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Death By Coconut | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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 GuitarIPA
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Mounds/Almond Joy in a can - which I love. Smells and tastes great - dark chocolate and coconut of course - but the body is lacking - thin for a stout, but maybe that's a personal preference

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black - absolutely no light shining through.

When I opened the can I got a big whiff of the aromas. Mainly chocolate and definitely coconut.

And no surprise, just like you'd imagine: coconut and chocolate. And the coconut is not subdued. The chocolate plays in just as hard too. there's a little more going on, perhaps a toffee type thing, or some other sweet candy. Very tasty.

Mouth feel is also awesome. Nice and thick(ish), and creamy.

Overall awesome beer. Was weary about buying this but glad I did.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No label information. Death By Coconut is brewed in the style of an English Porter, available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, creamy head of a toasted tan color over a dense, brown body with hazy garnet highlights. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.75

(Smell) Rich, toasted coconut with a creamy lactose sweetness, soft, smooth chocolate notes and toasted caramel syrups. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Nice, smooth blend of milk chocolate covered toasted coconut, with a touch of caramel chew, moderate sweetness, very enjoyable. One of the best displays of coconut character in any beer. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is creamy, smooth, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is mildly sweet over earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An incredible display of toasted coconut character and excellent chocolate malt flavor to match. Highly drinkable and pleasing variation on a porter. Worth seeking out. 4.25

Oskar Blues Brewery's
Death By Coconut Irish Porter

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz. canned on 10/04/16

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan brown foam head. Smells like fresh shredded coconut, toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, with mild floral earthy grass and pine. Tastes like fresh shredded toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, with floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great coconut porter.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Oz can that's fashioned in the current Oskar Blues style with this being dark brown/white/aluminum. I admit the brown color of this can is very similar to the color of an actual coconut shell, but it's still not as good as the original Death By Coconut can that had some green thrown in there. But I didn't have to luck into these as they reached every town within 20 miles of me so I'll take whatever OB wants to dress it in. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Poured a ridiculously dark brown and somewhat appears black, but not quite in the way some American made porters look. Idk.. Maybe it's an illusion of the can, but no matter how black this looks it still reminds me of a dark chocolate brown with a very nice khaki colored head. It's slow moving and leaves the glass splotched in stickiness.

Aroma Is that of a sweet Porter base with dark roasted malt very much there but really taking a back seat to the rich chocolate and coconut whiffs.

An absolute treat of a flavor. One would want to discuss the coconut notes first, but the backbone of this is so damn good. Milk chocolate sweetness riding alongside sweet not bitter but sweet dark chocolate in waves, constantly weaving throughout almond joy notes with a Grand finale of coconut flakes. There is some dark porter roast and a hint of caramel malt within the massive black hole of chocolate and even a touch of dark roasted malt, but most of this porter's roast is that of the coconut laying waste to the semi sweet back drop.

Feel wise this is very nice. Velvety smooth and some real Oskar Blues thickness in there. This smooth texture isn't the standard among world class porters, but given its almond joy coconut/chocolate/almond character I wouldn't want this any less smooth. They nailed this to perfection with what they were wanting to deliver.

Time and time again craft breweries get too wild in their creativity when in fact the simple hop forward or traditional styles with top shelf ingredients make up the best beer on earth. We all love barrel aging, but how maNY times have you seen breweries trying to deploy chocolate or fruit to a traditional style like a porter and fail miserably? Charging you a fortune for a bomber size bottle of it that you probably don't drink half the bottle? Well.. Oskar Blues did what so many have failed to do and I'm not saying there isn't good fruit stouts or porters because there are, but time and time again breweries try too much in the creativity of a new and unique brew aND they drift too far away from the style they want to lay out. Not Oskar Blues and their Death By Coconut porter. Idc if they would have called it an Australian Porter.. this wasnt created to be the next best brew on earth.. this was master crafted to perfection to give us porter lovers a bit of a twist on our favorite style. This isn't the best porter on earth, but it is one of the greatest experiments ever brewed. One that remains very enjoyable without doing too much, but delivers what it says it's going to.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a fluffy mocha head and burnt red edges.

Smell is sticky sweet coconut, chocolate syrup, and cola.

Cola comes forward first in taste. This is a huge disappointment. I've waited a long time to finally have this and this is the payoff? Coconut flavor is next, but does not seem roasted or toasted, but more like coconut water has been added. Fail. There is not much malt present.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly fizzy. All in all, this is light and sweet, sort of like a root beer. I wish they'd have used their Ten Fidy base for this, and maybe more toasted coconut, if it was real coconut at all.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours basically black with a dense khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Toasted coconut, vanilla, toffee, roasty toasty malt, and chocolate fudge.

T: Tons of coconut, roasty toasty malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of dark fruit, toffee sweetness, and a faint mineral finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy.

