Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2012

An amplified brown ale, the beer is brewed with liberal additions of coffee from local San Diego roasters, Ryan Brothers, and cocoa nibs sourced from famed San Francisco chocolate maker TCHO.
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Reviews by arizcards:
Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the San Diego Whole Foods back in late July for $6.99. Bottle date is smudged.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is still hanging around.

Nose is roasted coffee and cocoa.

Taste is a big malt base with roasted coffee and dark cocoa. There is enough hopping to keep the sweetness at a minimum. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is full and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer! There are not a lot of imperial brown ales out there so jump on this if you come across it!

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a brownish black with a two finger head. The first note to hit the nose is the cocoa. There is hint of coffee in the background. I like that it isn't over whelming. There is a nice amount of malt that enhances the flavor going down. A very good brown ale. I will be drinking this one again.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa and coffee on the nose mixed with roast malts with a good balance between the added aromas and the malt driven aromas. Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 2” persistent, rocky foam cap that produces fine lace. The palate closely follows the nose with malt derived coffee and cocoa flavors well balanced with the added coffee and cocoa nibs all pulled together in the finish with a bitter hop accent supplementing bitter notes from the roast malts and the added flavors. There is a fine ribbon of sweetness throughout which recedes during the finish with a grainy, coffee, cocoa dryness and hop bitterness. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos.

Pours black with a good beige head that soon reduces to a ring and partial coat but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: mostly coffee with a faint malt base.

Flavor: coffee overwhelms the dark malts, but it is rather good coffee.

Feel: medium body; medium carbonation.

O: recommended for coffee lovers

Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Board Meeting is a dark brown color with good clarity. It has thick head but settles fairly quickly. There is some nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is nice and roasty like a good porter but with obvious coffee influence.

Flavor is strong but balanced with a good level of coffee that doesn't overwhelm. Nce sweetness up front with roasty bittersweet coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very tasty coffee brown slash porter.

Photo of spacecake9
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with 1/2" head that settles down quickly.
Aroma is of coffee.
Flavor is coffee and some chocolate.
Medium mouth feel, flavor sticks around for some time.
This is a good Brown Ale. With the addition of coffee and chocolate, I might have guessed this was a porter. Good solid beer but not great.

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

Nice looking beer - nice chocolate body, sticky layered mocha lace. The ingredients list namedrops some pretty impressive purveyors of beans and nibs from SoCal - the beer showcases them nicely. Nice and rich - layers of well integrated coffee, creamy chocolate, roasted malt. A really nice coffee brown - roasty, lower bitterness, creamy and rich. Would definitely grab more of this.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the best brown ale I have ever had. The beer pours a nearly opaque deep rich brownish amber. The ecru head is thick and frothy and is leaving a very nice lace. The smell is rich with earth, peat, espresso, alcohol and chocolate. The taste has almost a tiramisu flare....bread, with mocha balance. The first few sips also carried an alcohol push. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and should be loved by all who favor brown ales.

Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cannery Row Brewing in Monterey. I had no idea this was 8.5%, but it was immediately clear this was a delicious brown ale. The body is relatively light for the weight, I figured this wasn't more than 6 or 6.5%. Isn't of a brown ale's usual slow rolling notes, this beer had pointed notes of cocoa and coffee, dark toasted bread, a couple touches of dark berries, and then more coffee. Easiest one of the biggest brown ales I've ever had. I want more.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22-oz poured to tulip, right out of the fridge. Purchased ~4 months ago. Consumed 3-1-2014.

Prime example of the difficulties in "rating to style." The alcohol per volume here exceeds that of the typical american brown ale. More aggressively hopped as well. Appearance screams "stout." IMO, though, it is less hopped (thus, "maltier," sweeter) than the typical (coffee) stout.

A: dark mahogany, almost black, but red at the edges mid pour; 1.5-finger tan head; the head (lacing too) sticks around a long time, dissipating slowly to a thin cap

S: much more potent roasted malts than typical; toffee; faint dark roast coffee

T: ~60-70% semisweet cacao; clearly not milk chocolate, yet (happily) this does not present the "dark fruit" flavors of much higher cacao chocolate bars. moves quickly to a more astringent roast than typical, although that is less pronounced with warming. the immediate aftertaste is of dark roast coffee, but the chocolate returns to the fore later. there's a lot going on here

M: well-carbonated. medium mouthfeel

very solid ale. warms nicely. whether "stout" or "brown ale," this is good

Photo of sjones5045
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark for a brown ale. Between the look and the smell you would think it was a porter.

