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From:
Port Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #15
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,091
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
549
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 09, 2021
Added:
Dec 25, 2012
Wants:
  58
Gots:
  80
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by TrojanRB from Texas

Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by QuakeAttack from California

Jun 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Ryan15 from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
L: dark color typical of a brown ale. It has a lighter body than a stout or porter so it looks similar to soda.
S: The smell is fantastic. Coffee, chocolate, caramel aroma.
T: Delicious. I am not very experience with brown ales but its very good. The cocoa nibs are delicious and pronounced. Coffee flavor is well balanced. Port describes the brew including a “liberal dose of coffee” from a San Francisco brewery. So be care if you drink this at night. Those sensitive to coffee will feel the effects of the alcohol and caffeine especially at 8 ABV. For a higher ABV the alcohol is extremely well blended and almost unnoticeable.
F: the feel I wasn't loving mainly because for such a rich, layered and heavy beer I was expecting a fuller body. The chocolate, coffee, caramel and the carbonation with the lighter body does not feel good initially. Good thing the taste is fantastic.
Overall: very well layered, delicious brown ale. Great for a day on the beach. Not recommended at night unless at a party, or in the morning for obvious reasons. Definitely give it a try!
Jun 17, 2020
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Reviewed by dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Single 16 ounce can copped from Total Wine and More in Union. Pours a cocoa brown hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma rendolent of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile. Up there...
Jun 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Braz from Washington

May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by mpolewan from Ohio

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.82 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 27, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with a creamy dark khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some caramel, chocolate, vanilla and coconut. The coffee is mild in the aroma department, but it still smells pretty good. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel and chocolate. More hints of vanilla and coconut. The coffee is subtle, but noticeable and ultimately accentuates and ties everything together. Low bitterness. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick, creamy, fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice brown ale. The coffee is balanced and doesn't exactly dominate, but it's still pretty flavorful. The aromas and flavors both open up as it slightly warms. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.
Jan 14, 2020
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Like PB, but this one avg+ in this style for me.
Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 2.81 by Avitra from California

Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by bir_noob

Oct 09, 2019
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Very dark brown color, one finger light brown head, ok lacing, light carbonation.

S: Caramel, chocolate, coffee.

T: Caramel, chocolate, coffee.

F: Medium bodied, lots of flavor.

O: Tasty beer. Would gladly have it again.
Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
16oz can, date stamped "FRESHEST 07/31/19". A tall frothy light brown head slowly fades atop a dark brown body. Sweet aroma hinting at cocoa nibs, coffee, caramel & dark malt. Plenty of malt character with notes of grain, caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa nib along with some earthy hops and a good dose of coffee; faint cherry-like fruitiness comes through here and there (alcohol esters?). Fuller body, moderate carbonation, alcohol more present than I'd like it to be; balanced finish. Not quite as good as expected, but definitely worth the try. Glad I bought a 4-pack because it will be a good one to come back to very soon.
Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by stephenlee from England

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
**
10/05/15

On tap at blend. Dark black pour. Much Darker than I would expect for a brown ale. Looks more like a porter. Medium tan head. Aroma is toasted barley, coffee, chocolate. Taste is barley, rice, coffee, hints of dark fruit.

**
Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 16-oz can needed an average pour for a finger of tan rocky froth with a creamy top.
Short retention and almost no lace. Opaque dark rosewood brown, almost black.
Big smell of coffee and chocolate with caramel and roasted malt and faint hops.
The taste follows the nose with increased hop flavor and bitterness, neutral on sweetness, the coffee, chocolate and malts blend nicely. The finish is semi-dry and quite bitter, roasted grains and bitter hops linger. Medium body, below average carbonation. Rich, smooth, alcohol is well hidden. High ABV for the style, a candidate for an Imperial Brown category.
Porter-like in looks and taste, the label states " Coffee brown ale with cacao nibs", it works.
Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty, roasty, smooth coffee, big dark chocolate, nutty, earthy, light floral and peppery herbal notes, and caramel sweetness.

T: Toasty nutty side jumps out first and is quickly followed by the roasty side, big dark chocolate, smooth coffee, hints of vanilla, earthy, light underlying floral and spicy herbal notes, rounded out with toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Seems like this is verging on brown porter territory, which I'm quite OK with. Very well done beer.
Jun 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown in body with khaki head that stays. Aroma of cocoa, cinnamon, coffee, earth, some grass. Tastes of cocoa, dark chocolate, cinnamon, earth, burnt rolls, light grass with some bitterness. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation.
Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by eddiefl from New York

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Sep 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From tasting notes 01/09/18
Had on-tap at Banker's Hill in the San Diego airport, Sand Diego, CA

A - Served up in a pint, dark cola brown with a thin, broken layer layer of suds found floating atop. A few broken lines and spotting make up the lacing.

S - Strong aroma, with equal amounts of chocolate and roasty qualities. Slight earthy undertone.

T - Rich, assertive flavor. Super chocolatey with a hint of roast and earthy nuttiness; fudge brownie comes to mind. Finish is much the same.

M - Full-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Thick and chewy throughout. Drying finish.

O - Really tasty double brown from Port here. Tastes familiar. Maybe similar to Mammoth's double brown ale?
May 26, 2018
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
"Freshest by" date is 4 months away. For a coffee beer I'd definitely prefer a "Bottled on" date, but something's better than nothing.

Near-black with a finger of off-white head.

The nose reminds me a lot of the Cigar City Café con Leche I had yesterday. Coffee, maple, chocolate. Liquid breakfast.

The taste hits on similar notes. This beer's biggest strength is probably that it's 8% ABV and drinks like it's 6%. Coffee, milk chocolate, and raisin ride atop a medium mouthfeel. There's a little bit of a copper/metallic note mid-palate that takes the taste from exceptional to good, but it seems to fade as my palate adjusts and the beer warms up a little. In fact, as I approach the halfway point of the bomber this note is basically nonexistent. Also, maybe I have yesterday's Café Con Leche in my head, but this drinks more like a milk stout than a brown ale. That being said, I'm not one to obsess over classification. This tastes good, so I'm on board with it.

Overall, this grew on me. It's very easy-drinking for the ABV and ultimately a beer I'd get again. 8+/10
Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look - really dark brown with Sticky lacing
Smell - incredibly toasty maltiness
Taste - toasty caramel goodness
Feel - medium light body and creamy carbs
Overall - yummy fantastic beer
Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

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.
Nov 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by ScottyBongo from California

Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by brianmandell from California

Oct 01, 2017
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