Board Meeting | Port Brewing

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An amplified brown ale, the beer is brewed with liberal additions of coffee from local San Diego roasters, Ryan Brothers, and cocoa nibs sourced from famed San Francisco chocolate maker TCHO.

Added by MasterSki on 12-25-2012

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. A hint of coffee. Sweet caramel malt with subtle chocolate flavors and light bitterness.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a lot darker than I expected almost full opaque black with an inch tan head.

Lots of sweet roast in the aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is like a brown sugar coffee. Absolutely delicious. Looking forward to sipping this as it warms up.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-literally unearthed this from the back of the fridge. Bottled date of 2/4/2013 (nearly 3.5 years old at this point).

Dark body, gorgeous dark tan cream colored head that was 2.5" thick. I got a little heavy handed with the pour into my BA Sam Adams perfect pint glass and had to suck down some of the foam. Head dissipates, but nice thick ring sits on top of the beer throughout the session.

Enticing chocolate bomb of an aroma. Subtle coffee notes in there as well.

This beer is SMOOTH. Coffee, chocolate, and to a lesser extent caramel round out the flavor. Not sure if this beer was ever hoppy, but it sure isn't at this point. Not a bad thing, and honestly I'm glad there's not much there. Late emerging fusel alcohol flavors. I'm betting the beer has continued to ferment slightly in the bottle these past 3+ years I've waited to drink it.

Beer seems a hair over carbonated for my taste, but again I'd say the culprit is the additional fermentation.

Overall a tremendous beer. If you like coffee or chocolate, this is a must have. I can't wait to go back to CA and try a fresh one. If I was me, I'd buy several and drink them at different intervals.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4/25/15....deep in the notes archives. Very dark brown tan foam. Nutty coffee nose. Little sweet, with coffee mixed in for effect. Firm bitter, gritty too. Good, but bitter keeps some away.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. The'bottled by' date on the bottle was April 2015.

Appearance: Very dark brown with nice thick dark tan head. Just a little lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with smell of chocolate and caramel, but there is also some aroma of roasted malts, and a little vanilla and hops as well.

Taste: There is a strong coffee and roasted malt flavor, but it was not too sweet. It is balanced from a bitterness from the hops. There is also a little hint of chocolate. It is a great balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet. It is very creamy and smooth. The balance between the flavors is great, and not dominated by anything.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth and creamy with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter or sweet. It is a strong beer, which confirms the 8.5% alcohol on the label.

This is a very good brown ale. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth, bold flavors.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with a very nice thick head that laced my glass the whole way down. The strong smell of coffee with hints of chocolate and malts fill the nose and the taste follows the smell. Nice, thick, and smooth is very good beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big pleasant surprise. Not a Brown Ale fan very often, but this one doesn't follow the rules. Board Meeting is kinda the curl less taken. Big full beer that boasts coffee and chocolate highlights in a big robust brown. Has many characteristics of a big porter or even stout...but the flavor is clearly a brown...a nice complex one...but hops and malts are definitely in the brown ale wheel house.
Probably too much for those who enjoy the classic style, but for me who loves a big creamy brew with lots of flavors...well, sign me up for more,
Special thanks to Steve for suggesting to try this one.

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Photo of cmq103
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flight Sampler at the Blend Bar & Bistro poured into a 4-ounce sample glass. Dark brown in color with a minimal head. Aroma of dark roasted malts and brown sugar. A well-done semi-sweet boozy rendition of the brown ale style. I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For a brown ale, this is about as good as it gets. Pours a dark brown with a good amount of khaki head that leaves a nice lacing as it goes down. Nose is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar with semi-sweet chocolate and a bitter, roasted coffee finish. Drinks like a porter/stout with a bit more carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

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

Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has a lot of cacao and some dark sugar notes. Taste has a lot of dark chocolate and some dusty, coffee notes in the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Nice one.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 4th, 2013 - Port Brewing's Board Meeting label perfectly captures the academic life in San Diego - button up shirts, with a trip to the beach after a long day of shuffling documents and writing. But does the beer live up to the dream? The brew is dark, darker than brown, and closer to the hue of coffee, and the nose and flavor work in concert. Both are bold, assertive and strong, and maybe even a little too bitter, exhibiting touches of both coffee and cacao nibs. The coffee blend is spot on - not warped or twisted, but blending harmoniously with the brown ale elements. But it does taste a great deal like black coffee. That's great for caffeine consumers like me who take our coffee from the barista and whisk it past the sugar packets. But if you fear that au naturale taste, there might be echoes of that here.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Coffee and cocoa nibs hit you right from the start. Dry toastiness, pleasantly nutty, with just a hint of caramel.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose. Coffee, cocoa, toastiness, nuts.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light on the tongue with a bit of creaminess and supremely smooth.

4.0 D: Really enjoying this. Solid all around with great additive flavors.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing brown ale. The look is essentially a stout. The head is a long lasting target employee khaki. The body is the deepest ruby/brown. Aroma is chocolate covered espresso beans. The good kind, not that shit you buy at aforementioned target. The taste is classic brown ale with great coffee notes. Medium bodied, and very drinkable for 8.5%. Well made!

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.

