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Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 541 | Reviews: 99
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, bottled 2/4/13, into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of dense foamy light brown head. Minimal lacing left behind while I sip.

S - The front is coffee dominent with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate but very slight.

T/M - Bitter coffee on the front of the taste with a caramel almost nutty middle and a bittersweet cocoa finish that lingers. As it warms, the cocoa really comes thru. More than it did when it was cold. Medium/full mouthfeel, slighly slick.

O - Once again a good beer from Port Brewing. This brown ale highlights all the flavors very nicely, but the coffee does seem to shine moreso than the cocoa nibs when it was cold(ish). As it warmed to just under room temp, the cocoa really shined. Great drinkability, and would definitely buy again.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/1/13, 2 months old.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a huge, fluffy light brown head. Head fades extremely slowly, leaving an almost perfectly solid wall of lacing behind. Great head retention and a big island of foam that refuses to dissipate.

S: This one is nice. Heavy on the coffee beans and chocolate. Mild toasted malt and nuttiness pokes through too. A little caramel in there sweetens it up.

T: Coffee and chocolate up front but not overpowering. Nice and mellow and well integrated. There is some caramel and nice toast in the middle. Sweetness runs out a bit and you get a little more bitter coffee and chocolate and almost burnt toast flavors in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Higher carbonation gives it a lighter, airy mouthfeel.

O: This is an awesome brown ale. It reminds me a lot of coffee bender but honestly it's better. Coffee isn't overpowering but is still quite nice. Chocolate adds nice complexity and competing sweetness. Very drinkable and goes down easy. Great job, Port Brewing.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this for a few weeks now and finally made the purchase. Pretty sweet label.

The brown is indeed dirty brown and a huge beige head that will not go away. Intense. Gobs of lacing.

The smell is big roasty goodness. The chocolate is from TCHO which I have been lucky enough to peruse their wares. Great chocolate addition with a good amount of roasted coffee to enhance the aroma. Light leather and a touch of licorice. As it warms, the leather (catcher's mitt aroma) really kicks in more. Kinda cool.

The taste has a lot going on here. Black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, a blast of espresso and a leather shoe. Yup, it's in there. Pretty hoppy as well with good carbonation. With the Brown I expected that but it's not overpowering.

Overall I really enjoyed this Brown. A lot of flavor for a relatively cheaper $6-7 bomber with fun session to behold. 8.5% gives it some meat, but overall a bomber consumption was perfect. Very nice creation from Port.

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled February 1, 2013. Served at around 45F.

Pours dark brown to nearly black with a three finger brown head that leaves impressive webs of lacing and settles to a small cap.

Aroma is premium coffee beans and cocoa on top of a robust, nutty Brown Ale base. Fairly straightforward, but done very well, each component shines in its own right. Very good strength.

Flavor is sweet chocolate/cocoa, rich coffee, roasted malts, nutty, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a little bit of hop bitterness, overall on the sweet side, moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little sticky, average carbonation.

This is one super-fantastic Brown Ale. I love coffee and chocolate in my beers and this delivers. Very rich and robust, somewhere between a Porter/Stout and Brown Ale. Yummy!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Pours an extremely dark brown color, almost black...with a large tan head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is better than any brown ale I've ever had (from what I can remember off the top of my head). Dark and roasted malt with some nice nuttiness. Packed with coffee and chocolate, it still keeps it's nutty, brown-ale profile without entering the porter/stout domain. Taste on the other hand is a different story. Cocoa up front. A ton of chocolate cocoa with a good amount off fresh ground coffee. Vanilla lingers on the palate, along with a hint of allspice and cinnamon. Lots of rich, dark malt flavor and nuttiness. The flavor is definitely stepping into porter/stout territory. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and ABV is well hidden. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is probably the best brown ale I have ever had. In a blind tasting, I could see this mistaken for a coffee porter or coffee stout. Outstanding beer, no matter what you wanna label it as.

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

A - Towering head light khaki head. Awesome lace and retention. Solid black-brown body. Almost no highlights.

S - Really nice nose. Light, dry roast coffee. Pumpernickel bread. Nutmeg, walnut, and a touch of carmel.

T - A nice mirror of the nose. Dry coffee dominates the profile. Brown breads, caramel, nutmeg, dark chocolate, margarine, hazelnut, and toffee play a supporting role.

M - Medium-full body. A bit thick for the style, but it's delicious none the less.

O - Drinks like a porter more than a brown; thick and roasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Board Meeting from Port Brewing
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