What Is Death by Coconut?
The Irish porter was first brewed by Oskar Blues in 2014, but it’s only relatively recently that it’s expanded beyond the walls of the brewery’s taprooms.
“Initially the beer was a collaboration between Oskar Blues and Shamrock Brewing Company,” says Juice Drapeau, head brewer at the Oskar Blues pilot brewery in Lyons, Colorado. “It was something that was brewed on a small scale and was extremely well received.” The demand quickly outpaced what was available in taprooms and limited distribution inside Colorado. The expansion to national distribution has had hiccups along the way, but for the third year, you’ll be able to find it in cans distributed across the US.
Death by Coconut is an Irish Porter, but that certainly doesn't define what's happening inside the can. When you pop the can open, you’re enveloped in a deep rush of coconut aroma like a cartoon character that’s disappeared behind a puff of white smoke.
For a 6.5% ABV beer, it’s thick and smooth. Not at the level of the Imperial stouts that are getting seasonal releases over the next few months, but it’s full. The coconut taste is slightly milder than the smell, but it's plenty present, sitting on top of a rich layer of bitter chocolatey, malty porter. It's a transition beer, welcoming you to fall. It doesn't sit too heavy but brings you back to beers that taste like you could sip them around a cabin fireplace under a blanket, lost in a book.
“I think it’s exciting,” says Drapeau. “It’s a perfect fall beer.”
Death by Coconut is made with desiccated coconut and liquid cacao from Boulder, Colorado’s Cholaca, as well as a malt bill featuring dark chocolate and extra-dark caramel malts.