Hodad Porter
Fiddlehead Brewing Company

Hodad PorterHodad Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,269
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
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Hodad PorterHodad Porter
Notes: Chocolate Vanilla Bean Toasted Coconut.
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 461
Photo of Chico1985
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another tallboy can from Fiddlehead, chocolate vanilla toasted coconut porter=intriguing. Canned on date reads 7/17/14. Thanks to Kimdog for this one.

Appearance - Pour into a pint glass is dark brown, just a little bit of clarity there. A tall beige head forms, and quickly falls to a thick ring and spotty cap for the duration. Bits of lace left behind.

Smell - Found this kinda off to start, seems lightly metallic and minerally and ...dirty almost? Chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts, dark fruit come out more with warmth, but still weak on the whole.

Taste - Decent chocolate vanilla kick, coconut I suppose, comes off to me more as general toasty nutty malts. Milk stout-like lactose flavors, some caramel malt, bits of dark fruit and licorice, grassy and earthy hop, biscuity malt in the finish. Definitely dessert-like but doesn't reach cloying levels of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light and kinda watery, a little lacking in the carbonation as well. Light hop bitterness.

Overall - Letdown for me. The taste, though not as good as expected, was pretty decent and complex, but the beer felt weak elsewhere.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yay tall boy cans! Thanks to billquirk (reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Decent fluffy mocha colored creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly Nice lacing, super dark almost pitch black.

Nose nice dark choc and cocoa, with a decent toasted coconut, more than I expected, nice mild vanilla, nice creamy dark malt, creamy choc etc. Mild fudgey

Taste brings more cocoa, dark choc, nice creamy vanilla and choc, little lactose creamy, with lighter coconut, toasted coconut, mild candy bar biscuity note. Mild bitterness in the background eighth touch of earthy grassy hop note. Finish is mild bitterness, creamy dried lactose feel, mild choc and hint vanilla, no coconut lingering.

Mouth is nice rich and creamy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, much better than I expected.

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

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, light coconut, faint roasted malts.

T - Taste is nice milk chocolate, great coconut, vanilla, creamy lactose. Very nice creamy milk chocolate, soft malts. Nice faint chocolate syrup.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer, nice chocolate and coconut notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at VT Brewfest.

A-Pours a very dark brown. Head is a thin, brown froth.

S-Lovely, yummy coconut. I am an admitted coconut beer addict, so this aroma nailed it for me. Chocolatey, roasty and again, delectably coconutty.

T-The chocolate and cocoa and roast and coffee usher in the delicious coconut flavor. Coconut flesh and toasted husk. Boom.

M-Lighter than anticipated. I actually enjoy the light body here. I made multiple trips to Fiddlehead's tent for this so it's drinkable to me.

O-Delicious. One of the best beers I tried during my most recent Vermint trip. Coconut Porter! One of god's gifts to me.

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Photo of FFreak
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into glass. Almost jet black with dark tan head. The chocolate and vanilla are dominant in both aroma and taste. Coconut and malty flavors are more hidden. Luscious mouth feel. This makes a wonderful dessert beer - if you can imagine such a thing.

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

Can donated to my beer fridge by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is tawny brown with a small off white cap. Aromas include caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate, light roast, earthiness. Sweet roast and mild chocolates up front, followed by a touch of vanilla and a mild hop bitterness in the back. I was a little disappointed to see "natural flavors" on the description (steps down from soap box). Fairly light in body and pretty easy drinking. Overall, solid.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/05/14 notes. Had never heard of this brewery before and loved it; thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing it.

a - Pours a deep, dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, coconut, toasted malts, caramel malts, cocoa, and light coffee. Awesome nose with a lot going on. really like it, very complex.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, nuts, coconuts, toasted malts, caramel malts, cocoa, toffee, espresso, light cream, vanilla, and coffee. Nuts in the taste and more chocolate, really nice and complex again.

m - Thin body and no carbonation at all. Easy to drink but a little more body and a little carbonation would make this much better.

o - Overall a really great beer; loved seeing such a complex dark beer in a can and at a low ABV. Tons going on, I really loved it. The only thing to improve this beer would be a little bit of carbonation and a little more body, otherwise I loved it. I had never heard of these guys but my friend also said 2nd Fiddle is great, going to have to look for that.

