Oskar Blues Death By Coconut Irish Porter

Reviewed by on March 9, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery

  • Origin: Longmont, CO, US

  • Rated On: March 9, 2016

  • Best Before: canned December 2, 2015

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Porter

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Colorado’s (and now North Carolina’s, as well) Oskar Blues make this chocolate and coconut flavoured porter – I wonder what about that makes this particularly ‘Irish’?

This 12oz can pours a deep, dark brown colour, with bright basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few random splatters of island group lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells just like Bounty candy bars (sweet coconut and milk chocolate), with a bit of roasted caramel malt, some melted butter, further sweet vanilla/licorice candy notes, and a very tame earthy and floral hop bitterness. The taste is more cocoa-forward, the medium bittersweet version presiding, alongside some reduced copra meatiness, a heady caramel/toffee malt, musty butterscotch, some indistinct red berry fruitiness, and more plain earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite light and nimble on its tiny frothy feet, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a caressing creaminess there from the get-go. It finishes sweet, but moderated just enough to keep things from running off the rails.

Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable flavoured porter, with both the chocolate and the coconut really bringing their A-games. Not too warming, and easy to drink, either with dessert, or frankly, all on its own, whilst stirring the Irish Stew, I suppose. Choconut – choconut indeed.

Brady White

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