Coconut Porter
Avery Brewing Company

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #136
Ranked #5,936
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: 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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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich notes of chocolate covered coconut, bourbon, oak barrel, dark chocolate, vanilla, toasty coconut, mounds bar, brown sugary sweetness, dark caramel, toffee, dark cherry, roasted malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy hops

May 22, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen and heard the rave reviews. I would have to say the coconut was there--just enough, nicely blended. The deep brown pour had medium body, and the fat part of the bottle was tasty, not incredibly complex, but smooth. Oddly, the first sip and the last few sips were boozy, tainting my overall opinion. Was the beer mishandled? Possibly. Definitely a beer I'd like to revisit.

May 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not only is this beer impressive, but the concept of having a barrel aged beer like this on the shelf full time at a fair price was well ahead of its time. this is packed with coconut, has enough bourbon to it without being overwhelming, and is full flavored without being too sweet or forced, delicious, exactly what i would expect from avery in a beer like this. it kind of smells and tastes like a mounds bar, a definite chocolate character in the mix from the grain, which is less roasty, coffee forward, and bitter than i thought it might be based on the color here. some milk chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate earthiness, and evident barrel char give it a desserty character without making it too decadent to drink. a little alcohol in the nose isnt really there in the flavor until it warms up quite a bit, and the woodiness keeps this smooth the whole time. its mature but the coconut is fresh, and the whiskey compliments it well, almost rum as much as bourbon to me, the power of suggestion of the coconut here making it kind of tropical and islandy on my palate. a toasted vibe to the coconut as well as raw flesh, not sure how they did this, but its more complete than in a lot of these. fuller bodied but not overly viscous, and honestly, i could do a whole bomber of this to myself pretty easily, which is rare for this sort of thing. impressive quality and complexity here from avery, this is one of the things they do best, and im glad to have finally gotten around to trying this one, its among my favorites of their full time brews! as good as any barrel aged coconut dark beer out there for my money.

Feb 17, 2020
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Foyle from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from 22 oz bomber into pint glass. A 1" tan head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is deep reddish brown. Rich aroma of coconut, bourbon, cocoa, dark roasted malt, earthy hops. Mouthfeel is heavy and viscous with a warming alcohol finish. Flavor of cocoa, dark roasted malt, raisin, plum, bourbon, the coconut is more subdued in the taste than the aroma. Overall: very good to excellent.

Oct 11, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a dark brown black with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Very strong notes of bourbon, including vanilla and cherry, slight roasted chocolate and malt, but mostly bourbon. Coconut is barely there.

T: Strong bourbon, including vanilla, oak and cherry, some slightly roasted malt and chocolate, a touch of coconut. Bourbon overwhelms everything else.

F: Medium to big body, slick cola like carbonation.

O: The bourbon in this beer overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Oct 02, 2019
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GunNut37086 from Tennessee

3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Its impressive dark opaque color with a light to medium tan head looks spectacular. The smell of bourbon overpowers all else, so not very promising to the nose. A medium amount of carbonation and an ideally rich, but not heavy feel gives this porter a near perfect feel.

You can detect the bourbon less in the taste, but it's still there. The roasty malt shines brightest along side a hint of dark chocolate. I was disappointed the coconut wasn't more prevelant. I could barely tell it was there. Yet overall, it was still good.

Bottom line: at $15/bottle I had my hear set on a more noticable coconut flavor. If this were $7/pint, I'd give it a much higher score and call it one of the best porters I've tried.

Jun 18, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 19, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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 any 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.

Nov 19, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Nov 01, 2018
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laketang from Arizona

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.

Oct 07, 2018
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

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!

Sep 30, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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.

Jul 12, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jul 05, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Jun 21, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

May 19, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Apr 24, 2018
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jpkand from Virginia

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.

Apr 08, 2018
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StoutSnob40 from California

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.

Mar 21, 2018
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scotorum from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 17, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Feb 10, 2018
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CycloneBeers from Massachusetts

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!

Feb 09, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

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.

Feb 01, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Jan 17, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Jan 12, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Dec 31, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 199 ratings