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Photo of fatsnowman22
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Porterlike, tan on the edges to dark center
S- Vanilla cookie, artificial
T- Artificial cookie soda
M- Medium to light body

O- Tasted more like a soda than a beer. Enjoyable and fun but not really beer like. If you like dessert and have a sweet tooth I could see the enjoyment.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into a tulip

A - Nearly jet black. Get ruby red on the edges when tilted up to the light

S - Vanilla and cocoa. Chocolate syrup and roasty.

T - Coconut comes through more on the taste than the smell. Roasted malts and chocolate.

M - Not too thick, decent carbonation.

O - A great dessert beer. Smells fantastic and taste is reminiscent of macaroons. Delicious.

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Photo of RoninTK3
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks earljones199 for the awesome extra!

A - dark brown/black with a half finger of head

S - brownie batter, a hint of coconut, cocoa. Very sweet.

T - the brownie batter flavors from the smell are here and the coconut definitely comes through. The roasty malts are nice and there's a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied and creamy. Low carbonation. Just right for a porter.

This is a great porter that is sweet, but not cloying. The sweet flavors are nicely balanced out with the roasty malts.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a lot of tight tan head. Nose is fairly roasty with a decent bit of rich malt and notes of dry chocolate. Taste is even stronger roast and almost burnt, dry chocolate, decent malt complexity. Medium body, strong carb, fairly soft feel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the one pint can poured into a shaker glass. No apparent bottling or expiration date but it was a limited edition from this past winter. Sampled on May 4, 2014.

Dark brown pour with a tremendous, foamy tan head that lingers and laces. Not quite black but almost there.

Great aromas of toasted chocolate and vanilla malts and a hint of the coconut. Little to no hop notes.

The body is smooth and creamy and fairly bold.

The coconut comes forward more in the taste than I picked up on the nose and it merges beautifully with the chocolate and vanilla. Dry finish. Easy drinking. I could put a few of these down quickly.

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Photo of cavedave
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to utopiajane for leaving this one in the cooler, found today, appreciated the surprise for sure!

This baby pours coal black, nice lighter than a stout look, but thickish for a porter and opaque. Only a finger of tan head, but it manages to last for the ride. A swirl leaves a fine bubbled lace wallpaper on glass.

Quite a bit going on in a low strength aroma, light roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a vanilla sweetness underlaid that makes it a subtle, delicious bouquet.

Taste is wonderful, medium strength, just delicious. Chocolate, clean roasty notes, some herbal bitter to it I believe to be hops that matches the roast/coffee hand to glove, and vanilla and coconut as supporting flavors lead to a wonderful end of sip that is just bitter enough to turn this up to 11 in the taste department.

Thin in the mouth for style perhaps, but it sure lets the flavors shine, and this ends up to be really refreshing, with beautiful clean finish.

What a delicious porter, can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a small tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, hint of coconut

T-chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, little coconut, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, a little thinner than I would prefer

O-good flavor and like that it is not overly sweet, just wish it was a little heavier in body

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with very little head, and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like pure and rich coconut and chocolate.

Lots of toasted coconut in the flavor, some great chocolate, a little bit of caramel, slightly reminiscent of a samoa cookie from the girl scouts. Some vanilla too.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Had no idea this existed, this was nice.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into a HF snifter

appearance is perfect...quarter inch coffee colored head that recedes to the edges...dark as all hell

smell is pretty weird...didnt like it much and does not reflect the upcoming taste...think "rotten almonds"

taste is absurd...chocolate, nuts, slight coffee, and coconut that doesnt appear until the swallow...kind of a first for me in that the initial taste and the aftertaste are like 2 different beers...the extra dimension of this beer is pretty unique

mouthfeel is perfect....borderline stout consistency, even

overall i loved this beer...what a surprise...the only thing that stopped me from giving this a near perfect rating was the nose...not even that big of a deal with a taste like that, though....will definitely seek this out again in vermont and will definitely be seeking out more fiddlehead goodies

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Photo of UFOsandBeers
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Just Wow. is all i really have to say after drinking this one. Me and my brother had taken a random ski trip to Stowe, Vermont and we where lucky enough to snag a case or two of these guys. The mix of chocolate and toasted coconuts hit your mouth instantly, makes a good dessert beer for sure!

