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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Reviews by Amalak:
Photo of Amalak
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a stout glass, the brew is dark, cola brown in color with a finger's width of light tan head. Fair retention, leaving behind a thin, silky looking layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty with a few streaks here and there.

Smell - Coconut hits the nostrils with a mix of milk and dark chocolate notes. A touch of roasted malt as well.

Taste - Coconut, dark chocolate and a bit of smokey, charred wood sits above a light milk chocolate sweetness. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with light carbonation. Smooth and slightly silky with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - I think Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout and Maui's Coconut Porter have spoiled me, because I'm not finding the flavor on this one compelling at all. It's decent, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impressions from a 33cl aluminum can:

A: Pours a very healthy creamy-as-hell khaki colour head that occupies ~70% of the glass. Gorgeous consistency, with a soft overall appearance. Near perfect for the style, with stellar ~10+ minute retention. Leaves bits of lacing as it recedes. I'm already impressed.

Body is a very dark deep ruby - a bit lighter than say, Guinness, but still apt for the style. No yeast is visible given its opacity.

Sm: Coconut leaps right out of the glass - wow! Hints of toastiness, chocolate malts, cream...this is right on the money for the style and premise of the beer, save for the disappointing absence of roasted barley - which is crucial in an Irish stout (err...porter?). Otherwise, in spite of the slight artificiality of the coconut (I suspect coconut extract or some other fakery was used), this is quite appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high.

T: Coconut forward, though not to the extent the beer's epithet might have you expect. The coconut presence is welcome albeit a bit artificial in character; don't expect authentic toasted coconut. There's a bit of a fake sweetness that accompanies it, which makes it a bit imbalanced towards the sweet side when combined with the sweetness from the chocolate malts. Some bittering (and drying) ingredient is really needed here...ideally roasted barley (which is sorely missed in the taste, as suggested by the aroma) or coffee roast or something. It's built to its premise.

Mf: I'm not sure why they went the porter route with this beer and made it smooth and wet...more of a dry stout-like dryness and coarseness would be far better, and would help coax out the toastiness you'd want in a great coconut stout/porter. Well-carbonated and aptly medium-bodied, with a hint of syrupy-ness bringing it down a bit in terms of overall presence on the palate.

There's not a perfect harmony of texture and taste, nor does this mouthfeel truly elevate the beer as a whole, but it's not egregious. There's definitely room for improvement.

O: A bit more balance and depth of flavour would really help bring this to the next level, as would a more authentic coconut character. It's well worth trying and I'm glad it's been so well-received, but it's not the world class coconut brew I'm confident Oskar Blues is capable of putting out. I do like it, but the artificiality really holds it back.

High C+ (3.23) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BeerZombies1
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This delicious beer has intense fresh cacao flavors swirling with popping coconut aromas, all supported by a semi-sweet porter made from loads of dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malt. I picked up a four pack of cans from a bottle shop in SoCal, they lasted two nights. Its such a perfect after dinner beer, gives you the sweetness of desert without being cloying. It really has a great balance of coconut and dark malts, don't get me wrong you wont be left wanting more coconut its there in full force!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The snow CANtinues to fall with no let-up in sight. Now, I am watching Hockey Night In CANada as Montreal visits Toronto for an old-school CANadian hockey tilt. Earlier, the Porter dropped off some CANs for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm). No lie! Oskar Blues CANtacted me to see if I would be interested in adding some of their latest creations and while the Crowlers got shared, this & Hotbox Coffee Porter (previous) are mine, all mine!

From the CAN: "Pass. Dash. Hit."; "CANs [-] Infinitely Recyclable"; "Coconut Chocolate Choconut"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out".

This time, the Crack! went as planned and as such, I was able to CANduct an inverted Glug. This raised two fingers of fluffy, light-tan head that hung around just long enough for a photo op to occur before becoming wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was redolent with coconut! It smelled like coconut oil and I was reminded of a summer afternoon at the beach. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like biting into a Mounds bar! I really tasted shredded coconut, followed by dark chocolate. What is the Girl Scout cookie with coconut, caramel & dark chocolate? Caramel deLites! That's closer to the taste. This is just fantastic. Remember, I am a self-avowed hophead who generally eschews sweets, but this was a winner! It was amusing in terms of its excellent mélange of flavors and wholly evocative of the # 2-selling Girl Scout cookie. They might have been going for Mounds, but the caramel malt caused them to overshoot that mark. Finish was sweet, no doubt, with the coconut flavor lingering well past the swallow. Wild!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl oz can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with large 3 fingers of medium brown head. Head quickly recedes to a thick cap and stays there for a while until after a few sips then then it downs down to no head and a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing left behind from the head.

