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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 HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear deep brown with ruby highlights. A half inch of tan head settles to offer some light lacing. Moderate retention at best.

Thin milk chocolate and roasted barley on the nose along with some piney hops. Bit of dry grated chocolate after some air. Hop notes can be a bit rancid at times with some sour milk notes.

Somewhat light in body with chocolate and cinnamon, watery on the swallow, and a return of chocolate on the finish. Good level of carbonation for the structure of the beer makes for an OK feel and drink. Nothing stands out here making for a mediocre brew overall.

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Photo of aristeros
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Has a little less than a finger of tan head. Beer is nice and black, with ruby and garnet highlights in the light. Looks great.

I smell pine resins, citrus, and floral hops. Similar aroma profile to many other Avery beers I've had. Some caramel notes, but it's a struggle to get them.

Citrus and bittering hops up front yield to sweet malts and mild roasted flavors. Bittersweet aftertaste. Hops kind of overwhelm it, and their depth is good, but they overshadow everything else

Now, I'd be really impressed by this if it was my first or even my fourth Avery, but a good hop presence and citrus -> bitter is something Avery does with a lot of its beers. I'm pretty sure it doesn't belong here.

Tone down those essential oils and come a few more miles into porter territory and you have me. I'd try it on tap to see if maybe this one was sitting on the shelf too long or something, and drink it if you handed it to me for free.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Jet black with a light tan-colored crown that looks impressively thick and creamy. Showed very good retention as it slowly sank to a thin cap while leaving some webbed lacing in its wake. This looks really damn good!

A: Roasty toasty notes of bready malts, sweet caramel, creamy chocolate, coffee beans, and some beautiful hops to boot. It is quite obvious after one sniff that they dry-hopped it, Really powerful and scrumptiously aromatic for an American Porter!

T: A huge amount of roasted grain, predominantly barley, sets the stage and brings some nice caramel and toffee notes with them. Creamy chocolate and coffee seem to be equal in strength, while some great vanilla notes ride underneath. I am detecting some slight hints of dark fruits (figs?) and nuts in here as well, and they compliment the rest of the profile very nicely. Citric hops are evident and impart a little acidic bite that dries things out a bit on the finish. This is a damn tasty porter that leaves a long, delicious aftertaste!

M: The mouthfeel continues the ongoing theme here of very quality beer. It's medium-full with some creaminess that slides across the tongue, as well as some slight chewiness that sticks to the teeth. Smooth, mouth-coating, and perfectly carbonated to let the malts do their thing.

Notes: This is one of the best American Porters that I have had to date, no doubt about it! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Anchor Porter, as that was the first porter I really fell in love with. I don't think it quite reaches that level of greatness, but it comes really damn close! It smells great, features a full-flavored profile of goodness, and has a really rich mouthfeel that makes it shine. Highly recommended

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, thick brown/black with a creamy tan head that lasted and laced very well. The smell was pine woody, with subtle hop bitterness, charcoal/coffee essence, and surprisingly citrusy notes. The taste confirmed all of this and then some; citrus woodiness at the start, followed by coffee, toffee, caramel, and charcoal, and rolling off the tongue with a nicely balanced sweet/bitter aftertaste. Nice thick malty mouthfeel for a porter, but one which is hidden by the complexity of the flavor, so you don't think like you are drinking a thick beer. As such, I had a few of these during the session. One of the most pleasant surprises I have had in a while. Would LOVE to try this on nitro tap. If anyone knows of anyone in north NJ who has one, PLEASE let me know!

P.S. I noticed that a lot of the less-than-stellar reviews of this beer were all sampled via bottle, and since I have yet to sample this beer from a bottle, my initial suspicion is that it must be drunk from the tap. Much respect to all of the reviewers; your comments are always well taken.

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Photo of diamondc
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is really a gorgeous looking beer. Humongous fluffy head, lots of lacing, excellent head retention. Held up to the light reveals a ruby red / burgundy color.

The aroma is overwhelming of hops. When they say they dry hop this beer, they aren't kidding. Grapefruit dominates with pine resin underneath. After a few swirls, some espresso and hot chocolate appear.

