Coconut Porter | Avery Brewing Company

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Coconut PorterCoconut Porter

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copious quantities of coconut coupled with time basking in bourbon barrels complement the chocolaty and sumptuous nature of this delectable porter.

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 190
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Stamped bottling date is '03/13/17'.
Opaque, cola dark brown colored body. Small finger width of beige head, which stays around as an interrupted cap with lots of rising bubble action, and a ring. Leaves behind good evidence of lacing.
Aroma of dark chocolate, coconut, and bourbon barrel.
Taste of roasted malts that express chocolate, with dried flake coconut, and the bourbon barrel that includes vanilla.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Rather smooth and with a little mouth coating. Good carbonation.
Natural tasting coconut adds a flavorful note to this dark porter, aged in the barrel.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 6/16/17, so 17 months old.

Black body with a few brown tones when held up to the light. Small but thick tan head which persists leaving good lacing.

bourbon, molasses, and a little dried stone fruit on the nose.

Well, either the bourbon hasn't mellowed over time, or this one was a stone cold bourbon bomb to begin with. Very warm in the throat. Could not detect and coconut, Chocolate, or coffee notes. Sweet, and a touch treacle. some roastiness as it warms. Also a little slick.

Mouth is close to full, finish slightly sweet and warm bourbon. tongue was beginning to feel a little sore by the end.

Overall, just way too much bourbon here for this palate. If the coconut and chocolate had been able to come through, and the bourbon toned down, would have enjoyed it more.

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Photo of Lucular
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good, better than I'd expect for a BBA coconut porter (given that both factors tend to produce less-than-stellar-looking beers). Nice warming bourbon but not overly boozy and still plenty of coconut and roasty, dark malt and chocolate notes from the imperial porter.

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Photo of laketang
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black and has a fluffy foam head. Hints of vanilla and bourbon notes, Silky and smooth with a nice touch of coconut, not overpowering tho, and some milk chocolate and bourbon and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released May 4, 2018 at Systembolaget Sweden. Best before the end of 2021.
ABV: 10.1 %

Clear dark brown to black with a two finger, beige, head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Beautiful nose of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, caramel malt and cookies.
Taste: Bourbon, coconut milk, oak, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, sweet molasses and also a lot of warming alcohol.
Mouth: Full body. Smooth/light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouth. A dry ending.

Fantastic beer! I'm in love!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black with some dark brown floaties. The heady is medium, creamy, tan-colored with good retention. Streaky lacing is left.

S: Bourbon-forward--not super boozy, but the rich and barrel-y aspects. Sweet and spicy. Toasted coconut, burnt sugar, oak, vanilla, and cocoa powder aspects follow.

T: Tons of bourbon barrel and coconut. Bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, burnt sugar, and caramel. Bitter cacao, cocoa powder, and smoky charcoal make up the backdrop. Finishes bitter with lingering smoke, coffee, and bitter cocoa notes--as well as toasted coconut and bourbon. A nice warmth follows going down.

F: Medium-plus, well-rounded, well-carbonated, smooth, lightly creamy. Finishes lightly sweet, but dries out with lingering barrel tannins.

O: Delicious. Showcases both coconut flavors and bourbon barrel treatment perfectly. A nice sipper, or delicious dessert beer. Great all around.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coconut, chocolate, malt, and bourbon.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt (present throughout), a good shot of milk chocolate, a bit of coconut, and a lot of bourbon (and the accompanying barrel). A much bigger flavor than I was expecting, but in a good way. The bourbon adds an interesting dynamic to this. Grows on you after awhile.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A very solidly made sipping beer. Powerful and drinkable.

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Photo of mschrei
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a thick head, mild lacing, dark. Smell is coconut and barrel. Taste is coconut and Bourbon, mild roasty malt notes and chocolate flavors. Slight metallic aftertaste. Feel is warm, sweet, boozy.

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Photo of Tony210
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly dark with appropriate head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, some barrel presence. Vanilla, coconut. Taste is good; nice chocolate flavors, ok coconut, barrel is vaguely in the background. Feel is thin for the style and abv. Overall not great, but good in a pinch and nice to see on the shelves year round.

Bomber, no date but at least 1 year old
4.25 rating

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color, body felt above average, slight thick feel to it.
Aroma was coconut,bourbon,alcohol,and milk chocolate.taste was similar, very much like an adult version of chocolate covered coconut candy. Coconut flavor builds as it warms but never overpiwers. As a dessert beer it was very above average

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Photo of jpkand
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: nearly black, more like a stout. Nice tan head with small bubbles that didn't hold too long for me
S: caramel, vanilla , coconut milk
T: I get the bourbon and, especially as it warms, the coconut, but the alcohol is nearly impossible to get around. It has a sweetness which works well overall and it's mostly enjoyable even with the bitterness that comes from the alcohol. Just a touch too forward for a porter for my tastes
M: a little thin for a porter with my taste but does stand up good enough
O: it's a solid porter but the alcohol comes through a little much and overwhelms some of the subtler flavors that seem to want to come out. If it came in a six pack I'd grab it from time to time for sure.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
2.99/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not sure if this was an old bottle, but I did not pick up much coconut. The barrel was also fairly muted. It was cola-thin, and was astringently boozy. Overall, not great.

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Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Black with slight ruby at the bottom. Thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Caramel malt with strong alcohol.

t: Follows the nose. Bitter finish seems mostly from alcohol, with some sweetness.

m: Medium with very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful-tasting brew in which the high ABV dominates any smoky malt or coconut flavor. Still, enjoyable and clearly signals its strength.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. foiled and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is lactose sugar, cream, vanilla, chocolate and cane sugar. Real sweet though not syrup-y. Beer opens coconut, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Syrupy towards the middle and finish. Barrel aging is prominent right towards the end. Pretty delicious. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. A touch thin on the palate but super smooth and silky. Nice heat going down.