O: Definitely lives up to the name. Metric ton of coconut in there. The only problem is that half way through a pint it gets a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of cwalter
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown in color with a two finger light tan head. The aroma is exactly like an almond joy; Dark chocolate, toasted coconut with a nutiness to it. This beer follows the nose almost exactly, you get the dark chocolate and coconut up front and then towards the back in the toasted/nutty qualities become more pronounced. Has a medium body and coats the tounge nicely. Very interesting and delicious beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from12 oz. can into a Cigar City snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown to almost black and essentially opaque. Forms a two-finger tan head that fades quickly, and has fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Coconut and more coconut. Chocolate, macaroons, Mounds Bar and roasted malts.

T: Coconut up front...surprising no one. More chocolate than I got on the nose, but coconut still dominates. Toasted coconut, macaroons, Mounds. Dry dark chocolate, roasted malt sweetness with a mild bit of bitterness. Hints of vanilla and a touch of coffee roasted malts. Finishes nearly balanced as the sweetness fades into some hop and roasted bitterness.

M: Medium body for an Irish porter (which would be a touch thin for an American version). Low alcohol presence, average carbonation sensation.

O: I thought this was pretty good. Nothing crazy complex, or nuanced to the execution. But enjoyable for sure.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - pitch black and one-finger khaki head that doesn't really stick around, but there is nice lacing on the glass with every sip.
Smell - very complex; chocolate, roasted malts, coconut, caramel, and milk.
Taste - roasted malts are mixed with sweet chocolate and coconut upfront, and it finishes with a lactose-like sweetness that meshes with bitter chocolate (maybe even some coffee).
Feel - great carbonation, good body, very smooth finish
Overall, this is a phenomenal porter that actually captures a strong and crisp coconut character, which blends perfectly with the chocolate notes. Definitely worth a try, or two.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm one of those guys who doesn't enjoy the texture of coconut, but thoroughly enjoys the flavor... this is right up my alley. I've been interested in trying this for awhile, but finally got the opportunity to try it -- on tap -- at Michigan Beer Growler Company.

This is a tasty brew. What else should I say. It smells and tastes like toasted coconut and not much else. It's a porter, but the coconut overrides all other flavors, really. It has one hell of an appropriate name, but as a beer, it really does lack depth... so I'm having trouble finding a score for it. I will say that this is a very satisfying beer regardless of its depth, and I can picture it really being good year round -- I see it having its place in the heat of summer, or even as a way to warm up in the winter.

Yet again, Oskar Blues has done it. A little more chocolate/coffee/roast, or you know, porter characteristics, and I'd only enjoy this more. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 12/07/15. Took the lone can that was sitting in my friend's abandoned beer fridge. Six months in the can, let's see what we've got.

Poured into a Central Waters snifter glass.

A - Pours a dense brown-black body, slick and oily, nearly opaque with some brown hues showing near the surface. Over a finger of frothy chocolate tan head that lingers as a ring and a nice surface skimming. Leaves good sticky scattered strands of lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Very big impressive coconut aromatics right off the bat. It literally smells like there is freshly grated coconut in this, or more like if i was sniffing this porter from the inside of a coconut. Notes of chocolate / cacao and vanilla surface, smooth and creamy, and the coconut gives way to impressions of other more tropical fruits (citrus? orange creamsicle?) Amazing coconut aroma on this one.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge huge huge notes of smooth creamy earthy coconut flesh, tropic fruits, dark creamy chocolate, & vanilla. Not quite the same approach (or style) as Pipeworks Coconut Jones Dog, but the coconut flavor on this one is quite astounding also. Very impressive.

M - Feel is exceptionally smooth & creamy stuff, with huge residual chocolate & coconut lingering long and hard on the palate. Very medium-light, with good drinkability. Dry, semi-bitter chocolatey finish.

Overall, one of the best and most complex beers I've had from Oskar Blues. Six months in the can and this beer tastes great. To me, it is most comparable to Pipeworks Coconut Jones Dog in terms of huge coconut flavor. Very impressive stuff.

Oskar Blues Death By Coconut -----4/5.

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

Dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has really nice toasted coconut, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste follows with chocolate and coconut, slightly sweet but overall balanced and easy to drink. Finish is more roasty with some nice coffee bitterness. Body is on the light side but has a smooth mouthfeel. Overall it’s a really good porter with intense natural coconut flavor and a good amount of chocolate.

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Photo of KevCan
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack of cans at the brewery in Longmont, CO, and brought them home to Arlington, VA in my luggage. "Canned on 12/28/15 at 11:04. Lovely bunch of coconuts". Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Very dark brown, healthy medium-brown head.

Smell: Smells strongly of a coconut chocolate bar. Extremely inviting!

Taste: Coconut porter through and through! Roasty, malty, and tons of coconut and a hint of chocolate. Sorry Maui Brewing, but this beats the hell out of your Coconut Porter.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: The most delicious coconut porter ever created, period. It's a crying shame it's only available once a year.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like chocolate. And I like coconut. This isn't bad. But it leaves something to be desired. A little thin for my taste, and I think that the ratings on here are a little high.