Hops are on the forefront of the tongue. Grapefruit pith, some herbalness. This beer is really going into IPA territory. Coffee, charcoal, dark chocolate flavors come up after warming up a bit.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. Its not watery as some American porters might be. I prefer porters to have more maltiness and not be lost in the hop bitterness, though.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark molasses colored brown. Great two finger, tan head, that leaves some awesome Brussels lacing . Nice filmy foam after a couple of sips. Super roasted bread malts with a little watery coffee and soft chocolate aromas. The taste starts with dark roasted malts and some roasted walnuts. The middle gets a strong flash of gypsum dryness in the palate added to some dry chocolate malts. The finish is bitter charred malst and light hops. Smooth yet dry palate make for a easy drinking porter.

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into curved pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown/black with a tan fluffy head.

S - Citrus, hops, roasted malt, caramel. Hops are very noticeable. A little bit funky.

T - Malt base with roasted caramel and chocolate flavors is quickly overpowered by hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter. The tastes don't seem to blend well - ends up as a muddled mess.

M - Medium body, silky feel.

D - Flavors just don't seem to mix well.

This beer seems like a hopped up version of a porter...even as a hop fan, I don't think it works out too well. The flavors just run together and don't really contribute much...

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very nice with an almost three finger, tan head and black body. Really dark with just the slightest red light coming though. But no active carbonation, and the head is fading fast.

S: Hoppy. Very hoppy. A citrus/floral blend I would say. Possibly a little centennial, but not a lot. A little malt, but a pretty basic profile that seems to work well. Deep wiffs though get smells i would compare to the beach and nail polish remover. odd.

T: More of that alcohol/beach/I don't know what flavor. Sort of like burnt chocolate. Oh this started so good but it just isn't doing anything for me now. There are no clear hop or malt tastes at all.

M: Smooth, with some fizz and only a hint of dryness.

D: Bleh, not any more for me. But I could see some people liking it.

Edit: looking at other reviews, particularly of people I usually agree with, this must be a bad bottle.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with bits of red peeking out from the edges. Big head, nice lacing. Very nice appearance.

Aroma is bolder than the Bell's porter I had the same evening. There were the usual suspects just amplified a bit more and they also seemed to stand out more. Chocolate, Toasted Bread, Roasted Coffee, maybe some dried dark fruit. Mostly just dark roasty malt and hops.

Taste is nicely roasty with bitterness from the burnt/roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick without being stout-thick.

This was a great porter.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, malt and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a decent amount of hops (more than I would've thought) and coffee. A solid, flavorful taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A nice, drinkable, wel-made porter.

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Photo of Beejay
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a:very dark brown, some tan head, that goes away quickly.

s: hops hops hops. and then some more hops.

t: a mixor roasted malt and a crap ton of hops. . for the hop head.

m: sharp, plenty of carbonation.

d: only one for me thanks. I go for more traditional porters, so not really my style.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is milky and thick. Dark brown with frothy lace. Not much head, but great thick lace.

The aroma is a hefty pine hops, over a roasted coffee malt. Bitter on both ends baby. The heavy, butter aromas work well together.

The taste is bitter, burnt coffee. Gives a bite on the way down. The hops come in as a second wave to block the burnt and add some woody sweetness. Ashy bonfire embers. Smoky and woody together.

The feel is thick and gritty. Has a burn at the swallow. One of the hoppier porters I've ever had. Damn nice.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

didn't take if for an american porter... seems baltic or english. although this may be by sake of the age of the bottle.

a dark mahogany with a rather small head... a nose mild of malt and molasses primarily, and hops. surprisingly hoppy citrus that carries over into the palate and creates a mild acidic quality. rather english in timbre. not very smoky in taste. a bit leathery. a malty but not overtly sweet beer.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A rather cool looking bottle pours into my liberian pint glass. The pour is dirty brown shading into black in any great quantity. There's a dirty blonde head on top of the beer that leaves great lacing up and down the walls of the glass, I assume from the hop oil. Likewise the head lasts than is normal for a porter. When held to the light however, it is revealed to be cloudy with fine sediment or chill haze. It is however, translucent all the way through with a ruddy brown glow. This lack of any great opacity leads me to wonder if the body will be that big.

