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Kudzu Porter - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Kudzu PorterKudzu Porter

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reaper16 on 06-08-2011)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Back 40 Kudzu Porter is dark brown in color with a nose that combines light roasty notes, citrus fruit, and dark malts. The light tan foam is nice and does leave some lacing as you consume.

This porter has a semi- complex taste with flavors such as roasted malt, chocolate, mild citrus, and a hint of smoke. Sample a little more and other flavors make their presence known, like mild coffee and even some woody notes. The body of the beer is light to medium and it is remarkably smooth for the style.

I love a good robust porter and while this is not full- bodied enough to qualify as a robust beer, it is still tasty enough and full enough to make its mark. I like the different taste sensations and the way they combine into one, synergetic beverage and I found that I liked the beer more and appreciated it more when I opened and sampled a second bottle. It’s not an easy beer to find if you live outside of Alabama, Florida, and the nearby areas, but it is worthy of your time if you can find it.

BryanCarey, Dec 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you Shan8454 for this in trade.

Appearance: Darker brown, with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, nutty, and some fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts, bitter, and some nutty flavor in the background.

Overall: Personally not a fan of porters, but I will give this one credit it is good. A die-hard porter fan I would imagine would enjoys this one a lot.

Cavanaghty, Jan 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Golden32, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudzu Porter pours a very dark reddish mahogany topped by a durable tan head that leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: more hops than expected lend an unusual citrus nose, but there is too little in the way of roasted malts.

Taste: a bit hoppy, but on par with some other American Porters. Thankfully, there's plenty of dark roasted malt too. The dark malt brings a light smoke and a bit too much burnt quality.

M: medium+ body; Nicely carbonated,

Overall: an unusual but nice American porter worth trying.

chinchill, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 2 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. 'Kudzu', an apt name for a beer from the American southeast, with one of the better taglines about the product therein that I've seen on a label of late: "Careful, it will grow on you!"

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown hue, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy tan head, which leaves a bit of spooky skewed webbed lace in places around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, bready caramel malt, lactic sourness, a mild oily nuttiness, burnt coffee, and a vegetal, green sort of reserved hoppiness. The taste is more gritty dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, fairly innocuous milk solids, pithy stale nuts, faint bitter coffee grounds, a hint of citrus rind, and rather subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly just supportive in its plebeian duties, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and maybe a wee bit creamy, in the whipped air sense. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the bready malt tempered yet by the lingering dry coffee, char, and musty earthy hops.

Not too shabby a porter, overall, the basic elements are all there, except those that would differentiate this as an American version of the style. Yes, I'm nattering on about hops, and I fear that while this offering may once have had a complement befitting its fecund moniker, it has been squandered away by all the time it has been squired away in that big box 'o random beer, gussied up for this year's Yuletide.

biboergosum, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this beer in a bottle. As far as appearance, the bottle was a bottle; nothing to say there. As for when I poured the beer into my pint, it had a pretty attractive look to it; very dark and retained a good head for a great length of time.
The smell was pretty good but nothing to write home about. Like that of a typical porter smell, it had a dark coffee smell with a subtle sweetness about it.
The taste: It was okay. Typically, when I drink darker beers I like a richer more full body taste. This beer was pretty thin.
Mouthfeel: As I said before, I like a more full bodied feel to my dark beers. This, I'd more closely associate with a black lager.
Overall: I'd drink this beer again but wouldn't send anyone out to try it.

Tyler_Sly, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

cjgator3, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

rworkman, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%

Will_The_Thrill, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3/5  rDev -13.5%

TheSleepyMonkey, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of TJK
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

TJK, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of dogma46an2
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was awesome. Appearance true to style, and it was dark rich mahogany, the smell was light, but too hoppy to style. taste was thin. no malt character, comparative to the hop notes. mouthfeel was thin and nonexistent. it was not as good as we expected.

dogma46an2, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of AUGRAD06
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours nice and dark. Not much of a head on it at all. Mild chocolate flavor, with a dark roast coffee taste that lasts on your tongue. Malty taste becomes more prevalent as it warms. Nice and light in mouthfeel, so it doesn't weigh you down or overwhelm your taste buds. A good go to Porter.

AUGRAD06, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Ajlvt, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Segelstrom, Oct 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

LJWalker, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

freduardo, Feb 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

DamageCase76, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

JayS2629, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very impressive very dark brown with impressive frosty lace. The nose is more balanced than I expected in that I'm not overwhelmed by caramel and roasted, and can detect muted hops. Powerful, multifaceted taste with lots of intermingling flavors, with dark chocolate and roasted malts starting off before giving way to citrus and pine hops. Thick texture allows for maximum saturation of flavor and long aftertaste. Too hoppy for a true American porter, but an interesting and worthwhile hybrid.

daliandragon, Nov 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

crobinso, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a light and hoppy kind of porter. While this beer probably won't win any beer competitions where style is a main consideration, it is great for the drinker who likes even his or her dark beers a little on the hoppier side. This beer was great for my personal preferences but couldn't give it quite the numbers I would have liked to just because of the style under which Back Forty lists this beer.

BhamBeerLover, Oct 20, 2012
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Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.