Death By Coconut
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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English Porter
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,892
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Death By CoconutDeath By Coconut
Notes: 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 rex_4539
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, amazing lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Coconut, sweet. Heaven!!!

T: Coconut, coconut, coconut. Basically, liquid Bounty!

F: Light bodied, full of coconut flavor, extremely drinkable.

O: Superb porter, full of coconut.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO a few months ago; dated Jul 26 2019 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours virtually black and functionally opaque, producing one finger of foamy, tan-coloured head that dissipates within the next couple of minutes. A modest-sized collar of froth remains, but not much else, with little in the way of lace. I'm getting coconut, chocolate syrup and dark chocolate on the nose, with plenty of caramelized sugar sweetness, as well as hints of roasted malts and coffee. It's kind of got a Malibu rum vibe - not a plus for me, but I can't rightly ding a coconut beer for smelling like coconut.

Now this right here is pretty tasty - the coconut flavours are hard to miss, but aren't completely dominant over the dark/roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Both dark and milk chocolate are accounted for, coming through alongside notes of toffee, coffee and just a touch of figgy dark fruit. Roasted malts and coffee bitterness round out the tail end of the sip, with another burst of coconut flavour lingering on into the aftertaste, which has a faint twinge of rummy booziness. Medium in body, with low carbonation that weakly agitates the surface of the palate, resulting in a mouthfeel that is smooth like felt. I could drink a few of these in a row, and I don't even like coconut that much.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Personal biases aside, coconut can really be an effective addition when used judiciously, particularly when it comes to darker styles such as this one. This brew manages to hit the mark for me, more or less - if there were much more coconut then it'd start giving off that 'suntan lotion' vibe, but any less and you could hardly justify calling it Death by Coconut. If you're the opposite of me and can't get enough coconut, then this is a beer that I can't recommend highly enough. It's been out of stock locally for a while now, and I wouldn't take it over Ten Fidy or anything like that... but if it comes around again next year I'll be back for more.

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

12oz can poured into a nonice pint

Mounds bar in a can. A very successful brew, they really nailed the coconut flavors. My pour yielded a fat stack of dark khaki suds with solid hang time. The body is dark to the point of near black. On the nose and tongue the coconut is center stage, so fresh, with supporting players of dark chocolate and dark roast malt. Some hints of coffee as well. Nice and fluffy on the palate with a drying in the finish. I love how all this flavor is packed into a nice approachable everyday porter versus having to bust open a big ol' impy stout. Definitely worth picking up again here and there.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a two inch, fine chestnut foam that is dense and lasts several minutes. Eventually, the head becomes a ring, leaving plenty of lace on the walls of a Pretentious Beer Glass Company dimpled mug that PBGC calls "Sparkles".

The aroma is very similar to a Cuba-Libre with coconut added. I imagine the rum-barrel-aged version is truly amazing. There is something else light and below the surface that I was unable to identify.

Coconut is secondary to the light chocolate and cold black coffee flavors. There are no bold flavors as I had expected from something called "Death by Coconut". There is some late molasses and the sweet/bitter balance is in play, though neither are very significant. The finish is mild and lingering.

A smooth, metallic texture with a light medium body. Alcohol is as expected against light carbonation.

This beer, while good, falls short of my expectations. I enjoyed it on a covered deck during early Autumn while light rain made for a nice start to the season.

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Photo of cousintom
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Yosemite Sam pint glass. Very dark pour almost black with a slightly brown off white head. A small amount of lace.
This beer has very strong roasted dark coffee aromas with lots of dark chocolate following. No smell of coconut, however. I was surprised to find that there was a small amount of burnt charcoal or burnt oak smell in this even though it is not the barrel-aged version of the beer.
Interestingly, I did not taste coconut upon drinking it either which is interesting because of the beer's name. Instead, I got a huge amount of coffee and very dark chocolate. I almost felt as if I were drinking a black coffee with no sugar and added the dark chocolate. I was very disappointed in the lack of coconuttiness in this beer because I was expecting a very coconut forward flavor profile. The after taste of this beer was where the coconut was hidden and it pleasantly floated around like a cloud at the back of my throat as I would breathe.
The body of the beer was amazing and felt velvety smooth in my neck and the back of my throat. it completely coated my back throat.
A very good beer that closely follows the tradition of Irish porters but with a nice twist in the coconut after taste with a very velvety body.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this one. Pours that black porter look, not jet black like a stout. Appeared to have a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma really didnt hit me with anything. Almost non existent. But then at the first sip. Coconut alive all over my mouth combine with some cacao. Finish left me wanting another sip. And when I had that next sip. I understood the meaning for this beers name

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Photo of Megamickel
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Thin, cream-colored head with decent retention, leaving behind some thin lacing. Aroma is heavy with coconut, balanced by chocolate and subtle roasted malt. Chocolate comes through stronger in the taste - the beer evokes memories of a Mounds bar, with roasted malt in a supporting role behind the strong dark chocolate and toasted coconut flavors - a bit too subtle, but still present. The rich, creamy texture is offset by the carbonation, making it deceptively light. Overall this heavy, rich porter is full of flavor, and can easily stand alone or be paired with creamy desserts, but the sweetness wears thin, and I don't think I'd want to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter glass resulting in three fingers of frothy tan head. Smells very strongly of coconut (duh). Taste is pretty much straight up toasted coconut. Feel is pretty thin. Good if you're in the mood for coconut, but not much complexity to it.

