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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,580
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
640
pDev:
8.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
74
Trade:
2
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a finger and a half's worth of eggshell white foamy head that clung fairly nice. Seemed to spider web a little bit in a nice semi-thick foamy sort of coating which was a fantastic look, in my opinion.
The aroma had a rich sweet authentic sweet to roasty coffee bean scent up front touching down on some sweet roasted nuts (somewhat pecan-like) and then a sweet dark breadiness. Some faint cocoa powder at the very end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a substantial roastiness trying to invade for a stealthy balance. That cocoa powder enriches yet gives off a faint dryness and seemed to quell some of that pecan nuttiness. Light aftertaste of the sweet side of the coffee bean and cocoa powder.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt exactly as it should for an American Brown Ale. ABV felt as projected. Finish was crisp sweet smooth nutty to semi-dry with a touch of the cocoa powder.
Overall, what an absolutely wonderful coffee brown ale that I would love to have again.

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Photo of Mxsluis
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none, purchased seven months ago
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is very dark, but still noticeably brown. Slight amount of tan head.

First smell is fresh, nearly green coffee beans. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate, it's more some sort of lactic cocoa. Dark dried fruit, plums and figs.

The taste has even more coffee, unfortunately it's acidic, burnt black coffee. It somewhat turns into bitter dark chocolate, but the diminution was already well underway. Aged tobacco is in the background, so maybe I should have complemented this with a cigar. Mahogany wood is in there, too. The sweetness is more toward burned sugar (like a very dark rum) than any dried, dark pit fruit. Individually, the flavors seem to make it sound better than it is, mostly because that burnt coffee is pervasive.

Feel is a bit thin for the type. Carbonation could be better integrated. The aftertaste is bitter charred barrel. Again, it might actually go nicely with something else, but it doesn't stand particularly well on its own.

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Photo of ScottyBongo
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muchos
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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 epyon396
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ppavlick
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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 waiting4lunch
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toronadotornado
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer Thirty - Santa Cruz, CA - draft

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -11.1%
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 dexterk1
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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