Smell - Hops! Wow, there's pine hops in my porter. Definitely convinces me to homebrew the dryhopped porter I recipe-ated a while back. There's pine and faint citric notes in the hop nose. Below that is black malts and a general malty sweet aroma.

Taste - Really good. This stuff is great! The first sip is all hops, pine hops piled on top of resinous and citric hops, with a biting bitterness. Luckily the hop flavor is balanced with the bitterness. Too great of bitterness without enough corresponding hop flavor is a pitfall some beers fall into. As you continue to drink the malts make themselves more and more apparent, and by the time you are a third or so in the malts and hop levels have equalized and there's a wonderful balance to the beer. The malts are black and bittersweet, with chocolate, mocha, and hints of coffee. There's a mild sweetness. This is balanced with the hop bitterness rather than bittersweet malts like in a normal porter. This is an interesting thing to taste, I approve. A wonderfully bittersweet and fragrant hop bomb. I nominate this as the best new beer I've tried in a couple weeks at least.

Mouthfeel - This stuff is smooth, with really no alcohol presence and a medium to heavy body. The mild sweetness makes itself apparent in the mouthfeel as well. Generally a creamy, though not monstrously viscous beer. I'd say the body is slightly lighter than the average porter maybe by a hair. Really well carbonated to the appropriate level. There's a bit more than in a normal porter, and this supports the hoppy head and effervesces pleasantly with the slightly lighter body and detectably soap and oily hops.

Drinkability - Good stuff here, the drinkability is quite high. The hops and malts consolidate and produce a wonderful balance. Each sip brings a mixture of flavors. The body and carbonation are spot on, and the lack of alcohol presence makes this a great session beer. The hops and hop bitterness never makes itself astringent or harsh in any way, promoting drinkability as well.

Great stuff, gotta get some more!

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with light ruby colored edges and has a finger of rich beige colored head that dissolves into a lasting layer around the glass. Very classy presentation. Aroma is full of roasted malts and a lot of smoke. Flavor is piney hop bitterness upfront with some roasted malts and ends up smokey with a light lasting bitterness. Its a light- to medium-bodied beer that is booming with flavor. There really isn't any "searching" for flavors in this beer, its all pretty in your face. Just the way I like it. Very well done. The aroma almost reminds me of a light Alaskan Smoked Porter.

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Photo of damienblack
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick dark brown, smallish tan head. Smells faintly of hops mixing with harsh dark malt, and the typical portery sweetness. Taste, is overall a bit thin through. Definite dark and toffee notes. Just not a huge depth there. However, this is a very creamy porter, making for a very pleasant drinking experience. The high sessionability makes it rewarding in my book.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Tria in Rittenhouse Square in Philly during Philly Beer Week. Met Adam as well. Review from notes.

A good, hoppy porter. Chocolatey, a touch of citrus, and roasty. Finishes dry. The hops is perhaps a bit much for a porter. I guess I'm just used to English porters.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a long time, having seen the indregients list on Avery's websight and believed that I would like it, and man was I right.

A-Pours a think dark black color with a medium thin creamy dark tan head that quickly dissapates into a thin to almost none existant film on the beer. And leaves ok lacing.

S-The aroma is first of earthy, woodzy and a hint of floral hops. Then it gives way to the very firm malt backbone of chocolate and toffee. Along with some mild fruity esters. Smells very very nice.

T-Very complex with the chocolate coming through first along with a hop bitterness that compliments the chocolate well. Then some earthy hop flavor which lingers on the tongue oh so smooth. The hop flavor lasts forever, which, (being a hoplover I love) :) I wonder what kind of yeast they use in this one....

M-Big bodied and very smooth and creamy. No hot alcohol to this at all dispite the abv. Well done Avery.