The taste is good, but again closer to a porter than a brown ale. Very much roasted malts with a chocolate flavor. The roasted malts take over the back half leaving a bit of a burned out feel.

Overall, pretty good, but not the top of a brown ale class. I would have again but not searching out to find this as a brown ale.

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black with a thick, full, rich and long lasting khaki head. This is one of the nicet looking beers I've seen in a long time. If the head stayed as poured for longer than the minute it took to shrink, I'd have given it a 5.

Nose is assertive plum roasted coffee and black chocolate with lovely ester fruit tones. More and more chocolate notes as you continue to smell it.

Mouthfeel is lovely with small elegant bubbles and a somewhat light (but very drinkable) carbonation. One of the strongest positives of this beer is that it is wonderfully balanced which makes it a very drinkable and inviting beer.

Flavors are assertive black chocolate, roasted dark grains and roasted fruity coffee. Drinks wonderfully and while called a "brown ale" it is a big flavorful brown ale and almost more of a "light very well balanced stout."

Finish is all big rich bitter black chocolate and bitter black coffee. This is a delightful and most drinkable effort from Lost Abbey.

(I have to think that Gwen had her hand in this beer! I've never met anyone who knows more about flavor profiles and the science behind them. I'm guessing on this but I wouldn't be surprised if she helped "push the envelope" a bit on this one). Nice drink!

Photo of mscudder
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served in a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black with a large tan head. Looks more like a thin stout than a brown. Above average retention and lacing.

S - Getting lots of cocoa from the nose, smooth coffee behind it. I detect a reasonable malt presence with some nuts mixed in. Sticks to what it says on the bottle!

T - Smooth roasted malts, cocoa sweetness and soft coffee compose the primary elements. Some earthy notes, nuts and mild vanilla round it out.

M - Nice medium+ body with smooth, non-overbearing, carbonation.

O - This is a really, really good brown. Balance is off the charts and can easily see myself buying these in bulk for around $5 a bomber.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely deep brown, unable to see through it. 2 fingers of brown tinged, mountainous head. Smells heavily of cocoa and coffee, some chocolate covered espresso beans.

Rather lightly bodied for the amount of alcohol in it. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation, body stays consistent, a little thin upfront, but otherwise pretty rich without being overbearing. Bitter sweet cocoa up front with hints of dark chocolate. Subtle fruity nuances underneath it all. Finishes with a creamy coffee flavor and a very faint bitterness that balances the sweetness. Coffee and cocoa flavors linger. Would make an excellent breakfast beer except for the abv. Very deceptive with it's abv as well. Tastes and drinks like an incredibly complex yet drinkable and flavorful american brown.

Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, bottled 2/4/13

A- pours dark brown-nearly black with a huge rocky and pillowy tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving subtle matches of lace behind

S- nice roasty malt character with some notes of espresso. Earthy cacao nibs, tiramisu cream, with a nutty roasted character and dark roast coffee near the back end. Quite complex for a brown ale

T- bittersweet chocolate transitions into a nice dark coffee bitterness, caramel with some lactose-like sweetness transitions into a nice roasted nutty character. The finish provides an herbal-earthy hop bitterness that gives good balance to a dry and nutty finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel leads to a foamy and silky finish. The alcohol drinks more like a 5-6%, as it is barely noticeable

O- very complex layers of flavor while still staying within the realm of a brown ale. This style usually isn't my thing, but this one stands a level above all of the others I've had of the style. Highly reccomended

Photo of BergBeer
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Deep opaque brown with a mocha head. No lacing to be seen but good head retention!

S: Deep coffee and chocolate! Smells fantastic! Smells like some fancy coffee drink but better because of the malt at the end.

T: Deep rick roasted coffee cover the whole mouth with hints of semi sweet chocolate, orange, prune, fig , and currant. Slight hop and malt on the finish! Taste great

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Goes down really smooth but thins out as it warms making it have some what of a stale coffee flavor later in the beer but nothing to really make it bad!