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black hue with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

Wow. A great mix of chocolate, vanilla and toasted coconut in the nose. Reminds me a bit of a girl scout samoa cookie.

Starts off with cocoa, which gives way to the toasted coconut with a good touch of vanilla bean in the background.

The vanilla and toasted coconut combine for a "nutty" aftertaste.

Is it just me or would this make an excellent dessert beer? I'm not sold on the price ($12.99 is steep for a 5.5% porter) but the taste alone is inspiring. Makes me wonder. What if they bump up the gravity and kick up the toasted coconut part? That would rule.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Filled a growler from the Shelburne brewery and enjoyed this at home.
The color is a very dark chocolate brown. Little to no head on this porter.
Smell is not overpowering, chocolate, a bit hoppy, sticky.
Taste is fucking delicious. Coconut, coffee, chocolate, medium bodied - but here is the thing, not overly sweet which is welcome. How he achieved these flavors and not making it sickeningly sweet is beyond me.
Hodad may be the best beer Matt Cohen has achieved to date.
Try it ASAP.

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Photo of Hendry
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half a finger of khaki head vanishes in less than a minute atop the deep chestnut hue, lacing is slight but present.

Aroma of roasted coffee,chocolate,vanilla,and last but not least,toasted coconut mingle well with the rich malt backbone. There is a note of sweetness in the nose, but given the fusion of ingredients, it is expected,and not considered a negative.

Flavors mirror the nose, and start out with a roastiness that turns sweet.The toasted coconut is most prominent in the swallow. This is a sweet tasting porter, but not to the degree of cloying. The taste and aftertaste is intriguing, inviting, and complex. At no point did I feel like Hodad Porter was one dimensional in it's flavor. The brewer toasted the coconut, sourced quality cacao/vanilla beans,and blended them all with care in concert with the malt.

Mouthfeel is relatively light ,but this is a porter rather than a stout, and serve the infused flavors well.

Fiddlehead has been earning my respect with each return visit to their friendly brewpub for growlette refills. Matt Cohen has a knack for turning out some top notch Vermont craft beer. Anyone who has enjoyed a Maui Brewing CocoNut Porter would flip over Hodad Porter, and I highly recommend it if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Dark brown. Black in the glass, but transparent at the edges. Decent cream head.
Smell - Lots of vanilla. Overwhelmed by vanilla. Traces of chocolate and coconut. More chocolate than coconut.

Taste - Bitter roasted malt. Still a lot of vanilla. Coconut is a little lost. Bitter roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel - It's super thin. Medium light, objectively, but too thin for the style. I realize it's just a porter, but still.

Overall - Pretty tasty, despite being too light. More richness would support a good flavor base.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Fiddlehead tap takeover at Farmhouse Tap & Grill

A-dark, rich, brown like a chocolate cake, pours a small mocha head
S-lots of cacao, vanilla, some coconut
T-amazingly sweet, but not too sweet. a friend of mine referred to it as 'cake batter'. Lots of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate coming through the malt of a porter.
M-very rich, dark, but sweet.
O-it's a nice beer that adds some twists to the porter style. Very good, would certainly get a growler fill of it if I found it on tap at the brewery

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Photo of pschul4
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fiddlehead brewing out of Vermont is doing nothing but one-offs other than their base IPA

Here is there coconut porter which I fell in love with

A- Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that sticks around to chat for a while

S- Lots of coconut and lactose in the nose along with some chocolate

T- So good! Coconuts kills it and the vanilla/cocoa/roasted malts balance everything perfectly

M- Light, but its a porter not a stout. SO BACK OFF!!

O- This is better than Three Hour Tour GASP!

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 461 ratings