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Kudzu Porter - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Kudzu PorterKudzu Porter

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back Forty Beer Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Reaper16 on 06-08-2011

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by macrosmatic:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown, not quite opaque, with low visible carbonation. A thin tan half-hearted head tries to form with very poor retention.

S: Not a lot of aroma here – roasty notes, some sweetness from the malts, and a touch of chocolate.

T: Roasted malts with moderate bitter character, hints of chocolate and less coffee, and some resinous hop bitterness near the end.

M: Has a thin body for porter (more like an average brown ale), and is nearly undercarbonated. Medium alcohol presence.

O: Very, very unimpressive – not an undrinkable beer, since the roasted malt character keeps things interesting. I won't give up on the brewery after this beer. But ultimately this is a poor porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of dogma46an2
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of AUGRAD06
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of pushka
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Light-medium porter taste. These guys keep getting better.

Photo of Reaper16
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Kudzu Porter is Back Forty's third beer, and also their best. Until today they have only brought it to beer festivals in the state of Alabama, but they debuted it at Egan's today with all proceeds going to Tuscaloosa tornado relief efforts.

Pours a lighter-than-expected shade of muddy, dark red. I mean, man is this light for a porter. It's very red throughout. Half a finger of light khaki head actually looks attractive sitting on top of the red body, but it doesn't stick around for long.

Interesting nose, actually. You have to wait for it to warm up, but there's a vegetal note here that must be coming from the kudzu that the beer was brewed with. It's not a hop note, but a truly vegetal one. Apart from that interesting note, it's all slightly-roasted sweetness. Little depth to the malt profile, unfortunately.

The taste follows the nose. It's very sweet, almost cola sweet. There's thankfully some roast to offset the sweetness, but not enough. The kudzu/vegetal character is very pronounced with warmth. It makes for a sort of harsh finish, even if you enjoy the astringent, turnip like flavor that this beer has.

Medium-sized body. It's perhaps a touch undercarbonated, but I might be nitpicking. Overall, this is an average porter even considering how uniquely vegetal it is. I enjoy the kudzu component, but the malt bill could use some work. Additional roast flavor would do this beer a world of good. Still, this is by far the best beer that Back Forty has released. I'd much rather see this on-tap at local bars than Truck Stop Honey Brown or Naked Pig Pale Ale.

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a clear, dark brown. 3/2 inch had of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, hint of chocolate, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of caramel malt, alcohol, pine, and hops. Overall, decent porter, good complexity, but the hop levels almost make it taste like an American black ale.

Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the beers brewed by Back Forty. Up until now I've found them to be not bad, but certainly not anything special. This one is the best of their offereings. It pours up a deep, deep brown, almost black with a 1 1/2 inch to 2 finger caramel colored head. Retention is good and there is a huge amount of elaborate lacing left. Smell is coffee, honey, floral, and some saltiness. Mouthfeel might be the weakest component. Not quite enough carbonation. Taste is very good. I love the roasted malt perfectly balanced on the finish with coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted nut accents. Try this one if you find it. It's common in Alabama, but I don't know how widely it is distributed.

Photo of Derek
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/18/13.

A: Deep mahogany/chest-nut brown, pours with a light tan head, thing ring of retention shows some leg.

S: Grainy aroma: roasted nut, brown sugar & chocoate.

T: Lots of roasted nut, some light coffee, hints of cocoa and orange zest. Slight grainy astringency. Modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, nicely carb'd, hint of acidity.

O: I suspect this would be better when it's fresh.

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2nd beer of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar is another porter, but a more regular porter. It has a nice dark colour and pours with a normal head of reasonably thick foam. The smell and taste was chocolatey with some of the hops coming through in the smell. The dark malt taste was not overpowering and I really appreciated the taste of this beer. You could feel the beer over the entire palate and there were hints of smoke - although I only started to detect this after reading the bottle where it hinted that the beer was trying for this, so it could have been a placebo effect.

I rate this beer fairly high and would look for this as a porter on any pub's menu.

