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Kudzu Porter - Back Forty Beer Co.

Kudzu PorterKudzu Porter

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%

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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Photo of dogma46an2


2.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:47:21 | More by dogma46an2
Photo of IsaacmanTX

2.8/5  rDev -20%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:02:38 | More by IsaacmanTX
Photo of Reaper16


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 02:56:57 | More by Reaper16
Photo of Cavanaghty


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 20:50:36 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Tyler_Sly


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 06:12:56 | More by Tyler_Sly
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:25:29 | More by Derek
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.36/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:26:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.49/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:27:29 | More by chinchill
Photo of docnose


3.6/5  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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 07:29:16 | More by docnose
Photo of BryanCarey


3.64/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:18:29 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:25:37 | More by biboergosum
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:38:18 | More by daliandragon
Photo of ahommell


3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:14:00 | More by ahommell
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:23:26 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of AgentMunky


3.94/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:13:45 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of a0lbudman


4/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:20:08 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Mojo


4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:45:43 | More by Mojo
Photo of AUGRAD06


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:03:13 | More by AUGRAD06
Photo of BhamBeerLover

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:44:07 | More by BhamBeerLover
Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.