New World Porter | Avery Brewing Company

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New World PorterNew World Porter

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 08-27-2002

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Photo of Minkybut
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this odd beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black and poured a really nice head It also had great lacing. My hopes were high. The taste started off nice with a great burnt chocolate hit, however it was hopped. A hoppy porter is not my cup of beer. The beer also had a bitter finish like a Engkish Ale. I will not buy again.

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Photo of wspscott
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At pazzos

A: dark brown, almost black. Starts with a thin dark tan head that drops almost immediately.
S: roasted malts and citrus hops
T: the hops are very obvious, lots of citrus combined with roasted and chocolate malts.
M: more carbonation than I like, along with a thinner body, makes for a rough feel
D: this is my third one, so they are doing something right. Like a roasty brown ale, with a heavy dose of hops, nice. Worth trying for a change of pace.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a incorrigible map geek, I appreciate any beer with a historical map on the bottle. In fact, I enjoyed the usage of the revised edition of Abraham Ortelius's New World Map (this one dating from about 1595 corrected an unseemly bulge in South America present in the earlier editions). Awesome.

Alright, onto the beer - pours a rich, lingering head on a deep brown body.

The aroma is more complex than I had imagined. The initial smell is herbal hops - a flower garden in a porter iis an infrequent first impression. Other lingering smells appear with concentration - spruce, earthy malt, and caramel make this a really interesting take on a porter.

The first sip is impressive; dry hops up front, fading into roasted malts with hazelnut coffee. The finish is sweet and resinous, lingering on your tongue for what seems like hours. It's like waving your love goodbye from a slow moving train - each moment is a vivid, Kodachrome slow motion replay.

The balance between malt and hops is almost unparalleled. I get the sense that there are a lot of hops in this beer - but they balance an equally tremendous amount of chocolate and caramel roasted malts.

Mouthfeel, despite the fantastic dry hopped flavors, was, to put it rudely, 'moderate' - it has all the malty wetness and hoppy dryness you would expect. Glorious.

A robust porter with dry hops, brilliantly executed. If seafaring conquistadors, failing to discover the gold and gems that embodied their dreams of the Americas, were given this porter instead - each man would have gone home happy. Western civilization would be forever changed.

Dry hopped porters, away!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery New World Porter on tap at Mahaffey's Pub in B'more, MD, served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very brown, bordering on black. Decent head, good lacing and retention. A better-than-average-looking porter.

Smell: Intense roastiness, some faint chocolate. Farm-fresh dairy and aromas of barely-cooked eggs.

Taste: Seaweed salad! Very unique taste, love it. Sugars and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, full flavor.

Drinkability: High! Goes down easy, not too filling. Tasty.

I'm usually not a big fun of regular porters but this one won me over. A beautiful balance of taste, mouthfeel and aromas.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and piney hops. The beer smells very hoppy for a porter.

The flavor is heavy on the pine with some roasted malt and chocolate mixed in. Medium bitterness. This beer may be listed as a porter, but I think it is a Black IPA all the way. Very enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of claybeer
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a rich mahogany, wet leather brown. It's dark enough you can't see any light through it. The head is a creamy coco color and laced the glass fairly well as it reduced to a film over this beer. The nose isn't very pleasant at first. Some molasses notes with some burnt tobacco and grain. There are defiantly some hops and coffee notes that stick to the tongue. There is some sweet brown that show up on the second sip. The finish is long! It is longer than I would like but it's flavors change as it lingers which makes it very enjoyable. The lingering flavors make it a slow drinker.

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4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown mahogany. Big chunky tan head. thick foamy laces.

Roasty coffee and toasty caramel. With Grapefruit and pine on top. A hoppy porter mmmm.

Roasted coffee and dark spiced bread. Grapefruit Pine and herbal hop blast. Nice big piney resin bitterness that flows into a big roasty smokey finish.

Sticky, chewy, rich, full bodied. Smooth with a kick of astringency.

Lovely roasted and smoked porter with some tasty dry hoppage. Love me a good hoppy bitter porter.