Was expecting a lighter, thinner brew. Turns out it was quite thick and the taste was approaching an Russian Imperial Stout. While not a bad beer, I felt it would have been more apt under the Russian Imperial Stout style. Ah yes, the brew hid the alcohol well, and tasted better as it warmed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa and coffee on the nose mixed with roast malts with a good balance between the added aromas and the malt driven aromas. Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 2” persistent, rocky foam cap that produces fine lace. The palate closely follows the nose with malt derived coffee and cocoa flavors well balanced with the added coffee and cocoa nibs all pulled together in the finish with a bitter hop accent supplementing bitter notes from the roast malts and the added flavors. There is a fine ribbon of sweetness throughout which recedes during the finish with a grainy, coffee, cocoa dryness and hop bitterness. Medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Muddy brown with ruby edges. Sweet and nutty nose. The flavor profile is unfortunately infiltrated by a funny floral taste on the finish that does not quite mix with everything else.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

Black liquid. Dense , frothy taupe lid with nice lacings

Aroma of dark chocolate and roast coffee,

First sip of chocolate on the tip of the tongue. Roast coffee on the back of the tongue. Not bitter but not sweet. Decent amount of carbonation.

Interesting beer. A brown ale that plays like a porter or a stout

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Photo of 94Sip
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Total Wine & Spirits while staying in Rancho Mirage. I can only get this when I am out in Cali - please someone help them get this into Texas.

Overall: This does NOT seem like a brown ale to me; more like a porter. But I am glad to see a brewery pushing the boundaries of brown ale and blurring the lines between porter/stout and brown ale. Never seen a brown ale brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs - that is typical stout ingredients.

Look: looks like a porter/stout. Real dark brown with typical tan head. The head poured very creamy looking and stuck around for most of each glass that I poured.

Smell: lots of coffee, and a very smooth coffee at that.

Taste: Immediate taste of a nice medium bodied, evenly roasted coffee. Over time you pick up a good bit of caramel, toffee, and some good chocolate notes. Maybe a little maple syrupy/brown sugar as it warmed up, which was nice to see it change as the temperature changed.

Feel: Again, feels and drinks more like a porter/stout that what I am used to as a brown ale. Good carbonation.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with 1/2" head that settles down quickly.
Aroma is of coffee.
Flavor is coffee and some chocolate.
Medium mouth feel, flavor sticks around for some time.
This is a good Brown Ale. With the addition of coffee and chocolate, I might have guessed this was a porter. Good solid beer but not great.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Port Brewing's Board Meeting, brown ale, brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. 8.5% ABV.

A: Pours a dark brown. Over two fingers of lighter cocoa brown head. Black in the glass, with a light golden brown in the dimple. Almost no lacing, and just a touch of sheeting.

S: Lighter bodied coffee aroma dominates. A touch of powdered cocoa in the background. A touch of candy malt.

T/MF: Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale. Slightly soft on the palate, but with a decent carbonation at the same time. More of that lighter coffee. Just a hint of dark chocolate.

Not a bad start to the evening, though not an amazing beer by any stretch. Just quite solid.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A - very dark brown, almost black with a big tan coloured head. Retains well leaving rings of lacing on the sides of the glass

S - Chocolate, Hazlenut, roasty coffee. Some dark fruits.

T - Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, Bready notes, Hazlenut and Dark Fruits. A little citrusy hop on the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Finishes medium dry.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.85/5  rDev -7%

650ml bottle
Served chilled in a snifter

Appearance: The beer appears a very dark brown in the glass, with a backlight revealing a a thick slice of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a massive tan coloured head that displays good retention and leaves great looking rings of lacing as it recedes. 4.5

Smell: The initial nose is dominated by cocoa and coffee with a light underlying sweetness. As the beer begins to warm, toasty malt, a certain breadiness and a dark fruity character emerge. There is no trace of the 8,5% noted in the nose. 4

Taste: The flavour is quite a lot more bitter than I expected and as with the nose, is dominated by cocoa and coffee. Other notes include: Toasted malt, a bready quality, dark fruits, a yeasty note and the faintest hint of hops. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sadly well over carbonated. After some serious swirling the carbonation is at a more manageable level and relatively smooth. 3.25

Overall: Board Meeting is a really solid brown ale, however I think a lowering of the level of carbonation and a little less bitterness would be a big improvement. 3.75

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a frothy mocha head a few strands of lace dot the side of the glass

Smell: Fudge, toasted brown bread and a touch of coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread smeared with chocolate, up front, with the coffee adding another element, after the swallow; brown sugar sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I doubt that anybody would pick this as a brown ale in a blind tasting but whatever style you want to call it, it is an enjoyable beer

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Photo of TheMagnanimous
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into snifter (no one cares). Appearance is more black than brown. It's not an American Brown Ale by BJCP standards or flavor profile. More like a very drinkable 8.5% Robust Porter for me. The aroma is to die for if you're a coffee lover.

The genius here is instead of using a lot (or any) roasted malts, they brewed an imperial brown ale and kept it fairly dry and quaffable, but used the cacao nibs and coffee to give it the flavor of a robust porter or stout. You would think an 8.5% dark beer would be a sipper, but I found it very easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos.

Pours black with a good beige head that soon reduces to a ring and partial coat but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: mostly coffee with a faint malt base.

Flavor: coffee overwhelms the dark malts, but it is rather good coffee.

Feel: medium body; medium carbonation.

O: recommended for coffee lovers

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