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz stamped CANNED 08/16/19 (about 6 weeks ago) poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is dominated by coconut. The taste is semisweet chocolate which transitions to coconut quickly before a barely bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Well crafted and the coconut, while dominant, is not artificial.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown on the pour with a nice tan cap. Rich looking beer that doesn't let any light through. A quick swirl rebuilds a nice thick head. Really nice look. Smell is cocoa and coconut. Smells like a candy bar in a glass! Very enticing smell. Taste follows nose with cocoa and coconut dominating. Malt is present too, but it's all balanced by the hops bitterness that keeps all of it in check. Even a little raspberry taste underneath everything. This is a nice medium bodied beer. It looks like it will sit heavy, but not so. It has a nice carbonation that is soft yet refreshing, not quite creamy though. Overall, this is a really fine beer packed with flavor. Don't think the coconut would hold up to aging very well, but I wouldn't want to wait to drink it anyway!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Never heard of this and was in Total Wine just shooting the breeze with some folks that were there JUST for the beer that was being released. Figured what the heck. They looked like they had a clue so I got a four pk. Glad I did. Very smooth and drinkable beer. Moral of the story is to not just have tunnel vision when there are others around. Share views

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Photo of brewale4me
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head
Aroma: strong coconut, with coco notes
Taste: strong coconut with a dark chocolate cocoa
Mouth feel: velvety medium high carbonation
Overall: I am glad I bought this one. What a good desert beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, quite solid, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents 2 fingers deep and then dissipates to at least a 1/4 inch solid top. Great presence, solid dark color and enticing head.

Smell is blend of coconut, chocolate, and malt with light roast and toasted malts.

Taste is seems muddled between the coconut, chocolate and porter base. The coconut flavors to me are better as secondary or backing, many seem to think this needs more coconut, I think it needs more base beer flavor. The coconut or chocolate flavors are not overdone or off, just needs more porter flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly sweet, then moderate carbonated for crisper than expected mouthfeel with lingering light sweetness.

Overall, this is a coconut brew that could use a bit more base beer depth, or maybe I just can't handle heavy coconut presence.

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

Oskar Blues Brewery "Death By Coconut"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 09/28/18 2 00:21 HORSE HOOF ENULATOR"
$3.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well I've never heard of an Irish porter, and I'm pretty sure that Oskar Blues isn't Irish, and I know it's not made in Ireland so I'm not sure why it's labeled as such. Whatever. It's poured an opaque brown-black body beneath an inch and a half tall head off creamy dark tan froth. It's a good looking glass of beer. The aroma clearly displays coconut over a dark malt base that mainly expresses dark bittersweet chocolate. It smells like an Almond Joy candy bar tastes. The flavor, not surprisingly, is pretty much exactly the same thing. It's richer of course, and sweeter, you can't really smell sweetness, and it's more milk chocolate-like and a little nutty. I'm not finding roastiness beyond a very light touch in the finish, and certainly no hops. It's moderately bitter, and nicely balanced to a medium sweetness. It lingers nicely but never becomes truly sweet or sticky or cloying. In the mouth it's medium bodied but dextrinous which makes it feel more like medium-full, and gently crisp and then smooth. The head has now dropped, actually it dropped some time ago as I'm more than halfway through at this point, but it still has an almost solid surface covering and the lacing is quite nice - 4.25 out of 5. I did not think that I'd like this as much as I do but it's got a great balance, a lot of coconut and cocoa, and a very nice, satisfying richness. I don't know if this is considered as a dessert beer but I'd certainly categorize it as such, and yet at the same time you could really drink one of these at anytime. Two might be a stretch but.... maybe not, I could go for another one of these right now. Well worth seeking out.
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp ultra tall boy can, pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a frothy khaki colored head of cm. The dense foam slowly fades as I sample the beer and it leaves some dense lattice on the glass as it fades. The aroma is huge coconut and rum notes right from popping the can. There is a lot of general booziness here too and some sweet chocolate too. No hop note that I can pick up with the overpowering notes Ive already mentioned.
The first sip reveals a slightly thinner body than I expected and very fine and fairly sharp carbonation that is prickly on my palate. Texture is smooth and the beer drinks pretty easy even for the booziness on the nose.
Flavor is what I anticipate with lots of malt character. I get sweet chocolate and coconut dominant with some rum and vanilla too. The finish is sweet and lingers coconut and vanilla long after each swallow. I get a little heat on the finish which is surprising for 6.5%. This beer is decent, very sweet and I think Id get tired of the flavor after more than one can, but it is a decent enough malty rum soaked porter. Not sure I would chase this down again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Brown opaque color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coconut nose and flavor is bland coconut and some chocolate, light sweetness. $3.65 for a 12oz can from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Looks lighter than its aroma and taste suggest; decent head, little lacing
S - Fantastic aromas of choco-coco and some roasted notes
T - THis is where the beer shines; picks up from where the smell left off, enhances the chocolate depth on palate even though coco-whiff dominates the aroma
F - solid - not overly carbonated either. A fantastic doctored porter and I don't like many...
O - one of their better seasonals.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned 9/7/18, so 4 1/2 months old.