Smell: Smells like coconut creme pie filling, mounds bars, sun tan lotion, and milk chocolates with a light roast malt presence. Bottom line...tons of coconut aroma going on here.

Taste: The taste is more roasty than nose suggested. Light bitterness that balances well with the coconut and more of a dark chocolate or bakers cocoa profile. There is a ton of coconut in this beer, it even overpowers the chocolate notes. Light to moderate bitterness in the aftertaste combines with cola and never ending coconut flavor. The coconut even turns into a sun tan lotion flavor (not that I have ever tasted sun tan lotion, but I hypothesize if sun tan lotion tastes just like it smells that is what it might taste like).

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation. Not boozy at all.

Overall: Well named beer. There is alot of coconut flavor and even more coconut found in the nose. Really solid adjunct porter. I can imagine that a beer that is described as smelling and tasting like sun tan lotion would be very appealing, but it just works. Coconut fans rejoice, this is a good porter! This beer is on the same level as Maui Brewing Company's Coconut Porter. Death by Coconut has more coconut flavor and seems to be more substantial/hefty, but maui coconut porter is sweeter and on thinner side in regards to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my Double Chocolate Stout pint glass. Ample blackness and a solid 1"+ tan head. Amazing retention. High marks. Aroma delivered some coconut, but it also had a bit of malt and bitterness with it.

Taste was solidly coconut, my 21 yo girlfriend couldn't discern coconut though. She did not it wasn't "leafy" (her term for hoppy). There is a little bitterness to the chocolate malt. A little bit of sweetness in the mouthfeel. Its not necessarily complex, its a straight forward mild porter with coconut and some chocolate malt feels. Overall, its a very good beer.

Drank this last night watching the Marquette/Villanova game, damn we had a lead at halftime!

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 and chocolate. Very tasty brew and I would definitely buy again and again and again!!!

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Photo of _RL_
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is slightly sweet but you must let it warm. The taste is cleaner and the mouthfeel better. I would not call this a ton of coconut, but that's a good thing.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks lovely. A big fluffy dark brown head sits on top of the black beer like whipped cream on pumpkin pie.

Smells predominantly like coconut. Good start. There is some faint cocoa too, but so far it is truth in advertising.

Guess what it tastes like... I hope you guessed coconut. If not, you are either too drunk or aren't really paying attention. It is non-sweet with a nice amount of Swiss Miss like milk chocolate. A little bit of lingering sweetness, but not very sweet at all overall.

The body is fairly flaky/chewy. Reminds me a bit of a Sixpoint 4 Beans. Still a thinner, easy drinking body with a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an excellent beer. It is not overbearing in any way. If you like coconut, I can't imagine not enjoying this one. It tastes very natural.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark black non transparent. Small 1 finger light brown head. Moderate lacing.
Smell: Sweet, toasty malt with citrus and coconut. Subtle chocolate notes.
Taste: Top notes of coconut with a sweet, malty base. There are some chocolate notes as well. Very well balanced.
Feel: Medium body. Medium carbonation
Overall: Fantastic porter that is easy drinking and brings a lot of flavors to the table.

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Photo of Zach136
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stovepipe 2015 can. Enjoyed 7.14.15

Appearance: Pitch black, with a deep tan head.

Aroma/Flavor: Roasty with medium notes of coconut and a chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Some drying roast, medium light body.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer deserves a lot more respect than its current score. It is delicious! Liquid Almond Joy essentially. Very drinkable. Take the name seriously. Perfect dessert beer!

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Photo of horshack7
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: On top is a dark beige frothy head two fingers thick that upon thinning out leaves behind some really good lacing. Underneath well that's an abyss of light absorbing darkness.

