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, light brown head that lasts shortly.

Smells strong toasted coconut, roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Tastes coconut and dark chocolate. Followed by roasted malt and light earthy. Finish is dry with roast and coconut linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The fudge colored liquid is capped by an inch of tan foam; the head fades away to a film but leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Dark chocolate, modest roast and, oh that coconut

Taste: Somewhat roasty, with dark chocolate and black bread tones building; the coconut arrives in the middle, but doesn't taste as good as it smells; the finish is dry, with a hint of black licorice and the coconut lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I realize this is an Irish Porter so there are some elements that are true to that style; still, the strength of the chocolate and the concept of the adjunct leaves me expecting more of a nod to the American style when it comes to the mouthfeel and the power of the flavors - I wind up looking for the beer I smelled in the aroma

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bobrking
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing spider webs for a bit and then dips into the beer at a nice pace. The smell had a luscious sweet coconut rolling over roasted coffee and cocoa bean. Dark and milk chocolate combine together underneath. The taste was mainly sweet through the coconut with a light amount of bitter to slight roast of the cocoa to coffee aspect sliding in for the balance. Dry roasty aftertaste and a light dry roasty to super slight coconut finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the roasty to semi-sweet feel to hit my tongue but over step its bounds. Overall, I tend to be fussy with Oskar Blues offerings, but this one, hot damn guys! Uh...yeah and a half!

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sachie23
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mmurph1023
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint. Light tan head, very dark beer.

Nose: Sweet, faint coconut, some roast.

Taste: Lots of sweet roasted coconut up front, but also chocolatey notes, and a malt back.

Feel: Medium.

A very smooth, balanced coconut beer. It's a rich but refreshing alt porter.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Death by Coconut into a Belgian Tulip.
A - Pours a dark black with three full fingers of light mocha head.
S - Smells like a Almond Joy.
T - I think I have some coconut stuck in my teeth. Mostly coconut with some dark roasted malts.
M - Medium mouthfeel. High carbonation.
O - Not bad for a dessert beer. Its death by coconut. Cheers!

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Photo of Nugget40
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this stuff turned up on draft at a new beer place in Utrecht. Doops got a 50cl growler fill and shared it on beernight. Cheers!

From a 50cl growler into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark brown and yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Head quickly fades to a nice wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Definite coconut, vanilla, sweet cream and milk chocolate on the nose. Rather nice.

TASTE: Coconut, vanilla, pina colada and milk chocolate up front. Bold and flavorful aftertaste with the same character as the initial flavor profile: coconut, vanilla, pina colada and milk chocolate. Pretty much one dimensional, but it’s certainly enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little prickly but fine, goes down nicely and finishes a bit mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Solid stuff. The coconut and vanilla character here are really nice and the 20cl glass was gone way too quickly. I’d like to see a little more variation of character between the initial flavors and the aftertaste, but what was here was quite enjoyable regardless. Well worth checking out and really cool to see more and more American craft show up in random places around the country. Thanks again Doops!

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

Photo of DBosco
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of locoformavs
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can see why folks love this stuff...

A very dark porter, pouring black with a quickly dissipating tan head and no lacing. The smell has hints of coconut, as you would expect, some caramel, and a fine porter finish. The feel was slightly carbonated and it had some spicy cinnamon hints - a little weird on the tongue but unique nonetheless. Now, onto the taste - what can be said? It pretty much is everything advertised and then some. I would certainly be on the lookout later this year when it comes out again and pick up more than the couple I did last. It may not be the best porter around, but I think it comes pretty damn close.

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Photo of mkh012
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured at 52° into a tulip.

Near-black with a thin, tan head.

Nose is basically a Samoa Girl Scout cookie. Chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, some more bright, tropical-smelling coconut. Damn.

Taste follows with graham cracker, coconut, and mocha. Suggestions of passion fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium.

Overall, could have a little more heft and roastiness but it's pretty good. Great nose.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a teku.

This smell and taste very very good. Got to say I'm not even too fond of coconut but this is mind blowing... a delight for the palate. What to say? Smell and taste coconut, purchase it and cheers!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark brown with a huge cream colored head that doesn't last long and leaves moderate lace. Nose is a huge blast of coconut and sweetness. Yes, I would like some dark malt and roasted tones and such, but it delivers what is promised. All that other stuff is firmly in the background. Gets yeasty, funky and slightly sour as it warms.

This is rich and chocolaty and delicious but also very smooth and delicate for a porter. Also, yes, coconut. Really a lot of flavor and absolutely slides down. This is really good, right? I would definitely give this a try if you have not.

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