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Photo of bark
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark brown, almost black. The liquid is clear. The three finger head slowly sinks sown to an uneven lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is dry and roasted with luxurious notes of sweet coffee, almonds, toffee and nuts. Some dark chocolate and a bitter-sour note of herbs and plants.

The taste is sweet-sour-bitter with a fine blend of bitter hops and sourish malty flavours. Some fresh grounded coffee, dark chocolate, mocha cream and sweet notes of cookies and a touch of dough. The aftertaste is a bit dry with lots of roasted notes and a hint of burned malt (rubber, coal). The finish is creamy with dry roasted flavours.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles almost sharp. The liquid is smooth and a little thick.

I found this an elegant well-hopped American porter that doesn't forget about drinkability.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color, in the glass it looks black unless held up to the light, then deep brown highlights are noticeable. There is one fat finger of head that takes over a minute to dissipate to a frothy tan layer on the surface. There is some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted and chocolaty malts with a nice touch of bright, citrusy hops. There is some fruitiness too, but it's hard to tell if it is from the yeast, malts or the hops because there are some dark, fig-like aromas as well as brighter smelling fruits. Overall a very complex, sweet and inviting nose with chocolate dominating.

Taste follows the nose a bit, nice amounts of chocolate and roasted malts with some caramel backing it up. Midway through there is a nice earthy flavor that emerges and the finish brings a balancing hop bitterness and roasted elements along with subtle, bright hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice coating feeling and medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is complex and adds something new to the traditional porter with the hop aroma and flavor. I enjoyed drinking it but it doesn't exactly fit into the porter taste that I usually look for. I would drink this again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why took to long to get this one. This is part of several Avery products I recently purchased.
Pours with a luscious thick and creamy head and seems reasonable heavy even before sampling. Very dark with garnet highlights in light. Lacing of the head upon settling.
Aroma has a distinct yeast quality that is nearly as strong as the roasted malt. Some coffee and a little chocolate. Mild hop quality sharpens the aroma some.
Rich porter flavor that hints on being too sweet. Nicely balanced with the hoppy flavor (appearing second actually) and the bitterness (which cut that sweetness right as it approaches the excess mark). Long finish with both hop and malt bittereness and dryness. Nice grassy hop flavor.
Fully moderate feel. Again rich, but cutting off just in time. Creamy and smooth carbonation.
Pretty big, in a richness way cuts final score a tad. But the flavors are good and it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass after sitting out of the fridge for 15minutes. Dark amber color with lots of well retaining and laced frothy latte colored head. First smell is of hop, followed by traditional porter/dark malt smells. Medium hop bitter and dry finish are the predominant flavors, but porter malts give it a choco/coffee aspect and a good body. Definitely not what I expect in a porter, but not bad.

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Photo of rembrant
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- frothy tan head on black opaque.
Aroma,surprised by a very fruity leading edge,some grape juice,some blackberry. Second sniff....Piney,woodsy resinous hops take over...very light touch of vanilla,toast from the malt side.

Taste--Leads with very dark chocolate and some roasty/ earthy then a snappy hops zing steps in and it becomes hard to find a clear view of the malt side. Quite hoppy for a Porter. A nice hops but even a bit off balance if judged as an IPA. Sort of a maverick, says "Porter" on the label but drinks as a dark IPA. The big hop show obscures any malt side complexities or flaws. It's not a solid Porter...though is a pretty good whatever it is. I happened to buy this and a big DIPA....thinking I wanted a PORTER for balance. Ironically the big DIPA was almost Stoutish in it's complexity and balance while the Porter acted the IPA role.

In it's price range, New World did a nice job of being "big",and the competition tends to be a little more $ a dark IPA, but in the Midwest,Edmund Fitzgerald at this price is the consumate Porter.

Mouth, there's a big transition from an initial sweetness to a all hops middle and then a finish with a breif hint of coffee and a lasting hops. About a medium body,a bit light for Porter.

Drinkable? Pretty refreshing,some sparkle and not very dense while somewhat under-sweet. While it's a " Not - Porter" It's still a decent drink with a tasty hops show.

