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Death By Coconut

Rating: 3.65

Beer number seven from the Oskar Blues brewery now and my first since trying their Old Chub Scotch Ale and Piner offerings towards the end of last summer. This one is a beer that was originally a limited release and now appears to be brewed on a rotating basis by the Colorado brewery after first being introduced back in March 2014 for the Colorado Craft Beer Week; from what I’ve read, it will be a winter seasonal going forward. The beer is one that I’d seen a few times online and had been eager to try thanks to its rave reviews, so when I spotted it available in the Glasgow area I was quick to grab myself a can. The beer was originally brewed in collaboration with Colorado’s Shamrock Brewing Co. and is the brewery’s take on an Irish porter and it managed to win a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014 in the chocolate beer category. It’s definitely one that I’m glad to see make it over to the UK and I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s not taken too long for it to reach these shores; I just hope it’s a good one now. Anyway, the beer is definitely one that I’m looking forward to and it will be my first American IPA from the brewery since I was somewhat disappointed by their Pinner Throwback IPA last year so I’m hoping this one can make up for it a little; I’m also interested to see how it compares to Maui’s CoCoNut Porter that I reviewed here a few years ago as well.

Death By Coconut

Appearance (3/5): A very dark ruby colour that pretty much borders on black and is topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that is a bubbly one that is a light beige colour. Retention isn’t really the best with the head subsiding to leave a thin rim of bubbles around the circumference of the beer and the odd touch of lacing in the centre of the glass as well.
Aroma (8/10): There is quite a creamy nose to this one initially with some good sweetness coming through early on as well, the beer seemed balanced with some nice coconut aromas that are backed up with some milky notes and a little chocolate. I got some pleasant vanilla and cocoa smells around the middle that added to the sweetness before a couple of roasted notes started to come through towards the end with a little grain but the coconut was definitely was dominated and the beer was a nice one on the nose as a result.
Taste (7/10): The taste follows on well from the nose with quite a lot of the coconut coming through early to opens things up, there is a huge amount of sweetness off the back of that as well though. I got some nice cocoa and chocolate flavouring around the middle with a touch of lactose and hints of vanilla before some grains and a hint of alcohol appear towards the end. Like the nose, the taste is dominated by the coconut but there is some chocolate and a few earthy malts to help balance things out a little too.
Palate (4/5): The first thing to mention about this one is that it is a really sweet beer thanks to the huge amount of coconut coming through but there is a very nice, creamy texture to it that comes through on top of a smooth, medium to full body that has a fine, well carbonated feel to it. There was a nice balance to the beer as well with further sweetness at the end of the beer; excellent stuff.

Overall (15/20): This one was another very nice beer from Oskar Blues but at the same time it’s probably one of the worst from the brewery I’ve tried thus far, surprising because on its own this one isn’t a bad beer at all. There was a nice coconut flavour running throughout this one and giving the beer quite a sweet flavour that dominated proceedings for the most part. There was a nice balance for the most part and the carbonation levels were good but in truth it’s probably not one I’d go for again as I could definitely see myself getting tired of the coconut taste after a while; nice stuff but far from the brewery’s best I’m afraid and I definitely preferred Maui’s CoCoNut Porter to this one as well.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Irish Porter
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.50

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  1. October 6, 2016 at 08:58

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