A pretty solid beer. Avery's line of Botanicals and Barrels offerings has impressed so far and this one is no different.

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Photo of CycloneBeers
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class stout/porter. The version I tasted is now at 11.4% abv. Not sure when this change was made as there is no date on the bottle that I can find...

The look is nice and dark with a finger of head on the initial pour.

Smell is strong coconut milk, bourbon notes and dark chocolate. Some dark fruit tannins also seep in.

Taste is outstanding. Starts off strong with coconut milk and bourbon complexity. Transitions into an awesome bakers dark chocolate that lingers on the palate. All the while sitting on a great roasted malt body.

Overall, minus the missing date on the bottle, this is one of my favorite stouts. Coming in at $13.00 for the bottle, the quality should be near double the price. Excellent beer, but I wish there was proper dating on the bottle!

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 4/8/17.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. The smell is coconut, bourbon, chocolate, some cocoa, some vanilla, light banana. Bourbon leads the taste, then malt, chocolate, coconut, oak, some vanilla and caramel. Smooth, well carbonated, a good medium body.

A really good coconut flavor, better than most attempts, more barrel forward than others in this series. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of coconut, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Good chocolate flavor, coconut was not overpowering, nice bourbon notes and vanilla.

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of milk chocolate, light roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some toasted coconuts, slight oak and some caramel and vanilla.
T: Taste is fairly coconut forward on the front with some chocolate and roasted malts. Slight coffee but a nice amount of barrel influence with some oak, caramel and vanilla coming in strong toward the middle end of the drink. The finish on this one is more roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with more coconut, and some lingering oak.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body which is surprising for the abv. Carbonation is just a bit under prickly and keeps things moving along the palate while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and solid complexity. The coconut and bourbon barrel aging add some nice notes to the beer but don't overwhelm. This is a really nice beer for the price and it worth a try if you like beers with some coconut flavor.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a darker cola brown body, one finger brown head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is booze, bourbon, touch of toasted coconut, light milk chocolate and more booze. Flavour follows pretty closely to the nose, lots of booze and a touch of coconut and chocolate. Cane sugar and a bit of caramel rounds it out, makes it fairly sweet. Mouthfeel is thin, lighter bodied with fair carbonation. Not particularly interesting or balanced. Not much nuance to this one.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Country Fresh Market in Beechmont. This rather nice stout
pours a dark brownish black with cola highlights and a nice light head of off white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin light pool, and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of
toasted coconuts, light vanilla, brown sugars, and notes of boozy bourbon. Flavors are on point
with rich bourbon and light vanilla that mingle with brown sugar and toasted coconut and dark malts
that are lightly kissed by oak. Exceptional mouth feel; medium carbonation that is lively for a barrel aged
brew, medium full body, and a rich sweet bourbon and coconut finish.

Overall excellence from a fantastic brewer. Worthy!


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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the table the color of espresso with a relatively thin but long lived head; spots of lacing abound

Smell: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, coffee and cream with a nice whiff of coconut and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel forward, with coffee, cream and coconut building, through the middle; the Bourbon is delicate but comes through, after the swallow, and lingers into the finish, along with some vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A treat for those who like a nice coconut infused beverage

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Bourbon Barrel Aged Coconut Porter for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this one and I'm interested to see what Avery can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had almost a fingers worth of slightly creamy, lightly bubbly and a little fizzy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart some nice bourbon, oak and vanilla like aromas that go right into the coconut which impart a pretty noticeable toasted coconut like aroma. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol aroma that goes right into a big chocolate aroma that imparts some nice dark chocolate aromas and towards the end comes the malts which impart some roasted, dark malt and sweet malt like aroma with just a hint of dark fruits showing up in the background. This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects show up enough to make the aroma live up to the name.

T_ The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels still being the first to show up, but they are lighter this time and not as intense and it goes right into the toasted coconut which seems like it show up just a little more than it did in the aroma and it combines with those same big chocolate aspects to make for a mound bar like flavor. Up next comes a little bit of noticeable alcohol that goes into the malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's just a little bit of bitterness with some more sweetness and it had a strong coconut and chocolate like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, all the flavors make it live up to it's description, and the balance is pretty good.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly boozy, fairly crisp, a little creamy, a little velvety, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a good example of the style, it had all the key aroma and flavors that I was looking for in this beer to make it live up to it's name and description. This beer had nice drinkability, one or two glasses would be the limit for me. What I like the most about this beer is that it lived up to it's name and it delivered on the coconut, chocolate and bourbon barrel flavors. What I like the least about this beer is that it isn't a little thicker and a little less sweet, those are my only to issues with this beer. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a bourbon barrel coconut porter and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer and I enjoyed the fact that it delivered what it said it would. It's not a one of the better Avery beers I've had and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, I enjoyed this beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Psilo
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bit darker than cola, with a thin head which lasts as a cap. Spotty lacing on the way down.

Smells of bourbon, caramel, light coconut.

Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon sweetness. Mild coconut melds with the whole. Not very roasty or bitter. A touch sweet from the alcohol. Smooth and easy to sip.

Overall, a nice change of pace from the typical BA stout.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From my 16 ounce Prowler. Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam. Smells of bourbon, roasted and caramel malt, hints of coconut. The sweet notes are definitely coming from the caramel and bourbon mix. Tastes of milk chocolate, bourbon, caramel, roasted malt and a touch of coconut. Alcohol is kept in check pretty well. Almost full bodied with perfect carbonation. A treat!

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Clear dark brown body with a fine off white head.
Moderately strong for style. Clear coconut note.
The high ABV was obvious only in the feel.

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Coconut Porter from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 190 ratings