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Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark, very dark, brown into the glass, almost black and no chance of seeing through this one. The head is high but not as dark as one would expect, lingers a bit and leaves lots on the glass and a small lid on top of the beer.

S: A healthy dose of coffee with some tones of light chocolate bars in the background. Still you sense the hops that shine through together with clear hints of citrus and grass. Also, I like the well balanced touch of soy that stays with you trough out.

T: Heavy, heavy bitterness from hops, surprisingly much if you ask me, but still it doesn't erase the tastes of dark chocolate and tar. It hasn't got the same variety as the nose and somewhat adds to the complex feeling of this beer.
Small hints of carbonation and tiny bubbles which gives you no problem whatsoever to have another sip.

As usual a good beer from Avery, but I was a bit thrown off by the hoppy taste.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, almost black with at least two fingers of dark, tan head. I get some hops, chocolate and maybe some cocoa on the nose. Tastes are hops at the front, then sweet chocolate and a hop finish. The hops are there enough to notice, but their not obnoxious or like a black IPA. This beer is creamy with a great amount of carbonation. Porters are usually hit or miss with me and this one is definitely a hit. Drinkability is great Nd I could easily kill a few of these, very good beer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours burgundy with a nice tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacings.

S: Smoked ham and dark dried fruits. Sweet malt and hops, not to piney considering where they're from. Chocolate and faint coffee.

T: More pine in the taste, but still not too strong. Roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits. Lots of chocolate and faint coffee.

M: Moderate carbonation togehter with a smooth mediumfull body. Aftertaste is nice and bitter.

D: Goes down smoothly. Nice American Porter.

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Photo of ryno09
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a huge pillowy 2 finger Khaki colored head. Dark mahogany color with deep ruby red around the edges. Leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass.

Aroma - What's that? They dry-hopped it? Yep, you get floral/grassy hops on the nose along with your typical roasted malt . There's some chocolate as well.

Taste - Some bitterness up from, from the Columbus hops mixed with dark chocolate notes. Midway through roasted and caramel characteristics push through and carry the flavor home with a slight kick from the hops. The finish is very smooth with a chocolately caramel taste lingering in your mouth with some of the bitterness from the hops. No alcohol presence whatsoever. As it warms up, not only do the malt characteristics increase but so does the hop presence.

Its name is very fitting as this is truly an American style of robust porter. The use of the higher AA% Columbus is definitely not typical in a porter although they are using Fuggle as well (I wish I knew what they were dry-hopping with). With a higher ABV the increased hop presence helps tame the sweetness of it. Excellent chocolate and caramel notes. A smooth drinking beer with high drinkability.

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Photo of LinusBohman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature in a tulip-glass.

A - Dark, but not completely black more of a very dark brown color. At first a big head that disappeared in a minute and disintegrated into just som small islands of head floating around in the beer. The head was colored beige.
There are some bubbles from the carbonation.

S - Really piny from the hops to me. Smells more like an IPA than a porter. I can also find some fruitiness that leans towards citrus.
Some chokolate is also there with a touch of roasted a smell of coffee.

T - The first thing that hits me is the hops wich are quite bitter with a big taste of pine. This is to me the dominant flavour. But in the back I can find some of the porter flavours of licorice, chocolate and coffee.

M - Dry as the comedy of an old conservative who hasnĀ“t laughed since WW2. The body is neither thick of thin.
A bit like licking a pine.

D - A new taste to me that was more of an IPA with a touch of porter than the other way around. But the marriage of the two is a fresh feel in the beginning although one bottle is enough for me.
I will most certanly drink this one again allthough not to often.

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Photo of rarbring
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, a beige head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of dried ripe fruits, raisins, dates and figs. Some vinous, port, aromas. Roasted malt, toasty and some coffee notes.

The taste is rather sweet, fruits, sherry and coffee and cocoa beans giving some alcohol presence but mostly a good bitter finish.

A weak carbonation, smooth and a bit oily, a slightly dry finish.