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Photo of phredbull
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can into a Pilsener glass. Big foamy tan head that subsides pretty quickly leaving a thin cap with little lacing. A bit of light shows through near the bottom of the glass, but it's basically pitch black. Smells of toasted, sweet coconut is in your face. Some vanilla & almond, but not really much hop or malt action happening in the nose. The taste is a bit surprising because at first there's a more standard porter-y profile; roasted malts, some bitter, earthy hops, but the coconut is there, and is prominent, but not artificial or overdone like some flavored beers can be. Some dark chocolate & an almost dark fruity sweetness. Finish leaves plum-y sweetness, hop & roasted malt bitterness. Feel is almost stout-like; a bit medium full, with active carbonation that gives an almost silky feel. A little sticky & sweet, but not cloying. Overall, it makes me think of Almond Joy candy, which I like a lot. It's like candy, & I could put away 2 or 3 of them easily. Is there a coffee version of this? That might be my perfect beer.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark chestnut brown in color; appears black in the glass. Pours with a huge 3 finger light brown head that slowly dies down leaving a thin, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Amazing aroma of toasted coconut, dark chocolate and sweet malt.

Taste: Starts with flavor of dark chocolate, then toasted coconut, then slight bitter grainy-malty flavor with toasted coconut aftertaste. Unique.

Feel: Heavier-side of medium body; smooth - very mild carbonation; very slight dark finish.

Overall: I really liked this porter and would gladly drink it again. Surprising flavor that is delicious.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nearly pitch black with a huge tan head and some spotty lacing. Notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, sweet chocolates, touch of caramel, earth and big coconut on the finish. Thinner side of medium body, pop of carbonation fizzles out leaving a drying finish. I love the coconut profile and think it plays well with a nice Porter base in this one.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A black body, opaque, with a light tan body, and some trace lacing on the glass.

S - Coconut, chocolate and cocoa powder, and alcohol, coming across like barrel notes. Together, it smells a lot like a tropical rum.

T - The coconut is dialed down in the open, and chocolate and roasted malts are front, but the middle sees the coconut rise, a sweet presence, with acidity and bitterness coming in on the close.

M - The one knock, this is slick in the open, but a bit of graininess becomes apparent in the middle and close.

O - One of the more balanced coconut beers. I like what they've done here, and I'll probably try this one again, hoping the slightly odd texture is not as prominent next time.

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

Much more balanced than other popular coconut stouts out there (cough-cough Last Snow). The chocolate and the coconut work well in harmony. Nice natural coconut flavor but not overly diabetic-sweet.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that held on tight. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa nibs and coconut pieces vie for top smell with dark chocolate swirling around in the middle.

T: Sweet and robust with coconut and cocoa bursting through. Dark chocolate and caramel malts do a taste tango beneath it all. I'm picking up that distinct dry Irish Stout vibe all throughout. Another critic was spot on: Almond Joy in a can.

M: Medium with dry, medium carbonation.

O: A fun and tasty porter made so much better with coconut. I see why this one is so popular.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark black with a nice brown head that didn't leave any lacing or anything left on the top.

S: My nose is a little plugged but I'll see what I can get. I get a very strong coconut and molasses with almost a slight amount of vanilla.

T: Sweet Coconut shavings vanilla dark chocolate and a slight amount of sweetness almost like it's from cane sugar.

F: Full body and heavy mouth feel, has the perfect amount of carbonation to make this beer perfect!

O: Amazing beer from these guys all they seem to do is good stuff.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 12/14/15.. Four months to show up in NH?

Pours dark brown with crimson edging and a tan head. A partial skim coat and minor lacing for the duration. Aromatics are filled with coconut, chocolate, and vanilla. On the fuller side of medium bodied and creamy. A bit oily. Bakers chocolate, toasted coconut, and vanilla on the palate. Low bitterness and a light sweetness. Finishes with lingering coconut.

Tasty beer! I'd love to try an imperial version of this.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a huge khaki colored head.

The smell is big on both milk chocolate and coconut, as expected. To me, the aroma is nearly identical to an Almond Joy or Mounds bar.

The flavor is a blissful combination of the same. Milk chocolate, and sweet, toasted coconut. Definitely continuing to remind me of an almond joy candy bar. Delicious, really. Some of the roasted malt character comes through in the finish, and more as the beer warms up.

It's very sweet for it's style, but I think this was intended. Tasty. Very tasty. This could easily be classified a dessert beer.

Chocolate and Coconut. What you see is what you get.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into tulip like glass. 10/23/15.

L. DRk dRk dRk brown with a light tan head, maybe a finger and moderate lacing.
S. Such nice, light, delicate, natural coconut aroma. Light malt sweetness and maybe a touch of moca and coffee.
T. Again light coconut, not overwhelming at all. Nice sweet malt and then the coconut lingers on the finish.
F. Moderaltly creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation.

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