O: Great coffee beer! Most coffee beers i have had just have hints of it but this one brings it front and center! Great mix of coffee chocolate and dark fruit also sets this apart and keeps it from being a one dimensional coffee beer! Little disappointed at the weird thinning as warmed but still a great brew!

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for this one! Draft serving in a rounded goblet.

Black body, brownish edges in the light. No light seemed to pass through under the dim lighting. Compact light tan head, drippy lace around the edges as the glass was sipped.

Dark roast coffee and cocoa aromas, fairly pungent.

Bitter roasty coffee, dark blend with plenty of char, unsweetened dark chocolate and cocoa as well. Intense coffee that packs a punch. Dry and roasty aftertaste that lingers. Smooth and slightly creamy, though a little thin bodied. Easy drinking, and a pleasantly powerful coffee infused brown ale.

Photo of TruePerception
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Port Brewing's Board Meeting, brown ale, brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. 8.5% ABV.

A: Pours a dark brown. Over two fingers of lighter cocoa brown head. Black in the glass, with a light golden brown in the dimple. Almost no lacing, and just a touch of sheeting.

S: Lighter bodied coffee aroma dominates. A touch of powdered cocoa in the background. A touch of candy malt.

T/MF: Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale. Slightly soft on the palate, but with a decent carbonation at the same time. More of that lighter coffee. Just a hint of dark chocolate.

Not a bad start to the evening, though not an amazing beer by any stretch. Just quite solid.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola color with a tight, tan head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malts with some sweetness to it.

Tastes of the nice roasted malts with a slight bit of hops. Roasted notes lead off with chocolate, toasted bread, and dark caramel. Has a molasses sweetness underneath it. Oats come through and add a little smoothness and nuttiness to it. Slight earthy hops come through on the backend and compliment everything nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice take on an often hard to make style.

Photo of skunk242
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic beer. Very excited about this being year-round now. I got a growler filled and openned it about 2 hours later. Very dark brown with no light getting through. Very little head despite being very well carbonated and the head dissipated quickly. The smell is all coffee. The taste is mostly coffee, very roasty, just a little bit of dry cocoa bitterness and just a little nutty sweetness in the mix, which is the only thing reminding me that it's a brown ale other than color. The mouthfeel is somwewhat thinner than I expected based on the look of it.

Overall, I'm very pleased. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys coffee stouts and porters but wants a seemingly lighter and easier to drink beer.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown color, nice thick head, nice lacing, pretty dark for a brown ale

Smell- very malty

Taste- chocolatey, malty

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would have it again but I usually don't drink brown ales. Very good for a brown ale though

Photo of Jree261
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark brown, almost black with a toffee foam.

Smell-Coffee, chocolate, mocha, vanilla.

Taste-Same as the smell with blue and black fruit and tobacco subtly on the end.

Mouthfeel-Lighter than what I would expect from a black beer like this but still fairly heavy. Finish is good but I would like it to be longer.

Overall-Excellent beer. One of the ones I bought when I was at the brewery in San Marcos last month. Definitely a standout in the Port lineup.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and close to being opaque. It poured with a half finger high light tan colored head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty malts with additional notes of roasted coffee beans and hints of cocoa nibs.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful among brown ales. I liked how you could still smell and taste the nutty malts that are typical of the style and how the coffee and cocoa nibs made the taste a lot more interesting.

Photo of Treb0R
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cafe ole colored 3 finger tall lingering head. Dark dark brown body. A lot of sticky lacing hangs around for the duration of the experience.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, a dash of roastiness and cocoa.

Some vanilla and toasty malts pop on the taste. More coffee and some added cocoa obviously join the party. A very rich, complex brown ale. I would love a coconut version of this for my go-to brown ale.

Mouthfeel is lush and inviting. Not too thin, not too thick. Quenching but rich at the same time.

Photo of SHODriver
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: pours a deep brown with two fingers of fluffy light tan head that fades slowly and leaved decent lacing
S: smells of coffee chocolate and roasted malts
T: taste is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a slight bitterness from the roast. swallow is coffee forward with a little bit of chocolate and some more roasted malt and a slight hop bitterness to finish the drink
M: this beer sits on the lighter side of medium with fairly active carbonation that flirts with being prickly. the finish on this beer is a little drying
O: This is a nice full flavored brown ale with good flavors and decent complexity. It hits all the right notes and has solid balance.

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Board Meeting from Port Brewing
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