Black body, thick, foamy, pancake type head. Very good lacing.

Strong vanilla/coconut on the nose.

Vanilla/coconut milk taste. A touch bitey. Mild roastiness. A little milk chocolate here and there.

Closer to medium than full on the mouth. Light roasty bittersweet on the finish.

Overall, the vanilla coconut deal is the dominant flavor. Beer claims to be an Irish style porter, which I take to be dry, which this isn't. Nice enough drink, but I think a session of these would be a bit much.

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Photo of Rigobarrozo
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great in a glass. Nice dark color with about a half inch of head poured in a stout glass.
Smells like coconut and some dark chocolate notes.
The chocolate is forward at beginning of the sip, while the coconut is towards the back.
Overall, I'd put it up there with Old Chub!

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Photo of FLima
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a thick caramel head with good retention.
Extraordinary aroma with notes of burnt coconut, a bit of cocoa, cinnamon, caramel and cola.
Flavor with notes of burnt coconut, coffee, cocoa, cola, vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Flavorful Porter with tons of burnt coconut and dark chocolate notes. Very pleasant, something to revisit from time to time.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: Canned on 10/29/18, revisited on 12/18/18.

Appearance: Pours of fairly dark with some brown and red shades as well, in keeping with the style. Death By Coconut produces a good looking finger of khaki colored head which quickly reduces to just cover the top of the beer.

Aroma: It smells a lot like Amy's milk chocolate coconut candy with the ever important porter base still identifiable. Tons of fatty coconut meat and sweet milk chocolate everywhere on the nose with a definite cream quality. This really smells sweet but not just sugary, more like a bag of sweetened shreaded coconut. There isn't much else, but there doesn't really need to be.

Taste: Surprisingly, this one is somewhat more roasted on the taste than I would have figured given the sweet aroma. The sweetness isn't pervasive and is mostly religated to the finish and the aftertaste. Up front there is a nice roasted and malty porter base with coffee notes established before it takes a sharp turn to the more chocolate and coconut dessert like qualities. It is a sweet beer but not by pastry stout standards, this one fits more in just the dessert category. One complaint I do have is that it feels quite thin, I wish Oskar Blues would do something like this with Ten Fidy as the base beer.

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Photo of jpkand
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a black hole, nothing but black even on the edges when holding up to the light, with a dense light brown head that leaves lacing as it fades.

Smell is f'ing divine. Rich dark chocolate, coconut, heavy cream.

The taste has rich dark chocolate up front with an obvious creamy coconut right on its heels. Toasted malts come through, and a very slight bright bitterness that makes it finish pretty clean.

The mouthfeel is easily medium to full hody with a bit of prickly carbonation that keeps it from seeming like a "smooth" stout, which is a little letdown for me. It's different , not bad, and just not to my taste.

This is A great winter beer, and I am going to keep it around for guests for sure and dip in myself regularly. This is most definitely going to be a winter staple for me.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

coconut tastes artificial and way over sweet and unbalanced, wish chocolate notes shined more. It's drinkable but needs to be rum barreled which apparently they have so maybe that one would be better but unbarrel aged just doesn't do it for me, wish I didn't buy the full 4pk. But I'd say it's an okay beer that I'd never buy again.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful fairly dry Irish Porter. This one is a real coconut bomb but with just the right amount.
Very smooth and eazy drinking,i think the dryness of this one makes for a thin mouthfeel but i think that works fine.
A real nice beer.
Canned on 09/24/2018

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Photo of mrl2112
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great flavors, coconut present but not overpowering or artificial. Very easy drinking porter, a little on the thin side.
Pours dark, little head. Overall, a really good beer.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2092 ratings