Hodad Porter
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #16
Ranked #2,345
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Fiddlehead Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Hodad PorterHodad Porter
Notes: Chocolate Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut.
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Public House near Queechee Gorge.
Deep black in color with a thin tan head that persists.
Rich roasty beer with a huge chocolate presence. Light coconut thankfully. Really great desert beer.

Mar 01, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/27/20

Dark brown, not-quite-black, with 2.5 fingers of long-lasting head, that leaves 2 rings of lacing.

Smell is , as expected , chocolate, as in brownie batter, and lightly sweetened coconut.

Taste is roasty malt, light lightly-sweetened chocolate, slight cola, and some light coconut on the finish. Light, slightly drying bitterness on finish.

Feel is light-medium, with light carbonation tingle.

Very good porter . Normally , I would pass on one with such add-junks, but being my first crack at something from Fiddlehead, I gave it a try. I wasn't disappointed. :) The extras are done with a light touch, and compliment, rather than overshadow the base beer. Well-done!

Feb 23, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big coconut, cocoa, and roasted malt. Medium-light bodied, sweet, roasty, with moderate carbonation. I really like how the coconut shines in here but I still really get porter flavor. Beer is nice and clean and never cloyingly sweet. I will pick this up again.

Feb 23, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted coconut are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has even stronger flavors of toasted coconuts along with underlying notes of vanilla and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From the smell to taste, this beer is all about the aromas and flavors of toasted coconuts. There is just a touch of sweetness, but with all of the coconut, it could make for a good pairing with a dessert.

Serving type: can

Feb 14, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L — Pours a moderately dark brown body with a finger of light tan head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Nutty coffee, coconut, vanilla, milk chocolate, maple
T — Coconut, marshmallow, vanilla, hazelnut, light roast coffee, milk chocolate, light roastiness
F — Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Easy drinking
O — The coconut really comes through nicely here. Reminds me of a lighter version of Trillium’s Toasted Coconut PM Dawn, which was one of my favorite stouts they’ve made


Apr 08, 2019
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DoctorD from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look or smell impressive, but this was one of the creamiest, most decadent dessert beers I have tried. Superb thick taste for a porter yet easy drinking and sweet, this is very smooth and very accessible to those that are not serious beer drinkers.

Apr 07, 2019
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: draft, dark brown with a short head, clear

S: sweet vanilla and coconut bon bon

T: lots of vanilla flavor throughout, light toasted coconut

M: very light

Apr 06, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep cola brown color with 2 fingers of effervescent khaki head. The head leaves a ton of sticky cobweb lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings lots of vanilla, coconut, chocolate fudge cake, and dark roasted malts. There's some faint nuttiness throughout.

The flavor brings notes of chocolate cake, vanilla, roasted almonds, and toasted coconut. The roasted character keeps the sweetness at bay.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light, but creamy and exceptionally smooth. The 5.5 abv makes this crushable as hell.

Overall, a great porter that comes exactly as advertised: The can calls this a "Chocolate Vanilla Toasted Coconut Porter." Yep. That about sums it up. It's sweet but never cloying and it's so drinkable it's terrifying.

Mar 27, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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

Pours a mostly clear mahogany with tan head.
Smell is vanilla, chocolate, some coconut.
Taste follows, loads of vanilla, cocoa, coconut is a bit muted but still there.
Light to medium body.
Overall a tasty brew.

May 31, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass, black with brown highlights and a two finger fluffy tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut on the nose. The taste is right in line. The feel is medium light, with a medium light amount of carbonation. Gets a little creamy as it warms. A lot of things going on here, but it all blends together well in a lighter porter package. Recommended.

May 01, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can, dated 01/31/18. Served in a sort of a chalice thingy - because I'm fancy.

Pours a very clear, thin Cherry Coke colour with a big, billowing, rocky and dimpled beige head of fluff. I love the look of this beer and I'm just going to sit here and look at it for a while...

...Ok. The nose is somewhat less impressive than the head but, anyway, it mostly smells of toasted walnuts but I guess I get the toasted coconut, too. Actually, it smells like german chocolate cake...

...which is pretty much what it tastes like, too. Red devils food cake, brown sugar caramel, the toasted nuts and toasted coconut. Only lightly sweet and with some mild, dry, roasted chicory-like bitterness.

Feel is smooth and powdery in a light-bodied sort of way with gentle carbonation. There's a sensation of boozy warmth in the gullet beyond what I'd expect from the stated 5.5% abv.

A fine and respectable breakfast beer. A little thin bodied, perhaps, to see me through to lunch but with good flavour. If I were ever going to drink a porter on the beach, this would likely be the one.

Mar 22, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell and taste was all vanilla and maple for me..coconut is listed in the description, but i smelled or tasted none..even with that it didnt distract for me as i did enjoy this, bit light on the carbonation, but regardless this was a nice porter!

Feb 21, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown where light passes through the edge of the glass. Lasting, but small, head. Slippery blanketing lace which leaves the glass relatively barren of permanent bubbles.

