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Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-25-2012)
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Sammy, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, and lots of coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with huge coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great coffee aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, May 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.14/5  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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a frothy mocha head a few strands of lace dot the side of the glass

Smell: Fudge, toasted brown bread and a touch of coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread smeared with chocolate, up front, with the coffee adding another element, after the swallow; brown sugar sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I doubt that anybody would pick this as a brown ale in a blind tasting but whatever style you want to call it, it is an enjoyable beer

brentk56, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kjkinsey, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

GRG1313, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jaydoc, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia..

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a sufficiently-sized, light beige head. Shows good viscosity when rolled around in the ole Duvel glass. A fair amount of lace deposited on the way down.

Smell: Strong note that signals not just coffee-scented malts but coffee-scented coffee was used here, with a sturdy backdrop of chocolate and other darkish malts giving additional roastiness as well as some toasty, nutty notes.

Taste: Smooth roasted malts, sweetish chocolate tones, and a full, sustained coffee bean note. A few, small clumps of brown sugar, maybe a drop of molasses. Slightly charred toast. Pleasant coffee character ramps up as it warms. A little dark fruitiness. Some hoppiness, but, it seems to be a basic bitterness to accentuate the roasty, coffee bitterness and not turn this into "The Hop Show". Smooth, coffee-toned finish that still displays a little crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Smooth, creamy, yet the carbonation was right where I wanted it to be. I've encountered many, many brown ales where the motivation behind it and final delivery were zero-minus, but, not here. I quite liked it; a top-notch brown ale.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SocalKicks, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

emerge077, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kegatron, May 17, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am appreciative to my bro tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me and BA carlos, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is dark brown bordering on black with thick medium brown head which settles to a couple fingers. The lace sticks well and retention is good. The aroma is very earthy almost vegetal and light roasted and caramel malt aroma and mild cocoa scent. The feell is very smooth with some light tannin and roasted texture with mild oily coffee quality and mostly dry finish with medium low bitterness.

The taste is very good with plenty of dark malt toastiness and some light vegetal tinges from the cacao with mild roasted bean taste and gentle tannin in the middle with relatively clean yeast and light bitterness earthy qualities of hops and the coffee/cocoa come through with a nice toasted grain backbone in the malt. I thought this was very drinkable for an imperial brown and the added flavors complimented the base very well -I recommend this to fans of the style.

Slatetank, May 06, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Got it a Binny's! Served in a taster pint.

A - Big creamy mocha foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind specks of lacing. Mostly opaque dark brown body, with a hint of translucency at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate and coffee, as advertised. There's a mildly earthy nib quality, as well as some nutty malt flavors in the periphery.

T - The taste is heavier on coffee, with bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, and a hint of caramel rounding things out. Gets sweeter as it warms, with some sugar cookie and Well-hidden alcohol; wouldn't guess this was stronger than your typical 6% brown ale.

M - Big and creamy, medium-full body. Chewy and sticky initially with some tannic grittiness late. Dry in the finish, with perhaps a touch of alcohol warming after a half-glass.

D - I really liked this. Split a bottle three-ways and it went down shockingly quickly. Will definitely be buying this one again, as it's a winner. Glad to see Port Brewing making something new, as it's been a while since Mongo.

MasterSki, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a darker colored 1.5 finger fluffy head fades semi slowly with nice spotted lacing, over a super dark brown, pretty much no light coming through.

Nose is very aromatic but almost fake like aroma, a nice beefy brown ale underneath, dark brown malts, caramel, dark caramel, some fresh coffee grinds, a bit of cold extracted coffee and a kahlua like syrup as well, faint cocoa and very dark chocolate, the coffee is very much like a fresh rosted beans cold extracted and not much like actual coffee.

Taste starts with bitter roast, again fresh roasted coffee grinds almost as if they are actually in my mouth now, with a bit of cold extracted coffee, and despite the bitterness not really tannic or harsh and not acrid. Light cocoa, and some super dark chocolate with that. It does get a slight briny salt like quality from some roasted malts in there and the coffee as well finally. Malts bring dark brown malts, a little roast, some dark caramel and slightly syrupy. It gets some warming booze too and slightly boozy, toasted nuts even. Finish is fairly bitter with some earthy hops in there, lots more caramel and dark malts, cocoa, tons of lingering coffee roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming borderline tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but get a little too harsh as it goes, coffee starts nice but everntually gets overpowering, harsh, slightly bitter and acrid even. Hard to drink much of it either.

jlindros, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Rifugium, May 14, 2014
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Board Meeting from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.