D-Knowing the abv, I wouldn't have more than two myself. But it's very drinkable indeed. (Goes down smoothly) Do yourself a favor, and go get some of this.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - This lovely beast came out black w/ a very thin head that was gone too fast.

S/T - typical amer. porter stuff here: lots of roasted malt flavor, very coffee-like. Finishes with a ligering hop bitterness and almost leaves a smoked flavor in the mouth, delicious!

MF - par for style

D- Coming from one who tends to prefer lighter beers, this is one porter that i will definately be seeking out again. the dry-hopped aspect gives this otherwise standard porter a complex and satisfying kick in the rear without sacrificing the characteristics of a solid american porter.

excellent avery!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a sparse, quarter inch off-white cap that quickly dissipated into a soapy swirl and a broken band. Only light penetration is revealed as ruby highlights around the base of the glass. Some thin spits and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests, cocoa, toffee, molasses and perhaps a hint of black licorice. Taste reveals coffee, cocoa, caramel, molasses and some hops bittering detectable at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a little prickly across the tongue. Very drinkable and flavorful. Flavor profile is a little bolder and more complex than your traditional porter; this is definitely a winner in my book.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours an almost black body with an unfortunate small and short-lived brown head leaving no lacing.

S: Smells very robust with strong dark chocolate, caramel malt, some coffee, hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Fantastic! even better than the smell, roasty caramel malts hit with strong dark chocolate giving way to some fruity hops finishing with a coffee note.

Overall: Mouthfeel is pretty good, well carbonated and medium in body with a bit of oiliness. Very drinkable for how bold the flavor its, I love this porter.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a dry-hopped porter

A: the pour set forth brown colors of all shades paired with deep orange reddish hues. The caramel mocha whipped top left dangling chunks and streaks of sticky lace, nice look. By the pour I get the feeling that this brew has some "heft" to it

S: dark roasted chocolate malts, with subtle toffee nut whiffs. What tickles my nose the best is the solid dose of citrusy and fruity hops. Overall, I like my porters robust and malty and the bursting smells of hops surprised and intrigued me. Lets see what happens

T: Dang. I was fearing that this would be a hop bomb and jab at the roasted malty flavors, not the case at all. Avery Brewing has done a great job of keeping the roasted chocolate cocoa sprinkled malts in a good footing while the hops swirl about. The hops are melded, dare I say perfectly, in the mix and take on flavors of oranges, grapefruits, and fresh florals. The finish has a snap of peppery hops with a few splinters of woodiness and the tastes of bitter coffee, chocolates, and caramel are still going strong. Great stuff going on in this one!

M: to even further my compliments of this porter is the meaty body. One of the heavier porters I have had in a while with a glassy smooth finish. The body just fits the flavors, tastes, and style wonderfully

D: I am marking this one in my beer book. This has to be one of the tastiest porters I can remember having. As mentioned before, I like the typical robust malty porters and shy away from really hopped type porters or stouts. But, if they get the right combination going, I am hard pressed to set the glass/bottle down. This one great!

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tight, but small, head. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Dark, dark brown with only a minimal amount of light passing through.

Chalky, semi-sweet chocolate aroma. Nice darker malt smells creating a cocoa smell. No coffee or toffee.

Excellent blend of black patent malt (coffee-ish), chocolate malt, and a generous amount of hops. It finishes with a distinct java flavor and high-alpha bittering hop.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours black and solid. Not transparency. Huge head of brown foam. Good lacing.

S - Coffee and lots of sweet toffee making this malt smell delicious.

T - Very good taste, lots of dark chocolate and coffee, the hops come through very good in the taste. Very good balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice a creamy, coats the mouth well.

D - Very drinkable. I;d have this again.

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Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a black color which displays quite a bit of ruby when held to the light. Has a tan one finger foamy head.

Smell - Smells of hops and some malt with coffee.

Taste - Hops come to the forefront with coffee bitterness and some malt. Too hoppy for a Porter in my opinion. Not enough malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, bitter, and has quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability - Drinkability is below average. There are plenty of Porters better than this one.

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New World Porter from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,030 ratings
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