Aroma: A tsunami of coconut and dark roasted coffee. Almond and wisps of pistachio. Dark chocolate is basking way in the back.

Taste: At first sip is a tidal wave and a tsunami of coconut. Dark roasted hops and malt give a very silky and palate coating mouthfeel. Pistachio, almond along with the dark chocolate are among the chief suspects in rounding this monster out.

Notes: Dam what a beast but it's a beast that will warm, and love you oh so very well. I would highly recommend picking this masterpiece up. Cheers.

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a brown-orange head.
Smells like an almond joy bar, kind of a fake coconut smell but still pleasant.
Tastes amazing. Sweet, slighlty roasty, and big coconut.
Kind of slick on the mouthfeel.
Will buy this again.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, opaque black with very slight mahogany highlights around the edges with a large dark tan head that sticks around a bit
S - Roasted grains, dark chocolate, slight hints of sweet coconut on the nose - a nice smell on this one.
T - Follows the nose with dark chocolate up front and throughout followed by roasted and toasted grains and malt followed behind by sweet coconut. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - somewhat thin and watery finish.
O - A really nice porter that delivers on the dark chocolate and coconut notes but the mouthfeel is the real letdown for me - it's just a little thin for my liking when it comes to porter and honestly a beer packing these kind of flavors needs the body to support the flavors. Overall a really nice porter and my first offering from Oskar Blues - I'll definitely be sampling more of theirs to come.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, +1 finger head of tan foam.

Smell is so strong of coconut nothing else makes it to my nose.

Coconut and a mild roast, kinda sweet, hints of smoke.

Thick body, smooth mouthfeel.

Good for what it is but I don't fancy it.

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Photo of SStein
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head and lacing. As you pop the can it is pure coconut bliss. The nose is the same coconuty slice of heaven. The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, with a touch of that coconut. The only distraction is how highly carbonated this is, in my opinion slightly too much to allow it to go down smoothly. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Dragginballs76 in a ninja box – thanks Michael!
Future Beer! Canned on 11/14/18! Consumed on 12/18/17. Stored in 42 degree reefer, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Definite coconut over some chocolate – smells like a Mounds bar!
Head – Large (Maximum 6.2 cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense with many rocks, excellent retention, sloooowly diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring and a complete layer. A very open reticulum of lacing remains.
Lacing – Good. Lacing which appears as the beer level drops is a very irregular partial ring of closely packed tiny bubbles.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Begins slightly sweet with tons of coconut and some toasted malt. This is followed by a light bitterness but I can’t tell if it’s from the hops or the malt since there is no hops flavor or aroma detected. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression: Excellent flavor and aroma! It seems a bit watery but then it’s not supposed to be a RIS so I guess that’s OK. This is definitely poundable but still has a pleasing presence that makes it infinitely quaffable.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Busted Lift, which is now called The Lift, which used to be located beneath 180 Main in Dubuque but is now beneath an Italian restaurant of some sort and I thought they were closed for like the past 4 years but, nope, they've always been here.

Pours super dark ruby with a small, chocolate-colored head. Smells aggressively coconutty. Even a good six inches from my face it's like someone rubbed a bunch of hay into a Mounds bar. A bit closer to the nose, some chocolately smoothness comes through. It's a bit... I dunno. Not quite cloying, nor really uneven, but just not what I associate with a beer.

Okay, nevermind, it tastes great. The aroma is a little shocking but everything comes together almost perfec on the first sip. It's not nearly as sweet as it smells, for one. It starts with sweet (but not too sweet), smooth coconut and then fudgey milk chocolate sweeps in, and then it basically tastes like a choco-coconut porter for bulk of the beer. It finishes a bit rough and soapy, but that's just because the coconut is so intense.

Overall a lot better than I was expecting. I like coconut an awful lot, though, so your mileage my vary.

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Photo of don1481
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark into the glass with a bit of a khaki head that rapidly dissipates, leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: all the coconut, all the time. With a hint of chocolate. Intriguing.

Taste: tastes a lot like a coconut candy bar.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy on the tongue. Kind of a seltzer water feel. Odd.

Overall: Yeah, I can see why this got the hype. Very happy I found the 4 pack.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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