Photo of IsaacmanTX
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far too hoppy for a porter. Although it does have some drinkability, I feel this is unbalanced and a poor representation of its style. I am not a fan of featuring a hops above malt profiles that excell in their own right. It does have a pleasing depth of flavor... presenting a honey, coffee mineral flavor, almost like a syrup. I Want to like this beer for what it is, but they called it a porter...

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a slight red tint coming through with an almost white head that leaves a spotted lace
S-roasted malt with what seem like a brown sugar smell with a slight hop aroma
T-roasted malt comes in at first then comes a hop bit that fades to a roasted hop flavor
M-full body and low carbonation
O-a strong Alabama beer coming through, cant wait to try it again

Photo of docnose
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good looking beer. Almost black in the glass, but a deep brown when back lit.

Can smell the aroma of hops. I think this has too much hops, at least for my taste.

Taste is pleasant. Although the smell of hops is quite present, the taste is more balanced. The tastes are good as it goes across your tongue, but it leaves behind a somewhat bitter aftertaste at the back of my mouth.

This is an easy beer for me to pour down my throat! I would say that the mouthfeel is pleasant. A heavier feel than lighter beers, but I think, a somewhat light feel for a porter.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer, but the hops component seems to be more than I like - as someone who doesn't particularly care for hops...

Photo of Andco924
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding Porter....this time from an Alabama Brewery..

Was pleasantly surprised how good this Porter is and did not find it to be watery as some have mentioned. I passed on several other porters to buy this brew and was rewarded with some good brew...

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Coca cola brown. Ruby clear in direct light. Not much head.

S: Sweet chocolate. Hint of cream.

T/M/O: This is tasty! Smooth, robust, and creamy. Hints of chocolate and milk. Round and smooth, with a slightly nutty finish. Recommended! Would have again. Great example of a porter.

Photo of BeerSnobBrianPharmD
4.63/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great head and lacing. Very carbonated compared to most porters I've had. Not a bad thing. Nice zippy taste/feel from the carbonation and hops. Nice smoky taste from the malts. Definitely a great beer here! My first brew from Back Forty. Cheers!

Photo of BryanCarey
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a brown color with light tan colored head. Roasted malt mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little bit of burnt char malt. Very thin on the mouthfeel.

Photo of ahommell
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pretty. Shows a very dark red/brown. Foamy head. Lacing stays throughout.

S: Hoppy. More than expected. Can be a little off putting if you think that this is a porter.

T: Smoother than anticipated. It has a slight smokey flavor to the beginning of the sip and a strong back half of the sip that you can get the taste of a more woody porter. Goes down very smooth. Impressed with the different folds of flavor. I get a different idea of oak, coffee, and possibly even a hint of nutmeg in a sip studied carefully. However, this isn't about how careful it is. This drink is supposed to be a brutish porter... I mean look at the name. KUDZU takes over everything in the South, but this porter is much more delicate. However, it is going to win over many friends. Tasty!

M: Light at first. It is a very smooth porter. The after taste leaves a very normal porterish taste and a feel and it sticks with you for some time. If drinking this with food, be sure to pair it correctly, otherwise you may not be happy with how your food tastes or feels. I was incredibly happy with this beer as I was just drinking it for the pleasure.

O: Wow. Surprised. This is my first beer from Gadsen, Alabama. Thoroughly impressed with the delicate, yet strong porter. The porter is not the usual garden variety but has many folds of taste.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, clear, with garnet tints at the edges. The head is a couple fingers of light beige foam. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Black malts, always unmistakable, edged with a little fresh citrus. Ashen tar-like note from the black malts with some more agreeable chocolate, sweetened coffee bringing up the rear.

Taste: Upfront pop of smokey, creosote-esque black malt ahead of the slightly softer touches of dark chocolate and coffee. Relatively light sweetness. Citrusy, faintly floral hops with a fair degree of bitterness aided a bit by the astringency from the black malts. Drying, lightly lemony, lightly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: After the mildness of the brown, I wasn't expecting a stronger American citrus hop presence. Also, as is always the case, I'm never too keen on the inclusion of black malts, a very overbearing addition, in my humble opinion.

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Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.