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Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

LostHighway, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark brown with crimson edges/highlights under a frothy, fine 1-finger thick mocha head which leaves rings and spots of lace before fading slowly to a thin cap.

N: Lucious and bright creamy, roast coffee with dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla along with some nice fruity notes.

T: Mellow (non-astringent or acidic) coffee, earthy grains and midly bitter with faint char. Well balanced.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a lingering coffee finish.

O: Really enjoyed this and easy drinking. ABV well hidden. Would have again.

wethorseblanket, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bca115, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

zestar, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gobzilla, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark mahogany black. Thin tan head that stays for a while. Looks fantastic.

Smell hits you with the coffee and cocoa with some dark fruity sweetness mixed in. Smells like I could be taking a bite of dessert with coffee brewing in the background.

Taste hits with a touch of the bite from carbonation and malty coffee/chocolate notes. Aftertaste is a little sweet, burnt and dry.

Mouthfeel starts with a bite and smooths to a dryer end. It's overall a creamy, thicker beer.

Overall, what a fantastic brown ale. It's a great example of a brewery doing something different yet successful with a style.

lsummers, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

hpthebull, Mar 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Alek, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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fox227, Feb 23, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, small mocha/tan head that leaves pretty quick. Lots spotty lace.

S - Best part of this beer. Coffee, then malt, then cocoa way in the back.

T - Big brown flavor, coffee and cocoa are present but not in near the intensity of the smell.

M - Medium to full body, creamy, good carb and balance. Just a little thinner than I had hoped.

D - All in all a tasty beer.

NOTE: In growler 9.1.13. Much richer. Would have rated it higher.

srandycarter, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, Review No. 2800 -

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a medium off-white head, with some good spotty lace.

S: Rich brown malt with a nice mix of chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of dark bread and brown sugar with good secondary flavours - coffee upfront which melds to dark chocolate in the mid-palate which comes back to heavy coffee in the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich and creamy with a long aftertaste. Well structured.

O: This is a very good big brown ale with a lot of flavour, just wish it didn't cost more than a bomber of Old Viscosity.

Halcyondays, Feb 21, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to my FW snifter glass
– bottled 02/01/13

A: Board Meeting pours a dark mahogany body that looks near black in the glass. A thick persistent whip of dark khaki cream builds up to the brim leaving behind some scattered tracks and dots of lace.

S: Smells of freshly brewed premium roast coffee with toasty malts bringing about some nutty grain character. There is a subdued milk chocolate aroma and a nice pleasant earthiness to the nose. Great infusion of coffee here.

T: Rich and intense roast coffee flavor with a light brown sugar sweetness. Coffee is fresh, bold, and pervasive. Brown malts compliment with roasted grain and toasted pine nut. Light chocolates coming through with a subtle approach much like malted milk balls on the backend. There is a moderately low amount of earthy bitterness to the beer and alcohol is barely noticeable. I get some faint herbal greens that seem to accentuate the delicious coffee flavors. Great java taste with nice balance overall.

M: Smooth and lush consistency on the palate with a soft lifting carbonation. Moderate to light in body with a minor alcohol warmth and a finish that lands slightly on the wet side.

D: Drinks more like a rich coffee porter. Has that intense fresh coffee flavor but without the heavy malt bill that a stout would carry. Coffee is forward and tends to drown out the characteristic brown ale qualities but really nice balance overall with good session ability. A nice offering if one is into coffee beers. Works well for me. I would take this over Surly Coffee Bender.

Nugganooch, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

CEDAMA, Feb 19, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

dirtylou, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kornkid8600, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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

Served on-draught at Lost Abbey's tasting room into a taster glass. Cost was $1.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and fair retention. Body colour is a dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Coffee and cocoa. Dark malts. Roast. Caramel. Chocolate malt. Very enjoyable. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, coffee, a hint of chili pepper, and dark malts. Fantastic balance. Very enjoyable, with impressive complexity. The chili pepper subtlety is divine.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Excellent carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style. I really like it. I'd definitely get it again. Another solid beer from Port.

High B

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Board Meeting from Port Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.