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Board Meeting - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 37
Gots: 43 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours quite dark. Light punctures the edges quite easily but the center of the beer is trending towards black. Huge layer of doughy, dark tan foam. It refuses to die down. Sheets of lacing as well. Deserves a 5.

S-Coffee explosion. Mocha swirled coffee ice cream. The coffee dominates the chocolate but the chocolate is quite muscular in its own right. The coffee is clearly imparted from actual beans in addition to the aroma imparted by the malts. Very aromatic.

T-The coffee is a bit less overpowering here. It becomes an actual ale as opposed to potentially a bomber filled with coffee. Inversely, the chocolate starts to pop up more here. Yet, once my palate adjusts, the coffee notes really shine.

M-Big and full with a noticeable 'clink' of alcohol. Lots of carbonation, it almost inhibits the flavor at times.

O/D-This must have caffeine in it right!?

Photo of denver10
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a huge overflowing mocha head and nice lacing. A fantastic aroma; the brown ale is definitely there with some nice sweet breadiness and nuttiness, then there's a mild coffee offering some nice roastiness, and the cocoa nibs offering some rich milk chocolate. The coffee was kinda mild in the flavor, but definitely not so in the flavor. Huge coffee flavor on top the nice malty brown ale base with the cocoa closing things out. Flavor definitely came out as it warmed up some, big difference. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HoppyHomo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not usually a huge fan of brown ale's but I have to say this one molested my palate; and in a good way. Beer pours a good amt of foam and leaves a nice lacing around the glass. You can really smell the espresso and roasted nuts ( i love nuts). For a brown ale its real smooth and uncut; ok i made up the uncut part.

Overall its a very good tasting beer.

Photo of taospowder
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 ThickNStout
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shoppe (Marietta, GA). 6.49. Bottled 2/10/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours dark brown with almost three fingers of foamy, full tan head. Small patches of lace.

The nose seems slightly subdued. Scents of creamed coffee, mild cocoa and a hint of toffee.

Taste is a mix of strong persistent coffee, malty grains, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and a hint of earthy hops. Nice blend that goes down very easy despite the fairly high abv.

Nice creamy, medium full body with mild carbonation that suits it well. The creamed and sugared coffee flavor lingers for a pleasant finish.

I'm not really a fan of brown ales but this is one of the few that I'd drink again any time. A rich, creamy, malty treat.

Photo of Sultz04
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Board Meeting from Port Brewing
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