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Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 48 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kaseydad
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.

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HopBrain
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!

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
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.

Photo of vfgccp
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.

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of surfotog
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dools9
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2-1-13, into a snifter.

A; Near opaque black in color, the head was creamy. about two fingers worth and light khaki in color, good lace left with a nice collar.

S: Over roasted coffee beans, toasty, nutty, cocoa with a slightly sour tang. Smells great.

T: Wow, huge heavy, black cold press coffee/cream, lots of roast character, some sweet nuttiness and blended nicely with a coca edge. Dry finish, lingering roast coffee character. Overall its pretty intense.

M: Heavy medium pushing full but its very easy to drink considering the 8.5%, creamy, silky smooth.

O: Bought it on a whim, and holy shit this is good stuff. Only my second offering from Port/Lost Abbey and this is really good stuff, very impressed.

Photo of Wantbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: chocolate and coffee are the predominant aromas.

Taste: nice malt profile with milk chocolate, coffee, black plum, and a decent bitterness creates a well balanced brown ale. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this is a superb brown ale with loads of flavor and is nicely drinkable despite the higher ABV. This is one of the better brown ales you will have.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $6.99. Description sounded pretty good and I've found Port beers to be more consistent and affordable than Lost Abbey so I gave it a shot. Dark brown, definitely a brown ale not a porter. Smell is decent cofffee, not bad. Flavor is more coffee, I get no chocolate nibs, pretty meh overall. I would not purchase this again and it was a little too strong to boot.

Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of popery
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown. Opaque. Looks black in a full glass. Big head of light brown foam. A thick blanket of fine bubbles. Good looking beer. The aroma is all coffee and chocolate. Some roast and a bit of caramel in the background. It smells like a mocha made with dark chocolate milk. Mild cola, a little molasses and some light floral hoppiness. It sort of has that nutty brown ale flavor, but I would have guessed stout if I'd been handed this beer blind. The taste has lots of toasty malt below rich coffee and chocolate. The taste seems closer to a strong brown ale than a stout, but the coffee and chocolate additions mask that somewhat. It's fairly sweet. Very rich with flavor. There's just a ton of chocolate and coffee to the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and does wonders for the beer. Good nutty, coffee finish. Excellent addition to Port's lineup.

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Board Meeting from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.