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Kudzu Porter - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Reaper16 on 06-08-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

JayS2629, Feb 17, 2013
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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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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

bushwack, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

mhaugo, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

HairyHood, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

jkermitj, Feb 19, 2013
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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4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Mojo, Oct 15, 2012
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4.06/5  rDev +17%

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.

Tone, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
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

a0lbudman, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Jeff8ham, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

DuffDaddy, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

boartfield1, Jan 12, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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...

Andco924, May 20, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Dec 31, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

JeanDuteau, Dec 04, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

ahommell, Jul 15, 2013
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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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

rworkman, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Ajlvt, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

JasonLovesBeer, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

thatoneguymike, Mar 31, 2014
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Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.