Chalky, cocoa aroma. Attractive but unassuming.

The flavor features the cocoa first and foremost, but I also detect a light coconut which adds to the taste. Moderate to lighter body with a lower than expected carbonation. Short aftertaste but it is full of flavor.

Jan 07, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was dark brown capped with a finger’s worth of tan head that quickly dies off. No lacing. The smell started off with a light bitter to roasty coffee bean and added a light coconut and cocoa blend. The taste was mainly roasty with a nice ample bitter and then the sweet coconut to balance. There’s no aftertaste but it had a quick semi-dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonated as an American Porter, delicate roast takes over as it runs over my tongue. Overall, American Porter with coconut, well, it sure is fitting and taking it one step further - Hawaiian styled porter.

Jun 11, 2017
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black/brown with a thick (very thick!) cream-colored head. Smells like coconut and vanilla. Sweet cream, hint of roast. Taste is sweet coconut and vanilla, getting some rich chocolate, even some bitter coffee. The sweetness is balanced, not overwhelming. Smooth and fairly light body, but also slick.

Mar 22, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler: Poured a black color porter with medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma consist of notes of vanilla and chocolate notes with hints of hazelnut. Taste is a nice but intense mix of hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate notes with some flavors resembling tiramisu. Body is about average with creamy texture and good carbonation. Nice but flavors are extreme and end up being overwhelming.

Dec 31, 2016
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Jesterr44 from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great unique Porter. Full flavours of vanilla, coconut & chocolate. A little thin on the mouthfeel but went great with the pizza at the restaurant attached to the brewery. Definitely worth a try!

Dec 30, 2016
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a dark cream head. Strong coffee and vanilla for both taste and smell. Great mouthfeel, tastes great. One of the better porters I can remember having

Aug 23, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

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

Picked up a fresh growler at Fiddlehead on 6/27.
A - Pours dark with a small head that shrinks to a thin ring.
S - Aroma is coffee, vanilla and coconut.
T - Flavor is coconut forward, not as sweet as some I have had.
M - Rather thin mouth feel, my only complaint about this beer.
O - This is very good, perhaps the best coconut flavored beer I've had so far.

Jul 30, 2016
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just lucked out as I was there getting 2nd Fiddle and tried this beer as a tasted. Wound up getting a growler and glad I did. Just a very solid porter and I would absolutely buy it again if available when I next visit.

Feb 09, 2016
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-Rick from Massachusetts

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

L: dark brown with a slight brown head that dissipated quickly
S: so nice, coconut, chocolate, vanilla. like desert!
T: like the nose, vanilla and coconut dominate the taste. the chocolate is not as prominent
F: a bit thin, and very little carbonation, almost a bit of a flat feel to this (could be because of the growler??)
O: a very nice porter, reminded me of a thin version of Last Snow. Well done!

Nov 07, 2015
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bluehende from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice porter a bit on the light side. Not surprising with only 5.5%. The coconut was nice and somewhat subtle. Overall a very good beer that you should try if you have a chance.

Oct 09, 2015
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DeweyCheatem-n-Howe from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this from the Fiddlehead brewery, fresh as you can, just as a taster at first. Ended up bringing home a growler, because it's not like anything I've had before.

I read the description - chocolate, toasted coconut and vanilla bean - and visions of some Rogue "for the lulz" abomination flashed through my head, but the smell alone sold me. It smells delicious. You can pick out the different elements, and it's got a toasty sweetness to it.

Flavor = delicious. I'm generally an IPA drinker, and before trying this the hands-down best porter I'd ever had was Breckenridge's Vanilla Bean, which I love. But Hodad is on another level. You can taste the coconut, and the vanilla, and the chocolate... but you can also taste the porter. No one element overwhelms or conflicts with any other one.

The consistency/mouthfeel is very nice, although I'm more of a consumer and struggle to accurately describe "mothfeel" (or use it in a sentence). It's got a pretty solid consistency without even approaching syrupy.

And it leaves a little something pleasant on your palate when it's gone.

Loved this beer, and brought home a growler after going to Fiddlehead mostly for their currently-available DIPA (Second Fiddle, which I have yet to crack open).

May 23, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Fiddlehead. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of khaki colored head. Lots of lacing. Really nice aroma. Coconut, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Almost like a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. The taste is more of the same. Coconut, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and some toasted malts. Again, somewhat reminiscent of a Samoa. Finish is a bit smokey with the coconut and chocolate. Medium bodied. Overall, an awesome Porter.

Apr 29, 2015
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IPAGeorge from Illinois

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

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a very dark brown with a foamy, khaki 2 finger head.

S. Big chocolate aroma with roasted malts.

T. Backing up the nose right away I get dark chocolate and roasted malts. Then come the vanilla and nuttiness that I assume comes from the toasted coconut. Vanilla lingers. Delicious.

M. Medium bodied with medium carbonation that subsides quickly. A lingering silkyness that's very satisfying.

O. A very good beer. Hit a home run with what they were going for. Very happy with this.

Dec 28, 2014
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