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Kudzu Porter - Back Forty Beer Co.

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Kudzu PorterKudzu Porter

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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DuffDaddy, Oct 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Kmat10, Oct 15, 2013
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Zach136, Oct 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

dfillius, Sep 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

BojanglesO7, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

swedishmailman, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Akfindlay, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Ragamuffin1970, Aug 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

fredmugs, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of ahommell
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 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Crimsonfloods, Jul 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

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Morockm, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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

jkermitj, Feb 19, 2013
Kudzu Porter from Back Forty Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.