A good porter, rather sweet.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, two plus fingers of head that looks like a mix of coke and an ice cream float, deep dark brown black color, head fades slowly and leaves it's mark all over the glass. beautiful.

s- lots of roast, chocolate milk and dark, clean malt, toasty, hop kick in the back end, some earthy bitterness, some sweetness, bready.

t- mmm, this sure is a dry hopped porter, and very well done at that, i've got all the perks of both shining out here. big, roasty, roasty, chocolately, then the hops kick into gear with some bitterness and earthyness - maybe a citra hop?

m- full to medium body, goes down easy, coating.

d- i wanna drink this with a huge steak, garlicky mashes potatoes and roasted asparagus, this would pair perfectly. i will definately drink this beer again.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous tan head overflows from the glass sitting atop a deep mahogony almost black body.

Coffee and hops with a light chocolate backbone. Smells more like an imperial stout.

Taste is quite wonderful. Deep and piney hop flavor with a lovely roasted yet sweet malt profile. A light bitter linger.

Creamy and medium bodied. Bittersweet finish. Very coating on the palette.

Very well balanced. Drinkable.

Another one I've been putting off but am very satisfied with.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a nice frothy head.

S - Nice malty smell. Maybe some chocolately fragrance.

T - First impression was a taste of coffee. The malt flavor is there.

M - Carbonation was medium with a bit of a tingle on the tongue.

D - I could have a couple of these. Sitting around telling stories with friends these would go over well.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One of the cooler new style porters, rich, beige head, brown pour, substantial presence. Aroma was nuttier like a brown ale.

Lots of cascade hops in this one. A real good hoppy porter. Alcohol comes off tame, the hops and carbonation make it an easier drinking porter. Still has a decent amont of chewiness to it throughout. Me likeee.

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Photo of dqrull
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a firm slightly tan head that leaves a nice lid on the brew in the glass. Could have had some more head though, not too huge.

Smells of christmas at first for some reason... no idea what it is that puts that idea in my nose though. After the initial christmas I get a very pronounced fruitiness up fronta happy mix of green grapes, orange, grape fruit and some kind of darker berries, maybe cranberries. There is a of course a distinct roasted prescense backing up the fruity notes, contributing with a breadiness reminiscent of rye-bread, but the (hoppy) fruit dominates the nose.

Starts off pretty mild... with a full roasted malt-attack, very quickly followed by grape fruity hops and followed by a milder than expected btiterness and a little hint of coffee. Not much more to it in my view :(

Slightly watery mouth feel, but with a nice and crisp carbonation that encourages one to take another sip.

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Photo of matjack85
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.69. Although I didn't find a freshness date on the bottle, the Avery website says this is a seasonal brew only made from January to April. Since this is already August, I'm sure this bottle was sent to the discount bin to make room for the summer seasonals on the shelf. I assume it's still good as long as it's from the 2O1O winter batch.

The beer had a dark brown body with a light brown head, but showed off a more cherry cola color when held to the light. The 2-finger creamy brown head lasted awhile and it left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The beer had a sweet caramel and chocolate aroma to it, which I expected from a porter, but it also carried a faint dry hop aroma to it which I didn't expect. None of the aromas were that strong or I'd have given it even higher marks for smell.

Wow! Somebody decided to make a hoppy porter. While the 5 blends of malts are definitely in there, they seem to be used to balance out the dry hopped bitterness rather than the other way around. Nice chocolate/caramel sweetness, but the dry hop bitterness rules here. Only 45 IBU's, but it tastes like double that.

It's on the thin side as far as porters go, but it's smooth and perfectly carbonated. I wouldn't call it dry as I can detect both sweetness and bitterness in the aftertaste, but I would call it different and definitely good.

Very drinkable with no alcoholic taste at all.

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Photo of tbizzle0
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, solid black color with a nice light mocha colored head.

Lots of chocolate and sweetness on the nose, and something that I couldn't place. It had a candy bar type of sweet smell

When I took my first sip, I realized that the smell I couldn't place was the hops mixed with the malty esters. Lots of chocolate and a slight bit of coffee, followed by a lot of sweet hops with a little bit of citrus. Very tasty beer and very sessionable, I'll definitely seek this out again!

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New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,030 ratings.
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